Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Hoodia, 100% Real Hoodia Gordonii

Despite claims made by some supplement companies, products with hoodia, 100% real hoodia gordonii products or even the hoodia gordonii extract that Phytopharm is currently researching are not miracle cures for obesity.

The question that most people ask about hoodia (does it really work) is difficult to answer. Unlike laboratory animals, human beings do not eat only because they are hungry. An appetite suppressant whether a product with hoodia, 100% real hoodia gordonii or a product with any other ingredients will only do one thing; suppress physical hunger. The symptoms of physical hunger are growling stomach, moodiness and shakiness from low blood sugar levels, just to name a few. How many times have you eaten a meal or a snack when none of these symptoms were present?

“So, I heard about this stuff called hoodia, does it really work?” It may work to suppress the physical symptoms of hunger. Some diet “gurus” say that we should eat when we are not hungry. Some say that we should eat several small meals per day; some say every couple of hours. They say that this will keep our blood sugar levels stabilized. But, who really has time for that? Hoodia, 100% real hoodia gordonii, cause an increase of ATP in the hypothalamus of lab animals. No one knows exactly how the human brain works. It is relatively difficult to study. But if hoodia does really work as an appetite suppressant, it is probably because of this affect that it has on the hypothalamus.

Scientists do know that the hypothalamus is the section of the human brain which monitors hunger, thirst, blood sugar levels, body temperature and many other things. ATP is a neurotransmitter, probably responsible for transmitting signals from all over the body to the brain and back. ATP is also known to be an energy source for all the cells of the body, so it could be that extracts of hoodia, 100% real hoodia gordonii causes signals to be transmitted that mean “not hungry”. Or it could be that the brain senses the increased energy provided by the ATP (which is normally produced mostly by fats or sugars) and assumes that food has been eaten.

If you asked the San peoples of southern Africa, “That hoodia, does it really work?” They would not tell you anything about the effects of ATP on the brain. They would probably tell you something like, “you will not feel hunger.” They, the real discoverers of the benefits of hoodia, 100% real hoodia gordonii, did not eat it to lose weight. They did not eat it very often at all. It was not a preferred food source. But, if they were hungry, and other food sources were not available, they would peel of the outer skin and spikes and eat the fleshy part to ease feelings of hunger and thirst as they searched for more food.

To answer this question about hoodia; does it really work. According to customer comments, clinical trials that have been completed and observations made by interested physicians, hoodia, 100% real hoodia gordonii does work for many people. Particularly those people, who stay busy throughout the day, are motivated to lose weight, are willing to do a little moderate exercise and will try to resist the psychological food cravings that we all have at one time or another. It may be that hoodia, 100% real hoodia gordonii can help dieters through those difficult, but necessary lifestyle changes. No clinical research into long term effects has been completed. We do not know if weight initially lost will come right back, but if one can make those healthy lifestyle changes and then stick to them then maybe...