Garcinia Cambogia is a fruit which resembles a pumpkin and found commonly in India, Southern Indonesia, West Africa and other Asian countries. It is also known as ‘Malabar tamarind’. The fruit is not edible but is used to spice curries in Indian cuisine. It also has the ability to suppress appetite. The rind of the garcinia cambogia fruit is used for medicinal purposes. It must not be mistaken for gamboge resin or garcinia hanburyi.
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How is Garcinia Cambogia Extract made?
Hydroxycitric acid (HCA) is the key health benefiting chemical in garcinia cambogia. It contains calcium salt. Garcinia Cambogia extract (GCE) is the calcium salt from HCA and is extracted from the rind of the fruit. It is non-toxic, odorless and tasteless powder which is an effective herbal supplement to control cholesterol and obesity levels.
Apart from using it in curries, garcinia cambogia is used for making chutneys and to cure and preserve fish. The fruit is simply added to various dishes to make meals more filling. In some Malaysian villages, garcinia cambogia is used to make soups to drink before meals. This then acts as an appetite blocker and people may eat less of the main meal, therefore helping with weight loss.
Apart from using the fruit in food, garcinia cambogia extract is used to make herbal supplements using the fruit rind.
Difference between Garcinia Cambogia and Green Coffee
Both garcinia cambogia extract and green coffee extract are powerful weight loss tools. There are some differences between the two. Garcinia cambogia extract is got from the fruit and green coffee extract from the coffee beans before roasting. Garcinia cambogia contains hydroxycitric acid, phosphoric acid and tartaric acid. Green coffee contains antioxidants and chlorogenic acid. Garcinia cambogia is an appetite suppressant and fat burner. It increases levels of serotonin in the body and improves metabolism. Green coffee balances levels of blood sugar levels, reduces fat and increases energy levels.
Benefits of Garcinia Cambogia Extract
Ongoing research suggests that garcinia cambogia may control appetite and prevent fat deposits. When there is excess carbohydrates and sugars in the blood, the unused amounts are stored as fat.
Hydroxycitric acid content in garcinia cambogia extract (GCE) can prevent deposit of fats and suppress appetite. It is able to inhibit the production of citrate lyase – an enzyme – that turns excess carbohydrates to fat. Citrate lyase burns fats naturally. Along with the ability of HCA to control moods, garcinia cambogia is being touted as a powerful tool for weight loss purposes. Sometimes people overeat when they are stressed and emotional. Garcinia cambogia is said to help such emotional eaters since it can increase serotonin levels and balance moods, thereby improving sleep patterns and reducing stress. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter which is said to help control appetite and reduce stress. Studies have related Serotonin with various eating disorders such as binge eating, etc. People with eating disorders have shown alterations in serotonin activity.
Garcinia cambogia supplements may help in treating parasites and worms, severe diarrhea, help clear the bowels and other conditions.
Is garcinia cambogia effecttive?
The answer is not as straight forward. But this is true with almost every herbal supplements. Leave aside herbal supplements it is true with almost every modern medicine. Not all medicines work on all patients effectively, on some they do not work at all.
Based on our analysis of hundreds of reviews of users of GCE, the extract if of good quality seems to work. The effect is not same on all users. Some lose more weight and other only a few pounds.
Garcinia cambogia Toxicology
Studies have shown that there are no apparent side effects of GCE is taken in reasonable quantity. There is no evidence ofdrug interaction too. This seems logical too, as it has been part of Asian diet for a long period of time.
How to take garcinia cambogia
Garcinia cambogia extract is made into supplements and taken for various purposes. A good supplement must contain at least 50% Hydroxycitric acid. The appropriate dosage depends on the health and age of the user. There is no scientific evidence on the actual dosage of garcinia cambogia for any condition. Always speak to a doctor before using this product.
Garcinia Cambogia extract can be purchased online or at health food stores. When choosing a supplement look for a GCE or garcinia cambogia label. While there is no recommended dosage, for general weight loss, 3000mg per day in divided doses is suggested.