At the end of last week’s post on why your lack of sleep is literally ruining your diet, we talked a bit about caralluma fimbriata, the succulent plant also known as caralluma adscendens.
Caralluma’s past is as interesting as its effects: for centuries, it’s been used by tribesmen in India and North Africa for centuries as an appetite suppressant while on long hunts. Folk medicine doesn’t always hold up to modern scientific study, but extensive testing of caralluma in recent years has led to some exciting revelations. It appears this wonder plant really does cut off food cravings directly at the source!
About caralluma fimbriata
The caralluma story started with observations of the native population of rural India. People in this region tend to have very basic diets based on traditional farming methods and the almost exclusive use of fresh foods. They also tend to have extremely low rates of diabetes and obesity as compared to cultures that eat preservatives and larger amounts of sugar.
Caralluma fimbriata, which looks like a small cactus and grows wild all over India, is boiled and served with salt and spices as part of a regular diet, but tribes in the southern regions are also known to eat it raw while out hunting, and this practice has extended to laborers living in more modernized settings.
In western India it’s also laid aside as “famine food” for use during droughts. Other regions where it has traditionally been used in a similar manner are the Arabian peninsula, the northernmost nations of Africa and in certain parts of southern Europe.
The research on caralluma
Its success in staving off hunger warranted more research by modern science.
Reduced Waist Circumference!
Studies by modern science began in earnest around the mid-2000s to determine how it was actually functioning on appetite. A 2007 study of overweight Indian men and women over a 60-day period concluded that it helped to not only suppress appetite but also to reduce waist circumference.
Weight Loss and Appetite Suppression Success
A similar study in 2013 also found that participants not only lost weight, but found test meals less palatable and took in less sodium overall.
Prior to that, a 2010 study of rats given a range of different foods found that not only did they reduce body weight, but tended to choose the foods less dense in fat when supplemented with ground caralluma.
Is it safe?
A 2012 pharmacological review also found it safe and non-toxic for weight loss purposes.
The consensus thus far seems to be that caralluma works in a pretty simple manner — it just curbs food cravings at a neurological level. If the brain isn’t telling the body that it’s hungry or in need of calories at the moment, those fatty, salty and sugary foods suddenly seem an awful lot less appealing.
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In Myokem’s Pyroxamine fat burner, caralluma fimbriata is part of the Accelerated Lipo-Regulating Matrix, working in tandem with olive leaf extract, bacopa monniera and evodia rutaecarpa to rub out food cravings while mobilizing body fat for burning and providing cardiovascular support.
While this is a relatively new ingredient in the supplement world, the science is definitely backing it up. You can expect to see it in more and more weight loss products over the coming years, but Myokem is one of the first to successfully use it here.
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