Hoodia gordonii is entirely natural -- it is not a drug, and has no stimulant properties. There is interest, however, from various pharmaceutical companies, including the company Phytopharm, who are trying to synthesize the appetite-suppressing component, P57, in order to create a patentable drug in the future.
Similarly, you may ask, what are the side effects of hoodia?
In a clinical trial, it turns out that Hoodia extract had no impact on appetite or food intake, but did have a lot of side effects, like vomiting, weird skin sensations and elevated blood pressure and heart rate.
Is capsaicin good for weight loss?
Capsaicin, the compound in chili peppers that makes them spicy, is said to support weight loss. Proponents claim that this natural substance can help speed up metabolism and reduce fat tissue, as well as curb overeating by taming your appetite.
What is hoodia?
It was noticed that the nomadic Bushmen, (who call it Xhoba) ate the stem of the Hoodia plant to stave off hunger during long hunting trips in the sparsely vegetated area. The active ingredient in Hoodia is the appetite-suppressing molecule, P57, or oxypregnane steroidal glycoside P57AS3.