If you are one of the many who are considering taking supplements for weight loss you should always check to see if there are any risks involved before you start them. For example, Hoodia gordonii has come onto the market as a possibility to shed unwanted pounds. But according to some research there are Hoodia gordonii side effects that you may want to take into consideration.
This is an herbal supplement that has been used by the San Bushmen in Africa’s Kalahari Desert for thousands of years. It was used as a way to stave off hunger under certain conditions.
But there are actually two problems with this claim when it is associated with people in the U.S. taking it. One, there hasn’t been enough studies here to warrant giving it a thumbs up from the FDA, the governing stamp of approval people, though we all know how they are co-opted by the large pharmaceutical companies.
Second, the history of the Bushmen that is reflected upon doesn’t take into account any of the medication that Americans may be on that could interact in a negative way. In other words, you do not know how the Hoodia gordonii side effects will come into play with modern medicines many of us take even including what we consider normal over the counter medications.
You then have to consider the acts of Pfizer, the pharmaceutical giant. They had acquired the rights to the isolated active ingredient of Hoodia gordonii for a staggering $21 million dollars, only to return them due to studies of their own that had been conducted.
It seems that they were trying to create a synthesized version of the active ingredient P57 which they had difficulty doing. By synthesizing it, they could do two things. One, they would be able to patent and trademark their synthetic version giving them several years to reap the rewards as no one else would be able to compete. Second, since the original cactus itself is not a common plant synthesizing would provide much more product to people who desperately seek any type of weight loss help.
After their reversal, they wrote to the New York Times and stated that even though the supplement did appear to act as an appetite suppressant, there were still concerns. Compounds in the Hoodia gordonii caused side effects in the liver and they could not be separated from the active ingredient.
But the problem is not just with the liver. There is substantial concern on how it may interact with other medications that an individual may be on. This is mainly due to the liver concern.
In addition, Hoodia gordonii side effects include its influence on blood sugar and thirst. It is theorized that it tricks the brain into believing there is ample blood sugar, but if that is true then it’s possible that the individual’s blood sugar level could drop too far. It is also believed to inhibit thirst. There were reports, which have so far been unconfirmed, of Bushmen who used it for hunger control and died from dehydration.