If you want to lose weight you have likely already heard the praise being given to the latest in natural cures – Hoodia Gordonii. So, is it as good as they say? How does it work? And most importantly – will it help you lose weight?
STUDY SHOWED HUNGER PAINS TURNED OFF
The most frequently reported study to promote Hoodia Gordonii as a weight-loss supplement was conducted with obese individuals who were given Hoodia Gordonii and left in a room with little to distract them except TV, reading, and eating. This group consumed on average 1000 fewer calories a day than the control group given a placebo. The active ingredient in Hoodia Gordonii appears to tell the brain that the stomach is full. No hunger pains could mean less eating, which would naturally cause a loss of weight.
AFRICAN BUSHMAN USED HOODIA TO STAVE OFF HUNGER FOR LONG TRIPS
Hoodia Gordonii is an African cactus that grows naturally only in the Kalahari desert. For thousands of years, the bushman of this region has eaten Hoodia Gordonii with no apparent ill side effects, like the racing heart experience of Ephedra or other supplements. In fact, the only known side effect seems to be an overall good feeling. However, the bushman used the Hoodia Gordonii sparingly and further studies are required to examine the possible side effects of regular doses over a long period of time.
WILL THE HOODIA GORDONII HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT?
The molecule that has been linked to the appetite suppressing abilities of Hoodia Gordonii, now called P.57, appears to affect both humans and animals. One study showed a decrease in appetite by 30-40%. There are documented personal experiences showing the immediate effects of eating Hoodia Gordonii. It is important to note that the molecule isolated in Hoodia Gordonii does not necessarily affect the appetite when eating high carbohydrate or sugar diets or when hunger is caused by physical exercise. While P.57 can signal to the brain that the body is full, the sugar drops and physical requirement for nourishment can counteract these effects. As with any weight loss program, it is necessary to adapt diet and lifestyle to experience the most profound changes. Suppressing the appetite should not be a replacement for good nutrition and healthy living.