Some four years ago, a weight loss regimen going by the name Garcinia Cambogia broke the internet.
Many doctors lauded its many benefits and the world sang praises of the “Holy Grail of Weight Loss”.
However, there were fears that this was going to turn out to be another hoax.
In addition, since there weren’t many legitimate studies and reviews published then, it was difficult to prove whether the claims behind this regimen were true or false.
Statistics show that most frauds die a natural death in just a few months – and so the big question we can ask ourselves today is “does garcinia cambogia still work in 2017?”
Today we have a follow up to our earlier article which you can read here.
A Brief Look At Garcinia Cambogia..
Garcinia Cambogia extract is a diet supplement that doctors recommend to treat obesity.
It contains HCA (its main active ingredient) which has been studied by experts and proven to be effective at reducing appetite, elevating metabolism and reducing the pace at which carbohydrates are converted into fat in the body.
Perhaps one of the reasons Garcinia is so popular is because of the weight management benefits it provides regardless of one’s lifestyle. Many people (men and women) have seen good results with it even without changing their diet or lifestyle.
The extract is obtained from a tropical fruit known as Malabar tamarind whose rind contains strong weight loss properties which can lower triglyceries and LDL cholesterol.
Some of the Benefits Reported About Garcinia
Going through various reviews posted about Garcinia Cambogia by 2017, one of the popularly listed benefits is weight loss.
You will appreciate the fact that this supplement does not have a long list of requirements and conditions. You don’t need to starve or eat what you don’t like.
You don’t have to quit your job so that you can get enough time to go to the gym.
The extract is suitable for the “on-the-go” individuals looking to pursue their dreams without compromising on their health.
Women are particularly happy with the product because they lose weight proportionately. Unlike other supplements that burn fat randomly, Garcinia is naturally coded to ensure you lose fat in all the right places – particularly belly fat.
Men on the other hand love it because it leaves them looking healthier and their muscles toned. Other products tend to waste away even the muscles leaving the user looking unhealthy and (for lack of a better word) ugly.
Let Us Have A Look At Some ‘Real User Reviews’
David Pearce Said
“Taking these on a daily basis helped me dramatically. I found myself living a healthier and stronger lifestyle than before. I lost 15 lbs within 30 days.”
Emmanuel Velhinho Said
“I have lost 50 lbs in 2 months. But I’d like to admit that I did a lot of exercise and avoided junk food. But from previous experience, I know without Garcinia Cambogia I wouldn’t have lost all this weight.”
“I have been using this product as prescribed for about a week and a half. So far I have started to note a significant decrease in my cravings for snacks and a slight curbing of appetite. I have also a noticeable increase in energy.”
T Martyn Said
“So far I have not noticed a huge different but I have not been using it that long (just 5 days). Hopefully I will see more results. Other than that I like the energy it’s giving me.”
“I was unfortunate to have one of the side effects. I was getting headaches every time I used this product. As a result I was unable to continue using the product although I had started noticing significant weight loss results.”
“I once used a product from a Chinese manufacturer. Just two pills gave me horrible stomach cramps. But I didn’t give up, I bought this one online and insisted on Made in America brand; all is well now.”
Recent Scientific Studies
Several human studies have been done on GC (Hydroxycitric Acid). One popular one was titled “Garcinia Cambogia As A Potential Antiobesity Agent” and it was conducted by Steven B. Heymsfield, MD (Lead Scientist) and published in The Journal of the American Medical Association.
This study involved 135 subjects and it compared garcinia against placebo (dummy pill). The study concluded that hydroxycitric acid appears to be a promising experimental weight control agent. Patients who used Garcinia lost a significant amount of weight during the 12 week treatment period. (Ref: http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=188147).
A second study titled “The Use of Garcinia Cambogia In Weight Loss: A Systematic Review and Meta Analysis of Randomized Clinical Trials” was done at the Peninsula Medical School and later published in the Hindawi Journal of Obesity. In total, twenty three clinical trials were identified but twelve were included.
The conclusion of this meta-analysis was that a statistically significant difference in weight loss in favor of Garcinia Cambogia was recorded. It is also worth noting that of the 12 studies included, there were only 3 with cases of side effects. And the side-effects included headache, gas, stomach burn and skin rash. Complaints were mainly recorded among those who took more than 1.5 grams of Garcinia dosage daily. (Ref: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jobe/2011/509038/tab2/).
The general verdict about Garcinia Cambogia from scientists to-date is that the supplement can be relied upon to lose weight although more studies still need to be done to ascertain any possible long-term effects of using it.
This is another way of saying that the extract is safe to use as there are no adverse effects reported to-date.
Complaints Raised So Far
It would be false to say Garcinia has not attracted any complaints to-date. However, majority of these complaints revolve around side-effects that arise from improper dosage or interaction with other drugs.
Other issues raised are related to quality of the extract (mostly with Made in China products). Generally, for every ten (10) reviews that heap praises on the product you will come across one (1) or two (2) complaints.
So Can Garcinia Be Trusted (Verdict)?
The jury is out. Garcinia Cambogia still works in 2018 and many people have actually benefited from it.
However, since this is a strong supplement it is important to avoid taking it alongside other drugs or when you’re pregnant. All you need to do is get a high quality product from a legitimate seller and your job will be 90% done.