Hoodia gordonii, also known as Bushman’s hat
Composition of Hoodia
Hoodia is a leafless spiny succulent plant with medicinal properties. It grows naturally in South Africa and Namibia.
The appetite suppressant effects of Hoodia were first observed in 1937 by a Dutch anthropologist studying the primitive San Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert.
Hoodia has received publicity in recent times for its natural appetite suppressant properties.
Health benefits of Hoodia
In 1977, the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) isolated the ingredient in hoodia—now known as P57—which may be responsible for its putative appetite-suppressant effect, and patented it in 1996
History of Hoodia
It was noticed that the nomadic Bushmen, (who call it Xhoba) ate the stem of the Hoodia plant to stave off hunger during long hunting trips in the sparsely vegetated area.
Hoodia gordonii is a cactus-like succulent plant, native to the Kalahari Desert in southern Africa. Due to over harvest and slow growth, Hoodia is now considered an endangered species. Hoodia grows in clumps of upright stems with tan flowers and thorns, and a strong, unpleasant odor.
Owing to the public demand for Hoodia, it is now being grown commercially.