Do you have a voracious appetite? Do you find yourself munching and you’re not even hungry? I just watched this video from a bariatric doctor who talked about Caralluma Fimbriata which is a natural cactus plant extract which comes from India, and it’s supposed to decrease appetite and support weight loss. The plant has been eaten in India for centuries. Although it has been around for centuries, it gained popularity as a diet pill in the last few years.
So what is its mechanism? Caralluma apparently works by blocking a specific enzyme (called citrate lyase) , which is necessary for the formation of acetyl CoA, a basic ingredient of essential fatty acids that become stored in the body as fat. Caralluma blocks the formation of an enzyme (called Malonyl CoA). Caralluma manufacturers claim that blocking these enzymes necessary to form fat will prevent the body from storing fat. This, combined with a purported interference with the brain’s hunger signals will cause you to eat less, and your body will burn stored fat for fuel.
Other health benefits of this cactus include:
Anti-Inflammation: Disease is often caused by inflammation within our bodies. Caralluma fimbriata contains high levels of omega-9 fatty acids, which can reduce inflammation and lower your risk of heart disease, arthritis, and other inflammatory conditions. It’s also been linked to healthier blood glucose levels, reduced cholesterol, and more regular blood pressure.
Reduce Fatigue: As mentioned above, Caralluma fimbriata can activate stored fat, turning it into lean muscle mass and burning the rest as energy. This makes you feel more energetic while also enhancing results at the gym.
Anti-Aging: Like many plants, Caralluma fimbriata contains high levels of anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants target free radicals within the body, which reduces aging in the brain and the body. That means fewer wrinkles and better overall cognitive and physical health.
Having said all of this, the studies are still new. This supplement has only been available for a few years and studies on it are on-going so ones that are released now are still preliminary. You never know…this could turn out to be the most promising weight loss aid in the near future. Keep your eyes out for more studies and weight loss results!