Garcinia Cambogia, also known as Garcinia gummi-gutta, is a fruit endemic to Indonesia. This pumpkin looking fruit has received considerable attention due to its reported weight loss properties. The popularity of Garcinia Cambogia as a weight loss agent, coincided with American talk show host Dr. Oz lauding its weight loss attributes.Though these claims have not been scientifically proven, many people are still using this fruit for this purpose, and below I would like to explore some of the positive and negative reviews affiliated with using this fruit in your weight loss regimen.
Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA) is the active agent in an untouched extract of Garcinia Cambogia. Research shows that HCA may control a person’s appetite as well as prevent fat storage brought about by the intake of excess calories.
Purdue University conducted it’s own research, and results showed that taking 400 mg of HCA 30-60 minutes before your meal, lead to a weight loss of between 6.8-8.1 lbs over a 3 month period. Additional research by Georgetown University showed that there was a 5.4% weight loss in 2 months.
However, alternative clinical trials reached the conclusion that HCA contributed to an average weight loss and fat loss of 1Kg, and this was mainly due to the placebo effect. It was also said that the side effects include hepatotoxicity, which damages the liver.
A recent review appearing in the Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine journal disputed the earlier claim of side effects, claiming in its article that there was no evidence of negative side effects when HCA was consumed. This review was backed by Consumer research specialist Lisa King, who said that any negative effects from Garcinia Cambogia should be linked to additives included by the manufacturer, and not to HCA as other scientists had claimed.
Research done by research analyst Cindy Walters for the Newswire’s Investigated News, found that Garcinia Cambogia was effective and only harmful when the manufacturers and marketers were not genuine. In her review, she stated that Garcinia Cambogia products with HCA levels of 60% would be safe and effective, while those falling between 30-50% were too diluted and may therefore cause a host of side effects. Moreover, HCA levels of 60% were too extreme and would cause negative reactions in the human body.
There was also controversy over additives like Calcium, Potassium and Chromium, with claims by Garcinia Cambogia suppliers that these additives were blocking absorption of important nutrients. However, clinical trial results, that were also cited in Lisa King’s and Cindy Walter’s reviews showed that these elements in fact aided absorption, making them beneficial to the body.
Cindy Walters Review gave the following advice. Ensure that the Garcinia Cambogia supplement:
1. Has a quality control stamp
2. Is 100% natural
3. Does not have fillers
4. Has 60% HCA levels(This can be seen on the label)
5. Has been made in a lab approved by the FDA and manufactured in the USA
After exploring all the reviews, scientific and otherwise it is safe to conclude that Garcinia Cambogia is a natural, safe and sustainable way of losing weight. Though it is prudent that certain individuals should not take this extract i.e pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, individuals with alzheimers, the average individual should have no worrying side effects from consuming this product. Caution should also be taken when choosing what brand of Garcinia Cambogia you should be taking, in order to ensure that you do not purchase ineffective and unsafe drugs made by scam artists.
So if you are looking to lose weight in a safe and healthy way, consider purchasing Garcinia Cambogia today.