Wow I find it amazing how many brands of garcinia there are these days as it seems everyone is selling garcinia online or in stores.
You will find the garcinia extract ingredient mixed with other weight loss ingredients or you will see garcinia with may different strengths of HCA ranging from 50% HCA to 80% HCA which scares me and it should scare you too!
Here’s a list of questions that many concerned consumers are asking about the safety of garcinia and the effects it may have on the body. Also we will guide you on how you can make sure you’re buying the right garcinia for weight loss.
Is Garcinia Cambogia Safe for Your Liver?
How safe garcinia is on the liver would depend on the strength of Hydroxycitric Acid “HCA” because the liver processes everything we eat and the higher the strength the more toxic it becomes.
The recommended HCA dosage is 50% – 60% HCA and NOTHING HIGHER!
Stronger is NOT better in this case. In FACT the FDA issued a safety warning in 2009 after being flooded with reports of severe reactions from people who were taking another weight loss supplement called Hydroxycut that contained a higher strength of garcinia as part of the ingredients. The main health issue was liver damage and Health Canada banned all Hydroxycut product from being sold in Canada at the time.
There was debate over the root cause while the manufacturer tried to defend themselves but many fingers were in fact pointing at the very high strength of garcinia as the main culprit. Now in 2015 after years of clinical studies and written approvals from Health Canada, you can once again buy Hydroxycut in Canada because it’s completely safe to take now that it contains the maximum garcinia dosage of 60%.
The higher the strength of garcinia cambogia HCA levels can also lead to other unwanted side effects beside just liver damage. There are newer reports of it lowering blood sugar level down past the point of being healthy, leading to issues for those with diabetes or those taking diabetes treatments.
Is Garcinia Cambogia Safe for Pregnancy?
A flat out NO!! One thing you will notice on every label of garcinia is a statement discouraging the use of this supplement while breast feeding because there just isn’t enough clinical data supporting it’s safety for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
Garcinia is a carbohydrate blocker and will restrict the conversion of carbs into glucose or energy which if not used up will then be stored as fat. Pregnancy requires weight gain so the baby can achieve a healthy term as the baby grows inside the belly. Depriving the baby of anything could result in birth defects BUT again there hasn’t been enough studies conducted, so do not take any chances.
Once your child is done breast feeding, then mom can start looking at ways to reduce her weight safely and a garcinia supplement that is safely between 50% – 60% HCA can certainly help.
Is Garcinia Cambogia Safe for the Heart?
This depends on the hearts condition at the time. For those patients already suffering from heart disease taking a Garcinia Cambogia supplement may not be a very good idea at all because this supplement can raise metabolism levels meaning the heart will be stimulated to beat faster.
We all know that weight loss can improve blood pressure but those with a heart condition may run into other issues before they can really lose any weight.
In general any natural ingredient is safe to take but the more concentrated it is the more effects it can have in the body. The real concern here would be the interaction the ingredients may have on heart disease or any heart condition because there really is no supporting clinical data concluding that it’s completely safe for these patience. My advice, for those with a heart condition would be to never take any supplement until you get approval from your doctor.
Is Garcinia Cambogia Safe for Diabetics?
When we lose weight or have a healthy body weight it will most certainly leads to lower blood pressure and lower blood sugar levels making this a major plus for a diabetic, or anyone who may have issues with stabilized blood-glucose levels. Based on research Garcinia Cambogia can reduce the rate at which glucose (the sugar your body’s cells need for energy) is used in the body so it’s well known for controlling blood-sugar levels by improving glucose metabolism, which is often a goal of patients who have diabetes.
The real concern with diabetes and garcinia cambogia supplements is the dangers of blood-sugar levels that drop too low but there still isn’t any supporting data from clinical trials to support the claim that garcinia supplements can have this effect. For those individuals who are taking insulin or any other diabetes medications really should speak to their doctor first to ensure the garcinia interaction is being monitored properly.
So when I get asked, “Is garcinia cambogia safe for diabetics?” whether they are considered to by Type 1 or type 2, my response is always going to be talk to your doctor first.
Who Should NOT Take Garcinia Cambogia Supplements?
Putting a very basic list together based on facts from research or known garcinia interactions within the body the people who should not take a garcinia supplement would be those who have any type of heart disease, diabetes, pregnant or breastfeeding women, small children or those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer disease.
Who is Garcinia Cambogia Safe For?
As you may already know the garcinia cambogia fruit can be found in Indonesia, Asia, Africa, and India and is still used on a regular basis in Asian diets. There are many people who eat the fruits just because it taste good but there are people who could really benefits from the garcinia cambogia extract supplement as well.
Those people that are over weight or suffer from obesity can really benefit from the right garcinia supplement. If you are used of a high carbohydrate diet then this supplement is for you considering it’s a carbohydrate blocker that can make you lose weight without realizing it. You can actually eat the exact same without changing your diet or without exercising because the garcinia is going to prevent the conversion of many of the carbohydrates you’ll be eating.
Keep in mind that just the opposite is true too! If you already limit your carbohydrates and exercise on a regular basis you will NOT see the same results as those that are already overweight and eat a lot of carbs everyday. Your results will come but at a much slower rate so don’t expect amazing results overnight.
What is a Safe Garcinia Cambogia Supplement?
Like most things these days there are good products and bad product even though they carry the exact same name like “Garcinia Cambogia Supplements”. Fact is there is proof from clinical studies conducted by third party labs that have shown some of the garcinia products being sold online are not what they say they are, meaning they do NOT contain the proper amounts of HCA needed to positively affect weight loss which is it’s main intended purpose.
Then comes inconsistent weight loss which then results in very different customer reviews based on the different levels of satisfaction from using the product. Basically what I’m saying is that some people will say it really works while others call it a scam.
Then when you factor in that some people do not take the garcinia supplement properly therefore not seeing any results clouds the true effectiveness of the supplement.
To ensure you will achieve the results you’re looking for from this weight loss supplement, here is a list of things or basic guidelines you should follow when shopping for a real garcinia supplement. Following this list will help you stay away from garcinia cambogia pills that may not be safe to take.
- The label on the bottle should clearly list the ingredients as having 50% – 60% HCA. No more and No Less.
- The list of ingredients should include, Potassium,Chromium and Calcium. These are vital for help with boosting metabolism thus making the garcinia work the way it’s suppose to.
- Ensure there are NO artificial fillers, binders or ingredients included in the ingredients.
- The daily recommended dose should NEVER be more than 4500 mg of garcinia cambogia extract.
- All supplements that are manufactured in Canada have to be Health Canada approved so there is no risk of buying a supplement that contains less ingredients than what it says on the label.
Even though the garcinia is block carbohydrates thus forcing you to lose weight without exercise or diet changes you can power boost the effects of glucose restrictions and fat cell reduction by incorporating a healthy diet with light to moderate exercise each day.