Garcinia is a genus of evergreen trees and shrubs native to Asia known for fat-fighting fruits. Often called monkey fruit, mangosteen, malabar tamarind or saptree, garcinia have fleshy fruits which vary in color from yellow and green to orange and purple. A chemical constituent, hydrocitric acid (HCA) has been linked to weight loss, feelings of satiety, and decreased spikes in blood sugar following consumption. Loaded with antioxidants and vitamins, garcinia can be eaten as a whole fruit or dried and powdered. The rind is sometimes used as a spice and preservative.
In some parts of the world – including Malaysia, garcinia is an ingredient in weight-loss soups, as it is known for satisfying the appetite early, and making dieters eat less overall. Additionally, scientific research is finding merit in folk wisdom. Although more research must be done, preliminary evidence shows there is something to the way that garcinia not only makes eaters feel fuller, faster, but also slows down after-meal spikes in blood sugar.
There is some evidence to suggest that HCA can affect serotonin levels, and may be particularly useful for people who tend toward emotional eating, or eating to fill a void that is more mental than physical.
If you want to read more about the weight-loss benefits of garcinia try this article which is fairly easy to digest, no pun intended: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/garcinia-cambogia-hca
Another group of chemical constituents, xanthones, are currently being studied for their antiviral, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial qualities. There is some interest in whether or not these compounds can even be used to shrink tumors. If you want to read up on some of the scientific nitty-gritty, check out this link: http://www.zoranvolleyart.si/images/Mango/01.pdf
- 2 cups of honeydew melon cubed
- 4 kiwis
- juice from 1/2 lime
- ice (optional)
Directions: Blend all ingredients in blender until smooth. Makes 2 servings