No, caution is required in both instances.
Garcinia cambogia has been known to increase serotonin levels and caution is advised for patients being treated for any psychiatric condition.
A case report of rhabdomyolysisis (the breakdown of damaged skeletal muscle) is documented in a patient taking a combination herbal medicine containing Garcina cambogia and a statin eg. simvastatin.
Garcinia cambogia is an extract obtained from the dried fruit of the Garcinia cambogia tree, also known as Brindleberry or Malabar Tamarind. It has long been used in traditional South Asian dishes, including curries and chutneys. Many also use the fruit for curing fish and preservation. The plant is also added as a spice on meals to make them more “filling” and help with the management of appetite.
The skin, or rind of Garcinia cambogia fruit contains large amounts of hydroxycitric acid (HCA). HCA is thought to promote weight loss but experts are unclear as to how HCA works or if it really does.
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