This time, Garcinia Cambogia XT is the product that has caught our attention due to the promises of unrealistically fantastically fast weight loss from its manufacturer. Oh well, we’re in and the research was rolling for quite some time. Of course, we did take our time to find out more information about the manufacturer and the way he does his business. We also tried to find the maximum possible amount of clinical trials to understand more about the ingredients of the product and studied a pile of reviews from people who bought and used this “weight loss agent”. The results of the efforts are reflected in this review to help you decide ‘to use or not to use’ the product. A bit about the manufacturer of Garcinia Cambogia XT Using the phone number, indicated at the bottle with the product we found out that the manufacturer of Garcinia Cambogia XT is the company Optimal Health Products LLC, which is located in Delaware state. Unfortunately, we can’t bring any promising news about the company, since the BBB rating they have is F, which resulted from lots of user complaints. The reason we decided to start our review namely with this aspect is we simply want to warn you to be careful, if you order this product at their website. Everything seems nice and promising, yet the free trial might be not that free at all. “I was unaware that I would be auto-enrolled and charged over $150 for the "trial" product I had received if I didn't cancel within 14 days” “company falsely advertises that you are trying a trial product but when you give them your credit card … they start billing you monthly and say you're a member of the "club"” “I ordered a sample of Garcinia Cambogia XT … of $4.95 … company charged my bank account an additional $140.00 for this product” Besides, the customer service turns to be not that friendly and supportive, so you might be risking to lose quite a lot of nerves while trying to clear the issue with the additional billing. “the customer service agent was rather nasty” “they will not let you talk and start talking over you rudely and argumentatively” We provided all this information so that you are very careful if you decide to get any of the products by Optimal Health Products LLC. And now, let us get back to the very product and see what benefits it can provide for anyone, who needs an aid on his weight loss journey. What is Garcinia Cambogia XT and what does it supposedly do? Garcinia Cambogia XT is a supplement, which, as the manufacturer claims, contains: Garcinia Cambogia (50% HCA) African mango Green Tea extract Acai berry extract Calcium Potassium These ingredients, mixed in a blend in their supplement, are promised by the manufacturer to: Help lose weight without the need to observe a diet or increase your physical activity Cleanse your body Boost your energy Well, they promise, yet provide not a single proof for the effectiveness of any of those ingredients or the product itself in providing all listed benefits. So, we had to dig a lot to check the information on both beneficial and side effects that each ingredient can provide, and here you go... Garcinia Cambogia Garcinia Cambogia is an evergreen tropical tree, the round-shaped fruits of which have been used in Ayurveda for various conditions, including digestive disorders. In folk medicine, Garcinia Cambogia is still prescribed to Indian women as a means for cleansing their body of toxins and waste products. In the first decade of the 21st century, Garcinia Cambogia was widely popularized among people, who were fighting with excess weight. It was believed to provide: Boost in metabolic rate due to the hydroxycitric acid (HCA), which is assumingly effective for enhancing the metabolism Hunger attenuation due to pectin in its composition. An 8-week study was held in humans to address the issue of efficacy and safety of HCA, which has shown that the results of the placebo group were only 0.2% lower than that of the group on HCA. However, despite insignificant difference in weight loss rate, the group that was using the hydroxycitric acid has shown an improvement in overall health condition, i.e. the levels of good/bad/total cholesterol, triglycerides and other blood indicators. Yet some other studies have shown no impact of Garcinia Cambogia over weight or hunger of the study objects. African mango This fruit grows in Africa and is widely used in various spheres, including cooking, cloth dyeing, cosmetics, etc. Since we are interested in the benefits that it can provide for weight loss, we gave a thorough search for any studies of African mango, and we did manage to find one. A one-month trial was held on the efficacy of African mango for weight loss, and its results have shown that subjects, who were given African mango, managed to lose 6 times more weight that people from the placebo group. At the same time, their blood tests also showed an overall improvement in blood indicators, which signify weight loss benefits. Though, we definitely have to mention the amount of African mango that was used during the trial, and namely 1.05 g, three times a day. That equals 3.15 g per day. What amount will you get with Garcinia Cambogia XT? you will get… drum roll… 600 mg. Oooops! 5 times less. Will it provide any weight loss benefit? Go figure… Green Tea extract This is another widely popularized product that is claimed to promote a fast weight loss and improve the body fat-muscle ratio. We were lucky to find an analysis of over 150 studies on the efficacy of green tea extract for weight loss. Well, the results are not really inspiring. Green tea extract did not provide any noticeable impact over the weight loss rate in the studied subjects, who were struggling with obesity or overweight. Acai berry extract Unfortunately, we did not find any clinical trials that would aim the study of Acai berry extract as a weight loss tool. Still, we did find a one-month trial that was studying possible beneficial effects of Acai berry for the factors of metabolic disorder risks in people with excess weight. This study turned to be not sufficient to discover any weight loss benefits, though it did show that Acai berry extract can provide improvements in blood levels of cholesterol, sugar and insulin. No effect on blood pressure though. Calcium Calcium is one of two ingredients in Garcinia Cambogia XT, which is not a plant ingredient. It is a mineral, which is very important for a human body. We know it from childhood. Our teeth and bones durability is related to the amount of calcium we consume. As for weight loss… the study shows that calcium promoted a slight weight loss only in people, who were deficient on calcium. Healthy people and people with a normal calcium intake did not benefit from any calcium effects over their weight. We also know that we need vitamin D used with Calcium to promote a better absorption of calcium from the stomach. We see no Vitamin D in Garcinia Cambogia XT. Do you? Potassium Second non-plant ingredient of Garcinia Cambogia XT, which mostly aims metabolic benefits. Potassium is specifically regarded under the prism of blood pressure control. Some studies have shown that higher potassium intake helps maintain blood pressure at a lower level, which is definitely a benefit when it comes to weight loss. People with high blood pressure find it a lot more difficult to lose weight or be physically active. Side effects: none or …? The manufacturer claims that Garcinia Cambogia XT is free from side effects, because it is 100% natural. Is it really so? Well, we thought we would find some reports on side effects, since it is impossible that there is none. Even though the product is natural, every plant extract can affect people differently, depending on: health condition, medicines used, individual body response. 95% of reviews we managed to find were related to the way the manufacturer tricks their customers (see ‘A bit about the manufacturer of Garcinia Cambogia XT’ section above), while the other 5% were divided between users who didn’t feel any difference and a bunch of reviews that were singing praises upon the magnificent effects of this product. We still have reasonable doubts about the origin of the latter group of comments, since the weight loss described in them was way too high to be true. It seemed that people were literally melting by almost 1 kg per day, which is simply impossible due to the way our body works. We did not give up and decided to check possible side effects for each ingredient individually, and will provide you with a compiled list of these below: Dry mouth Headaches Vertigo Flatulence Sleep problems Teeth discoloration Anxiety Weakness Vomiting Irregular heartbeat, Tremor Confusion Heartburn Swelling High blood pressure Ulcers Intestinal bleeding Tingling Even though these are usually mild and do not happen that often, according to the feedbacks, we still believe that the manufacturer should have warned his potential customers about the possibility of any of these, instead of stating that this “weight loss product” is 100% safe. Final thoughts The fuss around 100% natural Garcinia Cambogia XT and the promised miraculous weight loss without changing eating habits or exercising turned to be a really doubtful campaign. Thousands of people were misled into thinking that weight loss is finally possible with the use of one pill. Luckily, they did not convince us. We hope that you will find this review useful and will be able to save your money, time, health and nerves.