Garcinia cambogia, a tropical fruit also known as the Malabar tamarind, is a popular weight-loss supplement. People say it blocks your body’s ability to make fat and it puts the brakes on your appetite.
It could help keep blood sugar and cholesterol level in check, too. Garcinia cambogia may make it easier for your body to use glucose, the sugar your cells need for energy. That’s another reason, besides weight loss, that people with diabetes are interested in it.
Some research has found that Garcinia cambogia can also improve cholesterol levels, lowering triglycerides and LDL (the “bad” cholesterol) and raising HDL (the “good” cholesterol).