Garcinia Cambogia, what is it and what does it do?
It has been touted as a wonder supplement by the likes of people like Dr. Oz. It is supposed to control appetite while actively stalling fat production.
Sounds great. Right?
It does, but we’ve been tricked before, so let’s take a look at whatever facts we can turn up about this wonderful little pill. When taking supplements such as these it can be easy to cloud your judgment as to whether or not it is working by the placebo effect.
Therefore, I have not taken this pill. I will do my best to provide an objective opinion of the effectiveness of Garcinia Cambogia based solely upon the facts that I find.
First, what is it? Garcinia Cambogia is a citrus fruit typically used in Asian cooking. The skin contains hydroxycitric acid [HCA], this is the component of the fruit that people are going crazy over.
Now why do people think it so great? I have come across some studies done with rats. In these studies it was shown that it inhibited a fat producing enzyme in the body, and it also showed increase in serotonin production.
These factors contribute to decreased appetite and limited fat production. As expected, the rats lost a lot of weight in these trials. The problem is, that what works in rats, does not always translate to humans. Let’s take a look at some human studies.
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There is one study that takes over 100 overweight individuals and gives half of them 1500mg of HCA, the other half a placebo. They were both fed the same diet for a period of 12 weeks. At the end, both groups lost weight. However, the placebo group lost more, about one kilo more.
In another study, just under 100 overweight women were put through the same procedure as the above study. This time the HCA group lost more weight than the placebo group by about one kilo. Changes in appetite were not detected in either group.
There are more studies, and they all show similar results. This would make it appear that Garcinia Cambogia is not the determinant factor in the weight loss that takes place during these trials.
It can be possible that Garcinia Cambogia does produce a small amount of weight loss. Is it worth whatever it costs though? I would venture to guess that one could derive comparable or better effects from drinking green tea every day.
On the bright side, it appears to be safe enough to take. So, if you want to see for yourself, and become your own guinea pig, go right ahead. However, you’re more likely to get better results by eating healthier and being more active than relying on this pill.
-  http://www.jbc.org/content/246/3/629.long
-  http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=188147
-  http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/green-tea
-  http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2012/197920/abs/