Garcinia Cambogia on its own is a super delicious and healthy fruit grown in Indonesia and India. It also goes by the name Tamarind Fruit . According to studies , it has got calcium, iron, thiamine, phosphorus, niacin, riboflavin.This tropical fruit extract is also being used as weight loss pill which apparently claimed to reduce weight almost immediately. There is quite a bit of talk about the side effects of it. Here is where it gets a little tricky, its rind contains a compound called hydorxycitric acid (HCA) which experts claim to decrease appetite and prevents your body to store fat.
While some say the supplement really works but others insist that it has severe side effects. So what are the facts? Lets deep dive further.
It is a tropical fruit and the locals use it to make their dishes tasty and is also used to treat some ailments. Does that mean people have been using it without any side effects? Well here comes the commercial manufacturing – its a whole different story. Preparation of products vary from manufacturer to manufacturer to get the product shelf ready with very little or no standard or legal regulation around the safety of the product.
In addition, tests have shown that Cambogia brands have got very little (20% to 30%) of the active ingredient of weight loss (HCA) and rest all are synthetic components added to it.
Some of the side effects that people have reported with the use of Garcinia Cambogia are:
1. Mild headaches.
2. Fatty Stools and at times Diarrhea
3. Faint Rash
4. Dry mouth and Dizziness
5. Restlessness & Lack of Sleep
It may also badly interact with
1. Allergy or Asthma medicines such as Singulair, Accolate
2. Diabetes medicine and lower blood pressure
3. Pain Medicines
4. Cholesterol lowering drug- Statins
5. Warfarin – a blood thinner
It is important to note that mild headache experienced in first few days of the intake as your body goes through major shift . Garcinia Cambogia extract makes you feel full and hence you eat less than your normal intake.
Faint rash though hasn’t been reported with those who are taking branded products but they have reported fatty stool. As it reduces the fat quantity and therefore absorbed by the gut into the body and the fat is eliminated as stool.
Restlessness and lack of sleep is reported by those who don’t exercise. Part of the body energy comes from fat and with Garcinia , you eat less and you body starts working hard to break the energy. So if you don’t work out, you don’t get proper sleep.
Side effects cannot be discussed completely with talking about dosage. Research shows a healthy adult can take 2800 milligrams of HCA but for weight loss, this is considered a high dose. With obese, they tempt to take higher dose but excessive dose can make it worse.
In 2009 the Food and Drug warned people not to use Garcinia Cambogia supplements as it was found people taking Garcinia Cambogia got serious liver problems. People who should NOT take Garcinia Cambogia extract are
Pregnant Women and breast feeding women
People suffering from Dementia.
In general if you are under any medication, please consult your doctor before you take it.