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Hoodia Gordonii-this Marvelous Appetite Suppressant's History

Jan 5, 2008
*The Hoodia Gordonii Of Old*

Many people think that Hoodia Gordonii is a new discovery. Well, it is...kind of. Hoodia Gordonii may be relatively new to us, but not to the ancient tribes who live in South Africa. These people live in the Kalahari Desert and have been using hoodia for quite some time (over two thousand years).

And we are supposed to be the scientifically advanced society. Here we are, using drugs with harmful side affects to lose weight, then we come to find out that some ancient tribes in South Africa, with no medical advancement, have been using a product that is safe and natural for thousands of years.

*Where Do We Get Hoodia?*

The remarkable Hoodia Gordonii plant is found in the wilderness of the South African Desert. Hoodia is a succulent plant that retains water in dry conditions, much like a cactus does.

The natives used hoodia gordonii to suppress their appetites at times when there was little or no food available. They would take the hoodia plant with them on long trips when it was likely that food would be in short supply. Then, when hunger hit, they would just eat a little of the plant and be on their way, their stomachs satisfied for hours to come.

Can it get any better? Well, a chicken dinner would be better, but that wasn't an option. When they started getting hungry and no food was around, they would just eat a little off of a completely free and safe plant they had brought with them. No negative side affects, and it worked!

*Hoodia Makes Its Way To The Modern World*

Finally, in 1937 a Dutch anthropologist went to Southern Africa to study the habits of the nomadic hunters who lived there. He noted that they would eat this plant when food and water were not available. He tried hoodia himself and reported that the Hoodia Gordonii plant was not tasty and would not be acceptable for our snobby taste buds. Therefore, what we buy today is hoodia that has been processed into a form that offers the same benefits of suppressing the appetite safely, yet has no bad flavor to deal with.

At last, in 1963 a study of hoodia gordonii was started. Scientists at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in South Africa found that laboratory animals that were fed Hoodia lost weight. They found that hoodia really worked! It should have been no surprise.

But the development of hoodia gordonii for our use crawled along. Finally, sometime in the 1990's, South African scientists convinced a British pharmaceutical company called, Phytopharm, to work on developing hoodia into a palatable pill. After much work, they isolated and identified 'P57', the molecule in hoodia gordonii that possesses the appetite suppressing power.

Hoodia gordonii is a plant that thrives in high temperatures, and it takes four to five years for the plant to mature sufficiently for harvesting. Therefore, creating and building Hoodia Gordonii plantations in South Africa, where the climate is perfect for this plant, has become the focus.

*It Actually Does What It Is Supposed To*

Hoodia gordonii works great as an appetite suppressant. However, you should know that it doesn't work at the same speed for everyone. For some people the length of time it takes to suppress the appetite occurs quickly, even after the first dose. However, others may not notice a significant difference until after two weeks.

But it does work. And the best thing about it is that bad side affects are not a part of the package. If you are serious about losing weight, you may want to give hoodia gordonii a try.
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