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Are There Side Effects To Hoodia Gordonii?

Jun 5, 2008
The benefits of using hoodia in order to lose weight have gained more interest over the last few years. When compared to some of the health foods and dietary supplements currently being sold in drugstores, hoodia is generally more accepted and said to have more health benefits. The biggest plus that people turn to hoodia pills for is their ability to decrease your appetite, which means that you don't eat as much or even want to eat as much. This decrease in caloric intake thus leads to losing weight.

However, Hoodia claims to be different from the usual appetite suppressants in that they will keep you healthy and give you plenty of energy at the same time. Most people who use appetites suppressants report to have a severe loss in energy. If the hoodia is pure then there are no harmful side effects because Hoodia contains no harmful stimulates like many manufactured appetite suppressants.

Hoodia has been used in Africa for many years and is considered to be a food there, there are no real adverse effects to taking hoodia in its pure form, it is only when mixed with other substances that there could be problems.

One of the biggest problems is where you purchase the hoodia from. There are many websites offering hoodia to buy cheaply online. However pure hoodia is expensive so you should be very wary of anyone who is offering hoodia cheaply as in the majority of cases the product contains very little hoodia or it contains a type of hoodia that does not help suppress appetite.

While Hoodia has undergone some research it hasn't been conclusive. However very few herbal remedies are tested and so whether they actually work or not is often debated. Hoodia seems to fall into the same category although some tests have said that there are no real bad side effects from taking it. In some cases, people have reported that it acts as an aphrodisiac and may even some people a slight buzz.

Hoodia is a relatively new product that is used for suppressing the appetite and thirst. However, there are around 30 different types of hoodia and only hoodia Gordonii will suppress the appetite. While hoodia is regarded as a safe way of suppressing the appetite and thousands have claimed that it is effective; if you are considering taking any form of alternative herbal remedy then you should always consult your doctor.

You should also be aware that some products that are sold which claim to be hoodia, do in fact have very little of the product in it. You should always check to make sure that the product is 100% hoodia; pure hoodia is expensive so besides not wanting to take the additives that are in some of the products, you will also be paying more than you should.

If you wish to purchase hoodia then make sure you buy from a reputable herbal supplement store or an online store that deals solely in hoodia supplements. All products should have clear labeling which allows you to tell if you are indeed purchasing hoodia in its pure form or if hoodia is just one of several ingredients in the product.
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