If the most effective weight loss products are listed, Garcinia Cambogia will be in the top 5. The small, pumpkin shaped sour fruit is making “a breakthrough in natural weight loss“.
2011 issue of the “Journal of Obesity,” Garcinia cambogia extracts containing hydroxycitric acid may produce small, but significant, short-term weight loss.
Although the fruit is most known for weight loss supplement, there are other additional rewards to health from using Garcinia Cambogia extract, few of which are listed below:
7 Amazing Benefits of Garcinia Cambogia Extract
1. Controls Hunger:
The main active component in Garcinia Cambogia is hydroxycitric acid, which has the ability to control hunger by suppressing unnecessary appetite.
Hydroxycitric acid increases serotonin level in the body, which in turn controls appetite in emotional eaters i.e. people who eat when upset or depressed.
Increased serotonin in blood, also keeps sugar-craving at bay, therefore there will be less intake of sugary food.
2. Raises Metabolism:
One of Garcinia Cambogia’s most amazing function is that it heightens metabolism. Metabolism is the chemical processes that occur within our body to maintain life, and uses energy from food.
HCA enhances and balances all the reactions of metabolism so, when metabolism is increased, the carbohydrates in food is used up, to provide energy rather than being stored as fat (1).
And when the need of energy is more than the amount of food taken in, it resorts to the fat stores of the body, thus reducing the body weight.
3. Inhibits Fat:
An enzyme named ATP citrate-lyase is responsible for the conversion of surfeit carbohydrates from food to fats, mostly in places like around the wait, thighs, hips, buttocks and arms (2).
HCA does the inhibition of this fat storing process by reducing the activity of ATP citrate-lyase through increased metabolism.
4. Control Blood Cholesterol:
HCA helps reducing the amount of lipids in the blood, and lowers the production of low-density lipoprotein which is bad for blood vessels (3).
It also increases production of high-density lipoprotein. So, there is the reduction in blood cholesterol and safety from the risk of cholesterol related heart diseases.
5. Lowers Blood Pressure:
Since HCA keeps the cholesterol level under control, that in turn lowers the blood pressure and maintains a normal level.
Blood pressure effects mood, heart, and overall life and health. Moreover, the risk of heart attack and stroke is significantly reduced (4).
6. Enhances Immunity:
It has been found from studies that intake of Garcinia Cambogia contributed to enhancing the body’s natural protection against illness i.e. immunity; owing to the Vit-C rich content of the fruit.
Regular intake of the supplement can help sickness like flu, sore throats and common cold, be short spanned. It also acts in keeping away bowel and liver problems.
7. Keeps You Happy:
People eat a lot when they are sad, depressed or emotionally stressed and as a result gain weight. The HCA in Garcinia Cambogia acts as a mood uplifter by stimulating increase of serotonin.
And serotonin is the one to regulate mood and facilitate better sleep. There are many antidepressants which copy the serotonin’s method of regulating mood.
Thus, Garcinia Cambogia keeps mood up, and people do not need food to cope with depression.
From very early times, Garcinia Cambogia has also been used as flavorful pickle or condiment in curries, regardless of its health benefits, which secretly contributed to the good health and high quality life of early people.
is a registered dietitian with over 10 years of experience in the field of nutrition. She has a Master’s degree in Nutritional Science from Dhaka University and has worked with various clients to help them achieve their health goals through personalized diet plans. Mounota is passionate about educating people on the benefits of a healthy diet and lifestyle and has written extensively on the subject for various publications.