Garcinia Cambogia, also known as Malabar Tamarind, is a fruit native to India, Southeast Asia and Polynesia. Garcinia Cambogia may help increase fat loss results through two distinct mechanisms. First, Garcinia Cambogia contains Hydroxycitric Acid, also known as HCA. This unique compound inhibits the body’s ability to store carbohydrate as fat. Secondly, Garcinia Cambogia increases Serotonin levels, the neurotransmitter involved in mood and appetite control.
HCA (Hydroxycitric Acid) inhibits a specific enzyme in the body known as Citrate Lyase. This particular enzyme is necessary in order for the body to convert excess carbohydrate into fat. By inhibiting this enzyme, Hydroxycitric Acid may keep excess carbohydrates from being stored away in those stubborn fat areas. When a healthy diet is consumed, a certain amount of carbohydrates will be stored away for energy to be used later by the body. The body then converts these extra carbohydrates into triglycerides, otherwise known as fat. In addition to decreased fat storage, inhibition of the enzyme Citrate Lyase may also help to lower LDL (bad cholesterol) as well as reduce triglycerides.
Garcinia Cambogia may help prevent fat storage, and according to recent research it may also help curb cravings through a unique pathway in the brain. Clinical studies suggest that certain polyphenols found in Garcinia Cambogia may help reduce appetite by increasing a neurotransmitter known as Serotonin. Serotonin is essential to mood, emotions, and appetite regulation. Whenever Serotonin levels drop, cravings for fattening foods and sweets increase. Through its unique effect on this appetite center of the brain, Garcinia Cambogia increases Serotonin levels, which may help those who are dieting avoid the common pitfalls that come from caving into cravings.