Tired of hanging on to those extra pounds even when eating right and exercising? Maybe you need to supplement your weight loss program with something different—like Garcinia Cambogia extract.
According to some experts, Garcinia may be the answer to dropping stubborn pounds and getting rid of that belly fat.
What is Garcinia Cambogia – HCA?
Also known as Acide Hydroxycitrique, HCA and Brindal Berry, Garcinia Cambogia is a medium-sized tree native to Southeast Asia, and the National Institutes of Health indicate most commercially available extracts are derived from the plant’s fruit rind.
HCA joins the ranks of other natural weight loss supplements such as African mango extract and raspberry ketones and fad diets such as the Fast Diet.
How does Garcinia Cambogia extract work for weight loss?
Dr. Oz recently featured Garcinia Cambogia on his television show, calling it a “revolutionary fat buster” and telling viewers the natural product—advertised in the form of diet pills—was one of the most exciting weight loss breakthroughs to date.
But how does HCA work? According to Dr. Chen, a guest expert on the Dr. Oz Show, Garcinia Cambogia works in two different ways to achieve weight loss results.
“The first way is it goes in and causes the body to burn glucose, or sugar, and burn fat, mainly in the liver. The second way, the most important way, is it slows the release of sugar into the blood stream,” Dr. Chen explained. “So when you don’t have sugar building up in the blood stream, you don’t have fat building up because sugar turns to fat. When the two are combined together, you get this synergistic effect that basically burns and blocks and stops fat, but it also is natural and safe.”
Not only does Garcinia Cambogia help the body burn sugar efficiently, say Dr. Chen, it also tends to target fat accumulation along the waistline; in other words, HCA helps you get rid of the dreaded belly fat.
The effects of Garcinia Cambogia are not just limited to weight loss, however.
Are there risks to taking Garcinia Cambogia – HCA?
People looking to supplement their diets with herbal extracts and natural products should always be aware these items are not usually evaluated by the FDA, meaning there is no regulatory agency ensuring purity levels or claims for health benefits.
But aside from the risks associated with manufacturing, there are also risks linked to not enough research available and also taking too much Garcinia Cambogia.
WebMD indicates the primary side effects from consuming Garcinia Cambogia include nausea, headaches and digestive tract discomfort. These symptoms are rare and often are seen only when a higher-than-recommended dose are taken.
Alive by Nature also indicates people who have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia as well as pregnant or breastfeeding women and individuals on cholesterol-lowering drugs should not take HCA. In some instances, individuals with dementia have had symptoms worsen while on Garcinia Cambogia extract, and people on certain prescription drugs increase the risk for muscle degeneration and rhabdomyolysis.
Quality of Garcinia Cambogia products
Again, most diet supplements are not regulated by the federal government, so care must be taken when selecting a product.
Tips to pick a high-quality Garcinia Cambogia pill include:
- Contains at least 50 percent HCA, the active ingredient in Garcinia Cambogia.
- Is completely natural with no “filler” ingredients.
- Has a minimum of 400 mg per capsule.
- Has consumer-backed proven efficacy.
- Has zero additives.
- Comes with a money-back guarantee.
- Does not require you to participate in any other offers during ordering.
So… does Garcinia Cambogia actually work?
The official stance on Garcinia Cambogia is that the product’s efficacy has not been proven or disproven by large-scale studies.
A number of smaller research initiatives have been conducted; however, these had conflicting findings.
Consumer reviews are also varied, but a number of people claim to have seen success after taking Garcinia Cambogia.
A recent report from Women’s Health is a good example of a supportive claim; staff reporter Helen Hasman did a trial run with Garcinia Cambogia and found herself 37 pounds lighter over a 9-week span with little diet and exercise modification. It was not clear if she had been hired by manufacturers or distributers for this trial.
“Like us, here at WomensHealth, you might be a little doubtful about the effects of this diet, but you need to try it for yourself; the results are real,” wrote Hasman. “After conducting our own personal study we are pleased to see that people really are finding success with it (myself included ). And you have nothing to lose.”
Of course, as with any nutritional supplement, your primary physician should be consulted before adding this to your meal plan.