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Does garcinia cambogia have any harsh side effects?

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Possible side effects of garcinia cambogia include headache, dizziness, dry mouth, and upset stomach or diarrhea, according to WebMD. The product may also interact negatively with medications being taken for diabetes, asthma, allergy, anemia and pain. Individuals taking statins, blood thinners and psychiatric drugs may also experience negative reactions.

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Research results are mixed on the safety of garcinia cambogia for the liver, states WebMD. Individuals who are pregnant or nursing, or those with kidney or liver problems should avoid using it. A 2005 study in Food and Chemical Toxicology cited by Women’s Health found that high doses of garcinia cambogia extract caused testicular atrophy and toxicity in mice. Many brands of garcinia cambogia-extract diet pills have failed independent laboratory quality and quantity testing. The supplements are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, or reviewed for effectiveness or safety, as of 2015.

Garcinia cambogia, also known as tamarind fruit, is a tropical fruit grown in Indonesia, explains Women’s Health. It is rich in calcium, iron, thiamine, phosphorus and niacin. The rind of the fruit contains a compound called hydroxycitric acid. This active ingredient has boosted fat burning and cut back appetite in studies by blocking an enzyme that the body uses to make fat, notes WebMD.

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