Ingredient Spotlight: Garcinia Cambogia

Garcinia cambogia, also known as Malabar tamarind, has been consumed by peoples throughout Southeast Asia for centuries. It is used as a food and flavor enhancer but has widespread anecdotal evidence of providing satiation to the consumer, a feeling of fullness after consumption. Because of this effect, researchers began studying the fruit to determine its usefulness in weight management. It was during this research that scientists determined that the naturally occurring chemical hydroxycitric acid (HCA) is the main active constituent providing weight loss potential.

HCA is a non-essential nutrient that is known for its ability to inhibit the enzyme ATP-dependent citrate lyase, which plays a role in the transformation of carbohydrates into fat in the body. It does this by competitively blocking the enzyme as it works to convert leftover glucose into adipocytes (fat cells), a storage mechanism utilized to supply energy at a later date. By blocking this conversion, excess glucose is no longer stored in fat cells and remains available for the body to use as energy. This is how G. cambogia provides an increase in energy levels without containing a “stimulant”, like natural caffeine. An increase in available energy may also assist in increased exercise potential and output, further assisting in weight management benefits.

In addition, HCA has been shown to increase serotonin levels. Serotonin is a hormone naturally produced in the body which assists in regulating mood. Researches have determined that, in many cases, overeating is directly related to emotions and mood. In cases of depression and anxiety, serotonin levels are dramatically reduced. Thus, by increasing serotonin production, negative emotions are diminished, and emotional overeating is markedly reduced.

This weight-loss supportive, appetite-suppressing fruit is featured in numerous products and formulas including our Burn+ Control Coffee, Lean + Green Tea, ActiveBlendz Control and Burn Capsules.