Garcinia Cambogia Extract – there ARE side effects

When taken in very large quantities, garcinia may have mild side effects such as nausea, headaches, and some laxative effects.However, these instances are very rare, and occurr only when the amount taken is way above the recommended dose.There have been several studies to test Pure Garcinia and there were never any side effects reported during testing with controlled quantities and quality products

It DOES help with weight loss

This is the hottest weight loss supplement on the market right now.
Dr. Oz says Cambogia is:

The newest, fastest, fat buster

Blocks fat and hunger

If you’re familiar with Dr Oz, you might know he also likes Green Coffee Bean Extract , and Raspberry Ketones for their fat burning capabilities. He also likes African Mango for hunger suppression. So, if he recommends all these products, many people wonder,

What is so special about Garcinia Cambogia?

There are many benefits with Garcinia Cambogia, but we don’t believe it is a stronger fat burner than Green Coffee, or, is more effective at blocking hunger than African Mango or 5htp. But what really draws so much interest and got Dr Oz so excited about it? It is the only one that:

Blocks Fat AND Stops Hunger

Many weight loss product help with one or the other, but the HCA in “Gambooge” is effective at both. That is why it is such a powerful weight loss aid.

Used in advanced weight loss formulas for many years

garcinia cambogia superfruit diet
Garcinia Cambogia is a safe and healthy weight loss aid all by itself. But where it really excels is in combination with other products. Because it is more mild than some other diet aids with no caffeine or other stimulant properties, it has been used for many years to enhance the effectiveness of other products without making users nauseous, nervous, or edgy.

It isn’t really “new” to the weight loss industry, but is just recently made popular by Dr Oz.

Fat blocking different than fat burning
The “fat blocking” properties are different than fat burning like Raspberry Ketone and Green Coffee, so it is complementary to those products. They work better together.

Hunger suppressants not all the same
Even the hunger suppressant is a bit different. It raises serotonin levels in the brain, whereas 5HTP makes the serotonin more readily accessible. So both have similar effects, but may work differently for different people. And they also can work better together.

SuperFruit Diet Formulas
NewLifeBotanicals includes Cambogia in 3 of their popular Superfruit Diet Formulas. Our customers have been reporting more positive results with these products than any other we offer – in particular the SDF-1 and SDF-2.

what is garcinia question markWhat IS Garcinia Extract?

It’s a truly natural product that is made from the rind of the tamarind fruit, which resembles tiny pumpkin. This fruit is full of tons of anti-oxidants, and ingredients that help in combating fat and also reduce the effects of aging.

Anti-oxidants are very important and they attack free radicals in the body that cause disease and build fat cells that are otherwise so hard to get rid of.

What are the benefits of Cambogia supplements?

* Fat burner
* Appetite suppressant
* Energy booster

Studies show the HCA helps weight loss by suppressing appetite AND increased fat burning. You can take just one capsule an hour before you eat your food with a glass of water. Most people experience a significant reduction in your intensity of hunger, with no side effects

Warnings About Garcinia Extract

garcinia warning

It  IS safe for most people. But there are a few cases where you wouldn’t want to take it:

  • Pregnant
  • Breastfeeding
  • Alzheimers or dementia

You should not use this supplement if you suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or other similar cases of dementia, as it can increase the negative effects of that disease.

Lastly, if you take cholesterol-lowering drugs like a statin then you should avoid using Garcinia. The likelihood of muscle degeneration and rhabdomyolysis are just a few of the dangers you could face if you do – so definitely steer clear.

Beware the Scams

With any popular diet product, there are lots of scams that sell crappy product at ridiculous prices, and some that dissappear with your money. It is becoming more common now with Garcinia, so beware, and read some of our reviews of brands like Miracle, Whole Body, Natural, and Pure Garcinia Cambogia.


How to Choose the Right Garcinia Product

The very first thing you want to do is make sure you read the label! This is especially something to note when you’re buying your supplements online.

There are several places you can buy Garcinia, but beware of anyone selling it who doesn’t give you a clear view of the actual label so you can verify the ingredients for yourself.
bying garcinia online

50% HCA

HCA is the active ingredient that makes Cambogia extract so powerful. If you buy a product that doesn’t have at least 50% HCA then you’re buying from someone that doesn’t care about making a quality product and you shouldn’t trust it.

