Last update July 17, 2022

Malabar Tamarind, Garcinia

Likely Compatibility

Fairly safe. Mild or unlikely adverse effects. Compatible under certain circumstances. Follow-up recommended. Read Commentary.

The fruit of this tropical tree is used. It contains hydroxycitric acid (Hydroxycut),  lactones acid and anthocyanins. Unproven properties are: satiating, slimming. (Fassina 2015, Chuah 2013, Onakpoya 2011)

At latest update no published data on excretion into breast milk were found.

Scientific evidence has clearly shown a lack of effectiveness as lipid-lowering or slimming agent (de Lira 2008) and a potential toxicity whenever abused (AESAN 2019). Cases of severe liver toxicity have been reported. (Corey 2015, Kaswala 2014, Lobb 2009) and Serotonin toxicity. (Lopez 2014)

A low-calorie diet along with moderate exercise is preferable. Many women who breastfeed their infants regain the weight they had prior to pregnancy sooner than those who do not.

Precautions when taking plant preparations (Anderson 2017, Powers 2015, Posadzki 2013, Efferth 2011, Kopec 1999, Hsu 1995):

  • Make sure they are from a reliable source: poisonings have occurred due to confusion of one plant with another with toxic properties (Hsu 1995), poisonings due to containing heavy metals extracted from the soil, and food poisoning due to contamination with bacteria or fungi. (Anderson 2017)
  • Do not take in excess; follow the recommendations of expert phytotherapy professionals. “Natural” products are not good in any quantity: plants contain active substances from which much of our traditional pharmacopoeia has been obtained and can cause poisoning or act as endocrine disruptors if consumed in quantity or for an exaggerated time because they contain phytoestrogens. (Powers 2015, Zava 1998)


Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

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Other names

Malabar Tamarind, Garcinia is also known as

Malabar Tamarind, Garcinia in other languages or writings:


Main tradenames from several countries containing Malabar Tamarind, Garcinia in its composition:

  • Lax Sbelt™. Contains other elements than Malabar Tamarind, Garcinia in its composition
  • Pro Clinical Hydroxycut Lose Weight™. Contains other elements than Malabar Tamarind, Garcinia in its composition
  • Pruina™. Contains other elements than Malabar Tamarind, Garcinia in its composition
  • Tamalax Digestion™. Contains other elements than Malabar Tamarind, Garcinia in its composition
  • Terocaps


  1. AESAN. Agencia Española de Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutrición. Informe del Comité Científico de la Agencia Española de Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutrición (AESAN) sobre el riesgo asociado al consumo de complementos alimenticios que contienen Garcinia gummi-gutta como ingrediente. None 2019 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  2. Anderson PO. Herbal Use During Breastfeeding. Breastfeed Med. 2017 Abstract
  3. Powers CN, Setzer WN. A molecular docking study of phytochemical estrogen mimics from dietary herbal supplements. In Silico Pharmacol. 2015 Mar 22;3:4. Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  4. Fassina P, Scherer Adami F, Terezinha Zani V, Kasper Machado IC, Garavaglia J, Quevedo Grave MT, Ramos R, Morelo Dal Bosco S. The effect of Garcinia Cambogia as coadjuvant in the weight loss process. El efecto de la Garcinia cambogia como coadyuvante en el proceso de perdida de peso Nutr Hosp. 2015 Abstract Full text (link to original source)
  5. Corey R, Werner KT, Singer A, Moss A, Smith M, Noelting J, Rakela J. Acute liver failure associated with Garcinia cambogia use. Ann Hepatol. 2015 Abstract
  6. Kaswala D, Shah S, Patel N, Raisoni S, Swaminathan S. Hydroxycut-induced Liver Toxicity. Ann Med Health Sci Res. 2014 Abstract
  7. Lopez AM, Kornegay J, Hendrickson RG. Serotonin toxicity associated with Garcinia cambogia over-the-counter supplement. J Med Toxicol. 2014 Abstract Full text (link to original source)
  8. Chuah LO, Ho WY, Beh BK, Yeap SK. Updates on Antiobesity Effect of Garcinia Origin (-)-HCA. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013 Abstract Full text (link to original source)
  9. Posadzki P, Watson L, Ernst E. Contamination and adulteration of herbal medicinal products (HMPs): an overview of systematic reviews. Eur J Clin Pharmacol. 2013 Abstract
  10. Chuah LO, Yeap SK, Ho WY, Beh BK, Alitheen NB. In vitro and in vivo toxicity of garcinia or hydroxycitric Acid: a review. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2012 Abstract Full text (link to original source)
  11. López-Regueiro S, Ramos Sáiz EM, López-Picado A, Burgos-Alonso N, Arana-Salaberría, A. Fitoterapia como coadyuvante en el tratamiento de la obesidad. Farmacéuticos Comunitarios 2012; 4(4): 166-174 2012 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  12. Efferth T, Kaina B. Toxicities by herbal medicines with emphasis to traditional Chinese medicine. Curr Drug Metab. 2011 Abstract
  13. Onakpoya I, Hung SK, Perry R, Wider B, Ernst E. The Use of Garcinia Extract (Hydroxycitric Acid) as a Weight loss Supplement: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomised Clinical Trials. J Obes. 2011 Abstract Full text (link to original source)
  14. Lobb A. Hepatoxicity associated with weight-loss supplements: a case for better post-marketing surveillance. World J Gastroenterol. 2009 Abstract Full text (link to original source)
  15. de Lira-García C, Souto-Gallardo M, Bacardí-Gascón M, Jiménez-Cruz A. Revisión de la Efectividad de los Ingredientes de Productos Alternativos para la Pérdida de Peso. [A systematic review of the effectiveness of alternative weight-loss products' ingredients]. Rev Salud Publica (Bogota). 2008 Abstract Full text (link to original source)
  16. Kopec K. Herbal medications and breastfeeding. J Hum Lact. 1999 Jun;15(2):157-61. Review. No abstract available. Abstract
  17. Zava DT, Dollbaum CM, Blen M. Estrogen and progestin bioactivity of foods, herbs, and spices. Proc Soc Exp Biol Med. 1998 Abstract
  18. Hsu CK, Leo P, Shastry D, Meggs W, Weisman R, Hoffman RS. Anticholinergic poisoning associated with herbal tea. Arch Intern Med. 1995 Abstract

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