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Caralluma: Nature's Appetite Suppressant

Caralluma fimbriata: 1832 botanical drawing.
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Caralluma fimbriata: 1832 botanical drawing.

An Ancient Famine Food

Caralluma Actives, Caralluma Burn, Slenderluma, and Slimaluma are four brand names for a popular diet pill with hunger-curbing abilities.

These modern weight loss pills contain an ancient ingredient: the extract of Caralluma fimbriata, a succulent plant that is native to India.

The wild cactus grows along the roads of rural India, and it is common in garden borders. Africa, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Southern Europe, and the Canary Islands are also home to this plant.

Traditionally, Caralluma fimbriata was consumed by Indian tribesmen during their hunts. It was the ideal portable food; it could quench thirst, ward off hunger, and improve endurance.

The locals still eat raw Caralluma today. They also preserve the plant as pickles or chutney. Most often, they prepare the plant as a cooked vegetable served with Indian herbs and spices.

Are you ready to put this ancient ingredient to work in your own weight loss efforts?

Diet pills are not meant to replace healthy foods and regular exercise, which are the real keys to weight control. However, natural supplements can be an effective weight loss tool when you combine them with healthy lifestyle changes.

Modern Diet Pills

Many modern diet pills contain Caralluma extract to minimize food cravings and encourage weight loss. Like the raw plant, the supplements can quench your thirst and improve your stamina.

In addition Caralluma extract, Caralluma Actives diet pills contain several phytonutrients, organic plant nutrients that are thought to improve health. Flavone glycosides, megastigmane glycosides, pregnane glycosides, and saponins are some of the ingredients.

Caralluma Burn contains the additional ingredients of cellulose and water. Colloidal silicon dioxide, dibasic calcium phospate, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, magnesium stearate, and maltrin are found in Slenderluma. Slimaluma contains green tea and yerba mate.

Carallluma fimbriata: 1830 botanical drawing.
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Carallluma fimbriata: 1830 botanical drawing.

Promising Clinical Research

In 2006, a clinical trial in India studied the effects of Caralluma fimbriata extract on 50 overweight people. It did not produce significant changes in their body weight, fat consumption, or hip measurements. However, the study participants did experience reduced appetites and smaller waist measurements.

According to another study, Caralluma fimbriata may reduce the formation of plaque in the arteries. This has significant benefits for heart health.

As the research shows, the key ingredient in Caralluma diet pills is effective as an appetite suppressant. It also has anti-obesogenic and anti-atherogenic properties. That said, it is important to do your homework before you take Caralluma or other weight loss supplements.

Nutritional supplements are not subject to the same government standards as prescription medications. As a result, supermarkets, health food stores, pharmacies, and other retailers sell these products with limited proof of safety and effectiveness. Always read the labels and talk to a doctor or pharmacist before taking supplements.

Once a supplement is on the market, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) monitors the product for safety. The agency will recall or ban dangerous products. To learn about product recalls, market withdrawals, and safety alerts, visit the FDA website.

An Australian News Report on the Caralluma Fimbriata Diet Pill

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Copyright © 2011. Annette R. Smith. All rights reserved.

Published: September 23, 2011 / Modified: May 27, 2013.

Caralluma fimbriata is a natural appetite suppressant and weight loss aid.
Caralluma fimbriata is a natural appetite suppressant and weight loss aid.
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Hyphenbird 2 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Very interesting information. I believe our natural world contains everything we need to assist us with weight loss and health. Yet we have been trained to turn to drugs. Thanks for this Hub, I had never heard of this Herb before.

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Annette R. Smith 2 years ago from San Antonio, Texas Hub Author

Thank you, Hyphenbird. I had not heard of Caralluma until recently, and I enjoyed researching the topic and learning more about this natural weight loss aid.

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Peter Geekie 17 months ago from London Level 3 Commenter

Dear annettersmith,

Thank you for a very interesting article. I did come across this some years ago but filed it as I could find no acreditable clinical trials info for its use in weight loss. I will follow this up now.

I am especially interested in its use for reducing arterial plaque and will certainly investigate this further. Thank you again.

Voted up and interesting.

Kind regards Peter

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Annette R. Smith 17 months ago from San Antonio, Texas Hub Author

Hello, Peter. Thank you for taking a moment to read my article and post a comment. Caralluma fimbriata, with its musical sounding name, certainly has some interesting properties. Your votes are much appreciated!

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