Garcinia Cambogia

gcGarcinia Cambogia is a former scientific name given to Garcinia gummi-gutta. A tropical species of Garcinia, it’s native to Indonesia and is also known as gambooge, brindleberry, Malabar tamarind, brindall berry, Assam fruit, kudam puli, and vadakkan puli. This fruit looks like a miniature version of a pumpkin and its colour ranges from green to pale yellow. Due to its ability to lose weight, this fruit garnered a lot of media attention recently. However, there has been no clinical evidence to prove whether it really helps in weight loss or not.

Thriving in moist forests, Garcinia gummi-gutta is popularly grown for its fruit in Central and West Africa, coastal regions of Kerala and Karnataka, India and in Southeast Asia as well. This fruit has many uses in cooking and traditional medications, in addition to using it as a weight loss supplement.

Used in Cooking

Garcinia gummi-gutta is extensively used in preparing curries. Often, the Garcinia rind and extracts are used in many traditional recipes. Various species of Garcinia are similarly used in preparing food in Thailand, Burma, Malaysia, Assam in India and in many other Southeast Asian countries as well.

The Indian Ayurvedic medicine states that the sour flavours of this fruits are exceptional in activating digestion. The rind and extract of Garcinia gummi-gutta is famously used as a curry condiment in India. Essentially used as a souring ingredient Thailand, it is also used in preparation of kaeng som, a sour curry.

Garcinia gummi-gutta is also used in fish curing commercially. The antibacterial qualities of this fruit make it a great choice in fish curing in Sri Lanka and South India.

Used as Traditional Medicines

Additionally, the extracts of Garcinia gummi-gutta are also used in traditional medicine as laxatives. The rind of this fruit is used to prepare medicines as well.

Used for Losing Weight

Made famous by the U.S. TV personality, Dr. Oz in late 2012, it quickly gained a name in the weight loss market as people tried to get their hands on this ‘magical’ weight-loss product. However, there has been no constructive evidence that it helps in losing weight. But, a meta-analysis did find a very small possibility of losing weight in the short-term. Nothing drastic, it showed a weight loss effect of less than 1kg.

Certain side-effects like Hepatotoxicity was seen, which led to the immediate recall of this product from the market. Although, there are still a lot of products in the market, using them with caution would be your best bet if you’re looking to lose a few pounds. Just like any other product, you need to see if it does have any side-effects on you.

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