Perfect Garcinia Cambogia is a diet pill supplement containing the well-known weight loss ingredient Garcinia cambogia. The brand makes a bold statement by claiming this diet pill is “perfect,” but their website is bare bones when it comes to information.
The direct marketing site goes to Nutra Pure of Aurora, Colorado—which seems to sell several G. cambogia brands, all using the same selling plan. The back of the bottle, however, states the product is made for Perfect Garcinia Cambogia in Los Angeles, California. Nutra Pure has a sketchy Better Business Bureau profile at best, and the sheer number of addresses attached to it is confusing. The phone number on the back of the bottle (which is only available on the Amazon.com product page) is 1-888-930-0942, and registers on a Caller ID website as “Garcia Pills Cancel.” Garcia—that’s not a typo in this article; that’s actually what comes up.
One 60-capsule (30-day) bottle costs $70.00 on Amazon, but you can get a trial size on the direct marketing page for just the cost of shipping—except if you read the fine print you discover that this “free” purchase also enrolls you in an auto-ship program. If you don’t call them to cancel within 14 days, they send you more each month and bill you $80 automatically. (This is called “negative option marketing” )
And there’s a very interesting little disclaimer in the “Important Information” section of the Amazon Product page:
Actual product packaging and materials may contain more and different information than what is shown on our website. We recommend that you do not rely solely on the information presented and that you always read labels, warnings, and directions before using or consuming a product. (emphasis added)
Perfect Garcinia Cambogia Claims
“The modern adult is constantly on the move and has things to do. This leaves us hardly any time where we can visit the gym and try to exercise. There is even less time to prepare healthy, home made meals instead of settling for throwing something in the microwave”
“Suppresses Appetite: HCA is a powerful appetite suppressant so you reduce your daily calorie intake. This will give your metabolism a much needed break and allow it to be more efficient. You will lose weight naturally just from taking in fewer calories.”
“Fat Absorption: The chemical composition of this supplement is powerful enough to inhibit the Citrate Lyase enzyme in your body. This affects you because it stops the fat making process and decreases your production of bad cholesterol for long term effects.”
Let’s look at these claims for a minute.
First, by now we really should all understand that, as much as we’d like it to be true, there is no quick fix. There just isn’t. Getting to and maintaining a healthy weight involves good eating choices and getting off the couch to do something. Even if it’s just walking the dog or walking you. And losing weight is really only a painful process if you make it such. One less Twinkie, one more serving of carrots; one less burger, one more salad. Small choices over a period of time. And we do have time for it. We just have to do it.
As for the science claims, we’ll take a look at those below.
(available only on the Amazon.com page, not the direct marketing page)
The Science Behind Perfect Garcinia Cambogia
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate dietary supplements, only drugs. As such, supplement labels are prohibited from claiming any research-proven medical or health benefit—this is the function of a drug, in the FDA’s view. The entire issue is convoluted, and there’s no shortage of legal action brought against supplement manufacturers by the FDA and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on a regular basis.
As with all of the G. cambogia supplements on the market today, there is some evidence that this supplement helps with appetite suppression. According to a study published in the April 2015 volume of Fitoterapia,
Studies have shown that the extracts as well as (-)-hydroxycitric acid (HCA), a main organic acid component of the fruit rind, exhibited anti-obesity activity including reduced food intake and body fat gain by regulating the serotonin levels related to satiety, increased fat oxidation and decreased de novo lipogenesis (fat storage). (definition added)
Another study, published online in the 14 December 2010 Journal of Obesity, was done on the effectiveness of HCA and weight loss in the body, and the results concluded:
The evidence from RCTs (Random Controlled Trials) suggests that Garcinia extracts/HCA generate weight loss on the short term. However, the magnitude of this effect is small, is no longer statistically significant when only rigorous RCTs are considered, and its clinical relevance seems questionable. Future trials should be more rigorous, longer in duration, and better reported. (definition added)
WebMD also states that there is currently insufficient clinical evidence of the effectiveness of G. cambogia for exercise performance, weight loss, or other conditions. But they do state that a difference in the concentration of HCA in the supplement (some brands have up to 95 percent HCA), may have a bearing on those results. More research is needed.
There is research that HCA does trigger extra serotonin to the body, which triggers the brain to signal appetite suppression. It is said to potentially work in the short term, but not for long-term consistent weight loss results.
Side effects seem to be mild—most notably dry mouth, diarrhea, and upset stomach—and generally happen in the mixed-ingredient supplements. There are several brands on the market that are only G. cambogia, in concentrations from 60-95 percent, in doses from 500-1500 mg, and a number of them sell on Amazon.com for as little as $10.
Pregnant women or nursing mothers are advised to not take this supplement at all.
Every supplement affects every individual differently. Gender, age, sometimes race, pre-existing medical conditions, and individual body chemistry—as unique as a fingerprint—can affect how a supplement works on you. That’s why supplements always add that “individual results may vary” disclaimer, and it’s why reviews for a drug or supplement can be all over the spectrum. Only you and your doctor can figure out how it works for you, so always be forthcoming and transparent with your doctor about side effects you experience, as well as if the substance doesn’t seem to be doing anything for you.
Word On the Street About Perfect Garcinia Cambogia
For those folks who decided to choose this specific brand, many of them noted feeling on edge with little-to-no results. The overall consensus from this product was nothing spectacular, especially when it costs so much money for one 30-day supply. The following reviews are from the Amazon.com sales page.
“bryan wilson” said, “Not sure if i was using it correctly or not but i followed the instructions in detail. I just didn’t notice any significant losses in weight so I stopped and just did things the old fashioned way. I want to like it but unfortunately i just didn’t benefit from it but that is not to say the next person won’t….prompt delivery great packaging clear instructions.”
“Summer” said, “Gave it 5 stars so you can read my review. Didn’t help with weight loss at all. It did help with sleep and my overall health. But weight loss it didn’t help at all this is a waste of money!! if you’re trying to lose weight. But if you’re trying to sleep better this stuff definitely works. I tried it with the coffee bean extract and still no weight loss! So don’t waste your money!”
The Bottom Line: Is Perfect Garcinia Cambogia worth a try?
Run Away Now.With no dosage amount listed on their main sales page (only the Amazon.com product page), shady and shifting business information, and a positively extortionate price tag involving a negative-option autoship (you have to call and cancel it or they’ll just keep sending and billing), don’t go near this one. Amazon, and other nutrition shops and drugstores, offer plenty of other G. cambogia products for a lot less money. Back away slowly and run in the other direction.