Hoodia Gordonii has been upstaged lately by the Acai Berry diets. But how do they compare, which one will work the best for you, and how do you know which one to choose?
Hoodia Gordonii has helped a lot of people to lose weight, but there have been no clinical studies that prove it does what it is said to do. In a test on rats, the ones treated with Hoodia gordonii p57 (the appetite suppressant component of Hoodia) did eat less than the rats treated with a placebo, but that is not to say that the same could be true in humans.
The manufacturer of Hoodia refers to a clinical trial with eighteen human volunteers, where Hoodia was consumed and reduced food intake by about 1000 calories a day as compared to the placebo group. But the findings were never published anywhere or subjected to any scientific review process, so the study is not deemed to be official or recognized.
Hoodia has not shown any documented side effects, although it is not known whether people who use it for a prolonged period of time will show symptoms months or years down the road.
Acai Berry is a high-energy berry from a palm tree that grows in the Amazon. Studies show that this berry is a powerful and nutritious food. It tastes like chocolate and berries, and it is full of essential fatty acids, amino acids and antioxidants. Acai is supposed to be useful in detoxing the body, and in maintaining a proper pH level.
Other Acai benefits include a high level of antioxidants that can help stave off premature aging. Acai has ten times more antioxidants than the red grape. The antioxidant effects may include fighting bacterial infections, diabetes and cancer, and to help promote digestive and cardiovascular health.
On the negative side of Acai, it is exotic and is sometimes expensive. There are also many products that tout themselves as having Acai berry in them, when they don’t. Make sure if you buy Acai berry that it is pure, with as few extra ingredients as you can find.
The side effects with Acai are not well-documented, as it seems there are not many at all. If you are allergic to pollen, you are advised to consult with your doctor before you take Acai berries. The only other side effect noted has been a loss of appetite, but with a diet supplement, that’s more of a plus than a minus.
The best thing to do, if you want to try either Hoodia or Acai Berries, is to make sure that what you are getting is pure. Buy from reputable dealers, not from someone online with home-made labels on plastic bottles.