Garcinia Cambogia Vs. CLA
Garcinia Cambogia and Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) have both been used for years for weight loss and both have been featured on popular talk shows. Both are derived from natural plant products, and both have been tested in studies with varying results. These compounds can be taken in either pill or liquid form. Garcinia Cambogia products have been shown to be high in anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants are known to have numerous proven benefits including improved heart health and cancer prevention. Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) contains fatty acids which some studies have found to be beneficial as well.
Garcinia Cambogia is a tropical fruit also known as the Malabar tamarind. Hydroxycitric acid, the active compound in Garcinia Cambogia, is often abbreviated as HCA. HCA is extracted from the Malabar tamarind and this powerful extract is commonly referred to as simply “Garcinia Cambogia” after the fruit it’s derived from. Garcinia Cambogia is used primarily for weight loss but offers other health benefits. The main reason people are excited about Garcinia, though, is that they are losing weight.
People who took a Garcinia Cambogia supplement lost more weight in studies than those who do did not. This is a proven fact. Garcinia Cambogia has been shown to reduced appetite which may be accomplished by raising serotonin levels in the brain.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA,) on the other hand, seems to have better results in laboratory mice than it does in humans. More study is needed to determine CLA’s effectiveness in human weight loss. The Hydroxycitric acid contained in Garcinia Cambogia appears to cause weight loss by changing the way that the body metabolizes sugar and calories. Hydroxycitric acid is said to divert energy from turning to fat. In this way, Garcinia may change the way the body metabolizes calories from food. This can result in a slimmer waistline and there are numerous testimonials in addition to scientific studies that back up these amazing weight loss claims.
Another way that Garcinia Cambogia can aid in weight loss is by suppressing the appetite, resulting in lower food intake. Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) was shown to suppress the appetite only as well as a placebo in multiple studies. People who have experienced weight loss while taking Garcinia Cambogia have expressed that they didn’t have to change their lifestyle since they were able to eat when they were hungry. CLA may offer the same benefit by contributing to a slight feeling of satiety, and one isolated study did show a modest reduction in body fat in people taking CLA.
Increased energy levels are a well-known positive side effect of Garcinia Cambogia but this is not often cited as an effect of CLA. Not only can Garcinia Cambogia increase energy levels, but it can act as a natural anti-depressant. By increasing serotonin levels, Garcinia Cambogia can raise serotonin levels. By increasing serotonin levels, Garcinia Cambogia can elevate the mood. Only dopamine plays a more vital role in mood control as serotonin so serotonin levels are very important to feelings of well-being. CLA or Conjugated Linoleic Acid cannot make this claim since it has no effect on serotonin levels.
One of the most surprising and exciting health benefits of Garcinia Cambogia is its use as an alternative treatment for type 2 diabetes. This is due to its beneficial effect on regulation of insulin levels and blood sugar. CLA has not been shown to have the same effect on insulin so it’s not as popular in that regard. Weight control goes hand in hand with controlling and even curing type two diabetes so the weight loss could be the reason for improved blood sugar. Either way, diabetes is just one more reason to choose Garcinia Cambogia.
CLA or Congugated Linoleic Acid, like Garcinia Cambogia, has been touted as a weight loss aid for several years and has had interesting results in rodent trials, but more study is needed to determine if CLA really does promote weight loss in humans. Some people have reported losing four times as much weight while on Garcinia Cambogia than with exercise alone. Individual results may vary, but studies have proven that people do lose more weight with Garcinia Cambogia than without it.