HCA used in dietary supplements usually comes from garcinia. It might prevent fat storage, control appetite, and increase exercise endurance. But it's unclear if these effects occur in humans.
People commonly use garcinia for obesity, athletic performance, joint pain, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Don't confuse garcinia with gamboge, Malabar nut, mangosteen, or tamarind. These are not the same.
Uses & Effectiveness
We currently have no information for GARCINIA overview.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if garcinia or a chemical found in garcinia, called hydroxycitric acid (HCA), are safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Bipolar disorder: Garcinia can worsen mania in bipolar disorder. Don't use if you have bipolar disorder.
Liver disease: Garcinia might harm the liver. This could worsen liver damage in people with liver disease. Don't use if you have liver disease.
Surgery: The HCA in garcinia might affect blood sugar levels and slow blood clotting. This might make it more difficult to control blood sugar and bleeding during and after surgery. Stop taking HCA at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Serotonergic drugs interacts with GARCINIA
Garcinia might increase a brain chemical called serotonin. Some medications also have this effect. Taking garcinia along with these medications might increase serotonin too much. This might cause serious side effects including heart problems, seizures, and vomiting.
Medications that can harm the liver (Hepatotoxic drugs) interacts with GARCINIA
Garcinia might harm the liver. Some medications can also harm the liver. Taking garcinia along with a medication that can harm the liver might increase the risk of liver damage.
Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with GARCINIA
Garcinia might lower blood sugar levels. Taking garcinia along with diabetes medications might cause blood sugar to drop too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely.
Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs) interacts with GARCINIA
Garicina might slow blood clotting. Taking garcinia along with medications that also slow blood clotting might increase the risk of bruising and bleeding.
Be cautious with this combination
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