That’s right! Garcinia Cambogia has side effects so make sure you read this article and know what they are before you decide to give it a try…
People are raving about Garcinia Cambogia, the tropical fruit extract that is supposed to help people start losing weight almost immediately. The feedback shows that it works, but there is quite a bit of talk about side effects. While some say that they take it and suffer no health effects at all, there are others who insist that it does have side effects and even go to the extent of not recommending it. What are the facts? Let’s have a look.
Garcinia Cambogia extract is made from the fruit of a tree of the same name that grows in tropical parts of Asia. The rind of the fruit is the extract; once it is peeled off, it is dried and then cured for storage. The people native to the lands in which Garcinia Cambogia grows use it regularly to make meat and fish dishes more tasty, and it is also used to treat some ailments.
The question on your mind right now is probably how these people use the extract without side effects, and it is a fair one. To start with, you have to remember the commercial process that goes into preparing anything that has to have a shelf life. When the natives of South Asia grind Cambogia rinds for their own use, they grind just a little for their own personal use.
Commercially, it’s a whole different story. The extract has to be obtained in large amounts and these have to be kept from going bad using chemicals. The manufacturer uses the chemicals he feels is best – there is really no standard and there is little regulation. Could this be why some of the brands that come close from the source have a reputation for no side effects? Think of it as food in the farm compared to food in the can. The food in the can may not kill you, but we are all aware of the current drive to eat organic – the fresher we can get it, the healthier it is for our consumption.
In addition to that, tests on various Cambogia brands show that some of them have as little as 20% or 30% of the active ingredient for weight loss which is required (HCA), which means that they are most likely synthetically prepared from different chemicals.
What are the precise side effects that people have reported?
The most common are:
– Mild headaches
– Faint rash
– Fatty stools and sometimes diarrhea
– Restlessness and lack of sleep
It is important to understand each of these side effects. Mild headaches occur in the first few days because your body is experiencing such a major shift – headaches are a common reaction to change. Garcinia Cambogia extract makes you feel full, which means that you eat a lot less than your body is used to. Most people report that the headaches stop after a few days; in a healthy adult, they should.
The faint rash hasn’t been reported by those who use legitimate brands, but they have reported fatty stools and there is a perfectly good explanation for this. Garcinia Cambogia works in part by reducing the amount of fat that is absorbed by the gut into the body. This fat is eliminated as stool and thus the feeling that the bowel movements are different.
Restlessness and lack of sleep often get reported by those who don’t exercise, and they are as a result of too much energy in the body at bedtime. Part of your energy supply comes from fat. When you start taking Garcinia Cambogia, you start eating less, and what you eat is stripped of fat. Your body will sense that energy supplies are in danger and it will start to work harder to break down existing fat into energy. The result is that if you don’t work out, you are not sufficiently tired to fall asleep easily.
We cannot talk about side effects without mentioning dosage. The current recommended amounts in the market all assume that the person consuming the extract will be over 18 years of age, so it is recommended that anyone younger than that should find a different method for weight loss.
Although there is no specific dosage, lab research shows that a healthy adult can take 2,800 milligrams of HCA a day and be safe. For weight loss, this is considered high; you can lose weight successfully while taking 1,500 milligrams in doses of 500 milligrams each. While overly obese people may be tempted to up the dosage, it is not recommended; in most cases, obesity comes with other conditions that may be made worse by taking excessive dosages.
That said, there are people who should NOT take Garcinia Cambogia extract:
– Pregnant women and lactating mothers are among them; the research on that is on-going.
– Anybody with any form of dementia should also not use it at all – it seems to promote the symptoms.
– People who are on cholesterol lowering drugs shouldn’t either; there can be a reaction.
– Diabetics are warned not to use it as it can lower blood sugar suddenly.
– In general, if you suffer from any condition that requires constant medication, talk to your doctor before trying Garcinia Cambogia.
It is impossible to point to one brand and say that it is the best, but we can tell you how to shop smart. First, look at the amount of extract that is in the brand. If it isn’t over 50%, it’s not very effective. Additionally, look for brands that 100% filler-free. Filler is chemicals. You should also look for brands that provide more than 400 milligrams in each pill. Brands usually assure the market on quality by offering a 100%, no questions asked, money back guarantee so look out for that as well.
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