How to take garcinia cambogia
If you're trying to drop a few pounds fast, this post on Garcinia Cambogia will make it easy for you to lose the weight quickly.
How to Take Garcinia Cambogia
Are you looking for an herbal supplement to curb your appetite and help you lose weight? Garcinia cambogia has been used in Ayurveda, an ancient Indian system of medicine, as a digestive aid. Whether you are severely overweight and looking for something natural to help or just need to lose a few pounds, you can understand the origins and use of garcinia cambogia to see if it might be right for you. 
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Garcinia Cambogia: Safe for Weight Loss?
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Garcinia cambogia, a tropical fruit also known as the Malabar tamarind, is a popular weight-loss supplement. People say it blocks your body's ability to make fat and it puts the brakes on your appetite. It could help keep blood sugar and cholesterol levels in check, too. You'll find it in bottles on the shelf at the store as well as mixed with other ingredients in diet products.
Does it live up to its hype? Maybe a little, but it might not be worth it.
How It Works
The active ingredient in the fruit's rind, hydroxycitric acid, or HCA, has boosted fat-burning and cut back appetite in studies. It appears to block an enzyme called citrate lyase, which your body uses to make fat. It also raises levels of the brain chemical serotonin, which may make you feel less hungry.
But actual weight loss results aren't impressive. A review published in the Journal of Obesityfound that people who took garcinia cambogia in studies lost about 2 pounds more than people who didn't take it. The reviewers couldn't say for sure that the weight loss was because of the supplement. It could have been from the lower-calorie diet and exercise programs the people in the studies typically followed. Better studies are needed to find out if HCA really helps people lose a lot of weight and keep it off.
Type 2 Diabetes and High Cholesterol
Garcinia cambogia may make it easier for your body to use glucose, the sugar your cells need for energy. Mice that got garcinia cambogia in one study had lower insulin levels than mice that didn't. That's another reason, besides weight loss, that people with diabetes are interested in it. However, if you're taking garcinia cambogia along with a medication to control your blood sugar, your glucose could get dangerously low.
Some research has found that garcinia cambogia can also improve cholesterol levels, lowering triglycerides and LDL (the "bad" cholesterol) and raising HDL (the "good" cholesterol). But you shouldn't use it if you're already on a prescription for your cholesterol.
Possible Side Effects
When you take garcinia cambogia, you might get:
In 2009, the Food and Drug Administration warned everyone to stop using a weight-loss product that contained garcinia cambogia because some people taking it got serious liver problems. The product had other ingredients, too, so it's not clear that garcinia cambogia was to blame. While some research suggests the supplement is safe for your liver, other research says no.
Garcinia cambogia may interact badly with:
You definitely don't want to use it when you're pregnant or nursing, or if you have kidney or liver problems.
Primarily, the fruit is used for digestive problems such as constipation and menstrual cramps.
It is possible that manic symptoms may emerge as a side effect.
To Buy or Not to Buy
Since study results are mixed, you should talk with your doctor to help you decide if taking garcinia cambogia is a good idea. Even if it's safe, it may not help you lose much weight. It's probably wiser to spend your money on healthy food or an exercise DVD.
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What Is The Right Garcinia Cambogia Dosage For Effective Weight Loss?
Garcinia Cambogia will only promote weight loss when it is taken in the right dosage and at the right time.
Before we delve deeper into some specific details about Garcinia Cambogia dosage, let’s first take a look at what doctors are saying about this all-natural fat buster.
Garcinia Cambogia Dosage – How Much Should You Really Take?
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- Step #1 – Make sure you have a high quality brand of Garcinia supplement.
- Step #2 – Check the label of your bottle so see the serving size.
- Step #3 – Start with a dosage of 1500mg for the first two weeks.
- Step #4 – Take your Garcinia pill first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
- Step #5 – Analyze your weight loss result after two weeks and increase your dosage if you need to.
Most Garcinia brands tend to have 2 capsules per serving size totaling 1000mg. This means each capsule will be 500mg.
So if you are taking a daily dosage of 1500mg, that would be 3 capsules daily. One before breakfast, one before lunch and one before dinner.
The following Garcinia Cambogia Dosage info-graphic will give you a quick overview of what you need to know before you take your supplements:
WARNING: In Order To Get The Best Results From Garcinia, It Is Very Important That You Only Use A Reputable And High Quality Brand. If You Have Been Taking Garcinia And Not Getting Good Results, Chances Are You Are Using A Less Than Stellar Product.
