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Appetite Suppressants and Hoodia

Updated on February 19, 2011

Appetite suppressants are often the most common form of diet pill and weight loss aid used by people trying to lose weight or shed unwanted inches. Hoodia is known as one of the best natural appetite suppressants known to man. Hoodia is an all-natural, plant-based compound derived from the Kalahari Desert. It was discovered that African bush men had been chewing on the leaves of the Hoodia gordonii plant before hunting expeditions in order to prevent them from being hungry throughout the day. Following this discovery, Hoodia diet capsules began being manufactured all over the world. The issue is that it is very hard to find legitimate Hoodia. In the United States, health supplements are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration in the same manner that prescription drugs are. This means that manufacturers can essentially put anything into their supplements and call it whatever they want.

It is important that consumers read the labels of so-called Hoodia products to ensure that they are getting the most for their money. The purest form of Hoodia still grows in the Kalahari Desert, but few biopharmaceutical companies can lay claim to what is available in this region. Because of this, many producers of Hoodia gordonii can now also be found in China, Mexico, and the United States—which is where much of today’s Hoodia comes from. Some manufacturers will combine Hoodia with other ingredients, which diminishes the effectiveness of the product.

Hoodia that is grown in other parts of the world can still be beneficial as an appetite suppressant or tool for weight loss, but it is often not as concentrated as that which is grown in the Kalahari Desert. Also, Hoodia grown in other countries is usually much less expensive. Consumers may have to pay more for the real deal, but in the end, the benefits are worth it. Look for Hoodia capsules that are from the Kalahari Desert whenever possible.

In addition, a lot of manufacturers will claim that their Hoodia is made from “the whole plant.” This is a misnomer, since not all of the plant contains beneficial properties. Hoodia that is extracted from “the whole plant” is less potent. The roots and skin of the Hoodia gordonii plant are essentially useless as appetite suppressants. It is the leaves of the plant that are the most beneficial, and the skin and spines must be peeled away from the plant in order to access the plant’s beneficial properties.


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