Where did Hoodia come from? Is there a shortage of Hoodia?
Posted May 14 2009 4:39pm
If you are struggling to lose weight, you know it pretty well that you cannot win the battle against obesity unless you know how to control your hunger pangs. Your countless weight loss resolutions would come to nothing because every time you try to reduce your food intake for the purpose of weight loss, hunger would force you to break your resolution and eat more of those ‘forbidden foods’.
You have probably used over-the-counter diet pills with the hope of putting an end to this nuisance. Diet pills may suppress your appetite to an extent but they come with harmful side effects. In essence, they would harm you more than help. The best appetite suppressant is one which is completely herbal and natural. And Hoodia Gordonii is one such weight loss supplement.
Where did Hoodia come from?
Hoodia Gordonii is a plant cultivated along the Kalahari Desert of South Africa. Its effectiveness as an appetite suppressant is not a new discovery. In fact, the natives of the Kalahari Desert have been using it for thousands of years in order to suppress their hunger. They didn’t do it for weight loss though; rather, they used it to keep hunger at bay when on a hunting expedition, since it would be extremely inconvenient to burden themselves with food supplies at the time of hunting.
It is strange that man discovered its beneficial effects on weight loss as late as 1960’s. The logic is that by suppressing your appetite, Hoodia rids you of those unbearable and painful hunger pangs which make weight loss so difficult for you. It other words, Hoodia makes it easier for you to lose weight.
Is there a shortage of Hoodia?
The bad news is that the demand for Hoodia Gordonii far exceeds its short supply. One reason behind its short supply is that since it is native to the climate of Kalahari Desert, it would be difficult to cultivate it in any other place. Secondly, the government of South Africa has imposed several restrictions on the cultivation of Hoodia, thereby making it virtually impossible for foreigners to cultivate it in their native countries.
Thirdly, as soon as the beneficial effects of Hoodia on weight loss was discovered, several unscrupulous people began to cut down and steal a lot of Hoodia plants in order to create Hoodia products from them; this in turn further dwindled its supply. If you ever thought why Hoodia is so expensive, it is because of its limited supply.
And taking full advantage of this situation is a group of dishonest profiteers who are more interested in your wallet than your health. These marketers usually use poor quality or premature Hoodia plants to prepare Hoodia supplements, and then scam people by selling them as ‘authentic’ Hoodia products. There are others who would sell supplements made from other varieties of Hoodia; keep in mind that only the supplements made from Hoodia Gordonii can help suppress your appetite.
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