Garcinia Cambogia- Another Dietary Supplement That Fails To Live Up To Its Hype
Garcinia Cambogia is a sweet, small tropical fruit, the shape of which is similar to that of a pumpkin. It is also known as the Malabar Tamarind and was discovered by the scientists in the late 1960’s.
It has acid content that is somewhat similar to the citric acid found in fruits such as oranges and lemons. This acid is known as the hydroxycitric acid, HCA, which has been alternatively been celebrated as a wonder drug for weight loss and derided as effective only in rats.
There have been claims that the consumption of Garcinia Cambogia renders the body unable to produce fat and also helps curb appetite since it lulls the brain into feeling that the stomach is satiated. Some people also say that it helps keep the blood sugar and cholesterol levels in check.
How Does Garcinia Cambogia Work?
The rind of the Malabar fruit contains hdroxycitric acid which has been proven as a fat burning agent that also helps reduce appetite. Researchers say that it appears to stop the production of the citrate lyase enzyme in the body, which is responsible for the production of fat.
It is also known to raise levels of the chemical serotonin in the brain which in turn makes one feel less hungry. However, inspite of all things going for it, the customer testimonials of garcinia cambogia are far from satisfactory.
Garcinia Cambogia And Weight Loss
There have been numerous studies on the effects of garcinia cambogia in humans. One of the more authentic studies was published by the Journal of The American Medical Association, which is a highly respected scientific journal).
The study consisted of 135 overweight individuals who were split into two groups. One group was administered 1 gram of the Garcinia Cambogia Extract, 3 times a day, and 30 minutes before mealtimes. The other group was given dummy pills. Both the groups were also put on a fibre rich, low calorie diet. The two groups were then studied for 12 weeks and the following were the results produced –
- Group 1, which was the group taking garcinia cambogia, lost only 3.2 kgs. While the group taking dummy pills lost 4.1 kgs. Thus the people not consuming garcinia cambogia actually lost more weight than the people who did take it.
- The researchers also looked into the body fat percentage and found out that while the group on garcinia cambogia had lost only 1.6% body fat, the group on dummy pills had lost a greater 2.16% body fat.
However, due to their being such statistically minor differences in the quantities it could have merely been a matter of chance. However, the one thing that this study has shown is that the consumption of garcinia cambogia does not significantly impact weight loss.
There have been very few studies that have documented the effect of garcinia cambogia on humans. Although claimed by Dr. Oz to be a wonder drug that could make one lose weight without any additional effort on their part, the reality seems way more different.
An article run by the website, LiveScience, had reported that in a study of the consumption of garcinia cambogia on male rats, it was revealed that garcinia cambogia may cause toxicity and testicular atrophy. That is a hard bargain to lose a few pound of weight!
A lot of people have put up their personal experiences online and most of them have been disappointed by the product. A few people have been consuming the product for 8-12 weeks now and are yet to see any positive results or a substantial drop in their weight that can be attributed to garcinia cambogia.
A few people have also reported certain weight loss due to consumption of the product, but according to these people the amount of weight lost isn’t revolutionary or above par, and the same can be achieved by walking half an hour a day or a mild workout. They hence suggest making these easy lifestyle changes rather than adding foreign products to the body that have been conclusively proved harmless.
However, there are a few others who claim to have lost huge amounts of weight owing to consumption of the garcinia cambogia compound. The most surprising thing however is that all those people who have reported a substantial weight loss seem to have paired up the product with another product, the most common pairings being garcinia cambogi and green tea or garcinia cambogia and a certain herb.
Hence it gives rise to the assumption that garcinia cambogia may in itself not be as effective a product as it has been projected to be, especially when it comes to quick fat loss, but it may have certain heart healthy and nutrition properties that need to be further researched to enhance its effectiveness.