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Hydroxycitric Acid Dietary Supplement-Related Herbal Nephropathy

Herbal preparations are unregulated and widely used because of public perception of being “harmless” and “natural.” Hydroxycitric acid, an extract from the herb garcinia cambogia, is a popular weight-loss supplement used for centuries in Asia. Its effect on weight loss, although being demonstrated in animal studies, may be effective on humans, but with harmful consequences. This is the first report of acute kidney injury caused by an herbal product containing hydroxycitric acid.
The American Journal of Medicine

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