Hoodia (Hoodia Gordonii -- Division Magnoliophyta, Class: Magnoliopsida, Order: Gentianales, Family: Apocynaceae, Subfamily: Asclepiadoideae, Tribe: Stapeliae, Genus: Hoodia, Variety: Hoodia Gordonii) is a succulent that grows in desert regions of South Africa and Namibia.
The hoodia plant itself is in limited supply and, together with increasing demand, this fact has led to high pricing and imitative products of dubious value. The purpose of this page is to present relevant information which will help those in search of the authentic product as a viable weight-loss solution.
Hoodia has been used by aboriginal peoples for thousands of years to assuage the appetite, which it does very effectively and a number of media presentations (notably 60 minutes) have reported on this substance, its history, and properties. It is not a stimulant "Scientists say it fools the brain by making you think you’re full, even if you've eaten just a morsel" (ibid)
An age old tradition of use together with current anecdotal evidence, seems to answer that question clearly in the affirmative, but it is important to realize that traditional use tended to be occasional, not a three-a-day regimen. It must also be noted that mainstream medicine rejects claims of hoodia's efficacy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoodia). However, drug companies Phytopharm and Phizer did attempt to to synthesize the active ingredient in hoodia but eventually abandoned the effort as unfeasible. The argument used against the substance is primarily "No published double-blind scientific trials have been performed on humans to investigate the safety or effectiveness of Hoodia gordonii in pill form as a nutritional supplement."(ibid) It is very interesting to note that the absence of clinical trials is being regarded here as more compelling evidence than thousands of years of use. Indeed, it would seem that an absence of clinical trials can be regarded more as a failure on the part of the medical establishment than a condemnation of the product. In light, however, of the failure to synthesize hoodia, clearly the medical establishment considers it to be a non-lucrative competitor which may potentially reduce profits from more lucrative products. The drug industry generally disparages and attempts to marginalize and even regulate such products as hoodia (along with stevia, and many valuable but non-proprietary, and thus non-lucrative, food supplements).
Despite rejection by the pharmacutical establishment of any but its own evidence, one is forced to conclude that, historically, hoodia (at least the pure plant, as used traditionally) has clearly been demonstrated to be effective and safe – and certainly safer than many officially sanctioned substances such as refined sugar whose toxicity is indisputable. However, although long tradition of use would seem to vindicate hoodia as a safely used substance, it sheds no light on how it might interact if taken with other medications. Caution should be exercised as some other seemingly benign supplements have had unexpected effects when used in combination (St. John's Wort, for example, has been found to decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills and anti-HIV drugs as a function of its effect on drug metabolism).
There are many hoodia sources, some of which contain little or none of the active ingredient. Several studies conclude that the most demonstrably reputable source of high potency, pure, and efficacious hoodia is Desert Burn (see The Hoodia Report). See also Mike Adams' article, Hoodia gordonii update: Honest sellers, safety information and weight loss realities which lists Hoodoba (see below) as and equally reliable source.Desert Burn Hoodia
Price: $59.95 plus $5.00 S/H
100% Pure Hoodia Gordonii from South Africa, Contains No Sugar, Starch, Yeast, Artificial Colors, Flavors or Preservatives. 750mg per Capsule, 60 Capsules per Bottle. Other ingredients: Gelatin, Magnesium Stearate, Searic Acid.
Desert Burn capsules contain 750 miligrams of pure Hoodia -- the pure product in an effective dose. The expense reflects high demand and a very limited supply.
The quantity of Hoodia contained in these is not given, but for those who instinctively reach for a sugary snack out of habit or boredom, these lollipops will satisfy your craving and help curb your appetite as well A great concept.
The use of hoodia to curb the appetite, together with replacing refined sugar with stevia (see stevia), can be an easily implemented, cost effective, and safe route to a healthier lifestyle.
Note: This site's content is not intended as medical advice. Consult your health practitioner before using this or any product. Many physicians, but by no means all, are genuinely interested in the health of their patients, however, few venture beyond the confines of the pecuniarily skewed pharmaceutical paradigm. Seek out a health practitioner with insight and circumspection.
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