Tropical fruit garcinia cambogia

Tropical fruit garcinia cambogia
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Garcinia Cambogia: Safe for Weight Loss?

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Garcinia cambogia, a tropical fruit also known as the Malabar tamarind, is a popular weight-loss supplement. People say it blocks your body's ability to make fat and it puts the brakes on your appetite. It could help keep blood sugar and cholesterol levels in check, too. You'll find it in bottles on the shelf at the store as well as mixed with other ingredients in diet products.

Does it live up to its hype? Maybe a little, but it might not be worth it.

How It Works

The active ingredient in the fruit's rind, hydroxycitric acid, or HCA, has boosted fat-burning and cut back appetite in studies. It appears to block an enzyme called citrate lyase, which your body uses to make fat. It also raises levels of the brain chemical serotonin, which may make you feel less hungry.

But actual weight loss results aren't impressive. A review published in the Journal of Obesityfound that people who took garcinia cambogia in studies lost about 2 pounds more than people who didn't take it. The reviewers couldn't say for sure that the weight loss was because of the supplement. It could have been from the lower-calorie diet and exercise programs the people in the studies typically followed. Better studies are needed to find out if HCA really helps people lose a lot of weight and keep it off.

Type 2 Diabetes and High Cholesterol

Garcinia cambogia may make it easier for your body to use glucose, the sugar your cells need for energy. Mice that got garcinia cambogia in one study had lower insulin levels than mice that didn't. That's another reason, besides weight loss, that people with diabetes are interested in it. However, if you're taking garcinia cambogia along with a medication to control your blood sugar, your glucose could get dangerously low.

Some research has found that garcinia cambogia can also improve cholesterol levels, lowering triglycerides and LDL (the "bad" cholesterol) and raising HDL (the "good" cholesterol).

Thus, being a hunger suppressor this substance is great.

But you shouldn't use it if you're already on a prescription for your cholesterol.

Possible Side Effects

When you take garcinia cambogia, you might get:

In 2009, the Food and Drug Administration warned everyone to stop using a weight-loss product that contained garcinia cambogia because some people taking it got serious liver problems. The product had other ingredients, too, so it's not clear that garcinia cambogia was to blame. While some research suggests the supplement is safe for your liver, other research says no.

Garcinia cambogia may interact badly with:

You definitely don't want to use it when you're pregnant or nursing, or if you have kidney or liver problems. It is possible that manic symptoms may emerge as a side effect.

To Buy or Not to Buy

Since study results are mixed, you should talk with your doctor to help you decide if taking garcinia cambogia is a good idea. Even if it's safe, it may not help you lose much weight. It's probably wiser to spend your money on healthy food or an exercise DVD.

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Does Garcinia Cambogia Work? Dr. Oz’s Exotic Weight Loss Fad Surfaces On Twitter

Does Garcinia Cambogia really work? In late January, Dr. Mehmet Oz let his viewers in on a little secret during the “Doctor Oz Show,” and months later people are still talking about the exotic fruit extract on Twitter and many are wondering: “is Garcinia Cambogia the real deal or is it just another scam?” Dr. Oz referred to it as the weight loss “holy grail” since neither diet nor exercise is required, but specialists have since revealed that this too-good-to-be-true extract might be just simply that: too good to be true.

Inconclusive scientific studies have found the fruit extract, which derives from Asia and Africa and is also known as Gambooge, is not exactly as good as Dr. Oz makes it out to be. And though overweight male rats used in a 2005 study of the substance did lose weight, toxicity and testicular atrophy was also revealed, Live Science wrote.

WedMD said that although research says the exotic fruit supplement “might prevent fat storage and control appetite” the effects in humans remain “unclear" and Bangor Daily News added that even though people in a 12-week study lost weight, they did not a significant decrease in their body fat percentage. “Instead of spending money on the latest and greatest diet pill, take your dollars and invest them in a good pair of walking shoes – and start moving,” Georgia Clark-Albert wrote in an article titled “Want weight loss? All you’ll lose with garcinia cambogia is money from your pocket” for BDN.

Experts and specialists in healthy living have not given the 100 percent “OK” to go ahead with Garcinia Cambogia, which only means one thing: The truth is that the key to a vigorous life is consistent healthy eating and a regular diet regime.

