14 Things You Never Knew About Garcinia Cambogia
This garcinia cambogia NZ supplement is getting a lot of attention these days, in part for it's key ingredient being touted as an effective weight-loss supplement, attracting attention and earning recommendations from a wide range of experts.
In 2012, Dr. Mehmet Oz of the syndicated talk show “The Dr. Oz Show” promoted Garcinia Cambogia as a significant weight-loss aid. But even as its weight-loss attributes are being acknowledged, there’s a lot more to this virtually unknown little fruit.
1. Garcinia cambogia has been around for centuries. The tropical plant is native to Indonesia, and is also available in Malaysia, Sri Lanka and India. It is also known as garcinia gummi-gatta, gambooge, brindleberry and Malabar tamarind. It should not be confused with tamarind, which is similar in flavor but is a pod with seeds rather than a fruit.
2. The garcinia cambogia fruit resembles a small pumpkin or gourd, through the flesh of the fruit is similar to that of a persimmon in both appearance and flavor. In its natural form the fruit is low in calories and packed with vitamin C, potassium and folic acid.
3. Garcinia cambogia is used as a popular ingredient in Indian, Thai and Malaysian cooking, most often as a main ingredient in curries and chutney. Because the fruit is bitter, it is not generally eaten raw. Most often, the fruit is cooked or the rind is dried and used in a variety of different applications.
4. The fruit and rind of garcinia cambogia contain hydroxycitric acid, or HCA, the main ingredient that gives it its weight loss properties. HCA is believed to inhibit the enzyme responsible for turning excess carbohydrates into fat, which according to several different studies may result in significant weight loss. It also was shown to reduce appetite and burn fat without burning muscle in several different studies.
5. Garcinia cambogia may help get couch potatoes off the furniture and into the gym by boosting energy and improving metabolism, according to researchers. In a 1999 study, when combined with guggul gum - the sap from a tree native to India - over the course of six weeks, 20 of the study’s obese participants lost a significant amount of weight, and saw improved energy levels to boot.
6. Garcinia cambogia is packed with nutrients. It not only is a good source of copper, potassium, calcium, iron, selenium, zinc and magnesium, it also offers thiamin, vitamin A, folic acid, niacin, riboflavin and Vitamin C.
7. Eating foods that contain garcinia cambogia may help control your appetite. According to studies, when included as an ingredient in dishes such as a soup served as an appetizer, it helped control the intake of food during the rest of the meal.
8. Garcinia cambogia could play a role in boosting the feel-good chemicals in the brain called serotonin. When serotonin levels are elevated, we are less likely to overeat as a way to sooth raw emotions or in an attempt to combat feelings of depression.
9. In addition to boosting serotonin, garcinia cambogia may also play a role in controlling cortisol, the so-called “fight or flight” hormone. When activated, the hormone causes shifts in blood sugar levels that can result in food cravings, hunger and energy slumps that ultimately encourage us to take in more food. When regulated, our blood sugar remains steady and our food intake is more easily controlled.
10. Digestive woes may become a thing of the past. Because of its sour, acidic flavor, the Malabar tamarind is considered a digestive aid in Ayurveda, a traditional form of natural medicine practiced in Indian culture. It may also help ease symptoms of constipation.
11. Beyond easing digestive woes, Ayurveda also suggests garcinia cambogia as an additive to treat arthritis, rheumatic disorder, gum disease, parasites and worms. In the book “The Way of Ayurvedic Herbs,” garcinia cambogia is also touted as a way to help lower bad cholesterol, fight heart disease and reduce disease-causing inflammation in the body.
12. Garcinia cambogia pairs well with many spicy foods. It helps offset the heat of chilies because of its sweet-sour, fruity flavor profile, and helps give many South Indian dishes their hot, sour flavor and dark color.
13. The sweet-sour flavor of the fruit may serve to reduce the desire for sweet foods, improving health by generating a natural aversion to sugar. The dried rind is used in a variety of different candies throughout Europe and Asia.
14. The dried rind of the Malabar tamarind can also be used to polish silver and gold to a high shine, erasing the need for toxic cleaners to tackle this cumbersome job.
So the next time a friend asks if you know anything about Garcinia Cambogia, you can blow them away with your new-found knowledge about this weight loss supplement. Better still, why not share this blog with your friends and family and get them to read the info for themselves.
By Jessica Sanders - Jessica is the Retail Manager for New Zealand Health Food Company. You can read more content from Jessica on Google+