Garcinia cambogia and HCA or HYDROXY CITRIC ACID:
which is also referred to as Malabar tamarind is a sweet tropical tree fruit that is small in size and has the shape of a pumpkin. Scientists found out that it has an acid that is closely similar to the citric acid in fruits like lemons and oranges. This discovery was done in the late 1960s.
The acid found in Garcinia cambogia is referred to as hydroxycitric acid (HCA). The popularity of this acid has been on a rollercoaster over the last 20 years. Many people referred to it as a miracle and its only effective in rats.
HCA has recently risen to popularity. This started in the late 2012 and many people around the world have known it. It has become so popular that it can be confused with the name of a new personal trainer. (In this context, Garcinia Cambodia, HCA & arciniatric acid refer to the same thing. HCA will be used to make it easier). You may have heard people talking about this product at work. Your friends or family may have even asked the legitimacy in the use of Garcinia Cambogia.
This question will always be asked wherever you go, to answer this question it depends on who is asking. One thing you should understand that HCA is not a miracle that when used will instantly reduce you weight, rather it can be seen as a tool for weight loss. HCA effectiveness can be compared to using a hammer. It depends on the person who uses it, if you know how it will help, if you don’t you may hit your finger.
Over the last few years, a lot has been learned about the way HCA works in the body and how we can make the best out of it for maximum results. Below are some things you should know about the supplement.
HCA’s Early Promise
When a number of studies were done back in the 90’s, the results showed that HCA caused weight loss in animals. This gave HCA the popularity as the best choice for weight loss. HCA help prevent conversion of sugar and starches into fat by blocking portion of an enzyme known as citrate lyase.
When the enzyme is blocked, it will force the carbohydrates to be converted to energy and used by the body, rather than being stored. When you work out the fat will be used to produce energy, and there will be less fat to replace it. This will lower the level of fat in the body.
HCA has appetite suppressing ability, but doesn’t work the same way a stimulant based diet pill does. It increases the level of satisfaction you get when eating. This will force you to eat less, and thus less food will be converted to fats. The way it works inside the body has not been clearly known yet. Shari Lieberman of the great nutrionist suggest that HCA causes a metabolic change in the body and this will make it send a signal to the brain. This is via amino acid5-hydroxytryptophan a direct precursor of serotonin which is also referred to as the “happy hormone”. Recent studies have shown high serotonin levels in people who took HCA supplements. This proves her theory.
“HCA will increase feeling of satisfaction received from the food you eat, reducing the amount you will eat”
HCA had so many studies that supported its role in weight loss, including reducing conversion of fat and reducing appetite. However, in 1998 in the “Journal of the American Medical Association” a large study was published and it showed that HCA had no effect on human subject. This made HCA verge of making it quickly fade away.
Did this mean the end of HCA? No, subsequent research has shown different results and many conclusions done. For me, and any other skeptical person out there HCA has a potentially big role as a weight-loss supplement.
It’s All about How You Take It
I had a chance to talk with Harry Preuss, a pathologist and researcher at Georgetown University about HCA. This was after the lackluster results in the JAMA study. He saw enough to like about HCA and agreed to keep doing research even after the popularity had gone down. He said although the results were discouraging, they were not conclusive.
He told me that you had to take the right dose of a right product and take it properly. ‘In the JAMA study, they did not use a certain amount of dose, rather they used any amount of dose. The type of citrate used was never mentioned. Enough is needed for it to reach all the sites in the body. Recently DR. Preuss has continued to support the idea of maximizing bioavailability of HCA.
These vitamin studies are mostly done by people who use the wrong form or dosage and seem happy when they proclaim these supplements not effective. Prejudice confirmed; case closed.
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