Hoodia gordonii is a spiny and leafless plant in South Africa and Namibia. Hoodia cactus is a very succulent plant. For many centuries the San bushmen of the Kalahari desert have used Hoodia plants as a food. The flowers have an unpleasnt smell. Native Southern African have long history of using Hoodia for medical purpose, for example, to treat indigestion and small infections. In 1970s, the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) identified a constituent in hoodia, which is called P57. P57 had demonstrated appetite-suppressant effect. A UK based company has been granted license to extract active ingredients from pure hoodia and then futher process them into appetite suppressant.
It has no known side-effects, and contains a molecule that fools your brain into believing you are full. Hypothalamus is a part of our brain. Within that mid-brain there are nerve cells that sense glucose sugar. When you eat, blood sugar goes up because of the food, these cells start firing and now you are full. Hoodia contains an ingradient that is much more active than glucose. It goes to the mid-brain and actually makes those nerve cells fire as if you were full.
The first animal who were tested Hoodia with is Rat. As we know Rat eats almost everthing they encounter. This test showed that rats stopped eating completely. During the first human clinical trial, a morbidly obese group of people were divided into two groups. All them could do all day was read papers, watch television, and eat. One group was given Hoodia, half placebo. Fifteen days later, the Hoodia group had reduced 1000 calorie intake every day. It was a great success.
Since these stunning discovery, hoodia pills and tablets have been manufactured and sold throughout the world. Hoodia diet and hoodia slimming becomes a buzzworld in the fitness world. People buy hoodia pills, hoodia patches for weight loss. Phytopharm hoodia is the authentic hoodia product.
In the clinical study described above the safety data are consistent with a satisfactory overall safety profile, however further scientific studies are required to establish the safety profile of Hoodia extract.
Please bear in mind that we do not have inexhaustable supply of Hooida. As a matter of fact, hoodia can extinct, if they are not preserved and protected. Due to this reason, South Africa and Namibia government have passed laws to protect Hoodia plant. Under this law, only organization and individuals with government permissions can grow and collect Hoodia.
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