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Garcinia Cambogia side effects and benefits: a research review

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The growing interest in Garcinia Cambogia has sparked researchers to investigate further, to ensure consumer safety, and to question the pros and cons.

RPYA.org Researcher Lisa King reports: "Garcinia Cambogia itself is perfectly safe and very effective; it's the way some companies mix and dilute it that ruins an otherwise excellent weight-loss supplement."

In a recent review article published in the Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine journal, scientists argue that "there is no case study or report showing the direct adverse effect of HCA," meaning that while some Garcinia supplements may be filled with unhealthy additives, a trustworthy, natural Hydroxycitric acid (HCA) supplement is perfectly safe for daily use.

This report is designed to explain the benefits of the supplement and to educate consumers about the types of supplements that are responsible for claims regarding Garcinia Cambogia side effects.

Possible Concerns:

"There have been no studies showing negative Garcinia Cambogia side effects,but the way it's mixed and manufactured can lead to side effects," said researcher Lisa King. "Here's how to find safe, effective supplements."

  • Be discerning. Not all supplements are created equal. "Some have far better formulations than others."
  • Check the price-tag. Garcinia Cambogia is a natural fruit. It makes sense that the extract from this shouldn't be too expensive. "If a single bottle costs more than $60, you can be sure the manufacturer has added some unnecessary filler."
  • Check the purity. Supplements with additives, "like caffeine and artificial binders, have been the cause of Garcinia Cambogia side effect concerns."
  • 60% HCA. If a supplement has less than 60% HCA, it is unlikely to be effective. "If the company doesn't even list the HCA percent in their Garcinia Cambogia extract, don't bother."

Research and Information:

There has been a lot of research into Garcinia Cambogia extract in the last few years. A review article from 2011, published in the Journal of Obesity, showed that Garcinia Cambogia trials had a "statistically significant difference in weight loss favouring HCA over placebo."

When it comes to efficiency and safety, here are the most important things consumers need to know.

  1. 60% Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA) is best. "HCA, the weight-loss chemical found in natural tropical fruits, is the key." If a supplement has less than 60% HCA, "it's been too diluted to be effective or safe."
  2. Artificial fillers and binders are to blame for the claims of Garcinia Cambogia side effects. "As long as your supplement doesn't ruin the HCA with unnecessary and harmful additives, you're in the clear."

How Hydroxycitric Acid Works:

Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA) is the active ingredient in pure Garcinia Cambogia extract. Many researchers like Lisa King report that it may suppress appetite "while blocking fat storage caused by excess calories." Here's what the research says:

  1. A study at Purdue University showed that a 400 mg dose of HCA, 30-60 minutes before eating, led to 6.8-8.1 pounds lost over the course of 12 weeks.
  2. Another landmark study at Georgetown University demonstrated a 5.4% bodyweight reduction in only 8 weeks. This translates to an expected 15 pounds in only 2 months for a 300-pound person.

Advice on Garcinia Cambogia Supplements:

"Here's how consumers can find the best and safest Garcinia Cambogia supplements."

  1. 800 mg or more of Garcinia Cambogia extract, taken 30-60 minutes before three meals a day, is optimal.
  2. Garcinia Cambogia side effects have been reported with supplements not made in the USA, where artificial fillers and binders are added. "Be sure to get your supplement from a certified lab in the USA."
  3. If you see calcium, chromium, or potassium in your HCA supplement, don't worry. "These natural elements are perfectly safe and healthy."
  4. As you already know, "60% HCA concentration is recommended."
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