All You Ever Wanted to Know about Hoodia Gordonii

by : Joan Masterson

If you have been looking for information about Hoodia Gordonii perhaps this will give you the answers you seek.

What is Hoodia Gordonii?

Hoodia Gordonii is a succulent plant or cactus plant as people will commonly call it that has been growing in the South African desert for centuries. This plant has been used by the San Bushmen as an appetite and thirst suppressant when they were on long extended hunting trips looking for food.

How Does Hoodia work on people?

After extensive research scientists have discovered that the reason for Hoodia's appetite suppressing abilities is a molecule named "P57", named so by a company called Phytopharm who purchased the patent for producing a weight loss solution from Hoodia. This molecule works on the area of your brain that signals when your body is full after you have eaten. When you take Hoodia then your brain is tricked into thinking you are full and you do not feel hungry or thirsty.

In what way does Hoodia Gordonii Help People to Lose Weight?

A study was done in the UK on obese and overweight people. Half of the volunteers that wished to lose weight were given Hoodia Gordonii, while the other half were given a placebo which is a pill made of sugar. The people undergoing the tests were allowed to read, watch television and eat just like they would in normal circumstances. After two weeks it was discovered that the people taking Hoodia had reduced their food intake by 1000 calories a day. Even though everyone had as much food available as they wished people taking the Hoodia lost weight.

Can I use Hoodia Gordonii Safely?

As mentioned above Hoodia Gordonii is a plant and not a synthetic man made product. Like anything natural it is completely safe to eat and after studies has been shown that people do not suffer any ill effects from it. Researchers have been studying Hoodia Gordonii for over 10 years now and the results have been conclusive. Hoodia is an appetite suppressant that is certainly very effective for these reasons.

How can you check if it is the real product?

The best way to find out whether a Hoodia pill is real is to check on the suppliers' website for a document called the C.I.T.E.S. Certificate. (Convention for International Trade for Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). If the supplier has this on their website you can purchase Hoodia from them with confidence.