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Anyone use this or know someone who does or has?

Curious if it is safe and works.

Wed. Jun 14, 3:53pm

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i was wondering about this too i saw it on extra its supposedly new thing in hollywood right now i am very tempted to try it

Wednesday, June 14, 2006, 5:12 PM

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That's funny. The phrase "new thing in Hollywood" makes me very skeptical...

Wednesday, June 14, 2006, 6:36 PM

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60 Minutes did a segment on this a couple of years ago. I have since read that the pharmaceutical company with the rights has shelved it because they can't find a way to produce the plant economically. The stuff on the market is all lies - the FDA doesn't regulate herbal supplements, so the bottle might say 100mg when it only really has 5mg.

Below is a link to an article on the CBS website....


Wednesday, June 14, 2006, 9:10 PM

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i feel sure that if there was something available to promote healthful weight loss, we would be hearing about it on a noteworthy news channel, or read about the amazing breakthrough in the new york times. obesity is an issue that the health professionals are addressing head-on, and i just don't believe that some trendy diet or fad diet will last long or produce results that last. if you are seriously considering trying this stuff, i highly recommend talking to your doctor, or a certified health professional first.

Thursday, June 15, 2006, 11:56 AM

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so what ive heard about hoodia is that is it a plant that gross in africa and they use the plant to supress appetites( because they are poor and cant afford food) and apparently they have been using it for years and years and it has been working

Thursday, June 15, 2006, 12:02 PM

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maybe if i was in the african desert with a bushman, i would try it, but as a manufactured product in the u.s.-no!

Thursday, June 15, 2006, 12:09 PM

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Can you grow it in your own garden?

Thursday, June 15, 2006, 3:53 PM

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I've used it for short periods of time, like while doing a three day juice fast, to keep myself from feeling too much raving hunger. It seemed to work well for me and I didn't notice any side effects, other than blunting my hunger, and I have a pretty sensitive body to negative side effects.

Long term I don't believe that any pill is going to teach you to eat properly or exercise, so I wouldn't recommend it.

Thursday, June 15, 2006, 3:59 PM

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Hi! I don't know all about the safety of it but write ups in fitness mags don't seem to be impressed at all.

I'm taking 50mg twice a day of 7-Keto and I love it!!! I'm using the Vitamin Shoppe brand.

Thursday, June 15, 2006, 6:52 PM

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I've used it, and it works well enough when I remember to take it. It takes the edge off my hunger, which helps. It's not as effective, though, as the 60 Minutes story implied, or at least what I take doesn't work that well.
In the 60 Minute story the reporter took some in the morning & wasn't hungry all day. What I take suggests that you take it 45 min. before meals, and that's where I fall down. I don't pay as much as I've seen it sold for, I buy on the 'net @ Swanson.

Friday, June 16, 2006, 11:40 PM

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it may be a very effective plant in africa, but that doesn't mean the bottled form here actually uses the effective ingredient. what if the people who use it in africa know that you can only eat the root during a certain part of the year? and since the products here aren't regulated, they could bottle up the leaves and sell it to a bunch of poor american suckers who want a quick fix for weight loss.

plus most products that suppress the appetite are actually stimulants and very dangerous - look at fen-phen and ephedra, which are both off the market now after deaths related to their use. for any new product, wait a year and see if people die from it before you try it.

my fix for a quick appetite suppresent is a latte - the caffeine suppresses the appetite (stimulant effect) and the milk makes you feel full. i don't do it regularly, just if i am very hungry and won't get a chance to eat for hours.

Monday, June 19, 2006, 11:16 AM

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Hoodia not a stimulant

Ya, a lot of the weight loss stuff that's been sold has been stimulents. Hoodia is not, though.

And, I agree that there's info not known about hoodia, and that it's not regulated. But, personally, I don't think regulation is all that great either; there are lots of examples of regulated stuff that has been harmful, and non-regulated stuff that has worked fine for many individuals.

Personal body chemistry is very different, so the best way to know for sure is to try small amounts of s/thing, and notice how your body feels. The hoodia I've purchased has some benefit for me. It may or may not have the same, or more or less beneift to s/one else.

