Hoodia is a succulent (cactus like) plant found in desert regions of South Africa (Namibia, Angola and Botswana).
For thousands of years, the San Bushmen of the Kalahari desert have used Hoodia Gordonii to counter hunger and thirst, when they were deprived of food on long hunting expeditions in the desert. In the 1930's a Dutch anthropologist discovered the use of Hoodia Gordonii by the San Bushmen.
The genus is named for a Mr. Hood who was a succulent plant grower in England in 1830’and named the hoodia plant.
There are about 20 species in the genus Hoodia. Molecules in Hoodia Gordonii mimic the effects of glucose on nerve cells in the hypothalamus of the brain. Hoodia is a genus into the tribu Stapeliae, into the subfamily (but most ot time refered as family) Asclepiadaceae, into the family Apocynaceae.
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