Garcinia cambogia : Benifits – Supplement Does it work? Facts and Effects

Obese and overweight people face a number of health issues in day-to-day life. Having a healthy weight is important to have an active lifestyle. There are a number of weight loss products available in the market which claims to be safe and effective to be your partner in weight loss journey. Each product has its own pros and cons. Garcinia cambogia is one such product which is gaining increasing popularity day-by-day. It is not a new product, it is widely used in Southeast Asian countries for various purposes. The product gained popularity as it was being promoted by a celebrity in health-related TV shows in United States.

What is Garcinia cambogia?

Fruit of Garcinia cambogia is considered to have weight loss property. The fruit looks like a small pumpkin which is of green to pale yellow color. This Indonesian plant is now scientifically called as Garcinia gummi-gutta.

What is the mechanism of action of Garcinia cambogia?

Garcinia cambogia aka Garcinia gummi-gutta has the main active ingredient hydroxycitric acid (HCA) which is responsible for the weight loss. Hydroxycitric acid (HCA) increases the level of serotonin in the blood. The high level of serotonin increases the level of improves mood and prevents emotional eating. The most important mechanism of action of HCA is its effect on citrate lyase. This enzyme prevents formation of fat from carbohydrates and positively decreases production of bad cholesterol in the body and hence burns the body fat.

According to a study of Georgetown University Medical Center, 8 weeks treatment with Garcinia cambogia decreased body weight and BMI by 5%. It also reduced total cholesterol, LDL, triglycerides and serum leptin levels. Another study published in the journal of International Research observed significant reduction in weight loss when compared with the placebo group by fat loss.

Follow a healthy diet and exercise regimen along with Garcinia cambogia, you can expect results in a short period.

HCA is present in other plants as well such as Hibiscus subdariffa. Many weight loss products are hitting the market which has HCA as weight loss supplement.

What is the dosage of Garcinia cambogia?

Typically Garcinia cambogia is consumed at a dose of 250 mg to 1000 mg per day and can be taken for upto 12 weeks. Although there are studies which claim 8 week consumption of Garcinia cambogia reduces the weight, but few scientists are of idea to increase the duration of consumption to have long sustained weight loss. Higher doses of Garcinia cambogia are expected to produce beneficial affects faster in a short duration of time.

Always check the label claim of the product before buying. Be more attentive when buying combination products to check the amount of Garcinia cambogia added to have the beneficial effect as a weight loss supplement. Garcinia cambogia has culinary uses apart from weight loss. Check the label for wording “pure garcinia cambogia” and “hydroxycitric acid (or HCA) extract”.

What are the side effects of Garcinia cambogia?

Although Garcinia cambogia is a natural weight loss supplement, it does have side effects. The main side effects includes

• Liver toxicity
• Anxiety
• Weakness and dizziness
• Fatigue
• Dry mouth
• Bad breath
• Decreased immunity
• Nausea and diarrhea

Garcinia cambogia in combination with healthy diet and exercise can help in reducing weight loss. HCA appears to suppress hunger and helps to decrease weight. Buy a product of reputed brand having adequate quantity of label claim of Garcinia cambogia. Weight loss supplements having HCA sourced from Garcinia cambogia seems to be quite effective than HCA from other sources.


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