Garcinia Cambogia is a plant species native to Asia, Australia, tropical parts and southern region of Africa and Polynesia. Its fruit contains the important bioactive compounds that are essentially used in recent weight loss programs. The extracts of Garcinia Cambogia are used as a raw material in cosmetics and also for the preservation of fish. Studies have revealed that it has been effective against the treatment of hemorrhoids, tumors, fever, parasitic infections, and open sores.

Constituents of Garcinia Cambogia:
There are a lot of phytochemicals present in Garcinia Cambogia that have been identified to possess beneficial properties and the most important one is Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA), apart from xanthones and its derivatives. HCA has got perceived benefits regarding weight loss. In several research studies, it has been found that HCA derived from Garcinia Cambogia blocks fat absorption and helps disintegration of accumulated body fats, thus acting as a natural appetite suppressant. Supplements in the form of Garcinia Cambogia seeds are available which are readily available for consumption along with free trials of Slim Fast.

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How does it act?

The extract of Garcinia Cambogia in its crude form is piled up onto an anion exchanger that can readily absorb hydroxycitric acid followed passing of the extract through a cation column to generate free radicals. The final form of the Garcinia Cambogia extract contains about 54% of hydroxycitric acid. The seeds are thoroughly processed involving the extraction of potassium salt followed by repeated methanol utilization steps and ultimately treating it with methanolic potassium hydroxide. The product obtained is then ready to be filtered, dried and packaging. In the dietary supplements, mainly the salts of magnesium and calcium of the (-) HCA is used as they can increase the stability without being completely soluble and non-absorbable to the gastrointestinal tract. The mechanism of HCA has been studied and it shows burning of fat which is already stored in the liver cells during consumption of food. By another mechanism, HCA inhibits the process of lipogenesis (formation of lipids or fats in the tissues).

Benefits and safety measures:

It has been clinically tested and used to treat rheumatism, dyspepsia, bringing down high cholesterol and triglyceride levels by reducing the high deposits of fat in the aorta. The extract of Garcinia Cambogia has shown positive results on its anti-oxidant property. The supplement is available in different forms with dosage recommendations and milligram strengths accordingly. Regarding the weight loss effect it can vary as different people, as one cannot solely depend on the supplement for their effective fat burn. With proper exercise schedule and good eating habit it is easier to get a long term good result in their weight management. Regarding dosage some may get good results with 1000 mg while some feel uncomfortable, stomach upset, headache and diarrhoea, experience dry mouth and dizziness. For people who have serious health problems should consult a doctor about possible drugs interaction and safety. It also interacts with different anti-depressants like Prozac, Praxil and Zoloft and so judicious use is recommended as per the free trials of Slim Fast.