Garcinia Cambogia has gained a lot of popularity in the weight loss world over the past decade because it can potentially lead to significant weight loss without any major lifestyle changes.
What is it? While most people will have only heard of the name in supplement form, Garcinia cambogia is a plant. It is a tropical fruit that sort of looks like a pumpkin on the outside and an orange on the inside. In some places, it is known as the Malabar tamarind, and its cousin is the Mangosteen. It has been featured on multiple health-promoting TV shows and websites, and it quickly gained popularity when people started noticing positive effects on their weight and body shape.
Garcinia cambogia has been traditionally used as a flavor enhancer, due to its sharp taste, and as a remedy for digestive problems. For centuries across Southeast Asia, it has been used in traditional medicine for multiple ailments and conditions, and the property that will likely pique your interest, if you are reading this, is its use as an appetite suppressant. This property also caught the attention of the global weight loss industry.
How does it work?
The active ingredient in Garcinia cambogia is hydroxycitric acid, also known as HCA for short. If you take a bite out of the edible part of Garcinia, however, you, unfortunately, will not get any HCA. This is because it isn’t found in the flesh of the fruit, but rather in the skin of the fruit. It is the skin that is “harvested” for use as a weight loss supplement.
The mode of action of HCA, and why it promotes weight loss is still being studied. However, several studies have identified evidence in the lab to illustrate the possible biochemical properties that make HCA effective.
One of the possible modes of action is directly related to human metabolism. In short, HCA blocks energy formation from carbohydrates we consume, thus requiring our cells to break down fat as an energy source, while at the same time blocking the formation of fatty acids (fat) in storage form from the food we consume.
Other potential modes of action have to do with appetite reduction or making people feel less hungry soon after Garcinia intake. This might have to do with the chemical makeup of Garcinia that gives it its characteristically puckering taste.
While not all supplements are made the same, there has been a surge of hundreds of weight loss aides that use Garcinia. To determine the validity of the claims that Garcinia can help users lose weight, serious research has been carried out to determine their effectiveness as “a potential supplement for weight management and as an anti-obesity agent” by enhancing fat reduction, through a process called oxidation, while blocking fat from being stored.
What does the evidence say?
Animal studies have generally been positive for weight loss and for its effect as an appetite suppressant. Most human studies show slight to significant weight loss as well, and there were no detected side effects when taking Garcinia at a dosage of up to 2800 mg/day. Another positive review showed that users lost about 2 additional pounds overall.
Note that some products that claim to be Garcinia actually have multiple other ingredients that may lead to altered effects.
Who is it geared towards?
Pure Asian Garcinia is aimed at anyone who wants to boost their weight loss regime. The supplement’s website says that it can help you lose weight at a faster rate than with just diet and exercise, so it is presumably aimed at people who either don’t like to diet and exercise or who haven’t had very much success losing weight with diet and exercise.
Garcinia Сambogia shows a lot of promise as an aid in weight loss due to the active ingredient HCA. It works in three ways: encouraging the use of fat already stored in the body for energy, helping to prevent the storage of fat on the body, and by suppressing the appetite so you feel like eating less than you may be accustomed to.
Garcinia Сambogia has a lot of potential to promote weight loss, but it is always recommended to consult with your doctor before changing your weight loss regimen and combine supplements with regular exercise and a balanced diet to see ultimate results.