This article will try to help explain in layman terms how Garcinia Cambogia works.
What is Garcinia Cambogia?
Garcinia Cambogia is an all-natural, safe, small, pumpkin-shaped fruit, sometimes called tamarind, used in traditional South Asian dishes and for preservation.
How Garcinia Cambogia Works
The ingredient from the rind of the fruit could accelerate your weight loss efforts.
To understand how Garcinia Cambogia works you need to understand how the body stores fat, why the body stores fat, and what HCA actually is.
How we store fat
When you eat a carbohydrates, the presence of glucose, amino acids or fatty acids in the intestine stimulates the pancreas to secrete a hormone called insulin.
Insulin forces glucose into cells to use as energy, therefore any excess energy has to be stored in the fat cells.
Why the body stores fat
Although the reason for this is very complex. The simplest answer is that you are consuming way more calories than your body requires to function and perform physical activity.
There are other reasons like stress and health problems, but the main reason is consuming too many calories.
Understanding Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA)
According to research from the University of Maryland Medical Center, a substance in Garcinia Cambogia called Hydroxycitric acid (HCA) stops carbohydrates from being stored as fat, and suppresses appetite. source UMM
HCA blocks the enzyme that converts sugar into fat. It can therefore prevent fat from forming in the body.
It assists the transformation of fat into glycogen for muscles to burn during exercise.
How Garcinia Cambogia works through HCA
HCA increases the release or availability of serotonin in the brain, thereby leading to appetite suppression.
It can also lead to a reduction in carbohydrate metabolism. Source: Journal of Obesity
This video provides a pretty neat summary of how HCA works.
Summary of how Garcinia Cambogia works
- Blocks fat production, and therefore reduces body fat.
- Primes fat for use as fuel, hence the prevention of storing excess calories.
- Speeds up fat burning,
- Tricks the body into feeling full
- Slows down carbohydrate update
- It is a natural ingredient found in Tamarind.