Garcinia Cambogia and Raspberry Ketone are perhaps two of the most hyped herbal weight loss supplements in recent times. Both are made from fruit extracts and the manufacturers claim that they are highly effective as weight loss and fat burn supplements and help the users lose weight quickly and in a healthy way.
Before we dig deeper into such claims, let us first have a look at what these two products are and what ingredients they are made of.
Garcinia Cambogia is the scientific name for a fruit called Malabar Tamarind, which is found in parts of south-east Asia, mainly in Indonesia. This fruit is generally known to have many health benefits. The main ingredient for the weight loss supplement is extracted from the rind of the fruit. This extract is known to contain HCA or hydroxicitric acid which helps in appetite suppression.
This weight loss supplement is made of a raspberry-derived chemical and this same chemical is used in food and cosmetics for flavor and scent. The chemical structure of the ketone is similar to capsaicin and synephrine, which are chemicals that have proven to increase human metabolism rate and thus help in burning fat quickly. This seems to be the main base of the claim that Raspberry Ketone is highly effective as a weight loss supplement.
How They Work
Let us now look into greater detail how these herbal supplements may help us in losing weight fast. The presence of HCA in Garcinia Cambogia aids in suppress appetite, thus helping the users feel fuller for a longer period of time. This means that they will crave less for food and the drop in food intake will make the body burn its stored fat for the requisite energy. Some of the users have noted that the supplement helps in burning the visceral fat, which is the fat that is mostly stored in the mid-section of our body.
Another claim for Garcinia Cambogia is that it causes a rise in the serotonin levels in our body. Serotonin is a natural compound found in our body which helps to elevate our mood and encourage positive feelings. Therefore, a rise in the serotonin levels would mean that we will increasingly keep away from the phenomenon known as ‘emotional eating’.
Promoters of Raspberry Ketone claim more or less the same benefits for this supplement. Studies on rodents have shown that the supplement indeed helps overfed rats lose weight quickly. On the other hand, there are no studies available as of yet which prove that the supplement helps humans the same way.
Some users who have coupled their supplement intake with moderate exercise and a healthy diet have reported to have experienced healthy weight loss. But there are also reports of experiencing increase in blood pressure and rapid heart beat.
On a final note, both the above products have shown promises to be effective weight loss supplements, but one must also be aware of the safety factors before starting on any of these supplement diets. The best thing would be to discuss it with your physician before you start on any of them.