At one point in history, people preferred synthetic drugs to natural remedies — brushing off the latter as mere folk belief. Today however, we are experiencing a return to Mother Nature’s gifts ever since science started discovering the merit behind what we thought as folk tales. One of the more popular natural remedies these days is that of Garcinia Cambogia lauded for its weight-loss and appetite suppressant effects.
Garcinia Cambogia is a tamarind variety often found in East and Southeast Asia as well as parts of Africa. Also called brindleberry, Malabar tamarind, kudam-puli or Garcinia gummi-gutta by locals, it is cited as an effective supplement to help overweight people suppress their appetite, feel fuller longer and boost metabolism. It must be noted however that just like any medication, there are standards on how and how much should a person take this miracle supplement.
Garcinia Cambogia supplements should contain more than 50% HCA (Hydrocitric Acid) since anything less than this percentage will be ineffective. Consumers should also pay attention if the brand they are taking has potassium which will improve absorption. Stay clear of supplements that have fillers (mostly chemicals), caffeine, sugar, binders or artificial ingredients. A lot of brands out there are unregulated and if the standards are not met, there are higher risks for side effects. Most people who take it suffer no ill health effects; however a percentage cited some reactions.
Side effects which were mentioned in various researches include:
– Moderate headaches
– Fatty stools and loose bowel movement
– Struggle to sleep
Most of these side effects are explicable, and with the use of a trusted quality brand some of these reactions are negligible. Headaches often occur to dieters once their food intake change. Since the supplement suppress one’s appetite, mild headaches due to lesser food intake can be expected. Consumers must learn to balance their meals once again to ensure that their body has what it needs but not more than necessary. Fatty stools may result from the supplements ability to reduce the fat that is absorbed by the body which means it needs to be eliminated through what we excrete. This side effect often does not last long as your body gets used to the new process of fat elimination and as you eat less of unhealthy food.
Any weight loss program should come with exercise. Taking a metabolism-boosting supplement without exercise will have some effect on the body’s ability to expend the extra energy being created within. So we need to go back to the reality that miracle drug or not, the body needs movement to become healthy and stay well.
If the supplement’s quality is warranted and taken in proper dosages — you must be above 18 years old and taking only 2,800 milligrams of HCA at the most per day — the risk of having major reactions is lessened.
Pregnant and lactating women are advised not to take Garcinia Cambogia until results of ongoing research are made available. People taking medications for managing cholesterol should ask for the physician’s advice as there may be an adverse reaction to the supplement. Diabetics should be careful in taking the supplement, if at all, since it can lower blood sugar drastically. It is always best to consult your primary physician first before taking ANY supplement, including Garcinia Cambogia.