Frequently Asked Questions about The Garcinia Cambogia Supplement

Garcinia Cambogia is currently one of the most popular and highly effective weight loss supplements on the market. Knowledgeable and experienced doctors, nutritionists and dieticians recommend it as the perfect addition to your weight loss and exercise regimen. That said; there are a lot of questions that need to answered especially if this is your first time to come across this supplement. This brief but nonetheless comprehensive post is your one-stop solution to the most frequently asked questions about this revolutionary supplement.

How is Garcinia Extracted?

Garcinia is extracted from the Garcinia Cambogia fruit which is a native of forested lands in Indonesia. The key active ingredient that is extracted for weight loss purposes is known as HCA (Hydroxycitric acid). There are different efficient botanical extraction methods; what they all have in common is that the fruit itself needs to undergo some type of processing for extraction to be a possibility. While some processes are simple others a tad bit complex. The most common processes include:

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  1. Steam Distillation Extraction Method

In this case, Hydroxycitric acid is extracted from the completely dried out fruit rind (skin). In this method, the fruit skin is penetrated by water vapor and heat. It is this permeation which helps to break down the organic material contained in the rind and overtime releases water vapor, essential oils, and the other key compounds. Once all the volatile essential oils in the rind are successfully extracted, they are allowed enough time to condense and cool. As cooling and condensing take place, the hydrophilic components are separated. Although the steam distillation is quite crude, it is nonetheless very effective.

  1. Alcohol Distillation Extraction Methodliquid garcinia

This extraction method is more effective and more complex as compared to the steam distillation technique. In this method, theconstituents of the Garcinia Cambogia fruit are first completely dissolved in alcohol then distilled to ensure the end solution is pure. This is actually one of the most popular techniques used to extract botanical compounds particularly Hydroxycitric acid from the Garcinia Cambogia fruit. Alcohol is essential in the process because it helps to separate compounds that are soluble in the compounds that are insoluble. Since HCA is insoluble, it can easily be easily separated then later on isolated. After the initial separation, a second distillation process is carried out to remove alcohol from the isolated HCA. This leaves behind concentrated and pure Hydroxycitric acid. Although interesting to know this most likely wont be the type you will use for weight loss.

  1. Superficial Extraction (This part is super techy so i have left out the diagram! If you need it feel free to send me a message)

This is an advanced extraction method used to isolate HCA from the Garcinia Cambogia Fruit. Superficial extraction makes use of CO2 (Carbon IV Oxide) and high pressure. Unlike steam distillation and alcohol distillation, this extraction technique involves the use of low temperatures. This is extremely helpful because the effectiveness and potency of the end product extracted is not altered due to exposure to heat. Upon completion of the superficial extraction method, the carbon IV oxide is released into the environment leaving behind a concentrated HCA extract.

  • Why is choosing an effective extraction technique important

The entire Garcinia Cambogia fruit is not required for weight loss; it is the HCA (Hydroxycitric acid) that specifically aids in weight loss. The purity of the extract will determine how potent and effective the supplement will be. As a general rule of thumb always go for a Garcinia Cambogia product with an HCA potent of 50% to 60%. Different processes affect purity, for instance, extraction techniques that involve the use of heat are not preferred by manufacturers who aim at potent and highly effective end product. Most manufacturers of this supplement prefer using methods that do not alter the end product and affect its effectiveness. It is for this reason that the superficial extraction technique is very popular.

Don’t worry though, I will recommend the best one that is suited for weight loss.

Who invented the Garcinia Cambogia diet pill first?

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It is not very clear who exactly invented the Garcinia Cambogia pill, we will instead examine Garcinia Cambogia’s journey from a being a simple kitchen condiment to a globally acclaimed weight loss supplement. Before scientists recognized the valuable medicinal value of this fruit, it was mainly used in cooking. The culinary uses of this fruit date back to more than a century ago. It was mainly used to add flavor to cuisines from Malaysia, India, Thailand, Indonesia, and Burma. The tangy taste of Garcinia Cambogia made it the perfect replacement for lemon and tamarind.

In 1960 a group of experts ascertained that Garcinia Cambogia has anti-obesity properties after an extensive study. However, there were no conclusive results until an intensive research that was carried out in 1998. In the 1998 study experts carried out a detailed randomized study on a total of 135 subjects to further confirm the effect that Hydroxycitric Acid has on burning fat. This study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. According to this publication, there was a considerable weight loss after using Garcinia Cambogia consistently for a period of 12 weeks.

In another study conducted in 2001, a group of overweight women was given Garcinia Cambogia consistently for a period of about 10 weeks. The researchers realized that after the ten weeks, the levels of Triglyceride in the women decreased by close to a third. Triglycerides are a kind of fat found in the blood when the levels are too high there is increased chances that a person will develop heart disease. Garcinia Cambogia has been researched on widely and innovative companies have come with formulas that make the supplement more effective and potent enough to produce the desired results without compromising the user’s health.

What other uses has it been used for apart from weight loss?

Apart from aiding in Weight loss, Garcinia Cambogia has been used for a slew of other purposes including:

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  1. Culinary additive

In parts of South East Asia where the Garcinia Cambogia fruit originates, the natives used it as a spice mostly in curries and soups. It helps add that tangy taste that makes a curry or soup more flavourful and tantalizing. The tangy taste of Garcinia Cambogia made it the perfect replacement for lemon and tamarind. As a spice, the fruit rind I dried and the powdered and added to food. Even today it is still a popular spice in South East Asia.

