Carallumanol is a dietary supplement from MIT Nutra. It is marketed as an extra strength, extreme carb blocker and fat burner. It claims to slow down fat deposits, help suppress appetite, boost energy levels and promote weight loss. Even more interesting, this product contains only one active ingredient: Caralluma Fimbriata.
More specifically, each serving size (2 veggie capsules) contained 1200 mg of Caralluma Fimbriata, when this review was written.
Caralluma is a cactus native to India. Traditionally, Indian tribes would reportedly chew chunks of caralluma to ward off hunger during long hunts. Nowadays, when the chemicals of this plant are extracted and used in dietary supplements, such as Carallumanol, the common belief is that it decreases appetite for weight loss, can block fat storage, and can also increase endurance and quench hunger.
Another common belief is that caralluma can block citrate lyase. This is an enzyme required for the formation of acetyl CoA, which essentially is stored in the body as fat. It also supposedly blocks the formation of Malonyl CoA, another enzyme that is necessary to form fat.
In other words, based on all these claims, caralluma can help you eat less and also prevent the body from storing some fat.
Although it has been researched to determine its effects on weight loss, WebMD notes that there is insufficient evidence that caralluma is effective for weight loss and obesity. It mentions that developing evidence suggests that taking this herb for 60 days may decrease waistline, fat, feelings of hunger, calorie and fat intake. That being said, it does not seem to reduce weight, BMI (body mass index), body fat or hip measurements.
Ultimately, what this means is there is no real scientific proof that taking Carallumanol will lead to appetite suppression, carb blocking, fat block or fat burning. Even if any of these effects happened to occur, they are not likely to lead to measurable fat loss.
In terms of side effects, caralluma is typically tolerated well for short term use (60 days). Common, mild side effects include stomach upset, constipation, intestinal gas and stomach pain. That said, these effects usually subside after a week of use. It is unknown if it is safe to take caralluma over the long term.
The suggested use is to take 2 capsules once, daily. For optimal results, the capsules should be taken 20-30 minutes before a meal with 8 ounces of water. When this Carallumanol review was written, it could be purchased on the official MIT Nutra website for $24.99.
If you are interested in taking Carallumanol, it’s a good idea to first speak with your healthcare provider to ensure that this is a safe option for you.