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How is Caralluma Fimbriata Used for Weight Loss and How Dr. Oz Reports It

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Caralluma Fimbriata for weight loss

Are you looking for a natural weight loss supplement that has centuries of use behind it as what is labeled as a famine food? According to a recent episode of The Dr Oz Show that tackles weight loss by curbing your cravings while dieting, Dr Oz reveals a new weight loss supplement called Caralluma fimbriata that many testify has helped them lose weight.


According to Dr Oz, ghrelin is a well-known hunger hormone that you experience the first thing in the morning that signals the body that it’s time to eat and nourish the body, Unfortunately, when ghrelin levels are up, they can trigger cravings for unhealthy foods such as sodium-rich carbohydrate-based snacks that will not only raise your blood pressure, but also add unwanted pounds—fast!

To nip these salt cravings in the bud, Dr. Oz recommends trying 500 milligrams of a Caralluma fimbriata supplement twice a day as a ghrelin-inhibiting weight loss supplement.

So just what is Caralluma fimbriata?

A member of the cactus family, Caralluma fimbriata is a succulent plant that has been used for centuries in India as a portable food while hunting due to its very effective appetite suppressing properties. According to one study, hunters would eat only a handful or so of the cacti that would then suppress hunger for days at a time during prolonged hunts.

Its label as a “famine food” originates of its use during famines to stave off hunger pains among starving people in rural areas where this cactus-like plant with its characteristic star-shaped flower grows wild.

Essentially, Caralluma fimbriata is consumed as a staple vegetable primarily in tribal India that is either cooked like a regular vegetable dish garnished with salt and spices, used in pickled preserves, or eaten raw.

Because of its well-known appetite curbing properties, scientists have made extracts of the plant to study and develop as a potential weight loss supplement.

In a recent article published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine, a randomized, double blind placebo controlled clinical trial involving forty-three overweight or obese adults aged 29-59 years were used to determine the effectiveness of Caralluma fimbriata extract in conjunction with diet and moderate exercise.

In the study, the participants were randomly divided into two groups of which for a period of 12 weeks one group was provided with 500 milligram capsules twice a day of Caralluma fimbriata extract while the other group was given a placebo. Diet and physical activity levels were monitored of all study participants to limit external factors that might skew the study data.

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At the end of the 12-week period the data was analyzed and revealed that while both groups lost weight and body fat, the Caralluma fimbriata extract group did significantly better:

• 33 participants completed the study with the primary outcome of a statistically significant decrease in waist measurement in the Caralluma fimbriata extract group.

• The Caralluma fimbriata extract group lost on average 2 and ½ inches compared to 1 inch on average in the placebo group.

• Waist to hip ratio significantly improved in Caralluma fimbriata extract group.

• Significant appetite suppression was evidenced in the Caralluma fimbriata extract group.

The conclusion reached by the scientists is that supplementation with Caralluma fimbriata extract in conjunction with controlling overall dietary intake and physical activity may potentially play a role in curbing central obesity and improving the metabolic risk profile of dieters who take this supplement.

To discover what sources of Caralluma fimbriata extract are recommended to buy for weight loss, go to this article on Caralluma fimbriata sources.

Here is an additional article about a similar cactus-like plant used by Kalahari Bushmen to suppress appetite that has been reported to work successfully as a weight loss supplement ingredient.

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The Dr. Oz Show

“A pilot study investigating the effect of Caralluma fimbriata extract on the risk factors of metabolic syndrome in overweight and obese subjects: a randomized controlled clinical trial” Complementary Therapies in Medicine Vol. 21, Issue 3, Pages 180-189, June 2013.



