Pure Garcinia Cambogia extract, hydroxycitric acid, might have some weight loss properties. It has taken the weight loss industry by storm—some people swear by it while others disclaim it. Others still are combining it with other ingredients to boost its potency and effectiveness. Is that all there really is to it? Uncover the truth about Garcinia Cambogia and come to your own conclusion.
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The Malabar Tamarind is a fairly small, green, pumpkin shaped fruit. As a fruit indigenous to Indonesia, it is used extensively in Asian dishes. The rind has a chemical known as hydroxycitric acid, or HCA, which has fat-burning and appetite suppressing properties. It is a derivative of citric acid and is found in the Roselle plant as well Garcinia Cambogia—a species of hibiscus native to West Africa.
The extract of Garcinia Cambogia is HCA. It is believed that HCA can increase satiety, or the feeling you get when you are full (think “satisfied”). It is has been proven to be nontoxic and safe for human consumption, but scientific data supporting claims as a fat-burning miracle are insufficient.
When performing a clinical study, you need to have two groups. One is a control group. This is a group where the circumstance of every member is controlled; diet, medicine, anything taken internally, and in some cases, even their surrounding environment. The other group is the study group. This group has the same set of controlled variables as the control group, but with one change. When the data from both groups have been compiled, it is compared with each other. By singling out one or more variables and comparing differences, we can see precisely the change caused by the variable or set of variables. This is the scientifically approved method of drawing definitive results from a study.
The data from clinical trials involving Garcinia Cambogia is insufficient. HCA has very little adverse effects—enough that it has been declared safe for human consumption. Some weight loss has been reported, but in more than one trial, it is the control group that has lost more weight than the study group. As a result of these trials not achieving the claimed effect, its weight loss properties are currently in dispute in the scientific communities worldwide. When weight loss was achieved, it was chalked up to chance.
In The News
In a press release dated from 1999, Garcinia Cambogia is cited for its weight loss properties. The hard data is in the release, showing the results of Citrin®, their patent on a unique salt derivative of HCA. Strangely enough, the Journal of the American Medical Association, or JAMA, published an article based on a single study involving HCA. In a summary of their study, they said their observations “do not support a role as currently prescribed for the widely used herb G.cambogia as a facilitator of weight loss.” While, both the data and this statement are cited in the press release, they go on to claim the data doesn’t take into consideration previous studies that have had very positive results with the rind of Garcinia Cambogia. In fact, they quote one of these studies, which claim the extract must be administered in conjunction with a simple carbohydrate-rich diet to achieve the results they did in the study.
While it has been decided that HCA is safe for human consumption, enough people complained about liver discomfort that the FDA warned people against its use in 1999.
HCA continues to be quoted with a light filtered through bias. Many people swear by it but blatantly ignore sound scientific evidence. Others cite definite evidence but ignore any evidence that doesn’t agree with their view, while the rest defame it and stay as far away from it as possible. If you feel inclined to make your own decision, read the thousands of reviews left by people on Amazon for various versions of the extract before you buy.
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