If you own a computer, you probably get a few spam
e-mails everyday trying to sell you something to do
with Hoodia, the latest and greatest weight loss wonder
Hoodia appeals to our desire to lose weight
with no diet or exercise.
You eat it once a day, and it supresses your appetie.
You are not hungry, so you drastically reduce the
food you eat, and you lose weight effortlessly,
with no hunger! Even better, Hoodia has no
known side effects. What's not to like?
Here's what you need to know:
Hoodia suppresses the appetite, because it contains
a molecule that fools your brain into believing you
are full. Best of all: it has no known side effects.
Hoodia comes from a cactus-like plant, called the
Hoodia, that grows deep inside the African Kalahari
It thrives in extremely high temperatures, and takes
years to mature. (The most common variety is the Hoodia
gordonii; it is from the plant family Apocynaeae,
a stem succulent, referred to as "Cactiform" because
of their remarkable similarity to the unrelated Cactus
family). The San Bushmen of the Kalahari, one of the
world's oldest and most primitive tribes, have been
eating the Hoodia for thousands of years, to stave
off hunger during long hunting trips.
Hoodia has been used by the indigenous populations
of Southern Africa to stave off hunger, and to treat
indigestion and small infections. The Western world
discovered it a few years ago, and since then mega
drug companies like Pfizer and Phytopharm have been
attempting to synthesize extracts to create a pill
to be used as an appetite suppressant, to aid in weight
loss. Pfizer had difficulty synthesizing P57, the
and is believed to have stopped working on the project.
That's the good news; here's the bad news:
As Iof now there are no scientific tests that have
been conducted on humans to prove the safety or effectiveness
of Hoodia gordonii in pill form as a nutritional supplement.
In other words, if you can go to Africa and eat the
plant directly, Hoodia will suppress your appetite.
However, there is no scientific evidence, yet, to
prove that Hoodia in a synthesized form, or as an
extract, will suppress your appetite.
Of course scientific trials take time, so it is possible
that some pills on the market today will suppress
your appetite. Ultimately there is only one way to
find out, and that is to try them for yourself. Further
information will be posted on the Hoodia
blog category as it becomes available.