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The Guide to Hoodia Cactus Plant Extract

Jun 30, 2008
You have most likely heard the buzz about "Hoodia cactus plant extract". It has now been broadcasted by a number of major media outlets. For instance, the BBC, "The Today Show, CBS and many more have reported on this extraordinary plant extract.

Due to all the attention that the media has given it, Hoodia Gordonii products have quickly risen to be one of the most popular products in the diet supplement market today.

There are some things to keep in mind before choosing a Hoodia product. There are various types of Hoodia plants, but only Hoodia Gordonii has the astounding 'appetite suppressing' quality.

The effects of Hoodia have been known for centuries by the'Sans Bushmen', a primitive tribe. A study of the native plants that this tribe consumes was conducted by the C.S.I.R. (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) during the mid-1990's.

The purpose of this study was to see that foods they were taking that protected the toxic compounds. They found that Hoodia Gordonii was not only non-toxic, but also helped suppress the appetitive of the animals tested.

The C.S.I.R isolated this active ingredient responsible for the appetite suppression and named it 'P57' or the 'Hoodia cactus extract'. They sold the rights of 'P57' to the British pharmaceutical company, 'Phytopharm'.

If Phytopharm has exclusive rights to 'P57,' you may wonder how other Hoodia products able to come on the market. It is actually a reflection of the law of patents. Phytopharm has the exclusive right to extract 'P57' from the Hoodia Gordonii plant and utilize it for their line of products. The natural plant, however, is not a commodity that can be patented from a legal standpoint. Therefore, other companies can continue to make products using Hoodia Gordonii, and they will not be in violation of the law.

Anyone who is thinking of giving Hoodia a try should be sure that any product they purchase contains genuine South African Hoodia Gordonii.
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