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Does It Work for Weight Loss ?

Hoodia Gordonii is quite likely the most popular over-the-counter appetite suppressant available in the US at this time. The P-57 molecule, which is the active ingredient in Hoodia, is believed to work on the hunger center in the brain to inhibit appetite. The promoters of Hoodia claim that in clinical studies, subjects using Hoodia consumed about 1,000 calories less per day as compared to subjects not taking this substance.

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Important facts you should know:

There are many varieties of Hoodia, depending on the place where it its grown. Among the different types, South African Hoodia Gordonii stands out as the most potent and effective. Many domestic Hoodia varieties fall short by comparison.

Now here's the problem: Since Hoodia Gordonii is an endangered species, the supply of this substance represents a problem for drug manufacturers. Therefore, not every product out there contains South African Hoodia (the most effective type for weight loss).

A rather bothersome question I couldn't help but ask myself is this: How can one tell if the Hoodia product they're buying is the real thing, or a less effective imitator? Despite the fact that many products come with a so-called "authenticity certificate" (which guarantees you're getting the right thing), who's really to tell? Since the supply of South African Hoodia is limited and dwindling due to high demand, the risk of getting an inferior form of Hoodia is rather high.

Side Effects:

Hoodia Gordonii is generally considered a safe and gentle product, and appears to be well tolerated by the vast majority of people. However: Preliminary research done by Pfizer indicates Hoodia may have certain unwanted effects on the liver, due to substances other than the active ingredient P57. Unfortunately, it appears the offending substances are difficult to isolate from the Hoodia formula.

Of course, these results are far from being final, and in all likelihood we're very far from hearing the final word on Hoodia. As evidence continues to accumulate, we will gain a better understanding of the potential side effects of this highly popular product. In the meantime, it's up to each individual to decide if the benefits of Hoodia are worth the potential risks.


An interesting option when it comes to Hoodia products are the so-called HoodiaBites - bite-size candy chews containing "certified South-African Hoodia", and "clinically proven to curb appetite in 5 minutes" (according to the manufacturer's website). Overall, this is a fast and convenient way to kill your appetite. The candy is sugar free, and contains only a few calories per piece. According to the manufacturer, the sensation of fullness provided by Hoodia is supposed to last for hours. All in all, this dietary supplement may be useful for impulsive eaters, or for those who are likely to turn to food for comfort.


HoodiaBites may be purchased online from the manufacturer's website, at the rather hefty price of $80 for a 1-month supply (plus $7.95 shipping and handling fee). A 60-day money back guarantee is offered if not satisfied with the product.


Please note: Please be aware that any weight loss supplement may be associated with certain side effects and/or health risks. It is prudent to talk to your physician prior to using this or any other weight loss product, especially if you are taking other medication, suffer from a preexisting medical condition, or are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Disclaimer: Although the information on this page is correct to the best of our knowledge, its accuracy and completion are not guaranteed. Prior to using this or any other weight loss supplement, please refer to the instructions included by the manufacturer with the product purchased.

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