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The Hoodia Patch: What are the Facts?

Jun 27, 2008
The Hoodia Gordonii is a succulent plant and in its natural form is an appetite suppressant, which can aid in weight loss. This 'cactus' resembling plant grows wild in the deserts of South Africa.

Manufactures have either had to grind the whole plant into powder or used alcohol for concentration of the active ingredients, to make this plant available to market. After this process is complete, the finished product can be in the form of capsules, tablets or liquid. The newest product form created is the Hoodia patch.

The Hoodia patch uses a transdermal process, which means that the Hoodia is transferred to the body through the skin. For those who would like to give up smoking, the nicotine patch is also available and works in a similar manner. The Hoodia patch is meant to assist those who are trying to lose weight.

Transdermal patches are preferred by many people due to their ease and anonymity. Like other treatments of this type, Hoodia patches use a time release formula that releases the active ingredient into the bloodstream incrementally over the course of 24 hours.

An optimum situation would have you using one Hoodia patch per day, with replacement occurring once a day. If the patch happens to become removed, replace it with a fresh one.

Some people are so absorbed in other things that they do not recall when they had their last meal and do not know when they will eat again. Hoodia patches may be helpful to people such as these. But it is important to remember that Hoodia suppresses thirst as well as hunger. Therefore, it is crucial to drink plenty of water even if you do not feel thirsty or you will run the risk of becoming dehydrated.

There are no adverse side effects linked to Hoodia. The Hoodia patch contains no drugs. As a result, disposable or skin-to-skin contact should not be an issue as it is with nicotine and hormonal patches.

Before beginning on this or any weight loss program, it is important to check with your doctor. It is also advisable to reduce your caloric intake gradually.
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Author Philip McDonald explores the popular hoodia life. Find information on the right weight loss product that fits your needs.
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