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Diet fads aren’t exactly a new trend. But diet pills and supplements have become the most popular in the recent diet fad franchise. Like many others that you may have seen on the market or even tried, Garcina Cambogia grew in popularity after being featured on the popular “DR. Oz” Show. Supplements containing Garcina Cambogia claim to perform weight loss miracles; in fact, if you google it, you will be led to dozens of seemingly reputable reviews. Upon a little bit of reading, you may notice that most of these “claims” are supposedly made by celebrities and diet experts; it doesn’t take much digging to see that the majority of these “claims” are purely fiction created in an attempt to get you to purchase a so called celebrity endorsed product. Though, Garcina Cambogia was made famous via Dr. Oz, it is important to remember that every supplement is different.

Testing done by, Consumer Lab, have shown that many of the Garcina Cambogia supplements that are on the market contain a significant amount less Garcina Cambogia than is listed on their label. The FDA does not regulate vitamins and supplements in the same way as prescription medication. The FDA only monitors the labeling; not the dosage and contents in the supplement.

Do The Claims Have Any Merit?

The truth is, like most weight loss trend that explode in popularity overnight, there is very little evidence to support the claims. The research that has been conducted in Garcina Camogia is minimal and doesn’t amount to much as far as rock hard evidence is concerned. One study, conducted in 1998, showed no significant weight loss results. The study consisted of 135 test subjects over a 12-week period; at the end of the study both the Garcina Cambogia group and the placebo group had lost a significant amount of weight. There was no significant difference in the weight loss by the subjects taking the supplement vs. the placebo, according to, US National Library of Medicine.

While many people are still flocking to purchase Garcina Cambogia, there is no sufficient evidence that proves it to be at all useful for weight loss.  In many cases, it is even believed to be dangerous. Multiple Garcina Cambogia supplements have been involved in recalls and lawsuits in the past 10-years; but, just as there is no proof of the benefits of Garcina Cambogia, there is also not much evidence in support of its negative effects either. As with any other over the counter weight loss supplement, you should always consult a physician before incorporating them into your diet plan and research the brand well to be sure it is a legitimate company and not a falsely endorsed scam.

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