There are several other things you should look for when shopping, which we’ve listed below.


We do recommend you research, this brand of Garcinia Cambogia capsules by NewLifeBotanical. You can find it on Amazon, too.


It meets all of these recommendations by Dr. Oz:

  • Contains at least of 50% HCA
  • Is completely natural – NO filler ingredients
  • Provides a minimum of 400mg per capsule
  • Has been PROVEN to be effective
  • Has ZERO additives, fillers and other low-quality ingredients
  • Is backed by a, no-hassle money-back guarantee


Click image for larger size to read label.




About Tina Wolverton

Tina Wolverton, a healthy living enthusiast, has received her certification in the food for fitness program and personal trainer certification. She loves helping others find the light through healthy living that's fulfilling instead of a burden or struggle.

She has a Bachelors degree in Nutrition Science and is a freelance writer and author. Tina strives to share what she's learned, as well as new, real and effective ways to live healthier. Whether that's through fitness, cooking, natural supplements or something else. Discover the Best Version of YOU!

583 Responses to “Garcinia Cambogia Extract – there ARE side effects”

  1. Can I expect to gain all my weight back (and possibly more) when I stop taking Garcinia Cambogia? Are there any known side effects with prolong usage of this supplement? Is this supplement harsh to your kidneys or liver? can you take anxiety medication such as lorazepam with this supplement?

  2. I just bought a trial of pure garcinia cambogia it is 1000mg per capsule and I also bought the cleanse fx supplements it says to take 2 capsuls a day of the Pure garcinia and 3 capsuls of the cleanse fx per day. Seems like a lot should I be taking all that in one day?

    • Yes definitely a little more but usually not anymore than an hour. We do want you to take at least 20 minutes before you eat. But if lets say you forget to take the supplement then yes take it right before you eat. It is better to take it late than to not take it at all, but we really recommend having an alarm to help with your routine. :)

  3. Hi

    I am 48 years old male. I am taking Crestor for cholesterol problem. I really need to lose weight. Can I take this? Or do you know any other effective supplement I can take?

    • Yes, we have heard that it can interfere with cholesterol medication , but we definitely recommend consulting with your doctor if you are interested in our other supplements. Perhaps our Green Coffee Bean or African Mango.

  4. I bought some Slendera Garcinia Cambogia, and the colon cleanse, I was wondering if that is the right Garcinia Cambogia before I take them. What ingredients should they have in them?

  5. I presently take 1000 mg of krill oil for osteoarthritic knee pain, would the Garcinia Cambogia interact well with the Krill oil?

  6. hello again,
    It’s been over a month but I’m still not losing weight or cm’s.
    I also am hungry so much more often than before. It isn’t make me less hungry at all and I’m constantly hungry now. I take 2 x 2 times a day like you said and have gone from 1 or 2 meals a day to 3. Should I take raspberry ketones or something to help? I am trying to eat healthy and exercise but I’m not seeing any results.

    • Justin,
      I am sorry that you are not seeing any results.

      I want to inform you that the supplement is primarily a Fat Blocker. You may want to add a Hunger Suppressant to your Garcinia Cambogia. You can take African Mango in between meals to give you more energy and to also suppress your hunger. You will continue to take Garcinia Cambogia before you eat to block hunger.

      Please let me know if you need anything further.

  7. hi

    i want to start my pills but i am on blood pressure pills can i take these and not have a problem with my blood pressure

    • I don’t see a reason as to why not, but I would recommend that you consult your doctor before taking any of our supplements.

  8. I just bought the pure garcinia bottle and the natural green cleanse. How does the dosage go if I take both together?

  9. I have a question. I have a gag reflex and these pills are huge is it ok to break open into a liquid and drink it?

  10. I have just ordered garnicia cambogia extract tablets from Hampton Naturals can you please tell me if they are reputable and will they be the same ingredients I paid $109.00 for 3 bottles and I am a little bit worried that I wont receive them.

    • Hamptons naturals are a fraud. You should receive the product but it is crap. They have many claims against them.


