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maryjames12
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Posted: Sat, 8.30.2014 7:46 PM
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How Garcinia Cambogia Gaining People's Attention
We are all aware of the fact that slimming is a mega-dollar industry. With millions, if not billions of people of all ages struggling to lose weight and very few pharmaceutically effective medications available to assist them, the desperate public will literally clutch at straws.

A cynical business

Every week sees the launch of a new "miracle" diet pill or potion and a "surefire" diet guaranteed to help believers shed kilos like magic. So there is an ever changing array of products out there to tempt people who are their wits end because of trying to lose weight, to part with their hared-earned cash to buy a dream.

In many cases the only individuals benefiting from this exchange, are the pill peddlers. Once a person who wants, or needs to lose weight, is hooked on the promise of a slim, sexy figure, they are sucked into the deception. If the drops or wafers or powders don’t work, well then it is the fault of the user who did not adhere to one or other often impossible instruction such as “stick to a 500 kcal/day diet” or “drink 5 litres of water a day”, never of the diet pill.

When eventually science and legislation catch up with the manufacturers, they calmly take product A off the market, change their formulation slightly, change the name to product B, and then blithely sell product B using the same advertising gambits as before, raking in the money and pulling the wool over everyone’s eyes all over again.

Read: Dangerous diet pills: how to protect yourself

Flavour of the year

In keeping with the ever changing slimming product ranges, there are what one can call "ingredients of the year" (sometimes an ingredient lasts for only 3-6 months, but some have longer life spans and then of course some are resurrected every 2-3 years).

We have had apple cider vinegar (which has made many a comeback over the years), green tea(which has earned some merit in scientific studies), hoodia (which just does not manage to produce research results that will make it a frontrunner), willow bark (or salicylic acid which is good for aches and pains but not as efficacious for slimming), and good old caffeine (which has a diuretic effect thus helping you lose weight until you replenish the water in your body, and also a stimulant effect when taken in large quantities that can be potentially dangerous), to name but a few.

Recently Garcinia cambogia became the flavour of the year. If you search the internet for information on this exotic fruit extract you will be assured that this is at last the miracle we have all been waiting for which will produce dramatic weight loss. Endorsements by various TV personalities and other luminaries, have added to the allure of Garcinia cambogia slimming products.

Read: The dodgy ingredients in diet pills

Confusion reigns

While it is perfectly possible that more extensive and well controlled scientific studies will reveal that an extract of Garcinia cambogia which contains a chemical called hydroxycitric acid (HCA) will assist weight loss, we are at present not yet sure how this tamarind or brindall berry or brindleberry or Garcinia gummi-gutta works, what side-effects it may or may not have and what dosage is required to achieve really significant weight loss.

But I hear you say: “For once we have a number of scientific studies that were carried out withGarcinia cambogia, so what’s the problem?” Well some of the studies did not show any weight loss differences between patients who took Garcinia pills and those who took dummy pills, while other studies did show differences in weight loss with the subjects taking pills containing Garcinia losing slightly more weight than those that did not (Marquez et al, 2012). Some of these weight loss differences were not exactly exciting either, so we can’t say for sure that Garcinia cambogia does promote weight loss. It also seems likely that this is not the wonder pill it is made out to be.

In addition, many of the studies conducted to date have been flawed (Critchley, 2013) . What that means is for example that in one study the control and experimental subjects were not well matched (i.e. they did not have the same starting weight, age, percentage of body fat, etc), while in other studies too few subjects were used for the results to be significant. For the results of studies to be plausible one has to compare "apples with apples" (i.e. well matched subjects and controls) and you need more than just a handful of subjects to produce the same result.

On the positive side, we can say that there is some evidence that Garcinia cambogia products may aid weight loss over a period of 12 weeks. No studies have been conducted for longer periods as yet (Marquez et al, 2012), which is also regarded as a drawback.

Read: 10 tips to lose weight

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Safety issues

There is also at present an argument about the safety of pills contain
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