14 August 2008

Other Common Names : Bushman's Hat, Queen of the Namib, hoodia, xhooba, !khoba, Ghaap, hoodia cactus, South African desert cactus.

Plant Parts Used : The fleshy part of the stem. The bushmen of the Kalahari desert, also known by the name "khoi-San", used Hoodia gordonii for thousands of years to ward of hunger and thirst while hunting and looking for food.
  • Habitat : Hoodia gordonii grows primarily in the Kalahari desert of South Africa and also in Botswana, Namibia, and Angola.
  • Hoodia is often mistaken for a cactus because of the resemblance but it is actually a succulent plant.
  • Hoodia gordonii can grow up to 50 cm in height and it has fleshy, ribbed and thorny stems.
  • The flowers smell like rotten meat and are pollinated mainly by flies.
  • It takes about five years before Hoodia gordonii's pale purple flowers appear and the plant can be harvested.
  • Hoodia gordonii was first introduced to the U.S. market in early 2004 and it has quickly become the most popular appetite supressant supplement on the market.
  • Because it takes such a long time until the plant can be harvested and it's scarceness, the commercial products made from it tend to be expensive.
  • Hoodia gordonii is on the list of CITES (Convention of Illicit Trade of Endangered Species)for protected plants which states that it may not be harvested from the wild and growing and selling of the plant requires a special permit.
Health Benefits of Hoodia gordonii
  • Hoodia Gordonii is the only verity that has been shown to contain the active ingredient p57 and to suppress appetite.
Composition-Active Ingredients
  • The active ingredient in hoodia cordonii is called p57, a steroidal glycoside, and it is this ingredient that is thought to suppress appetite. It was initially discovered and is patented by CSIR (the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in South Africa).
  • A research study published in the September issue(2004) of Brain Research found that if p57 was injected into the appetite center of rats brains it resulted in loss of appetite.
Dosage Information and Herbal Product
  • Hoodoba™ : Their products only have 100% pure Hoodia gordonii. No fillers or other ingredients. You can choose between 400mg per serving or 750mg per serving. This is the first company to bring Hoodia gordonii to the market in the USA and it was their product that was featured on 60 Minuets.
  • Hoodia gordonii Plus : Contains 400mg of Hoodia gordonii per serving. Their products are licensed by the Western Cape Conservation Authority of South Africa and are certified to be 100% authentic.
Warning and Potential Side Effect :
  • Hoodia gordonii is not considered a stimulant, and there has not been any reports of negative side effects. More studies are needed though for the long term use of Hoodia gordonii.

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