I wouldn't dismiss it because it's not regulated though. Just my opinion, based only own experience. Others may have totally different experiences.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006, 6:16 PM

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This is BY FAR the most informative thread I've found about Hoodia. I never would have known that because of lack of regulation, the product might not be what they say it is. Thank you, whoever you all are.

Monday, January 15, 2007, 12:42 PM

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Ive been taking Hoodia a couple of days now and following directions. i1 in the morning 1 hr before eating and 1 in the evening 1 hr before dinner. I think its working really well. No side effects so far and its not a stimulant. I did not want anymore stimulants. they make me too bitchy and then when they wear off.......I eat like a pig from not eating all day.

Monday, January 15, 2007, 11:23 PM

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hmm! I bought a fruit bar by looking at the ingredients for high fiber. Froodia had 3 g compared to most which have 1 g. I didn't read the rest. So I ate one with my breakfast this morning. I forgot to eat anything else until 2:30! This is unheard of for me. So I went back to look at what the bar had in it and found it had hoodia in it. I'm going to try this some more to see if it keeps on working for me. I'm glad to see that it has helped at least a couple of other people.

Sunday, May 06, 2007, 4:50 PM

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What is Froodia? And what is the name of this bar you ate.?

Sunday, May 06, 2007, 5:57 PM

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I swear this is not an infomercial. I'm just answering the question...

Froodia is the name of the bar I ate. It is made by TRIMSPA (see I was trying a bunch of different brands from my grocery store (strange it's not carried by my health food store) that were lower calorie than the usuall 200+ and had more than 1 g of fiber. This one said low glycemic index, was only 100 cal, and had 3 g of fiber.

Now that I look at the ingredients, I see that it is made of only fruit and a little cellulose binder. No flour or fructose. It says it is guaranteed to have 400 mg of hoodia gordinii. They have a bunch of seals on the package that claims they are dealing responsibly with the African Hoodia growers. Well, you can see it on their website if you are interested.

The bars have goofy names (savage strawberry, wild cherry berry, and apricot ambush) but I sure wouldn't give something with herbals in them to a kid.

Sunday, May 06, 2007, 10:40 PM

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it's not carried by your health store because it is not health food.

Monday, May 07, 2007, 1:13 PM

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Mon 1:13, my first reaction is that my health food store certainly markets just about every other herbal I can imagine, but then I thought I would find out more about hoodia. So I looked it up on the Wikipedia. It tells a nice history of the plant and how it got its reputation as an appetite suppressent. Only one medical study of 7 people showed any positive effect, and that research was paid for by a hoodia company. It also mentions that TRIMSPA, who makes Froodia bars, is being sued in California alleging that the bars have no hoodia in them. After all, the hoodia plant is an endangered plant. The article also mentioned that hoodia may have effects on the liver, or was it that the company trying to purify the active ingredient showed that it affected the liver. Oh well, maybe it was just the 3 g of fiber in those bars after all that satiated my hunger, and I'm happy they only have 100 cal... I hope I can believe that.

Monday, May 07, 2007, 10:06 PM

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I like hoodia also because it is not a stimulant. Like the other poster said...It does seem to take the edge off of my hunger when i remember to take it. My hoodia says to take one 400 mg pill in the mornig and 1 one hour before dinner. It is certainly not a miracle drug but i think it really does help.

Monday, May 07, 2007, 11:26 PM

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hoodia gordonii plus

i never had bad effects to my liver
great experience anyway


Thursday, July 17, 2008, 11:49 AM

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hoodia gordonii

I've tried hoodia diet pills and I ate less during the first week, but I am still undecided whether they really helped a lot. I am going to take them a bit longer.


Monday, March 09, 2009, 8:17 PM

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hoodia appetite suppressant

i tried the appetite suppressant capsules for a while and i swear they did absolutely NOTHING. i felt no different, i ate just as much, even with the power of suggestion. they were such a waste of money.

Monday, March 09, 2009, 11:18 PM

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Isn't it more likely that people have weight issues because they eat even when they are not hungry?
An appetite suppressant won't help at all for that.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009, 11:52 AM

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There is no magic pill! There's no magic in weight loss. Eat less, exercise more. Bottom line.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009, 12:02 PM

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Hoodia sounds Scary-a!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009, 12:34 PM

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