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5 Health Benefits of Kokam (Garcinia Indica)

Health Benefits of Kokam
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Garcinia indica, popularly known as Kokam, is a rich anti-oxidant and is well-known as a famous summer drink. Also known as Vrikshamla in Ayurveda, the Garcinia indica plant is found in the Western Ghats in India and in the Andaman Nicobar Islands.

This fast-growing plant bears fruits that are small and red in color (similar in size between plums and cherry tomatoes). Generally, the outer covering of this fruit is dried in the sun and then peeled off. The dried skin is then crushed into a sour and tasty spice. This spice finds an integral place in many Indian curries. And the fruit can be consumed directly and is known to offers multiple benefits.

Here’s an overview of a few of those benefits:

Immunity Booster

Many components of this fruit are blessed with anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, making this fruit a vital player, in handling many bacterial and viral infections. This is true for both topical as well as oral application. Studies have also proved that intestinal allergies can be reduced with the help of Garcinia indica.

Weight Management

Kokum contains a compound called HCA (Hydroxycitric acid) which acts like an appetite suppressant. Another reason why Kokum can aid in weight loss is because of its high fiber content. Drinking a glass of refreshing Kokum juice not only makes one feel full but satisfied too. Garcinia indica also reduces the conversion of carbohydrates to fats thereby making it a highly effective ingredient for weight management.

Cracked heels

Tired of trying all the available products to treat your cracked heels? Well, shift to Kokum for a quick resolution. Just mix kokum powder with any plant-based oil and apply religiously to your heels. Leave it overnight and bask in the glory of smooth and silky heels in a few days.

Improved intestinal health

The sweet, tangy, and highly refreshing kokum sherbet can play an important role in improving the intestinal health. Patients suffering from acidity, indigestion is known to benefit immensely from drinking this beverage.

Skin care

Being a highly effective anti-oxidant, Vrikshamla is also used regularly in many anti-aging treatments. Not only does it repair and heal but also helps combat skin and tissue damage.

How to use Kokum

  • Kokum can be used in the form of many cosmetic products such as Kokum Body Butter, Kokum Butter Lip Balm etc.
  • The dried Kokum fruit is far healthier than tamarind and thus is used in many popular Indian kadhis by numerous households.
  • Along with Kokum sherbet, Sol Kadhi is a popular appetizer that is consumed along with food in many parts of India.

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