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What is Garcinia Cambogia?

I can’t help but notice the continuing popularity of garcinia cambogia. The other week, I was in the checkout line at Whole Foods and the garcinia cambogia weight-loss supplements were right in front of me taking up prime marketing space.

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?

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