Hoodia patch

If a patch can help you quit smoking, why not a patch to help you lose weight too? The makers of the much hyped Hoodia Patch certainly felt that this was a possibility. They have released a patch that promises a slow, steady release of the hoodia gordonii.

The first consideration in buying any weight loss supplement is in the ingredients. So, what is hoodia gordonii? Simply put, hoodia gordonii is a plant found mostly in South Africa. Indigenous peoples of South Africa have been known to use hoodia gordonii to aide in digestion and to suppress their appetites while they are away on a long hunting trip. This is the key to hoodia gordonii’s appeal to the weight loss supplement market.

But let’s go a step further. Often, weight loss supplement manufacturer’s overlook the plant itself and ‘forget’ to mention details that might help a consumer decide whether or not they actually want to ingest it. Hoodia gordonii is said to have flowers. Sounds pretty, right? Well, maybe, but they sure don’t smell sweet. The flowers on the hoodia gordonii plant smell of rotten meat. That in itself might not be enough to dissuade you from using any weight loss supplements containing hoodia gordonii, but consider this–the flowers on the plant are pollinated, for the most part, by flies. Not bees….flies. This means that flies, one of the dirtiest insects known, are all over the hoodia gordonii pollinating and spreading the hoodia seed.

Now that you have some of the basic information about hoodia, let’s move on to the patch itself. The hoodia patch looks a lot like a nicotine patch, but is a pink square. It’s applied to your body where it, supposedly, releases a steady stream of hoodia gordonii to your system all day. One of the first problems with this set up is brought to us by the South African bushmen who eat hoodia gordonii to suppress their appetites. You see, they do not cut the plant and rub it on their arms or legs…they eat it. Since we know the plant smells like rotten meat and is pollinated by flies, don’t you think the bushmen would be rubbing it on themselves instead of eating it if that worked?

The next consideration is always Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. Naturally, the FDA has not weighed in on the effectiveness of the hoodia patch. Additionally, there have been no clinical trials to prove, or disprove the effectiveness of the hoodia patch. Without any clinical trials showing that the hoodia patch is an effective method for the bodily ingestion of hoodia gordonii, it’s difficult to consider spending money on it.

Testimonials that describe how well the patch worked discussed the increased energy the users experienced. There seems to be no evidence that hoodia gordonii increases energy, so it may be that the patch has additional ingredients for this task.

If you decide that you want to throw caution to the wind and try the patch, be sure not to throw caution too far. You should meet with your primary care physician before adding any over the counter diet, weight loss, or appetite suppression supplement to your routine. You should never take for granted that these pills, patches or liquids are safe. Since the Food and Drug Administration hasn’t even reviewed most of them, there is every possibility that these supplements would not only be considered unsafe, but may even be considered deadly. Don’t be a guinea pig—instead, get your primary physician’s input. He or she may give you an even better solution to your weight loss dilemma.

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