Garcinia Cambogia (Latin: Garcīnia gūmmi – gūtta) – an evergreen tropical tree; a species of the genus Garcinia of the Clusian family. Distributed in India, Indonesia and South Asia and Africa.

Cambodian Garcinia grows in Southeast Asia, India, West and Central Africa, mainly in tropical rainforests. It is this climate that favorably affects the ability of the plant to produce up to 2 crops per year.

Cambodian Garcinia is one of 50 species of Garcinia. Evergreen tropical tree, has a pyramidal crown and black-brown bark. Garcinia leaves are oval-oblong, glossy, dark green above, may be yellowish below. In length they can reach 25 centimeters, and in width – 10. Bisexual flowers of Garcinia Cambogia are fleshy, green, with red spots. The fruits of garcinia reach a diameter of 8 centimeters, on their outer surface runs from 6 to 8 shallow grooves, making the fruits look like small pumpkins. Ripening, they acquire a yellow or dark orange color. Beneath the peel are 4 to 8 pulp segments with adjacent seeds.

Ripe fruits are removed from the tree and dried together with the peel, either in the sun or in special dryers. Dry fruits turn brown or black, they are ground and the resulting powder is used as a food additive.

The chemical composition of Garcinia Cambogia is considered poorly understood, but the fruits of the plant have become the subject of scientific research. They found citric acid, up to 30% of the dry weight of the fetus. In turn, this acid consists mainly of hydroxycitric acid. Gummigutin, guttiferon, xangutamol and pectin were also found in the fruits.

In Indochina, it is generally accepted that Cambodian Garcinia improves digestion and promotes rapid satiety. In the Ayurveda system, fruits were used as a remedy for rheumatism, dropsy, delayed menstruation (hormonal imbalance), and digestive disorders.

According to the prescriptions of traditional medicine, Indian women still use Cambodian garcinia as a tool that helps cleanse the body of toxins and toxins. At the end of the 20th century, Cambodian garcinia gained popularity in the field of dietetics and weight loss in Western countries. In 2010, American Dr. Oz from TV screens said that with its help you can get rid of excess weight. As an explanation of these properties, they usually refer to the high content in fruits (65%) of hydroxycitric acid (GLA), which supposedly helps to speed up the metabolism, as well as pectin, which dulls hunger.

According to a study published in the journal International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders (1996), a control group that consumed garcinia fruits lost an average of 5.4% of excess weight. Another study (1998) showed no effect of garcinia on weight compared with placebo. Subsequent experiments yielded the same results, which led to the conclusion that the fruit of the plant was hepatotoxic, which forced manufacturers to curtail the production of one of Garcinia-based dietary supplements.

Garcinia is extremely beneficial for health, promotes rapid weight loss with the use of specialized drugs.

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