Monday, May 1, 2006

Hoodia Know?

We know many of you have been inquiring about Hoodia, a natural appetite suppressant that has recently received quite a bit of media exposure. We’ve broken down all the research and the claims to answer your questions.

What is it? Hoodia Gordonii is a natural appetite suppressant that originates from cactus plants grown in Africa’s Kalahari desert. Tribal bushmen in Africa have used hoodia for thousands of years to stave off hunger during long-hunting trips.

How does work? Hoodia sends signals to the brain that indicate a sense of fullness, similarly to what occurs when we eat a meal and our blood sugar levels rise, but no food has actually been consumed. The claims state that hoodia wipes out any thought of food or hunger pangs. Hoodia also kills signs of thirst, which can lead to dehydration and potential health risks.

Is it safe? To date, there are no long-term studies to show the safety and effectiveness of hoodia. Diabetics should not use the supplement as it has a clear effect on blood sugar levels. Individuals with diabetes need to ensure they maintain steady blood sugar levels through a healthful, balanced diet and good sources of complex carbohydrates.

The bottom line: Choosing hoodia or weight-loss supplements over wholesome foods can deprive your body of the nutrients, vitamins and minerals it needs to thrive and prevent disease. A healthy diet and exercise is always the optimal choice for weight loss, well-being and disease prevention.

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