The Facts About Hoodia Diet Pills

November 12, 2012

The Facts About Hoodia Diet Pills

Hoodia plants can found in the semi-deserts of such places as Namibia, South Africa and Botswana. Its Latin name is Hoodia gordonii and has some cactus-like features.

In recent years hoodia pills have become extremely popular after being marketed as great for weight loss. The pill arrived at just the right time, filling a whole in the market left by the herb ephedra, which was banned. The history of hoodia and what seems to make it so desired is the story that the head of the plant was originally cut off and eaten by San Bushmen of the Kalahari desert who relied on the plant during lengthy hunting trips to keep away hunger and thirst.

The plant that is often mistaken for a cactus grows in groups of tall stems and it is the bitter-tasting flower, which is the edible part after cutting away the stem. It usually takes around 5 years for the purple flower to first appear. Although there are approximately 13 types of hoodia, the required active ingredient, a steroid glycoside is currently only known to be contained within hoodia gordonii.

The study into the plant began in 1963 in South Africa where they discovered that animals that were fed the flower lost weight. After $20 million spend on researching hoodia and acquiring a patent, scientists were able to identify the active ingredient. Hoodia gordonii is now available in health food stores and online in capsule, powder, liquid or tea form.

As there have never been any studies published on the effects of hoodia on humans nobody can verify the effects or any possible side affects that that could occur as a result of taking this pill. It is marketed as being safe because the San Bushmen were using it for hundreds of years. However, we cannot reflect this in modern day western lifestyles because of our use of other medicines, which could interfere with unknown results. Scientists can’t even fully explain how it works as not enough research has been done into human consumption. Lab tests on animals are not a reliable representation of how the drug works on humans.

It has been estimated that around 80% of hoodia products available are counterfeit and missing the active ingredient. Be carful when sourcing this product and don’t believe everything you hear or read. The only way to know if it is a true hoodia product is to have it tested in an independent laboratory. There are so many fake products out there, particularly being advertised on the Internet because supply of the plant is so scarce. It takes over 4 years in extremely hot temperatures for the plant to mature and it is now under restrictions so that picking the flower does not threaten its survival. A license is required but companies often show fake licenses as well as fake certificates of guarantee. One scam that these companies often do is to send a real hoodia pill to the lab to be tested so that they will receive a certificate of guarantee but then switch to another counterfeit batch during the production run.

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