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    Caralluma fimbriata extract causes 2.2 lbs of weight loss in two months


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    Monday, April 21, 2008 11:14 am Email this article
    People given 1000 mg of an extract from an edible cactus called Caralluma fimbriata lost 4.4 pounds in two months compared to 2.2 pounds for those given a placebo, in other words, an additional 2.2 pounds according to a study by researchers from St John's National Academy of Health Sciences in Bangalore, India. This is only one pound per month -- not much. "Caralluma fimbriata is an edible cactus, used by tribal Indians to suppress hunger and enhance endurance," according to the paper. Body Weight

    Body weight from 174.9 to 170.5 lbs vs 172 lbs to 169.8 lbs

    The average body weight decreased from 174.9 pounds to 170.5 pounds in the group given the Caralluma fimbriata extract, and from 172 pounds to 169.8 pounds in the group given the placebo

     

    Percent Body Fat

    Perfect body fat decreased by 1.2% vs 0.2%

    Percent body fat decreased from 34.6 percent to 33.4 percent, a decrease of 1.2 percentage points in those given Caralluma Fimbriata compared to a decrease from 34.2 percent to 34.0 percent, a decrease of 0.2 percent in those given a placebo.

    This means Caralluma Fimbriata decreased percent body fat by 1 percentage point. Not much.

     

    Subjects

    Subjects: 50 men and women, 25-60 years-old

    The study involved fifty men and women, 25- to 60-years-old who were overweight, that is, had a body mass index (BMI) greater than 25.

    Everyone was given advice on diet and exercise to achieve 5-10 percent of their body weight during the study.

    Half (25) were given pills with the active ingredient, and the other half were given a placebo (maltodextrin).

    “The subjects included staff and individuals who visited the Nutrition Clinic of St. John’s Medical College Hospital, Bangalore, in order to lose weight,” the paper noted.

    Comment: I don’t like the fact that they used maltodextrin as the placebo. A number of studies have used maltodextrin, but it is a starch and has a very high glycemic index—105 according to this paper from UCLA.

    In other words, it raises blood sugar even more than pure glucose, which has a glycemic index of 100.

    The research suggests that high glycemic index foods increase food intake, especially in people who are obese.

    Using maltodextrin as the placebo is likely to cause the placebo group to eat more than they normally would, and lose less weight than the active group, even if the active ingredient has no effect.

     

    Caralluma extract

    Caralluma extract

    “The Caralluma extract was made from the aerial parts of the plant with aqueous alcohol which was 40% aqueous (40 parts of alcohol and 60 parts of water). About 12 kg of dried herb was obtained from 100 kg of the fresh plant, which gave a final yield of 1 kg of the extract.”

    REFERENCE

    Kuriyan R, Raj T, Srinivas S, Vaz M, Rajendran R, Kurpad A. Effect of caralluma fimbriata extract on appetite, food intake and anthropometry in adult indian men and women. Appetite. 2007 May, 48(3):338-44. Epub 2006 Nov 13.

    AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION

    Rebecca Kuriyan
    Division of Nutrition
    Institute of Population Health and Clinical Research
    St John’s National Academy of Health Sciences
    Bangalore 560034, India
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    REFERENCE

    Kuriyan R, Raj T, Srinivas S, Vaz M, Rajendran R, Kurpad A. Effect of caralluma fimbriata extract on appetite, food intake and anthropometry in adult indian men and women. Appetite. 2007 May, 48(3):338-44. Epub 2006 Nov 13.

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