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What are garcinia cambogia supplements?

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  • AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
    Garcinia cambogia is a small, pumpkin-shaped fruit, sometimes called tamarind. Though native to Indonesia, it is also grown in India, Southeast Asia, and West and Central Africa. It has long been used in traditional South Asian dishes, including curries and chutneys. Many also use the fruit for curing fish and preservation.

    Adding garcinia cambogia to meals is considered to be effective in making meals more “filling.” In some villages in Malaysia, garcinia is used to make a soup that is eaten before meals for weight loss because of garcinia’s appetite-blocking abilities.

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  • ATod Cooperman, MD, Pharmacy, answered
    What are garcinia cambogia supplements?
    Garcinia cambogia supplements come from the rind of a fruit; there are some small studies that suggest it could be helpful for weight loss. Watch consumer healthcare expert Tod Cooperman, MD, discuss the origin of this supplement and how it works. 
  • AJulie T. Chen, MD, Integrative Medicine, answered
    What are garcinia supplements?

    Most people haven't heard of garcinia cambogia supplements -- and that's too bad, says integrative medicine specialist Julie Chen, MD. In this video, Dr. Chen discusses how this supplement can help people lose weight.

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  • Garcinia (Garcinia cambogia) is a diminutive purple fruit native to India and Southeast Asia. It is used as a weight loss aid, but the evidence is inconclusive. The rind is rich in hydroxycitric acid (HCA) and has been used for centuries throughout Southeast Asia as a food preservative, flavoring agent, and carminative (induces expulsion of gas from stomach or intestines). According to Indian folk tradition, Garcinia cambogia is used for rheumatism and bowel complaints.

    Neither acute nor chronic toxicity is reported with regular consumption of garcinia products as either food or tonics. These products have been used routinely in the coastal areas of South Asia for centuries and they continue to be consumed in large amounts. There is preliminary evidence for the use of garcinia in exercise performance and weight loss, although current, available evidence is mixed.

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