Allergy is an immune response of the body to a foreign substance that it is sensitive to. Very often, an allergic reaction does damage to the body and causes many unpleasant and often serious symptoms. If the possibility of an allergic reaction is keeping you from trying Garcinia Cambogia extract, you are probably being overcautious.
Allergy is not a big concern with Garcinia, but the possibility cannot be ruled out. People are allergic to a variety of things like molds, dust, pollen, drugs, cosmetics, food substances, etc.
So in theory, HCA, the active substance in Garcinia supplements can also cause an allergic reaction.
The Chance Of An Allergic Response To Garcinia Is Very Low:
Allergy is specific to an individual and the allergen (the substance that causes the allergy). Just because one person is having an allergy to something does not in any way influence the chances of it occurring to another unless the two people are closely related.
In the case of natural substances, if you have an allergy to one substance, then the chances of you having an allergy to similar substances is significant. Conversely, if you are not allergic to a substance, the chances of you being allergic to similar substances is negligible.
Reports about allergy to Garcinia are very rare and in cases where it has occurred, it is not really clear whether Garcinia was the cause. The active ingredient of Garcinia, HCA, is similar to citric acid, which is present in most citrus fruits and in soft drinks. HCA is also present in much lower concentrations in some other fruits.
If you are not allergic to fruits, the chances of your being allergic to Garcinia is very low. However, since it is a natural substance and the possibility cannot be entirely ruled out, it is better to know the symptoms. These are the symptoms that can occur if someone who is sensitive to a natural substance is exposed to it.
Typical symptoms of allergic reactions to natural substances:
- 1: Skin irritation like itching, rashes that appear quickly in multiple places, hives, etc.
- 2: Swelling of the lips, eyelids, arms, face or throat.
- 3: Irritation or redness in the eyes or watery eyes.
- 4: Itching or tingling sensations in the mouth and throat.
- 5: Wheezing, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest and other respiratory problems.
Allergic reactions, when they occur, should be taken seriously. Don’t expect the symptoms to just go away. Consult your doctor immediately, especially when respiratory problems are present.
Should You Be Cautious About Garcinia Cambogia?
If you have a history of allergy to natural substances, especially citrus fruits or if someone in your family (parent, brother, sister, cousin, etc.) has a history of such reactions, you should approach any new natural substance with a bit of caution.
The easiest way to check for allergy to something is to expose yourself to a minute quantity of the substance. The best option would be to try the fruit rind, which may be available in its dry form in stores selling Asian spices or food ingredients.
The easier option is to order a sample bottle of the supplement at its lowest dose. Once you take it, wait for at least 24 hours for any symptoms to appear before you try a higher dose.
Reducing The Chances Of Allergy:
While Garcinia is not likely to cause allergy, the same thing cannot be said about other additives, preservatives and fillers. Make sure that you buy supplements containing pure Garcinia Cambogia extract only. Buy only products from reputed brands and from trustworthy sources.
If the worry about allergy is keeping you from trying Garcinia supplements, understand that the probability is almost negligible. You only need to be a little cautious if you are allergic to fruits or any other natural products. However, in case you experience any of the allergy symptoms given above, please consult your doctor immediately.