Garcinia Cambogia is it safe while breast feeding? Well, though Garcinia Cambogia has been scientifically proved to harbor no life-threatening effects, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers are advised not to consume it without consulting a medical professional.
Why is This So?
To paint a clear picture of Garcinia and its potential (negative) effects to lactating mothers (and to suckling kids), let us take a closer look at its history, ingredients and mechanism of working.
What is Garcinia Cambogia?
Garcinia Cambogia is a small fruit that closely resembles a pumpkin. It’s mostly grown in India, Central Africa and some regions of Southeast Asia where it has been used for thousands of years in diet. It’s not popular here in the west particularly due to its bad taste and the fact that it’s not grown in the US (not even in any of our neighboring countries).
Garcinia is adored in the east due to its filling effect. In fact, some historical accounts claim that it was a darling to ancient travelers who had to walk long distances with little food.
For quite a long time, Garcinia Cambogia users were not aware of its benefits until recent scientific studies were conducted on the fruit.
Science experts discovered that Garcinia contains a substance called HCA (known in full as hydroxycitric acid). This prompted further studies to verify its effects on weight loss all of which we’re glad to confirm came to one (very promising) conclusion.
Garcinia Cambogia indeed has an answer to the problem of weight loss – a problem that has worried many Americans for centuries.
How it works
HCA, the active ingredient of Garcinia Cambogia, works in a multi-dimensional manner. It inhibits the production of enzyme lyase thus halting the process of converting carbs into glucose and glycogen (which is later stored as fats in the body).
It improves the functioning of various mind-body communication channels that deal with the sense of satiety resulting in a sense of fullness – a big plus to people who struggle with hunger pangs while trying to lose weight.
Further research shows that Garcinia can favor the production of ‘feel good’ hormones in the body thus keeping the risk of emotional eating (binge eating) at bay.
Why Breastfeeding Mothers Should Avoid Taking Garcinia Cambogia
As it is evident from Garcinia mechanism of working, it to some extent affects the supply of some crucial nutrients in the body. It for instance affects blood sugar and induces a sense of fullness (which may cause under eating in some people); it also heightens the metabolic rate.
Health experts warn that such drastic bodily and health changes may not be safe for young children and as such pregnant and breastfeeding women are advised to avoid taking Garcinia Cambogia. Aside from lactating mothers, people with diabetes (or with family history of diabetes) or people who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease are advised to avoid taking it without consulting their doc.
Safe for those three exceptions, Garcinia Cambogia is completely safe for human use. Anyone looking for a natural way to lose weight should give it a try.
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(Last Updated March, 2014 )
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