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"Meera is in her forties & is trying hard to lose weight. She is 5.4' and weight 90 kg. Unhappy with her current condition, she finally decides to visit her nutritionist to get a solution to her problem. She discusses her problem that she is unable to lose the desired amount of weight, which discourages her to adhere to the diet & fitness regime. The nutritionist understood her routine in detail and suggested  Garcinia Cambogia in addition to her current plan. She makes Meera understand that diet & physical activity is really important for losing weight. Garcinia Cambogia may help as an adjunct for losing weight."

Garcinia Cambogia is a famous supplement for losing weight. It is known to lower cholesterol and curb your appetite. By triggering weight loss, it also helps in managing blood glucose level. Well, features of Garcinia Cambogia does appear impressive, but is it worth the hype? Let's find out


What is Garcinia Cambogia?

Before going into details, let's talk briefly about this supplement. Garcinia cambogia is a popular weight-loss supplement. It is extracted from a fruit Malabar tamarind or Garcinia gummi-gutta. This fruit is too sour to be consumed raw and is rather used in cooking. The active ingredient of this fruit is hydroxycitric acid (HCA) that aids weight loss is present in its peel.


How does it help in losing weight?

It is seen that Garcinia Cambogia can cause weight loss up to 2 pounds over a period of 2-8 weeks. The mechanisms by which it triggers weight loss are:

  • Blocks fat production: It alters blood fats and prevents the production of new fatty acids. The main reason behind this is the inhibition of citrate lyase, an enzyme that plays an important role in fat production. So, Garcinia Cambogia reduces blood fats and prevents the risk of weight gain.

  • Lowers your appetite: Consuming Garcinia Cambogia releases a hormone serotonin that suppresses your appetite.

Some additional benefits of this supplement include:

  1. Lowering insulin level

  2. Improving insulin sensitivity

  3. Improving blood sugar levels

  4. Reducing inflammation

What does the research say?
There are conflicting results about this supplement. While HCA in Garcinia Cambogia does trigger fat loss, the results vary. However, it may provide a modest weight-loss when combined with diet and exercise.

Safety and side-effects of Garcinia Cambogia It is seen that Garcinia Cambogia is safe in the majority of the individuals if taken as per the recommended dose, or up to 2,800 mg of HCA per day. However, adverse effects if present can have the following indications:


  • Headaches

  • Digestive symptoms

  • Skin rashes


It is recommended that if you have some medical conditions or take some medications, consult a physician before starting to consume Garcinia Cambogia. Moreover, its consumption is not recommended beyond 120 days.

Recommended dosage Choose a supplement that contains 50-60% HCA. It is normally recommended at the dose of 500 mg, three times a day, 30-60 minutes before meals. It is best to follow instructions on the label. Of note, Garcinia Cambogia shouldn?t be stopped abruptly. Consult your doctor who will advise you on how it should be stopped.

"Garcinia Cambogia is a fruit-derived supplement that is seen to boost weight loss when combined with an adequate diet and exercise regime. As the results vary for everyone, it is recommended to consult a physician or nutritionist before consuming it.."