The dietary supplement, Hoodia has many East Texas stores restocking their shelves. Like any new diet pill to hit the market, people are concerned about its safety. Hoodia, also known as Hoodia Gordonii, is flying off the store shelves in East Texas. Grace Ram, Owner of Whole Health in Tyler says, "In the last several weeks we have seen people come in and buy more than one at a time. Recently a big interest in this herb, it seems to be functioning as an appetite suppressant because it makes you feel full."
So how does it work? Ram says, "People have noticed that they have the satisfied feeling of being full and it seems to be working like a charm for many people here in East Texas."
The dietary supplement may help you lose weight, but before it hit the market, many people did not know what it was. Hoodia is a similar to a cactus that grows in South Africa. It has been used for centuries to help curb hunger pains. Like most dietary supplements, the FDA has not approved this new appetite suppressant and people thinking about taking any type of supplement should be aware of their side effects. Regina Dick, Clinical Dietitian with UT Health Center at Tyler says, "As far as the safety factors, on the few studies that have been done, there seems to be very little side effects. I would tell you that if you are wanting to try it for weight loss, consider if you have problems with blood pressure or blood sugar because those are things where you can get into more in trouble or if you take a lot of medication." Regina also recommends to always consult with your doctor before taking any appetite-suppressing supplement. She also says watching your calorie intake and increase physical activity, will help you to reach your long term weight goal.
Hoodia is taken an hour before you eat, and is supposed to give you a full feeling, meaning you eating less at one sitting.