Safety and Side Effects
Most studies have concluded that garcinia cambogia is safe for healthy people in the recommended dosages, or up to 2,800 mg of HCA per day.
That said, supplements are not regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
That means there's no guarantee that the actual content of HCA in your supplements will match the HCA content on the label.
Therefore, make sure to buy from a reputable manufacturer.
People have also reported some side effects of using garcinia cambogia. The most common ones are:
- Digestive symptoms
- Skin rashes
However, some studies have indicated more serious side effects.
Animal studies have shown that a very high intake of garcinia cambogia can cause testicular atrophy — shrinking of the testicles. Studies in rats have shown it may also affect sperm production.
Additionally, there is one report of a woman who developed serotonin toxicity as a result of taking garcinia cambogia with her anti-depressant medications.
If you have a medical condition or are taking any medications, consult your doctor before you start taking the supplement.