It’s amazing that a small cactus like plant from the South African Kalahari dessert is able to help us lose weight in such a large way. The hoodia gordonii plant was discovered by a visiting Dutch anthropologist who was fascinated by the local bush men’s use of this plant to control their appetites and keep them focused during long hunting trips. Shortly after, while studying the plant a British pharmaceutical company ‘Phytopharm’ isolated the chemical responsible for its strong appetite suppressing abilities, they named it P57. Today hoodia gordonii pills are widely sold over the internet and used by millions of people world wide, it has become one of the most popular weight loss drugs on the market and this is all due to the effectiveness of the P57 molecule. Thanks to the popular American documentary ’60minutes’ hoodia gordonii pills were given world wide exposure and millions of people started to enquire about purchasing this new weight loss drug. On hearing rumors about a miracle diet treatment, the T.V. shows presenter Leslie Stahl and her crew journeyed to South Africa to try hoodia gordonii for themselves and see what all the hype was about. This exotic plant is only found in small patches throughout the Kalahari dessert, so tracking down some hoodia took several hours. Leslie describes the taste of hoodia gordonii to be similar to a watery cucumber and she says that she didn’t think of food and drink for the entire day. Besides the main appetite surprising effects, Leslie also describes a slight feeling of well being and heightened awareness, which she found to be very pleasant. Two major pharmaceutical companies have run successful human trials and all the results have been positive, they will hopefully start producing a line of hoodia gordonii pills in the near future. Currently you can find many weight loss products through the internet that have hoodia gordonii as an included ingredient, though be wary of imitations and scams. These plants are very difficult to cultivate and need extremely dry and hot weather to grow properly, besides this there is a long maturation period that can last for up to two years. With that in mind, any company that offers you large whole sale quantities of hoodia gordonii may not be completely honest.