African Botanical Extracts – Volume 4 ~ (Article 4 of 6)

African Botanical Extracts – Volume 4 ~ (Article 4 of 6)

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:

  1. The plant ghaap (Hoodia gordonii) occurs naturally in South Africa and Namibia.
  2. It has been used for centuries by Bushmen and Khoi-Khoi to stave off hunger, quench thirst and provide energy during extended hunting trips.
  3. Hoodia is rich in trace elements, minerals and other active ingredients such as steroidal glycoside named P57, which is the main active component.
  4. 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.

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