Garcinia cambogia: does it work? Does it really help you lose weight?

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Does Garcinia Cambogia Really Work? Does it really help you lose weight? From Garcinia cambogia, a tropical fruit also known as Malabar tamarind, supplements are obtained that promise to help us lose weight, but at the moment there are not enough studies to prove these 'miraculous' properties.

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La garcinia cambogia does it really work? Does it really help you lose weight? From Garcinia cambogia, a tropical fruit also known as Malabar tamarind, are obtained supplements that promise to help us lose weight, but there are currently not enough studies to prove these 'miracle' properties.

The ingredient that attracted researchers' interest in the Garcinia cambogia it is called acid hydroxycitric (HCA) and is contained in the peel of this fruit. In some experiments, hydroxycitric acid has shown the potential to block the enzyme citrate lyase, which our body uses for the synthesis of fatty acids. It would also be able to raise the brain's serotonin levels, which could help us feel less hungry.

In reality, however, the results in weight loss are not impressive. A review of the studies published in the Journal of Obesity found that people taking Garcinia cambogia as part of an experimental study lost only slightly more weight than other participants who did not take the supplement.

La weight loss it would be due to the calorie-restricted diet and exercise programs typically included in the studies, not so much to the effect of Garcinia cambogia as a weight loss remedy. More studies are therefore needed to find out if HCA can really help people lose weight and stay slim.

Another interesting aspect concerns the potential of Garcinia cambogia for lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels LDL and to raise HDL cholesterol. However, Garcinia cambogia should not be taken by those who already take high cholesterol medications. From this point of view, you can ask your doctor for more information.

Garcinia cambogia, in addition to not guaranteeing the desired weight loss, could cause side effects such as dry mouth, headache, stomach problems and diarrhea.



In 2009 Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned against using a weight loss product that contained Garcinia cambogia because some people had experienced serious liver problems when taking it.

However, the product also contained other ingredients, so it is unclear if the negative effects were really due to Garcinia cambogia. Additionally, some research suggests that Garcinia cambogia as a supplement is safe while other research says it is not.

The use of Garcinia cambogia it is not recommended during pregnancy and breastfeeding and for those with kidney problems. Plus this supplement it may negatively interact with some medications for asthma and allergy, with medicines for diabetes, including insulin, with iron to take for anemia, with pain relievers and with medicines to lower cholesterol (statins).

To buy or not to buy Garcinia cambogia based supplements? Since the results of studies on how it works are still not completely certain, you should before deciding whether to take this supplement consult your doctor and remember that to lose weight we should not turn to 'miraculous' but perhaps unsafe remedies. In fact, we should mainly rely on improving our diet and our degree of physical activity, preferably with the help of an expert.



Marta Albè

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