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Hoodia Gordonii is a suculent plant found in
Africa and said to have appetite Anecdotal evidence suggests that yes Hoodia Gordonii does suppress
suppressing qualities. The Kalahari bushmen of Africa are said to
it for thousands of years to suppress their hunger when hunting.
Gordonii really suppress appetite though?
It has become very popular recently and there was even a segment
done on 60
Minutes where Leslie Stahl actually travelled to Africa to try
Gordonii. She reported that the Hoodia gave her no side effects such
jitteriness or upset stomach and her hunger during that day was
Even though anecdotal evidence suggests that Hoodia Gordonii is
and safe as an appetite suppressant, there have been no clinical
date that prove oral Hoodia will work effectively to supress the
One company called Phytopharm has isolated what they believe is the
ingredient in Hoodia Gordonii. They named it p57 and hold the
the patent for it. Phytopharm has spent over 20 million dollars on
Even though Hoodia Gordonii is reported to be safe and gentle there
potential side effect to beware of. One of the scientists at Pfizer
studied the herb reported that Hoodia negatively affects liver
It is also believed that the hunger suppressing mechanism of Hoodia
from its ability to trick the brain into believing blood sugar
higher than they actually are. This would make it very dangerous for
Finally, Hoodia is believed to suppress thirst as well as appetite.
make dehydration a very real concern for Hoodia users.
Another concern is the purity of the Hoodia available on the market
It has been estimated by some that 80% of the available Hoodia pills
conterfeit or adulterated. There are no established tests for the
Hoodia so it is difficult to determine the purity of the Hoodia in
supplement even if there have been independent labratory tests.
The hoodia pills that have been consistently verified as pure
according to Mike Adams of the website News Target, include the
brand, the Hoodoba brand from Strictly Health Corp., and the Hoodia
brand from Millennium Health.