Citrimax, a dietary supplement manufactured by the California-based InterHealth Nutraceuticals, Inc. and also known as Malabar tamarind, consists of a dried Asian fruit that some alternative medicine practitioners and naturopaths claim can help with weight loss by suppressing your appetite. While Citrimax is a common ingredient in many herbal diet pill mixtures, it may also be taken alone daily. However, consult your doctor before using Citrimax and be aware of the potential side effects.
Citrimax consists of one ingredient: dried powdered Garcinia cambogia, a fruit that is native to southeastern Asian countries like Malaysia and India. The powder is made from the fruit's rind and has been traditionally used in Asia as an appetite suppressant. Citrimax contains hydroxycitric acid, or HCA, as its active compound, which may help stimulate weight loss by increasing serotonin levels and preventing carbohydrates from being converted to fat.
A typical dosage of Citrimax consists of a 250-mg tablet taken one to three times daily. The manufacturers recommend that the tablets be consumed between 45 and 60 minutes before eating. Clinical trials of Citrimax typically observed the effect of 1500 to 4667 mg daily, although health professionals warn against taking more than 1500 mg per day until more research is completed on the possible dangers of long-term Citrimax usage.
Possible Side Effects
At regular doses, Citrimax may cause nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain, headache, dizziness and a dry mouth. Citrimax has also been an ingredient in some natural diet pill blends that caused extreme liver problems in certain users. Drugs.com warns that women who are pregnant or nursing should avoid Citrimax, as should anyone with a serious medical condition or those who regularly use insulin, statins, warfarin or supplements containing iron, calcium or potassium.
Few reliable clinical studies support Citrimax's ability to aid in weight loss, and, as a dietary supplement, it is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration for effectiveness, purity or safety. In addition, the Citrimax manufacturers do not emphasize exercise. Major healthcare organizations such as the Mayo Clinic advise that no dietary supplement should replace regular physical activity and low-fat eating habits for sustainable weight loss.