When it comes to weight loss
supplements, one of the most popular ingredients these days is Hoodia.
This plant is only one genus of 13 species in Apocynaceae, a flowering
plant family that falls under the subfamily of Asclepiadoideae. Many
people have the notion that this particular plant is a type of cactus.
On the contrary, it is actually a stem succulent described only as a
cactiform, in respect to its uncanny resemblance to the cactus plant
itself. Known as “Queen of the Namib” and
“Bushmen’s Hat,” a great number of the
species can be found in the Namib Desert and in the plains and rocky
areas of Central Namibia up to South Angola.
After scientists learned that Hoodia is
being used in said places as an alternative medicine for the reduction
of hunger and thirst during long travels and hunts, particularly by the
Kalahari Bushmen, further research was immediately conducted. In the
West, specifically in the United States, continuous studies are being
made on a variety of herbs in a collective attempt to fight the growing
cases of obesity. Today, the plant is marketed worldwide as an appetite
suppressant that can help people achieve weight loss without resorting
to harmful chemicals and invasive procedures.
There are many weight loss pills that
use Hoodia as their primary ingredient. However, one must be cautious
in choosing the right supplement. While it is good to read reviews from
actual users and compare prices, the best thing interested parties can
do to protect themselves from adverse effects to their health, as well
as from the heartbreaking disappointment that ineffective products
bring, is to consult their doctor before using any weight loss
Updated: April 23,