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Mythbusting Garcinia cambogia

>> Sunday, December 8, 2013

There are a kajillion substances, herbs, and naturopathic remedies that are all over the internet, purporting their magical abilities to cause weight loss, but which do not have evidence to support that they actually work.  You can add Garcinia canbogia to this list.

Garcinia cambogia extract comes from a type of tamarind tree native to Asia.  In addition to being available as an extract, it is also an ingredient in Hydroxycut, which has been associated with cases of liver toxicity.  Now that Dr Oz has been throwing his weight behind Garcinia, it's getting more attention than ever before.  (More on my thoughts re Dr Oz here.)

We can put to rest the controversy behind Garcinia simply by looking at the science.  A randomized controlled trial was conducted long ago, back in 1998, showing that Garcinia cambogia failed to produce significant weight loss compared to placebo.

Friends, today's blog is short and not so sweet: Garcinia cambogia has been proven NOT to work, and it may be harmful.

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dmm December 17, 2013 at 9:07 PM  

Hi Dr. Sue,

Could you also review Belviq (Lorcaserin HCI). I do not believe it is available in Canada but has very promising results and good responses from patients in the USA. It has been available in the USA since June 2013 and is said to lower appetite by targeting the appetite center in the brain. I watched a news report out of Detroit on the drug and Dr. Steven Vig who has been using it with his patients says it is safe and effective. The reporters were also calling it a "miracle pill" and a "game changer". Any information you have on Belviq would be welcome. Thank you.

Dr. Sue Pedersen December 18, 2013 at 5:49 AM  

Thanks for your comment! Below are a couple of links to what I have written about lorcaserin. I would disagree with the reporters in that it is not a game changer, nor is there any such thing as a miracle pill. The studies show that lorcaserin can provide about 4kg (10lb) weight loss over a 1 year period.


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