Caralluma Fimbriata (Slimaluma™) For Appetite Suppression
Caralluma fimbriata is an Indian cactus commonly eaten as a vegetable. It has a reputation as a hunger and appetite suppressant, and is used as a “famine food” in rural India. Despite this, there isn’t a ton of clinical data validating Caralluma’s effects. One positive study (see Appetite. 2007 May;48(3):338-44. Epub 2006 Nov 13) concluded…
“While there was a trend towards a greater decrease in body weight, body mass index, hip circumference, body fat and energy intake between assessment time points in the experimental group, these were not significantly different between experimental and placebo groups. Caralluma extract appears to suppress appetite, and reduce waist circumference when compared to placebo over a 2 month period.”
In other words, Caralluma seems to work to some degree as an appetite suppressant, but it’s no miracle worker as far as weight loss goes (anyone who tells you so is misrepresenting the study data).
Still, anecdotal reports suggest it is helpful, and if overeating is derailing your weight loss progress, this might be worth a try, especially as it’s relatively inexpensive.
We suggest one of two options…
Slimaluma Plus from BodyBuilding.com
(Slimaluma™ is a proprietary version of Caralluma produced by Gencor Pacific.
It’s the version most common to Caralluma-based supplements. This product also contains green tea and yerba mate, which provides it with 20 mg of caffeine).
SlenderLuma from iHerb.com (use the coupon code FAT259 to receive $5 off your first order).
SlenderLuma contains Caralluma only.
Whichever product you choose, make sure you take a minimum of two capsules per day; the positive clinical study referenced above used 1 gram (1,000 mg) daily.