What is Garcinia Cambogia & Does it Work for Weight Loss?

Are you looking at medical alternatives to lose weight? True, there are many such products for good health and weight loss, but are best taken with medical advice. Garcinia Cambogia is one of the most popular ones for weight loss and it is worth knowing about it.

What is Garcinia Cambogia?

A small pumpkin like plant from Indonesia that was lost in anonymity for hundred years, is today in demand around the world for its amazing weight loss properties! The plant is known to have medical properties to keep you fit. Garcinia Cambogia is not only used in medicines but also added in abundance in many weight cutting and dietary supplements.

Known to suppress your appetite, the Garcinia Cambogia plant can actually bring a great result to your body weight when eaten along with proper exercise and dietary routine. Known with different names that can vary with regions like Malabar Tamarind or gummigutta you can find it in its native countries like India and Southeast Asia. However today you can also find the Garcinia Cambogia fruit in Polynesia and Africa.

While Garcinia Cambogia is popular for weight loss benefits, there is no recommended fixed dosage as it can depend on a number of factors like your age, body type rate of metabolism etc. However you should be peculiar about the dosage of medicines and dietary pills that are power packed with fruits. Now, that you know what is Garcinia Cambogia, it is best to seek medical advice for the exact dosage and duration of supplementation.

Does Garcinia Cambogia Work for Weight Loss?

Does Garcinia Cambogia Work for Weight Loss?

Does Garcinia Cambogia work for weight loss, is a common question asked by many. Hence, it is important to know the about the active ingredients in Garcinia Cambogia that support effective weight loss. Hydroxycitric acid found in the native Indonesian fruit, Garcinia Cambogia, is used to help in weight loss in the following ways:

  • Firstly, Garcinia Cambogia helps to regulate appetite via accelerating serotonin levels in the body. Serotonin has a role to play over your mood swings and behavior. When its level goes down, a person could suffer from anxiety and worry thereby making you eat more emotionally. Thus, by keeping serotonin in check, it uplifts your mood thereby restricting you to eat more in emotional situations.
  • Secondly, the acid works directly on an enzyme called citrase lyase that is responsible for fat production in the body. It also helps to reduce the levels of “bad cholesterol” in the body thereby promoting weight management.

These actions explain the way in which Garcinia Cambogia works for weight loss.

Well, taking Garcinia Cambogia supplements will not let you instantly shed pounds, but if followed properly in conjunction with proper diet, physical routine and lifestyle changes, it would promote weight management. According to some recent studies, people who took Garcinia Cambogia supplement while managing diet and routine were successful in losing four pounds every month.

Garcinia Cambogia is marketed both online and offline; the tea leaves come in a variety of flavors to enrich your taste buds such as raspberry, strawberry, blueberry and the conventional flavor of green tea. In addition to helping you lose weight it has some other benefits associated with it.

  • Helps in body hydration
  • Acts as a natural stress reliever
  • Controls elevated blood pressure
  • Boost the body’s natural defense to fight infections
  • Provides a storehouse of antioxidants helping to strengthen immune system

While you head out in the market to make its purchase, go in for reputed brands and compare all the options thoroughly before making a purchase. Also give priority to ingredients and go in for brand flavors like Hayley’s which have a good customer rating. While, flavors can be just an individual choice; ingredients will make all the difference!

Is Garcinia Suitable for Everyone?

Make sure to take the Garcinia Cambogia supplement only as advised. It is best taken when you are empty stomach i.e. around 40 to 60 minutes prior to your meals. Begin with a low dose, as advised by your physician and let your body adapt the changes gradually!

Though, the side effects associated with Garcinia Cambogia are rare and uncertain, yet sometimes they can intensify by not taking proper dosages. Taking the supplements irregularly or without proper advice can prove to be harmful. The best approach for using Garcinia Cambogia for weight loss, would be following a good nutritional intake along with following an exercise regime.

Though the plant has been in use for dietary and medicinal reasons, there are a certain restrictions which limit down its usage. Pregnant women and breast feeding mothers should avoid taking Garcinia Cambogia to be on the safe side. Moreover, diabetic patients who regularly take insulin injections should strictly avoid Garcinia Cambogia supplement as that could affect their blood sugar levels. Just like with the case of other dietary supplements, FDA still has not recognized Garcinia Cambogia as completely safe for use, hence the precautions are very much needed and should be followed.

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:August 2, 2017

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