Health Benefits of Caralluma Fimbriata

Health-Benefits-of-Caralluma-FimbriataCaralluma fimbriata is an edible cactus that grows abundantly throughout India, Sri Lanka, parts of the Middle East and North Africa. Caralluma fimbriata has been used for thousands of years in Indian culture and Eastern medicine as an appetite suppressant during long journeys, hunts and times of famine. This edible cactus blooms in late summer with blossoms that are usually brown, purple, tan, yellow, and red.

Caralluma fimbriata is extremely rich in fiber, an essential component of digestive health, and these beneficial nutrients:

Pregnane glycosides (appetite suppressants that moderate food intake by positively affecting the hypothalamic feeding circuits in your brain).

Flavone glycosides (Flavone glycosides have antioxidant properties that help prevent damage to the cells in your body and brain by chemicals called free radicals).

Megastigmane glycosides (an anti-inflammatory nutrient that prevents or delays cell death).

Polyphenols and Flavonoids (phytonutrients with antioxidant properties shown to delay motor nerve deterioration and help improve brain function and cognition).

Saponins (an antioxidant and immune system enhancer).

Recently, many people have begun using caralluma fimbriata for its weight loss properties as an appetite suppressant, thirst quencher and a stimulator for lean muscle mass generation. The cactus, or it’s extract has been shown to slow the hunger sensory mechanism of the hypothalamus and eliminating the underlying need to eat when not hungry. In addition to suppressing hunger, the plant quenches thirst. Caralluma fimbriata can be eaten raw or cooked, ground, powdered, or added to smoothies.

Caralluma fimbriata will not only cause you to eat less, but your body will burn more stored fat for fuel. Several studies conducted in India have shown measurable weight loss after taking Caralluma fimbriata extract. A 2008 study at St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences in Bangalore, India clearly showed that all participants experienced appetite suppression and reduced both body weight and waist circumference after taking one gram of Caralluma fimbriata extract each day of the 60 day study.

Fifty overweight men and women ranging in age from 25-60 were separated into two groups and given either a placebo or a daily dose of 1 g of Caralluma fimbriata. The study participants were also counseled and educated about proper diet and increasing physical activity in addition to the Caralluma fimbriata supplements.

Caralluma fimbriata promotes weight loss in two distinct and beneficial ways – improving the way your body processes fat and suppressing your appetite, thereby conditioning your body to eat less.

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