Saturday, May 31, 2008

Why Hoodia?

You see this ingredient in almost every diet pill in the market today: hoodia.

So what is hoodia and why is it a known effective ingredient in weight loss?

Hoodia gordonii is a cactus-like succulent plant, native to the Kalahari Desert in Southern Africa.

The active ingredient in Hoodia is the appetite-suppressing molecule, P57, which is licensed to the British pharmaceutical company Phytopharm who are researching its potential as an anti-obesity drug. Scientists from Phytopharm say P57 acts on the brain in a manner similar to glucose. It tricks the brain into thinking you are full even when you have not eaten, reduces interest in food and delays the time before hunger sets in.

As with any diet pill, consult with your doctor first if it's right for you.

1 Comment:

Essjay said...

I read a diet pill review recently that Hoodia doesn’t work. This WAS on a site that had was reviewing a lot of diet pills but a lot of them were ones i certainly wouldnt take. They had all sorts of other ingredients added.

Does Hoodia work? i think it does judging by the many reports Ive seen and the news featured BUT I dont think it will work by itself. You need to exercise and change your diet. Hoodia is a natural appetite suppressant and some just contain Hoodia while others contain more than Hoodia. Essentially if you use a Hoodia product that contains just Hoodia then it's going to work differently compared to a Hoodia product that contains Hoodia plus maybe chromium picolinate, a fat binder or any other active ingredient. Some people just want to take Hoodia that contains just that and nothing else. Its down to personal preference.

So to have a website that says Hoodia doesnt work is a bit unfair I think.