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(Also referred to as Hoodia Gordoni,
Hoodia Cactus, Pure Hoodia)
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Hoodia Gordonii (Xhoba) is a succulent (cactus like) plant found
in desert regions of South Africa (Namibia, Angola and Botswana).
For thousands of years, the San Bushmen of the Kalahari desert
have used Hoodia Gordonii to counter hunger and thirst, when they
were deprived of food on long hunting expeditions in the desert.
Not all members of the Hoodia family of plants are biologically
active. Hoodia is produced from the species Hoodia Gordonii which
has been used in the food chain of the indigent desert people of
In the 1930's a Dutch anthropologist discovered the use of Hoodia
Gordonii by the San Bushmen. The Bushmen used Hoodia as food and
sustenance during nomadic hunting expeditions.
Hoodia Gordonii has been reported to provide a sense of alertness
and it may also have aphrodisiac qualities.
Hoodia was reported by the San Bushmen to suppress appetite and
hunger and this has been confirmed by science.
What is Hoodia?
Pure Hoodia contains variable amounts of fiber, organic material,
antioxidants and biologically active substances called sterol glycosides.
This is Hoodia SupremeT.
Some, but Not all Extracts May Work.
The pharmaceutical industry is planning to make drugs out of the
sterol glycoside components of Hoodia Gordonii but this is not
consistent with the traditional use of the whole plant.
Scientific evidence exists in animals and humans that Hoodia Gordonii
may be an adjunct to weight control when used with calorie restriction
and healthy lifestyle.
Hoodia at Work
Scientific studies exist on components of Hoodia Gordonii indicating
that it has direct effects on the central nervous system.
Molecules in Hoodia Gordonii may mimic the effects of glucose
on nerve cells in the hypothalamus of the brain.
Hoodia may fool the body into thinking that
it is "satisfied" or "full".
This may help curb appetite and calorie intake in the diet may
Hoodia does not contain dangerous stimulant molecules.
Hoodia is a potential adjunct to behavior modification for weight
Hoodia can be used with exercise and lifestyle changes for weight
No serious or harmful side effects of Hoodia Gordonii have been
reported. Its presence in the African food chain for many years
provides a precedent of safety.