Garcinia cambogia is a green Indonesian fruit that looks like a small pumpkin. It also grows in India and parts of South East Asia. This tropical fruit is also known as the Malabar tamarind. It has a bitter taste and it is commonly used in curing fish and as a spice when making curries. It is also used as a sort of laxative because it is believed to have a cleansing effect on the intestines. It has received a lot of media coverage with many claiming that it possesses fat burning properties that lead to weight loss.
The fruit is said to have an active ingredient in its rind. This hydroxycitric acid (HCA) reduces the appetite and boosts fat burning, while also reducing the conversion rate of sugars to fats. It acts as an enzyme inhibitor against an enzyme called citrate lyase. This raises the levels of the brain chemical serotonin which then reduces the hunger signals. It suppresses the appetite by increasing how fast you feel satisfied. The user ends up eating less and thus loosing weight. Studies by a nutritionist suggested that the amino acid 5-hydroxytryptophan is what raises the level of the serotonin.
Other studies have suggested that the supplements derived from this fruit may only have an effect on animals. However, human beings continue to harvest it and manufacture supplements that are marketed as weight loss tools. Higher levels of serotonin in humans have been attributed to greater success in weight loss efforts. This is because serotonin is known as the happy hormone. People are known to avoid cravings and make better food choices when they are happy. Low serotonin levels have been known to cause emotional or reactive eating. Scientists who are pro Garcinia Cambogia have used the increased levels of serotonins in users to dispel the claims.
The skepticism around the effects of this fruit can be traced back to the wild claims that advertisers have made. Some have alleged that the supplements change body composition by increasing lean muscle mass. This is not true as muscle mass is build by physical exercise. This is more effective when specific toning exercises are done. Others have claimed that it decreases belly fat. This may or may not happen because as a person looses weight, the evidence is all over. Metabolism changes cannot cause spot reduction. Only surgery can do that. Garcinia has been said to increase overall health. This may be true as it will boost your metabolism.
Garcinia has been said to cure diabetes. This is not entirely true as it only reduces blood sugar levels. If a diabetes patient is on medication to manage his condition, then using Garcinia could be dangerous. Blood sugar may get too low and lead to diabetic coma. This supplement is also unsafe for patients with a history of stroke or heart disease. It interferes with the function of blood thinners. It has been said to prevent further weight gain. This could be partly true but only if the weight gain is attributed to eating habits. Weight gain can also be caused by hormonal imbalances, thyroid problems and many hereditary conditions. It is also not advisable for people to use Garcinia when on anti depressants as their serotonin levels could become unstable.
The big question on everybody’s mind is whether Garcinia works. To answer this question, we look at the people who have reported success. It seems that the trick to success is to use the supplements in a certain way. This supplements work best when taken on an empty stomach. The recommended time is 30 to 50 minutes before taking a meal. Supplements which were bound in calcium and potassium also showed encouraging success rates. Supplements without these salts were degraded into HCA lactone which is inactive and has no benefits on weight loss. Be sure to buy only those supplements with over 50% HCA with less calcium. It should also have either potassium or magnesium or both. Always remember that the lower the lactone content, the better.
Success was also attributed to a dosage of 15g of HCA three times a day. It would be wise to convert your prescription with the assistance of a chemist because each product on the market has a different percentage of HCA. Garcinia Cambogia does assist in weight loss but the process is slow and it will only work when instructions are followed strictly.