Hoodia is a succulent plant, not related to cactus as many report. Hoodia is known for its “rotten meat” flowers that attract flies. It grows in South America and Namibia. Hoodia was discovered in 1779 by Colonel Robert Jacob Gordon. While Hoodia had been used for many years by locals who use it for indigestion and for treating infections, interest peaked when it was learned hunters used Hoodia.
While hunters went into the Kalahari Desert in search of meat, food and water were very scarce and the hunters had to go days without eating. To find relief from hunger pains, the hunters would chew Hoodia. The hoodia gordonii plant has been shown to be an extremely effective appetite suppressant.
Hoodia is a Powerful Appetite Suppressant
Hoodia gordonii became more popular after the television show “60 minutes.” What drew public interest is the independent corroboration of hoodia gordonii’s powerful appetite suppression by reporter Leslie Stahl, who verified these effects.
For those who wish to lose weight, appetite suppression can be very difficult due to cravings. Cravings for food frequently lead to poor food choices, and can make calorie reduction frustrating. Suppression of these cravings allows focus to be placed back on healthier foods. It also allows healthier eating habits to be learned, of vital importance for those who wish not only lose weight but to keep it off.
The Mechanism of Action
It is believed that Hoodia works by affecting the brain’s hypothalamus. The hypothalamus regulates our appetite. Chemical signals are made between your body and your brain. It is thought that Hoodia contains molecules that are over one hundred times stronger than glucose is. Glucose, sugar, is one of the ways your brain regulates if your body needs fuel or not. If your glucose level, or energy level, is down, your brain then signals your body it is hungry through hunger pangs. Your brain, sensing these molecules as glucose, feels that the body is satiated. Simply stated, hoodia gordonii makes you feel full.
Those who work hard to maintain a healthy body will be very interested to learn of study conducted on Hoodia gordonii. This study asked participants not to alter their eating or exercise habits in any way. The participants were then tested with the effects of hoodia gordonii.
Positive results showed an average of 3.3% of their total body weight in weight loss…even though no change had been made in their eating or exercise habits. This loss, an amazing five pounds for a standard man, can substantially add up to the already beneficial appetite suppression that is achieved by hoodia gordonii.
Because Hoodia Gordonii is relatively new to the scientific world, longer term studies need to be done to understand all the benefits that may be reaped from this succulent.