Hoodia Gordonii Weight Loss Pill
Hoodia is a cactus that's causing a stir for its ability to
suppress appetite and promote weight loss. 60 Minutes, ABC, and
the BBC have all done stories on the hoodia gordonii weight loss
pill. Hoodia is sold in capsule, liquid, or tea form in health
food stores and on the Internet.
There isn't much published research on hoodia. Researchers at
Brown University in Rhode Island recently found that the
steroidal glycosides in hoodia affects nerve cells in the
hypothalamus that monitor blood glucose. Simply put, the brain is
tricked into thinking there is enough energy (blood sugar) and
doesn't need to eat, so it shuts down the hunger mechanism.
In animal studies, hoodia is believed to reduce caloric intake by
30 to 50 percent. There is one human study showing a reduced
intake of about 1000 calories per day. However, I haven't been
able to find either study to actually read for myself and am
going on secondhand reports.
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