Used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for millennia, Garcinia Cambogia extract comes from the rind of a tropical citrus fruit. Resembling a cross between an orange and a miniature pumpkin, the fruit itself is no more remarkable than any other tropical fruit. It is a very healthy, exotic, and delicious treat. With exception to a rare allergic reaction, Garcinia Cambogia fruit is extremely safe to eat.
The rind of the fruit is remarkable when compared to other citrus fruits. It contains a special type of acid called HCA that is missing in other types of citrus. The only other place HCA is found in nature is in certain types of hibiscus flowers.
Though Garcinia Cambogia extract has only been popularized in the western world in the last few years, it quickly captivated scientists and medical professionals. HCA needs far more extensive study, as clinical trials have extended only a mere 12 weeks. However, study results thus far show promise for weight loss, depression, anxiety, metabolic rates, and kidney health.
Is it safe to take Garcinia Cambogia?
Taking any supplement is potentially dangerous. Garcinia Cambogia may affect blood sugar levels in those with diabetes. Because it is a natural anti-depressant and works as a Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI), it is ill advised to take both drugs at the same time. Those with cardiovascular and gastrointestinal health problems should consult their physician. Only a professional should assess individuals’ risks versus rewards of taking Garcinia Cambogia.
HCA and weight loss
In randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials Garcinia Cambogia has shown promise for weight loss in obese and overweight individuals. During the 12 week study, subjects taking the supplement had a significant change in their Body Composition Improvement Index scores. Those who took the supplement had a marked improvement in their Body Mass Index score over those who did not take it.
What’s more is that those who exercised and took the extract had an increased result of four times that of the person who only exercised and took a placebo. During the three month study, four subjects dropped out, none of which were related to primary or side effects of the drug.
HCA dissolves kidney stones
On August 8, 2016, Houston scientists published the results of a study, and the world is taking notice. HCA is incomparably effective at dissolving kidney stones. The scientific and medical communities are very interested in the implications of this study, as it has been 30 long years since any advancement has been made in kidney stone treatment.
Kidney stones are excruciatingly painful and current treatments are far from sufficient. Hydroxylacid is comparable to citric acid in most ways, which is the best treatment option at this time. Citric acid’s effects on stones are weak, at best. However, hydroxylacid completely dissolved kidney stones in test tubes that were soaking in a supersaturated calcium solution that made them about three times more difficult to dissolve than normal kidney stones. It dissolved them completely, whereas citric acid only helped marginally.
The future of Garcinia Cambogia
Though studies are still taking place, news about Garcinia Cambogia is big. Whether it is acting as a natural SSRI anti-depressant, a weight loss inhibitor and appetite suppressant, or it is used to dissolve kidney stones, Garcinia Cambogia is showing immense promise. This botanical extract is here to stay.