Ethanol-water extract of Caralluma fimbriata (Slimaluma®) and helps to reduce body fat


Slimaluma®, Caralluma fimbriata, pregnane glycosides, body fat, health claims.
First published in the EFSA Journal
12 May 2010
30 April 2010
Scientific Opinion

Following an application from Gencor Pacific Inc. submitted pursuant to Article 13(5) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 via the Competent Authority of United Kingdom, the Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies was asked to deliver an opinion on the scientific substantiation of a health claim related to ethanol-water extract of Caralluma fimbriata (Slimaluma®) and “helps to reduce body fat”. Slimaluma® is an ethanol-water extract of Caralluma fimbriata standardised by its content in pregnane glycosides that is sufficiently characterised. The reduction in body weight is considered a beneficial physiological effect. A double blind, placebo controlled, randomised trial in humans investigating the effects of Slimaluma® on body fat was considered as being pertinent to the claim. No statistically significant differences in body fat changes between the experimental and placebo groups were reported. The Panel concludes that a cause and effect relationship has not been established between the consumption of the ethanol-water extract of Caralluma fimbriata Slimaluma® and a reduction in body fat.

Panel members at the time of adoption
Carlo Agostoni, Jean-Louis Bresson, Susan Fairweather-Tait, Albert Flynn, Ines Golly, Hannu Korhonen, Pagona Lagiou, Martinus Løvik, Rosangela Marchelli, Ambroise Martin, Bevan Moseley, Monika Neuhäuser-Berthold, Hildegard Przyrembel, Seppo Salminen, Yolanda Sanz, Sean (J.J.) Strain, Stephan Strobel, Inge Tetens, Daniel Tomé, Hendrik van Loveren and Hans Verhagen
Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies
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EFSA Journal 2010; 8(5):1603 [9 pp.].
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