Lose Weight With Cactus?

By James Keough

Who wouldn’t lose weight if forced to eat cactus, I hear you say, but suspend your disbelief. The cactus Caralluma fimbriata has a long pedigree as an appetite and hunger suppressant. Eaten like a vegetable in India, it appears to block enzymes involved in fat production and to help regulate appetite. You can buy extracts of the cactus at health food stores, in products such as SlenderTone by Nature’s Answer. In fact, two double-blind, placebo-controlled studies using a commercially available extract of the plant produced significant weight loss after four weeks.