This is a classic case of a brand we wanted to love, but left us wanting so much more. While it does have some positive aspects to it, Puritan’s Pride supplement left us a bit disappointed, as it just missed the mark in several aspects. It is a bummer, as we do like many of their other products.
The Puritan’s Pride Garcinia Cambogia won our praise by offering a veggie capsule, but, were disappointed to see that it only contained 50% HCA extract. In addition, the dosage is 1000mg, which is too little prove as effective as the Garcinia Cambogia used in studies. We were also disappointed to see additives in the ingredient list.
Is Puritan’s Pride Garcinia Cambogia Effective?
We usually find a compelling reason to like Puritan’s Pride’s products, but the stars just did not align for this supplement. We have to give them credit for using a vegetarian capsule. The biggest drawback we encountered was that they use a lower grade 50% HCA. Additionally, the dosage was on the low end with only 1000mg, rendering it not nearly as effective as the other products we evaluated. Unfortunately, they did not include potassium which has been shown to aid in the absorption of the HCA, but rather Chromium (as Chromium Picolinate) to attempt to boost effectiveness. The addition of questionable additives, such as magnesium stearate, silica, and dicalcium phosphate to shave costs on manufacturing is a turn off.
Puritan’s Pride might have more success with effectiveness if they increased the potency of their capsules. It is a reputable brand, and their consumers may find success, we just are not able to offer our full endorsement.
Is it safe?
Like most other Garcinia Cambogia supplements, Puritan’s Pride formula is safe to take in accordance with the recommended dosage. We have no reason to believe it will interfere with other medications and isn’t known to affect existing conditions. Pregnant and nursing women should avoid using Garcinia Cambogia. If you are unsure about any other interactions that you may have with this product, you should first consult your physician.
Through our careful review, we did uncover some less than desirable ingredients, but none that will question the overall safety of the product. These additions will possibly just make the product less potent and slow the achievement of your desired results.
How much does it cost?
We were intrigued by the cost of Puritan’s Pride Garcinia Cambogia, but when you factor in the lower % of HCA and low dosage, you realize you get what you pay for. When you factor in the extra capsules you will need to take to attain 1500mg, the cost in line with other products on the market.
We often try to avoid being penny wise and pound foolish and just go with a supplement that give you the 1500mg in 95% HCA from the onset without unwanted ingredients.
Summary of Puritan’s Pride Garcinia Cambogia
We really like the Puritan’s Pride brand, it’s a big part of why it was rated our 3rd pick, but you would be better served choosing one of the other Garcinia Cambogias on our list. This is a good choice, but if you are serious about weight loss – this just might not be your best choice.
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