Kokum for Health
The health benefits of have been apparent for ages. In ancient India the berry was used in natural remedies to treat sores, prevent infection, improve digestion, alleviate diarrhea and constipation, lessen arthritis pain, cure ear infections, and heal stomach ulcers. Nowadays kokum is used to treat these and many other ailments, aided by the benefits of modern scientific ingenuity.
- Kokum’s major active ingredient is garcinol, a substance that has antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is said to kill the H. pylori bacteria that cause ulcers, promote brain health by aiding the growth of neurons while stopping damage from substances that can oxidize them, and suppress production of reactive oxygen species which play a role in cardiovascular disease and cancer.
- The berry is also rich in the life-enhancing antioxidant Xanthone, which is proven to battle depression, kill bacteria, and fight free radicals.
- Kokum contains hydroxycitric acid (HCA), a chemical that has been patented for use as a hypocholesterolaemic agent. HCA is a potential anti-obesity agent. It suppresses fatty acid synthesis, lipogenesis, food intake, and induces weight loss.