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HOODIA

Other Names:

Cactus, Cactus Hoodia, Cactus du Kalahari, Extrait de Hoodia, Hoodia Cactus, Hoodia Extract, Hoodia Gordonii, Hoodia Gordonii Cactus, Hoodia P57, Kalahari Cactus, Kalahari Diet, P57, Xhoba.

HOODIA Overview
HOODIA Uses
HOODIA Side Effects
HOODIA Interactions
HOODIA Dosing
HOODIA Overview Information

Hoodia is a cactus-type plant from the Kalahari desert in Africa.

People use hoodia to curb their appetite so they are able to lose weight. According to some claims, San bushmen in Africa eat hoodia to fight off hunger during long hunts.

Be careful when buying hoodia products. According to news reports, some samples of hoodia sold on the Internet do not contain any hoodia at all. You might not get what’s listed on the label.

How does it work?

A chemical in hoodia called P57 is thought to decrease feelings of hunger. But it is not known if hoodia has this effect when used in people.

HOODIA Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

Insufficient Evidence for:

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of hoodia for this use.

HOODIA Side Effects & Safety

There isn’t enough information to know if hoodia is safe.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of hoodia during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

HOODIA Interactions What is this?

We currently have no information for HOODIA Interactions

HOODIA Dosing

The appropriate dose of hoodia depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for hoodia. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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