Our Top 5 Recommended Brands Of Garcinia Cambogia
How To Take Garcinia Cambogia The Correct Way:
When a famous Dr presented Garcinia on his show on live TV, he used words like “ revolutionary weight loss system ” and “ miracle cure ”.
It seemed a bit over the top, but a couple of months down the line word about its amazing benefits is spreading like wild-fire.
He was however very categorical on the type of Garcinia he endorsed. Here is the checklist he later posted on his website for those looking for Garcinia Cambogia purchase tips to use.
- At least 50% HCA content.
- Manufactured in a cGMP and FDA approved facility.
- Featuring a bold name “Garcinia Cambogia” on its package.
- *Made in America, kindly avoid brands made in China or other countries that don’t have clear Garcinia manufacturing guidelines.
Experts also warn against buying Garcinia that is abnormally priced.
Cases of fake Garcinia that features ingredients such as sugars, wheat and artificial binders have in the recent past been on the rise.
Caution: High Temperature When you're pregnant, your body runs a little hotter.
The Hong Kong Department of Health has advised consumers not to use this product after it was found to contain sibutramine and phenolphthalein, drug ingredients that were not declared on the product label.
Such Garcinia is less efficient and may not be effective even if you are following the right dosage.
Factors Affecting Garcinia Cambogia Dosage
* HCA Content
Hydroxycitric acid (HCA) is the main active ingredient in this supplement. As such products with high HCA contents are known to be more efficient than those which fall short of the 50% content requirement.
Most suggested dosages for Garcinia are based on an extract that contains between 50 to 60% HCA.
* How Much Weight One Wants To Lose
People with huge masses of fat may require larger quantities of Garcinia than people with few fats. In other words, you need more HCA to fast-track your weight loss success.
There’s however no specific formula for determining exactly what you should consume at a particular weight level.
* Type Of Food Eaten
If you eat high calorie (high fat foods) you are highly likely to gain fats than a person who eats low fat foods. If fries and snacks are your thing, you probably need a slightly higher dose of HCA to begin losing weight.
* What State?
Garcinia is available in two states: high-grade premium state and compound supplement state. High-grade premium Garcinia is highly effective which obviously means that you don’t need much of it to lose weight.
Compound supplement Garcinia is made up of multiple ingredients and has low levels of HCA. It goes without saying that those who use it need larger doses to meet the recommended dosage.
* Garcinia In Bottle Or Capsule
There are different guidelines for using bottled and capsule Garcinia. We’re getting into those guidelines – up next.
How Use Garcinia Cambogia Pills For Maximum Weight Loss
A typical Garcinia doses is 500 to 1,000 mg taken three times a day with plenty of water just before meals.
The recommended daily allowance for this supplement is 2,500 to 3,000 mg.
If your supplement is in capsule form you need to take two capsules per day before main meals.
This is to allow enough time for HCA to start working. Your level of appetite may reduce during this period of time forcing you to eat less than you (probably) had planned for initially.
If you are not sure about exactly what quantity of Garcinia to take, you may want to call your local supplier for further guidance. Besides doing that, you can inform your doc of your decision to use this supplement.
The good news is that consequences of an over/under dose are often mild and tolerable: dizziness, nausea, mild rash and headaches. This however does not give you the lee-way to throw caution to the wind when using Garcinia products.
Not everyone qualifies to use Garcinia . If you are pregnant, below the age of 18 or diabetic, you are supposed to talk to a health expert before trying this or any other supplement (be it herbal or conventional).
Final Verdict On How To Take Garcinia Cambogia
Garcinia Cambogia Dosage
- Quality Ingredients In Garcinia
Take one capsule of 500mg at 60% HCA 45min to one hour before breakfast, and before lunch and dinner for a total daily dosage of 1500mg. Analyze results over two weeks and increase dosage if you need to.
According to scientists, the dosage of Garcinia deemed dangerous for human consumption exceeds 5000mg. As such this supplement has a very wide margin of safety.
It is however important to follow the recommended Garcinia Cambogia dosage on your specific bottle to maximize on the benefits of this revered extract.
About The Author
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Family: Clusiaceae (Guttiferae) Common Name(s): Malabar tamarind , hydroxycitric acid ( HCA ) The medical literature primarily documents weight loss and lipid-lowering activity for the plant.
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I did buy this specific brand, “Miracle G C” and am a little confused on the dosing. The bottle says take two capsules per day. That appears to be one serving, which would be 2000mg (each capsule is 1000mg). Should BOTH capsules be taken together before one meal during the day, or should ONE capsule be taken TWICE daily, an hour prior to each meal?
