Garcinia Cambogia Review – The Real Weight Loss Miracle?

By: Rob Miller
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Fact Checked On: 1-17-2014

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Garcinia Cambogia Overview

Well it seems that every few years,  a new natural weight loss miracle is discovered, and if you’re like me, you’re usually skeptical about your expectations with each new product.  One that keeps popping up on my radar lately is Garcinia Cambogia.  This is a pumpkin-like fruit, native to Indonesia and also known as Tamarind, has been declared by Dr. Oz to be “the holy grail of weight loss.”  Ever since, hundreds of supplement companies have begun making and selling this natural weight loss aid.

So this leads us back to the age old question – Does it work?

Garcinia Cambogia ReviewWhat Is Garcinia Cambogia?

We’ve already established that Garcinia Cambogia is an Indonesian fruit, but what is it about it that helps you lose weight?  Well, specifically, it is the substance called HCA ( Hydroxycitric Acid) that the fruit extract contains.  And the claim is that HCA can help you triple the weight loss results you get from your diet and exercise efforts.

How Garcinia Cambogia Works

The idea is that Garcinia Cambogia works in two ways.

  • It suppresses appetite.  In Malaysian villages, Garcinia Cambogia is added to pre-meal soups to keep overweight people from eating too much during the main course.  The mechanism used by Garcinia Cambogia to suppress appetite is through an increase in seratonin levels.  Higher seratonin levels make you feel better, and help curb emotional eating triggered by depression, stress, or dissatisfaction.
  • It blocks fat.  The mechanism by which Garcinia Cambogia blocks fat is to inhibit Citrate Lyase, an enzyme crucial to converting carbohydrates to fat. This stops the process of making fat and of producing bad cholesterol.

What People Say About Garcinia Cambogia

The reviews run the gamut from “Over the Moon” to “I Want My Damn Money Back”.  Some people seem to have really found success:

  • “I’ve lost 32 pounds since June and I’m positive it was the addition of Garcinia Cambogia that rally kicked the weight loss into gear.”

And others have not:

  • “Doesn’t work, at all.  I took it religiously and lost no weight, at all.”

Any Side Effects With Garcinia Extract?

They range from Nausea to Headaches, but it depends on the individual.  From our research it looks like the most common complaint is gastrointestinal discomfort.  (See Related Resource)

Garcinia Cambogia Pros and Cons

Advantages of  Garcinia Cambogia

  • It’s recommended by doctors.
  • Some people have found real success by using Garcinia Cambogia along with a diet and exercise program.

Disadvantages of  Garcinia Cambogia

  • Some people report even gaining weight on Garcinia Cambogia.
  • There is no scientific evidence that the fat burning component works, and the evidence regarding appetite suppression is a bit weak.
  • With so many different supplement containing Garcinia Cambogia, you don’t know which to choose.

Where to Buy

Garcinia Cambogia is an ingredient, and can be found in many many different supplements.  You’ll want to look for something with 60% HCA and not a lot of other ingredients included as filler.  Prices range from $10 to $50 so you’ll have to do some research before running out and making a purchase.


It’s hard to know whether or not Garcinia Cambogia will work because you may not know if you’re using it in the correct way at the correct level.  If you are interested, go with something very clean, meaning without filler ingredients, and make sure it has a 60% concentration of HCA.  That way, whether it works or not, you’ll know you’re getting the right thing.

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7 comments on “Garcinia Cambogia Review – The Real Weight Loss Miracle?”

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    1. Hey Jeffrey,

      I haven’t checked that one out, but if you let me now what benefits you’re looking for, I’ll recommend something I’ve had great success with.
    2. Thanks so much for your reply, Mr. Miller.
      I saw that AdvancedIQ product touted in
      pop-up ads on a number of websites. They mentioned how HHS Secretary Ben Carson, Bill Gates and other luminaries swore by its incredible mental function enhancing powers.

      They were claiming super brain power.
      Sounded too good to be true to me.
      As it’s name suggests it’s a nootropic based “proprietary blend” of substances but the key ingredient or factor that they claim is the real difference is some kind of highly concentrated time release green tea. They used the acronym for the substance but I forget what it is.
      Anyway thanks for any info you can provide.

      Thank goodness for your website.
      Kindest regards, JG
      1. Yeah it sounds like total B.S. if you ask me. I wrote a big post on a similar product awhile back, check it out:

        They use fake marketing to push these products, and it’s becoming so common that it’s nearly impossible for me to keep up with.

        What’s your goal? Are you looking for something to promote focus / concentration? Or maybe something to help with memory and cognition?

        Let me know what you’re looking for overall and I’ll steer you in the right direction.
        1. Dear Mr. Miller,
          Again many thanks for your helpful and prompt reply.
          In answer to your question I will use the famous “All of the Above” – memory, cognition, focus, and concentration.
          Maybe my hopes are too extreme.
          I mean perhaps there’s no product that helps with all those things.
          I’m 67 and refuse to accept that I can’t have a clear sharp mind all the time. I’m really frustrated by the fogginess.
          And Im not going all panic crazed about Alzheimer’s either.
          I’m a believer in nootropics but the product choices seem endless.
          Your feedback would be so very welcome.
          Kindest regards from a grateful guy who still believes he can be as young as he thinks and feels.

          Just like Frank Sinatra sang – just be “young at heart”. JG

          1. Yeah you’re not the first to say the same thing haha. If you’re looking for all of the above, check out the Nootropics All Star Pack from It’s packed with 4 powerful supplements that are designed to be used in conjunction with each other, and should provide you with great results.

            Here’s my review:

            Hope this helps and let me know if you have any other questions!
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