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16- Mar-2017

20 Things you don’t know about Garcinia Cambogia*

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People currently consume many weight loss supplements. One of the few that deserves more reviews and attention is the extract of the Garcinia Cambogia. Some other fruits including the Garcinia Mangosteen also belong to the same species. Garcinia cambogia is also known as ‘Goroka’ or ‘kuttcha puli’ in southern India.

After consulting numerous reviews and studies, the top 20 important aspects of this wonder fruit that we should know are being presented here:

  1. Garcinia Cambogia is a tropical fruit grown in India, Indonesia and some other South East Asian countries. It is the size of an orange but looks similar to a pumpkin. This green to yellow coloured fruit is sour to taste.
  2. In India, the fruit is used commercially for fish curing (to increase the shelf life of fish) with the rind of the dried fruit rind being used as a condiment for many curries. Food preparations are also made using this fruit in countries such as Thailand and Japan.
  3. Recently, theextract of Garcinia Cambogia has gained importance after reviews started highlighting it for weight loss. The extractis also beneficial in many other ways for our health and general well-being.
  4. The active ingredient of Garcinia Cambogia, which makes it appealing for weight loss and other health purposes, is Hydroxycitric acid(HCA). HCA, a key ingredient of Garcinia cambogia, in reviews andstudies, has proven that more than 50% of HCA concentration is helpful in the weight loss process.
  5. HCA is a competitive inhibitor of ATP citrate lyase, an enzyme that is important for the conversion of carbohydrate to fat in our body. Thus,reviews suggest that HCA prevents the excess storage of fat in the body.
  6. HCA, the active ingredient of the extract of Garcinia Cambogia, is also known to suppress appetite. It increases the level of hormone serotonin in the body. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that influences mood, appetite, sexual desire and social behaviour. With increased levels of this hormone, metabolism increases while appetite decreases. Low serotonin levels are linked to depression and anxiety, which is a usually a key reason for binge eating.
  7. Due to these two important functions of HCA, Garcinia Cambogia pills are now widely used for achieving weight loss and appetite control. Various reviews of studies conducted in Japan and India show around 5 – 8 % reduction in body weight and in body fat just in 8 weeks with the use of weight loss pills containing Garcinia Cambogia. Therefore, the formulating of weight loss pills or capsules containing active extract of this fruit is hailed as among the most exciting breakthroughs in natural weight loss to date.
  8. BestSource Nutrition’s Garcinia Cambogia extract capsules, containing 60% HCA, are very effective as a supplement to gain a healthy lifestyle. These pills have all natural ingredients and are free from fillers. Thus, they contain complete appetite control and weight loss benefits of this fruit in readily usable form as pills. A maximum dose of 1.5g/day of HCA is recommended to derive all the health benefits of the fruit extract.
  9. Reviews suggest HCA might also increase how long untrained women canexercise. Thus, the action of HCA increases exercise endurance, aiding in further weight loss.
  10. HCA increases the metabolic rate of the body due to its effect on hormones in the body. Thus it increases the energy level for daily activities.
  11. Apart from its use as a food preparation, extracts of GarciniaCambogia fruit have been used from ancient times to cure dysentery caused due to intestinal worms and also for the treatment of bilious digestive condition.
  12. HCA in Garcinia Cambogia extract reduces lipid or cholesterol synthesis in the body. It helps to reduce the bad cholesterol (LDL) and increases the good cholesterol (HDL), and thus aids in maintaining a balanced lipid profile. Since the triglyceride content of blood reduced, the atherosclerosis (hardening of blood vessels), heart ailments and stroke are prevented. Reviews from certain research studies suggest that the mechanism of action involves reducing the activities of lipid synthesizing enzymes and increasing the rate of degradation of cholesterol.
  13. Another important ingredient of the extract is garcinol, an antioxidant that reduces oxidative damage to cells in the body.
  14. Reviews of research on mice suggest that glucose metabolism is improved by lowering the insulin levels. HCA delays intestinal glucose absorption and helps maintain blood sugar levels. Thus, pills with HCA extract greatly help diabetics.
  15. Garcinia Combogia extract also containspolyphenols such as xanthones that act as antioxidants to lower inflammation and promote cell growth.
  16. Garcinia cambogia extract increases the red blood cell count of blood. The extract is rich in iron, which helps in the formation of RBC (erythropoiesis). The antioxidant activity of HCA pills also increases the life span of RBCs. Also, the high content of bioflavonoids in this fruit increases the level of testosterone, which stimulates RBC formation in the body.
  17. HCA reduces the stress hormone cortisol in the body, thus lowering anxiety levels. People with high daily stress should consume this fruit extract to gain a balanced appetite and to prevent binge eating, that high cortisol levels trigger.
  18. The varied health benefits of this small fruit help to boost the immune system and prevent the onset of various diseases.
  19. The appropriate dose of HCA weight loss pills depends on several factors including age; gender; lifestyle;and presence of diseases such as diabetes, blood pressure, insomnia, etc. Excessive intake beyond the recommended amounts of HCA can lead to certain side effects like gastrointestinal disorders, mood swings and headache.
  20. Finally,based on reviews and all the points considered above, Garcinia Cambogia extract is a natural weight loss product that we can consider adding to our diets.

Natural Garcinia Cambogia extract capsule naturally support positive changes in our daily lifestyle like increasing activity and endurance for engaging in regular exercises, positively affecting the mood and energy level, and maintaining appetite to balance of quality and quantity of food intake. Therefore, the reviews on this product’s multifarious uses make it the right choice for inclusion in our daily supplements.

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