Here is an excerpt from a BBC media piece:
1800hrs I ate about half a banana size (piece of
later so did my cameraman. Soon after, we began the four hour
drive back to Capetown.
The plant is said to have a feel-good almost aphrodisiac
quality, and I have to say, we felt good. But more
significantly, we did not even think about food. Our brains
really were telling us we were full. It was a magnificent
Dinner time came and went. We reached our hotel at about
midnight and went to bed without food. And the next day,
neither of us wanted nor ate breakfast.
Mangold, BBC News May 2003
WORKS IN THE BODY.
The component molecule
P57 in the hoodia imitates the effect that glucose has on nerve
cells in the brain. Hoodia, in effect, fools the brain into
thinking it’s full when it’s not. This mitigates your desire to
snack and eat unhealthy food.
piece that BBC News did regarding P57’s impact on the brain:
“There is a part of your brain, the hypothalamus. Within
that mid-brain there are nerve cells that sense glucose
sugar. When you eat, blood sugar goes up because of the food,
these cells start firing and now you’re full. What the hoodia
seems to contain is a molecule that is about 10,000 times as
active as glucose. It goes to the mid-brain and actually makes
those nerve cells fire as if you were full. But you have not
eaten. Nor do you want to. I ate lunch but without appetite and
very little pleasure. Partial then full appetite returned
slowly after 24 hours.”
Tom Mangold, BBC News correspondent – May, 2003
There have been
no reported side effects reported from consuming hoodia or from
the P57 molecule. For thousands of years the san bushmen have
gordonii plants with no negative health effects.
we can just stop eating? Of course not. We need to eat to
survive. You can’t completely starve your body no matter how
much hoodia you eat, and
weight loss doesn't mean anything if
you're dead. Your brain will figure out that you do need food
to function. The key point here is to keep you from OVEReating.
because your insulin levels are bouncing all over the place is
called hormonal hunger. It is this hormonal hunger which causes
havoc with most people’s dieting efforts. When blood sugar
levels spike up, we begin to crave more sugars and
carbohydrates. Your body goes into withdrawal. This is why
people crave ice cream at midnight, and pregnant women crave
The concept behind
hoodia gordonii is to use it as a tool to
stop snacking and overeating because of hormonal hunger. You
want to continue to eat meals when you have real hunger, but
eliminate the overeating because of hormonal hunger. If you
eliminate the cravings when you really don’t need any food, you
can lose weight rapidly because your body has all the energy it
needs to function with a much lower calorie count.
An article clearing up the myth
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