Garcinia Cambogia, the “latest” weight loss gimmick (Here We Go Again)

Garcinia Cambogia, the latest & greatest Dr. Oz (mass media) inspired weight loss product.   “Just think Mildred, all I need to do is take a few of these little pills and voila!, I’ll drop 3 dress sizes in a week.  And the best part is I don’t have to do ONE SINGLE THING TO CHANGE MY LIFESTYLE, which is how I got into this mess to begin with!  Isn’t nature wonderful!!”

Please pardon the cynicism, but doesn’t this sound familiar?  This is pretty much the same deal as the Dr. Oz inspired raspberry ketone craze, about which I have an earlier post.  First of all, garcinia is native to Indonesia.  How did people lose weight before it came to the US of A?  Furthermore, is it really in your best interest to put a fractionated not-truly-natural substance (you’re not getting unaltered whole garcinia c. when you buy it in supplement form) in your body to lose weight?  And what about possible side effects?  According to, we have the following:

“Although there are reports of side effects from taking garcinia cambogia by healthy adults, one should take precaution and learn more about the garcinia cambogia side effects. This dietary supplement may:

• Lower blood sugar levels. Patients with diabetes, who have high blood sugar levels, or hypoglycemia, are cautioned when taking garcinia cambogia as it will affect the level of their blood sugar. They should consult their physician or qualified healthcare professional as the medicines taken may have to be adjusted.

• Interrupt medications used for treating dementia and Alzheimer’s disease as the HCA may form acetylcholine in the brain. It is recommended that patients who suffer from these diseases to not take garcinia cambogia.

• Increases risk for rhabdomyolysis, a skeletal muscle disease that causes the muscles to release proteins into the bloodstream leading to kidney malfunction. Additionally, it also may cause chest pain as reported in here.

• Impacts fetal growth. It is not recommended to be taken by pregnant women. Additionally, garcinia cambogia side effects is not recommended for women who breastfeed due to the of lack scientific evidence in support of the health of the baby.

• Causes discomfort in one’s digestive tract, nausea and headache.

• Not recommended for people who are allergic to garcinia cambogia. Allergic reactions include itching, hives, tingling or swelling in the face, mouth or hands, difficulty breathing, chest tightness and skin rashes.

• Should not to be taken by children under 18 years old as it may impact their development.”

According to a white paper prepared for the NCI, the potential drug interactions of Garcinia cambogia extract described by distributors include interference with antiarrhythmics, nitrates, and calcium-channel blockers; antagonism of beta-adrenoreceptor blocking drugs; potentiation of cardiac glycosides; increased risk of hypokalemia; and risk of arrhythmia when combined with depolarizing muscle relaxants or terfenadine (, 2003).  The complete text is here garciniacambogiaext.

Bottom Line: THERE IS NO WEIGHT LOSS FREE LUNCH!!  How about looking for the CAUSE of your weight gain?  Could be hypothyroidism, hypoadrenia, medication side effects, lack of proper exercise, or maybe something as simple as ingesting too much “white trash” (white flour, white sugar).  There are lots of reasons why a person can not lose weight, but it’s a virtual certainty that you didn’t gain weight because you had a garcinia cambogia deficiency!

21 thoughts on “Garcinia Cambogia, the “latest” weight loss gimmick (Here We Go Again)”

  1. I was taking the garcinia cambogia for almost 1 month, 3 pills/day, I was noticing mild skin irritation, then developed a debilitating fungal rash, the pain and itching welts were painful for me to have my arms at my side, after finally starting on anti fungal cream with powerful topical steroid did I finally start with some relief….but the worse was yet to come, 3 days after that I developed a horrible systemic drug rash, painful welts & itching on every inch of my body, I finally realized it was this crap that was poisoning me, I am presently on powerful oral steroids & steroid topical cream, I have still have raised welts and suffer with endless itching from this poison I ingested, I have stopped taking obviously but it will take a while to clear from y body. This crap is the biggest scam the pain and suffering from this horrific cutaneous reaction I have endured is awful. I hope this helps someone suffering or beginning to see skin irritation or rashes to STOP ingesting this poison and spare yourself from misery.

    1. Julie, I hope you are feeling better. I only took 5 pills, not even consecutively. I took one that was 70%, it made me itchy and my throat feel funny so I stopped. A week later, I took one a day for four days then stopped. I stopped because I developed hives and itching. I just didn’t feel good. Two months later, I still have hives. I tried steroids but they made me sick. I have eliminated lots of food that could exacerbate the situation. I have learned my lesson a cost to my health. I only needed to lose 10 lbs and this was not worth it!!!

    1. I have taking the Garcinia canbogia for about 4 Months at first was ok and feel great slowly I begin to get swelling my hands, face or throat and doctors didn’t know what could be, and the things is getting worst I continuing to lose weight because I am in a diet but my Hands and my foots and my Throat look terrible, My mom also toll me Jen this is not your face and I begin get so worry until realize is the Garcinia Cambogia doing that effect . I look terrible my Face and Throat are giant is disgusting 🙁 I was very depress and desperate to realize what could be, I eat very healthy until I realized is the Garcinia side effect .

  2. I wish I had read about the side effects before taking Garcinia Cambogia. My main complaint is an awful rash on my chest. I have an appt. today for a steroid to control the rash, thank goodness. The itching is unbearable and it looks awful!

