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January 22, 2014

Slim Down with Garcinia Cambogia

garcinia cambogiaAre you looking for something that will suppress your appetite and block fat absorption improving your chances of losing weight? Extracts of Garcinina Cambogia may be what you are looking for then.

Garcinia Cambogia is also known as tamarind and is a small pumpkin shape fruit grown in India, Southeast Asia, and parts of Africa. The active ingredient in extracts of Garcinia Cambogia is hydroxycitric acid (HCA).

HCA and Garcinia Cambogia

HCA is the main ingredient in over the counter weight loss products like Citrilite, Citrin, PhyrtriMax, Bio-Max 3000, and Garcinina Trim-Pulse. Research does show that HCA is effective at blocking fat absorption, increasing fat metabolism, suppressing appetite, as well as lowering LDL cholesterol. It increases satiety which curbs appetite. It inhibits the enzyme citrate lyase, thus blocking the conversion of fat from carbohydrates and lowering the production of LDL cholesterol and trigylerides.

Garcinia Cambogia extracts increases serotonin levels and therefore is ideal for emotional eaters by suppressing the desire to eat in response to stress. Serotonin is the “happy hormone or neurotransmitter” and improves mood.

HCA and Weight Loss

A study of 60 obese individuals showed that those taking HCA lost 14 pounds over 8 weeks while those not taking HCA lost 6 pounds. Both groups consumed 1,200 calories a day and the those who took HCA consumed 1,320 mg/day.

Quality Matters, Dosing, and Cautions

Like any supplement, results are better when taking a high quality product. A high quality product will be void fillers and binders. Look for a supplement that says “Garcinia Cambogia” or “GCE” with at least  50% HCA activity.

The recommended daily dose of extracts of Garcinia Cambogia is 1,500 mg to 3,000 mg a day – 500 mg to 1,000 mg before each meal. Extracts should not be taking if pregnant or breastfeeding. Also, Garcinia Cambogia can lower blood sugar below normal in individuals taking diabetic medications and can increase the risk of muscle pain and rhabdomyolysis in those take the cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins.

 

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Dr. Joe Jacko


Dr. Joe is board certified in internal medicine and sports medicine with additional training in hormone replacement therapy and regenerative medicine. He has trained or practiced at leading institutions including the Hughston Clinic, Cooper Clinic, Steadman-Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas, and Cenegenics. He currently practices in Columbus, Ohio. Read more about Dr. Joe Jacko

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