Monday, July 27, 2015

Hoodia Gordonii - What is All The Fuss About?

Why is there such frantic interest in the Hoodia Gordonii Cactus?

Let's face it. The main problem people encounter when they diet is Hunger! Obvious but true. The main reason for this is that these diets are basically deficient in the amount of calories or kilojoules that that their body is used to and therefore responds with the usual hunger mechanism. This is especially true of diets that contain hardly any protein. such as the Cabbage Soup Diet or Carrot Juice Diet.

If the body believes it is not being give enough nutrition it will respond with the hunger mechanism, and it is a very strong force that many cannot deny.

Enter the amazing hunger suppressing properties of Hoodia Gordonii. Hoodia Gordonii is sold mainly in capsule form and consists of the active parts of the Hoodia Gordonii Cactus. This plant comes from Southern Africa. It has been used as a natural appetite suppressant by the San Bushmen (of the Kalahari) to suppress both their hunger and thirst during their long hunts for food. The San Bushmen definitely don’t need to lose weight. For them it was a matter of practicality and survival. In order to focus on capturing prey and gathering food they needed to remove the distracting element of hunger, which could get quite strong if they hadn’t eaten for a few days.

Once the western world discovered the properties of Hoodia Gordonii there was no stopping it. There are now hundreds of Hoodia products sold in many parts of the world and it is a multi-million dollar industry. It has shot to fame by it’s appearance on Oprah as well as the US 60 minutes and CBS.

When Lesley Stahl from 60 Minutes tried Hoodia Gordonii, she found it was incredibly effective in suppressing her appetite for the whole day. But Stahl had the raw product. Her tracker cut off a stalk that looked like a small spiky pickle and removed the sharp spines. She had no after effects – no queasy stomach, no funny taste in her mouth and no racing heart. She had no desire to eat or drink the entire day.

But most people don’t have a herb garden with the Hoodia Gordonii cactus growing in it. They rely on the capsule, or sometimes liquid, form of the cactus and it’s active ingredient. That’s why it’s important to make sure you are purchasing from a reputable supplier that is actually selling you Hoodia Gordonii powder and not some other powdered vegetable.

There are two aspects to this issue. The first is that they are using genuine Hoodia Gordonii, and the second that they are actually only using the active parts of the plant (which is about one tenth of the plant) and not including parts of the plant that contain no active ingredient and therefore just using that as filler. The first can be verified by requesting that the supplier display their CITES certificate, a certificate issued by the relevant government agency in that country that shows that they can legally import Hoodia. The Hoodia cactus is in fact considered an endangered species because of the intense demand for it, and the South African government must ensure that I does not become extinct. To that end it subject to CITES (The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species). The only approved suppliers in South Africa are the ones that are farming the Hoodia Gordonii Cactus and not deriving their supply from the wild.

The only way that you can be certain about the second aspect is that the supplier offers a money back guarantee. If the bottle shows under ingredients that the Hoodia Gordonii is (1:10) that means 1 part in 10. This means that only one tenth of the plant (the part that contains the active ingredient) has been used and the rest has been discarded. If the supplier is willing to offer a bona fide money back guarantee then you can be fairly sure they are confident that their product will be effective in suppressing hunger.

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