(PRWEB) November 14, 2012
Hoodia is a cactus which merited overnight popularity for weight loss when profiled on 60 Minutes. It has since been covered by other major news outlets, including ABC and BBC.
Although hoodia was "discovered" relatively recently, the San Bushmen of the Kalahari desert have been eating it for a very long time. The Bushmen, who live off the land, would cut off part of the hoodia stem and eat it to ward off hunger and thirst during nomadic hunting trips. They also used hoodia for severe abdominal cramps, haemorrhoids, tuberculosis, indigestion, hypertension and diabetes.
The buzz over hoodia started after 60 minutes correspondent Leslie Stahl and crew traveled to Africa to try hoodia. They hired a local Bushman to go with them into the desert and track down the cactus. Stahl ate it, describing it as "cucumbery in texture, but not bad." She lost the desire to eat for the entire day, and without side effects. Stahl concluded, "I'd have to say it did work." Of course, hoodia users don't have to hunt for the cactus in African deserts. Convenient hoodia supplements are widely available.
Summarily, Hoodia has since been one of the most popular dietary supplements on the market, touted by many thousands of users for its quality as an appetite suppressant and weight loss enhancer.
OverallHealth.org is a free-spirited site where author and chief editor Henry Rearden enjoys profiling and reviewing fresh – sometimes trendy - new products to hit the health market. Anything in the periphery of health and well-being is fair game for Henry to pull off the shelf for a look-see!