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Hoodia is a flowering, cactus-like plant that grows in the Kalahari Desert in Africa. The San Bushmen people used hoodia to suppress appetite.

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›  Health benefits

Today, hoodia is used as an appetite suppressant. Only one study has been done on its usage. In that study, participants taking hoodia had more side effects than those taking a placebo, including nausea, vomiting, dizziness and odd skin sensations. They also had increases in blood pressure and undesirable changes in some blood tests.

›  How much do I need?

The dosage varies depending on age and what it is being used for. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels, and consult your pharmacist, physician or other healthcare professional before using.

›  Dietary supplements

Hoodia is available in many forms, including liquids, powders, tablets and capsules. Some supplements containing hoodia may contain other herbs or minerals, such as green tea or chromium.

Source: National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

Please consult your health care provider before making changes to your vitamin/supplement regimen.

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