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  1. Digestion Aid

Even before Garcinia Cambogia was proven to have fat burning capabilities, it had long been used to help relieve digestive issues by South East Asia natives. At that time the natives believed that it could help with issues such as constipation, abdominal pain, and heart. The reason it is very effective indigestion is that it contains Hydroxycitric acid which helps to facilitate seamless digestion. Additionally, the fruit rind of Garcinia Cambogia has been used for a long time to soothe gastrointestinal disorders such as peptic ulcers. Although there is no sufficient evidence that Garcinia will help cure peptic ulcer, the natives strongly believe that it is a feasible solution.

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  1. Stress Reliever

The hydroxycitric acid which is the active ingredient in Garcinia Cambogia and helps in the loss of weight has also been linked to regulating Cortisol levels. Cortisol is one of the key stress hormones that help to control anxiety. Garcinia Cambogia can act as an herbal supplement that can dramatically reduce oxidative stress which detrimentally affects the health and functioning of different body systems. Additionally, other organic compounds contained in Garcinia Cambogia can also act as effective antidepressants because when consumed they stimulate the release of serotonin (pleasure hormone).

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  1. Appetite suppression

Traditionally South East Asia natives used the Garcinia Cambogia dried fruit rind to help suppress appetite in persons who had issues with overeating. Although the fruit rind is bitter when dried, it is rich in fiber when eaten whole. This provides the feeling of satiety that helps persons with overheating problems by making them feel fuller for longer.

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  1. Energy Booster

By naturally reducing the body’s ability to make new fat and store it, Garcinia boosts energy. Instead of making new fat, the old stored fat is burned off to produce energy, thus dramatically reduces cholesterol levels. Boosting energy levels will not only help improve your mood but will also help ensure that you keep up with a regular exercise regimen. Keep in mind that the leading reason that most people fail to exercise daily is low energy levels.

How it has had positive reviews worldwide in a range of things, weight loss, hunger…

Today’s fitness and weight loss industry is full of numerous ‘miracle drugs and supplements’ that claim to give you great results overnight. In desperation to get results fast, most consumers believe in such false claims and always end up being disappointed. Garcinia Cambogia is the real deal because it is not another miracle or wonder drug, it is an effective supplement that will definitely give you great results when used consistently and used in collaboration with diet and exercise.

It is used all over the world by people trying to lose weight and bodybuilding enthusiasts who need an energy boost and disciplined dieting to achieve their body and fitness goals. The results all over the globe are impressive. Most loyal users of this supplement testify that it took less than 1 to 3 months to get noticeable results. It is not just recommended by the consumers, even doctors and experts now recognize its effectiveness in helping achieve that perfect body you have always desired.

Globally, this supplement has received great reviews in weight loss, appetite suppression and as an energy booster. It is a considered a trustworthy product because there is scientific evidence to back up the effectiveness of the active ingredient-HCA (Hydroxycitric acid) in weight loss.

A simple search on the internet will bring up many success stories of people from people all over the globe who have lost weight with the aid of this incredibly effective supplement. What you will notice in all the success stories is that Garcinia Cambogia only works well when accompanied with a healthy diet and regular exercise. Sometimes all you need to take that first step is motivation from people who have undergone struggles similar to yours.

Can Garcinia be eaten as a fruit, in a smoothie etc? 

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NOTE: You can not make a Garcinia Smoothie! This is not Garcinia Cambogia

Absolutely not, Garcinia Cambogia needs to be consumed in a form where Hydroxycitric is potent enough to aid in weight loss. In its natural form or in smoothie form, the amount of HCA will hardly have the desired effects on body systems. What makes Garcinia Cambogia incredibly powerful as a weight-loss supplement is the 50% to 60% potency of HCA. The entire fruit is actually quite fatty and contains other compounds that are not necessarily helpful in weight loss.

The fruit rind is what contains the compound that is extracted to aid in weight loss. Even eating the fruit rind alone does not guarantee that you will get the amount of HCA needed to effect real change in your body. Additionally, HCA works depending on its level of purity, hence the necessity for extraction through methods such as steam distillation, alcohol distillation and superficial extraction.

Other types of Garcinia Cambogia apart from pills

Lately, there are lots of videos and posts online about blending the whole Garcinia Cambogia fruit to make a smoothie. However, this is just a fad that will not be effective. Apart from in pill form, this supplement is also manufactured in liquid form as syrup. Garcinia Cambogia drops just like pills are made through the same process of obtaining pure HCA (Hydroxycitric acid through botanical extraction techniques such as alcohol distillation, steam distillation, and superficial extraction.

The liquid form of Garcinia works just as effectively as what comes in pill form. Most people tend to overdose on the liquid form of this supplement; the recommended dosage is one to two drops at least 30 minutes before a meal. The drop should be directly placed under the tongue and then let it dissipate on its own. For the sake of clarity, it is important to ask the seller how many drops will equal 1500mg. Once you are sure how many drops equal 100mg all you have to so is divide that by three and take that amount at least 30 minutes before every meal.