Side Effects of Garcinia Cambogia

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Garcinia Cambogia is the latest craze to hit the in weight loss supplements.  The supplement gained its fame when Dr Oz Mehmet raved about it during an October, 2012 episode of his popular daytime show.

People from all across North America and other parts of the world have been flocking to any store that sells this “magical weight loss pill” in the hopes of finally losing the unwanted excess pounds.

As the novelty and craze for the “best diet pill to ever hit the market” slowly calms to a more rational state, people are starting to ask:  Are there any side effects in taking Garcinia Cambogia?

Garcinia Cambogia is a small, green coloured fruit that is found in areas of Africa, parts of India, Indonesia and China.  It has a naturally sour taste that is used to add flavour to many Asian dishes and recipes.

The skin or rind of Garcinia Cambogia contains a component called Hydroxycitric Acid or HCA. HCA stops the body from converting carbohydrates and other simple sugars in fats by blocking the body’s natural enzyme, Citrate Lyase. HCA decreases appetites and cravings by increasing the body’s serotonin levels.    

By decreasing the appetite and preventing sugars from being converted to fat, Garcinia Cambogia naturally aids in weight loss.

When taking the prescribed dose of 250-1000mg per day, there have been no side effects reported or discovered in tests and laboratory studies.   However, when taken higher than recommended doses, some people have experienced adverse effects from taking the supplement.

Mild Side Effects

When people took Garcinia Cambogia in higher than recommended doses, some people have complained of headaches, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.  Garcinia Cambogia should only be taken in the prescribed dose.


Some people who take Garcinia Cambogia may have an allergic reaction to the supplement.  Symptoms include redness, rash or hives on the skin, itching, watery eyes, swelling, difficulty breathing, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting as well as feelings of panic, fear and doom.   People who show signs of having an allergic reaction should stop taking the supplement and see a Dr immediately.

Low Blood Sugar Levels

Garcinia Cambogia has an adverse effect on blood sugar – or glucose – levels.  Garcinia Cambogia decreases glucose levels.   Someone with Diabetes can be at risk for going into Hypoglycemia when taking Garcinia Cambogia.  It is not recommended that individuals with Diabetes take Garcinia Cambogia unless they have consulted with their doctor first.

Kidney and Liver Disease

Our kidneys and liver remove toxins, waste and other substances from our body.  They are the main organs designed to clean the body of impurities.   People who already have diseases of the kidneys or liver should not take Garcinia Cambogia because their bodies might not be able to utilize and remove the supplement effectively.

Testicular Atrophy

If taken in extremely high doses, the men might notice a shrinking to their testes.   The recommended dosage for an adult is between 205-1000mg per day.

People who are pregnant, breastfeeding, suffering from Dementia or Alzheimer’s should not take Garcinia Cambogia.