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Are you hoping to lose weight quite rapidly? In today's quick-fix craving world, diet pills may seem like a very tempting companion to increased exercise and changed eating habits. Some weight loss pills — such as Qsymia, Phentermine and Lorcaserin — are classed as medicines, are FDA-approved, and were subjected to rigorous testing procedures. Most, however, are classed as "herbal supplements" and remain outside the FDA's regulatory system altogether. While getting your hopes up is easy, somewhere in the back of your mind (or at the front, perhaps) is also a voice that these diet pills may not work at all, and that they may even be scams. 

What's the deal with Lineaslim and other weight loss supplements based on Garcinia Cambogia?

What Is Garcinia Cambogia?

Garcinia Cambogia is an Indian fruit that also goes by many other names, including Malabar tamarind, Brindle berry, and Gummi gutti. A great ingredient in curries, Garcinia Cambogia has also more recently risen to fame as a popular weight loss supplement. Proponents claim that the fruit serves to suppress appetite, that it interferes with the body's ability to store fat, and that it regulates cholesterol and blood sugar levels. 

Does Garcinia Cambogia Work As A Weight Loss Tool?

Maybe. That is, there are indeed some studies that ambiguously support the idea that the active ingredient, hydroxycitric acid (HCA), blocks the action of an enzyme key to fat storage:  citrate lyase. In addition, because HCA boosts serotonin levels, something that suppresses appetite somewhat. 

HCA may even improve cholesterol levels and contribute to regulating blood sugar levels, other studies suggest. However, all in all, Garcinia Cambogia has not been proven to be a particularly effective weight loss tool because the studies were poorly designed and left out such factors as what diet and exercise regimes the participants were following. The short answer to the question of whether Garcinia Cambogia "works", then, is no better than "maybe".

What About Lineaslim?

Lineaslim products, because their list of ingredients does not include very much more than just Garcinia Cambogia, has been singled out as being a good choice for those who would like to see whether Garcinia Cambogia works for them, even by people generally critical of weight loss supplements. 

Is It Safe, Though?

Excellent question! Garcinia Cambogia itself can, in larger quantities, induce such unpleasant side effects as a dry mouth, dizziness, diarrhea (something anyone who loves curry will be familiar with), stomach upsets, and even headaches. In addition, the FDA warned against Garcinia Cambogia supplements back in 2009, because some supplements were shown to have caused liver problems in those taking them. It isn't clear whether Garcinia Cambogia itself or some other ingredient was to blame, but this is something to be aware of. 

The Bottom Line?

There isn't currently much evidence that Garcinia Cambogia contributes to weight loss in a significant way. Though Dr Oz may think that it enables people to lose weight without effort and without taking other steps, this is highly questionable. In addition, safety concerns and potential side effects do need to be taken into account. This doesn't mean eating a curry that contains Garcinia Cambogia is dangerous, but it does mean you should think twice before taking Garcinia Cambogia in large quantities. 

Remember: anything that sounds too good to be true usually is, especially in the absence of reliable evidence. 

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