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Garcinia Cambogia

Garcinia Cambogia

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. 


Garcinia is a small to medium-sized tree that grows in India and Southeast Asia. The fruit rind contains the chemical hydroxycitric acid (HCA) and is used to make medicine. Don't confuse Garcinia with Garcinia hanburyi (gamboge resin).

People take Garcinia by mouth for weight loss, exercise performance, joint pain, bloody diarrhea, to increase bowel movements, and for treating worms and parasites.

How does it work?

Garcinia contains the chemical hydroxycitric acid. Some research suggests that HCA might prevent fat storage, control appetite, and increase exercise endurance; however, whether these effects occur in humans is unclear.

Traditionally used for

Exercise performance in women.
Weight loss.
Joint pain.
Treating worms and parasites.
Emptying the bowel.
Severe diarrhea (dysentery).


The appropriate dose of garcinia depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time, there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for garcinia. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

Possible Side Effects

Garcinia is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken orally in large amounts. There have been reports of mild liver problems in some people who have taken products containing garcinia; however, it is unclear if garcinia is the actual cause of liver problems in these reports or if it is due to other factors.

Common, but mild side effects also include nausea, digestive tract discomfort, and headache.

Special Precautions & Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking Garcinia if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Liver disease: Garcinia could worsen liver damage in people with liver disease. Don't use if you have liver disease.

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