Just imagine: after the whole year of regular heavy exercises and counting each calorie, you still feel more and more sleepy every day, grab a cup of coffee and a cake in the office and try to sell yourself an idea that tomorrow you will definitely go on a diet and start a new healthy life... Easier to claim than to do.
In 1990’s there was a buzz wave to supplements with fruit Garcinia Cambogia that apparently had miraculous fat losing properties. Many opinions say that it helps to lose extra kilos very easy. What is the fruit and does it really help to become more fit?
Garcinia Cambogia, is a tropical sweet fruit shaped like a small pumpkin and originated from Cambodia, a country in southeast Asia. It is traditionally used to flavor dishes and give them spiciness, but nowadays this product is gaining a reputation of a brand that promises rapid weight loss. In addition, it seems to normalize blood pressure and blood glucose levels in diabetics, suppress appetite and the level of bad cholesterol and triglycerides, but increases the level of hormones and antioxidants in the human organism.
Looks like a panacea, doesn’t it?
In 1960’s researchers discovered that skin of the Garcinia Cambogia contained hydroxycitric acid, or HCA. The wonderful slimming effect is due to HCA that blocks the enzyme citrate lyase, which participates in the process of lipogenesis. It also increases the level of serotonin (‘happy hormon’) in the brain, making you feel less hungry. HCA can also increase the level of glycogen in the liver. According to the researches, the fruit has numerous benefits. It is rich in such microelements and vitamins as calcium, thiamine, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin and niacin.
Yes, the scientific press published data that people who took the Garcinia Cambogia supplement lost about 1 kg more than people who did not take it. But experts were not able to prove exactly what weight loss was due to the supplement. Despite some positive results obtained on rats, they could not reproduce on humans. A 12-week, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study showed that the supplement did not significantly reduce weight or reduce fat mass. However, numerous examples have shown that HCA has a real potential as a ‘fat killer’ supplement.
In 1998 the Journal of the American Medical Association published the results of an extensive research, according to which HCA did not influence humans, great interest faded away for a long time.
But in a few years after Harry Preuss, a researcher from Georgetown University, conducted a more thorough study with an outcome that HCA had a great influence on appetite control and almost double increased serotonin. His main conclusion was that HCA’s main overall effect depends on the way a person takes it.
Here’s the summery of Preuss’ conclusions on HCA effective use:
- Take a supplement with minimum 50% HCA, which contains calcium, potassium and magnesium.
- Adjusting dosage (app.1.5 g) and time of use (3 times a day) is important.
- Do not eat anything before taking the supplement.