The Garcinia Cambogia Extract Diet Pills

1079 WordsMar 31, 20175 Pages
Abstract The following paper explores the subject of the Garcinia Cambogia Extract Diet Pills, and how this supplement’s main ingredient, hydroxycitric acid (HCA), contrary to manufacturer advertising, does not lead to weight loss. In fact, both Garcinia Cambogia and HCA can prove to be harmful to health if taken in large doses or for a long period of time. Because it is a supplement and not considered a drug, the Food and Drug Administration does not monitor it. Garcinia Cambogia was also an active ingredient in Hydroxycut products, but due to the high numbers of people developing liver failure while taking the Hydroxycut pills or formula, the ingredient was removed and the products were re-marketed and resold. Keywords: diet pills,…show more content…
Although it is not on the Consumer Reports’ list of risky supplements, garcinia cambogia extract diet pills and its primary ingredient can cause bodily harm (“Consumer Reports ' 'Dirty Dozen ',” 2010). Firstly, side effects of garcinia cambogia extract diet pills include “nausea, digestive tract discomfort, and headache” (“Garcinia,” n.d., sec. 3). Additional side effects include “dizziness, dry mouth, upset stomach, [and] diarrhea” (“Garcinia,” n.d., sec. 4) (original in list format). The supplement can also cause problems if a woman is pregnant, plans to become pregnant, is breastfeeding (“Garcinia,” n.d.), or, for both men and women, are taking other medications (Schaefer, n.d.). Secondly, the HCA ingredient and its effects on weight loss have not been fully studied. Research in its early stages, however, suggests that the ingredient may be able to “prevent fat storage, control appetite, and increase exercise endurance” (“Garcinia,” n.d., sec. 1). Because the Food and Drug Administration does not regulate supplements, manufacturers are able to decide exclusively the doses of each ingredient that forms the supplement (Fetters, 2013). The garcinia cambogia is currently sold as a powder or pill, with doses of 250-1,000 milligrams per day (Schaefer, n.d.). One criticism of HCA is that while it can prevent certain enzymes from affecting metabolism, the studies researching and testing HCA have only been done behind a scientific background, which has not
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