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What is in garcinia Cambogia pills

By Anonymous August 29, 2017 - 5:50am
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Is everything natural? Can a person with high blood pressure take it. Also I'm taking letrozole pill everyday. I had breast cancer 2 years ago

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER.

Garcinia cambogia, a tropical fruit also known as the Malabar tamarind, is a popular weight-loss supplement.

The active ingredient in the fruit's rind, hydroxycitric acid, or HCA, has boosted fat-burning and cut back appetite in studies. It appears to block an enzyme called citrate lyase, which your body uses to make fat. It also raises levels of the brain chemical serotonin, which may make you feel less hungry.

As with all dietary supplements, HCA could interact with medications you take. Before starting HCA, be sure to talk to your doctor.

Part of the allure of garcinia cambogia is the fact that it comes from a fruit, so it’s considered “natural.” However, this alone doesn’t make it a worthwhile supplement or even safe. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends using caution with products that claim to be quick fixes, promise fast weight loss, and use the term “natural.” Natural doesn’t necessarily mean safe. There are many poisonous plants that are natural, but can cause you serious harm. Many plants interfere with medication or are actually medications themselves.

More importantly, dietary supplements such as garcinia cambogia aren’t studied or approved by the FDA before they go on the market. Furthermore, supplement makers can claim that their products support normal body functions as long as they have a disclaimer stating that the FDA hasn’t evaluated those statements. In other words, supplements containing garcinia cambogia have not been rigorously tested for effectiveness, quality, purity, or safety.


August 29, 2017 - 9:42am
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