Hoodia Gordonii diet pills were a big hit in the early 2000s. The attraction to these pills fell off a cliff when the Food and Drug Administration released a report stating that many forms of commercial Hoodia pills were actually pills using fake Hoodia Gordonii. As you can imagine, Hoodia immediately lost it’s cache as a credible diet pill.
Hoodia Gordonii is a succulent plant and is a member of the cactus family. This plant is native to the huge plains of the Kalahari Desert in the southernmost aspect of Africa. Over time, people began to take notice that the nomadic peoples in this area ate the stem of the Hoodia plant to limit their hunger during long hunting and gathering trips from home. The people of the Kalahari call Hoodia by the African name ‘Xhoba’.