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Hoodia study produces ‘frightening’ results: new Stellenbosch study

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02 October 2014

A second perspective of the recent study arguing that Hoodia affects a user’s muscles negatively.

Health24.com
A recent study of the ‘miracle’ weight loss supplement hoodia, by the University of Stellenbosch, cast considerable doubt on the safety of the product.

The results of new research, published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, on the effect that the weight loss supplement Hoodia had on rats, were described by head researcher, Prof. Carine Smith from the University of Stellenbosch, as “frightening”.

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Warning over hoodia ‘diets’

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Posted 29 September 2014

This article published in Times, refers to a recent study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, which reports that  consuming extracts of the succulent plant Hoodia may not just shed fat but muscle tissue too. The research was conducted in rats and one cannot necessarily extrapolate to humans. For example, Hoodia has been shown to result in appetite suppression in rats but not in humans.

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Weight-Loss Products – Hoodia

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Posted 25 March 2015

Jasmine and Chris Grindlay of Slimbetti have been promoting their Hoodia Gel scam product in South Africa and simply ignoring ASA rulings. Other countries have had similar problems although in many this scam has disappeared off the market.

I have recently come across this article titled “The Controversial Advertising case: Weight-Loss Product— Hoodia” – “Marketing advertising and public policy” published December 19, 2011.

The article makes the point:

“Hoodia was one of the weight loss products that was advertised as a natural and effective remedy by Nutraceuticals International and Stella Labs. Nutraceuticals International and Stella Labs are the suppliers of the ingredient Hoodia gordonii (hoodia), and they claim that consumers are able to lose weight and suppress appetites by using hoodia, which is found in Southern Africa. However, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), as a significant regulatory agency in preventing unfair methods of competition and unfair Read the rest

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Is Hoodia a hoodwink drug?

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Posted: 21 November 2011

TYGERBURGER (Table View) 16 Nov 2011 Page 15
By Priya Seetal

There truly is no quick fix when it comes to losing weight. The next special ingredient that has fallen from grace is Hoodia. According to dietitian Priya Seetal, a new study has revealed that Hoodia has no impact on weight control (ref Blom WAM et al (2011) American Journal of Clinical Nutrition). Hoodia gordonii is a spiny succulent plant which grows naturally in South Africa and has been thought to help weight management. Now, a new study has tested this theory. Scientists gave 49 healthy, overweight women either two servings of H.gordonii daily or a placebo for 15 days. These were taken one hour before breakfast and dinner. After this, women were allowed to eat freely from a set menu. The H.gordonii extract was well tolerated apart from some nausea, sickness and tingling skin. However, … Read the rest

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Glucoslim, Naturaslim, Thermoslim, Slimbetti

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Posted 04 November 2011

An ASA ruling:
A consumer lodged consumer complaints against internet advertising for Glucoslim, Naturaslim and Thermoslim complaining about the claims made on www.slendermax.co.za. The website explains that “Slender Max has three potent products …” and states, inter alia, as follows: “How does Thermoslim work? Thermoslim is a metabolic enhancer. With natural and clinically proven ingredients. Thermoslim is a proprietary blend of natural extracts, amino acids, vitamins and minerals designed to optimise the body’s metabolism and assist with the natural burning of fat. How does Naturaslim work? Naturaslim is a capsule based blend of Green Tea Extract and Hoodia that is designed to reduce appetite and cravings, optimise the metabolism, increase fat burning and raise the level of antioxidant Polyphenols in the body to assist in overall wellness. How does Glucoslim work? Glucoslim is a capsule based blend of Glucomannan powder derived from the Konjak root and
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Hoodia has many side effects

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Posted 31 October 2011

Publis hed in Health24

A new Unilever report reveals why the consumer goods giant chose to pull the plug on the alleged fat-fighting supplement Hoodia after spending a reported R192 million developing it.

In a clinical trial, Hoodia extract had no impact on appetite or food intake, but it did have a lot of side effects, like vomiting, weird skin sensations and elevated blood pressure and heart rate.

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Why Unilever canned €20m hoodia project (or why hoodia is a scam)

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Posted 21 October 2011

Readers may remember that I recently voiced my disbelief that Alison Viennings had tried to substantiate a Clicks Hoodia product. In previous postings I have pointed out that Unilever had cancelled a 20 Million Euro project after finding that hoodia made no contribution to appetite suppression, weight-loss and that side effects were unacceptably high. Now the research that made Unilever decide to can the project has been published. 

Note, all hoodia products on the South African market use between 250 to 500mg once, twice or three times a day. Most that I tested had very low to absent levels of P57 in contrast with the research where the P57 was assured.  

The randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group trial was conducted with about 25 healthy, 18-50 year old women in each of the hoodia and placebo groups.  During the 15-day trial period they were given either two Read the rest

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Clicks Hoodia Appetite Regulator

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Posted 29 August 2011

Although this ruling is in my favour, it raises a few very pertinent aspects. 

The substantiator is "Ms Allison Vienings from MRA Regulatory Consultants, an independent regulatory consultancy". "It added that Ms Vienings is a credible expert in the field of complementary medicine." "She added that sufficient documented evidence exists for the acceptance of the traditional use of hoodia as an appetite suppressor to claim that the product will suppress the appetite, thus resulting in a feeling of satiety which will prevent over eating and food cravings. Emphasis was placed on the fact that these claims should be (and in this instance are) made along with the statement 'Only effective when used in conjunction with a restricted or kilojoule controlled balanced diet'."  

I have 6 major points to raise regarding this substantiation:

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Dis-Chem refuses to stop selling useless “slimming” muti

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Posted 24 August 2011

This article appeared in noseweek August 2011. Permission to reproduce this article here was kindly provided by the editor.

Bloated Claims
Dis-Chem refuses to stop selling useless “slimming” muti

NOSEWEEK has had many a go at snake oil salesmen who distribute products that miraculously enable you to shed pounds, stop smoking or lengthen a penis. But, so far, the supposedly reputable stores that are quite happy to sell this stuff to a gullible public have escaped scrutiny.

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