FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

What is Garcinia Cambogia, and how does it work?
Garcinia Cambogia is a small pumpkin shaped fruit with a unique rind containing an active ingredient called Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA). HCA has been studied and proven in clinical trials* to help people lose weight.

Do all Garcinia Cambogias being sold work?
The reality is that MOST of these products don’t work effectively. Many of the products don’t have “the right stuff.” They either don’t have the correct proportions of the key ingredients, or are loaded with fillers and binders that reduce the effectiveness.

What ingredients should I look for?
You want to look for the active ingredient HCA. The product needs to have a 95% HCA concentration. It is important to make sure it also has potassium to aid in absorption of the HCA. Avoid companies that use any other ingredients other than the capsule itself.

Is it safe to use Garcinia Cambogia?
We always recommend that you consult your physician if you feel Garcinia Cambogia may interfere with an existing medical condition. To the best of our knowledge, Garcinia Cambogia does not interfere with other medications or conditions. Pregnant and nursing women should not take Garcinia Cambogia.

How do I use Garcinia Cambogia?
You will take one capsule approximately 30 minutes before a meal. Look for a Garcinia Cambogia product that has a 1600mg daily dosage.  We have heard of people who prefer to take the total dosage all at once, but we recommend spacing it out to get the most out of the HCA.

How long until I see results?
Some users have reported seeing results in as little as one week. There are others who take about a month. Each person is different, and results may vary. Select a reputable company with a no questions asked return policy in case you are not seeing the results you want.

What is the right price to pay?
Pricing varies between sellers. We have even seen some go for as much as $100 a bottle, which we think is just too much. Of the better supplements we tested, most of them fell in the $40 to $50 price range. Be on the lookout for products with prices that look to good to be true.  The less expensive brands either don’t have the correct proportions of ingredients, are loaded with fillers and binders or require you to take 3-4 pills making what seems like a 30-day supply really be less than a 14-day supply.

Which one is the best one to use?
As with anything, different people will have varying results with products. However, we particularly like Thrive Naturals Garcinia Cambogia. They were the only brand which has a verified 95% HCA and the best ingredients in the most pure form of the over 72 popular brands we researched.

It is interesting to see which product is right for you, but we think you will love Thrive Naturals Garcinia Cambogia, a truly pure and high quality product at a great price.

Clinical Studies:

1H Kohsuke. “Effects of Garcinia cambogia (Hydroxycitric Acid) on Visceral Fat Accumulation: A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial.” Current Therapeutic Research. 2003 Sept;64(8):551-567.
2H Preuss. “Efficacy of a novel, natural extract of (–)-hydroxycitric acid (HCA-SX) and a combination of HCA-SX, niacin-bound chromium and Gymnema sylvestre extract in weight management in human volunteers: a pilot study.” Nutrition Research. 2003 Sept;24(8):45-58.
3Downs BW. “Bioefficacy of a novel calcium-potassium salt of (-)-hydroxycitric acid.” Mutation Research. 2005 Nov 11;579(1-2):149-62. Epub 2005 Aug 1.