Garcinia indica, a plant in the mangosteen family (Clusiaceae), commonly known as kokum, is a fruit-bearing tree that has culinary, pharmaceutical, and industrial uses. Kokum is a small, red-colored fruit widely found in the Western Ghats region of India. This popular spice offers numerous health benefits when taken as prescribed. Kokum is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. The oil and butter extracted from the seeds are part of many beauty products. It provides relief from acidity, indigestion, flatulence, and constipation. Drinking Kokum sherbet or juice helps relieve acidity and keeps the body cool and refreshed. Consuming raw Kokum fruit provides the body with dietary fibers that help lower cholesterol, improve bowel health, and assist in weight loss.
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