Garcinia cambogia is a tropical citrus fruit which grows in Southeast of Asia. It is also known as Malabar tamarind and is commonly used as a supplement in weight loss. Garcinia cambogia is believed to block the body ability to make fat and also reduce appetite. The fruit is also believed to help control blood sugar and keep your cholesterol levels low. An extract from Garcinia Cambogia’s rind known as hydroxycitric acid (HCA), has in the past been used for cooking, and also for weight loss. Garcinia cambogia comes either as a pill or in powder form.
According to researchers, the HCA found in Garcinia Cambogia causes a feeling of fullness in people and also helps in reducing appetite. It is also believed to affect the metabolism rate. This, therefore, makes the fruit be termed as a natural weight loss cure. There are numerous rumored pros and cons associated with taking Garcinia cambogia. Some of these pros and cons are discussed below.
Pros of Garcinia Cambogia
- Enhances athletic performance.
It is believed that when Garcinia cambogia is taken during strenuous exercises of by athletes, it increases the amount of time they take to reach exhaustion. The HCA found in the fruit’s rind causes heightened endurance during workouts and running.
- Helps lower body weight in overweight individuals.
Due to its ability to reduce appetite and also decrease the ability of the body to make fat, Garcinia Cambogia has significantly contributed to reduced body weight on people taking it.
- Helps control type 2 diabetes
Garcinia cambogia may make it easier for the body to use glucose, the sugar required by the cells for energy. Though caution must be taken for people taking Garcinia cambogia with other medicines that control blood sugar since it can lead to hypo-tension.
Garcinia Cambogia Dangers
- It causes dizziness.
Garcinia cambogia is believed to cause dizziness a condition characterized by a feeling of lightheartedness and lack of balance.
- It causes dry mouth.
Garcinia cambogia is believed to cause dry mouth by reducing the rate at which the salivary glands work.
- It causes stomach upset and diarrhea.
Garcinia cambogia is believed to irritate the gastric mucosa thus causing stomach upsets. It can also increase the bowel movements leading to diarrhea.
Taking Garcinia Cambogia have its pros and con, and medical advice should be sought if adverse effects are experienced. Though the long-term safety of Garcinia cambogia is unknown, most of the people taking the drug have reported less or no side effects at all.