  11. I have lost just under 50kgs over the last 6/7 years. Have been at the same weight (70.5) for the last year just can’t seem to lose that last 10kgs.
    I bought garcinia cambogia 2 weeks ago, especially from a health food shop, to see if it would help me shift that last bit. I did not even lose 100grms. Now reading all the comments, I realise my fat intake is minimal but not non-existent, that might have made some difference, I don’t know. I also take Lipitor. I sort of trusted a health food shop to tell the truth. I commented I had already lost so much weight. There is also nothing on the bottle about taking it before food. I always took it afterwards. I am disappointed and upset about wasting $50 that I can ill afford.

    • I am sorry that you have not had previous luck with other supplements, but I assure you that we have a 30 day money back guarantee. Because our supplements are known to work. Also, we have a 30% coupon: 30ABN. And we also advise you to exchange the product verse returning it because what does work for someone else may not work for you. We all do not lose weight the same which is why we have multiple supplements listed on our website. All designed to help people lose weight in different ways.

  12. Hello!!
    I just bought some Garcinia Cambogia. I read in an add to take that and purchase the Green Coffee Bean Extract and take both pills together. Can I do so or is that not a good thing.

    • You can take Garcinia Cambogia and Green Coffee Bean Extract together if you need both supplements. Or if you need a hunger suppressant you can take that with the Garcinia Cambogia.

  13. Hi

    I am 68 years old and I would love to lose 20lbs. I was going to get the Garcinia Cambogia but on reading your advice I realise that as I am taking a statin I should not take it. What about the Green Coffee or the Raspberry Ketone would they be safe? What would you recommend? Also I am on medication for HBP.

    • We have not had any issues of taking Green Coffee Bean with Statin. But we recommend consulting with your doctor before taking any of our supplements in conjunction with your current medications.

    • No, our supplements block fat from entering the body and also burns fat. So it will work where ever you store fat.

    • Well first of all it is not safe to take these supplements while pregnant because your body needs nutrients and NEEDS for you to GAIN weight during the pregnancy. So you trying to lose weight while pregnant can cause side effects for your baby in the sense that YOU will be depriving your baby of the nutrients it needs to survive.

  14. As with most things there seems to be a lot of mixed reviews. It works for some and not for others so I’m not quite sold on buying it just yet. However I would like to read more about it. What exactly is the website where you sell this stuff so I’m not looking at one of the many fakes?

    • Yes, that is how it is for most products. As we have stated previously most people do not lose weight the same which is why we have multiple products to help people lose weight how they need to lose it.

      Our website is

      Please let me know if you need anything further.

  15. I have recently bought a bottle of Garcinia Cambogia from Amazon, and am expecting the package in a few days. I have a question in regards to when I begin taking my pills. is it recommended that I should be on a cleanse or diet while taking them? I originally planned to only take the pills with out the a special diet and see how it goes, but now I’m afraid after seeing some reviews that most woman that are taking this supplement are also on some kind of diet. I prefer not to put my money to waste because I am a college student with low income and want to get the best results. Thank you so much for you time f you can answer me back!

    • Noemi,
      Which supplements did you purchase?

      We only suggest taking a cleanse if you feel that you need a cleanse. It all depends on your body and what you need.

  16. hi,
    As i had bought the product from another website, can you advise me if the pure garcinia cambogia extract that they are selling is genuine? it has calcium (50mg, 5%), chromium (200mcg, 167%), potassium(50mg, 1%), Garcinia Cambogia Extract (50%HCA), gelatin, microcrystalline cellulose and magnesium stearate. Tks.

    • Megan,
      Is pure Garcinia Cambogia extract the name of the supplement? We will need the name in order to further research the company.

      • I have the same ingredients in mine but it is called Garcinia Cambogia Elite. I also wonder if that is one that is a genuine one?

  17. HI! My name is Jasmine! have a few quick questions… I began using Garcinia Cambogia (Lean Body) this week. It has 60% HCA, which I heard is GREAT! Zero fillers, zero binders, and zero artifical ingredients. I’m just a little confused about the intake… It says to take 2 capsules, 30-120 minutes before each meal…. BUT each serving has 936mg of HCA… Is that too much? Should I reduce? Thank you!

