Anyone who is seriously considering a new diet pill or alternative weight loss product should for good practice become fully informed about its short and long-term side effects and in combination with other drugs. Most weight-conscious people today are aware of hoodia gordonii and its incredible appetite suppressing ability. But unfortunately, most people are not fully aware of hoodia’s potential long-term side effects.

The Good News

The good news about hoodia gordonii is that so far it has demonstrated no short-term harmful side effects. There have been no reports of dangerous side effects from consumers in the West who have taken hoodia. Volunteers who have participated in small group formal testing on hoodia have proven that pure hoodia when taken regularly at an optimal dosage–between 750 mg and 1500 mg–was eventually eating 1,000 calories less daily in comparison to the control group. In addition, in animal experiments, hoodia has been able to reduce food consumption by as much as 40 percent.

The Bad News

Since it’s yet too early in hoodia gordonii’s overall history in relation to modern consumers, no studies have yet been conducted for evaluating its possible side effects on a long-term basis. Until clinical trials are administered on a reasonably large and random group of varying racial makeup, we would not know for the time being what potential side effects hoodia gordonii may have on pregnant mothers, on young obese children, or anyone with chronic conditions like liver, kidney, or heart disease.

Another point to bear in mind is that so far the only harmful side effects of taking hoodia are brought about through abuse or misuse. For example, someone who suffers from an eating disorder may find himself or her-self in harm’s way after taking hoodia for several weeks. How? Their health may suffer from a lack of proper nutrients when they do not feel like eating. Appetite suppression can cause unknown damages to your body. So how does one prevent this from occurring? Here’s a simple preventative measure: compliment hoodia with a well-balanced diet and daily exercise.

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