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What Is Garcinia Cambogia?

What Is Garcinia Cambogia?

As the seasons change and gym-goers attempt to shed some extra pounds, that they’ve been putting on in the current bulking season, in order to reveal their hard-earned beach bodies, it is not uncommon for many to turn to supplemental aids in order to enhance their fat loss.

While some products work and others have no effect whatsoever, most weight loss supplements contain a variety of questionable ingredients that are by no means “natural” and therefore repel skeptical consumers from purchasing such supplements.

However, one all-natural supplement has recently been on the rise, and with good reason. Touted as a herb that prevents the storage of body fat, improves cholesterol levels and decreases cravings with no side effects at all, Garcinia cambogia may very well be the viable solution to our common weight loss venture!


What is Garcinia Cambogia?

Originating in the Far East, Garcinia cambogia (AKA Malabar tamarind or goraka) is a naturally-growing fruit that has traditionally been used in various Asian cuisines for countless years. On the supplement shelves, Garcinia Cambogia is typically sold as a concentrated pill or powdered extract.

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Garcinia Cambogia Benefits

On a scientific level, this herb contains dense quantities of a compound known as hydroxicytric-acid (HCA), which influences certain genes in the body that control how extensively and at what rate bodyfat is burned as energy. This process is achieved by HCA’s impedance of excess carbohydrate & protein storage [i.e. excess energy stored as body fat] via its inhibition of the ATP Citrate Lyase enzyme.

As the storage of these more-readily forms of energy is halted, the body is then forced to burn existing body fat as an alternative fuel source – leading to a more dramatic reduction in visceral fat with no loss in muscle tissue whatsoever! In addition, HCA’s impact on ATP Citrate Lyase decreases LDL-cholesterol formation and increases serotonin production in the brain (thus leading to decreased cravings, increased dietary intake control and a more favorable environment for weight management).


Have these Benefits been Proven?

As most sports supplements offered on the market are often advertised as offering too-good-to-be-true benefits, legitimate and thorough studies have been conducted on Garcinia cambogia’s effects on the body in order to verify its reported impact on the body:

✓ Ohio State University – HCA supplemented from Garcinia cambogia initiates bodily signals within the abdominal region to release stored fat as energy and prevent further fat storage, with no observed adverse effects.

✓ Harry Preuss, MD (Georgetown University) – 8 weeks of proper Garcinia Cambogia supplementation 3 times per day before exercise reduced an average of 5.4% and 5.2% of subjects’ body weight and body mass index, respectively.

✓ Anthony Conte, MD (Bariatric physician) – 8 weeks of proper Garcinia cambogia + chromium picolinate supplementation burned an average of 10.8 – 11.1 lbs. of body fat in tested subjects.

✓ Dallas Clouatre, PhD – proper supplementation of Garcinia cambogia leads to a progressive reduction in body fat with prolonged thermogenic effects that last for hours following its initial consumption.

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Garcinia Cambogia Recommended Dosage

As far as scientific evidence goes, it appears that proper dosage of Garcinia cambogia extract lies within the range of 3-6 g. per day, evenly distributed 30-60 minutes before each meal. For additional benefits and emphasized effects, it is suggested that Garcinia cambogia is supported by 100mcg chromium picolinate, also spread throughout the day at a similar distribution ratio.


Is Garcinia Cambogia the Solution Fat Loss?    

Garcina cambogia clearly has a lot to offer those aspiring to lose some extra fat who also want to keep their gains. As this product has quickly gained prevalence in the mainstream fitness market, it has simultaneously become more readily available and affordable.

Of course, one must remember that Garcinia cambogia is a supplement and should be treated as such – no amount of any product can provide greater progress than a proper diet, training and rest regime can. So go pick some up, work hard in the gym, get ready for summer and FUEL YOUR AMBITION to get shredded!


Preuss, Harry G., MD, and Dallas Clouatre, PhD. “Garcinia Cambogia: How to Optimize Effects.” Web. 27 May 2016. <http://www.anh-usa.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/garcinia-cambogia2.pdf>.

Redmon, George L., Ph.D, ND

“Hydroxycitric Acid – Nature’s Multi-Dimensional Fat Burner.” Hydroxycitric Acid HCA and Garcinia Cambogia. Bodybuildingforyou.com. Web. 27 May 2016. <http://www.bodybuildingforyou.com/articles-submit/george-redmon/hydroxycitric-acid.html>.

“The Heart-Healthy Fat Burner.” Muscle & Fitness Jan. 2014: 60-62. Print.



Tyler Stark

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