    • A serving is probably 2 pills (not 936 per pill, but per serving) which will be close to 3000 mg a day. That’s good.

  18. Hi,Im Roszita from Singapore. I just started my first pill this morning. I hope it works on me. I will update u in 2 weeks time. Thank you.

    • Well the supplement is used to block fat so when you are taking it without food you are not allowing it to do its job. So it works best when taking it about 30 minutes before you eat.

  19. is it true if you exercise just take two pills an hour before you train rather then 1 pill before u eat twice a day?

    • No, Garcinia Cambogia is a fat blocker so it works best when taken before you eat so that the supplement can do its job and block the fat which will help you shed weight at a faster rate.

  20. Can i not finish the whole bottle if i already have my desired weight loss?
    Does it need to be continuous?

    • You do not have to continue to take the supplements if you are fully satisfied, but if you want to continue to take them it will help you keep the weight off.

    • I am sorry, but we recommend that you consult your doctor before taking any of our supplements in conjunction with your prescribed medication.

  21. Hi, I wish I would have come across this info and brand before I ordered Garcinia Cambogia. I have been taking for 5 days and have lost nothing… hoping it will start to happen soon. I only bought 1 bottle so I will probably try this brand once I have finished. I am hoping you can tell me if you know about the brand I have and if it is a decent brand… I bought my garcinia from Clean Health Nutrition– I have seen some negative reviews on shipping for them, but I am concerned to make sure that the product is good and safe so I can get through this 1 bottle

    • Kat,
      After researching their product I do not see how many mgs are in each capsule is neither can I find a label. There capsules are only 60 capsules per bottle for $26.95. We have 90 capsules for only $24.47 after our 30% off coupon code. I would definitely order our Garcinia Cambogia.

  22. Hi , I would like to ask if I take 1 capsule before breakfast & one before dinner , so what about cleanse plus ? When should I take it ? Please advice . Thanks

    • We suggest starting off with 1 capsule twice a day with a glass of water before your two largest meals. If you are not seeing desired results we suggest upping the dosage to two capsules twice a day with a glass of water.

      We have an Acai Cleanse and if you choose to cleanse your body we suggest taking 1 capsule a day for 4-5 days. You can repeat every month as needed.

    • I do not really see an issue with that, but we recommend that you consult with your doctor before taking any of our supplements with your prescribed medication.

    • I strongly recommend that you consult your doctor before using any of our supplements in combination with your prescribed medications.

  23. I have taken your brand of Garcinia for 2 weeks and have not lost any weight that can be attributed to the product. I take one capsule 30 to 60 minutes before every meal. What I have experienced is frequent urination. During the night I wake up between 45 to 120 minutes all through the night to pee. I have since read much on the internet stating that this is a possible side effect of taking Garcinia.

  24. I just received my garcinia cambrogia pills. I just have one simple question. The bottle says to take 2 pills but is not specific as to when or how. Do I take 1 first thing in the morning before breakfast and 1 before dinner? Mine didn’t come with instructions on how to take them.

    • Please take one capsule twice a day usually 30 minutes before you eat with a glass of water. If you do not see the results you would like to see then increase the dosage to 2 capsules twice a day.

  25. hello
    I ordered natural garcinia cambogia elite on 10th and I still haven’t received it.
    could you please tell me how many days does it takes before the product is delivered?

    secondly, could you tell any combination with which this pill effects much faster?

    can I purchase this med from any store other than buying online? (I live in Canada)


  26. I am 20 years old and have gained a lot of wait after high school… I have been on the garcinia cambogia for two and a half weeks and I have lost 15 pounds and I feel so much better about myself in how I look. I have more I want to lose but this is helping it go fast… The only bad thing is I have been getting a lot of bad headaches with this..:(

    • Are you making sure you are still consuming the right amount of calories and drinking plenty of water?

      Great job on the success so far!

      • I have only taken the pill twice so far on different days and both times I have gotten a bad headache that not even Tylenol helps… just wondering what the recommended calorie intake is for this product, I also do drink a lot of water but could probably drink more.


