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What Is Hoodia and Can I Lose These 20 Pounds Fast?

May 6, 2008
Hoodia, and specifically Hoodia Gordonii has been used for many centuries by native southern Africans. Hoodia became known to modern researchers when studying the different foods of southern Africa. The Hoodia plant is a stem succulent - while it looks similar to a cactus plant, it is not technically one. The plants can grow to three feet in height, with cactus-like, spiky needles. The flowers of the plant are best described as having a strong and unpleasant aroma.

The Hoodia family is comprised of numerous sub-species, some of which grow in backyard gardens. Of the sub-species, Hoodia Gordonii is the only one that may contribute to weight loss. The native Bushmen of southern Africa used the plant to dull their appetite, especially on long hunting trips. Considerable credibility is now given to the weight loss claims because of the traditional use of Hoodia.

Hoodia became known after CBS and BBC ran stories in 2003. Now it can be found for sale everywhere, both in pill form and as a liquid extract. With a vast market of people worried about their weight, it's no wonder a huge market has sprung up for this product. Ongoing studies are being done, but so far there have been some encouraging results. Weight loss can be achieved without the hunger pangs most dieters encounter.

A clinical test involving a group of obese people was conducted - the subjects were given Hoodia and told to remain on their couches eating, reading and watching TV. They were happy to discover they had reduced their calorie intake and lost weight. Those sensational test results encouraged many companies to sell Hoodia-based nutritional products. Talk show gossip about TV actresses using Hoodia only added fuel to the fire as people raved about the hot new health product.

Today, with the high demand, pharmaceutical companies are working to develop extracts of the Hoodia plant. P57 is the active ingredient of Hoodia Gordonii, and extensive efforts are underway to develop synthetic variations of P57. Up till now this has proven to be an expensive and difficult process. Due to their lack of success creating synthetic Hoodia, manufacturers are focusing their efforts on developing the natural Hoodia plant.

A contributing factor to the problem is the Hoodia Gordonii plant only grows in a limited area of southern Africa, and is now under increasing pressure. Tight restrictions on the sale of Hoodia Gordonii extracts have been put in place, limiting sales of the extracts to only certain authorized people. As a result, the cost of Hoodia products have increased sharply as demand for this weight loss solution has grown enormously.

If Hoodia works as well as many claim it does, it could have quite an impact on the multi-billion dollar diet industry. No studies have presented conclusive evidence about harmful side effects from consuming Hoodia. However, further research is needed to more clearly demonstrate the extent to which Hoodia safely suppresses appetite. When combined with a proper diet and adequate exercise, people may experience better weight control without the hunger pangs.

Even while Hoodia is now sold everywhere, continuous product testing is being carried out. There is already a huge collection of satisfied Hoodia users worldwide. It appears these users don't need more test results. Hoodia has already taken its place as their weight loss answer. Really, the most important buying factor is the user's own experience with a product, and it appears Hoodia is providing its users with a satisfying result.
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