Written by: Maryanne Callsen
May 31, 2018
PROUDCT NAME: Garcinia Cambogia
BRAND IN STORE: Garcinia + Carnitine by BPI Health
CONTAINER SIZE: 60 tablets
DOSAGE: 500-1500 gm (depending on hydroxycitric acid content), discontinue use after 12 weeks
OPTIMAL TIMING: Split dosage equally among meal times
PRODUCT CATEGORY: Weightloss
Garcinia cambogia was originally used to treat intestinal distress and is native to southeast Asia. Hydroxycitric acid (HCA) is extracted from the garcinia cambogia fruit and is the key component in the weightloss supplement.
HCA encourages the release of serotonin, which can lead to appetite suppression, as well as certain enzymes responsible for carbohydrate metabolism. These enzymes could increase your body's ability to burn fat as fuel.
For the most part, the few studies that have been conducted have been varying. A small study conducted showed that garcinia cambogia reduced triglyceride levels in overweight participants. It also tested participants using HCA, a 2,000 calorie diet, and daily exercise. It concluded that some had reduced cholesterol, LDL, and triglycerides, while increasing HDL. There is some concern that continual use of garcinia cambogia can lead to organ damage.
A daily question we get at the store is: "What weightloss product is the best?" Garcinia cambogia IS considered a weightloss product, but like many others on our shelves, it has to be coupled with a healthy relationship with food (whether that is eating intuitively, and/or counting calories, macros, etc), and consistent exercise. We have several weightloss products at Busted Barbell, and many of them have had extensive testing done on their performance.
So is garcinia cambogia right for you? Based on their benefits, it may be something to try if you are consistently on a keto diet, or looking for a product that is naturally derived from fruit extracts. However, I believe that there is a solution to fit everyone's goals. Some competitor products we also have are: raspberry ketones, carnitine, CLA, and thermogenic fat burners. It is important for everyone to do a bit of research to see what is going to be a match for them. Visit our website to see the selection of weightloss products we have in store.
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health