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Is Your Hoodia Cut With Caffeine?

Aug 17, 2007
Have you ever wondered why so much of the Hoodia that is also blended with Green Tea? Although Green Tea is a healthy free radical fighting antioxidant in itself, it is mainly added to Hoodia formulations to help speed weight loss. Usually the individuals marketing these Hoodia and Green Tea Formulas describe the formula as being synergistic. The truth is that Green Tea is added to these supplements for its diuretic effects and so that more money can be charged for less Hoodia if it is "cut" with Green Tea. The caffiene in the Green Tea also causes a generous initial loss of weight due to water shedding from the tissues. This rapid initial weight loss can lead you to believe that you are experiencing "proof that the Hoodia is working."

However this does not mean that you should avoid hoodia products that have Green Tea in them. Caffeine is added to many products as it facilitates the delivery of many substances to the brain. A good example is Tylenol 3 where caffeine is used to speed the delivery of Tylenol and codeine to the bloodstream to get you out of pain faster. The same can be said of the caffeine that it is used in Hoodia Gordonni and Green Tea weight loss formulas.

The two ingredients you should look for are the green tea with the green tea in a 20:1 ratio to the hoodia. That is what researchers at Phytopharm and other companies have found to be the most effective green tea to hoodia formula for weight loss. Unfortunately green tea is added to weight loss formulas to disguise low quality hoodia or to enable the manufacturer to put less hoodia in the product and lower the overall cost of it. Usually the cheaper the hoodia is, the more it is cut with Green Tea and other ingredients.

Caffeine is not a villain, It is found in more than sixty leaves, seeds and plants including tea leaves, the kola nut, cacao seed and of course the coffee bean. The effects of caffeine on the body include heart and central nervous system stimulation and muscle relaxation. Caffeine also acts as a diuretic (increasing urine production) and increases the secretion of gastric acid in the stomach.

Unfortunately when you go shopping for hoodia, you will notice that it is often combined with other ingredients besides Green Tea or caffeine, even banned herbs such as ephedra (also known as Ma Huang). Absolutely avoid these formulas as you could give yourself cardiac arrest or experience rapid heart beat and keep awake at night..

The fact that buying real hoodia is expensive and you do get what you pay for. It takes six years to grow hoodia from seed to the mature plants and there are very few commercial hoodia farms in the world. This six-year gap between supplier and buyer is what makes pure Hoodia so expensive. The point is that if you are going to spend a lot of money on high quality hoodia then make sure you are getting it in the recommended 20:1 ratio mix with Green Tea or you are wasting your money.
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