Skinny Garcinia is a Garcinia cambogia diet supplement manufactured by Bluebonnet Nutrition. Their formula, made with what they call Super Citrimax, contains 60% hydroxycitric acid, otherwise known as HCA.
Skinny Garcinia comes in capsule form and costs around $30.00 for a 30-day supply. It is widely available in stores like Whole Foods, Natural Grocers, and online retailers.
Bluebonnet Nutrition Corporation does have a Better Business Bureau profile, opened in 2006, but there’s no rating and no reviews, probably because no one can find it—the company name is misspelled “Bluebonneeet Nutrition Corp.” But the contact information matches that on the bottle label: Bluebonnet Nutrition Corp., 12915 Dairy Ashford, Sugar Land, TX 77478. Phone: 281-240-3332. Email: [email protected]
Skinny Garcinia Claims
When combined with proper diet and exercise, this caffeine-free, non-stimulant formula may help support healthy weight management by burning fat, supporting healthy blood sugar levels already within normal range, and curbing appetite. 
The serving size is 3 capsules per day, and the bottles are sold in 60- and 90-capsule containers. And Bluebonnet isn’t screaming “miracle pill” like far too many other G. cambogia supplements tend to.
When combined with proper diet and exercise, this caffeine-free, non-stimulant formula may help support healthy weight management by:
- decreasing fatty acid synthesis while also burning fat and converting it to energy.
- helping insulin transport glucose into cells where it can be used for energy.
- supporting healthy levels of serotonin in the brain that helps to curb the appetite.
Available in easy-to-swallow vegetable capsules for maximum assimilation and absorption. 
Bluebonnet Nutrition also has a money-back guarantee that coincides with whatever store you purchased it at.
Skinny Garcinia Ingredients
The ingredient list as provided by the main company that produces Skinny Garcinia is:
- Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine HCI), 25 mg
- Magnesium (as oxide, citrate), 50 mg
- Chromium (as picolinate), 200 mg
- Potassium (as citrate), 50 mg
- Choline (as bitartrate), 20 mg
- Garcinia Cambogia Fruit Rind Extract (Super CitriMax®) [750 mg (60%) hydroxycitric acid (HCA)], 1250 mg
- L-Carnitine Tartrate (free-form), 500 mg
- Inositol, 50 mg
- L-Methionine, 50 mg
The Science (or Lack Thereof) Behind Skinny Garcinia
HCA, or Garcinia Cambogia is prominent in the weight loss industry, as there are a ton of products you can purchase promising you results and loss in weight.
In line with Bluebonnet Nutrition claims, G. cambogia isn’t a miracle pill. It’s not a fat melter. It’s not speed for your metabolism. But it’s not entirely useless, either.
What G. cambogia does seem to be is a mild-to-moderate appetite suppressant, as a result of HCA’s ability to stimulate production and release of serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter in our brains usually associated with “feeling good,” but it can also send messages to our brains that we’re “full.”
A meta-study (review of all current literature for the purpose of a summary) published in the 2011 Journal of Obesity states
HCA is usually marketed as a weight loss supplement either alone or in combination with other supplements. Some authors have suggested that HCA causes weight loss by competitively inhibiting the enzyme adenosine triphosphates-citrate-lyase. HCA has also been reported to increase the release or availability of serotonin in the brain, thereby leading to appetite suppression. 
What many of the studies compiling this meta-review also found is a short-term appetite suppression effect and some help with weight loss—though more as result of appetite suppression and not so much as a fat burner in its own right.
It might be called a fat inhibitor, though. In several studies HCA has been shown to inhibit an enzyme—ATP citrate lyase—whose primary purpose is to convert carbohydrates into fat. If I understand the science correctly, this is the result: by inhibiting this enzyme, the carbs apparently stay carbs and get burned before any stored fat gets burned (the body always burns carbs first). So while that does nothing for weight loss—you still have to reach the point where the body has no carbs left to burn before it starts burning fat—it might help in preventing further weight gain. 
But even so,
None of [the studies reviewed] have shown whether these effects persist beyond 12 weeks of intervention. Therefore, there is still little evidence to support the potential effectiveness and long-term benefits of G. Cambogia extracts.  (emphasis added)
G. cambogia did come under fire in 2009 when the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) identified consumption ofan HCA-containing multi-ingredient supplement as a possible cause of liver damage. But several studies have indicated that HCA itself—and thus G. cambogia—may not be to blame. Dr. Sidney J. Stohs, Pharmacy PhD from the University of Nebraska, and colleagues reported that while some toxicity cases and specifically liver damage had been associated to that specific product, it was premature to blame HCA for that damage; mainly because some of the tested products did not contain HCA, but did contain up to 20 other ingredients. So while HCA might be involved, there was no conclusive evidence of such.   
Other studies, by Dr. Stohs and others, suggest that a moderate dosage of G. cambogia (HCA) by itself—with no other added ingredients—is safe, barring other pre-existing health problems: the maximum daily safe dosage was determined as 2800 mg/day (I assume 60% concentration, the most common concentration used in supplements, but the abstract didn’t specify). Of course, research is ongoing.   
- cambogiais not advised for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, because there has not been enough research done onthe safety of it during those conditions.
Word On The Street About Skinny Garcinia
The product is widely sold in a lot of different retail outlet locations. That means no risky free trials to sign up for, and there are no scams associated with this product. The price is affordable. The difference between purchasing this supplement, and purchasing one from a trial offer web-ad is 180 degrees. These are all great qualities, but does it actually work?
When looking for customer reviews on Skinny Garcinia, there weren’t a lot. But of those few, the news was good. Amazon.com has only 7 reviews, but the average is 3.6 out of 5. 4 reviews on iHerb.com average 4.5 stars.
“zengirl” (2017, 5 stars) said,
I had no expectations…that way I couldn’t be disappointed if it didn’t work! To my amazement, after about 3 weeks, I began to notice that my jeans were a lot roomier, as were other pants that have been tight. I haven’t noticed too much difference in my belly, but, again, no expectations AND, it took a while for it to get where it is, so it will probably take that long for it to diminish. All in all, I am very pleased with the results and will most definitely order more. 
“Kent Wallace” (2015, 5 stars) said, “Have lost lots of weight taking these three times daily with a full glass of water.” 
Other reviewers said Skinny Garcinia did absolutely nothing for them, so there was a mix of people who said it worked and then others that did not like the supplement for its lack of effectiveness.
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.
The Bottom Line: Is Skinny Garcinia Worth A Try?
Depends. As long as you’re not expecting a miracle pill, G. cambogia supplements have some benefit when combined with healthy eating and exercise. The research does suggest that side effects tend to come with multi-ingredient supplements, so be aware while you’re taking it. The price of Skinny Garcinia is comparable to other supplements, and the reviews are scant but skew positive. I don’t see a downside to trying it.
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