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Hoodia Love?

September 29, 2011

A pill that fools your brain into believing that you are full? The Kung bushmen in the Kalahari desert of South Africa have known for thousands of years what we've only recently discovered; that extracts of the cactus-like Hoodia gordonii plant can be used as an appetite suppressant. The Kung have used the stems and roots of the plant as a source of food and to stave off hunger while on long hunting trips. The sustenance they derived from Hoodia allowed them to travel lightly without the burden of extra food to hinder their journey.

Three decades ago, South African scientists began studying the Hoodia plant and noticed that lab animals eating this plant lost weight but otherwise did well. When the first human clinical trial was conducted, a morbidly obese group of people were placed in a “phase unit” where all the volunteers could do all day was read papers, watch television and eat. (Sound like a couch potato?) Half of the subjects were given Hoodia and half were given a placebo. Fifteen days later, the Hoodia group had reduced their daily caloric intake by 1000 calories. Hoodia has no known side effects.

The plant's active ingredient is an alkaloid that suppresses appetite and increases your sense of satiation. This tends to limit total caloric intake, which in turn, limits weight gain. It does not have a stimulant effect or any adverse effect on the cardiovascular system. Along with a balanced diet and regular exercise, Hoodia could be a great addition to your weight loss program

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