Botanical (Latin) name: Hoodia gordonii
Other names and common misspelings:
!khoba, Ghaap, South
cactus, hudea, hudia,
Hat and Queen of the Namib.
Hoodia (pronounced HOO-dee-ah) is a bitter-sweet cactus-like
plant that grows primarily in the
Kalahari semi-deserts of South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, and Angola. It was used for thousands of
years by the San
Bushmen people as an appetite suppressant and thirst quencher during
hunting treks through the desert.
Other medicinal uses of this plant
indigestion problems and small infections.
Hoodia gordonii is a genus
several Hoodia species, but it is the only species that has such strong appetite
In the last few years, hoodia has been
heavily marketed for weight loss and
has become immensely popular
as an appetite suppressant. Here we will try to clarify this claims and
the best available Hoodia.
first evidence for
Hoodia came from Dutch anthropologist in 1937, who noted that Buchmen
ate Hoodia gordonii during their hunting in the dessert in order to
their hunnger and thirst. This was unnoticed for years until 1966 when
from Council for
Scientific and Industrial Research
(CSIR) in South Africa
Hoodia. The laboratory animals, fed with Hoodia lost weight!
began further laboratory studyes in order to isolate the active substance.
succeeded in 1977 when they finaly isolated a
named it p57.
The patent was given to british pharmaceutical company
Phytopharm, which took part in the investigations.
there is no weight loss pills containing only the active ingredient?
attempts to be made. Phytopharm sub-licensed the patent to the
giant Pfizer. They tried to synthetize p57 in laboratory, but it turned
out to be too expensive. So they lost interest and returned the patent
evidence for Hoodia effectivenes
first evidence for its effectiveness is coming from the Bushmen people.
them there is no
question if Hoodia was effective. They just know it and
some Hoodia to suppress appetite.
growing number of evidence came from the media. Hoodia has wide media
in NBC, ABC, CNN, BBC etc. Here is what Leslie Stahl says about her
with Hoodia in 60
minutes (aired in Nov 2004):
So how did it work? Stahl says she had no
- no funny taste in her mouth, no queasy stomach, and no racing heart.
She also wasn't
hungry all day, even when she would normally have a pang
mealtime. And, she also had no desire to eat or drink the entire day. "I'd
have to say it did work," says Stahl.
- Leslie Stahl
reporting on CBS News 60 Minutes
BBC correspondent, Tom Mangold reported the following after eating
At about 1800hrs I ate about half a banana
size (piece of
hoodia gordonii) - and later so did my cameraman. Soon after, we began
hour drive back to Capetown.
The plant is said
to have a feel-good
quality, and I have to say, we felt good. But more
significantly, we did
even think about food. Our brains really were telling us
we were full. It was a
enough for the media coverage of Hoodia. There are number of such
which can be easily found. What is more important is the…
Scientific evidence for the
effectiveness of Hoodia?
first it was not clear how Hoodia works to suppress appetite. After
investigation scientists found that active
ingredient p57 mimics the effect of
glugose on the brain cells.
when we are eat our glucose levels get high. This is sensed by neurons
the brain. These neurons sens signals to the hypothalamus, area of the
that controlls appetite and suppress appetite. Your brain says you are
p57 does is to mimic the action of the glucose on the brain. So your brain
receives signals that you are full and cuts the curbs for food.
effective, isn’t it? Here is how Phytopharm's
Dr Richard Dixey explained
how P-57 actually works:
"There is a part of your brain, the
Within that mid-brain there are nerve cells that sense glucose sugar.
When you eat,
blood sugar goes up because of the food,
these cells start firing and now you are full. What the Hoodia seems to
is a molecule that is about 10,000 times as active as glucose. It goes
mid-brain and actually makes those nerve cells fire as if you were
you have not eaten. Nor do you want to."
excerpt from scientific report:
"Studies conducted at the Council
Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR, South Africa) identified
from Hoodia species, in particular Hoodia pilifera and Hoodia
as possessing strong appetite suppressant properties.....Compound
tested for its strong appetite suppressant properties ... and the
showed that all doses resulted in a decrease of food
consumption over an
eight day period and a body mass decrease when compared to the control
In a comparative study against a fenfluramine control sample, compound
resulted in a reduction in food intake over the study period, with a
concomitant overall decrease in body weight ..."
clinical trials has been done?
done a clinical trial
with volunteers, that were split into two groups
– the first
the second received the active
appetite suppressing ingredient p57. Here
are the summarized results:
Another study was made by R. Goldfarb, M.D., medical director of Bucks
County Clinical Research. His study was small using a particular brand
DEX-L10, brand of Delmar Labs. The participants of the study lost about
10 pounds in 28 day period (median weight loss of 3,3%).
also reported that their caloric
intake dropped to less than half
within a few days. No
effects were reported.
group had a statistically significant reduction
in body fat
- The P57 group had
a statistically significant reduction
- The P57 had no
adverse side effects
- On average the P57
calories a day
less than those in the control group. To put that in
American man consumes about 2,600 calories a day; a woman about 1,900
clear that Hoodia is effective and strong appetite
suppressant, that will help you to:
- reduce your cravings for food
- reduce your calorie intake
- lose weight with ease without feeling hungry all the time
- no side effects, besides losing weight!
Side effects of Hoodia
Even though Hoodia is an all natural medication, some people may not be
recommended to take Hoodia. If you are unsure about Hoodia safety,
to your doctor before taking Hoodia, if you have:
Although Hoodia safety was established without any doubt, you should
not take it if you have any of the listed conditions.
- Heart Disease
- High Blood Pressure
- Anorexia, Bulimia
- Plant or health supplement allergies
- Bleeding or clotting disorder
- Pregnant or trying to become pregnant or
sellers offering real Hoodia extracts?
fact most of the Hoodia sellers are not offering a quality
product. In some of the
sample, that were tested the active ingredient was in very small
may be due to the fact, that Hoodia is pretty rare and expensive plant,
is hard to obtain. According our research only few sellers are licensed
selling really quality product.
Learn where to obtain the
best quality Hoodia products (click here)>>
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