grew in popularity in
2003 after heavy press coverage including CBS’s 60 minutes
and BBC. Introducing
Tom Mangold, a
correspondent with BBC,
asks you to imagine "an organic pill that kills the appetite and
attacks obesity. It has no side-effects and contains a molecule that
fools your brain into believing you are full."
hoodia weight loss is a highly sort after weight loss
Demand has outstriped supply that most of the Hoodia diet
supplements you find are either adulterated or worse they are plain out
an even more effective alternative called Caralluma is stealing the thunder from Hoodia.
Hoodia Weight Loss
Hoodia Gordini is a
desert plant which has exhibited amazing appetite suppressing
The plant is also referred to as South Africa Desert
Cactus, Hoodia Cactus, Bushman’s Hat and referred to as Xhoba
San Bushmen the natives of the Kalahari desert where the plant
referred to as a cactus for its striking resemblance to cacti, it is
actually a spiny succulent plant of the plant family Apacynaceae,
completely different from that of cactus- Cactaceae.
It can grow to
reach up to a meter long and have large flowers and a strong smell.
thrives in extremely hot temperatures.
There are 17 types of hoodia
species but so far it is Hoodia Gordini that has shown appetite
plant has been used by the San Bushmen for thousands of years to stave
of hunger as they go for their long hunting trips.
The San Bushmen were
features in the hilarious movie "The God must be Crazy".
took the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
(CSIR), 30 years to isolate the active ingredient in hoodia that
resulted to weight loss; a property that was discovered by accident.
The active ingredient is nicknamed P57. It was patented and licensed.
This means any company selling Hoodia based products without paying
royalties is infringing on intellectual property rights of the Sans
Bushmen which happens to be most hoodia products.
is still not well researched. Evidence of its appetite suppression are
based on a small study done on 18 obese men. The study showed it
resulted to reduction of up to 1000 calories per day. That would
literally translate to 2 pounds of weight loss a week just by taking
hoodia. And apart from this small non-representative though promising
study, all other reports and evidence on Hoodia weight loss is
anecdotal. Infact there are quarters that are skeptical at its near
With the ban of Ephedra weight loss
products, Hoodia Gordini’s demand has quickly soared sky
high. So much
sort after is the herb that it believed that it could turn the Sans
tribe into multi-millionaires as they officially own the patent to the
The demand is fueled by the inclusion of hoodia in herbal
weight loss supplement targeting to counter the epidemic
western obesity. But there is one problem, Hoodia Gordini take 5-7
years to mature and be ready for harvesting. Its rampant harvesting has
led to the plant being a protected species in Southern Africa countries
scarcity is further fueled by the fact that unlike ephedrine a
synthetic derivative of ephedra, P57 is too expensive to synthetically
produce in large quantities. As such companies needing to use hoodia as
ingredients in their weight
loss products need to plant Hoodia and wait to its maturity.
The companies, Phytopharm and Unilever have joined hands to grow
plantations of the herb in South Africa to manufacture diet shakes and
bars using the natural form.
Hoodia is in great scarcity. An ongoing report on hoodia pills by
Alkemist Pharmaceuticals has found at least half of the products
advertised as containing hoodia contain none. And though genuine hoodia
is still available, Mike Adams of Newstarget.com estimates that 80% of
allegedly Hoodia pills are either adulterated or completely fake.
further notes that hoodia products from Strictly Health Company (Brand
name Desert Burn and Hoadaba) and Millennium Health Company (Brand name
Hoodia Hoodia) have consistently been authentic.
the remaining question would be, does genuine hoodia work?
information gathered from a wide source, yes it does. But it is not
exactly, "a magic diet pill" as it is being touted. However it is very
effective in managing your hunger which can result to weight loss. It
not only switches off hunger, but thirst too. There are reports of
death among desert shepherds of that have dropped dead out of
dehydration caused by consuming the plant. However this may not be of
concern due to lower concentration level.
Hoodia Gordini as
authentic hoodia weight
loss products can be a valuable compliment to a
good weight loss diet. But as Mike Adams noted, a carb binge that
results to an insulin spike and consequent hunger signals to your
brains can mitigate the herbs effects. It also doesn’t seem
strongly effective after an intensive work out. It would best be used
between meals when you need to stay away from food.
for there is no known side effects, though the jury is still out on
Responsible use is necessary as with any weight loss supplement
and mega dosing is definitely a no-no. So far the only envisaged damage
you could get from hoodia is on your wallet from buying a fake hoodia
product containing saw-dust instead.
Caralluma is proving to be the Hoodia repalcement. It is showing more benefits
and greater potency. It could just be the weight loss suupport you
needed to finally get the results you want.
if you are looking to lose alot of body fat fast. If you want to lose belly
fat and get a flat stomach or even six pack abs, you will need more than
supplements. You will also need to Go Beyond Calories. And to do this
you will need two things; just two. These two things are...
content is reviewed periodically and is subject to
change as new information on weight loss becomes
available. The information is intended for
educational purposes only. Please
consult your healthcare provider before beginning
any kind of weight loss program