Can Hoodia Diet Pills make you lose weight?
   Neil H. Metzger

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Hoodia Reference Guide & Buyers' Checklist


If you're still scouring the Internet for help, chances are you're frustrated and fed up — wondering which of the hundreds of Hoodia products you can turn to for real help. Today, there are countless websites posing as "Independent Hoodia Ranking Sites." You may have already seen them. Usually they say something like "Independent Hoodia Report" or "Hoodia Product Rankings & Product Comparisons". What many of them don't tell you is that their "independent" research site is owned by a hoodia supplier. Now there's nothing illegal about this as far as I can tell, and I'm not saying anything about the quality of the products. I just think it's something you should know. So before you buy any brand of Hoodia, from anyone, you'll want to ask these questions: Question # 1: "Am I sure the vendor I'm buying from allows ongoing, random, anonymous testing of their Hoodia diet pills by an independent lab such as Alkemists Pharmaceuticals?" And just as important, "Are they doing more than just sending in a batch sample with a lot number to be tested." Vendors proudly publish their lot numbers and results from this highly respected lab, but the only way to be sure that this constitutes indisputable proof of the product's potency is if the company allows ongoing, random, verifiable testing of the actual products sold. The testing must be fully confirmable, and performed WITHOUT the vendor's precise knowledge of when, where, or by whom the products to be tested are purchased, with the results from each test displayed directly from Alkemist Pharmaceutical's website. Question # 2: PURITY- "Is there an easy way to see if the product is made ONLY from 100% pure South African Hoodia gordonii — without fillers and additives?" There is. To determine this, look under the diet Supplement Facts section of the label. Does it explicitly declare the absence of additives by displaying the word "None" in the "Other Ingredients" block? If it says anything other than "None," it isn't pure Hoodia gordonii! Before you buy we suggest you examine the Hoodia products labeled as "Pure." How Can Hoodia sellers get away with calling their Products "Pure?" The "Other Ingredients" (O.I.) Label Trick. Unless a manufacturer explicitly declares "Other ingredients" as "None," it can list any fillers and additives as "Other ingredients" and legally declare the product's full gross weight as being Hoodia gordonii This is called the O.I. (Other Ingredients) label trick. You see, the government allows the diet supplement industry to use certain "flow agents" to help simplify the manufacturing process. The use of silica, cellulose, magnesium stereate, etc. can be easily avoided. However, scammers know that simply by declaring them on their labels as "Other Ingredients," they can exploit a gaping loophole in the law at the customer's expense. Therefore, they continue to do so. LOOK FOR THE WORD "NONE": Unless you see the word "None" under "Other ingredients," a manufacturer can legally state that their product contains 750 mg Hoodia gordonii when it may actually contain only 10 percent (75 mg.) of Hoodia gordonii and 90 percent (675 mg.) of other listed ingredients! There is another reason to, avoid any brand of Hoodia capsule padded with fillers or additives. Not only are additives (such as magnesium stearate, silica, cellulose, sawdust, stearic acid, etc.) unnecessary, some can even damage your health. Some fraudsters have been caught filling their capsules with common flax seed powder material. Question # 3: CORRECT SPECIES- "Does the weight diet pill claim to be Hoodia gordonii of South African origin or just Hoodia?" Of the more than 20 varieties of Hoodia known, only the gordonii species from South Africa has been proven to reduce caloric intake in humans. So-called "Chinese" Hoodia, for example, is fake. Question # 4. ACTIVE PART- "Is the Hoodia I buy made from the biologically active part of the Hoodia gordonii Succulent. Does the vendor use only the peeled stem of the Hoodia gordonii plant?" For appetite suppression, the San people and their ancestors have always eaten only the peeled stem-never the "whole plant." The San people know that the appetite suppressant is concentrated only in the peeled stem. This is because the P57 molecules are found mainly in the peeled stem. Although they make use of several species of Hoodia, they rely only on the gordonii species to suppresses appetite. Never