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Garcinia Cambogia

Garcinia Cambogia


This fact sheet provides basic information about Garcinia Cambogia. Garcinia cambogia, is a relatively small purple fruit that contains a chemical compound called Hydroxycitric acid (HCA). HCA is much like a derivative of the same citric acid that can be found in many other citric fruits whose chemical make up is only slightly different. Studies indicate that HCA may assist in weight loss because of its ability to regulate metabolism.

Common Names

Gambooge, Brindle berry, Brindall berry, Malabar Tamarind, Kodumpulli, Goraka

Latin Names

Garcinia cambogia

What It Is Used For

  • Weight Loss

How It Is Used

While there is no recommended dosage, a normal dosage of HCA would likely be 250 to 1,000 mg taken 3 times per day. The reason that they say 250 to 1,000 mg of HCA as opposed to garcinia cambogia itself is because more products labeled garcinia cambogia are standardized to contain a fixed amount of HCA.

What the Science Says

  • There is no concrete evidence that supports the conclusion that garcinia cambogia can in fact cause weight loss.

Side Effects and Cautions

  • To date no serious side effects involving either garcinia cambogia fruit extracts or the concentrated chemical HCA have been reported.


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