Garcinia Cambogia: Should You Try It?

By on June 25, 2014

Garcinia cambogia is one of the hottest trends in weight loss. It claims to be a miracle supplement that helps the weight shave right off without diet or exercise. This small, pumpkin-shaped fruit, often referred to as tamarind is native to Indonesia and has been used in South Asian dishes — including curries. Some villages use it to help fill them up before eating, to promote weight loss. But, in the United States, people aren’t talking about this pumpkin-shaped fruit. Instead, they are referring to a supplement.

While there are a lot of manufacturers jumping on the trend and offering up their own version of garcinia cambogia to buy, is it safe for you to add to your diet?

How Garcinia Cambogia Works

The natural extract from this fruit, known as hydroxycitric acid supposedly helps speed up weight loss. According to a recent study by Dr. Oz, combined with proper diet and exercise, people lost an average of four pounds per month using the supplement.

HCA works by blocking fat and suppressing your appetite. It increases your body’s ability to make serotonin, a natural neurotransmitter that makes you feel happy. In theory, that means you won’t binge or emotionally eat. Also, by making you feel better, you may have more energy to get out and exercise.

So Is It Safe?

Official research is still underway. There is no evidence as to whether or not HCA is actually effective or safe in humans, according to Web MD. Because the fruit has been used for thousands of years, most experts agree that it is safe to consume. But if you’re breastfeeding or pregnant, it is not advised.

But, the safety of this supplement goes beyond the fruit. The fruit isn’t what you’re eating when you take these supplements. And, because it is called a supplement, it is not regulated by the FDA. Some garcinia cambogia supplements have already been linked to multiple hospitalizations. Also, it is up to the manufacturer how much garcinia cambogia they actually put in their supplement. The rest is filler. Most brands that have been examined for quality have failed to include as much HCA as they promise on the label. Some of these filers can also be dangerous, especially for those with Celiac Disease or those taking specific prescription medications.

Things to Consider

While the official research is still out, it is best to consult a physician before trying garcinia cambogia. A lot of websites, television shows and even articles are promoting it as safe and natural, but only your physician can assess whether it is a healthy option for you.

Readers: Do you take garcinia cambogia? What are your thoughts on this supplement?


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