Turns out, the press and buzz around Hoodia is stronger than the research.
Wilmington, NC (PRWEB) September 08, 2012
Natural Health Sherpa (NHS), a leading health website, revealed that despite Hoodia gorgonii’s similarities with caralluma fimbriata, it is not a miracle cure as enthusiastic marketers would have consumers believe.
According to NHS, of the thirteen types of hoodia plant, only hoodia gordonii has the active ingredient P57 responsible for suppressing appetite. South African researchers patented P57 but later sold the patent to a big pharmaceutical company.
The website also reports that the pharmaceutical company returned the sub-license. “Big Pharma knows a profit when they smell it. The fact that they were treating the license as a red-headed stepchild speaks volumes about their lack of faith in it,” states Natural Health Sherpa.
NHS also found unpublished research by Phytopharm in 2001 that discussed the supposed changes in eating habits by those taking hoodia gordonii and those given placebo. “Unfortunately, because the study was never published or peer reviewed, its quality and findings cannot be properly judged. In addition, the fact that they decided NOT to publish it is a fairly negative sign,” says NHS.
The website believes that despite television advertisements and the buzz about hoodia gordonii, the lack of published research testifying to its miracle weight loss claims is not enough.
“Turns out, the press and buzz around Hoodia is stronger than the research,” concludes Natural Health Sherpa.
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