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Hydroxycitric Acid

Which Products Contain Hydroxycitric Acid?

Currently, there are a large number of products that contain hydroxycitric acid. Many weight loss pills (such as CitraMax®) contain hydroxycitric acid, either alone or in combination with other ingredients. In order to find this ingredient on a product label, look for any of the following terms:
  • Brandal berry or brindle berry
  • Garcinia cambogia
  • HCA
  • Hydroxycitric acid or hydroxycitrate
  • Malabar tamarind.

How Does It Work?

There are several different theories about how hydroxycitric acid may work for weight loss. It may decrease the formation of fat in the body, decrease the appetite, or have effects on blood sugar or how the body handles carbohydrates. Most of the research in this area has used animals, not human subjects, and it is important to understand that hydroxycitric acid may not have the same effects in humans.

Is Hydroxycitric Acid Effective?

Some studies suggest that hydroxycitric acid may work for weight loss, and other studies that show that it is not effective at all. At this time, there is not enough evidence to know either way.
(Click Does HCA Work? for more information. You can also click How to Lose Weight for helpful suggestions for losing weight.)

Dosing Information

In studies, a few different ways to dose hydroxycitric acid for weight loss have been tried. However, the best dose that is both safe and effective is not known at this time.
(Click Hydroxycitric Acid Dosing for more information.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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