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August 2013 Issue

Are Hoodia and Enhanced Waters Worth Trying?

The jury’s still out. According to South African aborigines, hoodia (Hoodia gordonii), a flowering succulent that grows in the Kalahari Desert in South Africa, reduces hunger during long hunts, as well as treats conditions like indigestion and high blood pressure. Yet, folklore aside, there is no reliable scientific evidence supporting hoodia as a health tonic or weight loss supplement. A review of evidence-based literature through 2010 found no published randomized controlled trials examining hoodia’s efficacy in weight loss.

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