The Caralluma Fimbriata is a cactus-like succulent flowering plant belonging to the
cactus family Apocynaceae where the similar Hoodia Gordini cactus belongs. It is
native to India where certain tribes have consumed the plant raw or served as a cooked
vegetable and preserved in pickles and chutneys.
The plant has been used by tribesmen for centuries as a portable food to quench hunger
and thirst during long journeys while enhancing stamina. Local hunters have been
known to pack some Caralluma Fimbriata plants for the day’s hunt as sustenance and
rural India generally take it to suppress hunger in times of famine that eventually
made them popular as India’s “famine food.”
This tradition has given rise to the belief that the Caralluma Fimbriata plant has
appetite control powers. It has since been cultivated in various parts around the
world with similar climes as its popularity among dieters has grown over the years.
Various food supplements and diet pills contain herbal extracts from the Caralluma
Fimbriata plant claiming therapeutic weight loss benefits to counter obesity through
its appetite suppressing properties.
How Does Caralluma Fimbriata Work For Weight Loss?
The Caralluma Fimbriata contains phytochemicals like Saponins, Pregnane Glycosides,
Flavone Glycosides and Megastigmane Glycosides that stimulate the neurosensors in
the stomach to trick your brain into calming your hunger pangs. This pharmaceutically
induced state of mind accounts for its appetite suppressing property which makes
you eat less while feeling satiated.
However, it should be cautioned that no clinical studies on human subjects have independently
confirmed or undergone peer reviews to ascertain its weight loss efficacy.
Neither can its side effects be confirmed. While controlling calorie intake can promote
weight loss, there’s no guarantee that appetite suppressants can do the job in a
shorter time than traditional diet pills that burn stored fat.
Is Caralluma Fimbriata Safe?
Ayurvedic or traditional Indian herbal medication have long used the Caralluma Fimbriata
plant without any adverse side effects to users as the plant has no known toxic content.
Hence, food supplements containing 100% Caralluma Fimbriata extracts should be safe.
However, other extracts or chemicals in many proprietary blends that contain the
plant could cause side effects.
It is still best to consider consulting with your doctors when in doubt before taking
any non-prescriptive medication or food supplement. This becomes important especially
if you’re pregnant or breast-feeding, have a history of allergies to either natural
or man-made substances, are suffering any chronics health condition or are taking
prescriptive medication that could cause complications.