Garcinia Cambogia is a fruit native to India and Southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia and Thailand. It has long been used as a traditional medicine. In India, for example, it is used as a laxative and relief for rheumatism. Besides its medicinal value, it is also known for its weight loss properties. In Thailand, for instance, it is added to soup that is taken before a meal as it gives a feeling of fullness. Moreover, when it was reviewed by a celebrated physician on his show, its popularity in the mainstream health and wellness skyrocketed. But how safe is it when taken as a weight loss supplement?
Garcinia Cambogia, when taken as a weight loss supplement, usually comes in capsule form. And, although it comes in capsule form, it is generally safe to take. What manufacturers generally do is standardize the fruit into 60% HCA (hydroxycitric acid). HCA is the main compound that gives the supplement its natural weight loss properties. What HCA does is that it inhibits the conversion of unused sugar into fat. On the other hand, this unused sugar is converted into glycogen, which works as a source of energy for muscles during exercise.
Moreover, the supplement should be taken in appropriate dosages. The average recommended dosage is 1500 mg per day, but it can be taken up to 3000 mg per day. It should not go more than that. A 500-mg or 1000-mg capsule should be taken three times 30 to 60 minutes before each meal with an eight-ounce glass of water.
Although Garcinia Cambogia is considered a natural supplement, pregnant women should not take it. Those who are taking medications for diabetes should consult with their health care providers before taking the supplement as it may cause their blood sugar to fall lower than normal.