How safe is Garcinia Cambogia?
As with all supplements and dieting pills, it’s important to know exactly what you are taking and whether or not it is safe.
While most products that hit the shelves in health food shops will have been tested and proven safe for consumption, many varieties sold online will not have been officially approved.
The beauty of Garcinia Cambogia, and HCA (Hydroycitric Acid) as an extract, is that it is 100% natural and comes straight from the fruit itself.
It is extracted from the rind of the Tamarind, or Monkey Fruit, and is a rich source of antioxidants; antioxidants are those clever little things that help clean the body of free-radicals and other nasties.
The Tamarind fruit has been used for generations in its native Southeast Asia, not only as a delicious ingredient in curries and other traditional recipes, but also as digestive aid and treatment for constipation, high cholesterol and dysentery, among other things.
Since HCA occurs naturally in the rind of the fruit, there should be no chemical enhancement in products that contain 100% Garcinia Cambogia.
Are there any side effects?
While it is relatively common for chemically manufactured pills and medicines to cause side-effects, it is also quite possible that some natural supplements may cause a few adverse reactions as well. Any supplement should give clear information on any potential side-effects that may occur as a result of taking them.
Garcinia Cambogia has been subject to several clinical trials in order to establish any nasty reactions that it might cause and on the whole, there are none to report. Since it is used in traditional medicine to treat constipation, there is some evidence that in high doses it may have a laxative effect, but taken correctly at the recommended doses Garcinia Cambogia seems to cause absolutely no side effects.
Who shouldn't take Garcinia Cambogia?
As with all medicines, there are certain groups of people that should avoid Garcinia Cambogia; for example, pregnant and breastfeeding women are always advised to avoid dieting or weight-loss supplements, and people with diabetes should also be careful about what supplements they are taking, particularly those that interfere with blood sugar levels.
On the whole, Garcinia Cambogia is a perfectly safe and 100% natural substance, however, if you have any concerns about taking any medication or supplement, or you suffer from any underlying health issues, you should always consult your GP or Health Care Provider.