General Name: Garcinia cambogia
Category: Herbs & Supplements
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 particular rind is rich in hydroxycitric acid (HCA) and has been used for centuries through Southeast Asia as a food preservative, flavoring agent and carminative (induces exclusion of gas from stomach or intestines). According to Indian folk tradition, Garcinia cambogia is used for rheumatism and bowel complaints.