Garcinia Cambogia is one of the newer weight loss supplements that has hit the market, and it is gaining significant attention. It is being touted as a very good weight loss supplement. It is reported to help it’s users lose weight, improve mood swings, prevent formation of fat at a cellular level and decrease overall appetite. Recently, Dr. Oz called Garcinia a “revolutionary fat buster.”
However, as with all “miracles,” usually a price is to be paid in side effects. This seems to be where it is somewhat different as not many users have reported negative effects when using it.
As with all supplements, you must use some preliminary precautions before including it in your daily regimen, and you should speak with your healthcare practitioner before adding it.
Some of the Garcinia Cambogia Side Effects that users have experienced are:
- Mild nausea
- Increase in bowel movements
- Digestive discomfort
- Lower blood sugar levels
As noted, most of these effects are relatively mild and do not inhibit any bodily functions or cause major damage. However, patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia diseases should avoid taking this supplement due to the possibility of forming acetylcholine in the brain, which could cause a domino effect of other serious health problems.
Also, Garcinia is not recommended for use in women that are pregnant or breastfeeding because of the risk and complications that could arise when taking any non FDA approved supplement. Read here for details: Is Garcinia Cambogia Safe During Pregnancy?
Interactions with Drugs
Due to Garcinia’s ability to lower blood sugar levels, it is not recommended for those with diabetes. This is because patients with this illness may experience significant drops and spikes in insulin levels causing damage to the body. If someone who has diabetes decides to take Garcinia Cambogia, he or she should be closely monitored by a professional during usage to avoid negative health consequences.
Interactions with Herbal Supplements
As noted previously, Garcinia Cambogia should not be taken in conjunction with other medications or herbs that lower blood sugar levels to avoid unnecessary complications.
Those taking any form of Calcium or Vitamin D should also be advised that it may minimise absorption, therefore it should subsequently be taken 2-3 hours after.
What to Look For When Choosing
When you are choosing which brand to buy, you want to be sure that you are getting exactly what you are looking for. You need to be sure that you are getting a product with at least 1000 mg per serving and states that it contains 50% HCA (Hydroxycitric Acid), which is the key active ingredient in the Garcinia fruit.
As with any supplement on the US market, The Cambogia is not FDA approved. Therefore, caution should be taken when deciding which brand to purchase and the correct dosage for each individual. There is no guarantee that you are getting what it says on the packaging, so be sure to look for independent third party testers that test for qualities of different supplements. Be sure to consult a health care practitioner immediately if you experience negative side effects or believe that the supplement may be causing harm.
Caution to Avoid Unwanted Side Effects:
Avoid buying supplements that are made from China. These supplements have recently hit the market and are made using synthetic Garcinia and the concentration is extremely low. These supplements may also be fused with other ingredients which can cause unwanted negative effects. Therefore, you are unlikely to experience any of the positive benefits of garcinia as a weight loss accelerant and fat inhibitor.
When weighing the benefits and side effects, it is clear that Garcinia is a relatively safe supplement on the market. However, correct dosages and other precautionary measures should be applied when using any supplement.