Hoodia is one of many herbal medicines that claim to help with weight loss (see Weight Loss Pills). Currently, the active ingredient in it is believed to be a compound known as p57. It has been speculated that p57 works in the brain to give people a sense of being full. This helps to suppress the appetite.
There is a lack of scientific evidence to support a conclusion that hoodia is effective for weight loss. No adequate research studies have been performed and published using this supplement for weight loss. Phytopharm claims to have conducted a study that shows hoodia to be effective, but this study has never been published.
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Currently, there is no established safe and effective hoodia dose. More research is necessary in order to determine an appropriate dose.
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Because hoodia has not been adequately studied, it is not known if may cause bothersome or serious side effects.
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Hoodia has not been studied in combination with other medications. Therefore, it is impossible to predict how it will interact with other medications or supplements (see Hoodia Interactions).