There are many products in the market that can aid in weight loss but caralluma-fimbriata is a very effective product.caralluma fimbriata extract with a standard of purity, with no extra fillers, binders or extra ingredients and with an effective dosage for weight loss and fat burning. The most important part is that it is natural.
There is no product that can help with sustained weight loss. Taking anything long term has risks. Many of these products have not been around long enough to know if they are safe. This short study shows people lost weight, but did they keep it off? The mainstay of weight loss is to be active and curb your calorie intake. I have very strong feelings about what Dr. Oz promotes. Natural products are not always safe at all and it's a mistake to be lulled into a false sense of security. These products are not controlled either.
Oh Poppycock. You are probably a salesperson for big Pharma
What does big Pharma have to do with lifestyle changes that help with weight loss? It's true that supplements are not controlled, so why even try to argue that? Pay attention to news about harmful ingredients going into supplements. Liver damage is on the rise from increased supplement use. A pill won't cure obesity. Read my bio here George. I have nothing to do with pharmaceutical sales.....you're not paying attention.
Kathleen, while I agree with some of your comments concerning the products not being tested, I have questions about the products that go into those that are FDA approved as well. They do not "always" test them thoroughly either and end up removing them from the market. It's a catch 22 or as my dad use to say, 'you are dammed if you do and dammed if you don't.' Who actually knows what is best? If we would go back to planting vegetables as people did over 50 years ago (rotating where vegetables are planted yearly); we would be receiving the nutrients we need from the ground and may not need all the medicines we take. If real PE was still required at the schools, there would not be as much obesity among children. There is something to be said about the "old time way" of doing things.
I agree. The point really is that no pill is the answer . Not sure why the "big pharma" comment was even made.
Where is this product and how much??
how to buy and where
I'm a 41 year old lady, where and how can I buy this product , I'm in Namibia
Would like to have the product but can't tell how much is it and how I can get it because am in Kampala-uganda.But does it really and has no side effects.
I've been taking this herb, and it's working great. While eating proper and dieting is the way to maintain true weight loss, some people have a difficult time achieving their weight loss goals. Therefore, if that's the case, I would say that taking this supplement can do no wrong. Oh, and there are some people who manage to "keep" their weight off long term...it's really notgood to be so judgemental' guys.
I ordered one bottle and it was supposed to be $49. lol when i rec'd it they billed my acct almost $70 for one bottle. so i cancelled and if i get any more i will check with walmart
You were probably billed $70 because it's $49 for the pills plus $10 s/h plus $10 mail-in rebate. (I ALWAYS read the fine print!!)
Gail, I was just wondering if you knew if Wal-Mart diet pills really work? I was 95pounds till I had 4 kids back to back now I'm 150 so I'm trying to lose some weight and my husband don't like buying over the internet so I was just curious if you knew if Wal-Mart diet pills work as good as the ones you buy over the internet.. Thanks. ☺
I bought this product been reading comments. I do not want more of this product so hope won't show up on my credit card or I will be contacting better business bureau.
Hello I have bought 7 bottles, please can you let me know the phone no-- I need to speak to the concerned person regarding the product, I live in India I will be glad if you respond for my request.. I live in India .. Thanking you.. Laxmi
Hi I m also from India .. and want to know is this product really working??? want a true / real fact of this..!! Please help me for this.. I am looking for a weight loss..!!
I bought several bottles and now I don't know who to call or contact to get my money back. It is doing nothing for me. Who do I call?
George, contact the seller of the product for guidance.
I am a South African and purchased this product more than two months ago on the net, an allegedly secure site. The product was paid for, and did not receive the product. I tried going on the site and it does not exist. Kindly advise on way forward
E. Khan: if you have any record of payment perhaps you can locate who the money went to and report this to get your money back. It would, of course, be fraud. It should be on your bank or other statement, depending what source of payment you used.
I agree with all of your comments concerning these weight loss products.. I have spent thousands of dollars on products for these instant or miraculous products for weight loss. The pills, powders, and drinks just don't work. But your wallet decreases faster than your waistline. Because all the products give instructions for healthy eating regimens and exercise, I wondered why do I need to buy the diet supplements for? I was 265 pounds for the second time in my life and decided this time I was going to keep it off. I took this route to lose the weight: * Walked around the neighborhood for fifteen minutes and increased walking time till I reached 30 minutes * Cut all of my meals in half including the junk food * Buy the healthy snack foods that will benefit you in the long run * Increase daily water intake * Bought an exercise bike from the local thrift store * Rode the bike for 15 minutes and increased difficulty and time until I reached 30 minutes * Have one day a month to eat anything I want
Caralluma can be puff from Swisse - a nutrient company in Australia. But I am sure a distributed can send overseas to you. To those people who say it has not been tested- maybe not but it has been used for thousands of years to stave off hunger. Surely that is some testing.
How to use
Paid and received product but after more than a month of carefully following rebate requirements. Have Not received $20.00 rebate. No company name on bottle, third party web site to submit rebate form that only provides a form!
WARNING, BEWARE, It is a SCAM, the company I ordered from didn't send me my refund until my third phone call. Today I saw a charge on my credit card of $9.76 and went back on my statements and I have been charged for six months (yes my fault for not checking) but apparently when I ordered my trial pills I signed up for this on line health and nutrition web site. When you cancel the supplements you have to cancel the newsletter as well, I never saw the news letter since you have to sign in to read it. Of course it is not mentioned in the paper work that comes withe the supplement. The company is out of Utah phone# 866-354-6105, they offer many different supplements on a trial basis so BEWARE on anything that is on a trial basis. Shysters!
I have taken 6 bottles still weight the same, larger belly fat stomach and no difference in my health. Product is not working for me. Who do I talk to now.
I want to ask that if by consuming these pills now in future there will be no side effects. I am a student doing engineering. In my class all the girls are slim except me. I want to lose weight. Currently I m 60kgs. I want to know these are safe for use.
I would also like to say that I have asthma. These pills are nt harmful? How to know which is a natural product and artificial product?
I have tried every weight loss fad on the market and have spent thousands of dollars over the years. The easiest way to lose weight without putting your body into shock is to: * Cut all your meals in half * Exercise by taking a walk around the block or walk for 15 minutes and increase your time until it reaches 30 minutes * Ride an exercise bike starting slow and increase the difficulty and length of time * Choose one day a month to eat anything you want This regimen worked for me and maybe it will work for other people. I was 265 pounds and in five months and I lost 45 pounds.