Garcinia Cambogia is an exotic citrus fruit. It is related to oranges, tangerines, lemons and limes . This fruit is native to Southeast Asia & also called Malabar Tamarind as its primary use is culinary. Like most safe to consume plants across the world, it has found extensive use in local cuisine for some centuries.
My personal experience
I have been doing intermittent fasting for my own weight management. Typically, I go for 1 day of raw food diet in a week, which mostly consists of fruits and veg only. I have had fairly great success with such a flexible fasting. [What is intermittent fasting?]
Few years ago (I don’t remember exact date) while shopping for groceries at my local super market, I came across Garcinia Cambogia supplement. It came with 25 sachets box labeled as some kid of “slimming tea”. It came with lemon, ginger & mint flavors. I just had to do empty 1 sachet into warm water. Since, it is easily water soluble, it tasted good (bit sour), had no awkward smell or bitterly after-taste. It wasn’t very expensive either. I think I paid about 8-10 bucks for 25 sachet box.
Yes, it instantly l curbed my appetite! I would always feel energetic for at least 2 hours after drinking the Garcinia tea. Contrary to normal marketing hype of “fat burner” I feel Garcinia as a strong appetite suppressant. It curbs the hunger & gives a bit of energy boost, thus makes you eat less. Eating less and reducing number of calories intake is important if you are trying to lose weight.
Unfortunately this slimming tea is not available anymore. I have been trying to get it from many places. I don’t know what happened to the company. Probably their sales were collapsed due to large number of internet scams.
… read about various scams below later
More About Garcinia Cambogia
Though the fruit itself is a fairly typical citrus fruit, filled with vitamins and a bit of fiber, its rind has recently made an impact on the world of health. The rinds of the Garcina Cambogia is laced with a substance called hydroxycitric acid. Much like the fruit itself, this extract has been used for centuries in local cooking; but as of late it has become better known as a nutritional supplement intended to help users lose weight.
The extract of the rind is available in most health and supplement stores, typically as a capsule or powder. A few healthy snacking options include it as an ingredient. In most cases, the dosage is between 250 and 1000 milligrams of the extract each. Though it is an all natural substance, its full potential is poorly understood, even inside of the medical science community.
Research into the extract’s weight loss properties is still ongoing, as well as research into modifying it to be an even more impressive supplement. Some tests have had mixed results, and at the moment, very few tests have been performed. No test has examined the results of this extract for longer than 12 weeks at a time. Still, some promising results have certainly emerged from the tests that have been performed. [link]
There is a body of research indicating that this extract does in fact increase the user’s metabolism. These tests have been performed on both lab mice and human volunteers and a number of these studies found that the metabolism of the users did increase. An increased metabolism burns fat and calories faster than a typical metabolism, and while this oftentimes does lead to increasing hunger. [link]
Some other tests have indicated that Garcinia Cambogia has no impact on the user’s appetite. While claims of reducing appetite are largely unproven, the fact is that this extract can increase metabolism without increasing appetite, meaning that more fat is burned off through regular exercise. This extract is not a sure- fire way to lose weight, as many people still will need to reduce their calorie and fat intakes, as well as increase the amount of exercise they get, but supplements made from the rinds of the fruit do seem to be helpful. [link]
Improves Athletic Performance
Two studies also indicate that Garcinia Cambogia also improves athletic performance, allowing humans and mice alike to work out more before reaching exhaustion. While working out to the point of exhaustion is generally ill advised, most people looking to lose weight can use the improved energy and endurance limits both in working out and in everyday life. While the long term effects of this extract are currently unknown, many in the medical community feel that this extract could well be useful for a number of people looking to lose weight. [link]
Most Important Fact
Most of the clinical studies conducted on the Garcinia have concluded that it has appetite controlling & mild lipid metabolism boosting property; however none of them have endorsed it as a strong weight loss supplement.
Who Created the Buzz?
It is none other than Dr Mehmet Oz of “Dr Oz show” fame! He described it as a miracle weight loss supplement. Although Dr Oz did not endorse any particular brand, almost all the manufacturers are illegally using his name & picture. Dr Oz gave several clarifications later-on & even did a special episode.
Garcinia Scams on the Internet
Visit any popular health & fitness website; you’ll see at least one article, blog post or advertisement for Garcinia.
Fake Garcinia pills scammers have occupied the internet. They are offering you a free trial with low shipping cost. When you signup they forcefully enroll you into monthly auto-shipment program & charge ridiculous sum every month. Cancelling the auto shipment program would be one of the most painful experiences you could ever have…
One of my aged aunt lost more than $500 by taking Garcinia free trial. The fraudster company was billing her $119 every month for one bottle of pill & some useless fitness advice! When she told me about this I advised her to immediately cancel the credit card because it is almost impossible to cancel the auto-shipping program. … Trust me! [BBB complaint]
My advice to you is, never give your credit card info for free trial offers, especially if the website in question is unknown. If you want to give a try then read the terms of service & fine print carefully (normally written in small font size making it difficult to read) If you really want to try a supplement, buy it by making full payment for single bottle & avoid the hassle of canceling recurring charges.
GarciniaCambogiaExtra by Baur Nutrition is selling pretty decent capsule with Raspberry extract. It contains 1000mg Garcinia + 200mg raspberry ketone. While I haven’t used this particular product, I have used some other supplement from this company. This company doesn’t enroll you into auto-shipment program. So you are safe by making full payment. You can read this review written by an expert or visit the official website to buy it.