Sanskrit name: Kankusta, Vrikshamla
Botanical name: Garcinia Cambogia
Habitat: A Fruiting tree grows in evergreen forests in Southern India and Pattani Southern Thailand.
- Rasa (taste): Sour
- Virya (action): Heating
- Vipaka (post digestive effects): Sour
- Doshas (Constitution): Balances Pitta.
The fruit of the tree contain H.C.A. (Hydroxy Citric Acid) which comes in extract is the active constituent/principal.
When the bodys energy needs are less than the daily calorie intake, the body produces excess glucose. This glucose is then converted into glycogen, which is stored for future conversion into energy in both the liver and muscles. People gain weight, or store energy as fat, after the bodys capacity for glycogen storage is reached. At this point, the excessive calories become stored in fat cells. In traditional Ayurveda, Garcinia Cambogia is used to maintain healthy weight, appetite, and fat storage levels in the body. In conjunction with a healthy diet and regular exercise program, Citrin can help promote a healthy synthesis of energy and carbohydrates.