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is a relative new-comer to the ranks of Western herbalism, but was
apparently used for thousands of years in China as a food supplement.
It is used as an appetite suppressant and to inhibit the absorption
and synthesis of fat, cholesterol and triglycerides. In other words,
it is a dietary aid. It is a brown hygroscopic powder.
acid known as (-)HCA is the primary acid found in the fruit and
rind of G. cambogia. The fruit rind and extracts of G. cambogia
are used in many traditional recipes. HCA inhibits lipogenesis,
lowers the production of cholesterol and fatty acids, increases
the production of glycogen in the liver, suppresses appetite, increases
the body's production of heat by activating the process of thermogenesis.
Said to activate digestion and are used as purgatives, in the treatment
of worms and parasites, tumours and dysentery. Neither acute nor
chronic toxicity is reported with regular consumption of Garcinia
products as either food or tonics.
works by suppressing appetite and inhibiting lipid synthesis.This
latter mechanism is based on the theory that inhibition of lipid
biosynthesis or enhance lipid metabolism interfere with mechanisms
that produce and maintain obesity.
Specifically, HCA prevents the
enzyme from catalyzing the cleavage of citrate to acetyl coenzyme
A and oxaloacetate. This inhibition significantly reduces the synthesis
of triglycerides, cholesterol and body fat, without diminishing
energy production. The result is significant loss of body weight
in animals made obese genetically and by hypothalamic lesions.
Animal studies demonstrate that
fatty acid and cholesterol synthesis in liver are significantly
inhibited after oral administration of HCA. Garcinia Cambogia
is Used as 1 of the 21 Active Ingredients in