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Garcinia (Hydroxycitric Acid)

What are other common names?

  • Garcinia cambogia
  • Garcinia quaesita
  • Mangostana cambogia
  • AHC
  • Assam Fruit
  • Brindal Berry
  • Brindall Berry
  • Brindle Berry
  • Brindleberry
  • Cambogia
  • Cambogia Binucao
  • Cambogia Gummi-Guta
  • Cambogin
  • Camboginol
  • Gambooge
  • Garcinia
  • Garcinia Affinis
  • Garcinia Gummi-Guta
  • Garcinia Sulcata
  • Garcinol
  • Gorikapuli
  • HCA
  • Hydroxycitrate
  • Hydroxycitric Acid
  • Kankusta
  • Kudam Puli
  • Malabar Tamarind
  • Mangostana Cambogia
  • Tamarinier de Malabar
  • Vadakkan Puli
  • Vrikshamla

What is this product used for?

Garcinia is used by some people to help lose weight. Others believe it helps lower cholesterol. Some people use garcinia to help with diabetes and to stop cell damage.

What are the precautions when taking this product?

  • Always check with your doctor before you use a natural product. Some products may not mix well with drugs or other natural products.

  • Take extra care and check with your doctor if you have:

    • High cholesterol levels

    • Diabetes

    • Depression

    • Cough

    • Liver problems

  • Keep hard candies, glucose tablets, liquid glucose, or juice on hand for low blood sugar.

  • Do not use this product if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant soon. Use birth control you can trust while taking this product.

  • Do not use this product if you are breastfeeding.

What should I watch for?

  • Upset stomach

  • Feeling dizzy

  • Dry mouth

  • Being upset, confused, or restless

  • Muscle twitching or stiffness

  • Sweating or shivering

When do I need to call the doctor?

  • Signs of a very bad reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Go to the ER right away.

  • Signs of low blood sugar. These include hunger, dizziness, shaking, a fast heartbeat, confusion, or sweating.

  • Very bad throwing up

  • Very bad belly pain

  • Very bad loose stools

  • Very bad headache

  • Seizures

  • Irregular heartbeat

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