Hoodia is characterized as a genus originating from a plant that, even though it is not in the same family, very much resembles that of a cactus. Hoodia plants produce flowers with vibrant colors and a pronounced scent. But that’s not all. In recent years, much debate has surrounded Hoodia and it’s ability, or lack thereof, for suppressing the appetite and thereby contributing to weight loss. So, what’s the real deal?
In Southern Africa, Hoodia is used to treat indigestion and minor infections. Over the years, there has been much research conducted to investigate it’s possible use as an appetite suppressant. In 2004, Hoodia became the major ingredient in certain diet bars and shakes. However, some experts still debate it’s validity.
Hoodia is still considered a mystery to much of the modern world. A large reason for this is the lack of scientific study, which could either confirm or deny the benefits or risks of using Hoodia as an appetite suppressant. As with any dietary supplement or ingredient, individuals should become fully aware of Hoodia prior to using it for any reason and this includes weight loss. Many products claim to suppress an appetite but, with little evidence to back up that claim, individuals cannot possibly know whether or not a product is even effective or safe.
While little remains known about the complete effects of Hoodia, including potential treatments for indigestion or infection or even it’s ability to suppress the appetite, individuals who are searching for a way to lose weight will continue to await further testing. With obesity on the rise, many individuals find themselves more susceptible to the medical problems associated with being overweight. With so many diet products on the market, it is often difficult to distinguish from those that really work from those that do not. But one thing is for certain. As long as there are problems with weight gain and obesity, products will be sought that promise to curb appetites and help to knock off those unwanted pounds. However, what we have to be careful of is which of those products we use and why we believe them to be safe.
This article is intended to be used for informational purposes only. It is not to be used in place of, or in conjunction with, professional medical advice or a doctor’s recommendation regarding the use of Hoodia. Prior to beginning any treatment program, including that which involves Hoodia, individuals must consult a physician or a nutritionist for proper diagnosis and/or treatment.