Hoodia and Alcohol Interaction

Hoodia and Alcohol

Hoodia generic name Hoodia gordonii is produced from a cactus like succulent plant and has been publicized as a natural appetite suppressant. It has yet to be evaluated by the FDA for safety or effectiveness or purity and all risks or advantages are not yet known. There are also no regulated manufacturing standards for these compounds.

The active ingredient in Hoodia is an appetite suppressing molecule known as P57 and it is thought it acts on the brain in a similar manner to glucose which tricks the brain into thinking you are full when you have not eaten, reduces interest in food and delays the time before hunger sets in.

There are reported instances where herbal and health supplements have been released on the market which were contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Always purchase this drug from a reputable source to minimize the risk of contamination.

There are no known side effects known for the consumption of alcohol while using this supplement.

At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.

If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.

If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.

Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.

Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.

When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.

Do not start until you have advised your physician if you are pregnant, plan to be so or are breast feeding or if you are allergic to any other drugs or substances.

Before starting Hoodia advise your physician if you have diabetes, taking a medicine to control blood sugar level, have heart problems, take any heart medications, have a bleeding or blood clotting disorder, are taking a drug to either increase or decrease the clotting of your blood (aspirin, warfarin or heparin, have anorexia, bulimia or any other eating disorder. There are no known restrictions on food, beverages or physical activities while using the drug.

Side Effects

Hoodia is not a stimulant and has no known side effects and appears to be safe for most people to use.

There presently are no known interactions between this supplement and other drugs although there is ongoing testing.

This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.

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