Ingredient Profile: Garcinia Cambogia


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For fitness fanatics, weight watchers, and bodybuilders alike, Garcinia Cambogia has taken the wellness community by storm. Because it’s one of the key ingredients in Plexus Slim, we thought you might be interested to find out the story behind this increasingly popular supplement that everyone can’t stop talking about.

Based on first looks alone, you would think that this greenish yellow fruit belongs to the same vegetable family as the pumpkin. However, Garcinia Cambogia is actually a tropical fruit native to India.

Garcinia Cambogia = Hydroxycitric Acid

The most active ingredient in the Garcinia Cambogia fruit is an organic compound called (-) hydroxycitric acid (HCA). The hydroxycitric acid is similar to citric acid found in lemons and other citrus fruits, but has very different properties. Studies have shown that the HCA/ plant extracts can help some individuals lose weight, improve their mood, and curb their appetite.

Garcinia Cambogia has a sour taste and filling nature, making it a key ingredient in a variety of traditional soups and curries. Those in Ayruvedic Medicine have been using it for a long time to treat ailments such as rheumatism, arthritis, digestive disorders, and gum disease.

While most people know it as “Garcinia Cambogia”, this is a former scientific name once used for the Garcinia gummi-gutta plant. Some may also recognize it as brindleberry, Malabar tamarind, or kudam puli. At present day, it is being cultivated in many tropical regions such as Southeast Asia, South India, and West and Central Africa.

Unlike other appetite suppressants and fat burners, Garcinia Cambogia does not stimulate your central nervous system, increase high blood pressure, or cause insomnia. Most users had little to no side effects and there have been several studies that have concluded it is safe.

How Does It Work?

weight scalesIt Suppresses Appetite

Garcinia Cambogia has been shown to amp up our serotonin levels, which are natural feel-good chemicals released by the body. Low serotonin levels have been strongly linked to obesity, cravings, and emotional eating. So naturally, if one is feeling in a better mood, he or she will be less likely to turn to food as an emotional source of comfort.

It Prevents The Body From Turning Carbohydrates Into Fat

Sounds too good to be true, but it’s not! The liver releases an enzyme called ATP Cytrate Lyase, which typically converts carbohydrates into fat. However, the HCA in Garcinia Cambogia blocks this enzyme. Instead, it causes the carbohydrate to be turned into glycogen, where it will be stored in bodily tissues as ready energy.

Aids In Feeling Full After A Meal

Some have a hard time determining if they are genuinely hungry or if they are eating for some other reason, such as boredom or stress. Fortunately, researchers have discovered that Garcinia Cambogia displays leptin-like activity in the body. This is great news, because leptin is the hormone that is very closely related to satisfaction and feelings of satiety. It has also been shown that Garcinia Cambogia extract exerts anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, and even anti-cancer activities.

Recommendations for Maximum Weight Loss Benefits

Take It The Correct Way

Over the years, there have been mixed results regarding the effectiveness of Garcinia Cambogia. Curious as to why this was, researcher Harry Preuss discovered that Garcinia Cambogia is most effective and easily absorbed by the body when bound to salt. This is because the HCA is naturally bound to calcium within the rind of the fruit. The calcium actually inhibits the absorption of the HCA by the body. However, Preuss discovered that when HCA is bound to salt, the compound becomes water-soluble, and in turn, more bio-available (easily absorbed by the body).

Purchase From A Reputable Vendor

Unfortunately, the FDA does not regulate the supplement industry. It’s smart to exercise caution and purchase supplements from a reputable, quality vendor that has satisfied customers. According to Preuss, you should try to purchase Garcinia Cambogia with at least 50% HCA. In addition, be wary of products that boast the benefits but only contain trace amounts, as those products are likely loaded with fillers and stimulants. We recommended taking a closer look at Plexus Slim; a high quality, natural weight loss supplement which contains Garcinia Cambogia in addition to other proven ingredients.

Is it a Miracle Pill?

Dr. Oz went on television and told everyone that this was a magic pill. However, if taking this pill is all you are doing to achieve a healthy weight, then your chances might not be so good. Think of Garcinia Cambogia as a tool to add to your weight loss tool belt. The effects and benefits of the supplement are bountiful when used in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise plan. In fact, participants in a recent study who took an HCA supplement lost on average about four pounds per month.

Garcinia Cambogia does have the potential to react with other medications, so be sure to talk to your doctor before trying it.

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