Unlike other diet pills that stimulate your colon, so you end up spending long hours in the bathroom, Garcinia Cambogia works differently.

It’s pretty much the only way to get in shape, despite what Dr. Oz might want his viewers to believe and as persuasive as words like “holy grail" and "revolutionary fat buster” might be.

Some Twitter users who are taking the supplement are confused as to why it’s not working the way it was promised, while others are trying to figure out the truth behind the weight loss fad. Check out some of their tweets below:

Yes I succumbed to garcinia cambogia; watch my fat melt away, or watch me die of some random toxicity to an online purchase.

I've been taking Garcinia Cambogia and the Green Tea Cleanse for 2 weeks and no results. am I doing something wrong?

People and their obsession for Garcinia Cambogia. It doesn't work. How about get off your lazy ass and eat well with intense workouts?

Garcinia Cambogia

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This fact sheet provides basic information about garcinia cambogia—common names, usefulness and safety, and resources for more information.

Common Names: garcinia cambogia, garcinia, Malabar tamarind, brindle berry

Background

  • Garcinia cambogia (Malabar tamarind) is native to India and Southeast Asia. The rind of its fruit is used to flavor fish curries and preserve food.
  • The rind contains a chemical called hydroxycitric acid (HCA), which has been studied for its effect on appetite. Garcinia cambogia supplements with HCA are marketed for weight loss.
  • Garcinia cambogia has also been used as a dietary supplement for rheumatism, intestinal problems, and other conditions.
  • Garcinia cambogia is made into a tea, capsules, extracts, tablets, and lotion.

How Much Do We Know?

  • Garcinia cambogia has been studied for weight loss, but there aren’t a lot of recent, reliable studies on its effectiveness.

What Have We Learned?

  • There’s no convincing evidence that garcinia cambogia will help you lose weight or control cholesterol.
  • In a very small study, women who were overweight were given garcinia cambogia extract or a placebo for 60 days.

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    Triglyceride levels of the participants getting garcinia cambogia decreased by almost one-third. Triglycerides are a type of fat in blood and high levels may raise a person’s risk of developing heart disease. The participants’ HDL (the “good” cholesterol), LDL (the “bad” cholesterol), total cholesterol, and body weight didn’t change.

  • In another study, people who were overweight were given either garcinia cambogia extract, soy leaf extract, or a placebo. After 10 weeks, none of the supplements promoted weight loss or lowered total cholesterol.

What Do We Know About Safety?

  • Taking garcinia cambogia for short periods (12 weeks or less) appears safe for most people.

Keep in Mind

  • Tell all your health care providers about any complementary or integrative health approaches you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help ensure coordinated and safe care.

Key References

  • Astell KJ, Mathai ML, Su XQ. Plant extracts with appetite suppressing properties for body weight control: a systematic review of double blind randomized controlled clinical trials.Complementary Therapies in Medicine. 2013;21(4):407-416.
  • Garcinia. Natural Medicines Web site. Accessed at naturalmedicines.therapeuticresearch.com on April 10, 2015. [Database subscription].
  • Greenway F. Garcinia. In: Coates PM, Betz JM, Blackman MR, et al., eds. Encyclopedia of Dietary Supplements. 2nd ed. New York, NY: Informa Healthcare; 2010:307-313.
  • Kim JE, Jeon SM, Park KH, et al. Does Glycine max leaves or Garcinia cambogia promote weight-loss or lower plasma cholesterol in overweight individuals: a randomized control trial. Nutrition Journal. 2011;10:94.
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    Even when there is scientific evidence of positive results, the results are often so mild and minimal that users are disappointed to learn they still have to exercise and control their eating in order to reap lasting and significant weight loss.

    Serotonin toxicity associated with Garcinia cambogia over-the-counter supplement. Journal of Medical Toxicology. 2014;10(4):399-401.

  • Semwal RB, Semwal DK, Vermaak I, et al. A comprehensive scientific overview of Garcinia cambogia. Fitoterapia. 2015;102:134-148.
  • Vasques CA, Schneider R, Klein-Júnior LC, et al. Hypolipemic effect of Garcinia cambogia in obese women.Phytotherapy Research. 2014;28(6):887-891.

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