If you’re working to lose weight, you’ve no doubt seen the headlines promoting the benefits of garcinia cambogia – and with good reason. This small, pumpkin-shaped fruit (also called tamarind) has been used for centuries by Asian and African villagers to help control appetite, shed pounds and maintain weight loss. Now, the secret’s out.

Garcinia cambogia originated in India but also is grown in Southeast Asia, West and Central Africa and used in many dishes including curries and chutneys. Its active ingredient, found in the fruit’s rind, is hydroxycitric acid (HCA) and research shows that it can help to double, or even triple weight loss.

In one randomized placebo-controlled study that followed 60 obese participants for eight weeks, the group given an HCA dose of 1,320 mg per day lost an average of 14 pounds, compared to just 6.1 pounds lost by the placebo group. Plus, the participants getting HCA reported reduced appetites.

HCA works in two ways. First, it boosts your body’s levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter linked with feelings of happiness and wellbeing. In improving your mood, serotonin suppresses your drive to react to stressful situations with food, thereby suppressing your appetite and your risk of emotional eating. Second, HCA blocks fat by inhibiting a key enzyme that your body uses to make fat from carbohydrates. 

This tried and true weight loss supplement is among the trusted products offered by Metabolic Research Center. It’s just one of the many tools that our weight loss counselors may recommend in helping you to effectively shed pounds and keep them off. Call 800-501-8090 to schedule a consultation.



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