Brindleberry (Garcinia cambogia), has been traditionally used in Asian and Indian cuisine. It is well known for its weight loss properties, due to its active component hydroxycitric acid (HCA). This active component is said to block your body’s metabolism of simple sugars into fats. As well as preventing fat storage by affecting a specific enzyme, citrate lyase, in your body, suppressing your appetite by increasing levels of serotonin and stimulating the process of burning stored fat that is used for energy during long-duration exercise. When HCA inhibits citrate lyase, the process is interrupted and the production of LDL (bad cholesterol) as well as triglycerides decrease.
Another way HCA suppresses appetite is by increasing the your serotonin levels, the neurotransmitter in the brain responsible for making you feel good. It is said that low levels of serotonin instigate people to eat reactively (emotionally). Thus by increasing your serotonin levels, HCA suppresses the drive to emotional and stressful eating and over all improving your mood. Hence, as you begin to eat less your body starts to release stored fat for energy use.