Malabar tamarind or Garcinia Cambogia, a tropical fruit mostly found on the Southeast Asian countries. In India its mainly cultivated in Kerala and Karnataka. It looks like a small pumpkin with a sour taste and it is mainly used in the traditional culinary dishes like curries and pickle. It had different names in different places and in Kerala it is know as kudampuli which is mainly used in the dry form.
Recently Malabar tamarind has gained popularity due to its weight loss benefit and its been using in different health supplements for reducing fat. Its also rich in vitamin c and has lot more health benefits. The fruit extract has ability to suppress appetite and there by reduce the production of fat cells in body. Its also present in the form of pills to reduce fat. Garcinia cambogia contains a compound called hydroxycitric acid (HCA) that may inhibit an enzyme that helps your body store fat, and the fat would instead be burned as calories.
This fruit extract is not only good for weight loss, but at the same time it is good for cardiovascular health, boosts energy, helps in detoxifying the body and helps in strengthening the bones. In addition , this tropical fruit extract also helps in releasing happy hormones and inducing sleep. It has also anti inflammatory properties and anti bacterial properties. And if you are suffering with gastric ulcer its better to switch from regular tamarind to Malabar tamarind as it helps in reducing stomach ulcers.
As with other nutritional supplements, keep in mind that garcinia cambogia isn’t monitored by the FDA for safety and effectiveness When it takes in the form of medicine it may have side effects like headache,liver damage, skin problems anf digestive issues. So its better to consult a doctor before using it as a weight loss supplement.