Cactus Diet

The Cactus Diet is more popularly known as hoodia gordonii, a desert cactus that is said to suppress appetite and encourage weight loss. Hoodia gordonii is a native South African plant belonging to the cactus family and produced in the semi-deserts of Angola, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

Hoodia grows in clusters of green upright stems and takes almost 5 years for its purple flowers to appear, making the cactus ready for harvest. Of the 20 types of hoodia, only the variety of hoodia gardonii is believed to have natural appetite suppressants.

The hoodia cactus plant was discovered by the San Bushmen, an ancient tribe of the Kalahari desert. They were eating the cactus plant to fend off hunger, especially during their long nomadic hunting trips. Now that the hoodia is known more as a nutritional supplement, it can be taken in capsule, liquid and tea forms and is available in health food shops.

Researches have found that the molecule P57 in the hoodia cactus plant is what suppresses appetite. It works by sending signals to the hypothalamus, which controls the appetite levels. This causes a reaction, signaling the body that it is full and causing not much desire to eat.

There have been no studies conducted on the long-term effects of the hoodia drug. It is suggested to wait for several years before trying this drug, as its lasting effects are yet to be determined.

Although, there have been promising reports that the drug has worked successfully as an appetite suppressant for some people. Nonetheless, it is advisable to take caution in purchasing hoodia pills, as there are some reported store cases where the pills sold have little or no hoodia gordinii in them.