The Holy Grail
Dr Oz calls it the Holy Grail of weight loss. Holy Grail? You mean that thing the knights chased around for years and never found, that turned out to be a total waste of time? I’m assuming that is not at all what Oz was saying, but let’s face it, there’s always another magical weight loss pill and how many of them have actually worked? This one is called hydroxycitric acid, or HCA. You probably know it by its more common name, garcinia cambogia.
So what’s behind this "holy grail of weight loss"?
There have been studies and some good science behind the weight loss claims and some of it resulted in very worthwhile weight loss. Other studies have been inconclusive, but the good news is that the inconclusive studies have been criticized by other scientists because they were set up in such a way that the garcinia was interfered with. At least that’s what we read. After reading over the results of every study I could get my hands on, I walked away thinking this product is probably pretty good for some people, as many weight loss products are, but won’t help everyone.
Then, we started selling the stuff to people demanding it.
Within weeks people were coming back with the most amazing range of positive results. “I’ve lost 5 pounds this month changing nothing.” “I have more energy.” I’m sleeping so much better!” “I feel happier.” “I don’t have so many cravings for food.” “I’m eating less.”
The first few days I was still doubtful, but after a couple of months hearing this sort of thing it was getting hard to ignore; I can be a slow learner, but even I catch on eventually.
I headed back to the studies though, because I like to know why something is working.
HCA, garcinia cambogia, apparently inhibits an enzyme in our body responsible for converting carbohydrates into stored fat, cholesterol, and triglycerides. That sentence is worth reading twice. It can stop the process of turning all those carbs (breads, pasta, buns, cereals, grains, rice, fruits and juices, etc) into stored fat and heart threatening triglycerides. That is seriously worthy of notice.
Garcinia has also been shown to raise serotonin levels. Hence the better energy and sleep patterns for some people. That would also help with stress or emotional eating. The pharmaceutical industry has dozens (hundreds?) of drugs that play with the re-uptake of serotonin levels and here we have a plant product that can just raise serotonin levels directly? I love that! Hey, that would mean better cortisol levels too! And that, oh happy day, might mean a direct and noticeable impact on belly fat.
Conclusion? I see people using and loving this product for a wide range of reasons. To date I’ve not heard of a single unpleasant side-effect and it’s become one of my personal favorites for many reasons. There are different ways to take garcinia, so make sure you use it the best way for your own personal goals. Weight loss, or a happier summer, there seems to be little on the down side of garcina cambogia.
-Mona Sims CNPA