June 12, 2014 / Garcinia Cambogia Extract has recently been in the spotlight for its unique weight loss abilities.
The pumpkin like fruit from which Garcinia Cambogia is derived (Malabar Tamarind), has long been used to enhance the culinary experience of certain South-East Asian dishes, and is now being recognized as one of the most effective and safest weight loss ingredients available today. The recent popularity of Garcinia Cambogia has many divided on the supplements true effectiveness, sparking two new studies into the matter.
Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled research published on Obesity, demonstrated the significant effect Garcinia Cambogia can have regarding weight loss and hip-and-waist circumference when compared to a placebo group. These results were pooled together with results from a separate study, and published in the American Dieting Journal. The Combined results demonstrated significant reduction of weight, waist-and-hip circumference, blood lipid and glucose levels, as well as an increase in quality of life after two weeks. These results were not accomplished by every brand of the supplement, but rather only quality sourced Garcinia Cambogia. View the Verified Garcinia Cambogia used in the study here.
Paul Fenway of the American Dieting Journal explains how “most companies are looking for two published, well-designed clinical studies to support unique structure/function claims for their weight management products. The pooled data, as well as the publication of the 60-subject study on obesity posted in the A.D.J, provides valid confirmation that Garcinia Cambogia is a useful for weight management, providing the product ingested meets the standard.” - Paul Fenway
After two weeks of supplementing with 700 mg of quality sourced Garcinia Cambogia twice per day, test subjects significantly reduced body weights by 6.8 pounds, and waist-and-hip circumference by 2.5 – 3 inches, on average, compared to the placebo group. After eight weeks, weight was significantly reduced in subjects by 13.5 pounds, and waist-and-hip circumferences were reduced by 5.7 inches. Study participants walked 30 minutes five days per week, and they followed a standard 2,000 calorie daily diet.
Garcinia group: The people in this group took 700 mg of Garcinia Cambogia, 30 minutes before breakfast and dinner (a total of 1400mg).
Placebo group: The placebo group took 700 mg of placebo (a dummy pill) instead, at the same times.
While these preliminary studies are promising, it is the belief of some researchers that more research is needed to definitively provide important information such as how long is it safe to take the supplement: daily, indefinitely, or is six months? “While people have been consuming the fruit for centuries, the extract form with the higher HCA percentages still should be studied in larger studies with longer durations.”
For now, the smaller studies suggest the dosages of 1400-3000 mg a day, are relatively safe and effective for weight loss for three months of use, but as always, everyone to check with their physician first before starting any new supplement.
How Garcinia Cambogia Claims to Work
“Garcinia Cambogia fruit rind modulates multiple pathways involved in fat cell formation and fat breakdown.”
Unlike other, more traditional weight-loss supplements such as Ephedrine, Synephrine, and Caffeine, Garcinia Cambogia is NOT a stimulant. It does not work by turning up the bodies metabolism, and as such does not carry the dangers of stimulants such as elevated hear-rate and high blood pressure. Garcinia Cambogia Extract is therefore considered safe for dieters, according to the recent studies.
Since Garcinia Cambogia is not a stimulant, it acts differently by inhibiting a enzyme in the body (citric acid lyase) responsible for synthesizing fatty-acids, a process known as de novo-lipogenesis. This blocks the bodies ability to store fat, leaving it free to be immediately used by the body as a source of energy. In addition to this, it helps free already stored fat, allowing the body to burn it off quickly.
Reportedly the effects of Garcinia Cambogia Extract are biphasic, this means it works via two separate pathways. The studies explain how Garcinia Cambogia works on two different levels:
-First, it appears to have an immediate effect on serotonin levels in the brain, the “feel good” chemical. By increasing levels of serotonin, mood is increased and appetite is suppressed; effectively eliminating cravings.
-Second, a chemical in the extract called Hydroxy-citric Acid (HCA) interrupts the bodies ability to synthesize fatty acids, effectively blocking fat from being stored and leaving it readily available as an immediate source of energy. This not only leads to significant fat loss, but greatly increases energy levels and highly enhances feelings of well being.
What to Look For
“Sourcing the right brand of Garcinia Cambogia extract is the majority of the battle in achieving safe weight loss, with this product.”
- The Garcinia Cambogia is Made in the U.S.A
- Must contain 50%-60% HCA
- All Natural Ingredients.
- No toxic additives or fillers on product’s label.
- Is a proven product.
- High Potency Extraction Process
- The Garcinia Cambogia is Verified by Research
With chemical and physical interactions occurring within a supplement, it is difficult to determine the exact efficiency of the product remaining. Manufactures are not required to list the exact amount of fillers within the supplement; therefore it is difficult to determine the amount of non-medicinal ingredients versus medicinal ingredients used. Always use caution when putting anything in your body, and purchase only verified products.
Reasons for Unhealthy Additives in Supplements
“Supplement manufacturers often add in fillers to their garcinia cambogia Extract for numerous reasons.” - Paul Fenway A.D.J
1.Easier and faster production (cutting costs): Supplements like garcinia cambogia Extract, involve an extraction procedure which requires more time and more money to acquire and finish product product. Rather then spend the time or money, additives are used leading to an inferior product.
2. More appealing to the eye (colorants): We eat and buy with our eyes, low quality manufactures of garcinia cambogia Extract know this, so artificial colors are used to make their product more appealing to the eye, again leading to an ineffective product.
3. Easier to swallow (coatings): Magnesium Stearate is used as a lubricant so that the pills don’t stick to one another, or to the equipment being used during production. This is the sole reason why magnesium stearate is used in supplements and vitamins. Magnesium Stearate is a toxic ingredient, and should not be added to supplements as it caries serious health consequences. Access garcinia cambogia products that do not contain dangerous additives here.
When in doubt as to whether you should be taking this supplement, always check with your physician. While I am not in favor of taking this supplement with other weight loss supplements due to lack of data for safety, I hope that with the growing public interest that more studies on safety and usage will be done on a larger scale, for this promising supplement.
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