Garcinia Cambogia Supplements – Losing Weight and Other Benefits

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Even if you’re happy with your weight, it’s hard to miss the ads for garcinia cambogia supplements around the web. But what if you do want to lose weight and have yet to try this somewhat new product?

All products have a shelf life. That’s been true and observed for decades by advertising professionals and research. What’s interesting about garcinia is it’s been around for perhaps centuries in India and Eastern Asia.

What’s more… it’s not like garcinia extract will stop working years from now.


There’s a good amount of research supporting the weight loss claims you see in those ads. That fact and the tremendous amount of social proof should give you confidence.

Research Studies from 2 US Universities

1. Georgetown University, near Washington DC, conducted an 8 week clinical study in which participants lost between 5% and 6% of their total weight.

2. A Purdue University study lasting 12 weeks had test subjects lose between 7 – 8 pounds while taking 400 mg of HCA each day. It’s worth noting that 400 mg is on the low end with popular garcinia cambogia extract supplements providing higher dosages.

Of course other studies have been conducted around the world on various relevant topics involving serotonin metabolism, for example.

One particular study involved giving test subjects very high amounts of HCA – far more than what is generally recommended. In this case, participants took daily doses close to 5,000 mg of garcinia extract which provided about 2,800 mg of HCA.

Test subjects taking only HCA experienced increased serotonin levels of about 70% availability. That is an impressive result and may even be uncomfortable for some people. The reason is serotonin has a direct effect on a person’s mood. Sufficient levels correlate with better, more positive moods while low levels have the opposite effect.

Additional Benefits of Serotonin

Therapies have already been established involving the increase of serotonin levels for the following conditions: depression, migraine headaches and insomnia.

Other studies have implicated higher serum (blood) serotonin levels with higher levels of the good cholesterol (HDL) and decreased levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) and dissolved blood fats.

You will find some comments around the web from people stating they took garcinia and did not experience any changes in their moods. These people did not experience improved feelings of well-being.

There are some important points to remember with garcinia cambogia extract and the benefits attributed to its use.

Variables exist just about across the board. For example, the overall quality of the supplement must be high; the ingredients must be pure; the dosages must be accurate; there must be truth in advertising. A garcinia supplement advertised as 60% HCA must be accurate.


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A person’s weight will have an effect on the supplement’s ability to perform its functions. A heavier person generally requires “more” of a substance to get the desired results.

Eating habits will obviously play an important role with one’s ability to lose weight regardless of the supplement taken or method used.

As you can quickly see, there’s a laundry list of possible factors that will contribute to success or failure with a dieting product.