CHS and Health for Life medical herbalist Susie Tsaclis shares her knowledge of this intriguing extract.
What is Garcinia cambogia?
Garcinia cambogia is a small pumpkin-like fruit, often the size of large tomato. It’s a cousin of the mangosteen fruit, and also goes by the name of Malabar tamarind or brindleberry. Garcinia cambogia is used in Malay cuisine as sour or tart soup, often consumed prior to a main meal as an appetiser. The Garcinia cambogia extract comes from the rind of the fruit.
How does it work?
The active ingredient in Garcinia cambogia is hydroxycitric acid, or HCA, and is in the fruit’s rind. It appears to block an enzyme called citrate lyase, which the body uses to make fat.
It also supports healthy serotonin levels in the brain, which may help you to feel good.
Does it work?
Investigations have been conducted because of the role Garcinia cambogia may have in weight management
- optimising the leptin hormone, which may diminish your appetite when you are overweight
- helping you to feel fuller
- healthy serotonin levels, thereby curbing emotional eating and stress eating
- normal insulin output and sensitivity to insulin, thereby supporting blood sugar balance and craving management.
Who is it for?
Garcinia cambogia can be used by those wanting to encourage a healthy metabolism and manage their appetite and cravings, and we recommend using it as part of a healthy lifestyle change. Keep in mind results will always vary for individuals, and depend on factors like physical condition, lifestyle and diet. Garcinia cambogia is not suitable during pregnancy or breastfeeding, and if you are diabetic, you should check with your GP if it is safe. It is non-stimulatory and may be able to be taken by people with high blood pressure and heart problems, where other weight management supplements may not be suitable.
How is it used?
We recommend that customers look at the big picture with weight management. It’s a lifestyle change, which can also include moderate exercise, a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water, and supplementation if necessary. Often Garcinia is used as part of a total weight management programme.
If you want to find out more about living a healthy lifestyle and see if Garcinia cambogia might be right for you, come into one of our Community Health Stores and speak with one of our experts.