Hey Greg, first off thanks for stopping by my website. Now to answer your question, For miracle garcinia cambogia, the serving size is two capsules = 1000mg. That means each capsule is 500mg and not 1000mg. Therefore you’ll take two capsules before meals either twice per day for a maximum dosage of 2000mg or three times per day for the maximum recommended daily dosage of 3000mg.
Hope that helps.
you didnt answer the question. It says TWO PILLS A DAY…not before each meal. only two per day….when do you take them….
Actually Shari, I did answer the question. You can take the pills anytime you want before a meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner). And for that specific brand at the time (I no longer recommend that brand) the serving size was two capsule = 1000mg (500mg/capsule) and NOT one capsule = 1000mg. So two capsules for the entire day would be a weak dosage. I would recommend 3 capsules daily for a total of 1500mg.
I sent away and just received my. garcinia green is that a good one.?
Hey Cynthia, if you ordered Miracle Garcinia Cambogia through this site and it came in a green bottle as in the picture above then you have the correct one.
I have the Purely Inspired garcinia pills. Do you know anything about these pills?
I’ve never heard about that brand before. What exactly does it say on the label?
I made my purchase GC 1300, my weight is 230 says I should take 2 capsules per day will be the amount my body needs?
Hey Jeany, it depends on what the dosage says on the label. What is the amount per serving size?
my bottle says take 1 capsule 2 times a day 30 minutes before meals. Serving size is 2 capsules @ 1,000 total (I believe)..I’m thinking I should take 2 capsules 3 times a day….am I correct. I’ve only been taking 1 capsule (One before breakfast and one before dinner)…nothing is happening…….Help!
Hey Beth, based on what I just read from your comment, a single capsule is 500mg since the serving size is 2 to give 1000mg. As a result you may be taking a low dosage since your daily intake is only 1000mg. You can increase your dosage to 2000mg by adding two more capsules per day.
Hi I have a silly question I bought my Garcinia Camboiga here in Costa Rica and the brand is ALFA and each pill contains 500 mg and I take 2 pills a day, one before the first meal and before the second meal. I do not know if I’ve understood correctly, but that is about 1000 mg per day, right, so should I take 4 pills a day for a total of 2000mg?
Hey Christina, that’s not silly question as a lot of other persons have the same concern as you.
If your tablets are 500mg then two per day is 1000mg. SO if you are looking to increase your dosage to 2000mg the you’ll indeed have to take two more capsules per day to make a total of 4.
I bought ultra concentrated garcinia. 1500mg pure garcinia extract. 50% hca. By pro-nutra. Have you heard of it??
I’m really sorry Colton, I haven’t heard of that brand but I’ll do some research on it.
I have read in multiple websites that this Garcinia Cambogia is a great way to lose weight, does it also help you with muscle and toning?
Hey Kaley, garcinia does help to produce lean muscle mass but if you are looking to tone your body, don’t expect any supplement to do that for you.
GARCINIA Side Effects & Safety Garcinia is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth for 12 weeks or less.
You’ll have to go into the gym and workout different muscle groups to get your desired look.
I am still not sure about the dosage… The serving size is 2 capsules, it’s 1000 mg. You recommend to take between 2,500 and 3000 mg. Does it mean that 2 capsules should be taken 2 times a day? Or, should I take one capsule twice a day?
Hey Olga, when the serving size says 2 capsules then it means the 2 cpsules adds up to 1000mg. SO you’d take two capsules twice per day totaling 4 capsules to reach 2000mg daily dose.
Hello I am from australia i have bought the garcinia cambogia (healthy care) it says on the bottle that each capsule contains garcinia cambogia extract 500mg. Does that mean I have to take 2 capsules 3 times a day?
That would be correct if you want a dosage of 3000mg for the day. But you could start off with 1500. SO one tablet 3 times a day. Track your progress over a period of time say 2-3 weeks and increase dosage if you need to.
I got the premium garcinia combogia weight loss suplement and mine says to take 2 caspules before breakfast. Thesres 25mg of calcium, chromium 100mcg, potasium 25mg, and HCA 60 percent / 500mg per capsule is this the correct amount? Ive been told theres a lot of fakes out there.
Ive got 1000 mg capsules of the supplement, is it alright if it take 4000mg a day? i weight about 92 kgs, at a height of 6 ft. 1 inch.
Hey Nik, experts recommend that you should NEVER exceed 3000mg in a day. I’d say start out with about 1500mg and then track your progress over two weeks and then increase it if you need to.
hi i got 60hca 1000mg per capsul how to take it…can i take one before breakfast and one before dinner… there are 60 capsuls in one bottle
Hey Zarak, that’s right. You can as that would be a dosage for 2000mg for the day which is perfectly fine. Good luck.
hi i got USN brand in botswana it is said to be an SA product is it ok?
