Garcinia Cambogia

Garcinia Cambogia

Its a plant known as gummy-gutta mostly used by Asian people in their dishes to give it a sour flavor

The fruit of this plant looks green and the outer layer contains a very huge amount of natural substance known as Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA). And this is the active substance extract that produces the weight loss effect.garcinia

Now, according to studies on animals and humans garcinia Cambodia inhibits the fat producing enzymes known as Citrate Lyase making it impossible for the body to produce fat out of carbohydrates.

However other studies on rats show an increase level of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Which means in theory will lead to reduced appetite and cravings. There are several studies on rats which proved that Garcinia Cambodia will be effective in weight lose. Nevertheless, it is said that what works on rats may not work on humans.

Lets have more look at human studies, which was however referred to as randomized controlled trials which happens to be the current standard of scientific experiments in humans.

The studies consist of 135 over weight persons which were grouped into two.

  • Treatment group: 1 gram of Garcinia Cambogia Extract, 3 t, taken 30 times daily few minutes before meals.
  • Placebo group: The other group had dummy pills (placebo).

Now the two groups were on a high-fiber, low-calorie diet

And below were the outcome of the 12 week study, which was also published in The Journal OF The American Medical Association-A very respected scientific journal:

graphAccording to the result, both groups lose weight but those on placebo lose more weight than the ones on treatment.

The ones on Garcinia Cambogia extract lose about 3.2kt-7 pound while those on placebo lose 4.1kg-9 pounds. The study experts also looked at the percentage of body fat lose by the group on treatment which was 1.6% where as the ones on placebo lose 2.16%.

More studies

In yet another study carried out with 89 overweight females, the Garcinia Cambogia did result to 1.3kg(2.8pounds) more weight loss compared to those on placebo in over a period of 12 weeks. However, found no difference in appetite between the two groups. (8)

Generally,4 more studies were looked at. 2 out of the 4 showed a weight loss of a small amount over a period of 8 weeks, (9, 10) while the other 2 showed no effect. (11, 12).

Therefore, sadly the weight loss effects seems to be inconsistent and weak.

A published review in the Journal of  Obesity in 2011 that looked at 12 clinical trials discover that Garcinia Cambogia can reduce weight by about 0.88kg or 2 pounds, on average, over the period of several weeks. (13).

They sums up their conclusion thus:

“…Garcinia extracts/HCA can cause short-term weight loss. The magnitude of the effect is small, and the clinical relevance is uncertain.”

Personally, i think it may have a mild effect on some individuals but the overall assessment is that Garcia Cambogia is not likely to make that huge impact on weight loss.

But if you however still want to purchase Garcinia Cambogia you can do so on Amazon there various brands there.

In a short while, i will come up with an effective ways to lose weight.

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