Garcinia Cambogia has been much in the news lately. It’s touted as the latest breakthrough in weight loss supplements. But many people don’t really know much about it, where it comes from, and why it may be effective in helping to reduce unhealthy body mass—namely, undesired fat stores. That lack of understanding sets an unhealthy precedent for consumers.
Why take a supplement you know nothing about and don’t really comprehend how and why it works? Moreover, with other news about the dangers of pesticides and herbicides in our food products.
Why would you take a supplement that had been exposed to these potentially hazardous chemicals?
In this article, we’ll explore some of the basic facts about Garcinia Cambogia and also how choosing an organic option can prove more healthful for you.
Background About Garcinia Cambogia
As a native plant species to Southeast Asia and India, this small, purple fruit has long held a prominent place in the culinary traditions and an indigenous Pharmacopeia of the region.
Garcinia Cambogia is used as a flavoring, a meat tenderizer, and a preservative. As a remedy, it is recommended for gastric disorders and rheumatism, also known as arthritis. Its rind has been identified as a rich source of naturally occurring Hydroxycitric acid (HCA).
Because HCA has taken center stage in the Western weight loss supplement scene in recent decades, extracts of this plant have been released on the market.
As is often the case with “new” treatments, these supplements are usually accompanied with unsubstantiated claims of effectiveness and may even be dangerous to certain populations—such as pregnant or lactating women.
Relatively little research has been released by the scholarly community evaluating these claims, making consumer caution essential. Extraction methods and sources for the fruit itself matter when considering supplements of this nature.
That’s because, as with so many plants touted as weight management in their original environment, when you extract a single substance such as HCA through laboratory processes, you isolate it from the complex chemical environment of its original location—the plant material itself.
What is a safe substance, consumed as a food in great quantities in another culture, may become dangerous when isolated in this manner.
Certified Organic Products and Safety
Because of the nature of how the human body copes with toxins—storing them in fat—consuming what might be a healthy tonic under ordinary circumstances becomes a tricky proposition.
While there have been no known reports of toxicity associated with natural tonics created using this fruit, knowing what we do of pesticide and herbicide translation into the body’s fat stores and into the breast milk of lactating mothers, organically sourced Garcinia Cambogia is a more soundly based choice.
The use of harsh chemicals to increase crop yield, kill pest species, and inhibit weeds are a typical Western solution for enhancing the crop supply to meet demand.
When you select a certified organic product, you are showing your preference for the absence of these measures in favor of a more natural product.
The strict requirements for any consumable product to be labeled organic are the first step for consumers who want to exercise a more critical appraisal of what they ingest.
Another benefit of organic supplements is that the process for extraction is often less reliant on harsh chemical reagents. Because the rind of the Garcinia Cambogia fruit holds the highest concentrations of HCA found in the fruit, it’s important to consider how the useful chemical compounds are extracted and presented for Western consumers.
Along with an absence of harsh pesticides and herbicides, an organic option is going to use different methods for this step of the process.
While it is, of course, important to remember there is no “miracle pill” when it comes to weight loss, organic Garcinia Cambogia can form a part of your approach.
In conjunction with regular, moderate-intensity aerobic exercise and a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and healthy proteins, the HCA contained in such supplements can help you target the fat reserves you won’t be needing anytime soon.
Making your supplements organic will help to increase the health benefits derived from them. If you take the trouble to make organic choices where produce and proteins are concerned, why would you take a supplement that wasn’t?