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Hoodia: An effective appetite suppressant?
By Mayo Clinic Staff
Oct 17, 2007

Is hoodia an effective appetite suppressant? ~ Shirley / Florida

There is no conclusive evidence that hoodia is an effective appetite suppressant or that it contributes to significant, long-term weight loss. Hoodia is a cactus that is native to the Kalahari Desert in Africa. Natives supposedly eat it to reduce hunger during long hunts, which led to interest in hoodia as a possible weight-loss aid.

One small study ? sponsored by a supplement manufacturer ? found that hoodia may affect the part of the brain that controls hunger. But much more research is needed to establish the potential effectiveness and long-term safety of hoodia.

Daniel E.
Not to mention that one can feel full eating salad, which is a lot cheaper than hoodia, and salad obviously has health benefits while hoodia may have unknown health risks.
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