• Garcinia Cambogia: What’s the Big Deal?

    People have been going on about Garcinia Cambogia and the amazing effects it has had on their weight loss. There are so many products out there being created by companies, which contain the ingredient, but does it do what the package says?

    Garcinia Cambogia

    In this investigation we’ll be looking at what Garcinia Cambogia is, if there’s any proof it works and a few of the most popular products on the market.

    But first of all…

    What is Garcinia Cambogia?

    To give you a bit of background information, we’re going to dedicate the next few sections on making sure you know exactly what’s going on with this ingredient.

    Garcinia Cambogia is a tropical fruit known as the Malabar Tamarind, which is native to Indonesia, with it’s appearance resembling a small pumpkin. In the 1960s scientists discovered that the acid it contained, Hydroxycitric acid (HCA, was similar to that of oranges and lemons.

    The ingredient supposedly blocks ability to make fat and works as an appetite suppressant to stop you from craving. It has also been suggested that it could keep your blood sugar and cholesterol levels in check.

    Garcinia Cambogia itself can be taken on it’s own or mixed with other ingredients, which is what commonly happens nowadays. In the past it has been used for cooking, especially in the preparation of curries, offering a sour taste that can activate digestion.

    What does it supposedly do?

    The HCA in Garcinia Cambogia blocks an enzyme called citrate lyase, which is used to make fat. This in turn diverts carbohydrates into energy production rather than fat, making it more beneficial.

    Not only does it do this, but also it can raise the level of serotonin making you feel less hungry. This increases the level of satisfaction you receive from food, making it easier to eat less.

    It is also said that it can affect metabolism but there is no proof of this. In fact, there is very little scientific proof to prove that Garcinia Cambogia actually affects weight loss. It was featured on the popular TV show Dr Oz, in which he described the product as being the ‘holy grail for weight loss’.

    Is there proof that it helps aid weight loss?

    smiling female doctor with pills

    There have been a lot of animal studies, but only a few human trials.

    There was a test on rats where the HCA caused congenital defects, whereas in another study it decreased body weight gain and visceral fat accumulation by reducing food intake.

    Overall the results were inconsistent, with one study showing that it was toxic to the testes.

    There was a study conducted by Dr. Harry Preuss, a professor in he Departments of Medicine and Pathology at Georgetown University, in which he did a study on the effects of HCA on humans. He said that there were three different forms of HCA, it could be blended with either calcium, potassium or magnesium salts. They decrease the degradation of free HCA into HCA lactone, the inactive form of the compound. They help your body to absorb the hydroxycitrate easily.

    He tested the HCA, which was bound with calcium and potassium, on 30 healthy but overweight people aged 21-50 over an 8 week period. They all consumed 2000 calories and walked for half an hour five days a week. Another group wasn’t given the supplement.

    The results were that the group without the HCA lost an average of 3 pounds, their BMI dropping by 1.7%, whereas the HCA group lost 12 pounds and there BMI fell by 6.3%. In addition to this the HCA group had their serotonin levels boosted by double, which led to fewer cravings resulting in weight loss. The conclusion was that Garcinia Cambogia would help with appetite control, as the subjects were full after meals.

    Source: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/fat-loss-hope-or-hype-the-truth-about-garcinia-gambogia.html

    How do you take it?

    To make the most out of this supplement you have to take the right dose or it simply won’t work. Dr. Preuss recommends that you should take the product this way in order to maximize its effects:

    • Choose a preparation that is at a minimum 50 percent HCA and is not composed wholly of calcium salts: Make sure potassium (K) and/or magnesium (Mg) is present. If the product has a low lactone content, that is even better.
    • Be sure to take an adequate dose. For a Ca/K preparation used successfully and reported in a peer-reviewed publication, the dose of extract was near 1.5 g, three times per day before meals. In this 60 percent HCA preparation, that approximates 0.9 g of HCA prior to each meal.
    • Take the preparation on an empty stomach, i.e., 30-60 minutes before each meal.
    • Remember, “If you don’t comply, don’t complain.” Take the right dose at the right time.

    Source: http://www.anh-usa.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/garcinia-cambogia2.pdf

    Are there any side effects?

    People who have taken products containing Garcinia Cambogia have experienced some side effects. These are the ones that were most common:

    • Dizziness
    • Dry mouth
    • Headache
    • Upset stomach
    • Diarrhea

    Not only are there side effects but also the product comes with various warnings to certain people so they don’t take it. It is advised that if you have a liver or kidney problem you shouldn’t ingest this ingredient. It can also interact badly with people who take:

    • Asthma and allergy medicines
    • Diabetes medicines, including pills and insulin
    • Iron, for anaemia
    • Pain Medicines
    • Prescriptions for psychiatric conditions
    • Statins, drugs that lower cholesterol
    • Warfarin, a blood thinner

    It seems that you have to be in tiptop shape to even think about taking this product.

    What products contain Garcinia Cambogia?

