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Information on South African Hoodia Gordonii Cactus

Jun 28, 2008
The South African Hoodia Gordonii Cactus is also known by several other names. The Sans Bushmen refer to it as xshoba or xhooba; they eat it to suppress their appetite and thirst and also as a remedy for indigestion and minor skin infections.

The plant is, however, actually a succulent plant. So names such as the Hoodia cactus or the South African desert cactus are not entirely accurate. The true scientific name is simply Hoodia Gordonii.

When considering raising South African Hoodia cactus commercially, there are several issues to consider. The first and most obvious consideration is temperature. Hot, desert-like conditions are necessary for the Hoodia cactus to thrive and reach full maturity.

A second problem relates to the time the African Hoodia Gordonii takes to grow. Typical time frame is four to five years. There are also extremely limited amounts of this plant in the wild, and the South African government protects the plant from being harvested.

Phytopharm, the first company to research the properties of the African Hoodia Cactus, has established plantations in South Africa to grow it in quantity. But it will still be several years before Phytopharm will begin to sell their patented product.

Even tough there are more than twenty different varieties of hoodia, only Hoodia Gordonii is believed to possess the natural appetite suppressant. There are some companies that are selling products that allegedly contain the African hoodia cactus, but if it isn't Hoodia Gordonii, it will not be effective.

Whenever health supplements are purchased, it is advisable to buy from a reputable company offering a complete product line. If you do take Hoodia, be sure to drink plenty of water, since Hoodia suppresses thirst as well as appetite.

No matter what name you use, the African Hoodia is very pretty to look at. At maturity, the plant blooms with vibrant violet flowers. Although those who believe in its dieting properties would love to get their hands on large quantities of the beautiful Hoodia cactus, there must be some restraint used regarding its harvesting. That way, people will be able to enjoy the beauty and benefits of this plant for many years to come.
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