Hydroxycitric acid is a chemical that is found in fruit rinds of Garcinia cambogia, Garcinia indica, and Garcinia atroviridis. It can also be found in parts of the flowers of Hibiscus subdariffa and Hibiscus rosa-sinensis plants. It is similar to the chemical citric acid.
Hydroxycitric acid is used to improve exercise performance and weight loss.
How it works
Hydroxycitric acid might improve weight loss by preventing fat storage and controlling appetite. It might improve exercise performance by limiting the use of stored energy in the muscles, which seems to prevent fatigue.
Not ProvenExercise performance
Taking hydroxycitric acid (HCA) for up to 5 days might increase how long untrained women or elite athletes are able to exercise.
The effect of hydroxycitric acid on weight loss is not clear. Some research shows that taking hydroxycitric acid for 8 weeks might improve weight loss. However, other research suggests that it doesn't decrease fat breakdown or energy expenditure in overweight people when taken for only 2 weeks.
Hydroxycitric acid is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth for 12 weeks or less. Hydroxycitric acid can cause nausea, digestive tract discomfort, and headache when used short-term. Long-term safety is unknown.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of hydroxycitric acid duringpregnancyandbreast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.Are there any interactions with medications?
Bleeding disorders: There is concern that hydroxycitric acid might slow blood clotting. This might increase the risk of bleeding or bruising in people with bleeding disorders.
Diabetes: Hydroxycitric acid might reduce blood sugar. Monitor blood sugar levels closely. Doses of conventional antidiabetes medications may need to be adjusted.
Surgery: Hydroxycitric acid might affect blood sugar levels and slow blood clotting. This might make it more difficult to control blood sugar and bleeding during and after surgery. Stop taking hydroxycitric acid at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
ModerateMedications used for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs)
Hydroxycitric acid might slow blood clotting. Taking hydroxycitric acid along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.Some medications that slow blood clotting include aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, ticlopidine (Ticlid), warfarin (Coumadin), and others.Hydroxycitric acid might lower blood sugar. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking hydroxycitric acid along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.