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What you need to know about hoodia gordonii

Apr 25, 2008
A short while ago, Leslie Stahl and a crew from 60 Minutes traveled to Africa in order to discover what all of the talk about the new weight loss pill was all about. They had heard of this pill called Hoodia, and they wanted to know if the main ingredient, an extract taken from the Hoodia gordonii plant, truly worked They were led around by tribal bushmen in order to find the Hoodia gordonii plant. When they found some, the correspondent, Stahl, ate some. She claims that it was "cucumbery in texture, but not bad". What surprised her the most, however, was that after she ingested a small piece of the plant, she lost all desire to eat or drink until the next day. She suffered from no immediate side effects and, in conclusion, said, "I'd have to say it did work".

The Basics About Hoodia

Hoodia (pronounced Hood-e-ah) diet pills are created using an extract from the Hoodia gordonii plant. Hoodia is also known and labeled as Hoodia, Xhooba, !hooba, Hoodia cactus, Ghaap, and the South African Desert Cactus.

Hoodia gordonii is a cactus that is only found in South Africa, Namibia, Angola, and Botswana. It looks much like a cactus, but is actually classified as a succulent. The plant grows in upright stems and it takes five years before the pale purple flowers that grow on the plant can be harvested. There are twenty different classifications of different types of the Hoodia plant, but only the plant known as Hoodia gordonii has been found to contain the appetite suppressant that is making Hoodia famous.

Discovery

It was 1937 before the benefits of Hoodia were discovered by the modern world. A Dutch anthropologist traveled to South Africa in order to learn more about the San Bushmen tribe. He discovered then that they were using pieces of the Hoodia gordonii plant in order to stop their appetite from causing problems when they were going on long hunting trips. In 1963, scientists at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, also known as the CSIR, took some of the Hoodia plant in order to discover what, if any, benefits the plant had. They were surprised to discover that their lab animals were losing weight after they were fed the Hoodia.

Hoodia Today

Today Hoodia has become an extremely popular appetite suppressant. After it was discovered that extract from the Hoodia gordonii plant helped lab animals to lose weight, popular pharmaceutical firm Pfizer decided to spend millions of dollars in order to develop the drug. They contracted with Phytopharm in order to develop the drug, but gave the rights of the drug entire to Phytopharm, who is now working with Unilever to develop the drug even further.

Since its development, Hoodia has helped thousands of people to lose weight. It is believed that the Hoodia diet pills reduce caloric intake anywhere from 30 to 50 percent when it is taken.
About the Author
James Miller has spent the last 15 years writing and researching dietary supplements like Hoodia for various online publications. Read more articles on Hoodia weight loss pills at Hoodiaformula.com
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