What is Garcinia Cambogia?
Garcinia gummi-gutta formerly familiar as Garcinia Cambogia is a very popular weight loss supplement, also known as Malabar Tamarind. The fruit is grown in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, India, Indonesia and some parts of Africa. This fruit is green, yellow or red coloured which looks like a small pumpkin. It has been used in the areas from past several years in various food items as a condiment and is also pickled because of its sour taste, although never for the purpose of losing weight. It gained popularity a few years ago when people started talking about Garcinia Cambogia benefits, where people say that it blocks our body’s ability to develop fat and it also controls on our appetite. It could also help keep blood sugar and cholesterol levels in check. One can also find it in bottles on the shelf at the store as well as mixed with some other ingredients in the diet products. But does garcinia cambogia work?
What Garcinia Cambogia claims?
- Makes you feel full
- Lowers body weight
- Speeds metabolism
- Enhances athletic performance
How Garcinia Cambogia benefits?
Some of the most amazing Garcinia Cambogia benefits includes that it contains a compound called hydroxy citric acid (HCA) that may inhibit an enzyme that helps your body store fat. Theoretically speaking that the fat would instead be ‘burned as calories’.
Plus Garcinia cambogia may make it easier for your body to use glucose, the sugar your cells need for energy, that’s another reason, besides weight loss, that people with diabetes are interested in it.
However, if you’re taking garcinia cambogia along with a medication to control your blood sugar, your glucose could dangerously fall low.
Some more Garcinia Cambogia benefits calculated by research are where researchers have also found that Garcinia Cambogia can also improve cholesterol levels by lowering triglycerides and LDL (bad cholesterol) and raising HDL (“good” cholesterol).
* But you should not use it if you are already under a prescription for your cholesterol.
The science behind Garcinia Cambogia benefits
The active ingredient present in the fruit’s peel, hydroxy citric acid, or HCA, has effects that boost fat-burning and cut back appetite. It appears to block an enzyme called citrate lyase, which the body uses to make fat.
It increases production of Serotonin by stimulating the body. This hormone signals the brain when enough food has been consumed so you can feel full. This results in decreased hunger and fewer calories are then consumed.
It also inhibits the production of Citrate lyase, an enzyme that helps produce fat from excess sugars and starches.
* Before you add a dietary supplement to your weight loss plan, discuss it with your doctor. They can tell you if the product may be harmful or may be worth a try.
Clinical studies for Garcinia Cambogia benefits
After examining 9 most prominent studies on weight loss with Garcinia Cambogia. The results are conflicting, but 7 out of 9 studies clearly shows participants taking Garcinia Cambogia lost more weight than those taking placebo.
Out of which remaining 2 studies that did not show significant weight loss, one used much lower levels of Garcinia Cambogia than those that were successful, and the second used a low fat, high carb diet which some researchers believe had a negative impact on the results by manipulating the studies.
Who should not take Garcinia Cambogia?
Garcinia cambogia is safe for most people but it can interact badly with people taking medicines for:
– Asthma and allergy (such as Accolate and Singulair)
– Diabetes (pills or insulin)
– Iron for anaemia
– Pain medicines
– Prescription medicines for psychiatric conditions
– Drugs that lower cholesterol
– Warfarin (blood thinner)
And you definitely don’t want to use it when you’re pregnant or nursing, or if you have kidney or liver problems.
Garcinia Cambogia boosts the levels of serotonin in the brain (which triggers the full feeling that helps suppress appetite). For this reason, it is not advised for patients with neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or other forms of dementia.
Possible side effects
While taking Garcinia Cambogia, you might feel:
– Dry mouth
– Upset stomach or diarrhoea
In 2009, Food and Drug Administration warned people to stop using any weight-loss product that contained garcinia cambogia because some people taking it got serious liver problems. The product had other ingredients too, so it was not clear that garcinia cambogia was to blame. While some research suggests the supplement is safe for your liver, while other research doesn’t.
Dosage and when to take it
500-1000mg capsules come under safe limit which has 50 60% HCA. It can be consumed 3 times a day, 30-60 minutes prior to the meals. It is also advised that it should be taken with a cup (~250 ml) of water.
Garcinia cambogia is available in capsules, tablets, powders, and liquid form.
It is highly advisable that you should only be consuming a product that is branded and not crappy or is available at a ridiculously low price ‘only on web’.