Garcinia Cambogia is a yellow/green fruit that looks like a small pumpkin. It is native to Indonesia, Africa, India and is also cultivated in some parts of Southeast Asia. The locals mainly use it for food. They use it as a condiment to curries, meat and seafood dishes. It is also put into soups or turned into a more filling dish.
In other parts of the globe, Garcinia Cambogia is known as a powerful weight loss supplement. Its extract is made into pills which one can take to control his or her weight. As with any other miracle supplements, Garcinia is also challenged with several controversial questions. Here we answer some of them.
Does it interact with other medications?
Dr. Julie Chen is one of the leading figures in the studies about Garcinia Cambogia. According to her, as a general rule, one should not take supplements with medication. You should wait 2 to 3 hours before taking the next one. Garcinia Cambogia is generally safe with medications but there are some medicines that should not be taken with it.
If you are taking cholesterol-lowering drugs such as statins, you should not take this extract as it may cause skeletal muscle degeneration. If you are taking blood pressure medication such as beta blockers, calcium channel blockers and nitrates, you should not take the pill. If you are not sure if your medicines fall under any of these categories, ask your doctor.
If you have diabetes and are taking insulin and other diabetes medicines, you should avoid Garcinia supplements entirely as it may lower blood sugar levels. It also has an adverse effect on people with dementia and Alzheimer’s. It makes these illnesses worse.
As some products in the market contain adequate amounts of potassium and calcium, a person with arrhythmia and other heart diseases should not take G. Cambogia.
Caution is also advised for patients who are being treated for pain or any psychiatric conditions. The pills increase serotonin levels in the body and it may have an adverse effect on said patients.
Persons taking stimulants such as ephedrine are also advised not to take these pills.
As a general rule, consult your doctor or health care provider before starting any supplement or weight loss regimen. You should also be careful if you have any health conditions or you are sensitive or allergic to some drugs and herbal supplements.
The extract does not have any reported side effects when taken according to the correct dosage. However, if one goes beyond that, he or she may experience some headaches, nausea, dry mouth, diarrhea, increased bowel movements and dizziness.
This extract has been undergoing research for the past 15 years and so far, it has been declared safe for most users. Again, if you are sensitive to herbal supplements, consult your physician before taking this. If you experience any of the above symptoms, stop using the pill and consult your doctor.
The recommended dose of 50% HCA is between 500-1500 mg per day. The dose depends on your current weight and your metabolism. Other factors that come into play are your activity levels (exercise, work, etc.), your age, your current health condition and even your diet. If you are under a low-carb diet, the supplement may work slowly.
The dose also depends on the brand you are buying. For some, you only need one pill a day. Others require you to take one pill before breakfast, lunch and dinner. Some people take the pill after meals so that they can avoid snacking or stress eating.
The recommended duration is 12 weeks. After that, you should take a week or two off then you can resume taking it again.