What is Hoodia Gordonii?
In a world that has seemingly gone crazy over weight loss trends and different diet pills and supplements, it’s wise to be wary when a certain supplement seems to be all the rage and creating so much hype that it may seem as though any product would be difficult to live up to it. In many cases, that’s just the truth of it but when referring to Hoodia Gordonii, you can be sure that this is one supplement that is guaranteed to work.
Where does it come from?
Hoodia Gordonii grows in approximately 100,000 square miles of the Kalahari Desert in South Africa. Some may call the plant a cactus because it appears to be so in appearance. However, Hoodia Gordonii is actually considered to be a stem succulent. The San people, those who live in the Kalahari Desert, have been using Hoodia Gordonii for centuries as appetite suppressant while on long hunting trips. In Western civilization today, the weight loss properties of this plant are just being discovered but are undoubtedly proving that it can definitely help with weight loss and is a very effective natural appetite suppressant.
Hoodia is traditionally used by the San people (Bushmen) of the Namib desert as an appetite suppressant as part of their indigenous knowledge about survival in the harsh desert conditions. In 2003 the South African San Council made an agreement with CSIR in which they would receive from 6 to 8% of the revenue from the sale of Hoodia products, money which would be deposited in a fund to purchase land for the San people who had been dispossessed from their lands by white settlers
Make sure it’s the right Hoodia
While it may seem with all of this information that Hoodia Gordonii is a no-brainer buy for those who want to lose weight, there’s still much caution to be taken when looking to buy Hoodia Gordonii. There are hundreds of products on the market that claim to have Hoodia in them however approximately 80% of these Hooda products are fake.
The secret to the amazing weight loss properties of this plant is not in the Hoodia itself but in the Gordonii. Hoodia is a family of plants and there are many types of different Hoodia plants within this family. It is these other plants, that come in a form of blended Hoodia plants, that these fake products are made from.
The Hoodia Gordonii plant is part of the Hoodia plant family but is the only one that contains the active ingredient, the P57 glycoside molecule, that has the ability to make you think that you are full, even when you’ve eaten only a small amount of food.
Hoodia Gordonii – not just ‘Hoodia’
Hoodia Gordonii cannot be toted enough as an effective weight loss supplement. However, if you choose to try the increasingly plant as part of a weight loss program, it’s important to remember to look on the label and make sure that it says “100% Hoodia Gordonii” and that the P57 glycoside molecule is listed in the ingredients.