  27. It’s day number 2 of my garcinia experience and I’ve dropped 1.5lbs overnight. However, I did an insanity workout. I’m 5’3 and 22 years old and have been struggling with my weight (142). I’m hoping to get back down to my original size of 125. So far, I haven’t had any cravings, headaches, or pain. The hardest part for me so far is that I’m either not hungry or to full to eat anything after taking my pill. My mind tells me it’s unhealthy not to eat so I force myself to take a few bites. I’m wondering if this is the reason why people are losing so much weight. Today I didn’t have time to do my daily exercise so we’ll see if I lose any weight tonight.

  28. Do you know which ones won’t work? Which ones are fake? The one I bought doesn’t have a brand on it. The label says “ NATURAL GARCINIA CAMBOGIA 100% pure natural garcinia cambogia. Ingredients: calcium, chromium, potassium, garciniViv blend, garcinia n cambogia extract, HCA, green coffee extract, monnga dieifera, microcrystalline cellulose, magnesiumsterate, silicone dioxide, less than 1%: ethyl cellulose, triacetin, diacetylated monoglycerides, macrogol/PEG, oleochemicals acid. It came with a colon cleanse labeled NaturalGreenCleanse.
    And last but not least, the reason nursing mothers shouldn’t take it is because its a natural supplement that hasn’t been tested, correct?

    • If you are unsure as to if the supplements you bought are safe or not I would suggest not taking them. I would recommend that you buy from a credible site like this one.

      Yes, I would assume the reason being that it has not been tested on nursing mothers.

    • You shouldn’t take any detox or fat blocker while you are breastfeeding, as it crosses over into your milk supply and can have harmful effects on your baby or greatly reduce your milk supply, this is how I understand it to be.. Talk with your Doctor, better still a Naturopath.

  29. Hey so i’m 13 years old and I bought Miracle Cambogia Extract under my parents supervision. I haven’t asked the doctor if it’s okay to use yet and haven’t yet used it but I was just wondering if there are any serious side effects for a younger person? And if the MIRACLE Cambogia Extract is safe because I did read an article that said that Mircale Cambogia Extract was a fake version.
    I’m really hoping that some of you can help me out because I really want to lose some weight and it’s not just a bit of weight it’s quite a lot!
    Oh and If I do have side effects from it what would be the things that I should look out for? And anything else you recommend me knowing.

    • You really should consult your doctor before taking any kind of weight loss supplement ESPECIALLY because of your age.

      Please do so before taking any supplements.

  30. I have been taking Garcina Cambogia for the past month. I have not lost a pound and my eating habits are light. I eat a light tbreakfast and for lunch I may have soup or a salad!! I am confused to why have I not lost a pound.

    • How and when are you taking the supplements?

      Are you exercising?

      These supplements are weight loss aids not magic pills.

        • We don’t see any side effects like that with Garcinia, but if you happen to notice a difference you can switch the times you take the Garcinia.

      • you also need to make sure you are consuming at least 1200 calories a day to prevent your body from entering starvation mode. Once this happens it is hard to lose anything because your body wants to hold on to what you give it.

    • It could be that you’re not taking in ENOUGH calories. If we don’t receive a minimum of calories to support our body’s functions like metabolism, walking around the house, even talking or using the computer, then our body will go into starvation mode, where it clings to every calorie with a vengeance. I’ve found that sometimes when I hit a weight loss plateau, if I eat a LARGER meal or two, then suddenly I lose a few pounds and am back on track again. It seems counter-intuitive, but our bodies don’t actually want to lose weight, instinctively, and so we have to keep it “on its toes” by mixing up the exercise and food once in a while.

    • The fact is that there are a number of bad supplements of supposed Garcinia Cambogia. What I have seen indicated that you should not get any of the ones made in China, as most of them do NOT have what you are looking for. The ones that you get should also meet certain minimum standards. Also, try combining it with Green Coffee extract. The 2 together seem to work well.

  31. Hi I ordered the product and I am from India,how long will it take for me to get it,I got an order confirmation,but no specific date,how do I track my order11800145

  32. I have been drinking two pills first thing in the morning on an empty stomach for a month and have lost absolutely nothing!!! Should I be drinking two before lunch as well??

    • Not sure Lydia, but the instructions I saw said to take 1-2 tablets before each meal, not just once per day. Might want to look at the instructions on the ones you got.

