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, there were no significant effects on energy intakes or body weight. In conclusion, Hoodia may have mild side-effects and offers no significant benefits for weight control or appetite.

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