'Some complementary medicines have been found to contribute to improved health outcomes, through increased efficacy and cost-effectiveness. However, if there is to be a role for such complementary and alternative weight-loss products and medicines, we must build upon the evidence to investigate whether these increasingly popular products are a viable treatment option.' states Nicholas Fuller, Research Fellow, Clinical Trials Development and Assessment, University of Sydney, in an article that examines the evidence of claims that Garcinia cambogia can help us lose weight:
'Garcinia cambogia is the former scientific name of a native Southeast Asian plant, belonging to the family Clusiaceae, that bears a pumpkin-shaped fruit. The skin of the fruit contains the active ingredient, hydroxycitric acid (HCA). HCA inhibits an enzyme that produces fatty acid, thus suppressing fatty acid and the processing of cholesterol.'
While not CLL related, shouldn't any complementary or alternative medicine we are tempted to use to control our CLL go through the same level of testing that Garcinia cambogia has been through?
Photo: Casuarina (sheoak) seedpod nestled on pine needle like sheoak leaves.