Garcinia Cambogia, also known as the Malabar Tamarind or Brindleberry, is a fruit related to the Mangosteen. It grows on trees, clustering almost like apples do, but the fruit looks more like a small pumpkin with segments very clearly separated. They change from a light green color to yellow or red as they ripen.
Garcinia Cambogia can be as small as a tennis ball, when it is just starting to ripen, or as large as a grapefruit depending on how mature they are. The inside of the fruit is also segmented similar to an orange or other citrus. It is very fiberous and takes bother time and skill to abstract the inner fruit. The fruit grows best in areas that have a lot on precipitation and are reasonably warm, such as Indonesia, Myanmar and India.
Garcinia Cambogia has been used for centuries, mostly for flavoring in spice-heavy dishes or drinks and as a garnish. The fruit was also used as a carminative because of the sour flavor which is said to aid digestion. Even a small amount is very effective at preventing the formation of bloating and gas in the stomach and intestines after eating. It has become more popular recently since it was promoted as a natural weight loss supplement on several different television shows.
The most popular and widespread Garcinia Cambogia supplements are made only from the fruit’s rind, which is waxy and has a natural shine to it. The process of extracting the rind, drying it, and curing it turns it dark brown or black. There are several different brands of the Garcinia Cambogia supplement, though most of them are sold in capsule form. The supplement can be purchased online and in a select few specialty drug or vitamin stores.
The acting ingredient that causes the suppressed appetite is hydroxycitric acid, also known as HCA for short. HCA is a common byproducut of citrus fruits, but is very potent in the rind of the Garcinia Cambogia fruit. When HCA is ingested it works against the citrate lyase enzyme which converts carbohydrates and sugars into long-term energy storage, or fat. HCA does not completely stop the conversion process, only slows it to help users burn fat.
The hydroxycitric acid in Garcinia Cambogia rind can also increase serotonin levels. Serotonin in a neurotransmitter which regulates mood and appetite. Having an increased serotonin level would diminish appetite as well. Garcinia Cambogia has also been proven to boost metabolism, which will help the body store less fat by keeping it balanced, and lower cholesterol by reducing the amount of fats and lipids entering the blood stream. Lastly, Garcinia Cambogia is packed with vitamin c which can improve the chances of not getting sick or decrease the amount of time a sickness lasts.
There have been numerous studies to test the ability of Garcinia Cambogia to aid weight loss as well as test for any other health benefits or dangers. Theses tests were done over the span on eight weeks and were also placebo-controlled and randomized. Half the group was give 500 mg of the Garcinia Cambogia supplement while the other half was given the placebo. Both groups maintained similar diets and exercise regiments during the eight week time period.
The group who took the Garcinia Cambogia lost almost triple the weight of the control group, 11.14 pounds and 4.2 pounds respectfully. It was also noted in these tests that Garcinia Cambogia acts mainly as an appetite suppressor. Even though the proof is there, the exact efficiency of the supplement is still up for debate because the tests required users to also eat a specific number of calories and work out three times a week.