Garcinia Cambogia has been a big health trend for a couple years now. It has helped some and done nothing for others, so how do you choose which product you should buy? I will try to provide you the information that you need to make a logical informed decision.
First, what is Garcinia Cambogia?
It’s a tropical fruit that comes from southern Asia. The fruit, otherwise known as Malabar tamarind, is grown on the Garcinia Cambogia tree. Only the rind is used in the manufacture of Garcinia Cambogia, because that’s where the active ingredient comes from. The active ingredient is Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA).
How does it work?
Your body produces many enzymes, over 5,000, and they are incredibly efficient and highly specific biological catalysts. In fact, the human body could not exist without enzymes because the chemical reactions required to maintain the body would not occur fast enough. Enzymes are the catalysts that make all body functions fast enough to sustain life and thrive.
The specific enzyme we are discussing today is ATP-citrate lyase. It is an enzyme that provides an important step in fatty acid biosynthesis (stored fat manufacture). The HCA blocks this enzyme, which prevents the storage of unused calories, in the form of glycogen. This means that any excess calories that your body needs will come from your stored fat. You lose weight because your stored fat is being used and no additional fat is being stored.
HCA also increases your serotonin levels in your brain, which decreases your appetite and increases your sense of wellbeing and vitality. Studies have shown a decrease in appetite of about 15%.
What are the side effects?
This product is considered safe, but a few people experienced dizziness, dry mouth and headache – all of which can be attributed to symptoms of weight loss dieting. The only other symptoms are stomach upset and diarrhea, which may mean you have sensitivity to the Garcinia Cambogia. It could also mean that you chose a brand of Garcinia Cambogia that had additives you are sensitive to. You may just need to take it with a little snack.
Some things you need to be aware of
Garcinia Cambogia may interact badly with the following: Asthma and allergy medication, diabetes medication and insulin, iron supplements, Warfarin, statin drugs for psych conditions and pain medications. You also shouldn’t use it when pregnant or nursing, or if you have liver or kidney conditions.
What type and dosage?
You get about the same effect if you take either two doses of 1600 mg per day of 95% HCA, or three doses of 1555 mg per day of 60% HCA. Look for either a pure extract without any additives or a brand with added potassium, because it increases the absorption of the HCA. DO NOT buy Garcinia Cambogia with calcium as an additive. Calcium can decrease the absorption of HCA. You can find additional information and you can Google brands in order to choose what would work best for you.
Studies have shown
In a double-blind study of Garcinia Cambogia verses a placebo. The Garcinia Cambogia group lost about 10.5 pound to the control group who only lost a little over 3 pounds. Both groups were on a strict 2000 calorie diet. So, it is effective. The key is to consume fewer calories or increase activity so that your fat stores are burned. Garcinia Cambogia can aid you in this by blocking new fat storage and decreasing your appetite.
I hope this article helps you to make an informed decision. Be careful about your choices, do your research and check to make sure it will not affect any of your medications or condition. It wouldn’t hurt to contact your physician if you have any doubts or questions.