What are Garcinia Cambogia Side Effects?

Garcinia Cambogia can do a lot. The "miracle extract" is known to:

  • Help burn body fat
  • Suppress your appetite 
  • Prevent fats from forming in your body
  • Give you more energy
  • Increase serotonin levels, aiding both your sleep pattern and mood
  • Help with digestion and bowel movements

It seems as though there’s nothing this product can’t do! It shouts to everyone who has ever suffered from weight issues and to those of us trying to lose that last bit from our problem areas. But promising so much, it is important to know all the facts about such a remarkable substance. Through research and mass consumption of the extract there have been some worrying Garcinia Cambogia side effects reported. It is vital to unpack these reports to see if and how you may be able to prevent them occurring for yourself.

It’s Natural, But Is It Safe?

Many users are under the misconception that because the supplement is natural it must be ok for you, however there are many dangerous natural plants and users must remember that just because the ingredients are sourced naturally, the product may not necessarily be perfectly safe.

There have been many low level Garcinia Cambogia side effects reported such as:

  • Dizziness
  • Digestive issues/ diarrhoea
  • A dry mouth
  • Tiredness

Some Garcinia Cambogia Side Effects Are Actually Positive

Most researchers are unconcerned by these Garcinia Cambogia side effects and consider the extracts to be generally safe for consumption. A common Garcinia Cambogia side effect is in fact having so much energy that users complain that they can’t get to sleep! This side effect actually shows that the product is doing its job by breaking down your fat and therefore giving you bags of extra energy. This breakdown also increases your production of serotonin, a hormone that makes you happy. So with this extra energy and happy hormone flowing around it prevents you from falling asleep. Luckily there is a simple cure to this Garcinia Cambogia side effect. Exercise! With just a small amount of exercise you should use up the extra energy and fall soundly asleep as well as burning that little bit more.

Garcinia Cambogia Side Effects To Watch Out For

It is the more concerning Garcinia Cambogia side effects which include liver damage that have caught the attention of scientists, researchers and users alike. Most Garcinia Cambogia side effects actually arise from taking supplements which are not deemed ‘pure’; these can be ‘blends’, ‘formulas’ and products which include binders or fillers. It is these products which include unknown added ingredients alongside the Garcinia Cambogia that are most likely to be responsible for unwelcome side effects. In 2009 there was an incident where such a product, which contained the Garcinia Cambogia extract, appeared to be causing liver damage and resulted in some patients even requiring liver transplants. It looked as though the miracle supplement was done for, until researchers pointed out that these products also contained many other compounds. It is very likely that the liver damage was in fact caused by these compounds rather than the Garcinia Cambogia itself. This news calmed many Garcinia Cambogia users and highlighted the importance of reading the label carefully and knowing exactly what it is you’re putting into your body!

As with most supplements there are still groups who should avoid taking them and these include:

  • Pregnant women or women likely to become pregnant
  • Women who are breastfeeding
  • Those suffering from diabetes 
  • Those suffering from pre-existing liver and kidney issues 
  • Those taking medication for asthma and severe allergies

But of course it is wise, regardless of whether you are included in these groups, to discuss any new supplements you intend on taking with your doctor first. The main issue with the product is simply that there has not been sufficient investigation into its uses and outcomes. Supplements such as the Garcinia Cambogia are not required to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prior to being sold online and in stores. This ultimately means that supplements with Garcinia Cambogia extracts have not yet been thoroughly tested and their safety has not yet been fully established.

How To Avoid Garcinia Cambogia Side Effects

Another issue with the product is that like with anything that offers weight loss solutions, people are desperate to lose that bit extra and are quick to overuse the supplement. Side effects from Garcinia Cambogia overuse include headaches, fatigue and lower immune responses simply because you’re burning too much fat. Your body is unable to carry out its normal bodily functions and reactions and so starts to slow down. There are other ways to misuse the product such as taking it for extreme lengths of time and the Garcinia Cambogia side effects are more likely to occur and to be more serious if the supplement is used alongside another drug or medicine.

Garcinia Cambogia side effects have been reported caused by reactions with other medicines such as:

  • Medicines used to treat liver or kidney damage
  • Medicines taken to lessen asthma and allergies
  • Insulin injections and other diabetic medications 
  • Iron supplements 
  • Drugs used to lower cholesterol. 

It is difficult to tell whether a new supplement may interfere with a current medication and it is always advisory to consult your doctor before starting to take one.

Do All Garcinia Cambogia Products Cause Side Effects? 

Most of the incidents that show Garcinia Cambogia side effects are reported from just one brand of the supplement. This brand notably contained multiple compounds and fillers and consequently scientists cannot definitively say that the Garcinia Cambogia was the cause or even a contributor to these issues. This product also contained a relatively low percentage of the HCA , the active ingredient which blocks the enzyme citrate lyase from converting carbohydrates into fats to be stored. This is the main ingredient in the best Garcinia Cambogia supplements and it appears that if the product falls below the 50% HCA requirement then there is not only a slower weight loss effect but also an increase in the reports of Garcinia Cambogia side effects.


Garcinia Cambogia is an exciting supplement that is praised by many for it’s incredible all natural abilities; however, just because it is natural doesn’t automatically mean that it is safe. Low level Garcinia Cambogia side effects have been reported by select users, despite most scientists stating that the supplement is in fact risk-free. Some side effects are in fact a sure sign that the product is doing precisely what it is intended to - burn fat! Having extra energy is an inconvenience when trying to sleep but to many it is a very appealing side effect! Luckily all of the low level Garcinia Cambogia side effects are short lived and easy to treat. Higher level Garcinia Cambogia side effects such as liver failure have been reported but these reports themselves can be rather misleading. In each case the product was impure and contained low levels of HCA (the active weight-loss ingredient). Subsequently it is difficult to positively state that it was the Garcinia Cambogia itself that created the side effects. A simple way to avoid these so called ‘Garcinia Cambogia side effects’ is to check the label of your supplement for high percentages of HCA and no added ingredients. Finally it’s wise not to take the supplement alongside other medication without discussing it first with your doctor.