We take an in depth look at Forza Garcinia Cambogia with Sea Kelp to find out more.
Forza Garcinia Cambogia with Sea kelp is a UK made supplement which as the name suggests contains just two active ingredients.
The principle ingredient is Garcinia Cambogia, a natural fruit similar to a tamarind, which grows in Asia and has been widely touted for weight loss just about everywhere.
Garcinia Cambogia contains Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA) and according to some research, this natural compound can help weight loss by preventing some of the dietary fats that you eat from adding to weight. In addition there are claims that it can improve mood and as a result reduce the urge to snack and comfort heat.
Some research suggests that Garcinia Cambogia may be effective at burning fat too – because of its effects upon the metabolism.
In truth, many of the claims have not been adequately proven but many people believe in it and have claimed that it has helped them lose weight. So there is some anecdotal evidence it may help support your efforts although this ingredient does not seem to work for everyone.
The other ingredient is Sea Kelp, or brown seaweed and familiar to most of us from trips to the coast.
Bladderwrack is the principle variety and in common with most other sea plants (if not all of them) contains iodine – a crucial chemical element that the body requires for effective thyroid function and the management of the thyroid hormones. Because these hormones control the metabolism, it is believed that taking added iodine may help improve the way the metabolism works.
Iodine is essential for health but has to be taken by diet because the body cannot manufacture its own. Iodine is present in fish seafood, seaweed, sea salt and eggs so is obtainable by a balanced diet, which experts recommend as being safer than taking iodine supplements unsupervised.
There is some evidence which suggests that Sea Kelp may help cause feelings of satiety so make you feel fuller. It may be effective for weight loss support.
The company behind Garcinia Cambogia with Sea Kelp is Forza, a British company based in Ashford in Kent.
The Forza brand was established in 2007 and is a reputable company that will not trick you or lock you into any dodgy payment scams.
The company is best known for its line in T5 supplements – products that may increase the speed of the metabolism via the thyroid hormones, often popular with bodybuilders. However, in recent years Forza appear to have branched out into supplements with a wider appeal to a more general customer base.
We have covered Forza supplements in previous reviews including Forza T5 Super strength and T5 Super Fruits.
Take 2 capsules in the morning before breakfast and 2 capsules in the evening before dinner. Take each serving with a large glass of water.
According to the advertising:
Garcinia Cambogia with Sea Kelp is a natural plant-based supplement that helps to suppress appetite.
In addition to a high strength garcinia cambogia extract, this exciting formula also contains bladderwrack and sea kelp.
Bladderwrack helps to increase feelings of fullness and satiety. The formula is safe, stimulant-free and produces no side effects.
Short and to the point! Good, but we would have liked to have seen further explanation about how the supplement may work and some links to clinical evidence to back up the claims.
Forza Garcinia cambogia with Sea Kelp is a weight loss supplement that is marketed as an appetite suppressant.
Very unusually for the Forza advertising, it lacks information regarding the quantities of ingredients contained in this supplement. However, we have been able to locate this vital information by finding a product label.
Forza Garcinia Cambogia with Sea Kelp may have a mild appetite suppressing effect, if the limited clinical research is to be believed.
However, Garcinia Cambogia has never been consistent in testing and the overriding medical opinion is that any weight loss is likely to be minimal. In addition we are not provided with the HCA content, so have no way of knowing if the amounts contained here reflect any of the positive results
The Brown seaweed combination may work in a similar way to HCA but again, this has not undergone adequate testing.
The good news is that the ingredients do appear to be fairly safe and well tolerated by most people. And if you use it to support a diet and exercise plan, you may find you lose weight. However we do have some added concerns.
Although the two ingredients look pretty safe, there are some concerns. There have been issues with seaweed extract being contaminated with pollution from dirty seas and there is no information about the origins of the kelp used in this supplement.
In addition, iodine is not suitable for everyone.
Potential side effects to kelp may include:
Garcinia Cambogia is safe for most people but may cause:
Not suitable for individuals under 18. Avoid if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Cease use if you notice any adverse reactions including memory issues, fatigue, vomiting or nausea and seek medical advice.
