Garcinia Cambogia (gummi-gutta)

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Garcinia Cambogia (gummi-gutta)

Garcinia Cambogia (gummi-gutta)Garcinia gummi-gutta is a tropical[2] species of Garcinia native to Indonesia. Common names include Garcinia cambogia (a former scientific name), as well as brindleberry[3], Malabar tamarind[2], and kudam puli (pot tamarind)[4]. This fruit looks like a small pumpkin and is green to pale yellow in color.

Garcinia Cambogia & Weight loss

Hydroxycitric acid (HCA), the principle constituent (10-50%) of the dried fruit rind of Garcinia cambogia, has been assessed for its potential to cause weight loss[15]. In late 2012, a United States television personality, Dr. Oz, promoted Garcinia cambogia extract as “an exciting breakthrough in natural weight loss”[16][17].

Supplementation of Garcinia Cambogia showed decrease in body weight gain, inflammation and glucose intolerance. This supports the popular view that inclusion of Garcinia Cambogia in the diet may help in body weight management[18].

The main reason for these weight loss properties of G. Gummi-Gutta is Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA). HCA is found in the rinds of this fruit and you may expect from 10% to 30% (though rare) of HCA in the dried rinds of Garcinia Cambogia.

There is lot of buzz in the health and weight loss industry about HCA considered to be quite effective in weight loss. This compound is known to have significant effect on the body as fat burner, appetite suppressor and metabolism booster. It checks the production of enzyme called citrate lyase which is responsible for converting the excess carbohydrates into fat. This would convert the carbs into energy and reduce the unnecessary fat deposition on the problem areas of the body.

Side effects

Orally, 500 mg of hydroxycitric acid (HCA) four times daily can cause nausea, gastrointestinal discomfort, and headaches[24].


  • (≡) Cambogia gummi-gutta L.
  • (≡) Garcinia cambogia Desr.
  • (≡) Mangostana cambogia Gaertn.

Common names


Ranking of slimming tablets with Garcinia Cambogia

Our editors have prepared a ranking – a comparison of diet pills containing HCA from Garcinia Cambogia dried skins, where you will find the best formulations of this type available on the market – OTC, via the Internet.

Dietary supplements for weight lost with Garcinia Cambogia

There are many dietary supplements available on the market, containing Garcinia Cambogia. They are a common ingredient of products for weight loss.

Garcinia Cambogia Actives – 60% HCA

Garcinia Cambogia Actives

References & External links

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  8. “Fruit yellowish or reddish, size of an orange having six or eight deep longitudinal grooves in its fleshy pericarp. Pulp acid of a pleasant flavor. It is dried among the Singalese who use it in curries.” Uphof, J.C. Th. (1968).
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  10. “The acid rinds of the ripe fruit are eaten, and in Ceylon are dried, and eaten as a condiment in curries.” Drury, Heber (1873). “Garcinia gambogia (Desrous) N. 0. Clusiaceae”. The Useful Plants of India, second edition. London: William H. Allen & Co. p. 220.
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