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Is Garcinia Cambogia Dr. Oz's Next Miracle Fat Burner?


Dr. Oz was at it again with yet another miracle fat burner. Within the supplement industry there are many who embrace the use of hyperbolic terms such as “miracle” being attached to supplements. Best Price Nutrition on the other hand does not like when such terms are ascribed to supplements as it gives people unrealistic expectations relative to supplements in the absence of dietary and exercise changes. Supplements can really help one reach their goals be it health, fitness, and/or weight loss related, however they are in and of themselves not miracle workers. The latest supplement featured on the Dr. Oz show for weight loss was Garcinia cambogia. Garcinia cambogia is a source of Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA), and is interchangeably referred to as Garcinia camogia extract, Hydroxycitric Acid, HCA, and Gambooge.

(PRWEB) October 30, 2012

What is Garcinia Cambogia?

Garcinia Cambogia is a small or medium sized tree native to Southeast Asia and West Africa. The fruit of Garcinia cambogia tree resembles a pumpkin in texture and shape, and is about the size of an orange. The main ingredient from Garcinia cambogia is hydroxycitric acid (HCA) and is isolated from the fruit rind where it is approximately 50% HCA. The trade name of the patented raw material for Garcinia cambogia is Super CitriMax® and is owned by InterHealth Nutraceuticals, Inc. Super Citrimax® is standardized to contain 60% hydroxycitric acid (HCA).

How does it work?

Several studies have been conducted on Garcinia cambogia and have demonstrated it plays an important role in the regulation of lipid (fat) biosynthesis in the body. Specifically this effect is from hydroxycitric acid (HCA) and it's inhibiting of an enzyme (ATP-dependent citrate lyase) responsible for fat biosynthesis.

In other words Garcinia cambogia has the ability to…

  •     Inhibit the uptake of carbohydrates that are set to be stored as body fat
  •     Helps curb appetite
  •     Helps regulate blood sugar levels
  •     Can increase serotonin levels in the brain which signal satiety. Increases in serotonin are noted for making one feel full and also helping those who are ‘emotional eaters' due to it making one feel good and full.

The real question: Does it really work (what does the research say)?

Fortunately there are several studies that have been conducted on the administration of Garcinia cambogia. These studies have specifically looked at the fat loss potential of it in both animal models and humans. In one study average weight loss was about four pounds per month. Sounds pretty impressive right? Well Best Price Nutrition has a bit of pause after reviewing the data as the results have demonstrated a lack of success in randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials. Also some of the human studies suffer from a small sample size. The research has demonstrated some success in terms of weight loss effects in the short term and it has the potential to be a promising fat loss ingredient. Overall Best Price Nutrition would like to see more randomized, placebo-controlled studies demonstrating the purported weight loss effects. That being said if one is in a rut and the potential is intriguing, Garcina cambogia is relatively cheap and may help one achieve their weight loss goals.

Can it be taken w/ other stuff and are there any side effects?

Yes, it is a non-stimulant and can be used with other supplements. In fact some formulas and individuals combine saffron extract (Appetite Suppressant), raspberry ketones (fat burning), green tea extract (fat burning), and green coffee bean extract (Svetol®) (fat burning/carb blocking/blood sugar control). Those who should NOT take it or at least discuss it with a physician include:

  •     Pregnant women (no reason a pregnant mother should take a fat loss supplement)
  •     Nursing mothers should avoid it as its effects on breast milk have not been researched
  •     Anyone on a cholesterol lowering statin drug should discuss it with a physician due to a potential increased risk of unwanted effects such as rhabdomyolysis (a disease that can cause deterioration of muscle)
  •     Individuals on diabetic drugs should discuss it with a physician as the blood sugar lowering effects of Garcnia cambogia can interfere with certain diabetes drugs.

Garcnia cambogia can be used safely by otherwise healthy individuals who use it as directed. Some subjects in studies have reported mild GI discomfort.

Who can benefit from it most?

  •     Overweight and pre-diabetics as the potential blood sugar lowering effects can be beneficial
  •     Those who are ‘emotional eaters' as one of the purported effects is an elevation in serotonin levels which can make one feel good and satiated (full).

When to take it/how much?

  •     500-1,000mg before each meal and not exceeding 3,000mg per day.

To ensure one is getting efficaciously dosed Garcnia cambogia for fat blocking and appetite suppressing with at least 50% Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA) Best Price Nutrition recommends looking for the Super CitriMax® trademark and a dose of 500, 750, 1,000mg. This ensures one is getting a Garcnia cambogia extract with at least 60% HCA.

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