Hydroxycitric acid (HCA) is a natural substance isolated from the fruit of the Malabar Tamarind (Garcinia cambogia), a yellowish fruit that is about the size of an orange, with a thin skin and, and deep furrows similar to an acorn squash. It is native to Southern India where it is dried and used extensively in curries. HCA has a chemical structure similar to that of citric acid (the primary acid in citrus fruits).
HCA may work with the body to help support your metabolism and support healthy cholesterol levels. HCA ingestion may be effective because it promotes utilisation of fatty acid (lipogenesis inhibition) as an energy source as opposed to glycogen, as stored in the liver and muscles. When glycogen stores become filled, monitors in the liver send satiety signals to the brain indicating we are full. This is one of the primary ways the appetite is reduced during a meal. However, when we take in too many calories and glycogen stores are filled, the leftover amount is converted through several steps into cholesterol or into fatty acids, which are stored throughout the body.
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