Could Caralluma Help You Lose Potentially Dangerous Belly Fat?

| September 17, 2016

In my last blog post, I told you how animal studies suggest a herb called Caralluma fimbriata could help protect your kidneys and may also aid blood sugar control. So far, there have been only a few human clinical trials of this herb – but what they show is that it could help weight loss and, more, importantly, help reduce your waist size.

Waist circumference predicts future health problems more accurately than body mass index, or BMI, which is still the “official” measure of obesity. That is because it gives a good idea of how much fat surrounds your internal organs, called visceral fat. Too much visceral fat is a key component of metabolic syndrome, a collection of risk factors that could lead to diabetes and heart disease.

In a placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical trial, 43 overweight or obese adults (aged 29 to 59) took either Caralluma fimbriata or placebo, for 12 weeks. Both groups received weekly advice on diet and exercise, and both groups lost weight and reduced their BMI. But, while the placebo group lost an average of 2.6 cm around their waists, the Caralluma group lost 6.5 cm.

Caralluma fimbriata appears to aid weight loss by suppressing the appetite – it was used by people in India centuries ago to help reduce hunger pangs in times of famine. Modern research has shown that it could also help reduce excessive eating behaviour and food cravings. Another placebo-controlled clinical trial found that a supplement of Caralluma fimbriata helped reduce overeating behaviour in children and teenagers with Prader-Willi syndrome – a rare genetic condition that leads to a constant desire to eat.

Caralluma fimbriata is used in folk medicine in India and Pakistan as a treatment for diabetes; and as mentioned in my previous post, it has shown blood sugar-lowering properties in animal studies. Modern medicine has an arsenal of drugs at its disposal for helping to lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes, to the extent that tightly-controlled blood sugar levels have become the “holy grail” of diabetes management.

But does this obsession with keeping blood sugar within rigid limits actually translate into better health outcomes for people with type 2 diabetes? Apparently not, according to the results of a study that I shall report on in my next blog post.

Wishing you the best of health,

Martin Hum
PhD DHD Nutritionist
for Real Diabetes Truth

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1. Astell KJ, Mathai ML, McAinch AJ, Stathis CG, Su XQ. A pilot study investigating the effect of Caralluma fimbriata extract on the risk factors of metabolic syndrome in overweight and obese subjects: a randomised controlled clinical trial. Complement Ther Med. 2013; 21(3):180-189.

2. Griggs JL, Su XQ, Mathai ML. Caralluma fimbriata supplementation improves the appetite behavior of children and adolescents with Prader-Willi syndrome. N Am J Med Sci. 2015; 7(11):509-516.


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