What Is Hydroxycitric Acid?
Hydroxycitric acid (HCA
) is a substance found in tropical plants, such as Garcinia cambogia
. It is traditionally used in Indian and Thai cooking. However, it is also commonly used in weight loss supplements.
A few side effects have been reported with hydroxycitric acid, such as:
- Stomach or intestinal pain or discomfort.
Is It Safe?
Hydroxycitric acid appears to be safe in many situations. However, some people may be more likely to experience problems when taking it. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider before taking hydroxycitric acid if you have:
- Liver disease, such as liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
- Kidney disease, including kidney failure (renal failure)
- Any other chronic disease or health problem.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.