What is Garcinia Cambogia?

What is Garcinia Cambogia?

Garcinia cambogia is an evergreen tree found in Southeast Asia and India. The drooping branches are quite distinctive and the flowers develop into distinctive fruits. The fruit looks much like a miniature pumpkin. It is yellowish-orange in color and oval in shape. Once the fruit has been harvested it is dried and then ground into a fine powder which can be used in a variety of ways. The active ingredient in the fruit is hydroxycitric acid, also known as HCA.

Forms of Garcinia Cambogia

Garcinia cambogia is available in a variety of forms including pills, powders, extracts, and food.

  • Pills – supplements may be found in traditional tablets or capsules. These forms are most useful for those who want a traditional way to add a supplement to their daily routine
  • Powders – powders are ideal for those who have difficulty swallowing pills and want to add the supplement directly to their food or beverage
  • Extracts – extracts are great for those who do not like the consistency a powder adds to their food or beverage but who would prefer not to use a pill
  • Food – many food products marketed to dieters contain garcinia cambogia

Garcinia Cambogia Uses

The fruit itself has an extremely sour taste, however, it has been used in Southeast Asia for centuries as a cooking component. The HCA derived from the fruit is becoming well known in the diet industry for its apparent ability to facilitate weight loss by suppressing the appetite and limiting the body’s ability to form new fatty tissue during times of overindulgence. There are a number of other medicinal uses for the plant that have been utilized for centuries.