Pure Garcinia Cambogia Extract Reviews

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Derek Peterson
By Derek Peterson
April 3, 2013

“The latest buzz in weight loss is now available in the US!” exclaim advertisers. “Pure Garcinia Cambogia is the newest, fastest, fat buster you can get your hands on.”

Pure Garcinia Cambogia Extract, sold by Sale Slash LLC, is grabbing dieters’ attention with clever marketing ploys.

In an attempt to pressure dieters into ordering quickly, a banner at the top of the site proclaims, “Pure Garcinia Cambogia has sold out in most major stores. As of [today’s date], it’s still Available Online.”

Although the ingredient garcinia extract comes highly recommended, I’m not sure Pure Garcinia Cambogia Extract is as reliable as it seems.

Let’s see what it can really do by taking a closer look at the formula. . .

Ingredient Information

PureGarciniaCambogia.com does not provide an ingredient label, which immediately made me question the site. If the ingredient label is hidden, it makes me wonder what else the manufacturers are trying to hide with their product. . .

Fortunately, I was able to find an ingredient label at Amazon.com where the product is also distributed.

Here’s a quick breakdown of what’s inside the bottle:

Calcium. Calcium is a trace mineral that plays a key role in healthy bones and teeth. However, mounting evidence suggests calcium supplementation may inhibit weight gain and reduce obesity risk. [1]

Chromium. Chromium is another trace mineral that may have a mild weight loss effect. This ingredient aids in carbohydrate breakdown and glucose homeostasis, which in turn results in reduced carbohydrate craving and suppressed appetite.

According to studies, chromium supplementation led to reduced caloric consumption and weight loss.[2] But, don’t get too excited.

Other researchers found chromium alone has no effect on weight loss.[3]Although it may help keep appetite under control, it’s a tool, not a miracle.

Potassium. Potassium is an electrolyte that is important for proper function of all cells, tissues, and organs. It aids in skeletal muscle contraction and keeps blood pressure levels in check.

According to experts at the University of Maryland Medical Center, potassium is important for normal digestive and muscular function. [4]

Garcinia Cambogia Extract. Garcinia cambogia is an exotic superfruit found in South India. It is purported to control obesity by inhibiting lipolysis. However, clinical studies are fairly mixed.

In a 1998 study, researchers concluded garcinia cambogia extract “failed to produce significant weight loss and fat mass loss beyond that observed with placebo.” [5]

However, researchers later wrote to the editor that this conclusion was wrong. “Studies have shown the ability of HCA to inhibit the actions of citrate cleavage enzyme, suppress fatty acid synthesis, increase hepatic glycogen synthesis, suppress food intake, increase energy expenditure, [etc.]”[6]

Safety Concerns

The minerals used in Pure Garcinia Cambogia extract are completely safe and in safe concentrations. They should not cause negative or long lasting side effects.

However, I am concerned about this supplement’s pure garcinia cambogia use. According to WebMD, Garcinia is possibly safe when used for 12 weeks or less, but long-term safety is unknown. Additionally, garcinia may cause nausea, digestive tract discomfort, and headache. [7]

While most users report few if any side effects, Pam at Amazon.com shared her experience:


Not exactly comforting, is it?

Does Dr. Oz Recommend It?

Dr. Oz has recommended pure garcinia cambogia extracts to promote weight loss. However, don’t jump to conclusions and assume he endorses all garcinia extracts.

Dr. Oz has mentioned openly that he does not endorse or recommend a specific brand name or product.[8]

Suggested Use

According to the label, dieters should take 1 capsule twice daily 30 minutes before meals with 8 oz. of water.

Increasing your dosage will not increase your results.

To lose weight faster, dieters are encouraged to follow a reduced calorie diet and exercise regularly.

Ordering Pure Garcinia Cambogia Extract

There are countless garcinia cambogia extracts, many of which bear the same name. To avoid confusion, it’s best to order this particular product from PureGarciniaCambogia.com (though Amazon.com offers the product for the same price).

Prices are as follows:

• 1 month supply for $48
• 2 month supply for $98 plus 1 free bottle
• 3 month supply for $148 plus 3 free bottles

As a plus, there are no expensive auto-ship programs.

Should You Trust the Manufacturers?

Not a lot of information is available about Sale Slash LLC, which immediately sends up a red flag. If you don’t know who makes your product, how can you be certain it’s high quality?

I found it interesting that both addresses provided on the website (mailing and corporate) are very small office locations rather than large industrial buildings. This implies that the supplements are manufactured elsewhere and then shipped to the company.

Although the homepage claims the supplement is produced in the United States in an FDA registered laboratory, can you really trust them to follow through with this claim?


• Plenty of consumer reviews
• Contains healthy minerals
• Might increase energy levels and boost mood


• Lack of clinical research
• Not all consumer reviews are positive
• May cause negative side effects
• Unknown manufacturers

Is Pure Garcinia Cambogia Extract Worth Your Money?

Pure Garcinia Cambogia Extract may help you lose weight, and there are plenty of consumers who met success while using this product.

