Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on June 29, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
Even though you eat a healthy, balanced diet and get regular exercise, does it seem as though there’s a few extra pounds that won’t budge, no matter what you do? Or, maybe you’re on a weight loss program and the scales are “stuck.” Whatever the case, Hoodia may be able to help shed those last few, stubborn pounds!
Hoodia is a succulent plant native to South Africa, and has traditionally been used to help suppress the appetite. Though several weight loss supplement manufacturers have attempted to synthesize the “active ingredient” in Hoodia (a compound called “p57,” thought to be responsible for its appetite-suppressant effects), these attempts have not met with much success. Like most herbs, it is usually the synergy of the entire plant, or several compounds in the plant working together, rather than an isolated ingredient, that provides its sought after action and benefits.
Because Hoodia may help to curb or suppress the appetite, you may feel satisfied sooner when you eat a meal. This can result in a reduced caloric intake, without a feeling of deprivation – an important consideration on any weight management program. Feeling deprived can undermine even the most disciplined of eating habits!
And, unlike some other products for weight management, Hoodia is not a stimulant – it won’t cause jitters, palpitations, a racing heartbeat, or sleeplessness.
Remember, the key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is a healthy lifestyle! This includes a balanced diet and adequate exercise. Herbs such as Hoodia may help support your efforts and achieve your goals!
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan