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How to Lose Weight with Garcinia Cambogia

Updated on January 22, 2013

Garcinia Cambogia, or G. Cambogia, is a small fruit that grows on trees in Indonesia, South Africa, South Asia, and India. Also known as the tamarind fruit, it resembles a small pumpkin with a color range of yellow to orange. Although the taste is reported as "fruity," it has been said that the flavor is a little on the sour side. Used for many dishes as a aid in digestion, a thickener, and a flavorful broth in soups and chutney, G. Cambogia has been uses in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. However, now it has been revealed by several scientific studies and research that G. Cambogia may be an effective anti-obesity supplement that inhibits the formation of body fat, acts as an antidepressant for emotional eaters, and restores lean muscle mass and decreases fat. And the best part, is it's very inexpensive to purchase!

Studies Suggest Garcinia Blocks Fat Production

G. Cambogia has been used as food for thousands of years in soups and sauces for its medicinal and digestive properties. More recently, it has been observed in studies as an accelerant in weight loss, and people have lost two to three times more weight when added to a healthy diet. The rind or skin contains a compound called Hydroxycitric acid (HCA), that increases the burning of carbohydrates and inhibits the production of fat. So, your carbs are burned off instead of being stored as lipids or fat.

G. Cambogia Lowers Cholesterol (LDL) and Raisies Good Cholesterol (HDL)

Since the Hydroxycitric acid blocks the production of fat and burns off carbohydrates, the supplement is believed to be instrumental in lowering cholesterol in the body.

Curb Emotional Eating


G. Cambogia for Appetite Suppression and Emotional Eating

The neurotransmitter, mostly serotonin, is burned off in our hectic schedules, daily worry, and blocked by the secretion of cortisol from stress. G. Cambogia provides an increased use of carbohydrates and signals the brain that the body is full and hunger is turned off by increasing the amount of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is the same neurotransmitter that is targeted by anti-depressant medications. G.Cambogia can supply this serotonin without the usual side effects of prescription medications for depression, and users won't be driven to eat for energy, stress, or from the effects of cortisol production.

Garcinia Cambogia Fruit is Rarely Imported

Since the fruit is rarely exported to Europe, Canada and the USA, high quality supplements of the HCA extract can be utilized to get the same weight loss and health benefits as eating the whole fruit. G. Gambogia is very inexpensive and is becoming easier to find in local drugstores and supermarkets. Dosage is as tolerated, however, the experts say never to take more than 2,000 mg daily. Always ask you physician about dosing and before taking any supplements to be sure it does not conteract your prescription medications. Take G. Cambogia with food to avoid stomach upset as experienced in some individuals. Some people report drowsiness, while others report a "speedy feeling." Many report an increase in mental well-being and less stress.

Dr Oz Demonstrates How Garcina Cambogia Works on Weight Loss

Benefits of Garcinia Cambogia

Benefits of G.Cambogia
Known Benefits
Fat Blocking and Weight Loss
HCA inhibits the fat production by the liver and burns off extra carbs
Less fat production and more lean muscle tissue
Antidepression and Appetite Suppression
Reduces carb or sugar cravings as related to stress or worry
Emotinal eaters can reduce sugar and bad carbs in their diet
Reduced Bad Cholesterol and Increased Good Cholesterol
HCA lowers fat content in the body and decreases Cholesterol levels in the blood
Good cholesterol (LDL) rises and is more beneficial to the body
As with all supplements, always consult your physcian before adding any new medications or supplements to your diet

It's an Inexpensive Supplement


National Institutes of Health: Toxicology Reports For G. Cambogia

Possible Medication and Condition Side Effects in Humans

No epidemiological studies or case reports investigating the association of exposure to Garcinia cambogia extract and cancer risks in humans were identified in the available literature.

According to distributor warning labels, the consumption of Garcinia cambogia extract is contraindicated in diabetic patients, subjects with Alzheimer’s syndrome or any other dementia syndromes, and in pregnant and lactating women (Woodward, 2002).

The potential drug interactions of Garcinia cambogia extract described by distributors include interference with antiarrhythmics, nitrates, and calcium-channel blockers; antagonism of beta-adrenoreceptor blocking drugs; potentiation of cardiac glycosides; increased risk of hypokalemia; and risk of arrhythmia when combined with depolarizing muscle relaxants or terfenadine (, 2003).

*This material was prepared for the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for consideration by the Chemical Selection Working Group (CSWG) by Technical Resources International, Inc. under contract no. N02-07007.


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      debraHarris 3 years ago

      this Was good..a lot of good reviews for this product..this can be seen also on

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      sharon 3 years ago


      im on antidepressants tablets so will it affect me if I take the natual garcinia cambogia?

      is anyone on antidepressants while taking garcinia cambogia do u have side affects?I have anziety most ppl have.


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      Allan Philip 5 years ago from Toronto

      Live and learn. very informative, thanks

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      Deborah 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      No Rusticliving, no side effects so far! Which is great because I usually have an upset stomach from everything! I am set to weigh myself on the 6th of January, that will be exactly a month from when I started. Thanks for dropping by, it's great meeting you!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      I watch Dr. Oz all the time, but I don't remember this episode and I don't recall seeing or hearing about Garcinia Cambogia. Have you had any side effects from taking it? Great info and done very well! Thank you so much for sharing! Happy New Year!---Lisa

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      Deborah 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Hey Rajan, always nice to see you! Tamarind has HCA and it's an anti-depressant and helps with emotional eating. That is so cool that you know what it is, I have only seen photos. Thanks for the information and your supportive comments are always welcomed!

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      Deborah 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      I am checking it out. I like the antidepressant or improvement in mood for emotional eaters, like me! I have noticed a difference, will keep everyone up to date.

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      Deborah 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Hey Docmo, that is so interesting. I never heard of the fruit, and most likely will never hold it in my hands. I feel a boost in mood and my appetite is suppressed, but not nauseous or shaky.

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      Deborah 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Hey Emeol12, it's very interesting. I have taken this about a week. I notice a decreased appetite, especially at night.

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      Deborah 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Hey ZipperConstantine, I have found a little boost in my mood, and my appetite is definitely suppressed. I have to take it with food though, or I get a little tummy ache. I am taking 800 mg in and am and 800 mg about 3pm with a snack. I have definitely noticed I am calmer, but not in a sleepy way. I am awake but not "wired" like stimulants. I will keep you posted!

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      Zipper 5 years ago from United States

      Now that you have been on Garcinia Cambogia for at least a week, what are your findings? Very interesting article.

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      Cindy A. Johnson 5 years ago from Sevierville, TN

      Hmmm. Interesting. I'll look into this further.

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      Fascinating- having Gordon up in South India I I remember this being used to add flavour to dishes and also to cure fish ... We used to call it 'kodukkapuli' or a tamarind variety . It does make dishes more filling. Your summary of its effects is spot on. Thanks for sharing!

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      Devika Primić 5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting fruit I never heard of this unique fruit, sounds a helpful way to lose weight thanks for this Hub

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I haven't heard of this fruit here Deborah. The tamarind fruit that we get in India is from the tree Tamarindus indica with the fruit elongated and pod like. It has both culinary and medicinal uses.

      Nice learning about this variety of tamarind and its usefulness in benefiting health.

      Voted up, interesting and shared.

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      Deborah 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Hello Jackie, it's not dangerous. It's a fruit rind that has HCA in it. I have researched it pretty well. Thanks for your comments, Jackie. It's always wonderful to see you!

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This is interesting. I have never heard of it either. I wonder with it being sourish if it has any relation to grapefruit? You know that helps with weight lose but cannot be used with blood pressure medicines, maybe some others I am not sure but can be dangerous. I will certainly look into it, thank you.

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      Deborah 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Thanks Glimmer, me too! I have gone through all the body phases and sizes of the spectrum. I'm trying this, just to see if I can treat a mild depression that craves sugar and salt. Thanks for pinning me!!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      Interesting hub. I've never heard of this before. Weight has always been a struggle for me. Pinned!

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      Deborah 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Thanks B, I am experimenting with the product myself. I will post and see what happens as time goes on. I am taking 900 mgs daily. I'll keep in touch!

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      I had never heard of "Garcinia Gambogia" before reading your most Informative Hub, eHealer. It sounds like a Healthier way to lose weight. Interesting that Dr. OZ seems Excited about it. Thanks for sharing. I will look into this product.

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      Deborah 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      You are so welcome Laurinzo and thank you for such wonderful support. I don't get very excited about any of these so called weight loss supplements, but this one caught my attention. I will continue to update it and see where this goes. So nice to see you my friend!

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      Live To Write 5 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Again you have dazzled us with another very important and noteworthy hub eHealer and I am very interested in this latest supplement, or should we call it an essential, as it certainlu seems to be

      Thank you for writing important articles like this one!!!!