Cha de bugre is a diet pill ingredient that has found its way into a growing number of products after it experience a small period of hype nearly two decades ago. Despite the fact that it has been a part of weight loss formulations for all of that time, it has yet to have been researched by any large and reputable organization that has published its results in a peer reviewed medical journal. At the moment, it is considered to be unproven when it comes to any direct effects that it could have on measurable weight loss among dieters.
This substance is known by a vast range of different names, including café de bugre, café des bois, coffee of the woods, cordial ecalyculata, burgrinho, café de la foret, cafezinho, café do mato, coquelicot, and others.
Cha de Bugre, itself, is actually a tree. It is native to many parts of Brazil, as well as to the Paraguay and Argentinean tropical forests. It is a plant that grows a red fruit that has an appearance that is quite similar to that of a coffee bean. In areas where it is grown, it is often roasted and then brewed into a tea, or prepared as a kind of coffee substitute. It’s name literally translates to “coffee of the woods” or “coffee of the forest”.
It became a popular diet ingredient with “Brazilian diet pills” became all the rage in North America. Those products were rapidly taken down off the market and earned a very bad reputation as they frequently contained prescription tranquilizers, prescription amphetamines, and other controlled substances that are illegal for use in nonprescription diet supplements.
Beyond its use in diet pills, Cha de Bugre is also sometimes used in natural remedies for the treatment of gout, cough, fluid retention, herpes, fever, cellulite, heart and blood vessel diseases, fever, and some viral infections. It is also used to improve heart function and blood circulation and for wound healing.
That said, there is very limited – if any – scientific evidence to support the majority of its uses. While it may work for some or even all of those purposes, it has yet to be proven. In fact, many reputable medical websites specifically state that there is insufficient evidence to support the use of cha de bugre for obesity and weight loss products and for all of the other purposes for which it is used. It should also be pointed out that there isn’t enough known about this ingredient to understand whether or not there are any safety concerns associated with its use.