There are many supplements that can help you lose weight, and two lesser known ones that you may want to consider is Garcinia cambogia and apple cider vinegar.
Garcinia cambogia is is a tropical fruit also known as Malabar tamarind. Studies have shown many benefits of Garcinia cambogiaas. For example, Garcinia cambogia has been shown to reduce insulin levels in animals.
However, there have been quite conflicting results on Garcinia cambogia‘s effects on actual weight loss. While some studies show good results, others show quite conflicting results. Another problem with the studies is that most of the studies were done on animals, not humans.
However, this does not necessarily mean that Garcinia cambogia cannot help with your weight loss. What it means is that studies have not been able to come to a conclusion and we may need more conclusive studies to verify the weight loss potential of Garcinia cambogia.
That said, some experts conclude that it causes modest weight loss when used on its own. But what about if you combine it with another weight loss supplement, say, apple cider vinegar? Let’s talk about the combination of Garcinia cambogia and apple cider vinegar together and how they are very powerful tools in weight loss and for people with type 2 diabetes.
How is Garcinia Cambogia and Apple Cider Vinegar Produced?
Before taking any supplement it is best to do a little research, and understanding how something is made is a great place to start. Here’s a quick overview of how both Garcinia Cambogia and apple cider vinegar is prepared for human consumption.
Production of Garcinia Cambogia
Garcinia cambogia is usually taken as pills, and the pills are typically made from the extract of the peels of the fruit. This extract contains high amounts of Hydroxycitric acid which is believed to be the active ingredient responsible for most of the antidiabetic and weight loss effects of Garcinia cambogia.
Production of Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar, on the other hand, is produced via the fermentation of apples. As the name suggests, apple is fermented in the presence of yeast to form cider which is a highly alcoholic apple drink. Then the cider is fermented again in the presence of bacteria to form vinegar (acetic acid). Hence the name apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar can also help you lose weight because of its fantastic metabolic properties.
Benefits of Garcinia Cambogia and Apple Cider Vinegar
Both Garcinia cambogia and apple cider vinegar are beneficial for weight loss, especially when paired together along with a proper diet and exercise program.
Benefits of Garcinia Cambogia
Garcinia cambogia has been shown to help in weight loss. Some studies have suggested many mechanisms by which Garcinia cambogia achieves this.
One is that it can increase levels of serotonin in the brain which will, in turn, reduce appetite. However, more studies are needed to verify this.
Garcinia cambogia has also been shown to block the production of fats in the body. These include body fats which add to your weight and those bad fat metabolites like “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. It does this by blocking the enzyme citrate lyase. Garcinia cambogia can reduce insulin levels as a result of increasing insulin sensitivity. This will lead to improved blood sugar control and hence, it is good for diabetics. For more information on the benefits of Garcinia cambogia, you can read here.
Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has been shown to help improve weight loss as well. It can do this by boosting the metabolism of the body. It also has nice metabolic effects like improving insulin sensitivity.
Apple cider vinegar also has good effects on the body’s cholesterol as it reduces the bad LDL cholesterol levels and increases the good HDL cholesterol levels.
Apple cider vinegar may also be of help to people who have cancer. With all these properties, however, it is most helpful for people with diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and high levels of cholesterol.
How to Take Garcinia Cambogia and Apple Cider Vinegar Together
You can combine Garcinia cambogia with apple cider vinegar to help improve your weight loss dramatically. It is recommend that you take anywhere between 1500 to 2250 mg divided into three doses (that is somewhere between 500mg to 750mg three times daily) before meals. Doses above 2000mg are quite high and it is recommended that you do not take a dose above 2800mg. That said, consult your doctor or a qualified nutritionist to be sure what is safe for you.
As for apple cider vinegar, it is recommend that you dissolve about 1 or 2 teaspoons in water and drink after food. This is to avoid any stomach upset or disruption as a result of the acidic nature of apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar may aggravate ulcers or stomach acidity if swallowed directly. This is why we advise that you dilute it in water and use it after meals to prevent this.
Both Garcinia cambogia and apple cider vinegar offer metabolism boosting effects that can improve weight loss, especially when used together in combination with regular exercise and a sound diet.
However, when buying Garcinia cambogia, there are some things you have to consider. You can read here at Livin3’s blog to see the considerations and how you can get the best of the two supplements if you are using them together. The advantage of using them together is that they seem to work synergistically to improve weight loss and blood sugar control.
However, a note of warning though, work closely with your doctor if you want to use this regimen, and also because of their effect on insulin we only recommend this for people with type 2 diabetes under close supervision by their doctors.
Insulin resistance is not a problem in type 1 diabetes but the lack of insulin output is, therefore, we do not advise people with type 1 diabetes to use apple cider vinegar or Garcinia cambogia. However, if you must use these supplements, please see your doctor so that you can be well monitored. If you do not have type 1 diabetes, then you can feel free to give these supplements a try.