Simply Garcinia contains three active ingredients: potassium, calcium, and garcinia cambogia extract. While both potassium and calcium possess properties that are crucial to your well being and helpful for weight management, the star of the show is undoubtedly the cambogia extract.
What is garcinia cambogia?
Garcinia cambogia is a pumpkin-shaped fruit native to south eastern Asia and India. This fruit contains a compound called hydroxycitric acid (HCA), which is a powerful fat-burner. HCA has been shown to inhibit a major fat-producing enzyme, converting calories from increased girth to physical energy.
HCA has also demonstrated a multiplying effect on serotonin levels, which helps suppress appetite and improve mood, a terrific benefit for emotional eaters.
So…can I eat the fruit?
It is the garcinia cambogia extract component that makes Simply Garcinia a truly effective product. But if it is the fruit that does the lion’s share of the work, can’t you just eat the fruit?
Well, yes, you can eat the fruit. In fact, it has been eaten in the places it grows for many years. Not only is the fruit itself consumed, but the rind from which our extract is taken has been in culinary use for just as long. Garcinia cambogia exocarp is used to make a spice that is included in many varieties of curries and soups. In addition to adding flavor, the cambogia rind is used for its appetite suppressing and weight control properties.
To summarize how to achieve the best results with a Garcinia cambogia extract:
1. Choose a preparation that is at a minimum 50 percent HCA and is not composed wholly of calcium salts: make sure potassium and/or magnesium is present. If the product is 60 percent or more HCA and has a low lactone content, that is even better.
2. Be sure to take an adequate dose with plenty of water. For a CaK preparation used successfully and reported in a peer-reviewed publication, the dose was near 1.5 grams of the salt taken three times a day before meals. With a 60 percent HCA preparation, that approximates 0.9 grams of HCA prior to each meal. A very pure potassium or potassium-magnesium HCA salt likely will be effective at a significantly lower level of intake because more bioavailable.
3. Take the product on an empty stomach, i.e., 30-60 minutes, before meals. Food dramatically reduces the bioavailability of HCA.
4. Do not expect to experience either significant weight loss or powerful appetite suppression over the first two weeks. HCA’s impact on appetite is significant, yet subtle and its impact on body weight is significant over an eight-week period, but seldom over the initial two weeks of ingestion. The mirror, in this case, is more instructive than is the scale.
5. Remember, “If you don’t comply, don’t complain.” Take the right dose at the right time.
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