Garcinia Cambogia Acts As An Appetite Suppressant

Published:July 31st, 2010

Garcinia Cambogia is also called brindle berry, Malabar tamarind or magosteen oil tree. It grows in India and South East Asia. It is an evergreen tree with yellow fruit resembling small pumpkins. It is from the same family as mangosteens. Garcinia cambogia has a distinctive sour sweet taste and its active constituent is Hydroxycitric acid or HCA.

HCA is responsible for the weight loss properties that are due to the appetite suppression effect and the capacity of reducing formation of adipose tissue. Garcinia cambgia can inhibit the body’s capacity of turning carbohydrates into fats. The result is more glycogen in the liver, which in turn signals the brain an early satiety sensation. Garcinia cambogia can inhibit the vagus nerve stimulation, acting as an efficient appetite suppressor.

A Japanese study on laboratory animals indicated that use of HCA during exercise sessions can promote fat burning. HCA reduces blood lipid levels and blood cholesterol. HCA works by inhibiting an enzyme called citrate lyase, which is responsible for turning excess carbohydrates into fat. Once this enzyme is inhibited, carbohydrate oxidation is boosted. The metabolism of carbohydrates is diverted towards production of glycogen in the liver. When HCA builds up in your system, you can easily maintain your ideal weight.

Garcinia has been used in the past to treat gastric ulcers. Garcinol is one of the plant’s constituents that can lower acidity in the stomach, protecting the gastric mucosa.

The appetite suppressant effect of Garcinia cambogia inhibits acid secretion, which is an important factor in formation of ulcer.

The HCA present in the fruit rind works similarly to the active principle mangostin, which is a xanthone present in a related species, Garcinia mangostana.

Recently it was assumed that Garcinia cambogia can protect the liver against toxins such as alcohol. Liver cells are protected against becoming fibrotic and cell damage caused by high blood lipid levels was stopped.


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