Hoodia Safety

Hoodia's effectiveness in helping with weight loss is being widely reported on - but what about Hoodia safety


After hearing so much about this so called miracle plant named hoodia in helping with weight loss, the question of hoodia safety is a question that a lot of folks are asking.  All of the reports surrounding hoodia seemed to suggest that hoodia is successful in curbing our appetites but do these reports address the hoodia safety.

We all remember the effective weight loss product called ephedra.  Ephedra was successful in helping folks to lose weight. 


Ephedra is an herbal stimulant that was banned a few years ago after it was implicated in causing the deaths of some people who may or may not have been abusing it.

Bottom line is that ephedra is no longer available and folks who were finding success in losing weight with this product may be wondering about the effectiveness of hoodia as well as hoodia safety.

What is Hoodia?

Let's first find out what hoodia is and where it comes from.  This will help us to understand hoodia gordonii as it is called as well as hoodia safety.

Hoodia is a cactus-like plant that has been consumed for centuries by the San Bushmen tribe living in the Kalahari Desert in South Africa.  These people have been consuming hoodia for hundreds of years with no visible side effects. The San Bushmen would consume hoodia while on a long hunting expeditions to curb their hunger.

Hoodia has an active ingredient which is called P57.  This active ingredient in hoodia has the ability to suppress your brain's hunger signals.  This is quite unlike the actions of a stimulant such as ephedra.  Numerous tests have been conducted on the P57 with no adverse side effects being discovered.  At this point we can reasonably assume that without abuse, Hoodia safety can be relied upon.

Unlike stimulants such as ephedra, hoodia acts to suppress appetite as well as thirst.  Keep in mind that you need to drink plenty of fluids as your brain may not signal to do you that you are thirsty.

What do Other's say about Hoodia Safety?

CBS news 60 minutes did a piece on the effectiveness of hoodia as well as hoodia safety.  This is what they had to say: "Hoodia is very different from other diet stimulants like Ephedra and Phenfen that are now banned because of dangerous side effects. Hoodia does not stimulate the body. In fact, scientists say it fools the brain by making you think you’re full, even if you’ve just eaten a morsel.”

Click on this link to read the full report: Hoodia Safety and Effectiveness

The BBC news website had this to say: “The plant is said to have a feel-good almost aphrodisiac quality, and I have to say, we felt good. But more significantly, we did not even think about food. Our brains really were telling us we were full. It was a magnificent deception. Dinner time came and went. We reached our hotel at about midnight and went to bed without food. And the next day, neither of us wanted nor ate breakfast.”

Click on this link to read the full report: Hoodia Safety and Effectiveness

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