    Vita Web Garcinia Cambogia

    Vita Web Garcinia Cambogia

    Garcinia Cambogia contains high levels of Garcinia Cambogia, 80% of the product made up by HCA, and is mixed with small amounts of minerals such as calcium, potassium and chromium in each capsule.

    It is a high strength supplement with 1000 mg of the active ingredient per serving. The aim is to help you to lose weight faster, control appetite, improve well-being and prevent formation of fat cells.

    Reviews for the product are mixed, with some claiming that it is just like how Dr. Oz describes it, a miracle, helping them curb their appetite.

    I have found Garcinia Cambodia to be an effective weight loss product in general and the Vita Web extra strength did a good job of helping to suppress my appetite. I have received the product at a reduced cost in exchange for an honest opinion and I am happy to give this product a good review.

    For others it has done nothing for them, and in some cases it has had the opposite effect.

    I was super excited to take this!! I work out 6 days a week and eat super healthy, but once I started this I started to gain weight which is crazy!! It also made me crave things more, more carbs and treats!

    It seems to be that this product will work best when combined with healthy eating and working out. But if you have your heart set on trying out a product with Garcinia Cambogia, it seems that this is one of the better choices out there due to the 80% HCA.

    For more information see our review here.

    Absolute Garcinia

    Absolute Garcinia

    Absolute Garcinia seemed to appear out of nowhere offering a free trial to see if their product will work for you.

    However, what happens afterwards is that you are enrolled into auto-shipping and eventually costing you hundreds of pounds.

    There is hardly any information regarding the manufacturers, all we know is that they are based in the United States and they use a proxy to hide their real location. They describe Garcinia Cambogia on their website as being a ‘magic fruit’.

    Their products states that it contains 2200mg in the two capsules per day, however it is actually 2000mg. This doesn’t make them seem very trustworthy as they are lying, especially when the amount of 3000mg was used in successful clinical trials. In fact, the only ingredient is Garcinia Cambogia, which makes it less likely to promote weight loss compared to those with multiple ingredients.

    The majority of reviews on this product are extremely negative with people saying they have been scammed into paying for a product they thought they wouldn’t have to.

    SCAM!!! Stay away. They’ll hit your bank for $80+. If you also get the Absolute Green Coffee they’ll also charge $80+ for the “free” trial. I had to have my bank cancel my card to get out of this…

    When commenting on the actual supplement there’s aren’t many reviews but that are a select few that tell the truth.

    These pills are not doing anything for me i am gaining weight & i do diet & exercise & now i feel tired instead of FULL OF ENERGY. I am now stopping after reading other reviews that it did not help or do anything for them either.. NOT WORTH! DO NOT BUY!!!!!!!!!!

    It would seem that Garcinia Absolute isn’t as magical as it was first made out to be. There is also a no money back guarantee, although some consumers who have been scammed have been successful in getting their money back.

    For more information see our review here.

    Garcinia Forte

    Garcinia Forte

    Garcinia Forte is made by a company called Anthea Ltd which is based in Gibraltar and is clearly not a supplements company. Not much information is provided regarding address for returns and any phone numbers are difficult to find at first on the website. These are all signs of a scam.

    As well as this there are no instructions on how to take the supplement, doesn’t sound appealing, does it?

    Unlike Absolute Garcinia, you only pay for what you want and each purchase is a completed transaction.

    The website claims that the supplement contains 60% HCA and is contained in 100% natural, all vegan capsules, which is very generic. There is no clinical evidence that this works, but seems fairly safe so it shouldn’t cause too many health issues or side effects.

    One thing that did strike us as a warning to stay away from this product is that there are no customer reviews. If you want to try out Garcnia Cambogia we suggest you don’t go anywhere near this.

    For more information see our review here.

    Is it a waste of money?

    Before you do anything you should consult your doctor and decide if it’s a good idea for you to be taking these supplements. It would be wise to see if you have any underlying health problems that would be potentially dangerous to your health if you takie these diet pills.

    After taking a look at a few of the products that include the ingredient, it is clear to see that the reviews are mixed and people are experiencing different results. We feel that your money would be better spent on a gym membership or maybe even a fitness DVD to help you shed the pounds. Even eating a healthier diet will make a world of difference.

    Not only will you save money choosing other alternatives, but also the weight is more likely to stay off with a long-term fitness plan.

    So you should try and save yourself the hassle of trying to get your money back from the people who are scamming you with these ‘miracle’ products and try something more traditional.

    Disclaimer: Our reviews and investigations are based on extensive research from the information publicly available to us and consumers at the time of first publishing the post. Information is based on our personal opinion and whilst we endeavour to ensure information is up-to-date, manufacturers do from time to time change their products and future research may disagree with our findings. If you feel any of the information is inaccurate, please contact us and we will review the information provided.

    1 comment on “Garcinia Cambogia: What’s the Big Deal?”

    1. SR says:

      What about Garcinia SX-7? What are the reviews?

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