African Botanical Extracts – Volume 4 ~ (Article 4 of 6)Magalies Citrus
by Dr. Marli Botha
Hoodia gordonii, also known as Bushman’s hat, is a leafless spiny succulent plant supposed to have therapeutic properties in folk medicine. The species became internationally known and threatened by collectors, as an appetite suppressant for weight loss.
Here are 4 more interesting facts about Hoodia gordonii:
- The plant ghaap (Hoodia gordonii) occurs naturally in South Africa and Namibia.
- It has been used for centuries by Bushmen and Khoi-Khoi to stave off hunger, quench thirst and provide energy during extended hunting trips.
- Hoodia is rich in trace elements, minerals and other active ingredients such as steroidal glycoside named P57, which is the main active component.
- Currently Hoodia is available in a variety of combinations with rooibos and green tea as a natural appetite suppressant that informs the brain that the stomach is full, and thereby reduces your appetite and ‘between meal’ cravings and it has a refreshing taste.
It is important to mention that no food is meant to be a cure-all for any condition, though there are certainly health and skin benefits contained within them. The one thing you should always do before using a new skin care product is to do a patch test to look for allergies and sensitivities. If you suffer from a chronic medical condition, consult your healthcare practitioner before using this product.