There are a kajillion substances, herbs, and naturopathic remedies that are all over the internet, purporting their magical abilities to cause weight loss, but which do not have evidence to support that they actually work.  You can add Garcinia canbogia to this list.

Garcinia cambogia extract comes from a type of tamarind tree native to Asia.  In addition to being available as an extract, it is also an ingredient in Hydroxycut, which has been associated with cases of liver toxicity.  Now that Dr Oz has been throwing his weight behind Garcinia, it’s getting more attention than ever before.  (More on my thoughts re Dr Oz here.)

We can put to rest the controversy behind Garcinia simply by looking at the science.  A randomized controlled trial was conducted long ago, back in 1998, showing that Garcinia cambogia failed to produce significant weight loss compared to placebo.

Friends, today’s blog is short and not so sweet: Garcinia cambogia has been proven NOT to work, and it may be harmful.


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