Garcinia Cambogia is a tropical fruit commonly used as the extract in drugs around the world for its weight loss properties. It is native from Indonesia and known by many names, including garcinia gummi-gutta, brindleberry(they used this term in a review named “Potential treatments for insulin resistance in the horse: A comparative multi-species review” published in Veterinary Journal, volume 186), Malabar tamarind(U.S. National Plant Germplasm System) and kudam puli(which is the Malayam word for Malabar tamarind, according to thehindu.com).
The plant is both used for medication and as a condiment in many traditional recipes presented in The Useful Plants of India, second edition. As an example, it is often used in curries. In the area of medication, it is used in weight loss supplements by most sellers.
An American celebrity, Dr.OZ, sustained on TV on his show(and on its own website) that Garcinia Cambogia is “an exciting breakthrough in natural weight loss”. The aftermath that came with his statement made people buy supplements that contained Garcinia Cambogia. Although, it was not yet settled if, indeed, the plant has such properties.
Benefits of Garcinia Cambogia
The taste of the plant is a bit sour but won’t help if you eat it raw(and it is almost impossible to find it on markets). The extract that is used in supplements is far more concentrated than the actual plant.
The first benefit of Garcinia Cambogia is that stops for from depositing on the body. Its main active ingredient, HCA(hydroxycitric acid), inhibits citrate lyase, the enzyme that transforms sugars and carbs into stored fat. By stopping its action, the carbs and sugars will be transformed into energy instead of fat. Most people store fat in areas like waist, thighs, and buttocks. By stopping deposing for, it is said by many producers that taking a supplement containing Garcinia Cambogia no longer requires a special diet or exercise.
Along with the previous idea, it suppressed appetite, making those who consume it, less eager to eat as before. The combination of these two benefits makes a great combo for those who want to lose weight. Eating less food than before makes the body burn the existing fat in the organism and with the help of HCA, the body transforms fat cells into energy that can be burned while making some exercises. The plant suppresses appetite by secreting serotonin, a hormone that is most secreted in the guts and just a small amount in the brain. Serotonin is the hormone for happiness, giving a better mood to the consumer.
When someone has a bad mood or has a slight depression, they tend to eat more or to crave for sweets. Serotonin blocks any cravings and makes the subject forget about all the food by giving him a good mood. So, that is why Garcinia help people to lose weight, especially those with emotional disorders that call to food in the times of need.
The third effect of this Indonesian plant is boosting the metabolism. While some have a perfectly made metabolism and can eat whatever they want, others may not eat almost anything and keep gaining kilograms because of the incapacity of the organism to metabolize food. The responsible that looks after the organism is the HCA, maintaining the balance in the system and helping the body to lose fat. As stated above, the metabolism also helps to transform fat into fuel for the body.
As a result of the HCA ability to get rid of fat, another benefit is the bad cholesterol that drops significantly as the fat leaves the organism. Once parts of fat are eliminated and the new fat that tries to be transformed, is no longer stored in tissues and deposits, the body starts to consume from the existent ones. Lipids from blood will get eliminated soon after, making the bad cholesterol regain its former levels.
Blood pressure will drop too, making an easier life for your heart and implicit for you. The last benefit of Garcinia is the stabilized immune function. Once a cold appeared in our body, antibiotics will make you eat more and can have a bad effect if you are already taking a weight loss supplement. In other words, having a cold or other illness will ruin your diet. If Garcinia increases the function of the immune system it will be less expected for you to catch a cold. The plant contains a high amount of Vitamin C that fights any virus that wants to settle in. However, if the cold already set in, the plant has the ability to reduce the time of the flu.
Garcinia Cambogia and Type 2 Diabetes
The body consumes a lot of energy for daily activities and most of that energy comes from glucose, the sugar from the cells responsible for energy. According to WebMD, Garcinia facilitates the use of glucose in the body, which will lower the insulin levels. Insulin should be as low as possible for those who suffer from type 2 diabetes. Also, those who suffer from this disease tend to be overweight(but it’s not a general rule) and the supplements can be taken along with their medication for diabetes. They should be careful tho, because in alliance with the medication their doctor prescribed, the glucose levels may go dangerously low, that is why extra care is recommended when working with such pills. May be of help in small doses because it also removes bad cholesterol and raises the level of good cholesterol.
