As of July 2014, there is no significant scientific evidence that garcinia cambogia aids in weight loss, reports WebMD. However, there is some evidence from rodent studies that garcinia cambogia can lower insulin levels, LDL levels and triglycerides.Continue Reading
Hydroxycitric acid is the active ingredient found in the rind of garcinia cambogia, reports WebMD. HCA has been found to block the action of citrate lyase, which is used to make fat in the human body, and raises serotonin levels, preventing hunger pangs. Despite the benefits of HCA, garcinia cambogia is not significantly linked to increased fat loss. While those taking garcinia cambogia lost 2 pounds in a fat loss study, researchers attribute most of the weight loss to exercise and diet.
If the goal is not strictly fat loss, garcinia cambogia may have other notable health benefits, adds WebMD. Mice supplementing with garcinia cambogia had lower insulin levels than those without, suggesting its benefits to diabetics. However, caution is urged when combining garcinia cambogia with diabetes medication. Garcinia cambogia is scientifically linked to lower LDL and triglyceride levels, as well as higher HDL levels. Supplementation with garcinia cambogia is not recommended to those taking pain, diabetes and allergy medications, along with other prescription drugs.Learn more about Vitamins & Supplements