Garcinia cambogia is an extract from a certain native fruit to India and South East Asia known as malaban tamarind. This fruit looks like a small green pumpkin and people have used it for Asian dishes because of its sour flavor. Apart from using it as a souring agent, some people have used it to correct bowel problems, as a food preservation, coloring agent, curing agent, and for prevention or expulsion of excess gas formed in the gastrointestinal tract. For many people, Garcinia cambogia is mostly known to them for weight loss, as it contains an active ingredient, hydroxycitric acid, (HCA) which helps in losing weight.
How does Garcinia Cambogia work?
Majorly, Garcinia Cambogia is known to help lose weight in two major ways. Through blocking the enzyme responsible for the conversion of sugar and carbs into fats and suppression of appetite. The HCA works by blocking an enzyme in the liver known as citrate lyase which is responsible for fat formation in the body. This way, instead of fat cells storing fats, they direct the carbs and sugar to energy stores where they are burned off. Since the body will be processing less fat with less stress, your body will also have less of cortisol which is known for belly fat formation, and hence you will not have fat accumulating in your tummy.
Benefits of Garcinia cambogia
It may be of benefit for diabetes patients particularly type 2. Taking Garcinia cambogia enables your body to use glucose. This is the sugar that your cells require for energy. Therefore this lowers insulin levels according to a study carried out on mice. This property makes it beneficial for diabetes patients. It is important that the patient remembers that taking this extract together with another medication for controlling blood sugar, may take your glucose to very low levels which could be dangerous.
Garcinia cambogia can also be used to improve your cholesterol levels. It does this by lowering LDL and triglycerides and boosting the levels of the good’ cholesterol, (HDL). It is, however, advisable for patients not to take this extract if they are on another prescription for improving cholesterol levels.
Adds sour flavor to food, can be used for food coloring and preservation too.
Possible side effects of taking garcinia Cambogia
- Some people have reported headaches, stomach upsets, diarrhea, dizziness, and dry mouth as some of the things they have experienced after taking a particular brand of this extract.
- Skin rash that comes after some few days of using it, which have also been linked to the same brand.
- Fatty stools have been experienced by some people who feel that even if there is no medical attention needed, it is uncomfortable for them.
- Sleepless nights for other people which can be associated with the body having a lot of energy. The body produces a lot of energy from the fat breakdown and so sleeping naturally for the body becomes an issue. The solution to this is exercising so that the body can use the excess energy.