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Hoodia Gordonii- 5 Things You Must Look For Before Buying

May 10, 2008
First, ask yourself- "Does the place I am getting hoodia gordonii from allows ongoing, random, anonymous testing of their hoodia products by an independent lab?" Just as important, are they only getting by with sending in a batch sample with a lot number for testing?

This is Why.

Some vendors will proudly display their lot numbers and results from a very respected lab, but the only way that you can be sure that this is indisputable proof of the product's potency is if the company permits random and ongoing, verifiable testing of the actual products that are sold to the public. This testing must be completely verifiable, and this should be done WITHOUT the vendor's exact awareness of whom, where, and when the products to be tested were purchased. The results of each test should be displayed directly on testing laboratories website.

Question # 2: PURITY- Is there an easy way to see if the product is made ONLY from 100% pure South African Hoodia gordonii-with no fillers or additives?

There is a way that you can determine the purity of the hoodia. On the label, look under the "Supplement Facts" section of the label. Does it declare explicitly that there are no additives? It does this by placing the word "None" in the "Other Ingredients" block. If there is anything else other than "None" in that space, it's not pure hoodia gordonii.

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.

The manufacturers are allowed by the government to use "flow agents" to make the manufacturing process easier.

Using cellulose, silica, magnesium stereate, and other similar ingredients can be avoided easily. However, scammers know that they can simply declare them as "other ingredients", thereby exploiting the big loophole in the law at the consumer's expense.

But with today's new high compression encapsulation machines, it's no longer necessary. to load capsules with fillers-and still call it pure. It may cost more, but it's the right thing to do.

Avoid the common "Bait and Switch" practice in which less than reputable vendors spoon-feed the lab a genuine sample, but then sell the public a counterfeit or watered-down product.

Question # 3: CORRECT SPECIES- Does the product 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?"

You shouldn't buy hoodia gordonii from any company using the "whole plant" or anything that isn't purely the "peeled stems. These products would automatically have atleast 50% less of the hoodia's active ingredients necessary for effective appetite control.

The P57-active part of Hoodia gordonii-the peeled stem, NOT the bark, NOT the flowers, and NOT the root. This (peeled stem) is the part that is effective for 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 that is milled from immature plants can test positve for hoodia, but yet still have very low levels of P-57 which is the ingredient that suppresses the appetite. Also, hoodia loses strength when it's kiln dried or in open sunlight. Also, potency is lost when the hoodia is milled above a certain micron level.
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