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Ancient Secrets

Many tribal and primitive cultures refer to themselves as “the First People”. The San Bushmen of southern Africa may have a legitimate claim for the title “First People”. Genetic testing has shown that the San are among the 14 “ancestral population clusters” from which all modern humans have evolved.

Life is not easy for these hunter-gatherers of the Kalahari desert. The need for water is central to the San lifestyle, and a significant portion of the year is spent following the weather as plants became green and tender in different regions. This could mean long travels on hunting and foraging trips, with little or no food and water.

The San knew that feelings of hunger were a greater hindrance than the actual lack of food. Other hunter-gatherer societies would come to depend on individual toughness in these situations, but generations ago the San learned the properties of a certain plant, what they called hoba, known to the rest of the world as hoodia gordonii.

The hoodia is hardly an attractive plant. It is not a true cactus, rather it is a spiny succulent. Its flowers smell like rotting meat and it is chiefly pollinated by flies. The San use preparations made from the flesh of the hoodia to treat indigestion and to fight infection, but the most wondrous property of the plant was that it would stave off hunger in long hunting trips across the Kalahari.

Modern Attention

pure hoodia supplementScientists in South Africa isolated the active ingredient in hoodia gordonii, called P57, in 1977. Pharmaceutical companies Phytopharm and Pfizer received licenses to develop hoodia as an appetite suppressant, although the original patents ignored the traditional knowledge of the San people. This was corrected by court order in 2002.

The active ingredients in hoodia apparently turn off the portion of brain which receive the message that we are hungry. If the individual does not realize that the body is craving food, he will go longer on the body’s stored nutrition.

Hoodia got a big boost in 2004 when 60 Minutes correspondent Leslie Stahl traveled to Africa to investigate its alleged properties. The television crew hired local bushmen to take them into the desert to find the plant, and Stahl reported that after eating it she lost the desire to eat of drink for the rest of the day.

Ancient Wisdom, Modern Skepticism

The pharmaceutical company Phytopharm conducted a clinical trial with 18 volunteers and claims that hoodia users reduced their caloric intake by 1000 calories a day in comparison with placebo users. The study was not published, however, and not subject to peer review. In fact, there are no published studies as to the efficacy of hoodia as a weight loss aid.

There are 13 varieties of hoodia, but only hoodia gordonii is thought to have significant appetite suppressant properties. All species of hoodia are considered endangered. Since the 60 Minutes story, the “street value” of real African Hoodia extracts has skyrocketed, and so have the cases of products which claim to contain hoodia but in fact do not.

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