Garcinia Cambogia, also known as garcinia gummi-gutta, is a tropical fruit grown throughout south-Asia. This tiny, green-colored humble fruit has been receiving a lot of attention from health freaks in the West.
Garcinia Cambogia’s natural weight losing properties have been in focus, ever since Dr. Oz popularized it as the ‘newest, fastest fat buster.’ In reality, Dr. Oz’s claims have not been proved by any scientific evidence till date. The Indians use it as an instrument of digestion, as the sour flavor is said to complement digestive juices.
The ‘magic’ ingredient in Garcinia Cambogia is hydroxycitric acid, which is supposed to inhibit an enzyme called citrate lyase, which is instrumental in producing fatty acids from excess carbohydrates. It also causes loss of appetite by increasing the level of serotonin in the body, as low serotonin content is clinically associated with depression and anxiety eating.
This trend set off with Dr. Oz, the U.S. television doctor extraordinaire pushing it as being the ‘most exciting breakthrough in natural weight loss.”
The Garcinia Cambogia extract is supposed to reduce fat in the belly, lessen appetite and reduce emotional eating. It is also supposed to remove fat from arms, leading to lean arm muscles and less flab. It is also supposed to make the body healthier by decreasing cholesterol levels, decreasing low density lipoprotein (which is the bad cholesterol) by 10-30%and increasing the high density lipoprotein or the good cholesterol. In his show, Oz featured a woman who apparently lost 10 pounds in a month using the miracle drug.