Surprisingly, garcinia cambogia, also known as tamarind fruit, has been hanging around the weight loss block for quite a number of years. With that kind of longevity it is easy to believe that it must work.
To begin with, we have animal studies that have shown promising results in the weight loss department, which is great if you happen to own an overweight rat.
Unfortunately, when animal models show positive results, with or without apparent toxicologial issues, the race begins. This kind of knee-jerk reaction is simply indicative of the typical sprint that manifests itself when everybody and their uncle tries to be the first to market with a new miracle solution. This rush takes on a whole new dynamic when the initial animal studies just happen to be corroborated by positive results from a human-based study. Then it’s a frenzy.
Scientific logic dictates that one positive study does not make a proof. It’s a good start, but the results need to be confirmed by being replicated in follow-up independent and peer-reviewed studies. Generally speaking, if there is a strong coherent trend in favor of the positive results a substance is designed to elicit, we might have something.
However, if the research is playing table tennis with the results showing no clear direction in terms of outcomes, one has to question if the substance has any value in terms of what it is supposed to do.
And even if the substance appears to have an effect on fat dynamics, some data shows that it might be only for a limited duration of a few weeks, with the magnitude of the effect appearing to be small. In addition, study results seem to hint that its only real value may come about as part of preventive strategy to offset weight gain or regain in humans, but not necessarily for weight loss.
One of the bigger issues that the consumer has to deal with is the lack of credible information from viable sources in the marketplace concerning apparent miracle substances like garcinia cambogia. In many cases, a search of the Internet reveals that many of the so-called articles on garcinia cambogia are really sales pages that are written by individuals who just happen to be selling the actual substance they are reporting on. This demonstrates that a possible bias is influencing the slant of the article and contributing to the overall hyped-up buzz.
Contrary to what advertising is attempting to make people believe, there appears to be a good amount of real research demonstrating the ineffectiveness of garcinia cambogia, enough to shed more than just a little doubt on its real value when it comes to appetite suppression and weight loss in humans.
Ultimately, with inconsistent or negative results in research circles on humans, it puts into question the veracity of the claims made about the miraculous fat-burning effect attributed to garcinia cambogia. It also points towards the danger associated with the transference of effect from animal to human models. For instance, it’s possible that garcinia cambogia in high concentrations can help Zucker rats to avoid gaining weight, which looks promising for humans, but it might also lead to testicular atrophy in said rats. How’s that looking for the human now?
On the toxicity front, there is data demonstrating that garcinia cambogia appears to be safe for human consumption. However, there have been case reports of toxicity issues that point towards the notion that it might not be as innocuous as many might be inclined to believe. As such, prudence dictates that long term health implications need to be studied before a definitive conclusion can be drawn about garcinia cambogia’s safety for human consumption.