One of the most commonly heard fruit name in the topics concerning weight loss is the Garcinia Cambogia which is more popular by its name Gambooge. This particular fruit is from the plant species Garcinia which can be found in Indonesia. The fruit of this plant resembles to a small pumpkin and its colour varies from being either greenish, yellowish, and sometimes even reddish. The tree can be found mostly in the forest with moist temperature. The size of its fruit can vary from being of the size of an orange up to the size of grapefruit. This tree came from the family where the mangosteen originated.
Garcinia Cambogia has many uses. It is mainly being used in different Southeast Asian regions for cooking, mainly for preparation of different curries in India. The main part of the fruit that is being used is the skin although there are some people who use its main fruit by drying it thru exposure to the sun and there are also people mainly from Southern part of India who make use of the main fruit’s antibacterial properties by using it in fish preservation which is one of the people’s main source of income in that area.
The Garcinia Cambogia extract on the other hand, is one of the most commonly used ingredients found in energy products, weight loss herbal products and appetite suppressants which aids in a person’s need for losing weight. HCA or Hydroxycitric acid is the fruit’s main active ingredient which is known to give its user assistance in suppressing its appetite and at the same time aids in the reduction of our body’s capability of forming fatty tissues. The different supplements that contains Garcinia Cambogia extract comes in different formulas such as tablet, powder, snack bars, extracts and capsules.
The skin of the fruit can also be used as an astringent which is being used by some Asian countries to treat different kinds of illnesses such as ulcers, both duodenal and gastric, dysentery as well as diarrhoea. One of the fruit’s main ingredient which is Garcinol, aids in lowering the level of acidity in the user’s stomach while at the same time protecting its gastric mucosa in the process.
One of the reasons why people choose to use products with this ingredient is that it doesn’t have any edgy effect on the user’s brain which is one of the complaints received on other supplements that contain coffee extracts which is also commonly used in slimming supplements.
According to some studies conducted on the effects that Garcinia Cambogia extract has on people who are using it is that it provides its user with more than enough energy making the body interconnect with the brain that it is not yet hungry. Since this main ingredient is plant-based, it can be considered as one of the safest in the market.
However, it should still be used in the right amount and should not be over used as there are some reports made that when a person overdosed from it can actually cause him to having an illness related to the liver known as liver toxicity or hepatotoxicity.