The ingredient in Garcinia cambogia is the fruit rind of the garcinia plant, states WebMD. This plant is used as a weight loss supplement, although there is currently not enough research as of 2015 to either prove or disprove this theory.
Although some believe that Garcinia cambogia helps inhibit the body from storing fat and represses the appetite, it has other possible uses such as a method to treat worm and parasite infestations, explains WebMD. People also use it to treat severe diarrhea and empty the bowel as well as increase exercise stamina. There is a lack of definitive proof that Garcinia cambogia is useful in any of these situations. There are also no reported drug interactions with the supplement as of 2015.
Experts think that it is most likely safe for people to take this supplement by mouth for at least 12 weeks, suggests WebMD. However, they advise users not to take it for longer periods of time as long-term effects are unknown, although it can result in indigestion and headaches. Medical professionals do suggest that women who are either pregnant or breast-feeding stay away from the supplement. Because dosage depends on age, health and other factors, an individual should seek professional help before taking Garcinia cambogia.