Weight Loss – Hoodia Cactus

The Hoodia Gordonii Cactus is a South African desert Cactus and it has surprisingly been proven to help with weight loss. Sold in capsules, liquid and even in tea form, the Hoodia has been known to suppress the appetite. There are over 20 different types of Hoodia Cactus, but it is thought that only the Gordonii variety helps to decrease the appetite.

Even though the use of Hoodia Gordonii has only just become wide spread and well known, it has been used before by Bushmen. The Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert needed something to help keep their hunger and thirst at bay while they were in the desert and the Hoodia Gordonii was ideal for that purpose. They cut off part of the Hoodia’s stem and eat it. They found that this really helped and that was how the discovery came about.

As well as its abilities to ward off hunger, Hoodia is also known to ease abdominal pain, hemorrhoids, tuberculosis and even diabetes. For its weight loss properties, Hoodia was first tested in a lab in 1963 where lab animals were found to lose weight after eating the cactus.

Pure Hoodia image.jpgCould a little known South African desert cactus plant, found in the semi-deserts of South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, and Angola, hold the keys to losing weight ?

Are hoodia gordonii weight loss pills the answer to shedding pounds easily ?

Have scientists discovered how to use the ingredients in this plant to create a product that is safe and will suppress your appetite, thus causing you to lose weight effortlessly ?

Many reports seem to indicate this very fact. Of course, there are sceptics, just like in everything else.

While there isn’t much published research on the Hoodia Cactus, it is thought that the steroidal glycosides in the cactus affect the nerve cells in the hypothalamus, which monitors blood glucose. Basically, all that this means is that the brain thinks that there is enough energy within the body and so it shuts down the hunger mechanism.

Results have shown that some people take in 1,000 calories less per day after taking Hoodia, though results do vary from person to person. This also means that you should never completely trust the directions on the back of Hoodia products. Each person varies and we each need different amounts of Hoodia to work for us.

If you do decide that you would like to try Hoodia, be aware that it is expensive! You cannot expect great results for free and unfortunately, the manufacturers know they can get away with charging a lot of money for the product. In regards to when you should actually take it, an hour before meals with a glass of water is usually recommended. If you want ot grow your own, best to check out the facts on the hoodia cactus seed first.

There hasn’t been known to be any side effects with Hoodia, but it is always better to be careful. If you do have any questions, it is always best to consult your doctor and do not take it if you have any doubts at all.