Friday, March 25

Dows Hydroxycut Work?

Mice with different coat colors.Image via WikipediaAlthough recent warnings from the FDA has caused companies to recall Hydroxycut products from the market, the question "Does Hydroxycut work?" remain a valid inquiry about the product's main ingredient, hydroxycitric acid.

Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA) comes from Garcinia cambogia, which is a tree mostly found in Southeast Asia. For many years, it has been extracted and used as flavoring and food preservative. It also cause people to feel full; thus, discouraging binge eating. Lastly, it's been known to promote passing of gas after eating.

Because of its similarity with citrate, which our bodies produce as a natural enzyme that controls metabolism processes, such as slowing down development of fat and stimulating the release of glucose into the blood. These metabolism processes cause people to feel less hungry.

As to the question of whether it works or not, the answer is it works effectively -- on mice. There have been two major clinical trials on this diet solution, but they both delivered conflicting reports. The difference between humans and mice is the dosage, which is probably 10 times more potent in mice than men.

No test has tried to use a more potent dosage in men and women, or else we would have known about the effects of HCA on humans. Therefore, the best diet plan still involves regular intensive exercise and a disciplined diet.
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