Is Garcinia Cambogia Good for Weight Loss?
Garcinia cambogia is one of the herbs that has recently gained its popularity because of its action on the metabolism of fats in the body. However, there are numerous other health benefiting properties of Garcinia cambogia. So let’s understand this herb in detail.
Garcinia cambogia is a tropical plant that belongs to the family Guttiferae (Clusiaceae), which includes more than 200 species. Its fruit is like Pumpkin and green to yellow in color. It is mostly found in Southeast Asia, India, and Africa.
Garcinia cambogia is also known as Garcinia gummi-gutta, Malabar tamarind, Goraka, Kattcha puli (souring fruit) or Uppage.
The active ingredient in the fruit is Hydroxycitric acid or HCA which helps to boost the immune system, increase fat metabolism and reduce appetite. HCA is known to block an enzyme called as Citrate lyase, which your body uses to make fats. It is also known to elevate the brain Serotonin levels which helps to reduce hunger.
Nutritional facts of Garcinia cambogia:
Garcinia cambogia is rich in Vitamin C, Hydroxycitric acid (HCA), numerous phytonutrients and anti-oxidants such as Xanthones and Garcinol.
The fruit is mainly used in cooking; especially in making curries and enhancing the food’s flavor. The fruit rind or peel is sour in taste and is used to preserve food and aid digestion. The plant resin is used as a pigment for paintings and watercolors, and the gum is used as a varnish.
Moreover, there are various health benefits of Garcinia cambogia:
- Reduces appetite or desire to eat less than usual:
Garcinia fruit has a component called HCA, which helps to increase the brain Serotonin levels. Research suggests that HCA helps to lower down the appetite.1 Increased brain Serotonin is associated with happy, calm feelings and increases satiety. Thus, it helps to control overeating due to negative emotions.
- Enhances the Metabolism of Fats:
A double-blind study suggests that Garcinia cambogia helps to improve fat metabolism and thus, may aid in reducing the visceral and total fats.2
- Helps in regulating Cholesterol and Triglycerides:
The study reveals natural hypolipidemic properties of garcinia cambogia.3
- Protects against Blood Sugar:
Research suggests that Garcinia cambogia helps to improve glucose metabolism and exhibit leptin-like activity.4
- Enhances Mood and Provides Energetic Feeling:
HCA in the Garcinia cambogia fruit helps to improve the mood, let the person stay happy and energetic.
- Increases Concentration
- Reduces Craving for Unhealthy Foods
- Improves Bowel Movements
- Reduces Joint Pains
- Anti-oxidant properties help to protect Liver, Heart, and Kidneys
- Boosts Immune System
We, at Biogetica, aim to provide solutions that work holistically. We research all the possible ingredients and combine the best so that they work synergistically to help bring the body back to balance.
To make the most of this amazingly beneficial ingredient with numerous clinically verified therapeutic properties, we’ve included this natural extract in several of our protocols that help support the functioning of various systems of your body. Some of them include:
Dr Khyati Dave is a licensed Homeopathy Physician and Nutritional Consultant. With Biogetica, she has witnessed many patients, who had otherwise given up hope, heal faster supplemented by our natural methods. She considers consulting Biogetica patients her primary responsibility and honour. She often writes about nutrition, natural treatment methods and diet. Her mission is to apply her medical talents to help each patient heal faster and do her best to give the immunity of patients with so called ‘incurable’ diseases a fighting chance.