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Caralluma Fimbriata is becoming one of the most talked about natural weight loss tools in the battle against obesity.

Edible succulents grow wild all over India and are often part of the native’s daily diets cooked as a vegetable with spices and salt or eaten raw. Caralluma has been used for centuries by this population because it not only suppresses hunger but also provides increased energy levels. Hunters on long journeys are known to chew chunks of it to stave off hunger as well as to quench thirst.

The United States has an obesity epidemic mostly due to the availability of so much processed food combined with a lack of exercise. Approximately 127 million adults are considered overweight, 60 million being obese and 9 million are morbidly obese. In addition, the rate of obese children continues to rise daily.

A study done by Ronald Lawrence, MD at St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences in India revealed some interesting results. A total of 25 patients were included in the study, 19 of which were taking an active compound of Caralluma Fimbriata and 7 were given a placebo.

Almost every patient taking the active ingredient lost significant weight. There was almost no weight loss observed in patient son the placebo.

Weight loss results were as follows:

  • Out of 18 patients, 15 lost weight
  • 11 patients lost about 6 lbs and the highest loss was 9 lbs
  • 4 patients lost 1-2 lbs and 2 patients maintained their starting weight
  • 1 patient gained 17 lbs but was found to have not followed the regimen and had increased their caloric consumption over the 4-week trial period

Even more significant was that patients with a higher BMI lost more weight:

  • 13 out 18 patients reduced their waist by 0.5 inches to 3 inches.
  • 5 out of 18 patients felt an increase in energy while on the active substance
  • 3 out of 6 placebo patients gained 1 lb and 1 placebo patient lost 1

Adverse Effects Reported

Adverse effects were reported by 2 patients (a husband and wife), one of whom was taking the active substance and the other (male) was taking the placebo. They complained of acidity and a bloating sensation soon after starting the Caralluma capsules. Both of them stopped taking the capsules, then started again and claimed they developed the same symptoms and therefore discontinued altogether.

It’s important to note that traditional Ayurvedic medicine experts have reported no adverse effects when using Caralluma fimbriata and say that the plant has no known toxicity.

Dr. Nicholas Perricone has written several books on the subject of weight loss as well as anti-aging, and he has reported that Caralluma Fimbriata suppresses your appetite by signaling the hypothalamus in the brain that we’re just not hungry. Caralluma is without a doubt, one of the best strategies I can think of for losing body weight and also increasing muscle mass.”

A U.S. company, Gencor Pacific in Austin, TX has developed a standardized product called Slimaluma that delivers this plant in as a concentrate and can be taken in powder or capsule form. If you combine Caralluma Fimbriata with a healthy diet and regular exercise, it could just be the thing to get rid of those extra pounds.

The information in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice.