Review of garcinia cambogia

March 19, 2013 admin nutrition

garcinia cambogiaFor those of you who are familiar with supplements, appetite control, suppressants or herbal supplements, then you probably already know what garcinia cambogia is. Otherwise most people never heard that name before. Not surprisingly as garcinia cambogia is the name of an exotic fruit originating from south east Asia, in particular Indonesia.

Also called gambooge or brindleberry, it has the shape of a small green pumpkin. This fruit is often used in cooking in India, Thailand and Sri Lanka to name a few countries where people use it routinely as part of their preparation. But outside of this region it is not usually found except in specialty restaurants. Not any more as nowadays garcinia cambogia has become the most sought after element in diet pills.

The main reason for the skipe in interest in this natural product with weight loss properties is that it was discussed on the TV show hosted by Dr. Oz. This American Turkish personality whose show is syndicated by Oprah Winfrey has a huge following and when he mentioned that brindleberry contained Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA) which have been shown in scientific testing to help control hunger and reduce the production of fat, while creating the impression of satiety necessary to stabilize the central nervous system.

On the market, there is a standardized extract of the peel of the fruit. This extract contains 50% HCA. Recent research results have shown that the Garcinia cambogia extract taken as a nutritional supplement has 3 benefits for people trying to lose weight. It prevents the transformation of carbohydrates and sugars into fat in the body by preventing the activity of the enzyme citrated lyase. The inactivity of this enzyme then prevents the formation of foiled acetyl coenzyme A, which is responsible for the conversion of sugars into fatty acids.

Furthermore HCA reduces appetite by increasing glycogen storage in the liver and muscles, which allows the liver through a gluco-receptor to launch a message of satiety to the brain. As an additional bonus, Garcinia cambogia extracts decreases the production of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides in the body. This promotes a healthy cardiovascular system.

Why does HCA give good results in weight loss? The biochemical activity of HCA has been perfectly described in the scientific literature. As this substance is involved in relatively complex processes, we can simplify this activity by mentioning that it thwarts the activity of an enzyme (citrated lyase) of the liver involved in the regulation of fat metabolism.

At the cellular level, HCA tricks the enzyme by overwhelming its receptors which in turn reduces the synthesis of fatty acid. This leads to a lower quantity of fat ready to be stored in adipose tissue. HCA also reduces people’s appetite. Usually, excess glucose is converted into fat by the action of citrated lyase. But under the effect of HCA, glucose is converted to glycogen in the liver. When this happens, the brain receives a signal of satiety and appetite is reduced.

Currently you can find products containing only 50 mg of Garcinia cambogia on the market. This amount is too low to produce any result. Several studies have demonstrated the need to use 1500 mg daily of an extract of Garcinia cambogia containing 50% HCA. It should be taken with a little water 30 to 60 minutes before each meal morning, at lunch and dinnera. Research has shown that taking the Garcinia cambogia two or three times a day rather than one, multiplied its action.

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