Garcinia Cambogia is found in India and south-east Asia where it has been consumed for centuries as a medicinal aid. Also known as Tamarind fruit, some studies have linked it to weight loss, a reduced appetite and more even blood sugar levels. Today’s processed and convenience food lifestyles add to our consumption of sugar and sodium as well as lack of fiber. These factors, when combined with a sedentary lifestyle, add to us consuming more calories, whereas a lowered calorie intake is required in order to shed pounds. Many people find themselves on this hamster wheel of trying to get ahead but falling behind on their health objectives, such as losing weight. Consequently, it is not surprising to find that many people are seeking natural weight loss aids, with Garcinia Cambogia being one of them. This particular supplement under review today is manufactured by Dr Tobias.
Some preliminary studies have linked the Tamarind fruit to weight loss thanks specifically to the HCA in its rind. This compound inhibits the production of an enzyme which helps with fat storage. If fat cannot be stored it either has to pass through the body, or be converted into a more immediately usable from such as glycogen.
Dr Tobias claims that their product contains a super dosage, helps curb eating and snacking in between meals and also helps to elevate metabolic rates.
Each serving of 2 capsules contains:
- 1600 mg Garcia Cambogia extract (50% HCA)
- Calcium (Garcia Cambogia extract) 272 mg
Research has shown that calcium or potassium keep the garcia ingredient active and help the body to absorb it properly. This accounts for the inclusion of calcium. The 1600 mg dosage is high and should make in impact when combined with sensible eating habits and increased activity. When one zones in on the HCA extract though it is only 50%, but this is the active compound necessary to stop the enzymes producing fat cells from being produced.
This means that of the 1600 mg, 800 mg is HCA. Three servings – or 6 capsules – therefore make up the high 2400 mg HCA daily dose that the manufacturer touts as its ‘HCA super dose’. In our research, we have come across HCA doses as high as 95% of a 1600 mg garcinia extract.
The product is third-party tested, so we can reliably take the 2400 mg HCA serving to hold water. It has also been tested in a lab for purity.
Take 2 capsules daily on an empty stomach, 1 hour before meals, with a big glass of water. Two capsules is one serving of 800 mg HCA. You may take up to 6 capsules – or 3 servings – per day. If you’re under 18, or a pregnant woman, or breastfeeding a baby, you should consult your doctor first.
We recommend increasing your dosage gradually as some people have reported digestive discomfort when taking 6 tablets right away.
The product retails for $31.87 on Amazon, where it seems to be fairly popular. It is more expensive than some other products. The bottle of 180 tables will last you 1 month is you take the maximum 6 tablets per day. This is the only bottle size we could find in our research related to this product.
If there is one, we did not find it, despite actively researching to check for a returns policy and the conditions associated with it.
Conclusion – Dr Tobias Garcinia Cambogia
The bioavailability of the garcinia is assured through the calcium. This product is third-party tested for purity and to ensure that the amounts stated are accurate. It contains a scientific grade HCA dosage of 2400 mg when three servings are taken.
We like the above properties of the product, but you should also bear in mind that to reach the 2400 mg HCA intake, you need to take 6 tablets, reducing your stock to a 1 month’s supply. This makes your ongoing purchases potentially expensive and in the absence of bulk buying packages, this could eat into your budget quite quickly. It is also important not to overestimate the effect of garcinia – even this product comes with guidelines for a sensible diet that you can follow. According to consumer reviews, it does suppress the appetite, although some consumers report digestive upset when taking the maximum dose straight away.
The big issue is, of course, the lack of a returns policy or one that is easy to find. Buyer beware? Maybe. It is up to you-you need to decide how much risk you are willing to take, bearing in mind that the product will not work the same for everyone. Factors such as your existing metabolism play a role.