There are varieties of weight loss products in the market and one cannot say for sure that each one of them is genuine. Many of them have adverse effects of increasing your blood pressure during the action of reducing your weight. Some of these products are made from artificial components that can cause various health problems in future. However people are obviously looking for reliable weight loss solution.
Only few of the weight loss products have its origin from plant or trees. Some of them are acai berry, raspberry ketones and some kinds of berry varieties. These products are well established to possess natural health benefits apart from reducing weight. Presence of some ingredients in the natural plants has created increased demand from the side of customers. One such effective natural fruit for weight loss is Garcinia Cambogia.
What is GCA?
This plant family is grown in subtropical regions of India and Indonesia. It has several names in various districts it is cultivated. In Karnataka they call this fruit as uppage huli, in Kerala they describe it as Kodumpuli and in Tamilnadu it is well known as Kodukkapuli. All these names indicates a variety of tamarind in the respective language since GCA has a sour taste and used extensively for making curries. It is also called as Malabar tamarind in some parts of India.
The fruit belongs to the family of Guttiferae and is popularly known as Cambooge. The fruit of this plant resembles small pumpkin having yellow color. In recent times this fruit has received huge attention from the public owing to the presence of hydroxycitric acid which is believed to burn the fatty cells thus contributing for weight loss.
Shape and size
Garcinia fruit looks very much like pumpkin or big orange fruit. The fruit has deep vertical lobes with thin skin which serves as the upper layer (non edible). The size of the fruit can range anywhere from the size of big orange to small pumpkin variety. The color of the fruit is often yellowish but there are fruits with different colors like red or dark brown. The color and the size of the fruit vary considerably with the area in which it is cultivated.
The dried fruits take dark brown or black color when it is kept in broad sunlight for several days. During the process of its preparation the fruits are allowed to dry and cured thus making it ready for storage. This souring fruit is largely used as a substitute for tamarind in making delicious recipes in South India. The rind of the fruit and its extracts are widely used in Kerala for making traditional curries that also makes one filled after eating.
In Ayurveda this fruit and its pulp is mentioned as good activating agents for digestion. The souring taste is due to the presence of hydroxycitric acid HCA facilitates easy digestion and absorption in the bloodstream. Ancient people used this Garcinia Cambogia extract not for weight-loss but for staying energetic and active. In some anecdotes this fruit was used by people for suppressing the hunger during the times of food shortage.
The active ingredients of this fruit boost the body metabolism thus burning more of stored up fatty cells. When more of fats are burned effectively, there will be considerable weight loss. And this again is used as appetite suppressor and one may not be tempted to eat as before. This in turn will decrease your weight further.
The first study on the benefits of this great fruit was done in 1998 on rats. The rats that are injected with HCA were found to reduce weight by burning more of fats. Later in 2005 a study was conducted on obese rats which were found with testes toxicity. Further in 2008 the product extract was tested on humans produce positive results as well. It has quenched the fear factor and concerns of using GCA giving it a clean label. Lastly in 2012 the report was published in the critical reviews of FSN (Food Science & Nutrition) which indicated that the usage of this product in recommended doses are safe and absolutely with Garcinia Cambogia side effects. However further study is going on now for predicting the effect of long-term usage.
How to get the best result?
For getting effective results, you need to take this natural supplement along with diet. Doing regular exercises can further boost the body mechanism which in turn helps in shedding more kilos. Taking the capsule alone will not suffice for getting short term benefit. You need to combine this fruit extract with balanced diet and exercise regimen for reaching the desired target.
For knowing the right dosage of this extract you have to consult your doctor. Pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers and diabetic people should be cautious in taking this product. Though there is no evidence that the intake of this product produce adverse results on pregnant women, still it is safe to stay away from diet supplement during this period.
Garcinia Cambogia for weight loss is already used by many people who have successfully achieved the desired weight.