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Hoodia’s History

Posted by borzack On June - 21 - 2009

San Kalahari Bushmen HunterThe native peoples of the Kalahari desert, the Kalahari bushmen, have used Hoodia Gordonii as an appetite suppressant for thousands of years.  It could quiet the hunger and thirst of hunters and warriors on long journeys through the desert.  Even their dogs were given slices of the Hoodia plant so that the animal companions would leave the limited food supplies alone.  These native Africans are still chewing Hoodia leaves today to alleviate fatigue and keep from starving.

The plant has also given valuable help in times of famine, whenever groups of people have found themselves on the move without a good supply of food or water.  Eating two or three slices cut from this plant per day would keep starvation at bay.  The plant is native to the Kalahari and was easily found in rocky, sandy desert areas of countries such as Angola, Botswana, and Namibia among others.  The Hoodia plant resembles a cactus and is sometimes called one, but botanically it is not an actual cactus.

The role of Hoodia in getting people through famine continues today.  In times of famine, the Anikhwe people in northern Botswana give pieces of Hoodia to their hungry children to stretch out the supply of food.  But many children have died in the end when Hoodia remained the major part of their diet for longer than three months.  This is why you should not harbor misconceptions about using Hoodia as a substitute for actual food in the long run.

The actual Hoodia plant has a not-very-pleasant taste, something like a dry bitter cucumber.  Consequently, it is not sold in dried food form in North America and Europe, but in capsules instead.

Hoodia Research

Hoodia’s value as an appetite suppressant was not scientifically confirmed until around thirty years ago during a research project ordered by the South African Council.  The goal was to find indigenous plants that were useful as food sources.  Hoodia was among the plants used in animal testing, and it was found that the plant could indeed induce weight loss with no side effects.

Shortly thereafter, the pharmaceutical firm Phytopharm was licensed to conduct 20-million-dollars worth of research trials involving the plant.  The research participants consumed about a thousand fewer calories than the 2600 (for men) or 1900 (for women) that they normally consumed.

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer had partnered with and helped Phytopharm fund its research, but pulled out when making a pill containing the active ingredient in Hoodia appeared to be too expensive to bring to market.  So far Hoodia is being sold in weight loss formulas, often mixed with extract from green tea to boost weight loss even further.

Hoodia Gordonii is not readily available and is a species protected by conservation laws in both Namibia and South Africa.  It is very expensive due to its rarity, since no one is allowed to grow it or collect it without a permit. This is why it’s important to read  the Hoodia Buying Guide to avoid getting fake Hoodia.

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I was introduced to Hoodia back in 2007. I am not that into diet pills, but with Hoodia Gordonii, the fascination came as a surprise. This blog will give you information on what Hoodia does and does not do. The truth!

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