Common Name: Brindleberry, Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA)
Garcinia cambogia is a yellowish pumpkin shaped tropical tree fruit native to the country of India. In 1965, researchers identified HCA as the principle acid found in the fruit and rind of Garcinia cambogia.
According to Indian folk tradition, Garcinia cambogia has been described for such ailments as rheumatism and bowel complaints. The rind and extracts are often used as ingredients in Indian curry dishes and as condiments.
Both Garcinia cambogia and extracted HCA are widely available as a component in many dietary supplements.
HCA, extracted from Garcinia cambogia, has been studied extensively and found to suppress fatty acid synthesis and food intake, in addition to sparing the use of carbohydrate in the body while causing an increase in fat oxidation. Weight loss was common within several studies.