Hey Nnee, I’ve never really heard of that brand. You’d have to list the ingredients for me to comment on it.
Hi I have got 400mg Pill with 600mg HCA …I go to gym also how many pill do u want me to consume…
Hey Naresh, first off, make sure you check the label of your bottle to see the “serving size per dosage”.
Some brands are one capsule and some are two. I would recommend that you start off with 1800mg HCA per day.That’s three dosages. Monitor your results over a two week period and go from there.
I just recieved my bottle of 1500mg and the bottle says take 2 a day is this correct. The bottle says the serving size is 1
Yes Patty, that would be correct for a dosage of 1500mg. What is the percentage HCA on the label?
Hi I have the pure life garcinia cambogia extract and the pure life green coffee detox have u ever heard of that one
Hey Selena, I have not heard of those specific brands but as long as they don’t have any filler ingredients and they do have the required amount of HCA then they should be okay.
I also have garcinia cambogia g3000 it says take 2 capules twice a day does that mean take two at bf and two at dinner or if I take 4pills a day can I take one for bf and one at lunch and two at dinner
Hey Toya, whichever way you take it, it will work as long as you don’t go over the daily dosage requirements. So one at bf, one at lunch and two at dinner will work just as two at breakfast and two at dinner.
What about taking the Garcinia Cambogia capsules with raspberry ketone do you take both capsules around the same time or do you take one capsule and wait a while and then take the other capsule. instructions for the Garcinia Cambogia say take 2 capsules daily 30 minutes before eating with 8-ounce glass of water and the Keystone instructions say take one capsule before breakfast or morning exercise session and one tablet at mid-afternoon with 8-ounce glass of water.
This has resulted in a lot of variety, especially when it comes to the additional ingredients used for various purposes.
Also for the Garcia Cambodia when it says to take 2 capsules daily before meal time does that mean take two at once before each meal equaling a total of four daily or one before breakfast and one before dinner or lunch?
Hey Erica, check the label on the bottle to see what is the serving size. If it is two capsules for the serving size then you take both tablets at once. If not then you spread them out. Also, if you take Raspberry as well, you can take it in the mornings the same time you take your garcinia capsules.
What is the longest period of time between taking a capsule (in my case, 900mg @60%) and eating a regular meal? Can I take it up to 2-3 hours prior to eating or will that defeat the purpose?
Hey Carol, I would suggest that you allow at least 3 hours between each dosage. SO if you that the pills twice daily, morning and evening would be great for example.
I am very knee to buy this product but before that i have few doubt,
1,I weight up to 85kgs so how many pills i need to take per day if i want to reduce in 3 to 4 months?
2. And is obviously i cant take this pills for life long so if i stop this pills once i lose weight id there any side effects cos i heard after stopping the consumption of few supplements there will be drastic change in weight gain so can u suggest me on this how to stop the pills once weight reduces?
3. So is there is any side effects like hair loss skin probe an all?
4. i may plan for pregnancy after few months so it does’t effect my pregnancy r my months periods?
I will be very thanks full if i get few suggestion on this so that i can order right away.
Hey Chaya, your question is very common and to be honest, I think you have the wrong approach. I think all you want to do is to take the garcinia pills and expect to lose the weight without doing much of anything else. Am I right? If not I am sorry but you can’t look at it that way. You see, there are no pills (except for deuretics which actually make you lose water) that will allow you to just lose weight if your lifestyle remains the same.
They are called “SUPPLEMENTS” for a reason because the supplement what you should already be doing. Which is to focus on healthy eating and an exercise program.
With that being said, if you are eating healthy and exercising regularly, a regular dosage of garcinia will give you that boost you need. As to pregnancy, these are natural supplements and have no negative effects but I am not a doctor so I advise that you contact your healthcare professional for medical advice.
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Hi I have a quick question, when it comes to the max dosage of 3000 mg. Is that 3000 mg of garcinia cambogia or of the Hydroxy citric acid. My bottle contains 1000 mg of g. Cambogia, standardized to 50% HCA for 2 pills. I have been taking 2 in the morning and 2 before dinner so is that 2000 mg or only a 1000 mg?
Hey Sandra, it is 3000mg of the Garcinia as per the dosage on the bottle. The label doesn’t report the HCA in mg but rather as a percentage.
With regards to your supplement, if you are taking two capsules that would total 1000mg since the serving size if 2 pills. So overall you would be taking 2000mg dosage for the day.