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Negligible Garcinia Cambogia Side Effects

Negligible Garcinia Cambogia Side Effects

There has been a lot of discussion about a weight loss supplement called Garcinia Cambogia. It has recently come to the public’s attention thanks to a positive report by popular television medical personality Dr. Mehmet Oz. Opinions pro and con about potential Garcinia Cambogia side effects have been the subject of on-line posts and discussions with health conscious people everywhere.

What Is Garcinia Cambogia?

To consider Garcinia Cambogia side effects we must first know something about the supplement. It is grown on a fruiting tree native to Indonesia, Australia and East Asia. The supplement is made from the rind of the fruit.

The fruit has been eaten by the indigenous people where it is grown for centuries. The medicinal properties have been known and used in traditional medicine for centuries. There have been no Garcinia Cambogia side effects known in folk medicine. Varieties of butterflies as well as other native species eat the fruit and tree as well without Garcinia Cambogia side effects.

Medicinal Use

The primary uses of Garcinia Cambogia in medicine are for weight loss and as a purgative in higher doses. The current discussions and common use in modern medicine is for its weight loss properties. The active chemical compound is Hydroxycitric acid (HCA).

Dr. Julie Chen presented the current scientific research on Garcinia Cambogia that Dr. Oz reviewed. She provided several current studies documenting its efficacy in weight loss and having a positive effect on serum lipids. The data clearly documented no evidence of negative Garcinia Cambogia side effects over 8 weeks of the one study group.

Study Results

The results of the medical investigation showed that participants lost 20-30% more weight over the study period with the supplement than without. In addition the effects on serum lipids were impressive. LDL (“bad” cholesterol) and triglycerides were both lowered while HDL (“good” cholesterol) was improved. An interesting side finding was increased serotonin levels. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter associated with mood, so it may improve mood as well.

How It Works

HCA has been shown to be a fat binder. It prevents ingested fats from being absorbed. The fats eaten bind to the HCA and are eliminated through the gastrointestinal tract. A second mechanism is stimulation of the satiety or hunger center in the brain suppressing hunger. Alone Garcinia Cambogia side effects are negligible.

The Controversy

Hydroxycitric acid is a component of several over the counter weight reduction formulas such as Hydroxycut, Leptoprin and XanGo. Several years ago several of these products came under fire for serious side effects from the drug ephedra. As a result ephedra has been taken off the market. These weight loss formulas no longer contain this chemical. There was never any evidence to support Garcinia Cambogia side effectsof any kind existed or contributed to the complaints lodged at that time.

In Excess

In excess too much water can kill you; it doesn’t mean it should be avoided. Garcinia Cambogia side effects result in loose stools with certain doses. It is a desired effect in traditional medicine. Recent scientific study and centuries of use support Garcinia Cambogia’s benefits in weight loss.