Garcinia Cambogia, or tamarind, is a small, green, pumpkin-shaped fruit that is used in many traditional Asian dishes for its sour flavor. Tamarind has also been used as a digestive aid in certain ayurvedic medicinal treatments. The skin of the fruit contains the “magic” weight loss ingredient that is advocated by celeb health guru, Dr. Oz.
How It Works
The hydroxycitric acid (HCA) extract from Garcinia Cambogia blocks fat by inhibiting an enzyme called ATP-citrate lyase. This enzyme helps convert excess carbohydrates (sugars) into fats. When HCA inhibits citrate lyase the fat-making process is halted, and the production of LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides decrease. Simply put, Garcinia Cambogia “flips the switch” on one of your body’s primary fat-burners.
There is conflicting evidence in the effectiveness of Garcinia Cambogia. Studies in rats show that the active ingredient in Garcinia Cambogia can inhibit a fat-producing enzyme – the aforementioned Citrate Lyase — and increase serotonin levels, which lead to significant weight loss. Another study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association was less enthusiastic about Garcinia Cambogia’s fat-shedding capabilities. Results of the study revealed no significant weight loss and fat mass loss beyond that observed with placebo. However, it should be noted that this study was administered with a high-fiber diet rather than a carb-rich diet, which some believe may have influenced its results.
What To Look For
If used short-term, Garcinia Cambogia is considered to be generally safe and features no adverse side effects. Long-term effects, however, remain unknown. When buying Garcinia Cambogia it is best to purchase a brand with at least 50% Hydroxycitric acid. The most common dosage is 500 mg, three times per day, 30 minutes prior to a meal. Remember to consult your doctor before adding any herbal supplement to your regimen, especially if you are currently taking prescribed medication. Garcinia Cambogia is not to be used by people with diabetes’s, Alzheimer’, or dementia, or by women currently pregnant or lactating.
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