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Is Hoodia Safe For Appetite Suppressant?

When it comes to losing weight, I'm very wary of appetite suppressants. For one, I don't think popping pills instead of eating is healthy whatsoever, and I also worry about the effects of these pills on the body. One such pill, Hoodia gordonii (called hoodia for short), is gaining popularity. It's a cactus-like succulent plant only found in southern Africa, and it's been used for centuries by bushmen who needed to control their hunger on long journeys. South African scientists tested this plant and found it contains a molecule that seems to prevent hunger, which they call P57. The scientists patented this compound to use as a diet aid and licensed it to a British pharmaceutical company, Phytopharm. Scientists from Phytopharm say "P57 acts on the brain in a manner similar to glucose. It tricks the brain into thinking you are full even when you have not eaten. It reduces interest in food, and delays the time before hunger sets in." Interesting.

To find out if it's safe


Just so you know, hoodia has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. That means that all potential risks and advantages of hoodia may not be known. Additionally, there are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for these compounds, so that means many of the diet pills that claim to contain hoodia may not contain any of this compound at all. Phytopharm is the only licensed producer of hoodia, and they have yet to make a product, so the hoodia pills in stores right now are most likely just a waste of money.

That info alone would make me steer clear of hoodia pills, but the choice is up to you. If you are thinking about taking hoodia (or any other diet pills for that matter), talk to your doctor first.


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mlmoreno47 mlmoreno47 9 years
ayamari, it sounds like you have an eating disorder.
kris430 kris430 9 years
It is crazy that people are actually trying to use diet pills after everything we have heard about them. I have been reading alot about metabolism and in order to lose weight you need to keep it moving. Below I have attached an article that I thought some people may find interesting.
alliep627 alliep627 9 years
Ok does anybody know that Slim Shots are an ok way to suppress appetite? is there ANY thing in them that makes them suspicous or dangerous? So far I haven't located any info that says they are dangerous and I need something to help. Yes yes i drink water and I tried "Full Bars" but they are just too many calories and weren't really filling me up enough. Surely science has come up with something that's safe and will help our stomachs feel fuller, right?
Ayamari Ayamari 9 years
Gosh. My mother just made me buy a bottle of Pure Hoodia pills for 14$ (30 pills in the bottle). I really don't know if it works or if the brain would trick your own appetite. But on the other hand, I didn't eat for 8 days one time without taking any pills. Only by willpower. So, pills? Nah, go with your will. ;)
Spectra Spectra 9 years
Diet pills are just a huge waste of money. They cost like $30 a bottle and most of them don't do much to help with your appetite. I think they may help a little bit, but not enough to offset a poor diet. I found that once I started eating a more natural diet with more fruits and veggies, my hunger decreased on its own and I had more energy to work out.
Marlovestar Marlovestar 9 years
I've used Hoodia for a few months only for the week prior to my period. Mainly because that is when my hunger gets out of control and I have no will power during that time of the month. Any way that's when I take South African Hoodia. It says to take two with lunch and dinner. I just take ONE with dinner and it actually wards off that ugly feeling I get before my usual PMS fuled consumption of the kitchen sets in. Ha! But other then that I would never rely on it as an actual "diet pill". Never actually tried a diet pill before this. (Sorry for the long post )
Lo-Lo291303 Lo-Lo291303 9 years
I've often thought about trying Hoodia, but was pretty wary of it. Honestly, I'd rather be a few pounds more than I'd like to be than damage my body!
Allytta Allytta 9 years
good advice. i was concidering this pills. but was afraid - like u said u never know what is in them. it's good thing i live in UK, gonna be one of the first people to try it when i comes out. i've been hearing all these horror stories about diet pills and how they damage your heart walls. that's reason enough for me to just eat well and modarate and if i do feel hungry at 10pm just suffer through it till breakfast.
carolinel carolinel 9 years
I tried Hoodia once and hated it. I'm very sensitive and it made me feel very weird... Diet pills are garbage to me. I didn't loose my 30 pounds with them. Eating healthy is the only way.
jessie jessie 9 years
i can remember my mom buying me diet pill starting in the 8th grade, dexatrim anyone? i don't use them anymore, but with my current migraine medication i've lost close to 30 pounds in 4-5 months. i won't complain though, only 20 more to go and i'll be at at a healthy range for my height. but i hate to think of what diet pills have done to my body i've taken them on and off since 8th grade until about 2 years ago. so that would be...18 years..if i did my math right. scary!
mod16 mod16 9 years
you should never take diet pills... my mom is a doctor and one of her patients took diet pills for about 20 years and in her xrays, her intestines turned black from all of the chemicals in the diet pills
tezcatbus tezcatbus 9 years
most of them contain nothing but caffeine, and i can get that drinking tea if i really need to to experience dips and swoops in my blood sugar - plus tea doesn't taste like butts. :P
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
I prefer healthy eating too. I don't trust things like that at all and recently I actually keep seeing a diet pill commercial that mentions how people with poor diet, weight gain and stress should use their diet pill as the only solution for weight loss when it makes more sense to do exercise (which will also lessen the stress) and change the poor diet to a good one. That commercial really gets on my nerves.
Kazagirl Kazagirl 9 years
Diet Pills are scary. I have tried many many brands and many have terrible side effects. I took Stackers 3 and felt like I had 100 cups of coffee in me. I was jittery and could not sleep. Other pills have made me sick or made me feel like I was having a heart attach. None of it is worth it. Healthy eating is the way to go.
tatsauce tatsauce 9 years
The only diet pill I've tried is the NV one during my worship Carmen Electra days, she was a spokesperson. It kind of worked on me, I guess. I sweat more when I worked out. I wasn't starving myself but I was less hungry. I was using it because I wanted to start training myself to get used to eating less. All in all, it was a waste of money.
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
diet pills are scary. i've never used them before, and never will!
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