Garcinia gummi-gutta

Also Known As: Garcinia gummi-gutta, Brindleberry, Garcinia Cambogia, Gambooge, Brindall berry, Malabar tamarind, Assam fruit, Vadakkan puli, Northern tamarind, kudam puli, Pot tamarind

Garcinia gummi-gutta is a tropical[2] species of Garcinia native to Indonesia. Common names include garcinia cambogia (a former scientific name), as well as gambooge,[citation needed] brindleberry,[citation needed] brindall berry,[citation needed] Malabar tamarind,[2] assam fruit,[citation needed] vadakkan puli (northern tamarind)[citation needed] and kudam puli (pot tamarind).[citation needed] This fruit looks like a small pumpkin and is green to pale yellow in color. It has recently received considerable media attention because of its purported effects on weight loss, though there is no clinical evidence yet to support this claim.

In late 2012, a United States television personality, Dr. Oz, promoted Garcinia cambogia extract as a "magic" weight-loss aid. Dr. Oz's previous endorsements have often led to a substantial increase in consumer interest in the promoted products. However, clinical trials do not support claims that Garcinia cambogia is an effective weight-loss aid.[6] A meta-analysis found a possible small, short-term weight loss effect (under 1 kilogram).[7]However, side effects—namely hepatotoxicity—led to one preparation being withdrawn from the market.[8] 

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