Written by Lisa Allen | Edited by Dr Mark Kapnoudhis
Garcinia cambogia is a yellow pumpkin-shaped fruit that originated from Indonesia, Asia and India. Today, the plant has gained immense popularity due to its medicinal uses mainly as a weight loss supplement.
Research shows that garcinia cambogia ingredients are very effective towards increased energy metabolism, fat burning, and appetite suppression.
Garcinia Cambogia Ingredients
The effectiveness of this extract can be attributed to four main ingredients that play a critical role in helping people lose weight.
1. HCA (Hydroxycitric Acid) – Garcinia Cambogia extract contain a high concentration of hydroxycitric acid which is the most crucial ingredient. Besides satisfying the body demands for energy, HCA also improves the functionality of the nervous system.
HCA heightens the efficiency of all alert mechanisms that relay information to the brain particularly when a person has eaten enough. Therefore, the brain induces a calming effect which is vital especially for people who overeat when they are stressed or emotionally challenged.
In addition, HCA inhibits the activity of citrate lyase an enzyme that converts excess carbohydrates into fats for energy storage. Usually sugar and carbohydrates that the body does not use immediately are converted into fat for storage. Therefore, by inhibiting citrate lyase, the production of triglycerides and LDL (bad cholesterol) decreases since the fat making process has been halted.
One of the best features of HCA is that it controls appetite and also reduces craving for food. HCA reduces hunger pangs without affecting the metabolic system. HCA increases glycogenesis which in turn increases the glycogen stored in the liver. When excess glycogen is stored in the liver, a false feeling of fullness is sent to the brain thus minimizing food cravings. This reduction in appetite aids in weight loss.
The HCA extract helps burn the excess fat stored in various body tissues especially in the buttock and abdominal region by speeding up metabolism. Owing to HCA, the excess fat stored in the body gets dissolved easily.
Therefore, HCA aids in weight loss primarily by surprising your appetite, and blocking the formation of fat.
2. Chromium – Chromium deficiency contributes to weight gain and diabetes. However, the combination of chromium and HCA forms a dynamic duo that stabilizes the blood sugar level by working in positive synergy.
3. Calcium and Potassium – These two garcinia cambogia ingredients work together to boost the metabolism level which helps accelerate the rate at which fats are burnt. This helps achieve both long-term and short-term effects of weight loss.
How HCA Causes Weight Loss Effects By Increasing Serotonin Levels
The strong effect of garcinia cambogia on the nervous system stimulates the production of a neurotransmitter known as serotonin. Serotonin is a mood elevator that helps reduce depression, psychological stress which helps a person enjoy normal sleep. Serotonin converts sugar into energy which produces a fat burning effect and also prevents the formation of bad cholesterol. High levels of serotonin lower appetite and unhealthy cravings (reactive or emotional eating).
Besides helping one lose weight, these changes enhance the physiological state ensuring that one enjoys good health. The combination of appetite suppression and mood enhancement facilitates healthy weight loss.
On the other hand, by eating less the body releases the fat stored in fat cells in order to meet the body’s energy requirements. This combination of Garcinia cambogia ingredients allows users to stick to a normal diet and routine and still achieve their weight loss goals.