Garcinia

Garcinia

Botanical name - Garcinia quaesita
Family - Clusiaceae

Garcinia quaesita, known as Goraka (Sinhala) is belongs to family Clusiaceae. It is a medium evergreen, shade-loving, relatively slow growing tree naturally found in the local tropical rainforests of Sri Lanka. The tree is small to medium sized with horizontal or drooping branches Traditionally, it is harvested from the wild as a local source of food. Nowadays Garcinia is becoming a popular spice in the world because of its potential as a dietary supplement for weight loss and appetite control.

Garcinia fruit is a small yellow, purple or reddish berry. When it is raw, it gives a distinctive sweet acid taste. The flesh is mild to distinctly acid and is acclaimed to be exquisitely luscious and delicious. The dried fruits are widely used as a spice in the preparation of curries.

The fruit rind and extracts are used in traditional medicinal recipes especially in the Ayurvedic system. The dried rind is stomachic. It is used as a metabolic regulator to treat obesity, and also as a remedy for anorexia and chronic dyspepsia. A decoction of the fruit rind is taken as a treatment for rheumatism and bowel complaints.

Used in conjunction with chromium picolinate, the rind curbs the appetite, leading to a reduced food intake. This makes it a powerful ingredient of weight loss therapy.