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---Synonyms---Citrin, Gambooge, Kokum, Malabar, Tamarind
Parts used: Fruit rind
The tree is
valued for its dried rind which is rich in acids and possesses marked
antiseptic properties. It contains tartaric acid reducing sugars and
phosphoric'acid (as calcium triphosphate). It limits the synthesis of fatty
acids in the muscles and liver lipogenesis (production of fat) by inhibiting
the enzyme ATP-citrate lyase. The fruits contain about 30% acid (calculated
as citric acid) on the dry basis which is essentially -hydroxy-citric acid.
A decoction of the fruit rind is given in rheumatism and bowel complaints.
The resin possesses purgative properties.
is nutritionally beneficial in blocking the production of fats. Scientific
research conducted on this herb since 1969 demonstrates that it slows the
body's conversion of carbohydrates and excess calories to fat, decreasing
production of harmful fats (low-density lipoproteins), promoting sustained
energy levels by enhancing the body's production of glycogen, reducing the
body's desire for excess food; helping to nutritionally support the
metabolism and burn calories.