Garcinia Cambogia is a tropical fruit, which is also known as Malabar tamarind. It is a popular weight loss supplement. Mainly this fruit is grown in Southeast Asia and India. The rind of Garcinia Cambogia contains HCA (Hydroxycitric Acid), an active ingredient which helps lose weight. It is not a new product in the market, in some parts of Asia it has been used for cooking purpose since many years though not as a weight losing supplement. It first gained popularity several years ago in the US. From then people all over the world are going crazy over this so called “weight loss miracle drug”.
How does it work?
The HCA (Hydroxycitric Acid) is the active ingredient found in the rind of Garcinia Cambogia. It helps to block the production the production of citrate lyase (an enzyme which our body uses to make fat). Along with that HCA also raises the level of brain chemical serotonin, which makes you feel less hungry.
Like every product has some positive effects and some negative effects, Garcinia Cambogia is no exception. It also has some positive as well as negative effects which every individual should know before using it.
Below are some positive reasons why doctors recommend them:
Positive Effects of Garcinia Cambogia
It has many positive effects like –
Regulate blood sugar
Low cholesterol level
Reduced joint pains
Makes physically active
Improve bowel movement
Amongst all these, here are few positive effects which have been acclaimed the most and are backed by scientific studies.
The most claimed effect of Garcinia Cambogia is weight loss and because of which it is also considered as a miracle cure for obesity. The HCA found in Garcinia Cambogia prevents calories from being stored in our bodies as fats. It blocks the production of citrate lyase enzymes which slows down the metabolism and makes us lazy. It converts calories into glycogen instead of fats and thereby resulting in weight loss.
It is found that apart from weight loss Garcinia Cambogia lowers the appetite of an individual by increasing the production of brain chemical serotonin, which makes an individual feel less hungry.
Low cholesterol level
It helps in maintaining cholesterol level in the body. Cholesterol balance is maintained as it lowers the level of LDL cholesterol, also referred to as bad cholesterol, and raise the level of HDL cholesterol, also referred to as good cholesterol, and thereby resulting in fewer chances of suffering from heart attack, strokes etc.
Negative Effects of Garcinia Cambogia
Some people are of the opinion that they didn’t experience any side effects from it, while others are of different opinion. Some of its side effects are –
It causes skin rashes
Digestive problems like diarrhea, nausea
Weakens immune system
Garcinia Cambogia may interact badly with asthma and allergy medicines, diabetes medication and insulin, pain medication, iron supplement. So before taking Garcinia Cambogia see to it that the above mentioned medications are not being taken along otherwise it may lead to some severe problems. Also avoid buying Garcinia Cambogia formulas or supplement blends, instead look for pure Garcinia Cambogia and HCA extract for better results.