In the one small study, overweight women who took hoodia for 15 days didn’t lose more weight than those who took a placebo.

Side Effects Of Hoodia

Little is known about the safety. However, the one completed study in people raises concerns. In that study, participants taking it had more side effects than those taking placebos, including nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and odd skin sensations. Of concern, hoodia significantly affected some clinical and safety parameters, such as blood pressure, bilirubin, and electrocardiogram (heart function) measures.

Little is known about whether it’s safe to use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.

Whether it interacts with medicines or other supplements is not known. 


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All information on hoodia has been provided courtesy of MedLinePlus from the National Library of Medicine and from the FDA.