There are many weight loss supplements in the market which promises amazing weight loss results. People look for these supplements because some may have certain eating disorders that make it difficult to lose weight while others may find that they are hitting a plateau with their weight loss program. While taking a weight loss supplement offers an attractive method to lose weight, some people might be concerned about the safety aspects of the supplement. Read more below to learn about the safety implications of an effective supplement in the market the Garcinia Cambogia Extract.
The Garcinia Cambogia Extract or commonly known as the hydroxycitric acid (HCA) extracted from the Garcinia Cambogia fruit is a popular natural supplement in the market for weight loss and obesity problem. There is research that showed that using the HCA supplement extracted from the Garcinia Cambogia fruit is able to help a person lose weight up to 2 to 3 times more effectively than one without taking the supplement.
Coupled with a proper diet and exercise plan, a person can lose up to 4 pounds in a month taking the HCA supplement. This is because Garcinia Cambogia is a natural suppressor of appetite and inhibitor of fat production. This dual property helped a person with weight loss and obesity problems effectively and efficiently. While there is not much doubt on the weight loss effects of the Garcinia Cambogia extract, many people may be concerned about any possible side-effects or safety implications to health when taking this supplement.
Garcinia has been used for centuries in Asian countries for culinary purposes as a condiment and flavouring agent in place of tamarind or lemon, and to make meals more filling. It has also been widely used as an anti-obesity herbal supplement for decades around the world.
In a review article published on Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Volume 2012 (2012) on the toxicity of Garcinia or hydroxycitric acid (HCA), it was concluded that the various studies supported its safety and also demonstrated a wide margin of safety for human consumption.
The animal and clinical toxicology studies have also shown that HCA is generally safe and is classified as NOAEL (No Observable Adverse Effect Level) up to 1240 mg/kg/day. In addition, by virtue of the fact that the HCA extract has been widely used as an anti-obesity herbal supplement for decades around the world without report of birth defect or reproductive problem suggests that HCA is unlikely to cause reproductive or developmental toxicity.
However, pregnant women or mothers who are breastfeeding should not take the Garcinia Cambogia Extract supplement. Those who are taking diabetic medication like insulin or glyburide should also consult a doctor before taking this supplement because there is a risk that the supplement will cause blood sugar level to dip lower than usual. People with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia shouldnt take HCA because of the risk of worsening dementia.
When buying this supplement, be sure to look for label that indicate the list of ingredients and be sure to review them. Do not purchase if there is no list of ingredients. Also, there should not be fillers or artificial ingredients inside the supplement. Be sure to follow the instruction given on the daily consumption dosage and do not exceed 300 mg total per day.