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Hydroxycitric Acid
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Hydroxycitric Acid Side Effects and Warnings

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Safety Issues

The Malabar tamarind (from which HCA is extracted) is a traditional food and flavoring in Southeast Asia. No serious side effects have been reported from animal or human studies involving either fruit extracts or the concentrated chemical. A proprietary calcium-potassium salt of HCA appears to have undergone considerable formal safety study, without evidence of toxicity appearing. 1 However, maximum safe doses have not been established, especially for pregnant or nursing women, young children, or people with severe liver or kidney disease.


  1. Preuss HG, Rao CV, Garis R, Bramble JD, Ohia SE, Bagchi M, Bagchi D. An overview of the safety and efficacy of a novel, natural(-)-hydroxycitric acid extract (HCA-SX) for weight management. J Med. 35(1-6):33-48.


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