Hoodia Gordonii Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Hoodia gordonii weight loss pill safe?

All the pure hoodia gordonii weight loss pills only contain natural and organic ingredients. They don’t contain stimulants such as caffeine and ephedra and they are suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Hoodia has been classified as a food rather than a drug in South Africa, which show just how safe it really is.

How does it work?

The Hoodia gordonii plant contains an active ingredient that fools your brain into believing that you have had enough to eat. All you need to do is take your pill 20-30 minutes before your meal. Everyone is different and the effects of the diet pill may take up to 14 days to work.

Pfizer, a large pharmaceutical company, who also developed Viagra, has invested approximately $21 million for the right to develop the active ingredient, P57 which mimics the effects that glucose (ten thousand times as active as glucose) has on the brain. This mimicking effect of the active ingredient in Hoodia is what fools the brain into believing that it is full and no more food is required.

How fast will I lose weight ?

Studies done in Leicester, England have shown that people using the Hoodia gordonii diet pill reduce their calorie intake by up to 1000 calories a day and when you put that into pounds lost it may equate up to 4-6 pounds a week.

Are you sure the Hoodia in your diet pill is pure?

Hoodia gordonii is one of many species in the Hoodia genus and it takes a trained botanist or San collector to be able to distinguish species without looking at the flower. Without the flower, it is difficult to distinguish from other species and unscrupulous collectors will not wait for their flowering period.

It is a CITES (Convention of Illicit Trade of Endangered Species) protected succulent which means that the collecting of Hoodia in the wild is illegal without a permit (which is very difficult to obtain from the South African government).

Approved diet pills will carry the CITES export permit from a government approved grower in South Africa.

How was the Hoodia cactus secret discovered?

The active ingredient, P57, was not discovered by accident. In 1996 the CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) was doing research on the food that the local “Bushmen” or San ate.

The CSIR was amazed when they analyzed Hoodia gordonii, the animals they where testing it on did not die or have any side effect except weight loss. It was concluded that the succulent was non-toxic and a natural appetite suppressant. By 1997 the CSIR had isolated the bioactive compound in Hoodia that had the appetite suppressing properties. They obtained a patent and licensed P57, named P57 because it was the 57th product the CSIR had spent funds on, to Phytopharm.