Is Garcinia Supplement Safe?

Garcinia supplement is made from garcinia cambogia or the Malabar tamarind, a kind of tropical fruit. The garcinia supplement is mostly used as the supplement to support the diet since it can block the body’s ability to generate fat and it puts some brakes for the appetite.

Also, it could help to keep the blood sugar and cholesterol in the proper level. It can be consumed in the form of fresh fruit or as supplement.

The garcinia cambogia itself contains fruit’s rind and hydroxycitric acid or HCA, which is boosting the fat-burning action and cutting back the appetites as found in several studies. This appears to block an enzyme called citrate lyase, which functions as the body’s fat producer. This will also generates and raises the level of brain chemical serotonin, which can make you always feel less hungry.

But unfortunately, the actual weight loss is not so impressive. A review of garcinia cambogia supplement that was published in the Journal of Obesity found that people who took garcinia cambogia in studies lost about two pounds more than people who do not take it. The researchers still not sure that the weight loss was caused by only from the supplement effect. It could have been from the low-calorie diet and intensive exercise programs. The better studies which is intensively aimed to find out if HCA is really helpful for losing the great sum of weight and keeping it is required.

Although this supplement’s main ingredient is the garcinia cambogia; which is a natural tropical fruit, this also possible to result the side effects. The possible side effects of taking garcinia cambogia are:

  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Upset stomach or diarrhea


In 2009, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of America warned everyone to stop to use the supplement contained garcinia cambogia since some people who was taking it were getting serious liver problems. Since the product has other ingredients beside garcinia itself, then it is not clear that garcinia was to blame. Some of researcher are still confronting on it, some of them are suggest and vice versa.

Since the study are mixed, you should talk to your doctor before decide it. Even it’s safe, it may not help you lose much weight. It is wiser to spend your money on healthy food or exercise.

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