What is a Garcinia Cambogia Fruit?


As we look for new strategies in nutrition throughout our weight loss efforts, we often find that there are unconventional sources of nutrients and helpful foods to help us lose weight. In many cases, these unconventional sources of nutrition for our weight loss efforts, may come from countries all across the world that may not be accessible where we live. A newer source of assistance that is taking the health and wellness community by storm is a fruit that is native to various countries in Southeast Asia.

The produce component known as Garcinia cambogia is a citrus fruit, it is a green tree fruit that grows all over Southeast Asia. What makes the Garcinia cambogia so valuable is its main active ingredient, hydroxycitric acid. While hydroxycitric acid is used in cooking in the Southeast Asian region, this compound is found in the rind of the Garcinia cambogia and is not very accessible in fruits here in the United States. Hydroxycitric acid is quite important with respect to its ability to lower cholesterol, speed up metabolism, reduce appetite, and enhance the body’s ability to burn fat naturally.

Additionally, hydroxycitric acid inhibits the actions of an enzyme called lyase. Lyase is integral in the body’s process of forming fat. By inhibiting the actions of Lyase, hydroxycitric acid is effectively able to prevent the body from producing fat in all regions.

Another function of Garcinia cambogia’s magical ingredient is the increase of serotonin production in the brain. Serotonin is a key hormone in increasing mood stability, enhancing positivity and optimism. However serotonin is not only involved in mental health, but it has a huge physiological role in our digestive process by preventing us from overeating. When serotonin levels are high, then we feel the need to eat less. Hydroxycitric acid increases serotonin levels drastically so that the tendency to overeat is quite is essentially eliminated.

As the popularity of Garcinia cambogia increases, we can expect to see a significant impact of this fruit on weight loss outcomes across the globe. It may be expensive now as it needs to be shipped from Southeast Asia but as it floods markets worldwide, the cost should be driven down due to economies of scale.

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