Now, the only reason I shop at Whole Foods is for the rotisserie chickens (for which I have a small addiction). And I actually call it “Three Quarter Foods,” as a good quarter of the store is supplements, not real food. So, when I saw the garcinia product, I didn’t think much of it.
But that same week, I had three clients inquire about using the supplement as a weight-loss aid.
So What is Garcinia Cambogia?
For those of you lucky enough to have avoided this fad supplement, garcinia cambogia is a plant from Indonesia that produces a small fruit. Hydroxycitric acid (HCA) is a component of that fruit’s rind. The actual supplement is usually a powder created from the rind and put into a pill. HCA is thought to inhibit fatty acid production in our body by blocking a specific enzyme involved in the process. It is also supposed to suppress appetite and, therefore, lead to weight loss.
The pill producers and celebrity doctors promoting this product generally recommend a dose somewhere in the range of 500-1500mg before each meal. A bottle of these supplements range from fifteen to thirty dollars in price. So, do the results match the hype or is it an empty promise?