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14 Things You Didn’t Know About Garcinia Cambogia

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Twinkies, vinegar, arsenic, and tapeworms are all used as weight-loss aids. The latest weight-loss craze is a supplement produced from an exotic fruit called garcinia cambogia. But the television and Internet are full of misinformation and hype. Let’s take a look at facts about this supplement. Here are 14 things you didn’t know about garcinia cambogia.

1. The seeds of garcinia cambogia have 30% fat content. They are sometimes used as a substitute for ghee, which is clarified butter. It is a common ingredient in Indian food.

2. There are many health claims about extract of garcinia cambogia. People use it for many conditions, such as constipation, diarrhea, ulcers, cancer, and diabetes.

3. A compound called hydroxycitric acid can be found in garcinia cambogia. This compound may inhabit an enzyme that helps your body store fat. In theory, the fat would instead be burned as calories.

4. Garcinia cambogia may increase the levels of the neurotransmitter called serotonin, which is a feel-good messenger in your body. As a result, this may enhance your mood and reduce stress related eating.

5. The first research on the effectiveness of this exotic fruit was conducted 17 years ago. According to this study, garcinia cambogia doesn’t perform any better than a placebo when it comes to helping you lose weight.

6. One research has shown that it can cause short-term weight loss. However, the effect was small and the study was flawed.

7. It can be found in Hydroxycut. FDA issued a warning for consumers a few years ago, cautioning consumers to stop using Hydroxycut products after reports of extreme liver damage in people who used Hydroxycut surfaced.

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8. Rhabdomyolysis, cardiovascular disorders, and seizures are other health problems associated with Hydroxycut. However, it is difficult to pinpoint the cause, because Hydroxycut contains many ingredients.

9. In 2012, Mehmet Oz, popular television doctor, announced to his audience that garcinia cambogia is a revolutionary fat buster. In June 2014, he was chided for making unwarranted claims about garcinia cambogia as well as other products.

10. Many garcinia cambogia supplements do not contain the amount of it listed on the label. Instead, the doses are either too high or too low. If you decide to take the capsules, make sure to buy a reputable brand and also make sure that they contain at least 50% HCA.

11. Most sources provide the recommended dose of HCA rather than garcinia cambogia itself. Many studies have shown that the recommended dose of garcinia cambogia is 900 – 1,500 milligrams of HCA a day.

12. There is no proof that garcinia cambogia is safe during pregnancy or while you are breastfeeding. Therefore, it is best to discontinue use of the supplement during these periods.

13. Garcinia cambogia can cause a decrease in blood sugar levels. Before taking the supplement, people who have diabetes should discuss this subject with their doctor.

14. People with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease shouldn’t take garcinia cambogia because it increases acetycholine levels in their brains. Many people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia are given medications to lower acetycholine levels.

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