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Don’t Get Scammed – 13 Things To Look For When You Buy Hoodia


Hoodia gordonii is very scarce and is in high demand. It seems just about every dieter has heard about it, but most dieters don’t know what it is or how it works. To make matters worse, most dieters make the mistake of believing that all hoodia diet pills are the same. Unfortunately, many companies have taken advantage of this situation by confusing the consumer with bogus claims and selling fake hoodia supplements to line their pockets.

My goal is to educate and empower you so that you don’t get scammed. The following tips will help you easily spot the real deals from the fakes when you buy hoodia.


If you are ready to buy hoodia and don’t want to go through the hassle of screening brands yourself, I recommend any of the brands
listed on the best rated hoodia page.

Both products meet all the criteria outlined below. Otherwise, take notes of the following tips to help you find other brands that meet these criteria.

1. Random Lab Testing
Look for companies that have their products tested randomly by an independent lab. There is no disputing independent lab tests – either the product contains hoodia gordonii or it doesn’t. The best hoodia sellers, if not all of them, use Alkemists Pharmaceuticals to have their products tested because of their thorough testing procedures. You’ll know if a company uses Alkemists by the prominent Alkemists logo. And because Alkemists has such a strong reputation in the industry as being one of the best testing labs, companies that use them will proudly highlight they use Alkemists to have their products tested. Here is a partial example of what a lab test looks like from Alkemists:

Hoodia Lab Test

Click Here for a full view.

2. 100% Hoodia Gordonii
Authentic hoodia gordonii is expensive. In an effort to cut corners and save money, some companies will use fillers and inactive parts of the hoodia plant so that they can get by using less hoodia gordonii. By doing this they can say their product contains authentic hoodia gordonii even though the actual amount may be minimal – and still charge you full price for it. Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible to tell if a product contains fillers or inactive parts of the plant.

This is where independent lab tests are necessary as they will verify if the product contains 100% authentic hoodia gordonii.

3. Each Capsule Contains at Least 400mg of Hoodia Gordonii
Experts say that it can take anywhere between 2,250-3,000mg of hoodia gordonii per day to effectively suppress appetite. Not everyone will need this much, but most people who have had success with hoodia gordonii diet pills took a dosage within this range. Regardless of how much hoodia gordonii it takes for it to be effective for you, it makes sense to take a capsule that contains as much authentic hoodia gordonii as possible to limit the number of capsules required in a given day.

The best hoodia diet pills available will have at least 400mg of hoodia gordonii per capsule. There are some products with as little as 25mg of hoodia gordonii per capsule! Look for hoodia supplements with at least 400mg per capsule. Those that do will be more potent and you won’t have to take as many capsules throughout the day.

4. Look for Other Ingredients on the Label
Some companies will add unnecessary ingredients to their hoodia supplements such as stimulants like caffeine, or other various extracts and ingredients. While some of these ingredients may have some weight loss benefits, you don’t need them for simple appetite suppression. The best word you can see under “other ingredients” is the word “none,” or the ingredients necessary to make the capsule itself such as gelatin, magnesium stearate, and stearic acid.

Other Ingredients Label

5. Origin of the Hoodia Gordonii
The hoodia gordonii plant is primarily found in five countries right now with the vast majority of the hoodia used in supplements today coming from South Africa. The other countries where hoodia gordonii is found are Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and in some parts of the United States. If the hoodia in the diet supplement you are considering comes from any other country, it is probably not authentic.

6. Know Your Hoodia Varieties
Hoodia looks like a cactus plant but it is technically classified as a succulent. There are 13 varieties of it but only the hoodia gordonii variety has the appetite suppressing qualities. If the label doesn’t clearly say “hoodia gordonii,” then there is a chance it contains another variety of hoodia – which is worthless and won’t suppress your appetite.

7. Know How the Supplements are Processed
The part of the hoodia plant that is used in the supplement is just as important as the variety used. Only the aerial stems of the plant contain the active ingredient responsible for suppressing appetite. It’s cheaper to use all parts of the plant such as the leaves, flowers, and roots so many companies will use the entire plant to cut corners. Look for companies that only use the aerial stems of the plant. These are the most potent and most effective.

Most companies that use the aerial stems will make a point that they do and it will also be highlighted on the ingredients label.

8. Look for High Potency Supplements
The more potent a hoodia supplement is, the better results you’ll have. The potency of hoodia supplements is measured by the active levels of P57 in the supplements. This can only be determined through lab testing. The highest potent hoodia supplements will have active levels between .34% – .45%. The least potent supplements will have active levels at .1% or less!

To determine the active levels of P57 in a given hoodia supplement, you need to look for the lab test results on the websites of companies you are considering buying from. They should display the results from a test called High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC). This test reveals the active levels of P57 in the product. Here is a partial example of this test with the active levels of P57 highlighted:

P57 Levels in Hoodia Gordonii

9. Avoid Deals That Seem Too Good to Be True
Hoodia gordonii is scarce. There is a limited supply and a very high demand so the prices of hoodia supplements aren’t cheap. A month’s supply of hoodia diet pills that contain authentic hoodia gordonii will cost anywhere from $30-$60. Be suspicious of any product that is priced “too good to be true.” I’ve seen bottles of hoodia diet pills that supposedly contain authentic hoodia gordonii selling for as little as $10 each – and it wasn’t a sale or promotion. Unless a product is temporarily on sale or priced low because of a promotion, you should buy with extreme caution. These cheap products are very likely fake.

10. Look for C.I.T.E.S. Certificates
Be sure the company has a valid C.I.T.E.S. certificate. This is required to export hoodia gordonii from South Africa. You’ll be able to view these on the websites of companies that sell hoodia supplements. If they are hard to read or have parts of the certificate that are blurred or blacked out, be cautious as there are companies that will put fake certificates on their websites. It goes without saying that if you cannot find a C.I.T.E.S. on the website you should be very leery of the product.

Here is a partial example of what a real C.I.T.E.S. certificate looks like:

CITES Certificate

Click Here for a full view of the certificate. You’ll notice how clear and easy it is to read. There are no blurred or blacked out sections. If you’d like to learn more about the CITES, read my article about CITES and its role in the hoodia trade.

11. Look for C.I.T.E.S. Certificates for U.S. Companies That Ship Overseas
On March 16, 2006, the US Dept. of Wildlife sent all hoodia sellers a letter stating that they must also obtain C.I.T.E.S. certificates to export out of the U.S. because hoodia is an endangered plant. If a hoodia company is based in the U.S. and ships their products overseas, check to see if they have a C.I.T.E.S. certificate to do so. If they don’t, they’re violating these regulations or they’re not using authentic hoodia gordonii in their products.

12. Look for Product Labels That Specify the Part of the Plant Used
In 2006, the FDA required all hoodia sellers to specify on their labels the part of the hoodia gordonii plant that was used in their products. If you don’t see that on the product label, they are violating this regulation or they don’t use authentic hoodia gordonii.

Product Label

13. Be Leery of Consumer Advocacy Websites
Be on the lookout for those so-called hoodia expert sites or consumer advocacy websites as most are really hoodia sellers in disguise. These websites will proclaim to have hoodia experts on their staff who have done extensive research. These “experts” conveniently find that the very products they are selling are the most effective. More often than not, these websites are nothing more than sales websites created by companies who are selling hoodia products.

With these tips handy, you will be able to buy hoodia knowing you are getting the real deal!


If you are ready to buy hoodia and don’t want to go through the hassle of screening brands yourself, I recommend any of the brands
listed on the best rated hoodia page.

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