What is Garcinia Cambogia? Garcinia Cambogia is a small, pumpkin-shaped fruit (the "tamarind" fruit) that grows in Southeast Asia, India, and West and Central Africa. The plant and its fruit have been eaten safely for years. It is tart in flavor, and has long been used in traditional South Asian dishes including curries and chutneys. It makes meals more "filling" and helps weight loss because of Garcinia's appetite-blocking abilities. The ingredient from the rind of the fruit can boost weight loss and burn fat. The natural extract is hydroxycitric acid (HCA), which is standardized to at least 50% HCA for effectiveness, bound with a mineral like potassium to enhance bio-availability, and put in capsule form.
How Does It Work? Garcinia Cambogia's hydroxycitric acid (HCA) extract helps weight loss by doing two things: it helps to block fat, and it suppresses your appetite. HCA blocks fat by inhibiting a key enzyme that your body needs to make fat from carbohydrates: citrate lyase. Usually carbohydrates or sugars that are not used immediately or stored in other forms are converted into fats. When HCA inhibits citrate lyase, the fat-making process is halted and the production of LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides decrease. Instead, Garcinia Cambogia HCA helps turn sugar and carbohydrates into energy, helps burn stored fat into energy, and reduces new body fat. HCA also suppresses appetite by increasing serotonin levels. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter in your brain that makes you feel good. It's a target of many antidepressant medications. Having low levels of serotonin may make you feel depressed or anxious; it drives many people into emotional or reactive eating. By increasing serotonin levels, HCA improves mood and suppresses the drive to react to stressful situations with food. It helps reduce emotional eating. As you eat less, your body senses this and it releases stored fat in your fat cells.