Garcinia cambogia - Glossary

Garcinia cambogia

A tree native to Southeast Asia.  The fruit is used in traditional medicine as well as a food.  The rind is rich in hydroxycitric acid (HCA), which can inhibit ATP citrate lyase, a key enzyme in the synthesis of fatty acids.  Garcinia cambogia extracts are often added to fat loss supplements for this reason, as well as its reputed ability to suppress appetite.  Its effects on fat loss are debatable, however…a large scale study on 135 subjects showed no significant effects.

See Paul’s review: “Citrimax / Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA): Does Citrimax Block Carbs?” for more information.

Author: elissa

Elissa is a former research associate with the University of California at Davis, and the author/co-author of over a dozen articles published in scientific journals. Currently a freelance writer and researcher, Elissa brings her multidisciplinary education and training to her writing on nutrition and supplements.

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