Dangers and side-effects
As it commonly used in curries in Asia and in other parts of the world, consuming the plant itself can’t have any side-effects, because it is a fruit like any other one. Although, it can have some side-effect if you ingest more than your body can handle. The fruit itself it not such a threat for the organism, comparing to the thousands of producers that include the extract of Garcinia Cambogia in their products. Overdosing with any kind of pill can have serious effects on the body. Depending on the manufacturer, the dose per day might range from 400 to 500 mg, but in any case, you should not exceed it(doubling the dose won’t have the double effect). The first side-effect that is noticeable after taking a supplement that contains its extract, is dizziness for no apparent reason. Some put it to the cause of fatigue or stress, but should be taken into consideration. Other side-effects include headaches(though something else may cause them), dry mouth or diarrhea(also a possible cause for many stomach related issues).
In a 2005 study, published by Food and Chemical Toxicology, it was said that the extract from the plant can cause testicular atrophy(but doesn’t says what it may happen to women). Furthermore, Food and Drug Association from the US, in 2009, found a supplement that caused liver problems and advised people to stop using it. It does not say the name of the product or if the product was put on the market again.
Garcinia Cambogia can interact with certain medication, such as diabetes and cholesterol, pain killers, iron and allergy pills. All supplement should be administered to healthy adults(children excluded completely) and has an exception for pregnant women(or nursing).
From where you should buy Garcinia Cambogia and how to choose the best product
Many producers choose to put the name of the plant on the bottle and also add a second name to differentiate the products. There are many brands, some seen on TV, some not, but what is important is the ingredients and how appreciated the supplement is. Garcinia Cambogia active ingredient, HCA, should be included in the list of contents and should not contain less than 50% per each tablet. The higher the percentage is, the fewer the other additives or binders will be.
There are lots of competitive products and the name of Garcinia Cambogia should appear clear on the label, not just part of it. If it’s possible, find a product that doesn’t have any preservatives, artificial ingredients or fillers(might be hard to find tho). Other information about the ingredients should be listed clearly on the product’s label. If the product doesn’t have a full list of its contents, it may be not as safe as the producer says(it is mandatory to no forget any ingredient, but some do it on purpose to hide dangerous ingredients).
International selling sites, like eBay or Amazon, have exclusivity contracts with those who want to sell their products there. They are really useful for comparing and analyzing products. Once you’ve settled for 1 or 2 supplements, search them and see their ratings and reviews. The commercials are not something to trust. Search for the prices too. If the product has its own website, then it is better to buy from there to have the guarantee that won’t won’t receive the package opened or with missing tablets.
It is better to buy just one bottle(if you are a new user), even if it is cheaper to buy more. Your body might not like them or they might not work on you.
One last advice is to seek a product that offers a refund in case you don’t like it and good customer service. There are 2 types of refunds. Both of them will give you the money back, but one of them will require returning whole package intact(meaning you won’t be able to test the pills inside). Choosing the one that doesn’t require such absurdity makes you able to test the product for more or less than 2 weeks and see if the product works or not.
Top Garcinia Cambogia weight loss supplements
Pure Health Garcinia Cambogia: according to labdoor.com, it comes in top 3 best qualitative products on the market right now. It has a concentration of HCA of over 65%. One bottle contains 30 capsules and serving size is 2 tablets per day(you will need 2 bottles per month). For now, the product can only be bought from Amazon, at the price of 17-18$. There are 10 sellers on Amazon that sells it and our recommendation is to choose the one with a higher rate. On orders over 30$, Amazon offers free shipping(conditions may apply).
Nutrigold Garcinia Cambogia Gold: this weight loss supplement is listed top 1 in both qualitative and value tops. The HCA concentration is a bit lower than the previous product, 60%. Serving size is 1 capsule per day. The price differs from where you buy it. It can be found on the internet at the price of 17$ and Amazon sells it at an almost double price. The bottle contains 180 capsules and it fits for 3 months. The product is soy, gluten and corn free. The manufacturers claim the tables are free from allergens.
NatureWise Garcinia Cambogia has a high concentration of HCA, of over 68%. It is listed as top 3 on the qualitative top and top 2 on value. It comes in 2 forms, a bottle of 90 capsules and a bottle of 180 capsules. The price for the one with 90 capsules starts at 20$ and for the other one, the price starts at 28$. Considering that the serving size is one capsule per day, the bigger bottle would last for almost 3 months. The capsules are vegan and gluten free.
ZenVita Formulas 100% Pure Garcinia Cambogia: the last product that we recommend is listed top 4 on both quality and value list. It has the highest concentration of HCA from the product we already presented, over 90%. Serving size is 1 tablet per day. The product comes in 3 forms, a small bottle of 60 capsules, a medium bottle of 90 capsules and a large bottle of 120 capsules. Prices range from 17$ to 27$. The manufacturer guarantees that the product does not contain any artificial ingredients, fillers, binders or preservatives and that the customer will receive a full refund for the product if something is wrong.by