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Garcinia Cambogia

What is Garcinia cambogia?

Garcinia cambogia (pronounced “gar-SIN-eeyah cam-BOH-ja”) is a small, pumpkin-shaped fruit native to Indonesia and commonly harvested in India, Southeast Asia, and West and Central Africa. You might recognize its common name, tamarind. Hydroxycitric acid (HCA) is extracted from the rind of Garcinia cambogia and has been studied for its potential to decrease body fat and curb appetite.*

What is Garcinia cambogia used for?

The most common current use for Garcinia cambogia is for weight management. The popularity of Garcinia cambogia has soared in the past several years, quickly becoming the fastest growing weight management supplement on the market.

How does the main ingredient work?

HCA, the active ingredient in garcinia, is believed to have the following effects:

  • Interferes with fat production*
  • Increases exercise endurance*
  • Decreases appetite*

What is the recommended dosage?

The suggested use for NatureWise Garcinia Cambogia (500 mg each capsule, standardized to 60% HCA) is as follows:

  • Standard Serving: Adults take 1 capsule with a full glass of water, 30 minutes to 2 hours before meals, three times daily.
  • Maximum Serving: Adults take 3 capsules with a full glass of water, 30 minutes to 2 hours before meals, three times daily.

Can I take Garcinia cambogia with another NatureWise weight management product?

Yes, NatureWise weight management products can be taken together.

Does calcium inhibit absorption of Garcinia cambogia or decrease the efficacy of HCA?

Not to our knowledge. Calcium is a naturally occurring compound in Garcinia cambogia.

Does this product contain the needed amounts of calcium and potassium for absorption? 

NatureWise Garcinia Cambogia contains naturally occurring calcium and potassium; we do not add or modify these in any way. 

Is Garcinia cambogia safe?

Studies have found Garcinia cambogia to be safe when taken as directed.

Long-term use

To our knowledge there are no studies that investigate Garcinia cambogia for longer than 3 months at a time.

Note: NatureWiseThe duration of time for which a product is investigated does not necessarily equate with the actual duration of its safety. For example, although some of our safety data may not go beyond 6 months, 12 weeks, or even 6 weeks, it does not mean that it is unsafe to use past this time frame.This is only the information provided by published research available to date. There may be ongoing studies investigating the safety of any given product and/or ingredient that well exceed the length of the available publications.  The products that manufactures are considered safe and backed by research.

Pregnancy and Breast-feeding

Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should avoid use, since there is insufficient reliable information in this population.

NatureWise Garcinia Cambogia Safety Statement

NatureWise Garcinia Cambogia with 60% HCA is a natural extract. We recommend that our customers begin with the Standard Serving Size of 1 vegetarian capsule with a full glass of water, 30 minutes to 2 hours before meals, three times daily. Serving size may be gradually increased to the Maximum Serving Size of 3 vegetarian capsules with a full glass of water, 30 minutes to 2 hours before meals, three times daily.

Gradually increasing the serving size can help your body to adjust. It's important to drink a lot of water when taking Garcinia cambogia, especially with larger servings. Although very rare, if you experience any symptoms such as nausea, headaches, or constipation, decrease your serving size immediately and drink more water to alleviate your symptoms. If symptoms persist, discontinue use and consult a healthcare professional before continuing to use the product.

What adverse reactions or side effects are reported with Garcinia cambogia?

Although rare, there have been reports of nausea, GI discomfort, and headache with Garcinia cambogia.

If you experience any symptoms such as nausea or headaches, drinking more water throughout the day will likely alleviate your symptoms. If symptoms persist, discontinue use and consult a healthcare professional before continuing to use the product.

Are there any drug or herb interactions reported with Garcinia cambogia?

Most herbs and supplements have not been thoroughly tested for interactions with other herbs, supplements, drugs, or foods. Although by no means an exhaustive list, the interactions listed below are based on reports in scientific publications, laboratory experiments, or traditional use. If you have a medical condition, or are taking other drugs, herbs, or supplements, you should speak with a qualified healthcare provider before starting a new medication or supplement.

●      Antidepressants

○      SSRIs such as fluoxetine (brand name: Prozac), paroxetine (brand name: Paxil), escitalopram (brand name: Lexapro), sertraline (brand name: Zoloft), and others;

○      Tricyclic (TCAs) and atypical antidepressants such as amitriptyline (brand name: Elavil), clomipramine (brand name: Anafranil), imipramine (brand name: Tofranil)

●      Cough and cold medicines containing dextromethorphan

○      Ex: Robitussin

●      Pain medications/muscle relaxants

○      Meperidine (brand name: Demerol)

○      Tramadol (brand name: Ultram)

○      Pentazocine (brand name: Talwin)

Are there any herb interactions reported with Garcinia cambogia?

There are none reported.

If a drug or dietary supplement is not on the list, does this mean there are no interactions?

The drug (or dietary supplement) you inquired about is not on our current list of known drug interactions. We strongly recommend that you consult your physician regarding your personal healthcare needs.

Are there any disease interactions reported with Garcinia cambogia?

There are none reported.

Are there any food interactions reported with Garcinia cambogia?

There are none reported.

What else do I need to know about NatureWise Garcinia Cambogia?

  • NatureWise Garcinia Cambogia is manufactured in the USA, using non-GMO, vegan, and gluten-free ingredients.
  • Each 500 mg vegetarian capsule contains pure Garcinia cambogia extract, standardized to 60% HCA. Other ingredients include vegetable cellulose (capsule) and organic rice bran extract.
  • NatureWise Garcinia Cambogia does not contain yeast, wheat, gluten, dairy, corn, soy, eggs, sugar, tree nuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish, or hydrogenated oils.

I’ve seen some brands of Garcinia Cambogia that contain extracts standardized to 70-80% HCA. Why was 60% chosen?

The 60% standardized HCA was used in the literature and clinical studies of Garcinia cambogia. At NatureWise our product development is research-driven and we strive to use ingredients closest to those studied.

From our own research and testing, products with advertised higher levels of HCA did not meet their label claim and contained far less than 60% HCA

FDA Disclaimer About Health Claims

Please note that the following statement is required to accompany a health claim, such as “may reduce body fat.” It appears on all NatureWise labels and sales copy. 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. 

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