Last October, Dr. Oz gushed about some exciting research he found about a potentially new weight loss supplement, Garcinia Cambogia. Today we offer our view of the product, and ask for reader input on it as well.
Let us preface by saying that Dr. Oz has become the poster child for online supplement scammers, spammers, and affiliates. If you find yourself on a website selling a “miracle” supplement with Dr. Oz plastered all over it, you’re probably better off exiting as fast as you can! That said, we wanted to take some time to actually review this product, because Dr. Oz showered it with such praise.
Note: Be sure to read our reviews of other Oz-touted products such as 7-Keto, Saffron Extract, or Relora. And don’t miss the other two articles in this series: Comparing Garcinia Cambogia Vendors and Garcinia Cambogia Side Effects
About Garcinia Cambogia Garcinia Cambogia, or “Gambooge,” is a subtropical species of plant native to southeast Asia and Africa. Supplements are created from the fruit’s rind. As this scathing article points out, the supplement has been around for years, and there are studies that indicate it doesn’t work at all.
This study concluded: Garcinia cambogia failed to produce significant weight loss and fat mass loss beyond that observed with placebo.
Despite the “Holy Grail” status Dr. Oz implied for Garcinia Cambogia, we find other voices, such as WebMD, a little more cautious. Regarding this plant, they state: Developing research suggests that garcinia might prevent fat storage and control appetite; however, whether these effects occur in humans is unclear. They also list it as Possibly Ineffective for weight loss.
Taking garcinia fruit rind extract doesn’t seem to decrease weight, fat breakdown, or energy expenditure in overweight people. There is some mixed evidence that garcinia might help people feel full even when eating less, but it’s too early to recommend garcinia for this use.
Though garcinia is generally considered safe, some people have experienced nausea, digestive problems, stomach cramps, and headaches while taking it. There is also some evidence that it may cause liver toxicity. Please see our more extensive article on the possible side effects of garcinia cambogia.
There are many brands of Garcinia Cambogia available, and you can find a few reviews scattered on different sites, such as this one or this one on Amazon.com. If you factor in that almost every product on Amazon now has a certain percentage of fake, glowing reviews, the percentage of good to bad reviews on there isn’t impressive. Notice that there are as many 1 to 3 star ratings as there are 4 and 5 star ratings. A search of GNC finds several Garcinia Cambogia products, but very few reviews as of this writing.
Whenever Dr. Oz gets excited about a new product, affiliate marketers are quick to advertise using his name. Garcinia Cambogia is no exception. Just today we saw the ad to the right being advertised with a picture of Dr. Oz along with a before-and-after stock photo. This ad linked to a page on smart-lifestyles.net, which has many of the same stock photos and verbiage we saw back in the acai craze of 2009 (Their “Kristy” for example can be seen on this list of phony before and after photos from 2009). This affiliate site feeds you over to puregarciniacambogia.com. This site has the fake “almost out of stock” warning, and encourages their “free bottle” which is almost always a miniscule free trial which ends up costing you dearly.
If you want to try Garcinia Cambogia, hit your local health or supplement store. You can compare different brands, and you won’t get stuck in a recurring subscription from which you’ll struggle to cancel. Just remember that so far, every “miracle pill” Dr. Oz has touted has ended up not being so miraculous.
When all is said and done, this supplement will likely prove to be another in a long line of unproven miracle pills, standing among acai berry, raspberry ketone, African mango, green coffee, and so many others. Dr. Oz prematurely endorsed all of those, and in each case they were used by scammers to bilk unsuspecting consumers out of hard-earned cash. Perhaps the biggest miracle in all of this is that Dr. Oz has any credibility left after so many failed miracle pill promises. Have you tried Garcinia Cambogia? We want to hear from you. Let us know your experience in the comments below. We’ll try to filter out most of the obviously fake or spammy comments.
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