Does Garcinia Cambogia Extract Actually Work?

If you keep up with the latest dieting trends, you have probably heard of garcinia cambogia extract. Garcinia cambogia extract (also known as GCE) comes from a tropical fruit that is native to both India and Southeast Asia. The active ingredient in garcinia cambogia extract is called hydroxycitric acid (also known as HCA). HCA has been called an appetite suppressant and may also assist in blocking fat. There are some people, however, that are still on the fence about it and some that say it has worked great for them and others that say it did nothing. This article will discuss how GCE is supposed to work and whether or not it actually can aid in weight loss.

First and foremost, you may be asking how it actually works. There have been multiple studies done on lab rats. Some of those studies have shown that the fat producing enzyme called lyase was inhibited by GCE. In other studies that were also performed on lab rats, the neurotransmitter serotonin showed increased levels. Increasing serotonin levels can possible suppress the appetite. It is important to reiterate, however, that you should not believe everything you read or see on television. There are some well known doctors and TV personalities that will swear that GCE is the best thing to happen to mankind since sliced bread.

Subsequently, however, studies done on humans have shown the opposite effects. There have been studies done over a 12 week time frame where some of the participants were given a placebo, or dummy pill. Others were given GCE. All participants were on the same low calorie, higher fiber diet. The participants that took HCE lost less weight than the ones who were given the placebo pill. There is a possibility, however, that it was strictly a coincidence since the difference in the amount of weight lost was not very much.

Finally, given all of the above information, there is a possibility that garcinia cambogia extract probably would work for some. It is important to remember that all bodies are made differently. What works for some may not work for others. If you would like to read more about GCE, visit for more information.

Writen by Bradford Todd