Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
In this section we will be posting frequently asked
questions and answers regarding hoodia. If a relevant
answer can be found in one of our articles, we will
point you to the correct article.
What is Hoodia?
Hoodia is a succulent plant that grows in the Kalahari
Desert in Southern Africa. For thousands of years the
Bushmen have chewed on Hoodia Gordonii (one specific
species of the hoodia plant) to fight off hunger for
days on end. It is this appetite suppressant effect of
hoodia that has made it so popular today.
To learn more - please click here to read our article on
the history of hoodia.
Does Hoodia Gordonii really suppress appetite?
Yes! If you can get pure Kalahari Desert Hoodia Gordonii
you will be amazed at how well it works in suppressing
your appetite. Here is what Leslie Stahl said on CBS
News 60 Minutes...
So how did it work? Stahl says she had no after effects
- no funny taste in her mouth, no queasy stomach, and no
racing heart. She also wasn't hungry all day, even when
she would normally have a pang around mealtime. And, she
also had no desire to eat or drink the entire day. "I'd
have to say it did work," says Stahl.
- Leslie Stahl reporting on CBS News 60 Minutes
To learn more about how Hoodia works - please click here
to read our article on the science of Hoodia.
How much weight will I lose if I use Hoodia?
That really depends on your diet and exercise. Hoodia is
an amazing weapon to cut hunger and cravings, of course
we all still need to eat. What you decide to eat for
your meals and how much you exercise will determine how
much weight you lose.
For most people, it is those late night snacks and in
between meal cravings that are the hardest to deal with.
Hoodia will help reduce the desire to snack, since you
trick your brain into thinking you are full. Therefore,
if you have healthy meals and exercise, you should see
significant weight loss - all without side effects!
How long before I see results?
If you using a quality hoodia supplement (like Hoodia
Hoodia) you should see results within 14 days. While
some people will notice appetite suppression within the
first few days of using hoodia, for other people the
body needs more time to build up the active ingredients
in hoodia. For this reason, you should stick with taking
a hoodia supplement as directed for at least 14 days
before judging its effectiveness.
It is also important to drink 8 ounces of water when
taking hoodia capsules, this helps the hoodia get fully
absorbed into your body.
Is there anyone who should not use Hoodia?
While hoodia is considered very safe and side effect
free, we do not feel that women who are pregnant or
nursing should use hoodia supplements. In addition, if
you have high blood pressure, you may want to check with
your Doctor before using a hoodia supplement. It makes
sense to always check with your doctor before starting
any new supplements program.
I have heard you should only buy Hoodia from South
Africa - is this true?
South Africa the country or South Africa the southern
region of Africa? I know this sounds like splitting
hairs, but let us explain. The Bushmen of the Kalahari
Desert have used hoodia gordonii for thousands of years
to suppress appetite. So, you want to get hoodia from
the Kalahari Desert. Quick geography lesson - the
Kalahari Desert is in southern Africa and covers over
100,000 sq mi. Numerous countries have land in the
Kalahari Desert including: South Africa, Botswana,
Zimbabwe and Namibia.
The Bushmen primarily live and travel across South
Africa and Botswana. So, the hoodia that the Bushmen use
is not only found in the country of South Africa, but
also in the country of Botswana - located in southern
Africa. You can get very good hoodia gordonii from the
Botswana section of the Kalahari Desert, which is not
South Africa (the country) hoodia. For this reason we
think it is more accurate to say "You should only get
Hoodia Gordonii from the Kalahari Desert".
When does 400mg of Hoodia really equal 240mg of Hoodia?
When the Hoodia supplement you are taking uses the WHOLE
Hoodia plant. Only the core of the Hoodia plant has the
components to produce an appetite suppressant effect.
The Bushmen always cut off the flowers, root and skin
(which make up 40% of the weight of the Hoodia plant)
before eating the Hoodia plant. So, if your Hoodia
supplement uses "the whole hoodia plant" - 40% of what
you are getting is worthless. This means that their
400mg capsule of Hoodia only contains 240mg of hoodia
core - the part of the plant that suppresses appetite.
You can read more about this trick in our article - "How
to make a worthless Hoodia Supplement!"
How can I tell if the Hoodia supplement I have is
Read through our website! Seriously, the primary reason
for creating this web site was to educate people on
hoodia and how to intelligently purchase hoodia. We are
not going to lie to you - it is a confusing industry
since everyone swears they have the best product in the
Please read our articles - How to make a worthless
Hoodia Supplement! and How to make the most effective
Hoodia Supplement to learn more about the Hoodia
What is the deal with 20:1 Hoodia Extracts?
You will see a number of Hoodia supplements that claim
to use a 20:1 Hoodia extract. They make the claim that
"taking one of our 200mg capsules is the equivalent of
eating 4 grams of the Hoodia plant". We find the Hoodia
Extract claims both misleading and potentially in
violation of various patent laws.
As we stated in our History of Hoodia article,
Phytopharm owns a patent on the "process to extract the
hoodia plant". Phytopharm uses about 20 lbs of raw
hoodia gordonii plant to produce 1 lb of hoodia for
weight loss applications. This is where the "20:1
extract" terminology comes from. Again, we are not
lawyers, but we believe if you say you use a 20:1
extract of the hoodia gordonii plant to produce an
appetite suppressant, you are violating Phytopharm's
patent on the process to extract hoodia and the use of
hoodia as an appetite suppressant. While Phytopharm has
not been actively enforcing its patent, we feel the
lawsuits will come shortly against companies claiming a
We find the 20:1 Extract claim misleading in that
technically it is not an extract - it is just a
concentrate. Companies are not extracting a certain
portion of the hoodia plant that is 20 times as powerful
as the rest of the plant. It is simply what they call a
"wet versus dry number." If you take 20 pounds of raw
hoodia (wet) and dry it, turn it into chips and process
it into to powder (dry) you only end up with 1 pound. To
be accurate, this should be a called a 20:1 concentrate,
not an extraction.
What about all the cheaper Hoodia supplements on the
We know that on paper, there are Hoodia supplements that
look like a better deal than the Hoodia Hoodia. We
contacted most of these "cheaper pure hoodia" companies
and were not impressed by what we heard. We got
deceptive answers to some of our questions and just
plain lies to others.
In the end, we were able to determine what raw Hoodia
Gordonii from the Kalahari desert costs per kilogram.
Once we had this number, we did the math to see if the
Hoodia Hoodia was fairly priced. What we found was, not
only is Hoodia Hoodia the Gold Standard of Hoodia, it is
also very competitively priced. The company is looking
to make money on volume, therefore, there is very little
markup on each bottle of hoodia.
Interestingly, some other companies are claiming to sell
Hoodia supplements for 50% less than what it costs to
buy the raw Hoodia from South Africa. This leads us to
believe they are using hoodia from China or Mexico
(which costs 400% less than South African hoodia), even
though they falsely claim their hoodia is from South
Africa. The problem is the math doesn't work out, so the
old saying holds true - "You get what you pay for".