The product information advises you not to” exceed the recommended daily dose. Food supplements are not a substitute for a varied diet and healthy lifestyle. This product is not suitable for vegetarians.”
There is only one review for Forza Garcinia Cambogia with Sea Kelp posted on the Holland & Barrett website, one of the principle retailers for this supplement.
This customer is very happy and reported,
Saw these in my local store and they really looked stunning. It’s a brand that I’d seen before and friends have tried the products previously, raving about its quality. I’m truly satisfied with the product and will be buying my next bottle very shortly
Despite there being numerous reviews for similar product Forza Garcinia Cambogia, there is very little customer feedback for Garcinia Cambogia with Sea Kelp.
Forza Garcinia Cambogia with Sea Kelp may help support some weight loss but effects are unlikely to be mind blowing.
At best, Garcinia Cambogia is described by much of the research as offering minimal short-term weight loss and we do have concerns about the HCA content of this supplement. Hydroxycitric acid is the active part of Garcinia Cambogia and the amounts contained in this supplement are unknown.
In addition, although the clinical investigation into brown seaweed (kelp) looks favourable, it requires further testing that proves the claims either way. We would also feel better about this supplement if we could be sure that the kelp came from clean unpolluted waters.
There have been cases of arsenic poisoning following taking kelp supplements.
In 2007, researchers in the USA tested several commercially available kelp products. They found that eight out of nine samples showed detectable levels of arsenic higher than the Food and Drug Administration tolerance level of 0.5 to 2 parts per million for certain food products.
The report was published in the April 2007 issue of the journal “Environmental Health Perspectives.”
Garcinia Cambogia with Sea Kelp is not available direct from the Forza website, which is odd as you would expect to see it as part of their product range.
However, if you live in the UK you can find it on sale in your local branch of Holland & Barrett and it is available via the Holland & Barrett website.
One bottle of 100 capsules (25 days supply if taken as recommended) costs £29.99
Shipping is free to UK addresses.
Forza Garcinia Cambogia with Sea Kelp is on sale via eBay UK for £11.99 plus postage.
We have also seen Garcinia Cambogia with Sea Kelp on sale via eBay USA for $18.36 plus shipping charges from the UK.
Although may Forza supplements are on sale via Amazon UK, Forza Garcinia Cambogia with Sea Kelp is not currently available.
Forza Garcinia Cambogia with Sea Kelp does not come with a money back guarantee.
We quite like Forza supplements. This is a reputable UK brand that you can find in the shops and stores as well as online and comes with an assurance of quality. All Forza supplements are made in the UK and seem to conform to safety standards.
However, we are not very impressed with Forza Garcinia Cambogia with Sea Kelp.
This supplement is not one of Forza’s more popular supplements and we do have concerns about the ingredients. Sea Kelp can easily be contaminated and although this seems unbelievable, testing into US Kelp supplements revealed a high level of contamination. Will the same be true in UK supplements? The simple answer is that we just don’t know, but it is a matter for concern.
Iodine will not suit everyone either. The amounts of iodine contained in seaweed are variable and can cause side effects and reactions in some people.
Away from the contamination issue, this supplement does look fairly safe. It will not cause stimulant side effects and you never know it might just help you support some modest weight loss.
However, we are not that convinced. The claims of Garcinia Cambogia are unproven and even the people who do believe in it recommend that it is important to ensure that any supplement contains at least 60% of Hydroxycitric acid. This supplement contains the whole fruit so may not be very effective.
In addition, this supplement is expensive. Use as advised and your bottle will only last 25 days and in our opinion, this is just not good value.
Finally, we do agree with the customer who said that she loved the stylish product packaging – it looks good and will sit well in your bathroom or bedroom table. But this is not any reason to take a supplement and with only one feedback comment, results do not seem conclusive.
We like Forza and we like Holland & Barrett but we are not very keen on this supplement. In our opinion, Forza Garcinia Cambogia with Sea Kelp is just not good or safe enough to add to our approved list so have no other option but to reject it.
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