Garcinia Cambogia extracts come from the Garcinia Cambogia plant. This plant has different varieties and each variety produces fruits with different colors and sizes. There are green, yellow and even red fruits that somehow resemble squash but are much smaller in size. Some may be the size of an orange and some the size of a grapefruit. This plant may be predominantly found in forests of Asian countries with subtropical climates like India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. It is said that this plant may also be found in some countries in Africa.
How We Lose Weight by Taking Garcinia Cambogia Supplements
The extracts from the Garcinia Cambogia are said to be very good agents in weight loss and obesity. The hydroxycitric acid in each capsule is the agent responsible for blocking carbohydrates which would otherwise turn to fat. It also increases one’s metabolism and helps the body eliminate fat. It has a whole range of health benefits for the other parts of the body such as the skin, the heart and the liver.
Each capsule should contain at least 50% hydroxycitric acid. The extracts usually come in 600 mg and 1000 mg capsules. Therefore there should be 300 mg of hydroxycitric acid in every 600 mg capsule and 500 mg of hydroxycitric acid in every 1000 mg capsule.
Other uses of Garcinia Cambogia
Prior to being an aid for losing weight, Garcinia Cambogia was and still is being used for cooking and for food preservation. In cooking, it is used like a tamarind because of its rather sour flavor. In India and Thailand it used as an ingredient in some curries. It is also usually used to preserve fish as they do in Sri Lanka.
Are There Side Effects?
There have been reports of minor side effects due to the use of Garcinia Cambogia extract supplements. Some people have said that they had minor headaches and stomach aches after taking the supplement. These side effects do not hold true for all Garcinia Cambogia extract supplement brands.
The side effects may be caused by the difference in process to produce the extracts and thus capsules. Make sure to read up on the manufacturers first before purchasing any Garcinia Cambogia extracts. Also make sure that their supplements are FDA approved and that the manufacturers are legitimate. Since people have started to hype about this new weight loss wonder, many entities have taken advantage of it in order to make money and it has become difficult to distinguish between the reliable and fly-by-night companies.
It is best to choose brands or manufacturers that have a good track record. Choose those who have been making herbal supplements for a long time. They may be a wee bit more expensive than the other brands but at least you can be assured of quality. Garcinia Cambogia extracts are safe for most people but pregnant women and people suffering from dementia are not advised to take them.