Hoodia Diet Pills

Hoodia diet pills are all the rage in the world of weight loss supplements. This herbal supplement was relatively unknown in the United States until 2003, when Leslie Stahl reported the herb’s appetite-suppressing magic on a segment for the popular TV program 60 Minutes.

Since that broadcast, the popularity of hoodia diet pills has skyrocketed. Market studies indicate that in 2003, before the 60 Minutes report aired, three products sold in the US contained hoodia. Today, there are 300 products that include hoodia in their list of ingredients and that number of products is growing rapidly.

Hoodia is an endangered species of cactus-like plant native to the Namib Desert in southern Africa. It is a member of the Apocynaceae family of plants. In its native environment, it is commonly known as bushman’s hat, queen of the Namib, and xhoba.

As an herbal supplement, there is no scientific evidence to substantiate the claims of appetite suppression and of weight loss. There is also little evidence to attest to its safe use or of its potential for harm.

Although there is no conclusive scientific evidence to prove this, there is some caution advised when taking hoodia products in conjunction with heart medications. Drug interactions may produce less than desirable results of either medication.

Hoodia diet pills have enjoyed immense popularity in parts of Europe for quite some time and no adverse effects have been reported. Each person metabolizes drugs differently, however, so caution is advised, especially at the beginning of treatment with this, and all, medications as the body adjusts to the new substance.

Thus far, hoodia diet pills have not been cited as harmful to pregnant or lactating women but women enjoying these life stages may be best advised to try a healthy diet and moderate exercise before resorting to chemical supplements.

Hoodia diet pills, and all other herbal remedies and supplements, are not subject to standardized dosage and formulation schedules. Therefore the amount of the herb required to produce the appetite-suppressing effect is unknown.

There is also a great degree of variance in the amount of the herb contained from product to product and studies indicate that the herb is sometimes listed as an ingredient when there is actually none present in the formulation.

In addition to its use for appetite suppression, there are some patented formulations containing hoodia that are thought to be useful in controlling excess secretion of gastric acids and in the treatment of diabetes, although these claims, too, are unproven in clinical studies.

Med-Help is for informational purposes and should not be considered medical advice, diagnosis or treatment recommendations.

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