Ingredient Update: The FDA has issued a warning against Hydroxycut-branded products for possibly causing health problems related with the liver. While the FDA has not confirmed it, some believe that the ingredient behind the problems is Hyrdoxycitric Acid, or HCA. HCA is found in Garcinia Cambogia. So until more definitive research is done, we are no longer recommending any products that contain the ingredient Hyrdoxycitric Acid. See the complete FDA report here or the Hydroxycut Review here for more info.
Garcinia cambogia’s effectiveness comes from it’s main compound, HCA (hydroxycitric acid). HCA has been shown in clinical studies to suppress appetite and inhibit fat production. Some supporters call it an alternative to caffeine as it does not have the same side effects such as jitters or high blood pressure (like many stimulants do).
HCA is actually backed by a good amount of credible research. In one study of 50 obese women in Thailand, HCA was shown to aid in weight loss by a statistically significant amount. According to the report, the weight loss was “due to a loss of fat storage as evidenced by a significant decrease in triceps skin fold thickness.” ((Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2007;16(1):25-9.
HCA has also been shown to be particularly effective when combined with chromium and gymnema sylvestre. Subjects showed a suppressed appetite, decreased body weight, increased fat oxidation, and other benefits. ((Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2007;16(1):25-9.)) You will often see a quality diet pill include chromium and gymnema sylvestre to accompany garcinia cambogia to aid in its effectiveness.
Garcinia cambogia is supported by a number of credible studies citing positive results with respect to weight loss. Is Garcinia cambogia (and HCA) the one and only secret to weight loss? No, but it is a great addition to other effective diet pill ingredients. Bottom line: It’s an effective ingredient. Thumbs up for garcinia cambogia.