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Whenever one weight-loss product loses popularity, another is quick to take its place. Now itís hoodiaís turn. As the main ingredient in TrimSpa, Hoodoba, and many other dietary supplements, itís all the rage on the Internet, in health-food stores, and in office and gym talk. Hoodia is a succulent plant that grows in the Kalahari Desert in South Africa. The indigenous San tribe (formerly called Bushmen) have long chewed the plantís stalks to curb appetite, quench thirst, and increase endurance when they went on long hunting treks and when food was scarce. There are many species; the one thought to suppress appetite is Hoodia gordonii.

Years ago South Africaís national laboratory found that hoodia produced weight loss in animals. More recently, the plantís active ingredient was identified as P57 and patented. In 1997 Phytopharm, a HoodiaBritish company, was given an exclusive license to develop P57 into an appetite-control drug. After its first partner, Pfizer, dropped out, Phytopharm teamed with Unilever, planning to put P57 in diet-related food products. The substance is thought to stimulate a part of the brain (hypothalamus) that shuts down hunger signals. That is, it may fool you into thinking youíre full even if you havenít eaten. In a study by Phytopharm, men who took P57 cut back on calories and lost body fat. But this is the only study done on peopleóand it was very small and short, and has not been published.

The Hoodia Gordonii plant has been a South African secret used by the native Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert for thousands of years. The small fleshly succulent plant (which is commonly mistaken as a cactus) was used, and still is, to ward off hunger pains when food is scarce. Hoodia Gordonii was also used on long journeys as walking with food in the desert may attract wild animals.

Hoodia was discovered when South African Scientists studying the diet of the Bushmen found the succulent. The original purpose of the study was to check the diet of the Bushmen for toxic substances. When hoodia was tested not only was it not toxic but it exhibited wonderfully appetite suppressing quality. Once the positive health benefits of Hoodia became apparent to the modern world it was only a short time until it was being manufactured as weight loss aid.

Hoodia is a natural appetite suppressant that has been used by the South African Bushman for centuries to help them stave off hunger during long term hunting expeditions. For more information about hoodia check out the following news story from 60 Minutes. Many people experience weight problems. Most weight loss supplement companies know that you could be desperate and are willing to try ANYTHING to lose weight. If their product sounds to good to be true, it's exactly that... TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE...

 

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