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How does garcinia cambogia work?

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Garcinia cambogia may work to avert the storage of body fat and help to regulate the appetite; however, as of 2014, this effect on weight loss has not been proven effective, says WebMD. According to Women’s Health Magazine, these diet pills can be dangerous because they are not FDA regulated.

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This supplement is made out of the fruit rinds of a garcinia plant, which is grown in Indonesia. It contains many vitamins, including calcium, iron, thiamine and riboflavin, says Women’s Health Magazine. According to WebMD, garcinia goes by many names including, AHC, garcinia quaestia, brindle berry, hydroxycitrate, HCA and vrikshamia.

According to Authority Nutrition, garcinia cambogia is a fruit that looks like a small green pumpkin. It is used in Asian cuisine for its sour flavor. The rind of the fruit is what is used in weight loss supplements. WebMD says that garcinia is possibly safe when taken orally for up to 12 weeks, while data on its safety over the long-term is missing as of 2014. Possible side effects of garcinia include digestive tract upset and headache.

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