Meet Garcinia Cambogia - What's the Skinny?

Meet Garcinia Cambogia - What's the Skinny?

Meet Garcinia cambogia: a popular supplement derived from a super sour and small pumpkin-shaped fruit called Malabar tamarind, which is grown mainly in India and Southeast Asia. The Malabar tamarind is naturally so sour that it is usually not eaten by itself, although due to their high-fat content, the seeds are sometimes used as a vegetable substitute for ghee in Indian recipes. This exotic fruit contains a powerhouse ingredient called hydroxycitric acid (or HCA) in its rind. Hydroxycitric acid has been shown to have some unique weight loss properties[1], which has caused the fruit to gain mainstream popularity and accolades.

How it Works:

Appetite Control

Garcinia cambogia is relatively well known and has been tested in laboratory settings on both animals and humans. Garcinia cambogia has shown plenty of promise in controlling appetite and satiety, or keeping you fuller for longer[2]. The active component in the rind has been shown to do this by affecting a few different bodily functions. The first is serotonin. Serotonin has a traditional image as being a contributor to feelings of happiness and overall well-being, but it also can act as an appetite suppressant[3]. In addition, hydroxycitric acid may assist in other serotonin-deficient conditions, like depression and insomnia.  

In a study done by InterHealth,  Garcinia cambogia caused a 44.5% increase in serotonin levels over eight weeks [4,5]. Serum leptin is a hormone that helps regulate energy expenditure by inhibiting hunger and is responsible for sending the feelings of fullness you experience while eating that tell you should stop eating. Garcinia cambogia has also been demonstrated to affect Serum leptin levels. Subjects in the same study experienced a 38% decrease in the hormone. These decreased levels of Serum leptin could show an individual feels fuller sooner[4].

Block Fat Production and Reduce Belly Fat

Garcinia cambogia may block fat production and reduce belly fat. Testing has shown that this super fruit extract may lower high levels of fat in the bloodstream and reduce oxidative stress in the body[5]. The main reason for these effects could be that hydroxycitric acid inhibits an enzyme called citrate lyase, which aids in the production of fatty acids. Because this enzyme is inhibited, the production of acid is slowed and thereby may hinder fat production[6].

How to Use it:

When searching on the internet to find the right supplement or infusion of Garcinia cambogia, it’s important to know what you’re looking for and find a reputable brand. Always look for a source that contains at least 60% HCA and double salt (calcium and potassium), making it water-soluble and more bioavailable to the body[7]. Some hydroxycitric acid (HCA) supplements on the market are poorly soluble and less bioavailable, making it less effective. To remain safe, make sure to consume no more than 2800mg/day of HCA [6].

Our new Slim Blend coffee is infused with 500mg of Garcinia cambogia with 60% HCA (300mg HCA) in each cup. Based on research, we would recommend drinking 3 cups per day in combination with a healthy diet and exercise.[8].

Resources:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21197150
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12349913
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21390463
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16366421
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11758650
  6. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S003193840600165X
  7. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0027510705002630?via%3Dihub
  8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12037659