Recent laboratory tests found that Garcinia Cambogia – a weight-loss supplement – contains less active ingredient than it is claimed on the label.
About 21 out of 29 Garcinia Cambogia supplements had less hydroxycitric acid (HCA) (the active ingredient).
LabDoor – an independent company that tests supplements – was the one that released the results, which were consistent with results from other independent supplement testing companies.
James Neal-Kababick, director of Flora Research Laboratories, a Food and Drug Administration-inspected testing lab in Oregon, said that:
“I have seen quality issues with Garcinia products. In some cases, there was no HCA present in the products, while others had very low potency and a small number did meet label claim[s].”
According to Neil Thanedar, chief executive officer of LabDoor, there is little evidence that Garcinia Cambogia supplements will help people lose weight, even if they contain high percentages of hydroxycitric acid.
Garcinia Cambogia (Malabar tamarind) is a plant native to Asia. Its small fruit resembles a pumpkin on the outside. People use it to add a sour flavour to foods like curry.
Garcinia extracts have become extremely popular especially in the United States, after Dr. Oz (Mehmet Cengiz Öz) – a cardiothoracic surgeon, television personality, and author – claimed that the plant could help people lose a lot of weight with no effort.
There is little evidence to back up those claims. Studies in humans have shown conflicting results. For instance in one study, people who took hydroxycitric acid managed to shed more pounds, than those who only took a placebo. Another study showed no difference in weight loss.
In 2014, a cease report – published in the journal Medical Toxicology – found that taking antidepressants together with Garcinia Cambogia can lead to the development of serotonin syndrome, also referred to as serotonin toxidrome or serotonin toxicity, which can be life-threatening.
Unfortunately, supplements such as Garcinia Cambogia do not undergo the same regulations as other drugs. Companies that produce supplements are not required to get approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
In the new study, the researchers tested 29 of the top-selling Garcinia Cambogia supplements sold online on sites like Amazon, and in stores such as GNC and Vitamin Shoppe. Using high-performance liquid chromatography (a test), they separated the hydroxycitric acid in each sample.
The findings showed that most of the samples had less than 1,000 milligrams of hydroxycitric acid. According to Thanedar, some had only 50 milligrams of hydroxycitric acid.
Some of the findings were submitted to the Federal Trade Commission – which regulates false advertising – by LabDoor. As a result, manufactures (some of them) have taken Garcinia Cambogia supplements off the market.
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