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|Written by Kim Droze|
|Monday, 31 March 2008 20:00|
Who has not received the SPAM emails touting the benefits of Hoodia? This strange word is actually a South African succulent - one that looks like a cactus -- that's been exalted for its miraculous weight loss properties. The Cactus Diet is more of a cactus-esque munchie than a sound weight-loss program. Supposedly the Hoodia, which is now sold in capsule, liquid and tea form, has properties that fight hunger and in turn battle obesity.
For thousands of years, the San Bushmen of the Kalahari have consumed the cactus-like plant to hold themselves over during long trips. Researchers began to dissect the Hoodia to determine what causes it to act as an appetite suppressant. What they found was the presence of an unknown molecule, which has been named P57. According to one researcher, there are nerve cells that detect glucose sugar in the hypothalamus, the mid-brain.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 31 December 2009 13:43|