by John Spooner
Can Hoodia Help You Lose Weight?
Hoodia is big news in the weight loss industry, the next big thing companies are advertising to persuade dieters to spend and buy their products. It is Hoodia Gordonii, not a new discovery, but one gaining new attention as the war against fat continues.
Generally, once a diet aid is given worldwide press publicity, it is probably related to something negative. In recent years, there have been news coverage on the health issues associated with various weight loss supplements that did very little to burn fat but much to damage hearts and bank accounts.
With Hoodia, there is attention, but it is entirely different; Oprah Winfrey, notorious for her long fights with weight, presented an unprejudiced report on Hoodia in her publication, while esteemed news reporter Lesley Stahl took Hoodia in its most natural form for a article on 60 Minutes. National and International media have given Hoodia Gordonii quite a bit of exposure and while not everybody insists it is the miracle cure to losing weight, there are few bad things to say about it.
The scientific name is Hoodia Gordonii. Hoodia is a prickly bush and has the power to save water in its roots and thick stems. Because the Hoodia plant is indigenous to the desert, the water stores help it to endure the heat.
Hoodia is native to South Africa, nethertheless, it may also be found in other dry areas. The Hoodia plant is categorized by its cactus-like faade, green stalks enclosed in sharp points, and by the brown/pink flowers that sometimes appear from the stalks.
Remove the spikes and dig into the flesh of the plant, and you have the main ingredient for a powerful appetite suppressor. It is believed that the dietary benefits to taking Hoodia were exposed in Africa, by people who had originally used the plant for other remedial purposes.
Noting that humans who ate the plant could work for an extended period of time without eating as much, these same people discovered the plant could work as an appetite suppressant. As highlighted by the many media reports done on Hoodia previously, eating the plant can cause a person to want less food and as a result lose weight.
While more intense scientific research has made known that it is not wholly conclusive that Hoodia is effective for all users as a diet supplement, no severe side effects are reported.On the flipside, informal tests of Hoodia in an extracted kind has revealed loss of appetite in some subjects.
As with taking any diet aid, it is important to appreciate that a supplement is just that. It is an aid, not the only means to safe, effectual weight loss. Teamed up with with a good eating regimen and exercise, a supplement can dramatically boost your weight loss if taken correctly. In this case, Hoodia is sure to be successful.