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"Hoodia Gordonii / Hoodia Gordoni / Hoodia Gordinii"

Is all the hype real? Does Hoodia Gordonii really do everything it's claimed to do? Can it really help you lose 3 pounds a week without effort?

What is Hoodia Gordonii?

Hoodia Gordoni is an African succulent, that looks like a cactus, but isn't technically a cactus.

The story goes that the San people in the Kalahari used to munch on Hoodia to curb the hunger pangs that would strike during times of drought.

Hoodia Gordoni was featured on 60 minutes. Leslie Stahl actually went to Africa to try it.

Here's what CBS reported:

  • So how did it work? Stahl says she had no after effects – no funny taste in her mouth, no queasy stomach, and no racing heart. She also wasn't hungry all day, even when she would normally have a pang around mealtime. And, she also had no desire to eat or drink the entire day. I'd have to say it did work," Stahl said.

What are the Hoodia Gordonii health claims?

Some claim that Hoodia Gordonii can curb your appetite and make you more alert, without making you jittery.

A product called "Desert Burn" comes in diet pill form online, as does Hoodoba, and many others.

Interestingly, Hoodoba makes all the standard claims about Hoodia, but it goes further and suggests that Hoodia is even the key to staying faithful to a low carb diet (where have I heard that line before? Hmmm).

On their home page, Desert Burn has a video of part of the CBS piece. (it loads a little slowly, though)

So What's The Bottom Line For Hoodia?

I haven't used Hoodia Gordonii yet personally, but I was intrigued -- especially after the Leslie Stahl piece, so I decided to give it a try. I don't mind experimenting a little, and I haven't seen any dire warnings about the herb.

I do wonder what the long term effects might be. I'm not so worried about negative health consequences, though those are possible. But I wonder if it might not start out giving you a real edge on your hunger, only to give way to greater hunger pangs in the future.

Anyway, my bottle of Hoodoba is in the mail, on its way, and I'll make a guinnea pig out of myself, and report the results here.

NOTE: I am NOT recommending that you try Hoodia Gordoni. You are free to try it or not, but nothing I've said here should be taken as advice to take Hoodia. What I have said is that it sounds really interesting, and I'm going to give it a try.

Stay tuned for more on Hoodia Gordonii.

NOTE: Since writing this, I have tried Hoodia fairly extensively. I have started an exclusive review of Hoodia, and have made it available only to subscribers of my newsletter. To subscribe to "Coffee With Jim", click here.

Thank you for reading this.


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