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Common name: Caralluma
• Kannada: maakada singi, mangana kodu
• Marathi: माकड शिंग Makad Shing
• Sanskrit: Yugmaphallottama
• Tamil: Kullee Mooliyan, Kallimudayan
• Telugu: kaarallamu, kundelu kommulu
Botanical name: Caralluma adscendens var. fimbriata
Family: Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed family)
Synonyms: Caralluma fimbriata
One of the reasons why the interest of Caralluma Fimbriata increased so rapidly is due to its weight loss benefits. Although there are more advantages of this extract to your health than weight loss, other benefits are far less researched. You can find a detailed list of potential benefits of Caralluma bellow in the article.
The first benefit of Caralluma in terms of weight loss is that is able to decrease your appetite. The way it works is that it is able to control a part of a brain called hypothalamus. It is “in charge” of letting your brain know if you full or hungry. By interfering in this process Caralluma Fimbriata is able to minimize the feeling hunger. Due to this you will feel full by eating far less and experience less cravings.
The next benefit of Caralluma for weight loss is that it is actually able to fight fat cells. The extract made of this plant doesn’t allow for pre-fat cells to properly develop and turn into fat cells. It is thought that this is achieved by a few enzymes that are found in this plant. One of these enzymes is able to block Citrate Lyase, which is responsible for producing fat in your body. The other component found in Caralluma plant is able to stop an enzyme called Malonyl Coenzyme A, which is also responsible fat formulation. So by stopping these two enzymes, extract made of this plant will force your body to use its fat reserves and as a result you will be able get rid of fat quicker. Since it promotes leaner body mass it should be also added that it can be also effective in fighting fatigue. When your body will have less fat you will be less likely to experience tiredness and weakness. According to a study done on the animals (mice) this extract was more effective for burning fat when it was used for longer period of time and in higher dosages. The dosages of Caralluma extract ranged from 20-500 mcg in one liter of water. Furthermore participants (people) in a few studies on Caralluma Fimbriata reported that they noticed increase in energy while using a supplement containing this extract. So it can be said that the other potential benefit of Caralluma is boosting of energy levels.
So it can be said that Caralluma Extract is far more beneficial in terms of weight loss, than other popular appetite suppressant such as Hoodia Gordonii or Saffron Extract. Not only it is able to reduce appetite, but it can also help your body to prevent fat from forming and get rid of current fats. All these affects can help you achieve far better results than these popular appetite suppressants.
There is also some evidence suggesting that Caralluma can help with diabetes and heart problems. Some studies on animals suggest that it can help to regulate blood sugar levels therefore it can be beneficial for people who have diabetes. Furthermore there is some indications that it can be helpful in reducing high cholesterol levels thus can significantly reduce the risk of heart diseases. The available studies on these two benefits are quite limited and were done only on animals, so these potential benefits should be acknowledged with some precaution.
Additionally high levels of antioxidants are found in Caralluma Fimbriata. Antioxidants can greatly improve your general health as well as aging process and can help to prevent various serious conditions. Besides that the extract of this plant contains fatty acids (Omega-9), which can help with conditions such as arthritis, high blood sugar levels and heart problems. Also it is important to mention that the plant of Caralluma was used by local people to treat conditions such as malaria and fewer.
Although these benefits of Caralluma Fimbriata are truly remarkable, it is important to acknowledge that there are still not enough studies done in order to fully confirm some of these claims. However there are quite a lot of studies and testimonials that can confirm this extract effectiveness in terms of weight loss. You can find plenty of reviews on different Caralluma supplements that it helped users to reduce appetite, feel full after eating less, minimize cravings and etc. So trying a supplement that includes this extract can be definitely worthwhile for people who want to lose some weight.