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How to make sure you Receive Pure Hoodia
Hoodia is a recently popular herbal weight loss supplement found in health food retailers as well as on the Internet. There are many companies out to scam buyers into buying altered or counterfeit supplement products. Many companies one after another that their Hoodia is the best and their competitor has a product that is useless. There is such a wide range of companies that are from one end of the spectrum to the other, anywhere from legitimate nutritional supplement suppliers to scam artists and everywhere in between. So does does one get a hold of the real product?
There are a few major things to keep in mind when purchasing Hoodia.
1.) The Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) put in place certain controls so that Hoodia must be grown or collected with a permit. Some companies have gone so far as to use fraudulent or stolen CITES certificates. Check to see if the product in question can provide a CITES certificate, if not then it may not be true Hoodia Gordonii.
2.) Check for independent laboratory testing on the Hoodia. Only Hoodia Gordonii contains the active ingredient needed to provide weight loss help, other strains of Hoodia do not. Independent lab testing provides a third party to verify the active ingredient is actually in the product sold to consumers. Look for an image or images to confirm it is pure Hoodia Gordonii. One product selling online currently offers a link to view its certificate of authenticity, at first it seems to be a real document, but when one takes a closer look, the ingredient tested is the Latin name for the prickly pear cactus, rather than the Hoodia plant that is advertised on the product and in the product name. Also a problem, is sometimes a company provides a certificate that company may have given a pure sample for testing yet used fake or altered Hoodia for production. Another issue is brought to light by ConsumerLab.com, mentions there are no proven and set tests for judging the quality of Hoodia products at this time and ConsumerLab.com chooses therefore not to test Hoodia products.
3.) Consider the product itself. If it seems really cheap compared to some other products, the odds are pretty good it will not be the real thing. Because the Hoodia Gordonii plant is an endangered species, it takes a relatively long time to grow and harvest and needs licensing and permits, this all makes Hoodia a rather expensive product. Also, look at the ingredient list, many products add other ingredients to make the Hoodia less concentrated, sometimes so much so that it renders the Hoodia virtually ineffective. All the while the front of the container claims to be Hoodia, the consumer may be getting Hoodia plus green tea, fillers, other herbs, additives or even the wrong Hoodia plant. Looking at the dosage amount of the Hoodia contained in a product may give it away also. If a product promises 1000mg or more of Hoodia, chances are it isn't the real deal. Since it recommended to take more than 800 in a day, the product must be weakened in some way or it is not the true Hoodia Gordonii.