Hoodia as an appetite suppressant is a tricky thing. It seems legit, because after all the African bushmen have to go on long journeys and they consume it, so it must work, and they are so skinny! It couldn’t possibly be because they are starving on a regular basis, that would just defy logic right. Anyway, if you look at hoodia as an appetite suppressant, you would expect to see clinical studies.
There was actually a lab conducting studies on hoodia, they were trying to create a patented form. Usually, the ingredient has to have valid clinical studies backing up its weight loss results first. But they apparently decided they knew better than scientists before them. They were never able to successfully create a patented version that they could prove would suppress appetite before they were shut down for lack of funding, and this was before the whole hype about hoodia. Yet, despite the fact that they don’t produce anything anymore, there are people claiming to use a patented form that doesn’t exist.
Just so you know, there have never been any successful clinical studies on hoodia as an appetite suppressant in any form. Likewise, the South African government actually banned anybody from exporting hoodia from South Africa. So of course, you can’t actually get a permit with a ban on exportation. All this considered, I would say they’re probably skinny because they are starving, and most likely, the reality is that they don’t feel as hungry because they’re not used to eating on a regular basis like most of us.