ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Hoodia - Things to Know

Updated on March 12, 2011

Hoodia is a plant growing in the South African region Kalahari known to have appetite suppressing and thirst quenching properties which have been utilized for over a hundred thousand years by the local South African tribes, especially during long periods of hunting.

The plant was discovered in South Africa while doing research on the local foods. Since then, it has become a great resource of the South African economy and provided hope for people with weight problems.

Hoodia resembles a cactus, having stalks which look like spiky pickles. In spite of its appearance it does not belong to the cactus family. The plant is a succulent, measuring about a meter at maturity and it has fragrant flowers. It was mostly used by aborigines such as the Xhoba.

There are many types of Hoodia, some of them growing in gardens. However, there is only one Hoodia species famous for its appetite suppressing qualities - Hoodia Gordonii. This is the only one that contains the active element of Hoodia P57.

The diet industry quickly started exploiting the effects of Hoodia Gordonii. Thus, this billion dollar industry increased its sales by including Hoodia Gordonii in the production of dietary supplements. Due to the incredible effects attributed to Hoodia, there is a strong demand for products based upon Hoodia.

Clinical trials have been performed on obese volunteers; these people took an extract of the Hoodia Gordonii and went on with their usual lifestyle, completely excluding from it physical exercises. In only two weeks, the results showed that their calorie intake had dropped by almost 1000 calories a day.

These results made people experiencing weight problems believe there is a solution for their problem. The Hoodia Gordonii weight loss diet gained more popularity when rumors about several TV stars using it were made public.

Today, different pharmaceutical companies try to market the active ingredient the P57 as diet pills. Moreover, they are also trying to develop a synthetic version of it. Although this has been created, the costs of mass producing are too high due to the production difficulties.

Moreover, it has been determined that the natural extract of Hoodia Gordonii is the best. Although no side effects of using this extract have been reported so far, some research is required for validation.

The slimming effects of Hoodia Gordonii can be boosted with a proper diet and physical exercise on a regular basis. The difficulties in obtaining pure plant supplements is inconvenient for those who want to see if it could be the answer they are seeking.

The problem is Hoodia Gordonii only grows in the Kalahari Desert (all attempts to grow it elsewhere have failed) and it takes up to 6 years for a plant to reach maturity. That is when it can be harvested for weight loss purposes.


Submit a Comment

No comments yet.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)