Hoodia

Also indexed as:Hoodia gordonii
Hoodia: Main Image© Martin Wall
Botanical names:
Hoodia gordonii

Parts Used & Where Grown

Hoodia is a succulent plant that looks like a cactus. A member of the milkweed family, hoodia is native to the Kalahari desert in the southern tip of Africa, principally in the nations of South Africa and Namibia. The plant's latex and inner parts are used, with the spines removed.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Obesity

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One study found hoodia to be effective at curbing appetite.

Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)

The San people, native to the Kalahari desert, have used hoodia for millennia to suppress appetite for food and water and to increase energy.1 They cut the spines off the plant and eat the inner portion and drink the white latex.

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