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Pure Garcinia Cambogia Extract: Case Study Reviews

garcinia-cambogia-fruitWhile Dr. Oz might not be the first person I look towards for medical advice, it’s fortunate I saw this segment when it aired (video above). After seeing the show, I started doing some of my own digging, and was pleasantly surprised by both the clinical data and the personal reviews being shared. This post will attempt to explain the inner workings of

Garcinia Cambogia, organize all the information I’ve found, and hopefully make sense of all the technical gibberish.

With all the expensive and artificial fitness/weightloss fads that have come and gone through the years, I always cringe when someone tells me they spent hundreds of dollars on systems that either starve, dope, or harm the body in unnatural ways. As a nutritionist I’ve always taken an organic approach to weight loss, which is why I had to take a closer look at Garcinia Cambogia extract.
Garcinia Cambogia has been surprisingly well-researched with a dozen different clinical trials carried out over the years. Time and time again, the research reveals the power Garcinia Cambogia has for fat loss and the creation of healthy eating habits.
After being showcased and endorsed on The Doctor Oz Show, Garcinia Cambogia picked up a lot of heat in the media. Dr. Oz termed the Garcinia Cambogia extract as the “Holy Grail of Weight Loss,” further saying, “Anytime I see a scientist get this excited about something like Garcinia Cambogia Extract and when I looked through some of this research and called these scientists myself, I get excited.  That’s why Garcinia Cambogia Extract makes sense to me and fascinates me.”

So what is Garcinia Cambogia?

The Garcinia Cambogia is a yellow fruit, sometimes also known as the tamarind, originating in Indonesia and now found across Southeast Asia, India, and central Africa. The fruit’s rinds and extracts are frequently found in the ancient art of India’s Ayurveda medicine. Shaped similarly to a pumpkin, the fruit has a thin rind, which is often dried and cured for extraction and storage.
cholesterol-garcinia-cambogiaThe extract, derived from the rinds of the plant, contains Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA) – an acid that block fats and sugar, while simultaneously suppressing the appetite. It acts as a great weight loss agent by reducing appetite and preventing or decreasing the formation of fat cells within the body – precisely the reason the Doctor Oz show has touted this as a miracle supplement.

How does the extract work?

Pure Garcinia Cambogia extract works as a fat blocker and appetite suppressant that also helps the user control cravings, curb emotional or stress eating, stabilize cortisol levels, and in turn, decrease fat.
Clinical research concluded the Garcinia Cambogia extract serves these primary functions:
1. It prevents formation of fat cells that result from the liver converting sugar into fat.
2. It increases serotonin levels, improving mood and making it easier for people to control their eating habits and urges to binge.
3. It helps remove bad cholesterol from the blood stream.
4. It contains flavonoids that reduce triglycerides, phospholipids, and free fatty acids.

What makes Garcinia Cambogia so different?

stressPeople who added the extract to their existing diet and exercise routines noticed a double and triple loss in weight each week compared to previous weeks. Just the results alone make Garcinia Cambogia the champion of herbal weight loss. It’s a great natural alternative to dangerous stimulants like ephedra, and doesn’t have all the nasty side effects like other supplements.

“A Stepping Stone To Better Eating Habits”

Most notably, Garcinia Cambogia helps reduce hunger and cravings. Studies have shown that the additional benefit of Garcinia raising serotonin levels can have a tremendous effect on overall health and eating patterns. Users are more likely to see an improvement in sleep and less likely to indulge in stress or emotionally triggered eating binges.
Similarly to how anti-depressants and other psychotropic drugs can help positively impact mood, the extract uses the same mechanisms to help alleviate mood swings and reduce stress. This is a huge breakthrough for those who binge eat when feeling stressed or depressed because the extract helps stabilize levels of Cortisol in the body.

The Fight Against Cortisol

Cortisol is a natural hormone released in response to stress and has always been the biggest enemy of weight loss, especially for women. Regardless of exercise, supplements, or diet… our bad snacking habits often come from Cortisol-triggered cravings. If you often suffer from hunger urges that seem impossible to ignore, it’s probably because your body’s Cortisol levels are higher than average.
Now that science has shown us why Cortisol is the killer, it’s easier than ever to do something about it and take back control of our lives and our bodies. Pure Garcinia Cambogia is one of the only 100% natural means of suppressing hunger, busting fat, and feeling great about it at the same time. And for that reason, we’ve been recommending this product to all our clients.

Does the Garcinia Cambogia extract really work?

Pure Garcinia Cambogia extract is a clinically proven natural weight loss aid. Of more than 12 clinical studies we found both online and in university research databases, only one had no significant weight loss effects. That study was, however, criticized for utilizing an unusually high fiber diet. Fiber is known to absorb the main ingredient HCA, and in turn, impair its ability to block fat reducing enzymes as seen in other studies.

Here are just a few of them:

hcaA study involving both rats and humans called ”An overview of the safety and efficacy of a novel, natural(-)-hydroxycitric acid extract (HCA-SX) for weight management“ was published in the Journal of Medicine.  Looking at the human part of the study, this was an 8 week trial with 60 people involved. Everyone was given 2,000 calories per day, walked 30 minutes a day, 5 days per week and were randomly given either a placebo or about 750mg HCA. At the end of the study, these results were observed:

  • - 5.4% reduction in body weight
  • - 5.2% reduction in body mass index (BMI)
  • - Significantly decreased food intake
  • - Significantly decreased total cholesterol
  • - Significantly decreased LDL (bad cholesterol)
  • - Significantly increased HDL (good cholesterol)
  • - Significantly decreased triglycerides
  • - Significantly decreased leptin levels
  • - Significantly increased serotonin levels

Note. Leptin is a hormone made inside fat cells. Leptin plays a role in hunger.

A study published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2007 involved 50 obese women (18-75 years of age) who were randomly split into a placebo and Garcinia group.
The Garcinia group received 1.15 grams before meals, three times per day (3.45 grams total per day).
All the women in this trial were tracked for 2 months after being placed on a 1,000 calorie/day diet. Body fat was determined using skin fold analysis and bioelectric impedance.
At the end of the study, women getting Garcinia lost significantly more weight (6.1 lbs) than women who received the placebo (3 lbs).

Which supplement is the best to take?

While there are many Garcinia Cambogia supplements on the market, I highly recommend using a supplement that contains at least 50% HCA (60% is preferred) and is made without the use of additional ingredients.


  1. I would like to give this a try.

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