Whenever we buy any product that affects our health, it is natural to be concerned about its safety and adverse effects. Although Garcinia Cambogia is a very safe supplement, it is always better to thoroughly understand the possibility of any side-effects or other contra-indications.
You may be wondering how something that has been used for food preparation for centuries can have side-effects. When we take Garcinia as a supplement, the active substance (HCA) is taken at higher concentrations than what is present in food.
So it would not be correct to entirely rule out the possibility of side-effects.
As long as the supplement you take contains only HCA as the active ingredient and does not have any artificial additives like caffeine, the chances of side-effects are minimal and are mild when they occur.
Before getting into the side-effects of Garcinia cambogia extract, it is important to understand the difference between side-effects, allergies and interactions.
Side-Effects, Allergies And Interactions
Are Not The Same Things:
Side-effects are usually mild discomforts or undesired effects of taking a drug or supplement. They only cause discomfort and are not otherwise harmful. Side-effects do not occur in every person who takes the supplement.
The degree of undesired effects can differ depending on how the supplement is taken and the dosage. Side-effects tend to become milder or disappear completely after a person takes the supplement for a few days.
If the degree of discomfort is very high, an adjustment of the dosage may become necessary.
Unlike side-effects, an allergic reaction is an immune system response. It only occurs in a very insignificant percentage of the population. The symptoms tend to be severe and in some cases can even be life-threatening.
In the case of allergy, immediate medical attention is advisable. Unlike side-effects, allergic reactions will not stop until the exposure to the offending substance is completely stopped.
Allergic reactions tend to show up even with exposure to traces of the substance. Even a food that contains the substance can trigger it. It is not possible to know if you are allergic to a substance unless you are exposed to it.
Interaction occurs when one substance alters the way in which another substance works within the body. Drug interactions are usually well-documented and normally such combinations are not administered or are given carefully under a doctor’s supervision.
Now that you understand the differences between side effects, allergic reactions and drug interactions, let’s take a look at garcinia cambogia extract to see if there are any side effects that you should worry about.
Garcinia Cambogia Side-Effects:
Are There Any To Worry About?
Please note that side-effects don’t occur in all people and when they are experienced, all of them need not occur together. Here are the reported side-effects of Garcinia:
1: Mild headache.
2: Slight dizziness.
3: A drowsy feeling.
4: Digestive tract discomfort, increased bowel movement (laxative effect).
At the recommended doses, the intensity of the above symptoms is very mild or non-existent. Garcinia does lower blood sugar, therefore, people who are taking medicines to control blood sugar should not take it (at any dosage level) without consulting their doctor.
People who are suffering from any form of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease should not take Garcinia. It is also not recommended for people who are taking drugs to control cholesterol.
Studies Regarding The Side-Effects Of Garcinia:
Several studies have been conducted to better understand the side-effects of Garcinia and the situations in which they occur. No significant side-effects have been reported at the recommended doses in the test group when compared to control groups.
In many instances when symptoms of discomfort were reported, upon investigation it has been found that the problem is due to some other factor such as the weather or were just the symptoms of anxiety about taking a new supplement.
In case you experience any side-effects with a high degree of discomfort or they last longer than the first few days, it is better to check with your doctor to ascertain the cause.
The Common Reasons For HCA Side-Effects:
The fact remains that only a small percentage of people who take Garcinia have reported side-effects and the vast majority are not experiencing them. Upon investigation of the cases where the side-effects have resulted in a high degree of discomfort, the following observations were made:
- 1: Some of these people took more than the recommended doses, either due to their enthusiasm to lose weight or they were misled by some online reviews, which claimed that faster weight loss can be achieved with higher doses.
- 2: Some people were taking supplements of inferior quality with artificial additives.
- 3: Taking the supplements without a break for more than 12 weeks at a stretch.
- 4: Not following the instructions on the pack.
- 5: Not drinking enough water.
To Reduce The Chances Of Side-Effects:
2: Never exceed the maximum dosage of 3000 mg per day without consulting a doctor.
3: Follow the instructions on the pack and drink plenty of water, about eight glasses a day, the more the better.
Garcinia Cambogia is safe and free from any major side-effects when taken at the recommended doses by normal healthy people. Although there are no indications to the contrary, children, pregnant women and those who are breastfeeding should not take it.
In case you experience any Garcinia Cambogia side-effects for longer than a few days or if they are causing too much discomfort, you should consult your doctor. An adjustment of the dosage will usually solve the problem.