What is Garcinia?

What is Garcinia?

If you’re looking for a supplement or food to add to your fitness regimen, you’re not alone. With so many weight loss supplements available, it can be hard to know where to start or what to look for. This blog discusses the tropical fruit commonly known as Garcinia cambogia and how it can supplement your fitness regimen.*

What is Garcinia?

Garcinia gummi-gutta, also commonly known as Garcinia cambogia (a former scientific name), is a tropical fruit in the Garcinia genus of plants native to Indonesia. Now cultivated throughout Southeast Asia in tropical forests, this small fruit (which resembles a pumpkin) has long been used in food and condiment preparations in Asian countries. In supplements, Garcinia cambogia is utilized to help support healthy appetite response and support weight management while supporting the body’s ability to burn fat.*

Benefits of Garcinia Cambogia

  • Supports weight management*
  • Supports healthy appetite response*
  • May inhibit fat-storing enzymes*
  • Supports a healthy metabolism*
  • Contains a natural source of hydroxycitric acid*

The importance of Hydroxycitric Acid

Garcinia works to support healthy weight management and appetite response.* This fruit, also known as the Malabar tamarind, suppresses the body’s ability to make fat while supporting a healthy metabolism to burn stored, excess fat.* The rind of this fruit contains a compound known as hydroxycitric acid (HCA), which has been studied for its effects on appetite.* Hydroxycitric acid has been studied for its ability to inhibit an enzyme, adenosine triphosphate citrate lyase, which plays a role in making and storing fat in the body.* By doing so, Garcinia cambogia may help support weight management by inhibiting this process.*

Additionally, hydroxycitric acid may help boost levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter to support healthy mood to reduce stress-related eating.* Other compounds studied within this fruit include polyphenols, luteolin, and kaempferol. These compounds are classified as flavonoids and can support antioxidant health and protect the body from oxidative stress.*

Nature’s Lab Citrimax® Garcinia Cambogia

While Garcinia cambogia contains a variety of compounds beneficial to wellness, the presence of hydroxycitric acid is most important to healthy weight management and fat burning.* Nature's Lab Citrimax® Garcinia Cambogia contains Citrimax®, a patented extract studied for its effects on weight management, this clinically tested and patented extract is standardized to 60% hydroxycitric acid, the bioactive compound in Garcinia cambogia. Standardization ensures that certain levels of this compound are present in the supplement. This formula also includes chromium as ChromiPure® to support proper sugar metabolism.* Because it works by blocking fat and supporting a healthy metabolism, it is best to take Citrimax® Garcinia Cambogia 30 minutes before a meal.


 This article is for informational purposes only. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice. To the extent that this article features the advice of physicians or medical practitioners, the views expressed are the views of the cited expert and do not necessarily represent the views of Nature's Lab or its affiliated brands.