Eden Pond is an online apothecary that sells vitamins, supplements and weight loss aids, according to the Eden Pond website. Garcinia cambogia is a weight loss supplement made from the Malabar tamarind, a tropical fruit, states WebMD.
Garcinia cambogia is believed to prevent the body from storing additional fat cells and curb appetite while keeping blood sugar levels consistent and cholesterol levels low, as reported by WebMD. Its active ingredient is hydroxycitric acid, or HCA, found in the rind. HCA apparently works by blocking the enzyme citrate lyase, which the body needs to convert food into fat cells. However, reports of its efficacy vary, with a review in the Journal of Obesity reporting that people who took garcinia cambogia only lost 2 pounds more than the control group.
The other health benefits attributed to garcinia cambogia have more potential, according to WebMD. It may help the body use glucose more efficiently, resulting in lower insulin levels. Other research reports that the weight loss supplement may help keep triglyceride levels low and raise HDL levels. However, it may interact poorly with medications that control blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
Garcinia cambogia may cause dizziness, dry mouth, headaches and diarrhea, warns WebMD.