Garcinia indica, a plant in the mangosteen family, commonly known as kokum, is a fruit-bearing tree that has culinary, medicinal uses.
The outer part of the fruit is dried in the sun to get kokam. It is mainly used as the souring agent in the Goan cuisine and some parts of Maharashtra and Karnataka. It is also consumed as juice or sharbat.
The seeds of kokum contain 23-26% kokum butter, which remain solid at room temperature. It is used in many chocolate confectionery, also used in hair and skin care.
Kokum is well known to counteract the heat due to its cooling properties. It helps to balance electrolytes in your body, prevents dehydration and sunstroke.
Kokam is loaded with B-complex vitamins, and minerals like potassium, manganese and magnesium, which help to prevent heart disease and control blood pressure.
Hydro citric acid
Kokum contains the powerful Hydro citric acid (HCA), which lowers the bad cholesterol level and raises the good HDL level, protecting you from developing coronary heart diseases.
HCA content of kokum promote weight loss, as it slows down the conversion of food into fats. Therefore, the synthesis of fatty acids is inhibited to a great extent, thus preventing the build-up of fats in the body. Kokum has the tendency to convert most calories in our body into glycogen.
HCA is a well-known appetite suppressant, preventing you from further cravings or sugar pangs, helping you to lose weight in a healthy way.
Garcinol, the most active compound present in kokum, has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic properties. Garcinol helps to fight off all the free radicals and thus protect you from oxidative stress.
Hexane and benzene extracts of the rinds of Kokam and its active constituent garcinol possess powerful anti-bacterial activity of its own. Garcinol is able to kill the H. pylori bacteria that can cause ulcers and evidence suggests that garcinol could be
useful as an anti-cancer agent.
Lower Sugar Level
Incidence of Type 2 diabetes is increasing worldwide. A study has shown that Kokum can help to lower sugar level.(1)
Kokum also has hepatoprotective effects, which can keep your liver healthy! (2)
Improve Brain Health
Kokum has garcinol, which can help improve your overall brain health. This powerful compound can also help to prevent the plaque build-up in your brain that may lead to brain diseases.
Kokum has marvelous anti ageing properties. It can help in cell repair and regeneration and can enhance the overall texture of your skin.
Kokum is very rich in vitamin C. It is great at boosting immunity and can help to protect your immune system from nasty germs and pathogens.
Kokum also help to maintain your digestive system. It helps to keep indigestion, flatuelence, acidity at bay!