Does Garcinia Cambogia Work for Weight Loss?


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Weight-loss results from the use of garcinia cambogia are not impressive, according to WebMD. In one review cited by WebMD, dieters taking the supplement lost only about 2 pounds more than others who didn't take it, although it is not clear that the weight loss resulted from the supplement’s use.

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The ingredient in garcinia cambogia that is purported to cause weight loss is hydroxycitric acid, found in the rind of the fruit, notes WebMD. Studies suggest that it causes appetite reduction and boosts the body’s ability to burn fat. It blocks the enzyme the body uses to produce fat, citrate lyase, and makes users feel more satiated by causing a rise in the levels of serotonin in the brain.

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