Garcinia cambogia extract is a health supplement used alone and in combination with other ingredients as an ephedra-free diet aid. According to “Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine,” you may use garcinia cambogia to suppress appetite, inhibit the synthesis of lipids and burn fat. Manufacturers of weight loss supplements commonly add garcinia cambogia to supplements containing other ingredients such as chromium picolinate and L-carnitine and to appetite-suppressant products such as snack bars, drinks and chewing gums. You should speak with a medical professional prior to taking any health supplement, including garcinia cambogia.
Garcinia cambogia has several other commonly used names, including brindle berry, garcinia, malabar tamarind, hydroxycitric acid, citrin, gambooge, gorikapuli, uppagi, garcinia kola and mangosteen oil. Garcinia cambogia comes from a plant native to India and Southeast Asia. The fruit of the garcinia cambogia plant has an oval, small pumpkin shape and is yellow in color. The plant belongs to the same family as mangosteen. To make the extract, you harvest the fruit from the garcinia cambogia plant, dry the fruit and grind the dried fruit into a powder. The active component of garcinia cambogia extract is hydroxycitric acid.