Hoodia is a herbal supplement that has proven effective in weight loss in several clinical trials. It is produced from a cactus-like plant called Hoodia gordonii that grows in southern Africa. Some African tribes use the plant to decrease the sensation of hunger during long trips in the desert, a phenomenon that was observed by a Dutch scientist. Since then, Hoodia has been studied for its appetite suppressing and hunger decreasing properties, and achieved growing popularity among sympathizers of natural weight loss treatment. It is believed that Hoodia works by acting on certain brain receptors, fooling the brain that the stomach is full and the appetite has been satisfied. The brain believes that enough food has been ingested and sends signals that suppress the appetite and stop the hunger sensation.
Hoodia side effects
Although Hoodia appetite suppressant has demonstrated its effectiveness and safety in several clinical research studies and available for sale in Australia and New Zealand, it is not yet officially approved by the FDA in USA, and caution and common sense should be applied when using it as a weight loss treatment. There are no known significant side effects during Hoodia treatment, so the herbal supplement is relatively safe, although more safety studies should be performed. Before taking Hoodia, make sure to talk to your doctor about your health issues and let him know about other medications you are currently taking to avoid unnecessary adverse effects and drug interactions.