Garcinia Cambogia is basically a fruit grown in India and some South East Asian countries.It has been used in these countries as a spice, fruit and even medicine. It has come to spotlight because it known to promote natural weight loss. It is important to understand the nutrition value Garcinia Cambogia has to understand its true benefits.
Garcinia Cambogia Nutrition facts
Rich in Vitamin C : Garcinia Cambogia is a citrus fruit and thus it is rich in vitamin C. Vitamin c is a known to be a great anti-oxidant which can help in preventing and fighting free radical attack on our body. Free radicals are key reasons for some of the most serious diseases including cancer.
Vitamin C is also helpful various other body organs such as heart. It has an anti-inflammatory property which makes it great to prevent and fight arthritis.
Xanthones : Garcinia Cambogia also contains Xanthones which are powerful phytonutrients. Studies have shown that they can play an important part in fighting cancer. mangosteen which belongs to the same family as Garcinia Cambogia, is under extensive study by researches for the same reason.
Hydroxycitric acid : This is the key ingredient which is responsible for weight loss properties of Garcinia Cambogia. HCA as it is commonly known, is known to prevent food cravings and inhibits carbohydrate conversion to fat (fat synthesis). It is because of these properties of HCA present in Garcinia Cambogia that Dr. Oz recommended it’s extract as a weight loss supplement.
Garcinol: Another important constituent of Garcinia Cambogia is Garcinol. It is known to have antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, antiangiogenic, and proapoptotic activities. Its potential as an anti-cancer agent is under research.
Above are some of the key nutrients present in Garcinia Cambogia fruit. Based on the process followed to make Garcinia Cambogia extract, they may or may not be present in it. Garcinia Cambogia has been used in India for medicinal and food purposes.
As with all herbal supplements, the weight loss related benefits of Garcinia Cambogia extract are not well established scientifically, but if we consider the reviews of thousands of users of these extracts which have benefited from it one can of course give it a try.