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African plant aids weight loss
Feb. 14, 2006 12:00 AM
The back story: Derived from a spiny, cucumber-shaped succulent that grows in the Kalahari Desert of southern Africa, hoodia gordonii has been used for generations by the San bushmen to blunt hunger during long trips across the desert. More recently, hoodia has gained attention as a diet aid. In 2004, 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl gave the supplement national exposure when she traveled to Africa to test the claim. After trying the plant, she reported she wasn't hungry for the rest of the day. On the heels of this publicity, hoodia is everywhere. Hoodia-based products are available in drug and health food stores and on the Internet. A Google search yields more than 2 million hits.
What advocates claim: Scientists believe a compound in hoodia called P57 acts on the hypothalamus (located in the brain), which tricks the stomach into thinking it's full. People taking the compound eat less and lose weight, even without diet and exercise.
What we know: No randomized, long-term studies have been conducted on human subjects to prove the supplement's safety and effectiveness. In a small, unpublished 2001 study by pharmaceutical companies Phytopharm and Pfizer, nine obese patients taking a high-dose extract of hoodia over 15 days consumed an average of 1,000 fewer calories, significantly fewer than a control group.
Yet even if the plant proves an effective diet aid, supplements may not work the same way. What's more, products on the market may not actually contain hoodia, which is a slow-growing, endangered shrub that is hard to propagate. No government agency oversees the accuracy of ingredient labeling on dietary supplements. ConsumerLab.com of White Plains, N.Y., an independent testing firm, speculates there is more hoodia being sold today than could possibly be made from all the hoodia gordonii plants in existence. A lawsuit filed in 2004 against the makers of TrimSpa, a popular hoodia-based diet aid, claims the product does not contain hoodia gordonii.
- Kathy Montgomery, Special for The Republic
What's So Great About Hoodia Gordini? Posted: 2006/02/06 From: 2Health.Net
Hoodia Gordini - it's everywhere these days. On 60 minutes, in the health food store, in your diet pills, on the Internet. You've seen it and probably wondered 'What's so great about Hoodia?'
By Vienna Miller
Hoodia Gordini is a natural appetite suppressant made from the Hoodia Gordini plant - a cactus of the "succulent" cactus family, which grows in the Kalahari Desert region of South Africa. Hoodia has been used by the indigenous Bushmen for years as a natural appetite suppressant during long hunting trips where food was scarce.
So what's so great about Hoodia Gordini? Here are 3 reasons why Hoodia is better than any man-made diet pill to help you lose weight quickly and safely:
1) Hoodia Helps You Lose Weight Without Hunger or Feeling Deprived
One of the first studies of Hoodia Gordini was done in the UK on obese patients. Half of the volunteers were given Hoodia Gordini, the other half were given a placebo. The subjects were allowed to do nothing but read, watch television and eat.
After 15 days it was found that those taking Hoodia had reduced their calorie intake by 1000 calories a day. Despite having unlimited access to food, the Hoodia subjects lost weight without feeling hungry.
People on various brands of Hoodia have reported losing 100 pounds in 6 months, 84 pounds in 5 months and up to 4 pounds a week by taking pure Hoodia. So if you're looking for a way to lose weight but hate feeling hungry or deprived, Hoodia can help you to reach your goals without the pain of dieting.
2) Great For Emotional Eaters
Not only do you feel full when you take Hoodia but many people say they don't even have the desire to eat. Some say they don't even think about food while taking Hoodia.
This is great for emotional eaters - whose weight may be more a result of eating out of boredom or emotional needs than because of hunger. It's also much easier to make healthier food choices when you feel satisfied and full, which contributes to your overall health and vitality.
3) Natural & Safe
Sure, you can take the caffeine-filled, chemical laden man-made diet pills and lose a couple of pounds - but why would you want to? You don't know what else it's doing to your body - and it could be causing some major damage. One of the best benefits about Hoodia Gordini is that it's both natural and safe to take.
Since Hoodia is a plant, and not a man made chemical, it has little chance of causing side effects. In fact the South African government classified Hoodia as a food - not a drug. Scientists have been studying Hoodia for about 10 years and have found no evidence of any negative side effects. Couple this with the fact that the Bushmen in the Kalahari desert of South Africa have been eating Hoodia for hundreds of years with no ill effect. You can see why Hoodia is an amazing alternative to caffeine-laden, questionable diet pills.
While these 3 benefits definitely make Hoodia sound better than any man-made diet pill, there are a couple of things buyers should be aware of:
There are a lot of 'fake' Hoodia diet pills out there. Because Hoodia is a protected species (and it also takes 2 - 5 years to mature), the demand is becoming greater than the supply and many manufacturers are bottling inferior forms of Hoodia that don't offer you the appetite suppressant effects of pure Hoodia.
To find out how to spot the real Hoodia (and save yourself both money and frustration), visit: http://www.HoodiaReview.homestead.com/Hoodia_Caution_What_To_Know_Before_You_Buy.html
Also, you probably don't want to be on Hoodia Gordini forever. You should try to change your diet to one rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats etc. before transitioning off Hoodia to maintain your weight loss. Good luck on your road to wellness!
About the Author: Vienna Miller is a contributing writer to Hoodia Review - a website offering the latest information about Hoodia Gordonii. For more Hoodia tips visit http://www.HoodiaReview.homestead.com
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