An Overview of Pure Garcinia Cambogia
Uses, Benefits, and Normal Dosage
Garcinia Cambogia is a fruit better known as the Malabar-tamarind. It is found mainly in Indonesia but has been found in other Asian and Central African countries. Its rind is currently being used in weight loss supplements under the same name. The extract is said to be effective due to hydroxycitric acid (HCA), the active ingredient found in this and other tropical fruits.
The most common use for this fruit extract is currently in regards to weight loss and appetite suppression, thanks to studies done by multiple universities and labs. For example, a Purdue University study found that 400mg of pure Garcinia Cambogia (at least 60% HCA, with no fillers or additives) taken 30 to 60 minutes before a meal resulted in a loss of six to eight pounds over a 12 week period. A separate Georgetown University study found that people who took the extract saw a 5.4% bodyweight reduction after eight weeks on the supplement.
After initial studies were done and regulations were put in place, it has been determined that the proper dosage for optimal results is 800mg of the supplement (usually two pills) taken 30 to 60 minutes before every meal. When taken properly, garcinia cambogia may control hunger and cravings, stabilize cortisol levels in the body, lower bad cholesterol levels (LDLs) and triglycerides, raise serotonin levels (this curbs binge eating), and improve sleep.
It should be noted that optimal weight loss is said to occur when garcinia cambogia is paired with a low-fat diet and a regular exercise routine (at least 30 minutes a day).
Possible Side Effects of the Supplement
When it comes to taking pure garcinia cambogia in the recommended dosage, there are no reported harmful side effects. There have been reports of side effects when this supplement is made with certain additives and fillers.
It is only recommended to take the pure form of this supplement that has at least 60% HCA. Despite previous warnings, there are no safety concerns for garcinia cambogia supplements that contain calcium, chromium, or potassium.
It is also recommended that people who are taking cholesterol medication not take the extract as it could cause side effects such as rhabdomyolysis (breakdown of muscle tissue that leads to the release of muscle fiber contents into the blood) and muscular atrophy. Pregnant and nursing women are also advised not to take the supplement since there is a lack of information regarding the extract and its effect in utero and on infants.
Where to Find the Supplement
Garcinia cambogia extract is a natural supplement and can be found in most major drug stores, vitamin shops, and health stores in the United States. The extract can also be found on the internet through private sites as well as major retail websites like Amazon.com.
It is recommended that the extract only be bought from American labs as international labs have been known to add harmful fillers and additives to the extract. These additives can be harmful and can also negate the positive effects of the supplement.