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A Buyer's Guide to Hoodia Cactus Plant Extract

Jun 25, 2008
By now you have probably heard something about "Hoodia cactus plant extract". The media has publicized it by doing reports on its effects. The BBC, CBS, and "The Today Show" among others have featured stories about this unusual plant extract.

This media attention has made the line of Hoodia Gordonii items rise to the top of today's dietary supplement market.

But before you rush out to the store to stock up on Hoodia, there are some things to keep in mind. Hoodia comes in several varieties, but only Hoodia Gordonii possesses the amazing ability to suppress the appetite.

The effects of Hoodia have been known for centuries by the'Sans Bushmen', a primitive tribe. A study of the native plants that this tribe consumes was conducted by the C.S.I.R. (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) during the mid-1990's.

The purpose of this study was to see that foods they were taking that protected the toxic compounds. They found that Hoodia Gordonii was not only non-toxic, but also helped suppress the appetitive of the animals tested.

The C.S.I.R isolated this active ingredient responsible for the appetite suppression and named it 'P57' or the 'Hoodia cactus extract'. They sold the rights of 'P57' to the British pharmaceutical company, 'Phytopharm'.

So, if they sold the rights of 'P57' to 'Phytopharm', how can there be so many Hoodia products on the market? Basically, this is due to the patent laws. The fact is that only 'Phytopharm' can extract the active molecule called 'P57' from Hoodia Gordonii and use it in their product line. However the whole natural plant, the Hoodia Gordonii plant, cannot be patented. This results in other companies producing supplements made from Hoodia Gordonii and selling them legally.

If you would like to try Hoodia, you should be certain that the product you buy contains only genuine South African Hoodia Gordonii.
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Hoodia supreme is one of the many products that author Philip McDonald writes articles on. Weight loss and exercise tips are covered at length in these articles.
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