What Is Garcinia Cambogia?

garcinia-cambogia-fruitGarcinia Cambogia has been around for thousands of years but its health giving properties has only recently become to be understood. It is no secret that our ancestors only had their wits and their knowledge of the health giving properties of their local fruits and herbs to ensure that they lived well in their relatively short lives. Some of those secrets died with them and others have fallen into disuse but this has recently been rediscovered and is taking the natural weight loss world by storm.


What is Garcinia Cambogia and Where Did it Originate?

Garcinia is actually a fruit also known as a tamarind and the extract of it contains hydroxycitric acid. The fruit is a small pumpkin shape and is still in everyday use today. Studies have found that this extract appears to suppress appetite and also acts as a fat blocker. Both of these can lead to a decrease in stomach fat, the scourge of many men and women and there is some evidence that it can also increase the levels of serotonin which affects moods. It can also help in managing cortisol. Hydroxycitric acid is used in a number of weight loss products and is produced naturally by garcinia cambogia.

The fruit itself is grown in India, Southeast Asia and parts of Africa although it is indigenous to Indonesia. In Malaysia it is often used to make a soup which is eaten before meals as an appetite suppressant.

How does Garcinia Cambogia Extract Work?

Studies carried out by Dr Julie Chen suggested that there was an increase in weight loss more than those not taking the supplement which led to weight losses of around 10 pounds a month in some although the average appeared to be around 4 pounds a month. The Hydroxycitric acid from garcina cambogia (HCA) aids in weight loss in two ways, it helps block fat by inhibiting an enzyme that your body needs to make fat from carbohydrates. As you may know unused carbohydrates are stored by the body as fat and Garcinia Cambogia aids in keeping that enzyme down. It also suppresses the appetite by increasing serotonin which is present in your brain and helps you feel good. Low levels have an effect on mood swings and when levels are increased, one of the main factors behind emotional over eating is removed. If your serotonin levels are good, you are less likely to respond to stress by reaching for sugary candies or other unhealthy foods.

Is It Safe?

Well, given that it has been eaten for centuries, the answer is in the affirmative, but  there can be garcinia cambogia side effects for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding and if you are diabetic you should seek medical advice as it can have effect on your blood sugar levels. It should also be avoided by anyone prescribed statins. Other than that though it is safe to use and can be bought online at reputable suppliers. You should look for those that contain at least 50%HCA and the dosage should be taken before meals a little like those Malaysian villagers. Combined with a healthy diet and exercise, your weight should reduce in days and weeks.