Garcinia or commonly used and heard as Garcinia Cambogia is the newest weight loss trend everyone is talking about. It’s commonly available and marketed as pills for quick and instant weight loss. Garcinia is a type of fruit which resembles a pumpkin. It’s usually green, yellow, or red in colour. These are mostly found in South East Asian countries and India. Its popular name is also Malabar Tamarind. Garcinia has been used to treat stomach problems and also for its culinary uses. The dry rind of the fruit is added to curries and chutneys as a substitute to mango/lime/tamarind. The fruit can also be eaten and is very delicious. It is not to be confused with Garcinia hanburyi (gamboge resin).
Uses: This fruits contains Hydroxycitric acid (HCA) which is extracted from the rind of the fruit associated with suppressing hunger, which leads to decreasing a person’s appetite and thus helps in weight loss process and promotes healthy metabolism. It helps to support lean muscle and to make cholesterol levels normal. It also helps in treating joint pain. Due to the HCA present it’s also used in emptying the bowel and treating severe diarrhea. The product should have at least 60% HCA in it, higher is also fine. It is used by sportsperson and people training in the gyms for greater physical activity and energy requirements.
Dosage: You have to take the right dose of the right product, and you have to take it properly.
– Dr Harry Preuss
Garcinia is graded under dietary supplement category. The dosage depends on age, weight, height, metabolism and medical condition and health records. It is not recommended to be taken orally/directly. It is made in to pills/powders for consumption. On an average basis, a healthy human being with no medical conditions can approximately take a standard dose of 500 to 1500 mg (50% HCA) per day in capsules/tablets form orally thrice a day before meals. It is soluble in water and helps the body absorb the nutrients provided by the pills. Minimum 6 to 8 glasses of water should be consumed when taking the supplements as they lead to water loss in the body. Some nutritionist suggests taking the pills after a meal as well, as it may help to curb snacking habits post meals and in between them to help weight loss process and control weight. It also helps in the reduction of belly fat. The dosage mostly depends on the composition of the tablet as different manufactures/producers have different compositions. The outer label should be thoroughly checked and understood before starting these medicines or under the guidance of a certified nutritionist or a doctor.
Side Effects: Side effects from usage of Garcinia range from mild to serious. Mild and normal side effects include Headache, dry mouth, dizziness, Diarrhea, upset stomach, nausea etc. Delusions, Fast speech, irritability, overexcitement, liver problem and insomnia are the serious recorded side effects. If people with liver disease consume Garcinia, it is said to worsen the liver damage. It leads to delusions if you suffer from bipolar disorder. Before buying the product check the composition and concentration of Garcinia cambogia extract or HCA present in it. Garcinia cambogia may interfere with a person’s diabetes treatments and lower their blood sugar. For breastfeeding/pregnant women it is supposed be unsafe.
Warning: Garcinia is not a poisonous fruit, but due to cheap publicity tricks it’s marketed as an instant and sure shot weight loss supplement, which has led to negativity regarding the product. If you are pregnant or breast feeding, stay on the safe side and avoid its use as there is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking Garcinia. The capsules should contain minimum 50 percent HCA. Garcinia cambogia extract may also cause liver damage. In 2017 FDA discovered the presence of sibutramine in the capsules/pills and warned that sibutramine may react with other medications such as iron, antidepressants, calcium, potassium etc and substantially increase a person’s blood pressure and heart rate. Warnings are stated on the labels at the back of medicines/tablets. Most dietary supplements are safe and the benefits far outweigh the side effects.
With all the hype created regarding this miracle fruit, the Garcinia Cambogia weight loss results are not up to the expectations and in some cases almost negligible. Working out, controlled diet, healthy lifestyle plays an important part in maintaining a fit and healthy body which in turn helps you to lose weight the right way.