Miracle Garcinia Cambogia makers say to bid farewell to exercising and expensive diet foods: the “simple solution to bust your fat” has arrived.
When a diet pill company promises to help you lose weight without diet and exercise, you have to be very wary.
Advertisers assert Miracle Garcinia Cambogia burns fat, suppresses appetite, and enhances mood—all without diet or exercise. Utilizing potent ingredients that inhibit fat formation, garcinia cambogia is acclaimed to be the “magic ingredient” to trim belly fat.
I would never recommend you skip eating right and exercise for a diet pill, but let’s find out if this can help in any way.
Who Makes Miracle Garcinia Cambogia?
Miracle Garcinia Cambogia is a San Diego-based company that has been in business for two years, and its product was released in early 2013. According to a customer representative, Miracle Garcinia Cambogia is both the company name and the product name.
Researching the name online brings up at least five websites (such as MiracleGarciniaCambogiaReviews.com and MiracleGarciniaCambogia1300.org) which all link to a site retailing the product. The official website, however, is MiracleGarciniaCambogia.com.
While the company’s home website does have studies supporting garcinia cambogia’s weight loss potency, several web pages expose viewers to revealing, swimwear-dressed women. One subsidiary page invites customers to “Get your Celebrity Body.”
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) gives the company a B- rating, with three reported complaints dealing with product purchasing/refund issues.
On the company website, there is no supplement fact label. I called customer service, and asked where I could find it. The representative hesitated for a moment, eventually put me on hold for several minutes until he retrieved the information, and then told me the supplement fact information word-for-word over the phone. He said the supplement fact information was not online.
According to the representative, the only ingredient in the product is the fruit rind of garcinia cambogia and each serving (2 capsules) contains 1000 mg. Consequently, I did my own research on this unique fruit.
I found garcinia cambogia is attracting attention because television personality Dr. Oz extolled its weight loss capacity in late 2012. His show interviewed several scientists and doctors who supported the weight loss claims associated with garcinia cambogia.
Research scientist Dr. Rich Scheckenbach said: “Garcinia is an exceptionally effective fat buster. It inhibits the production of fat in the body, and when the body’s not making fat it’s burning fat.” 
Dr. Julie Chen was another expert interviewed. She explained that in addition to weight loss, consumers may experience improved mood, sleep quality, and a suppressed appetite due to its serotonin content. She also stated the fruit is a “dual action fat burner” as it suppresses appetite and helps the fat move toward glycogen where it acts as an energy source for muscles. 
A few scientific studies have supported these claims as well, with one concluding garcinia cambogia and niacin-bound chromium combined are “highly efficacious diet aids that can help reduce excess [fat], or maintain body weight and BMI, and promote healthy blood lipid levels.” 
But, not all studies arrive to this same conclusion. Another study examining 86 overweight individuals found garcinia cambogia failed to promote weight loss or lower cholesterol. 
One group of scientists investigated all available randomized clinical studies (“with no restriction in language or time”) to ultimately determine garcinia cambogia’s weight loss effect. They discovered the fruit “can cause short-term weight loss” but the “magnitude of the effect is small, and the clinical relevance is uncertain.” They stated future studies were needed for a formidable conclusion to be reached. 
What Side Effects Will You Experience?
According to WebMD, the long-term safety of garcinia cambogia is unknown, and consumption has shown to cause nausea, digestive tract discomfort, and headaches. 
In the study analyzing the available research of garcinia cambogia mentioned earlier, the scientists noticed in one study gastrointestinal adverse events were twice as common in the hydroxycitric acid (contained in garcinia extract) consuming group than the placebo group. 
Another study found hepatoxicity (chemical-driven liver damage) was reported by consumers of Hydroxycut, a weight loss supplement which contains garcinia cambogia. While scientists are unsure if garcinia cambogia is responsible for this adverse health effect, it remains a potential effect from consumption. 
One garcinia cambogia consumer, named Bec, shared her experience:
“I have been taking garcinia cambogia for the last three weeks and was completely unaware that there would be any side effects…I have been getting stomach cramps, had terrible digestion, trouble sleeping, terrible rashes and occasionally throwing up. In all honestly I thought I was getting sick and coming down with something, today it only just clicked at it could be the pills, after just looking at the side effects I am MORTIFIED.”
Reviews on the product are mostly associated with the company’s advertorial website; here is a sampling:
“This stuff is amazing! My best friend Jessica took the same pills and lost an incredible amount of weight.. i couldn’t believe it and had to do some research on my own which is how I found this article. I can’t believe they have them in stock! I know Jessica spent something like $600 and was thrilled.. imagine how excited she would be if it cost her under $30.00. This is a godsend, thanks so much!!.” – kim
A friend of mine did the Garcinia Cambogia diet and recommended it to me 3 weeks ago. I ordered the pills and received them within 3 days (although I didnt get the discounted shipping). The results have been incredible and I can’t wait to see what weeks 3 and 4 bring.”- Lauren
However, these comments are hardly trustworthy, as they’re all exceedingly positive, located on the company’s website, and were posted within five days of each other.
While the following comments may not be associated with Miracle Garcinia Cambogia specifically, they do give a more reliable look at garcinia cambogia’s effect on consumers:
“I started Garcinia Cambogia about 2 weeks ago and I’m starting to feel terrible stomach cramps as well as trouble sleeping. My hunger has not gone down at all, in fact it’s only increased! I haven’t lost any weight either. This pill is terrible, DO NOT TAKE.” – Zoe, WafflesAtNoon.com
I have been taking 400mg twice per day & have minimal weight loss. 1 lb. in 3 weeks. But I have really nice itchy rashes on both of my forearms. Thanks Doc! Wonder who paid him to blow this supplement up.” – Rico, WafflesAtNoon.com
How Do You Purchase Miracle Garcinia Cambogia?
The product is exclusively sold on the company’s website at MiracleGarciniaCambogia.com. One bottle costs $48.00 plus $4.95 for shipping.
They have an offer where you can purchase two bottles and get one free for $98.00 and free shipping, and another deal where you purchase three bottles and get two free for $148.00 and free shipping. While this may seem like a bargain, this one-ingredient product isn’t an exceptional deal.
Should You Purchase Miracle Garcinia Cambogia
A few scientific studies show garcinia cambogia induces weight loss, but the amount appears minimal and insignificant. And, online reviewers attest this modest fat reduction is not worth the rashes and flu-like symptoms that come with it.
The company Miracle Garcinia Cambogia also appears suspicious; its three employees attempt to convince buyers through scantily-dressed women instead of extensive scientific evidence of their product’s ingredients. To maintain health and safety, use Miracle Garcinia Cambogia with especial caution.
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