Garcinia Cambogia is a pumpkin-shaped fruit that has recently been catapulted into the spotlight as a weight loss aid. The Garcinia Cambogia tree is mostly grown in parts of Indonesia, India, Asia and Africa. The fruit itself can vary in size from the diameter of an orange to the size of a grapefruit. Colors range to include green, yellow, orange, red and even pink. Garcina Cambogia is referred to by different names such as the tamarind, gambooge, garcinia gumma gutta, brindall berry and asam fruit.
So, why the sudden buzz about Garcinia Cambogia? Dr. Oz can be thanked for the new-found popularity of the fruit and its extract referred to as hydroxycitric acid or HCA. From Garcina Cambogia: The Newest, Fastest Fat-Buster,Oz says, “Revolutionary new research says, it could be the magic ingredient that lets you lose weight without diet or exercise.”
The best part- these benefits are said to come without the annoying and sometimes harmful side effects that many experience with other weight-loss supplements. Users have reported feeling fuller after meals. Many have also reported losing weight, particularly in the belly area without headaches or the jittery feeling that they have come to expect with weight loss supplements. The fruit has been eaten and used in cooking for many years and is regarded as safe for consumption in many cultures.
If weight loss isn’t enough, Garcinia Cambogia is also said to increase Serotonin production which can help improve sleep, stabilize mood and curb emotional eating and sugar cravings.
As with all supplements, a person should consult with their doctor before using Garcinia Cambogia. Pregnant and nursing women are advised against its use. Those with diabetes, Alzheimer’s and dementia and those taking cholesterol medication are at a higher risk for medical problems and should speak to their doctor about the risks before using it.