Garcinia gummi-gutta is a tropical species of Garcinia native to South Asia and Southeast Asia.Common names include Garcinia cambogia (a former scientific name), as well as brindle berry, and Malabar tamarind. The fruit looks like a small pumpkin and is green to pale yellow in color.
The fruit rind contains a chemical called hydroxycitric acid (HCA).
HCA used in dietary supplements usually comes from garcinia. It might prevent fat storage, control appetite, and increase exercise endurance.
Among the conditions people use it for are diabetes, cancer, ulcers, diarrhea, and constipation.
– Can Cause Modest Weight Loss
Many high-quality human studies have tested the weight loss effects of garcinia cambogia.
What’s more, most of them indicate that the supplement can cause a small amount of weight loss. Garcinia cambogia can increase the levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin, a feel-good messenger in your body. This may enhance your mood and reduce stress-related eating
– May Block Fat Production and Reduce Belly Fat
The main reason for these effects may be that garcinia cambogia inhibits an enzyme called citrate lyase, which plays an important role in the production of fat.
By inhibiting citrate lyase, garcinia cambogia is thought to slow or block fat production in the body. This may reduce blood fats and lower the risk of weight gain — two major disease risk factors.
Additionally, garcinia cambogia could boost your digestive system. Animal studies suggest that it helps protect against stomach ulcers and reduce damage to the inner lining of your digestive tract.
Side effects of Garcinia
People have also reported some side effects of using garcinia cambogia. The most common ones are;
– Digestive symptoms
– Skin rashes
Garcinia cambogia is available in capsules, tablets, powders, and liquids. Capsules should be taken on an empty stomach, 30 minutes to an hour before a meal.
Written by: Oreoluwa Hassan