Many people struggle with weight loss for a variety of reasons. A sedentary lifestyle, certain health problems, changes in hormonal balance and irregular sleep patterns can all contribute to stubborn, unwanted weight gain. And there always seems to be some new trendy diet or miracle supplement promising to melt the pounds away. That’s the basic story behind garcinia cambogia’s rise to infamy a few years ago. When a famous doctor and health guru made sensational claims about the weight-loss potential in garcinia cambogia on his popular television show, he raised the hopes of millions of dieting viewers. While the truth is that garcinia cambogia has shown promise as a useful short-term aide for some on their reduction journey, the hype was quite exaggerated3.
English Name: Garcinia cambogia
Latin Name: Piper methysticum
What is Garcinia?
Garcinia cambogia is the former scientific name of a tree native to India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and parts of Africa. The more current name for both the tree and its fruit is garcinia gummi-gutta, though it is sometimes known as Malabar tamarind, red mango or brindal berry.
The fruit is the part of the plant most useful for homeopathic purposes, and they range in size from that of a large tomato to that of a grapefruit. The garcinia cambogia fruit resembles a small pumpkin in its multi-lobed shape, but it is not typically orange. Most are green, yellow or red, and they are a commonly used in Indian cooking to flavor curry dishes4. Ayurvedic medicine has long recognized the digestive benefits of garcinia cambogia, employing it against intestinal disturbances and rheumatism1.
How does it work?
The rind of the garcinia cambogia fruit contains a high amount of a substance called hydroxycitric acid, aka HCA, that is thought to help block the production of an enzyme your body needs to store fat. Scientists also think HCA may boost serotonin levels in the brain, lifting your overall mood – which may help curb certain behaviors counter to weight loss, like stress eating2.
What are its benefits?
The HCA extracted from the garcinia cambogia fruit has shown promise in helping some study participants lose weight, at least in the short term, but its long-term benefits are still unclear2. Another benefit that has potential for diabetic patients is the influence garcinia can have on glucose and insulin levels. There’s no clear evidence that the supplement can control diabetes or diabetic symptoms, but the connection is worth more study. There is also some evidence that garcinia can improve cholesterol levels, lowering triglycerides and raising HDL (“good”) numbers in some people2.
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The content provided is for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice. If you have a health condition, please consult a medical professional and do not use this information to self-diagnose or self-treat.References:1. "Garcinia Cambogia." National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. September 24, 2017. Accessed August 13, 2018. https://nccih.nih.gov/health/garcinia
2. "Garcinia Cambogia: Safe for Weight Loss?" WebMD. Accessed August 13, 2018.
3. Hall, Harriet. "Garcinia Probably Works But Is Far From a Weight Loss Miracle." Science-Based Medicine. January 05, 2016. Accessed August 13, 2018. https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/garcinia-probably-works-but-is-far-from-a-weight-loss-miracle/.
4. Morris, Susan York. "29 Things You Didn't Know About Garcinia Cambogia." Healthline. March 23, 2015. Accessed August 13, 2018. https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/things-you-didnt-know-about-garcinia-cambogia#1.
Reviewed by Master Herbalist, Mary Ellen Kosanke