    • your supposed to take 1 800 mg pill a half hour before meal 2x’s a day. if it is the 60%hcg with no fillers or cafeine to it.

  33. I wanted to know if i start to take the Garcinia Cambogia extract will it shed the pounds off my lower body? I have a nice lower body and do not want to lose it. I do not want to be skinny!

    • Hi! My name is Russel Howe, I am a fitness instructor for 10 years now and a lot of our gym patrons women and men alike are using garcinia cambogia suppliment and I can say its working well for them.

      I haven’t heard of any negative side effects and I personally saw the amazing changes that our patrons went through in a short period of time.

      Russel Howe

    • Garcinia is a fat burner so its going to burn fat. If you do not have any fat on your lower body it will not target those areas.

  34. Can this make you have a back ache? I went to the Dr. because I thought I may have a kidney infection but the lab results came back negative.

  35. hi, I take one in the morning, one at lunch as the bottle says 2 a day but sometimes I end up skipping breakfast so I’m only having a coffee after the first dose. I haven’t lost anything after 2 wks. Should I just take 2 at lunch and one before dinner?

    Why do you say to take ‘between’ meals when it says to take them half hour to 1 hour before eating?

    If I also added in cleanse catalyst plus (2 a day) will that be enough to make something happen?
    thanks in advance for any advice.

    • I would suggest taking 2 capsules before you eat twice a day since you are not on a regular eating schedule. Make sure to take with a glass of water.

      I am unable to advice you on any supplements that our not products we sell on our website as I am not familiar with them.

      • hello again, It’s been a month and all I can say is I do feel less bloated but I’m not losing weight or cm’s.
        I also am hungry so much more often. It isn’t make me less hungry. Should I take raspberry ketones or something to help?

    • I am unsure as to the answer to that question so I would recommend consulting with your doctor before taking our supplements.

    • Hi Betty,

      Lipitor is in the class of stantin medications, which is a cholesterol lowering medication. According to the documentation on the site it says not to take when on these medications as is can have very serious side effects. I am a nurse from Australia and I would recommend not taking them in your case.


      • Hey Andrea
        What about the Potassium and high blood pressure, no one has mentioned there being a problem taking GC with high blood pressure, yet blood pressure medications often come with a warning not to take Potassium, but I am not sure why. I have also read that Potassium is good for blood pressure, what do you think?

      • Didn’t realize there were side effects if you are on Lipitor..I take 10mg of Lipitor and was using the product over the summer and lost 10 pounds..I didn’t have any side effects..but does it lessen the effects of the statin? I thought about using it again as I need to lose more weight. Guess I should go back to juicing with kale and greens and fruit, that has also helped to lower my cholesterol. Any in put would be helpful. Thanks

        • Hi Dorothy,
          From what I have read, I believe the issue with Lipitor (or any statin drug) and Garcinia Cambogia would be an increased risk of muscle damage (a condition known as rhabdomyolysis). The risk exists with statin drugs on their own, but may be compounded by the addition of Garcinia Cambogia. You should consult your healthcare professional prior to taking any new medication or dietary supplement, even if it is over-the-counter. (I am a nurse practitioner in NY)

  36. Hi-
    I am currently taking all three : garcinia cambogia , pure green coffee bean extract , and raspberry ketone. All pure Health brand. I take 2 of each all together 30 min before meals with a glass of water. I weigh 117 and am 5’4′. Just looking to shed the fat that I can’t get rid of with working out. Is there a more effective way to combine these three products or am I doing it right!? Please help! I want todo this ye right way or the best results!!!!

    • I am sorry but I am not familiar with that brand so I cannot give you an added information for those supplements.

    • What fat? I am 5’4′ and weight 118 and I have no fat. I looking at this ad for my mom who is struggling with her weight

  37. I am currently maintaining a regime of shakes for breakfast and lunch , with a small meal for dinner.
    Can the capsules have an increased laxative effect when you are not having a solid meal for breakfast / lunch?

    • We haven’t heard of that being an issues, but we would suggest you start off with a lower dosage of 1 capsule twice a day and if you do not have any issues than increase it to two capsules twice a day.