On the May 14th 2014 episode of the Dr Oz Show, the world famous Dr Mehmet Oz spoke about how the succulent cactus caralluma fimbriata could help with your summer weight loss efforts.
What is caralluma fimbriata though? And how will it help you achieve that slim bikini body ready for the summer season?
What is caralluma fimbriata?
Caralluma fimbriata is a succulent cactus that has long been eaten in rural India, where it is known as a ‘famine food’.
In the past it has been used by hunters and other travellers for food and to quench thirst on long travels.
Nowadays it is better known for its weight loss benefits.
How does caralluma fimbriata work?
It is believed that caralluma fimbriata can help suppress your appetite by interfering with the hunger messages that are sent to your brain from your hypothalamus.
This is not the only way that caralluma fimbriata can help with your weight loss efforts though, as it has also been shown to burn fat too.
Caralluma fimbriata contains pregnane glycosides, which is a phytochemical that can the block the enzyme citrate lyase.
It is this enzyme that causes fat production, so in essence stopping further production of fat will result in your body being forced to break down and burn your current fat reserves.
Is caralluma fimbriata proven to aid weight loss?
A study undertaken in 2007 on 50 adults between the ages of 25 and 60 showed how caralluma fimbriata could help reduce appetite.
This study involved the participants being split into 2 groups with 1 receiving a supplement, with the other receiving a placebo.
At the end of the 2 month period it was noted that those who took the caralluma fimbriata supplement had lost more weight, had slimmer waists and noticed a drop in their appetite.
Other health benefits of caralluma fimbriata
Weight loss is not the only benefit of caralluma fimbriata, it can also help:
- Improve overall health – Due to its high antioxidant content
- Fight fatigue – As it helps promote the building of lean muscle mass
- Increase energy levels
Does caralluma fimbriata cause any side effects?
This ingredient is generally recognised as being safe, there have been mild side effects reported such as stomach upset, intestinal gas, constipation and stomach pain, although they tend to disappear after a week.
It is also recommended that if you are pregnant or breastfeeding that you do not take caralluma fimbriata just to err on the safe side.
How much caralluma fimbriata should you use?
Dr Oz stated that to ensure you ate less every day you had to take 50 mg of caralluma fimbriata twice a day. Once before breakfast and again before dinner.
Where can you buy caralluma fimbriata?
You can buy caralluma fimbriata online from a number of websites including Amazon. Before you choose the supplement you should check to see what other ingredients are found in the formula.
Please look for ‘pure’ caralluma fimbriata if possible. Avoiding other filler ingredients that could reduce the effectiveness or in some cases potentially cause harm.
Our recommendation would be Caralluma Fimbriata Pure, which contains pure ingredients so you will experience the full benefit without any side effects.