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July 21, 1999

Garcinia cambogia for Weight Loss

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;282(3):233-235. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-3-jac90006

To the Editor: According to Dr Heymsfield and colleagues,1 "Garcinia cambogia [HCA] failed to produce significant weight loss and fat mass loss beyond that observed with a placebo"; "studies in humans are contradictory"; and ". . . at least 14 separate hydroxycitric acid–containing products are presently sold over-the-counter to consumers."