In a recent show, Dr. Oz announced that he had discovered the “Holy Grail” of weight loss supplements. According to Dr. Oz, HCA, the extract of Garcinia Cambogia, is the “fastest fat burner” yet. We immediately began to receive inquiries as to the availability of HCA for weight loss and decided to launch an investigation of our own.
As a health supplement supplier, weight loss aids have naturally become a part of our business. Nourishing World was designed to be a resource for information on making positive natural lifestyle changes. To that end, we proudly source the safest, most effective natural weight loss products to help our clients reach their weight loss goals. When we decide to bring in a new product, we find the purest freeze-dried capsules and whole-food powders available. In order to ensure your safety, we spend as much of our day researching the effectiveness and potential side effect of supplements as we do marketing them.
What is Garcinia Cambogia?
Garcinia Cambogia is a thick-skinned fruit found growing in tropical climates that closely resembles a small pumpkin. The Garcinia Cambogia rind is a natural source of Hydroxy-Citric Acid, or HCA, an active ingredient in many popular weight loss supplements.
Researchers theorized that the HCA extracted from the Garcinia Cambogia fruit might block the liver enzymes responsible for metabolizing sugar and carbohydrates. This, in turn, would stop the formation of new fat cells and convert that sugar into energy and the fat into lean muscle. The increase in energy would cause a corresponding increase in serotonin production which could potentially suppress appetite to help you stay fuller longer. According to Dr. Oz, taking Garcinia Cambogia could improve your mood, decrease cravings for sugary food, and eliminate emotional eating, all while dumping fat stores and boosting energy. We will readily admit that it sounds incredible, but have erred on the side of caution and resisted the temptation to find a Garcinia Cambogia supplement manufacturer and jump on the HCA bandwagon with many of our competitors. A quick internet search for Garcinia Cambogia or HCA will yield pages of supplement companies screaming the benefits of this miracle fat burner, many offering free 30 day trials and advertising “all natural” products. So, what’s not to love?
The Science Behind HCA and Weight Loss; Does Garcinia Cambogia Work?
After Dr. Oz originally aired his Garcinia Cambogia segment in October of 2012, our fact checkers went quickly to work analyzing clinical trial data, reading reviews from patients who had tried HCA supplements for weight loss, and pouring over scientific evidence published in medical research journals over the past 15 years. On Dr. Oz’s show, Garcinia Cambogia seemed to be weight loss magic, simply bottled and sold for an at-home body transformation. Sitting in front of us in the plain black-and white of journal text, it didn’t seem so magical at all.
The clinical trials we found dated as far back as 1998, when a clinical trial using Garcinia Cambogia for weight loss concluded that HCA is no more effective at burning fat than taking a placebo. The testing has been repeated several times since then, with at least twelve more studies utilizing different controls to test the efficacy of Garcinia Cambogia as an appetite suppressant, fat burner, and cholesterol or blood-pressure-reducing aid have reached the same conclusion. Garcinia Cambogia has little or no impact on weight loss.
What Are the Risks of Using Garcinia Cambogia?
I told you that science has suggested that HCA will not help you lose that ten pounds you have been fighting. So, why not try it anyway? Dr. Oz says it works, so what do you have to lose by trying this “natural” weight loss supplement? The answer will probably surprise you. Nourishing World’s independent analysis of Garcinia Cambogia revealed the results of animal laboratory tests which indicated HCA damage to the reproductive system caused by hormonal shifts. We also uncovered an FDA recall based on a death and several troubling side effects reported by people who have used the weight loss supplement. According to Dr. Oz, Garcinia Cambogia use is also contraindicated for people with diabetes, alzheimers, and those who are pregnant or nursing.
Laboratory testing revealed a startling discovery about the effects of Garcinia Cambogia on male reproductive organs. Prolonged ingestion of HCA was proven to cause testicular toxicity, a hormonal imbalance found to reduce testicular size and cause sperm count to plummet. In 2009, the FDA issued a safety warning about Garcinia Cambogia and the use of HCA in weight loss aids. A popular brand of diet pills containing HCA was subsequently recalled. According to the FDA, there were reports of 1 death, 23 liver problems, and an unspecified number of reports of seizure and cardiovascular damage. In the proceeding years, reputable weight loss supplement manufacturers refrained from using Garcinia Cambogia in their weight loss formulas. HCA was old news until Dr. Oz announced it as a “revolutionary fat burner” on his show about the best appetite suppressants.
What Does Nourishing World Think of Dr. Oz’s Endorsement of Garcinia Cambogia?
I will start by saying that we respect, admire, and adore Dr. Oz. His dedication to public health education, especially when it comes to healthy weight loss, is unmatched. He has been on the forefront of many breaking natural health and weight loss discoveries and is usually a very thoughtful and thorough pragmatist. Unfortunately, Nourishing World was not able to come to the same conclusions about Garcinia Cambogia and HCA as the ones that Dr. Oz reached on his show. We looked at statistical data gleaned from twenty years of clinical research study, most of which agreed that the effects of HCA on weight loss is minimal, if even existent. Even more alarming, though, was the indication that the use of Garcinia Cambogia could potentially cause a series of dangerous side effects that Dr. Oz failed to report.
What Does Nourishing World Recommend for Natural Weight Loss?
Nourishing World investigates the science behind many weight loss supplement claims and is proud to say that we will only recommend the ones that are proven to be the safest, most effective fat burners. It was Dr. Oz who turned us onto African Mango and Green Coffee Bean Extract, two of our most popular items.
After the Dr. Oz show aired a “Fat Burner” show, suggesting that African Mango was a weight loss supplement with proven health benefits, we did some research and brought Perfect African Mango to our store. We know that African Mango is a safe and effective aid with proven health benefits on top of its effectiveness on weight loss results. Perfect African Mango comes to you from a reputable fair-trade manufacturer who does not use fillers, flow agents, or synthetics. If you were considering HCA based on Dr. Oz’s recommendation, we urge you to check out African Mango, another Dr. Oz-approved product, but one with demonstrated safety and efficacy ratings, instead.
It was also Dr. Oz who recommended using Green Coffee Bean Extract, a weight loss aid that we thoughtfully and carefully considered before bringing to the Nourishing World line of weight loss supplements. We find that pure green coffee bean extract supplements do not pose dangerous health risks from side effects. The clinical trial data consistently reports positive results. We source the pure, organic green coffee bean extract supplements from our favorite manufacturer, Perfect Supplements. Perfect Green Coffee is a 100% natural product without any dangerous side effects or potency-decreasing fillers. Again, if you were considering using Garcinia Cambogia based on recommendations from Dr. Oz, we suggest green coffee bean extract as the safer, more effective Dr. Oz solution.
The supplement industry is buzzing with hot, new, breakthrough weight loss and dieting solutions. There are several unscrupulous companies that will insist upon automatic renewal plans, make untrue claims, and use false advertising in order to get your busines. We remain committed to quality and want to reaffirm our promise to you that we will not sell any product that does not meet our strict safety guidelines.