Rewriting the History of Garcinia Cambogia is still ahead of us. Science is still in the middle of investigating how it exactly works, but the historic reports of its benefits have led to tests that confirm statistical evidence. For example, garcinia cambogia, with its distinctly sour sweet taste, has been used for centuries in South-east Asia to make meals more filling.
Garcinia cambogia is a flowering evergreen tree, with drooping branches. The fruit is yellow and oval and resembles small pumpkins. It is part of the Clusiaceae family, the same family as mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana).
The active constituent in this herb has been identified to be Hydroxycitric acid or HCA and is gaining a reputation for assisting weight loss through appetite suppression and by reducing the body’s ability to form adipose(fatty) tissue during times of overeating.
The mechanism for garcinia’s weight loss ability is still not completely understood, but is believed to be through inhibiting the body’s ability to convert carbohydrates to fats. This leads to an increase in glycogen in the liver, which sends a message to the brain indicating satiety and, in turn, reduces appetite.
What is significant is that a recent Japanese study, using an animal model, indicated that during exercise the regular use of HCA promotes fat burning and spares carbohydrate use at rest and during exercise, so garcinia may contribute to endurance exercise.
This herb has also been historically used to treat gastric ulcers. A 2002 study indicates this herb works primarily through the action of one of these plant’s components, garcinol. Garcinia is known to lower acidity in the stomach and protects the gastric mucosa. The rind of garcinia cambogia is also astringent, which is why it was also historically used in the treatment of diarrhea and dysentery as well as having the added benefit in the treatment of gastric and duodenal ulcers.
The ability of the substance HCA to reduce blood lipid levels and naturally lower blood cholesterol is another property of this amazing natural medicine. More recently, it has been proposed that garcinia cambogia has a hepatoprotective ability against external toxins such as alcohol. A recent study showed that garcinia prevented liver cells from becoming fibrotic and stopped cell damage caused by high blood lipid levels.
Supplements are available in various forms including tablets, capsules, powders, extracts and even snack bars. Garcinia cambogia medications are usually standardized to contain a fixed percentage of HCA. The usual dosage is 300 to 500 mg tablets three times daily taken half an hour before meals with water.
We can conclude, that garcinia cambogia has been used extensively in the past, and that its history does not need to be rewritten. The reports indicate that it has been used in the past because it showed to produce the desired effects. It is time for modern society to open up to traditional approaches to well-being.