buy Hoodia gordonii from companies using the "whole plant" or anything other than the peeled stems; such a product would automatically contain at least 50% less of Hoodia gordonii's active constituents necessary for effective appetite suppression. Question # 5: POTENCY - Am I sure the Hoodia I buy is of the highest potency possible. Does the company or its farmers patiently cultivate the Hoodia succulents for at least 3-1/2 years before harvesting the stems? Hoodia milled from immature plants may test "positive" for Hoodia gordonii but lack sufficient P57 to suppress the appetite. Additionally, Hoodia loses its strength when exposed or dried in open sunlight or in kilns above a certain temperature; or when milled above certain microns. Avoid companies that harvest the Hoodia gordonii succulents too early. This indicates they're more interested in your money than your achievements. Buy only from a company that patiently waits until at least 3-1/2 years have passed before harvesting the plant's mature succulent stems. Question # 6. PRICING-"Does the price make sense?" At $300-$400 per kilogram, hoodia products being sold cheaply are not the real thing. Trust your instincts: According to, Alkemists Pharmaceuticals estimates that at LEAST 80% of Hoodia sold today is "either adulterated or counterfeit." Genuine Hoodia gordonii is increasingly scarce. Question # 7. Can the Hoodia be delivered orally or sublingually (under the tongue) so that it can make its way through the blood stream and into the brain. The reason is simple, to effectively suppress your appetite, Hoodia gordonii must be either injected directly into your brain or consumed orally. Scams for "free" Hoodia patches aside, any patch that could induce Hoodia's large P57 molecule (an oxypregnane steroidal glycoside) to pass through the skin would require a prescription and likely carry some side effects. The British biotech company holding the patent on "P57AS3," might release such a patch some day, but current transdermal delivery methods would make each such patch extremely expensive. Therefore, buy only orally available Hoodia gordonii. Any alleged Hoodia gordonii patches and suppositories are a waste of your money and worthless for weight loss or weight control. Question # 8. C.I.T.E.S. CERTIFICATES-"Does the vendor who supplies my Hoodia provide a genuine, verifiable C.I.T.E.S. certificate having a unique permit number." A valid C.I.T.E.S. certificate is required to legally export Hoodia gordonii from South Africa. Before buying Hoodia, carefully examine the C.I.T.E.S. certificate. Legitimate vendors sometimes obscure the exporter's name as a legitimate trade secret, but if the importing vendor's name and/or permit number is obscured, the C.I.T.E.S. certificate is likely fraudulent and that vendor should be avoided. Question # 9. U.S.D.A. IMPORT PERMIT- Does the company hold and display a current valid U.S.D.A. import permit. Avoid buying Hoodia gordonii from any company lacking a current U.S.D.A. import permit with its company name and unique permit number clearly visible. Stay far away from vendors who blur or shrink such documentation and tests beyond readability. In fact, make certain you can fully expand and magnify all information for close scrutiny. Question # 10. SCAMMERS POSING AS CONSUMER ADVOCATES- "Is the product I intend to buy recommended by anyone other than a Doctor or Journalist?" If not, think twice, then think again. Self-styled "Hoodia Researchers" with web sites displaying images of people peeking into slides and microscopes, often have a hidden agenda. The same is true of the growing number of self-styled "Hoodia Guides" claiming to recommend Hoodia based on their own personal "trials and experience". Without exception, these web sites have been secretly created by unscrupulous vendors and their sales affiliates to "pre-sell" you. They " rank" the products with the highest payout at the top, with the sole purpose of boosting their earnings and commissions at your expense. Finding an honest Hoodia vendor can seem tougher than separating bona fide South African diamonds from synthetics. If you follow the list above, you will avoid fraudulent Hoodia and will quickly understand why the experts consider PURE Hoodia gordonii diet pills and hoodia liquid as dear as genuine South African diamonds. Sincerely, Neil P.S. If you've got enough information and want to see the amazing properties of Hoodia gordonii for yourself, here are the only Hoodia diet pills I recommend. If you want to learn more, keep reading! Next: How Hoodia Works.