Health benefit of any food, medicine or supplements is because of its ingredients. Various ingredients have different parts to play in promoting health. For example, when we eat an orange we generally think of that it is because of Vitamin C because of which it is so great. But this is not the case; it also has Vitamin A, phytochemicals, B-complex and minerals which makes it an amazing fruit.
In case of herbal supplements the case is slightly different. Apart from key ingredient a manufacturer can change / add / modify constituents of a supplement. This is what makes some better than others.
Key Ingredients of Garcinia Cambogia Extract
There are various ingredients which can be part of a typical Garcinia Cambogia Extract (GCE). Not all ingredients are part of every brand. Producers keep changing the constituents based on demand and budget of the extract they have in mind (as every extra ingredient may make extract costlier). Here are some of the common ingredients used:
- Hydroxycitric acid (HCA) – This is the key ingredients without which most health benefits of Garcinia Cambogia Extract will not be there. HCA proportions in GCE vary from brand to brand. A good HCA brand should have atleast 50% HCA.
- Minerals such as calcium and potassium: When Dr. Oz. mentioned about GCE he also recommended that the extract have calcium and potassium in it. Based on his theory with these minerals HCA gets absorbed more easily in body and thus prove to be more effective.
- Apart from the above different brands add ingredients in various proportions and then label them as proprietary formulations. For example, you may find bark extracts such as Magnolia Bark Extract etc. in some GCE brands.Some brands also include other minerals such as chromium in their extract.
As there are a few things a pure Garcinia Cambogia Extract should have there are a few things it should never have:
- Artificial ingredients – if you go for a low quality extract, there is high probability of you finding these.
- Fillers and binders
Different Garcinia Cambogia Extract brands put different ingredients in their extract but as a user you should focus of more than 50% HCA and appropriate proportion of calcium and potassium.