What Is Garcinia?
Garcinia is a fruit that grows in Southeast Asia, and for a long time, it was thought to be only that. It wasn’t until several years ago that we discovered a substance in Garcinia fruit known as hydroxycitric acid (HCA). Once HCA was discovered, Garcinia blew up and was featured on the Dr. Oz show and endorsed by several other famous people.
Benefit #1: Blocks Fat Production
The reason Garcinia became so popular lies almost entirely in the benefits that result from consuming HCA. There is a key enzyme known is citrate lyase, which is the enzyme that converts carbohydrates into fat. Clinical trials showed that HCA was actually able to inhibit this enzyme, which thereby produces a tremendous amount of benefit for the user.
The inhibition of citrate lyase by HCA essentially means that your body is no longer able to create fat from carbohydrates. Therefore, consuming carbohydrates becomes much less detrimental to your health and is nowhere near as significant when it comes to weight gain. Theoretically speaking, people who supplement with HCA should be able to consume a fairly considerable amount of carbohydrates and still not put on a whole lot of fat.
Garcinia was initially extremely hyped up because of that very concept. People learned that HCA could allow them to still eat pretty much whatever they wanted without really gaining any fat as long as they didn’t go overboard when it came to their diets and made sure they were exercising somewhat regularly. It was seen as a supplement that can prevent weight gain without a whole lot of effort being put in on the user’s end.
Benefit #2: Suppresses Appetite And Cravings
First, we talked about the mechanism through which Garcinia blocks fat, which is citrate lyase inhibition. Now, we’ll talk about the mechanism through which it suppresses appetite, which is via increased production of serotonin.
Serotonin is most commonly associated with mental health as low serotonin levels can often lead to depression. However, what most people don’t know is that emotional eating in depressed people is actually a direct result of the low serotonin levels. On the opposite end of that, higher serotonin levels can mean a reduced appetite.
Just like depressed people can frequently crave food as a result of low serotonin, users of Garcinia often experience much less cravings for food since their serotonin levels are higher. Increased serotonin leads to a ton of other benefits including improved gastrointestinal health, better mental health, and improved moods.
Benefit #3: Burns Belly Fat
The most stubborn areas of fat are the belly and the love handles. Anyone who is trying to lose weight can testify to that. It’s almost impossible to get rid of a belly, which is why it’s best to try to avoid acquiring one in the first place, but that can be near impossible too since food we love food so much.
Luckily for us, it is possible to target specific areas of fat using certain exercises and certain supplements. The HCA in Garcinia was shown in some clinical studies to be able to decrease the percentage of belly fat in certain individuals. Whether or not the HCA was directly responsible for such results was not necessarily very clear, but there certainly seems to be some correlation.
Garcinia Cambogia Side Effects
Garcinia Cambogia side effects are not very commonly reported. Since Garcinia is a natural substance that comes from a fruit, it’s pretty uncommon to experience any significant side effects with it. Generally, side effects are only experienced if the Garcinia is consumed in extraordinarily high dosages.
With that said, some mild Garcinia Cambogia side effects have occasionally been reported such as upset stomach, heartburn, or sometimes nausea. However, it is likely that the people who experienced these side effects simply took too much.