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What Are the Facts About the Hoodia Patch?

Jul 4, 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 is a transdermal patch, which means the ingredients in the patch are absorbed through your skin. Besides weight loss patches, there are also Hoodia patches that are used for stopping smoking. The majority of them, however, are used for losing weight.

Generally, most people prefer the transdermal patches, because they can be applied in the morning and not given another thought for the rest of the day. Like other transdermal patches, the Hoodia patch uses a time-released mechanism, in which a small amount of the active ingredient is released into the bloodstream throughout the day.

It is ideal that a person should be able to use one Hoodia patch daily. It is advised to replace every 24 hours. If the patch comes off, it can be replaced with another 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.

Hoodia has not been found to have any adverse side effects, and the patch made with its extracts has no drugs. Therefore, irritable skin due to contact shouldn't be the problem it can be with either nicotine or hormone patches.

As with any weight loss program, it is important to consult a doctor before starting. It is also advised that you reduce your caloric intake gradually.
About the Author
Don't buy hoodia liquid until you have all the information. Philip McDonald is the author of articles that explore weight loss pills and other weight loss methods.
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