The Active Ingredients and Benefits of Garcinia Cambogia

Garcinia Cambogia extract is a supplement obtained from the rind and fresh of Garcinia Cambogia fruit. Although, Garcinia Cambogia fruit was initially discovered in Indonesia, the use of the fruit has spread all over the world. The Garcinia Cambogia extracts most people use as a weight loss natural alternative option. Before buying the product, you should ensure that you check the product for the presence of the following ingredients.

Hydroxycitric acid (HCA)

This is the active ingredient in the extract. For you to consider buying the extract, the extract should contain 50% of HCA. HCA serves the following roles in a bid to bring about weight loss.

HCA blocks the conversion of carbohydrates to fat. HCA does this by inhibiting the synthesis of the citrate lyase enzyme. Citrate lyase is an enzyme that degrades carbohydrates to fat. When no citrate lyase is synthesized, it means little or no carbohydrates are converted to fat.

When the amount of carbohydrates converted to fat is less, there are less fat molecules in the body and consequently less fat is deposited in the body.

Also, HCA plays a great role in suppressing appetite. It suppresses appetite by elevating the levels of serotonin. Serotonin is a brain neurotransmitter that is involved with appetite regulation. When the levels of serotonin are high, you have low appetite and hence you eat less.

Also, higher levels of serotonin lead to heightened moods. The high moods increase one’s feelings of well being hence, you have a high self-esteem. Also, the high moods lower appetite especially for the emotional eaters.

Furthermore, HCA increases the rate of metabolism. The high rate of metabolism leads to increased fat burning and consequently there is weight loss.


Chromium is another ingredient that you should ensure that is indicated in the Garcinia Cambogia packet. Chromium is a mineral that is usually absent in most foods. Unfortunately, according to scientific studies, deficiency of it leads to diabetes and weight gain. Luckily, Garcinia Cambogia extract is rich in this mineral so by taking the extract you are assured that you will not suffer from diabetes or weight gain.

Potassium and calcium

Both of these are known for increasing the rate of metabolism. The high rate of metabolism increases the rate at which fat is burnt. The increase of burning fat can also increase weight loss. Normal amounts of the minerals that should be indicated in the extract’s package are 6% for calcium and 3% of potassium.

Benefits of the extract

The presence of the active ingredients renders the following benefits of the supplement.

Blocking of fat—as mentioned above, the active ingredient, HCA inactivates the synthesis of citrate lyase that is involved in the conversion of carbohydrates to fat. Due to the inactivation of the synthesis of the enzyme, little or no amounts of carbohydrates are converted to fat, thus there is minimal fat that is available for deposition in the body.

Energy boosts—also, due to the presence of HCA, potassium and calcium in the body, the ingredients work in tandem in bringing about an increase in the rate of metabolism. The high rate of metabolism in turn increases the rate of burning fat.

High self-esteem—since by taking the extract you have high serotonin levels, the serotonin levels boost your moods hence you have a heightened self esteem. In addition, the high serotonin levels aid in lowering appetite—especially to the emotional eaters.

Boost the immune system—the supplement is rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants. The antioxidants play a great role in killing harmful free radicals that cause diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

Due to the presence of the antioxidants, the Garcinia Cambogia extract is used in the treatment of flu and cold. Also, the supplement is used in the prevention of certain infections such as rheumatism, swelling, bowel complaints and colic.

Furthermore, due to its antioxidant nature, the Garcinia Cambogia supplement has been shown to aid in protecting the mucosal membranes from damage by free radicals. The protection of the mucosal membranes prevents ulcers.

Beautiful skin—people taking the supplement have been shown to have a glowing, spotless, and healthy skin


Although, the extract is effective in bringing about natural weight loss, you must be cautious and ensure that you purchase it from a legitimate vendor. Also, ensure that you carefully check the package to certify that the required amounts of the active ingredients are present.

Finally, for fast results, you must take the supplement 3 times a day: morning, lunch, and dinner. You should take the supplement 30 minutes before taking your meals.

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