If you haven’t already heard about Hoodia Gordonii, the cactus like plant from Southern Africa … well you’re obviously not one of the nearly 4 out of 10 Americans who are classed as clinical obese.
Re-discovered in the 1960’s by South African scientists, and then carefully researched ever since, Hoodia has an appetite suppressant molecule that mimics glucose. Quite simply, it tricks the hypothalamus in the brain in to believing that you have already eaten, the result being you naturally choose to eat less.
Re-discovered? Well yes. The scientists were led to Hoodia research by the San tribes people who inhabited much of the Kalahari region of Southern Africa. They used Hoodia to dull their hunger pangs on hunting trips (It is also believed that Hoodia Gordonii gives them energy).
So, as with any new discovery, it did not take long for a wide range of Hoodia products to appear.
First there were the supplements, tablets and capsules. Then the patches (the benefits of which are still open to debate). The Hoodia liquid. Hoodia in confectionary such as lollies and diet bars. And then, the Hoodia chewing gum.
Now remember, just taking chewing gum (sugar free), will make you lose weight anyway. Not much, just a few pounds a year. The act of chewing, releases enzymes that increase digestion, helping your stomach to clear more effectively.
So yes, chewing gum with Hoodia will help you to lose weight.
The requirements of the myriad of Hoodia products, all the new novel foodstuffs that incorporate it, and especially the Hoodia chewing gums, are slightly different to those of simple tablets or capsules.
Hopefully, when you buy Hoodia, you are already checking for these:
– Is it genuine Hoodia Gordonii from Southern Africa?
– Has it been independently tested?
– Has it been legally exported?
– Has it been correctly processed?
The concern is that people are falling for Hoodia hype, and forgetting to make some simple checks to guarantee getting the real thing. These are true for any product, especially the more novel ones like the chewing gums.
The anecdotal and scientific research to date indicate that Hoodia does cut appetite. But only if you get the genuine article, correctly processed. With so many fake comparison sites, fake articles, fake testimonials, what steps can you take to ensure you get an effective product.
1. Independent testing. There are only 2 companies that have a licensed test that can show P57 (the active molecule shown to cut appetite). Chromodex and Alkemist Pharmaceuticals. Look for these test results.
2. Legally exported. Genuine Hoodia is given a CITES document for export. No CITES visible, you can’t be sure that it’s genuine. Remember, all the studies are on Southern African Hoodia, not Chinese, Texan, Greek …
3. Has it properly processed? Now this is very important in the more novel foods like lollies, diet bars, chewing gums. There have been no tests done on how heating (cooking) Hoodia diminishes it’s effectiveness. There is a general assumption that heating any herb will reduce it’s potency (similar to the fact that the more you cook vegetables, the more vitamins will be destroyed). Check to see that the Hoodia was added after all heating processes.
4. Money Back Guarantee. This is probably the most important. If the manufacturer believes in their product, they should offer a full no question asked money back guarantee. They don’t? Make up your own mind.
With supplements, there is less to go wrong. With chewing gums and the like, it is vital to know that the Hoodia has not been heated in the manufacturing process if you want the potential of some good results.
So as well as the standard Hoodia safety checks, add ‘heat free’ to the chewing gums.