Garcinia Cambogia For Weight Loss ( Myths & Facts)

We’ve been receiving a number of questions regarding the supplement, Garcinia Cambogia. This supplement is being marketed as a miracle weight loss medicine. I’m sure a number of you are curious to find out more about Garcinia Cambogia, it’s benefits and side effects and does it really help with weight loss.

What is Garcinia Cambogia ?

  • Garcinia Cambogia is being marketed as a popular weight loss supplement
  • It is derived from a fruit of the same name also called Malabar Tamarind. It is a small, pumpkin shaped, yellow or greenish fruit
  • Peel of this fruit contains high amounts of hydroxycitric acid which is also suppose to be the source of it’s weight loss properties
  • This fruit is very sour which means that it is not eaten fresh but rather used in cooking

Other Names of Garcinia Cambogia

  • Gambooge
  • Goraka in hindi
  • Uppage in kannada
  • Malabaru chinta in telugu
  • Garcinia gummi-gutta
  • Malabar tamarind
  • Pot tamarind
  • Brindle berry
  • Red mango

Different ways of consuming

  • Dried and smoked
  • Used in paste form
  • Also used in powder form
  • Used as spices in curries
  • Also used in drinks and juices

Benefits of including in diet

  • Used in ayurveda to pacify vata and kapha doshas
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Manages blood sugar levels in the body
  • Improves overall metabolism
  • Improves digestion
  • Flushes out toxins
  • Clears toxic buildup in the oral cavity
  • Purifies the blood and cleans the fat tissue

Nutritional value of 100 grams Garcinia Cambogia

  • Carbs:17.2 grams
  • Fat:0.5 grams
  • Proteins:2.3 grams
  • Fiber:12.4 grams
  • Iron:15.14 miligrams
  • Calcium:250 miligrams
  • Oxalic acid:18.1 miligrams
  • High in phytochemical content including hydroxycitric acid and other compounds like polyphenols, luteolin and kaempferol

Hydroxycitric Acid

  • Also known as HCA
  • This enzyme is found in the skin of the fruit
  • This enzyme is the one which stops sugar from turning into fat

Benefits of Hydroxycitric Acid in Weight Loss

  • Inhibits enzymes that help the body store fats
  • Reduces stress by increasing levels of serotonin
  • Helps regulate blood sugar
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Manages levels of leptin
  • Suppress appetite

Use in Indian Cuisines for

  • Better taste in curries
  • Boost immunity and digestion
  • Improved health of digestive system
  • Manage BP and cholesterol
  • Manage diabetes
  • Reduces inflammation in the body

Side effects of Garcinia Cambogia

  • Excess may lead to digestive problems
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Skin rash
  • Dryness in mouth
  • Heavy feeling

Weight loss gains?

  • On average, studies show that Garcinia Cambogia can cause a small amount of weight loss
  • On average, weight loss of about 0.8 kgs has been seen over 10-12 weeks
  • However, there can be a number of other reasons for losing that amount of weight as well
  • Several other studies have not found any weight loss advantage
  • As you can see, the response to Garcinia Cambogia for it’s weight loss properties is very mixed
  • The supplements can at best produce modest weight loss is some people but it’s effectiveness is not at all guaranteed

Conclusion

  • Garcinia Cambogia is not a miracle supplement for weight loss
  • It is however an healthy fruit which you can include in your diet
  • It is recommended to be consumed in it’s natural form
  • However, it should be consumed be moderate quantity

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