Hoodia is a plant that has been used by indigenous tribes in Southern Africa for medical conditions such as indigestion and infection. Hoodia plants can be found from Namibia to Angola. Hoodia plants have been nicknamed “Queen of the Namib” and “Bushman’s Hat.” Today Hoodia supplements are showing up on the market alongside other well known supplements like Saint John’s Wart.
Hoodia has also been used by indigenous people to control their hunger while conducting a long hunting expedition. This has led to claims that the cactus is an effective appetite suppressant. Although it has been claimed to affect the brain in the part that controls hunger, it still has a long way to go as far as research.
Hoodia has not been regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Like many supplements, the quality of the supplement you are taking depends on the manufacturer. However, since studies have suggested that the active ingredient in Hoodia is easily broken down by the liver, supplements may not carry enough of the ingredient to produce desired results.
When it comes to the side effects of Hoodia, that would also depend on the manufacturer and what is included in the supplement. Don’t assume that because Hoodia is natural that it is completely safe. Many naturally found substances are not safe for human consumption. However, people have been using the plant for many years. Assuming that you have a Hoodia supplement that is pure, there may be few or no side effects.
Before using a Hoodia supplement, consult your doctor. If you experience any serious side effects or experience symptoms of an allergic reaction you should consult your doctor immediately. Make sure you read the label very carefully and follow any dosage instructions. It may be helpful to get opinions and reviews from other individuals who have tried that specific brand.
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