Garcinia Cambogia Side Effects

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There are a number of garcinia cambogia side effects of which you should be aware before you add this fruit to your diet.

Garcinia cambogia is a small, pumpkin-shaped fruit, ranging in size from an orange to a grapefruit which is native to Southeast Asia and India. This plant belongs to the Garcinia genus, which has more than 390 different species. Also known as Garcinia gummi-gutta, various parts of this fruit have become very popular in recent years in proposed herbal weight loss supplements. While there are many claims to its efficacy, and some anecdotal evidence, the scientific community as a whole has not acknowledged many of this fruit’s health benefits.

The fruit rind and extract are the two parts of the fruit used most commonly and can provide a sour flavor to many Southeast Asian dishes. Extracts and the fruit rind are also made into various supplements and compounds, but excessive use of this extract has been linked to a number of negative side effects mentioned above.

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Garcinia Cambogia Side Effects

While the health benefits of this fruit may remain in question, there are a number of side effects that have been reported by those using this fruit.

  • Dizziness
  • Skin rashes
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Dry mouth and bad breath
  • Upset stomach, diarrhea
  • Complications of pregnancy
  • Problems with breastfeeding
  • Liver damage and hepatotoxicity
  • Cognitive confusion and “brain fog”
  • Difficulty in managing the symptoms of diabetes
  • Serotonin toxicity
  • Compromised immune function
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Negative interactions with various pain medicines
  • Interact poorly with asthma and allergy medicines

NotePregnant and breastfeeding women, in particular, should speak with their doctor before adding any herbal supplements to their diet.

Make sure you consult with your doctor before adding it to your diet given the wide range of side effects it can have on the body.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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