Hydroxycitric Acid Dosing

Hydroxycitric acid dosing guidelines are based primarily on the manufacturer's recommendations, since a safe and effective dose has not been determined. In research studies, doses of 500 mg three times daily were used. However, it is not known if this is the best dose. If you combine your hydroxycitric acid dose with a proper diet and exercise, you will likely see better results.

Hydroxycitric Acid Dosing: An Overview

The best dose of hydroxycitric acid (HCA) that is both safe and effective has not been determined, although manufacturers may recommend specific dosages for their particular products.

Hydroxycitric Acid Dosing for Weight Loss

Refer to your particular hydroxycitric acid product for the recommended dose. In studies, doses of 500 mg three times daily have been used. It is not known if this is the best dose for hydroxycitric acid, however. More research is necessary to determine the optimal dose.

General Information on Dosing With Hydroxycitric Acid

Considerations for people taking hydroxycitric acid include the following:
  • As with almost any weight loss pill, it makes sense that combining hydroxycitric acid with diet and exercise will provide better results.
  • It is important to find a trustworthy and reputable hydroxycitric acid manufacturer. Some herbal supplements have been found to be contaminated with heavy metals or prescription drugs, and some have been found to have much more or less of the featured ingredient than their label states. Your pharmacist is a good resource for information about which manufacturers are most reputable.
  • If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage or hydroxycitric acid dosing in general, talk with your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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