Garcinia Gummi-Gutta

A supplement produced from a tropical species of Garcinia is the latest weight loss craze. Garcinia cambogia, also known as Garcinia gummi-gutta and kudampuli, has a fruit that looks like a small pumpkin and is green, pale yellow or red in color. It is grown in Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and parts of Africa. Garcinia gummi-gutta is its new scientific name.

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The previous scientific name was Garcinia cambogia. It is claimed that supplements made from extracts of this fruit can aid diabetes, cancer, constipation and weight loss. It supposedly reduces appetite and boosts exercise endurance. The supplements are available in the form of capsules, tablets, powders and liquids. Although it has received considerable media attention purporting its effects on weight loss, no clinical evidence supports this claim.  One of the well established uses of Garcinia gummi-gutta is for cooking.

It is used in the preparation of curries. Many traditional receipes require the use of the fruit rind and extracts of Garcinia species. Garcinia cambogia is also known to have side efffects some of which are headache, nausea, dizziness and dry mouth.

Garcinia cambogia may also cause decrease in blood sugar levels. The fruit rind of garcinia cambogia contains hydroxycitric acid. It appears to block an enzyme called citrate lyase, which your body uses to make fat. There is a lot of stuff on the internet about garcinia cambogia and its weight loss benefits. However, scientific research behind the effectiveness of garcinia cambogia revealed for weight loss has been mixed.

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This means that it has been beneficial to some and not beneficial to others. So one should carefully monitor the effects of the supplement, better still, contact a physician before consuming the supplement. If it is causing harm to the body, the intake of supplements should be stopped immediately. If the benefits are profound and visible, only then, one should continue consuming the supplement.

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