Garcinia Cambogia Research
In today’s world, everybody is looking for a miracle pill to lose weight. It doesn’t take much to start a diet craze, as evident by the Acai, African Mango, raspberry ketone, and green coffee extract diet crazes.
The current diet product stealing the show is garcinia cambogia but unlike its’ predecessors, there are actually some real clinical studies.
The first known study was conducted in 2005 in rats. An unknown number of rats were either given a high dose of garcinia cambogia or a placebo. All the rats were given a very high-fat diet. After ten weeks, the rats were weighed and the rats that were given garcinia cambogia maintained their weight while the placebo group experienced a rapid acceleration in weight gain.
A few years later, an 8-week study in roughly forty adults tested garcinia cambogia for weight loss. Participants were either given a sugar pill or 440mg of garcinia cambogia. After the 8 weeks were finished, researchers noted that the garcinia cambogia group was able to “significantly reduce their weight” compared to the placebo group.
The most telling study was conducted in 2010 with 89 adult participants. The participants were split into two groups and given either 1,050mg of garcinia cambogia or a placebo. Participants were told not to change their diet or exercise habits.
After twelve weeks, participants were weighed again. Researchers found that participants who took garcinia cambogia lost almost three pounds more than the placebo group. However, after an analysis of fat loss was completed, researchers noted that the garcinia group saw a significantly higher portion of weight loss from fat compared to the placebo group.
In addition to weight loss, garcinia cambogia participants also saw a noticeable reduction in cholesterol and pressure as well as many other health benefits.
Finally, a 2011 review published in the Journal of Obesity studied about a dozen clinical trials that involved garcinia cambogia in some way. Researchers concluded that garcinia cambogia can increase weight loss by about a dozen pounds over the course of six to eight weeks, depending on dietary and exercise habits.
Have any studies not supported the case of garcinia cambogia?
After hours of research, there is only one study that conflicts with the dozen or so studies supporting garcinia cambogia. A double-blind, placebo controlled trial of 135 overweight adults gave participants either 500mg of HCA extract three times daily or a placebo.
After twelve weeks researchers noted that there was no significant effects on body weight or fat mass. This study has been criticized for multiple reasons but mainly due to the fact participants were put on an extremely high-fiber diet. High fiber is believed to impair HCA absorption so asking participants to consume such a high volume of fiber could have impaired the results.
The overwhelming consensus is that garcinia cambogia can and will help users lose weight. Most of the studies will support garcinia cambogia, which cannot be said for many other products. Therefore, you as a consumer can feel confident while taking garcinia cambogia.