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What is Garcinia Cambogia?

There are two goals that often drive people: the desire to lose weight, and the intention to get some help along the way. It’s tough to find a natural assistant to the process; chemicals like ephedrine have been banned due to their health risks. Garcinia Cambogia has received some press recently for being a natural weight loss assisting substance.


So what is Garcinia Cambogia exactly? It’s a fruit that has a substantial amount of hype, with acclaimed abilities to cut the body’s fat generation while also regulating cholesterol and blood sugar. Plus, it’s supposed to be a natural appetite suppressant. If you’re looking to lose weight, this sounds almost too good to be true!


The chemical in the fruit that is responsible for these effects is hydroxycitric acid. You can ingest the fruit as is traditional, or get it in supplements at a health food store (this is generally the more popular way to consume it, at least in the West). So does it work? Results in controlled studies have proved some of the claims to be true: it does indeed help the body produce less fat, and can make athletic performance better.  Actual weight loss and appetite suppression were not conclusive.


Garcinia Cambogia can cause some side effects, such as upset stomach, dizziness, and diarrhea. It’s advisable to consult your physician before using the supplement, particularly if you are on a medication that could have a negative interaction with it. If they say it’s safe, it can’t hurt to give it a try, as there are some proven benefits. Just don’t expect a weight loss miracle.