Hoodia plants have been used for years by the
native inhabitants of South Africa for general health and appetite
regulation. In the Kalahari Desert region, the San Bushmen have used
it for many years to control hunger and appetite when they were out
hunting without food. This ethnobotanical use of Hoodia is
consistent with the development of a safe dietary supplement for
appetite control that can be obtained from the dried whole plant of
Some patent-pending supplements including Hoodia have formulations
containing other putative weight-loss or metabolic-enhancing agents
(e.g., green tea polyphenols and green coffee bean extracts).
Unfortunately, some dietary supplements contain material labeled as
Hoodia which may not have an origin in South Africa . Such material
is likely to be devoid of any biological activity. There has been
widespread use of Hoodia gordonii in millions of unit doses of
supplements in the U.S. without any reported adverse effects. Only
Hoodia with an authentic South African origin should be used, in an
unadulterated manner, in dietary supplements.
While the dietary supplement Hoodia has gained worldwide popularity
as an effective, simple and natural nutritional support for weight
control, a number of consumers have expressed confusion about the
correct selection of a Hoodia product. The Hoodia market is flooded
with copies of the best-selling formula found in Hoodia Supreme ฎ (www.hoodiasupreme.com
There is no doubt that a less desirable element in the dietary
supplement industry has used cactus-like material that does not
originate in South Africa and does not contain active substances
that are known to suppress appetite. Natures Benefit Inc. has
extensively researched the characteristics and origin of the highest
quality of Hoodia gordonii grown or tended to in South Africa with
the assistances of the native San Bushmen.
The reproducible imprint of Hoodia Supreme ฎ as tested by infrared
spectroscopy, a machine that measures the structure of natural
substances by identifying special patterns of light.
Steroidal glycosides have been patented by the pharmaceutical
industry, but it is clear that these active molecules are present in
material used in Hoodia Supreme ฎ identified by Holt M D. Labs
(Table 1). Not only are the active glycosides present, but the
special molecule, P57, is present as well. It is the P57 molecule
that has been patented by South African government researchers and
the biotechnology industry. No other group has been able to
demonstrate consistency of active biological molecules in their
source of Hoodia. Further laboratory experiments show that many
other brands of Hoodia contain material that may not originate from
South Africa . These products contain no significant amounts of
steroidal glycosides and therefore cannot be considered active.
One can see the presence of a group of chemical compounds called
steroidal glycosides, including the patented P57 molecule owned by
Phytopharm PLC and licensed to the pharmaceutical industry for drug
This information is clear evidence that dietary supplements
containing the correct types of Hoodia supplements contain
biologically active material that can be expected to have valuable
appetite-suppressing activities. These appetite-suppressing
qualities appear to occur in open label experiences without any
dangerous stimulant effects or significant side effects. The safety
of Hoodia is based on a very long history of use of Hoodia in the
food chain of South African citizens, including the San Bushmen.
Why is Hoodia a Revolutionary Approach to Wellness?
Two thirds of all Americans are overweight to a degree that may
Weight control is a function of a well planned diet with calorie
control, exercise and behavior modification.
Stimulant drugs or supplements are not safe because they may raise
blood pressure and aggravate risks of cardiovascular problems.
Being overweight is often associated with high blood pressure,
high blood cholesterol and insulin resistance. This is the metabolic
Without behavior modification weight loss can not occur. Hoodia
may alter the body function of appetite control.
Getting to Know Hoodia
Hoodia gordonii (Xhoba) is a succulent (cactus-like) plant found
in desert regions of South Africa ( Namibia , Angola and Botswana ).
For thousands of years, the San Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert
have used Hoodia gordonii to counter hunger and thirst, when they
were deprived of food on long hunting expeditions in the desert.
Not all members of the Hoodia family of plants are biologically
active. Hoodia Supreme ฎ is produced from the species Hoodia
gordonii which has been used in the food chain of the indigent
desert people of South Africa .
In the 1930s a Dutch anthropologist discovered the use of Hoodia
gordonii by the San Bushmen. The Bushmen used Hoodia as food and
sustenance during nomadic hunting expeditions.
Hoodia gordonii has been reported to provide a sense of alertness
and it may also have aphrodisiac qualities.
Hoodia was reported by the San Bushmen to supress appetite and
hunger and this has been confirmed by science.
What is Hoodia gordonii?
Pure Hoodia gordonii contains variable amounts of fiber, organic
material, antioxidants andbiologically active substances
calledsterol glycosides. This is Hoodia Supreme ฎ .
Some, but Not all Extracts May Work.
The pharmaceutical industry is planning to make drugs out of the
sterol glycoside components of Hoodia gordonii but this is not
consistent with the traditional use of the whole plant.
Scientific evidence exists in animals and humans that Hoodia
gordonii may be an adjunct to weight control when used with calorie
restriction and healthy lifestyle.
Hoodia at Work
Scientific studies exist on components of Hoodia gordonii
indicating that it has direct effects on the central nervous system.
Molecules in Hoodia gordonii may mimic the effects of glucose on
nerve cells in the hypothalamus of the brain.
Hoodia may fool the body into thinking that it is satisfied or
full. This may help curb appetite and calorie intake in the diet
may be reduced.
Hoodia does not contain dangerous stimulant molecules. Hoodia is a
potential adjunct to behavior modification for weight control.
Hoodia can be used with exercise and lifestyle changes for weight
control. No serious or harmful side effects of Hoodia gordonii have
been reported. Its presence in the African food chain for many years
provides a precedent of safety.