This supplement is an appetite suppressant, meaning that it helps you feel full and keeps you from the cravings and snacking that often sabotage diet plans. Read on to learn more about Garcinia Cambogia and its effects on weight loss.
Garcinia Cambogia is extracted from the rind of a small, pumpkin-shaped fruit called a tamarind, which grows in Indonesia, India, and other parts of Asia and Africa.
The extract of the tamarind rind has long been used as an additive to Malaysian and other cuisines to help those who are eating feel full more quickly, thus preventing overeating.
How does it work? Garcinia Cambogia contains a compound called Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA), which increases the serotonin level in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that creates feelings of joy and pleasure; a lack of serotonin is linked to not only depression but to overeating and food cravings.
By increasing serotonin levels, the supplement blocks the urge to eat even when you’re not hungry, leading to more effective weight loss than with diet and exercise alone.
In addition to its appetite suppressing properties, HCA also helps to block new fat cells from forming. When you consume HCA, the enzyme that creates new fat cells is interrupted, meaning that your body keeps new fat cells from forming. In addition to the weight loss benefit, this also acts to lower your level of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.
In a clinical study published by the National Library of Medicine, those who consumed the recommended dosage of Garcinia Cambogia along with diet and exercise lost an average of four pounds per month. Those who do not make changes to their current level of diet and exercise usually lose an average of two pounds per month while taking the supplement.
If you’ve been trying to lose weight and are struggling with the numbers on the scale, ask your doctor if adding Garcinia Cambogia to your diet is safe for you. As a natural herbal supplement, it has few to no harmful side effects when taken by healthy adults.
Check your local health food store for a supplement with at least 60% HCA and without fillers or artificial ingredients. For best results, take 500 to 1,000 milligrams of Garcinia Cambogia before each meal.