Dietary supplements containing Garcinia cambogia extract and green tea can cause similar liver, finds an analysis of the Drug-Induced Liver Injury Network.

G. cambogia, alone or with green tea, are touted by companies who sell alternatives to medicine and bought by people who believe in them, commonly for weight loss. But the analysis reveals that in the period covered the drug-induced liver injury caused by the supplement led to 91% being hospitalized, while 2 died and 1 survived due to a liver transplant

G. cambogia is often marketed with green tea and its target market is young women, mostly white, who are overweight but not obese. The prevalence of supplements skyrocketed once President Clinton exempted alternative medicine from real FDA oversight. That is why doctors now ask if you are taking any medication, and then always ask you to include herbal and dietary supplements.

Nothing these products claim is medically valid - but the liver damage could be.

The patients ranged in age from 17 to 54 years-old and had a median onset of liver damage at 51 days. 

Funded as a Cooperative Agreement by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases with support from the Intramural Division of the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD (to the Drug-induced Liver Injury Network []): U01-DK065176 and U24-DK065176 (Duke University), U01-DK065211 (Indiana University), U01-DK065201 (University of North Carolina), U01-DK065184 (University of Michigan), U01-DK065193 (University of Connecticut), U01-DK065238 (University of California San Francisco/California Pacific Medical Center), U01-DK083023 (University of Texas-Southwestern), U01-DK083020 (University of Southern California), U01-DK082992 (Mayo Clinic), U01-DK083027 (Thomas Jefferson/Albert Einstein Medical Center, University of Pennsylvania), and U01-DK100928 (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai).