HCA Diet Pills
Hydroxycitric acid (HCA) is often derived from Garcinia cambogia, a tropical plant. Although its medicinal uses have involved treating rheumatism and parasitic infections, HCA is now used primarily as a weight loss supplement.
Many diet pills (such as CitraMax®) contain HCA, either alone or in combination with other ingredients. In order to find this ingredient on a product label, look for any of the following terms:
- Brandal berry or brindle berry
- Garcinia cambogia
- Hydroxycitric acid or hydroxycitrate
- Malabar tamarind.
It is not entirely clear how HCA works. Based on how it performed in animal studies, it may do the following:
- Decrease appetite
- Decrease fat formation
- Affect blood sugar.
However, it should be noted that HCA may not have the same effects in humans. Some studies suggest that HCA may be effective as a diet pill, while others show that it is not effective at all. There is currently not enough evidence to know either way.
(To learn more about this substance, including possible side effects, click HCA.)