Kodampul (Garcinia cambogia) is a small fruit, found in India and Southeast Asia. It is used extensively as a condimental in Indian cuisine.
Kodampuli's active ingredient is Hydroxycitric acid (HCA), which is extracted from the rind of the fruit.
Clinical studies indicate that HCA is a powerful anti-obesity and weight loss agent. HCA restricts the conversion of carbohydrates to fat by blocking the enzymes responsible for fat synthesis. HCA helps suppress food intake by sending signals of "fullness" to the brain.
Research indicates that HCA supplementation, even when combined with a normal diet, may result in more than 50% greater weight loss, compared to placebo groups. In one particular study subjects taking HCA for 8 weeks decreased body weight and BMI by 5.4%. In addition, they also experienced improved blood lipid profiles.
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