Written by Lisa Allen, MD
What are the main Garcinia Cambogia side effects? Are there anything to worry about when taking this supplement? Well, if past scientific studies and consumer testimonials are anything to go by, then Garcinia is aboveboard safe. Some people who have consumed it have complained of minor issues like headaches, nausea and stomach upsets.
Apart from this, people who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, diabetes, pregnant women and those who may suffer from an allergic reaction of Cambogia are advised against taking the fruit.
People who take cholesterol-lowering drugs like a statin are advised to steer clear from Garcinia Cambogia to avoid likely muscle degeneration and rhabdomyolysis. The following is a comprehensive list of side effects based on anecdotal reports.
- Common cold
- Digestive tract discomfort
- Skin rash
- Increased hunger
Please note that some of these side effects may decrease with a smaller dosage or over time.
Garcinia Cambogia Side Effects According To Scientific Studies
There have been several research studies to test Garcinia Cambogia safety. The foremost, a double blind study, brought together some 706 participants who were put under HCA. The results which were later published in the Journal of Obesity lauded Garcinia Cambogia immense benefits – “statistically significant weight loss effects”. Majority of those who took part in the test reported decreased appetite and a 5-6% reduction in BMI. Further, this report showed changes in serotonin levels in the body.
Yet another study that was done at Creighton University in 2002 showed that Garcinia is a safe substance to use. A closer look at the study shows that the lethal dosage in lab-test rats to be far greater than five thousand mg per kilogram (5000mg/kg). This therefore makes Garcinia quite safe for human consumption.
Scientist from the Department of Biochemistry, Rovira I Virgiis University (Spain) recently confirmed the news that Garcinia Cambogia is totally safe for human consumption. After carrying out a 12 week placebo-controlled study, they concluded that provided Garcinia is administered at the right doses, then the chances of adverse events in humans are very minimal.
The Natural Fat Loss Pharmacy, under the leadership of Dr. Harry Preuss also rates Garcinia as safe. Preuss, in a statement posted on his official website claims that the extract from the ring of Garcinia Cambogia can actually lead to a 30% reduction in appetite. Dr. Preuss’ kind words are echoed by yet another popular health specialist called Dr. Mehmet Oz (of the popular Dr. Oz show) who recently termed Garcinia as “The Holy Grail of Weight Loss.”
Garcinia’s History Speaks For Itself
What is interesting about Garcinia Cambogia is that it has been used by humankind since time immemorial. According to historians, native Indian and Indonesian war men would carry this fruit with them to avoid hunger pangs during long days in the battlefield. Likewise, the fruit was fed to ancient, long distance travelers in Africa as a measure to control hunger during long travel missions.
To sum it up, although there are several Garcinia Cambogia side effects, in reality such are very minor and mild. If still in doubt, kindly consult a medical expert for further tips before switching to the Cambogian life!