The Perfect Weight-Loss Booster
Southern Africa’s Kalahari Desert is a dry, unforgiving place. Food is scarce – and water even scarcer. Yet, for 100,000 years, the San people have thrived in the Kalahari. Expert hunters and trackers, the San will pursue their prey for days at a time.
How do these hunters sometimes go days without eating? They use a secret passed down through countless generations. The secret is a spiny plant found only in the Kalahari region.
The San say that eating the fleshy stem of this plant takes away their hunger and thirst. With these distractions gone, they can focus on their hunting.
Today, science has “proven” what the San have always known: This plant has amazing powers to curb appetite. And if you don’t feel hungry, you won’t eat as much.
A Simple Solution to Weight Loss
If you’re like many of my patients, you may just want to drop a few pounds. Or to keep off weight you’ve already lost. Or maybe you’d like to jump-start your weight loss… to add a turbo-boost to your fat-busting toolkit.
Either way, the San’s little secret is probably your answer. And that secret is Hoodia.
Brown University researchers found that Hoodia acts on the hypothalamus, a gland near the base of your brain.1 The hypothalamus controls several functions, including hunger and thirst.
When your body needs energy, the hypothalamus sends out a hunger signal. On the cellular level, energy comes from ATP (adenosine triphosphate). When the hypothalamus senses there’s enough ATP in your system, it doesn’t trigger the feeling of hunger.
The scientists at Brown found that Hoodia can increase the levels of ATP in the hypothalamus by 50% – 150%.1 This tells the hypothalamus you have plenty of energy to spare, and shuts off its hunger signal.
What it comes down to is that Hoodia short-circuits the signals that make you want to eat. And as you know, if you don’t eat, you’re going to lose weight.
Weight-Loss Studies Are Promising
The San have known about Hoodia for thousands of years. But Western science is playing catch-up. Hoodia hasn’t been studied a great deal yet, but all the studies I’ve seen are encouraging.
In one animal study, university researchers in South Africa tested the active component of Hoodia against a once-popular weight-loss drug. Rats given this drug ate less than the control group. They also gained weight more slowly. But the rats given Hoodia ate less than both the other groups – and lost weight to boot.2
In another series of experiments, adding Hoodia to the feed of broiler chickens reduced the weight of their fat pads by as much as 40%. The researchers determined that only Hoodia could explain the weight loss.3 apparently, the chickens fed on Hoodia simply weren’t hungry any more.
Countless thousands of human dieters report the same effect. Like the San, they simply don’t feel hungry when they take Hoodia. And the chances are that Hoodia will do the same for you, too.
Should You Try Hoodia?
The San have been using Hoodia for thousands of years. They haven’t reported any negative effects yet. I haven’t found any studies that reported side effects, either. So Hoodia is probably generally safe to take.
If you’re on any medications, though, check with your doctor before taking Hoodia. I’m unaware of any drug interactions, but it’s a commonsense precaution.
Finally, be careful when choosing a source for your Hoodia. The plant is endangered in the wild, and protected by CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species).
The Hoodia you buy should be imported legally under a CITES certificate. That’s one reason I recommend Best Life Herbals’ Hoodia. The CITES certificate assures you that Best life’s Hoodia was sustainably harvested.
My patients tell me that hunger derails their weight-loss efforts more than anything else. Hoodia appears to be a safe, natural and effective answer to that problem.
If you’re looking to lose a few pounds, to stay on track with your weight loss or just to kill the occasional urge, it may just be the answer you’re looking for, too.
Dr. Kenneth Woliner, M.D.
Best Life Herbals
1 MacLean DB and Luo LG. Increased ATP content/production in the hypothalamus may be a signal for energy-sensing of satiety: studies of the anorectic mechanism of a plant steroidal glycoside. Brain Res. 2004 Sep 10;1020(1-2):1-11.
2 van Heerden FR, et al. An appetite suppressant from Hoodia species. Phytochemistry. 2007 Oct;68(20):2545-53. Epub 2007 Jul 2.
3 Mohlapo TD, et al. Effect of Hoodia gordonii meal supplementation at finisher stage on productivity and carcass characteristics of Ross 308 broiler chickens. Tropical Animal Health and Production. 10.1007/s11250-009-9351-6.