Hoodia (Hoodia gordonii, orxhooba, khoba, Ghaap) is a cactus plant, which grows mainly in the semi-dessert areas of South Africa, Angola and Namibia. It has become quite popular recently because of the potential weight loss that can be achieved using this plant.
Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert claim that this plant enables them to suppress the appetite and thirst while they are hunting, sometimes for days without food. The Bushmen use this bitter plant without its stem.
Hoodia Supplements Adverse Effects
claim that these hoodia supplements don’t have any side effects, which is not
true. There are no scientific studies that will confirm that hoodia products
are completely safe to be used to lose some weight.
Hoodia should suppress your appetite. This condition might be dangerous, because hoodia affects your brain, causing you not to take proper amounts of food. After some time, your starving body will start to use your muscles as the food for normal functioning, destroying the muscles in the process. Less muscle tissue in your body will most certainly make your metabolism slower. Once you start eating normally, every pound you lost will come back and even some more. Specialists advise cutting up to 20% of the calorie intake you need to maintain your current weight if you want to lose some weight with hoodia.
Hoodia is also a thirst suppressant. This is actually an unwanted effect of hoodia, because lack of water leads to dehydration of the body. Always make sure to drink at least 8 glasses of water every day.
Some of the common side effects of hoodia supplements are: nervousness, nausea, irritability, and dizziness. People sensitive to caffeine might want to avoid some of these supplements, because they might contain caffeine. Always read the label on the bottle and look for the ingredients list.
This appetite suppressor can also cause interactions with some other drugs. Before using hoodia supplements always check with your doctor about the possible interactions with the medication you have already been using.
People suffering from liver problems should not use hoodia supplements, because it may cause further liver damage.
This supplement should not be used by pregnant women or breastfeeding moms. What you eat is passed directly to your child. Therefore you should strive to eat nutritious and healthy food. Even though you want to lose excess weight, lack of some nutrients might hurt your baby.
For the people who still want to use hoodia to lose some of the excess weight, there is the advice to use only proven brands of this supplement.