  3. Been taking it for about 3weeks and notice i lost 7lbs. the first week, but gained 3lbs. the next week. Also having some stomache issues after taking it. Small bumps on my wrist and arms, hands and face swollen. Seems as if im swelling instead of strinking. More and more things than i had to deal with before. I have STOP taking them.

  4. I took Garcinia Cambogia for 3 weeks developed a kidney stone and had to go to the emergency room. Not worth it, plus I did not lose weight, I did gain weight though 🙁

    1. I’ve tried garcinia twice and both times have developed painful kidney stones. The first time I figured it might be a coincidence but after the 2nd I will never chance it again. Not worth it!

  5. I took Garcinia Cambogia for a couple of months but I started getting an itchy rash between my shoulders. Since then it has progressed to my lower back, neck, outer hips, inner thighs and is now going onto my stomach and under my breasts. The itching is non-stop and wakes me up at night. My dr thought is was contact dermatitis then eczema. I now think it is probably the Garcinia. I have stopped taking it so I’m hoping the rash will go. The Garcinia only helped me lose about 4-5 lbs anyway and this rash is unbearable and not worth it.

  6. I began taking the supplant about a month ago at first it was great but I noticed I felt itchy. After about a week I was broken out in soars on my chest face and arms the rash looked so bad I actually got fired from my job because of customer comlaints about my appearance. I pray this cleares up I have since stopped taking it. Not worth it at all

  7. I started taking Garcinia, one pill 30 min. before lunch and one pill 30 min before dinner. It made me feel weird almost high. It had the similar effect as over the counter pills that get you hyper. My throat was very dry and felt as if i had sand in it the 3 days I took it. It made me nauseous and gave me headaches as well. Without realizing it I also became very itchy and wouldn’t stop scratching my legs and ears all night. I must say for a pill that’s supposed to be natural the side effects are too much. The nausea and dry throat were the worst part of it.

  8. I have used it off and on for little over a year. I have just been informed by my doctor that one of my kidneys is shutting down. I`m 60 years old. REALLY! I think I too should have read the side effects.

    1. My wife’s doctor told her she has one of kidneys shutting down. She used it for about 6-mo. Did the doctor remove your kidney?

  9. All these comments are breaking my heart/scaring me! the only side effects I am dealing with is headache/minor nausea and swelling in my hands…the swelling is actually what made me find this site….I think I’m going to play it safe and once this bottle is gone…unless I see DRAMATIC results….I’m going to go ahead and leave this alone. 🙁 I had such high hopes for it

  10. I have been taking Garcinia Cambogia for about 2 weeks now and last night I started itching and broke out in hives. The itching on my swollen feet is the worse. The bottom of both feet hurt like hell! I have hives on feet, arms and chest. They should have to put these side effects on the actual product! Nothing but a big SCAM!

  11. I have only taken this for 2 days and the itching is unbearable. I tried creams lanacaine cool water and benadryl with little to no relief. I had taken it before with no problems but this time has been miserable. No more for me


    I have been taking only 1 per day- although the rep on the phone said I could take two after five days- It is important to note that I just had breast reduction surgery-

    I started the supplement two weeks after surgery.

    Almost immediately I developed a patch of terribly itchy red blotches on my right side about one inch below my incision. Alarmed? Yes! It got itchier by the hour it seemed. It also began to speckle its way around my body- of course under my incision area because that is my luck.

    I have been itchy on my hands, neck, face, thighs, and arms. I am trying everything I can not to further irritate the other areas.

    It is not uncommon for people fighting weight issues to also be on some form of antidepressant. BE AWARE: SSRI medications for depressions raise serotonin (while serotonin levels are not the end all of why people have depression, raising the levels has been shown to help the symptoms in most people).
    This supplement also raises serotonin. This can lead to Serotonin toxicity. This is very dangerous.

    Look up this information. Please be cautious. Check with your doctor…..


    Took one pill for two days over two month ago and then forgot about it so did not take anymore but the first day I took it I broke out in hives on my arms really badly with uncontrollable itching to the point of bruising myself… I have never been allergic to anything! Did not make a connection to garcinia Cambogia until now… I tried Benadryl, Pepcid (also an antihistamine), cortaid, Benadryl creme, trip to the doctor for prednisone and steroid cream, and didn’t get better… It got worse and spread to my legs, feet, hands, and when it got to my neck I went to the walkin clinic on a Sunday for an unbelievably painful solu medrol shot. It got better but then broke out again after some more prednisone was completed… So then a week later back to the doctor and on prednisone for the third time twice a day for the next 18 days and is finally seeming to help along with hydroxyzine for itch control and buying out cvs of every eczema related product (PS the black soap and the wash with the borseed oil is amazing) and finally almost back to normal! WHAT A NIGHTMARE

  14. I am taking garcinia cambogia for about 10 days now….my chest is tight not forgetting the nausea and the most horrible feeling in my tummy….I feel horrible horrible… could I do this yo myself…today is the last day after reading all the comments….I just don’t feel myself plain just feeling sick….how can they say it’s a supplement and immune body is too precious to me….I am throwing all my stock away…. I don’t want to die early……

  15. Wish I had read this and not relied on my husband’s research before taking this junk. I started breaking out in hives and am so happy I researched the side effects. Money wasted.

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