Garcinia Cambogia is a green to pale yellow (occasionally reddish) pumpkin shaped fruit which grows from Garcinia Gummi-Gutta trees that are typically found in the moist forests of Southeast Asia, Costal Karnataka/ Kerala India and Central Africa. When the fruit is harvested, it ranges in size from an orange to that of a grapefruit and is often used in traditional dishes, curries and medicines.
After the rind is dried and cured, the extract of Garcinia Cambogia ranges from dark brown to black in colour. Interestingly, it has long been regarded as a digestive aid and purgative. Although Garcinia Cambogia has seen a sizeable resurgence in the sports supplement market, most people don’t realize it has been being sold as a supplement for over 20 years. The original Muscletech Hydroxycut, the now Super Citrimax, and many others have contained the active ingredient Hydroxycitric acid (HCA), which is derived from, Garcinia Cambogia. Hydroxycitric Acid serves two main purposes to its user, both effecting fat loss results.
What it does
Most people regard Hydroxycitric Acid as an appetite suppressant. HCA gives the user a greater sense of satiety by increasing an individuals neurotransmitter Serotonin levels, this increase reduced emotional eating habits, which ultimately leads to over-eating and body fat storage. Having higher levels of serotonin, the user has a significantly easier time breaking the self-sabotaging cycle of emotional eating. Secondly, HCA blocks the conversion of excess carbohydrates into body fat storage. It accomplishes this via an enzyme called Citrate Lyase. Citrate Lyase is used by the body to make fat from various carbohydrates the blocking of this enzyme and this process also lowers triglycerides and decreases LDL (bad cholesterol). Due to theses characteristics, Garcinia Cambogia should be taken prior to meals (15- 20 mins ahead of time), at a dosage of 500-1000mg per serving 2 -3 times a day.
How to choose brands
When selecting a brand of Garcinia Cambogia , preference should always be given to a product with 50% HCA or greater. Typically, Garcinia Cambogia (HCA) is an extremely affordable and cost effective supplement to utilize. It pairs wells with almost everything and will accentuate any over the counter fat burners, allowing the user to be an extra step ahead thus burning more body fat in a shorter period of time while preventing body fat storage.There are many good products out there, two worth mentioning are I Health’s Garcinia Cambogia and Now’s Long Running Super Citrimax which also contains Chromum Picolinate, allowing the user to also control blood sugar.
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