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Garcinia Cambogia and HCA
Garcinia Cambogia is a small tropical fruit native to Indonesia, although, used around the world for different benefits. In India and South Asia, it is used in dishes of curry and chutney while in Malaysia, Garcinia is used in a soup that is eaten before meals to aid in appetite control and is also used as a digestive aid in Ayurvedic medicine.
Garcinia Cambogia is currently being recognized in America for its weight loss properties. The fruit can accredit its abilities to the main extract, hydroxycitric acid or HCA, which helps to both reduce the storage of fat in the body while suppressing the appetite.
HCA inhibits the enzyme, citrate lyase, which the body uses to convert carbohydrates into fat, in turn halting the fat making process as well as the production of LDL (bad cholesterol) and decreasing triglycerides. HCA also helps increase serotonin levels which can curb appetite. Seratonin is a 'feel good' hormone and low levels can lead to emotional eating. Serotonin is also used to make melatonin, allowing for a more restful sleep at night and consequently feeling better and having more energy in the day. Another great benefit from serotonin is the feeling of satiety it creates, which can help stop us from eating unnecessary calories.
As with all dietary supplements, adapting your diet and increasing exercise can greatly improve your success. Julie Chen MD estimates the supplement on it own can help a person lose up to 4 pounds a month, however, Garcinia Cambogia combined with diet and exercise can be a lot more effective in helping you reach your overall health and weight loss goals.