However, I’m not completely convinced Pure Garcinia Cambogia Extract is the most reliable way to lose weight. There is not enough research to ensure that it’s safe to use for extended time periods, and the manufacturers are virtually unknown.

Until more information is available, I do not recommend using this product.


[1] Robert P. Heaney, MD, K. Michael Davies, PhD and M. Janet Barger-Lux. “Calcium and Weight: Clinical Studies.” J Am Coll Nutr April 2002 vol. 21 no. 2 152S-155S. Available from: http://www.jacn.org/content/21/2/152S.full

[2] Anton, Stephen D.; Morrison, Christopher D.; Cefalu, William T.; Martin, Corby K.; Coulon, Sandra; Geiselman, Paula; Han, Hongmei; White, Christy L.; Williamson, Donald A.; “Effects of Chromium Picolinate on Food Intake and Satiety.” Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics. (October 2008). Vol. 10, No. 5: 405-412. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2753428/

[3] Yazaki Y, Faridi Z, Ma Y, Ali A, Northrup V, Njike VY, Liberti L, Katz DL. “A pilot study of chromium picolinate for weight loss.” J Altern Complement Med. 2010 Mar;16(3):291-9. doi: 10.1089/acm.2009.0286. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20192914

[4] “Potassium.” University of Maryland Medical Center. Available from: http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/potassium-000320.htm

[5] Steven B. Heymsfield, MD; David B. Allison, PhD; Joseph R. Vasselli, PhD; Angelo Pietrobelli, MD; Debra Greenfield, MS, RD; Christopher Nunez, Med. “Garcinia cambogia (Hydroxycitric Acid) as a Potential Antiobesity Agent.” JAMA. 1998;280(18):1596-1600. doi:10.1001/jama.280.18.1596. Available from: http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=188147

[6] Fabio Firenzuoli, MD; Luigi Gori, MD. “Garcinia cambogia for Weight Loss.” JAMA. 1999;282(3):233-235. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-3-jac90006 Available from: http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1030241

[7] “Garcinia.” WebMD. Available from: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-818-GARCINIA.aspx?activeIngredientId=818&activeIngredientName=GARCINIA

[8] Oz, Mehmet. “My name for profit? Not Anymore.” The Dr. Oz Show. Available from: http://www.doctoroz.com/blog/mehmet-oz-md/my-name-profit-not-anymore

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Sam Smith | August 12, 2014

Personally, I hope these guys are shut down pronto. This product has little to no effect with a HUGE auto-ship cost after just two weeks. The terms & conditions are hidden, and you never have to accept the $100/mo cost you’ll get.

I called the “call center” (1-866-976-8780) twice today and tried to get the legal name of the entity, which two supervisors refused to provide. They provided only the name of the products. Some said that the name was Pure Garcinia Cambogia, or Pure Garcinia Natural. Neither name shows up through a search of the South Carolina Secretary of State’s website, which requires foreign entities transacting business in the state to register. That right there seems entirely like bad business.

One supervisor made it sound like the entity was based in either South Carolina or California. I could find no entity using a name including “Pure Garcinia Cambogia,” “Pure Garcinia Natural,” or “Pure Garcinia” on either the South Carolina or California Secretary of State’s webpages:

South Carolina Secretary of State Business Search: http://www.scsos.com/Search%20Business%20Filings

On the South Carolina Secretary of State website, it says the following: “If you are a consumer complaining against a South Carolina business, you should contact the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs at (803) 734-4200 or http://www.scconsumer.gov/ or the Better Business Bureau at http://www.bbb.org. If you have a complaint against a business that involves potential criminal activity, you should contact local law enforcement.”

* Sale Slash LLC also is not registered in South Carolina as formed there or operating there.

California Secretary of State Business Search: http://kepler.sos.ca.gov/. The California Secretary of State refers you to the Department of Consumer Affairs: http://www.dca.ca.gov/publications/guide/.

*I did find Sale Slash LLC on the California Secretary of State’s website. Their entity number is 201023510060.

BURIED in the terms and conditions of the website that you get for “help” if you have an issue with your $190 bill you’d never know you’d get, you’ll find that your complaint is to be governed by the State of Florida. I searched their Secretary of State information (http://search.sunbiz.org/Inquiry/CorporationSearch/ByName), and found an entity that exists by the name of PURE GARCINIA CAMBOGIA EXTRACT LLC, doc no. L13000084621) – this is probably the producer.

Complaints in Florida can be made to the Florida Attorney General’s Office at 1-866-9-NO-SCAM (1-866-966-7226) or for more information, see http://myfloridalegal.com/consumer and locally (if they are in Miami based on their documents filed with the state) to the Consumer Services Division of Miami (if they are even there): http://www.miamidade.gov/business/consumer-complaints.asp.

You also can make complaints to the FTC: http://business.ftc.gov/multimedia/podcasts/how-file-complaint.

I tried a google map search of the “shipping dept” – that shows an empty building. When I googled the address, I found MANY other complaints for MANY other products, all with the same auto-ship complaints.

Report these guys! The state and federal agencies often have procedures where they can’t act until they get multiple complaints.

No, I do not recommend this product

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