Garcinia Cambogia is a small pumpkin shaped citrus fruit with a greenish yellow color. It is native to Indonesia but also grows in India, Malaysia, West Africa and Southeast Asia. It is also known as Tamarind fruit, Malabar Tamarind, Brindal Berry, Virkshmal, Garcinia, Gummi-gutta and Kankusta.
An extract from the citrus fruit HCA (hydroxycitric acid) has for centuries been used for cooking, treating various health problems, flavoring chutneys and curries and recently as a weight loss supplement.
Recent studies have also concluded that the plant has other beneficial components such as calcium and potassium which confirm the many health benefits credited to it previously.
Here are five main benefits of Benefits of Garcinia Cambogia:
1. Helps in weight loss
Studies show that the citrus fruit contains HCA (Hydroxycitric acid) which helps in weight loss in 2 main ways.
The first one is by halting/inhibiting Citrate Lyase which the body uses to convert sugars and carbohydrates into fat. So if you take the fruit, instead of the body converting carbohydrates and sugar into fat, it converts them into energy.
The inhibited fat producing process may also reduce the existing fat cells hence making you leaner. Additionally when there is less fat in the body, your body usually responds by burning the existing fats first which also plays a role in reducing your weight.
The 2nd way that Garcinia Cambogia enhances weight loss is by enhancing serotonin levels in your brain. Serotonin is commonly referred to as a “feel good” brain hormone and it acts as a natural craving and appetite suppressant. The hormone helps block your appetite by triggering a feeling of fullness and satisfaction.
So as you consume less food, the body starts to burn the existing fat stored in the body. This typically means that consuming the fruit extract promotes controlled eating habits while still inhibiting the fat producing process which results in considerable weight loss.
2. Boosts Metabolism
Another main benefit of Garcinia Cambogia is the ability to boost your metabolism. The process (metabolism) is typically a constant sequence of reactions that keep your body in a continuous state of imbalance.
Hydroxycitric acid aids in balancing these chemical reactions hence making the process more effective and efficient.
3. Reduces cholesterol levels in the body
Recent research shows that the HCA in Garcinia Cambogia helps reduce high cholesterol levels in the body by minimizing production of bad cholesterol known as LDL and triglycerides.
So taking the extract about 30 minutes before a meal twice per day may help you lower your cholesterol levels significantly.
4. Reduces anxiety and depression
As mentioned earlier, the hydroxycitric acid in the fruit increases serotonin levels in your brain. By enhancing this “feel good” hormone in your brain the acid acts as a natural mood enhancer. Research shows that insufficient levels of serotonin can cause sleep disorders, depression and anxiety.
This means that most antidepressants contain serotonin enhancers to make users feel emotionally and mentally stable, focused, less anxious and energetic. So Garcinia Cambogia can act as a simple and natural remedy for depression and anxiety.
5. Enhances Immune Function
Garcinia Cambogia also improves your immune system’s functioning. Research indicates that the fruit can enhance your body’s reactions to disease and infections.
This is mainly because of the high concentrations of vitamin C in the fruit. Garcinia Cambogia also shortens durations of illnesses like common cold and flu.