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22.02.2011


Caralluma fimbriata reduces daily calorie intake by 200 kcal

Weight-loss supplements containing extracts of the Indian succulent plant Caralluma fimbriata not only cause lab rats to eat less, they also suppress appetite in humans. A study done by researchers at the St Johnís National Academy of Health Sciences was published in Appetite.

The researchers were working for Gencor Pacific, the producer of the patented caralluma extract Slimulima. Slimulima is the active ingredient in supplements like Caralluma Burn.

The researchers describe how they obtained their extract, drying 100 kg of above-ground parts of the succulent plant to end up with 12 kg of dried plant. From this they obtained 1 kg alcohol extract.

62 men and women aged between 25 and 60 took part in the study. Half of them took a placebo for 60 days, and the other half took 1 g extract each day. In the end 50 test subjects completed the trial Ė 25 in each group.

During the two months of the study the caralluma users lost 2.4 kg. A few simple calculations based on the figures in the table below reveal that their lean body mass probably did not decrease.


Caralluma fimbriata reduces daily calorie intake by 200 kcal


The table below shows how the extract works: it reduces appetite. The daily calorie intake of the experimental group went down by 187.7 kcal.


Caralluma fimbriata reduces daily calorie intake by 200 kcal


Source:
Appetite. 2007 May; 48(3): 338-44.

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