Hoodia-Advice.Org Announces Quality Litmus Test for All Hoodia Supplements
April 20, 2005 Health News(PRLEAP.COM) Hoodia-Advice.Org Announces litmus test for all Hoodia Supplements
New York, NY – Hoodia Advice, LLC (www.hoodia-advice.org) announced today that it has created an industry wide litmus test for objectively determining the quality of a Hoodia supplement. For the first time, consumers will be able to apply a simple 7 point test to any hoodia supplement to determine the quality of the supplement.
“With the popularity of hoodia as an appetite suppressant growing by leaps and bounds, some shaddy companies have entered the hoodia supplement field” states Dan Nessel of Hoodia-Advice.Org . “You now have a situation where over 100 different Hoodia supplements have flooded the market, each claiming to be the best.”
“After months of reviewing the relevant research on hoodia as an appetite suppressant, we came up with a list of factors that were essential in producing an effective hoodia supplement” states Nessel.
While any company can claim to have the best hoodia, there are certain factors that can be used to objectively determine the voracity of a company’s claims. Hoodia-Advice.Org presents the following test to determine the quality of any Hoodia Supplement on the market:
www.Hoodia-Advice.Org - Quality Test for Hoodia Supplements
1. The Hoodia must be from the Kalahari Desert in South Africa
Simply put, the only hoodia ever shown to have an appetite suppressant effect is hoodia gordonii from the Kalahari Desert in South Africa. This is where the San Bushmen have used hoodia for thousands of years. Companies have started to use Hoodia from Texas, Mexico and China. While this hoodia is cheap, it also has no appetite suppressant effect.
How do you know if the Hoodia is really from the Kalahari Desert? Demand to see an export permit from a licensed grower of hoodia. Hoodia is a protected plant and can only be exported with a permit, this means anyone who claims to be using Kalahari Desert hoodia should have no problem producing an export permit proving their claims.
2. The Hoodia must be the Hoodia Gordonii species
There are over 20 different species of the Hoodia plant. Only Hoodia Gordonii has been shown to have an appetite suppressant effect. For this reason, only buy a hoodia supplement that is made from pure Hoodia Gordonii.
How do you know if the Hoodia is really Hoodia Gordonii? Demand to see a plant botanical lab assay. This is a test where a lab compares a known sample of hoodia gordonii to the hoodia gordonii being tested. If the samples match, the lab will issue a Plant Botanical stating the tested product was true hoodia gordonii. Always ask to see the plant botanical before buying a hoodia supplement.
3. The supplement must be made from the core of the hoodia plant
The San Bushmen do not eat the roots, flowers, peel or spines of the Hoodia plant – why should you? Tests have shown that only the core (or heart) of the Hoodia Gordonii plant contains the active ingredient (P57) shown to reduce appetite. The root, flowers and peel of the Hoodia plant can make up 50% of its weight, so if you buy a hoodia supplement made from the “whole plant” you are only getting 50% of the active ingredients. For this reason, look for a hoodia supplement that is made from only the core or heat of the Hoodia Gordonii plant.
4. Hoodia must be manufactured in a FDA approved lab that exceeds GMP guidelines
Make sure the hoodia you purchase is manufactured in a plant that meets or exceeds FDA and GMP guidelines. If the plant does not meet FDA and GMP guidelines, there is an excellent chance that impurities will enter the capsules.
5. The company must offer a money back guarantee
Pure Hoodia Gordonii made from the heart of hoodia plants in the Kalahari Desert works as an appetite suppressant. For this reason, no supplement company should have a problem offering a 100% money back guarantee. If there is no guarantee, the company may have something to hide. The guarantee should apply to opened and unopened bottles.
6. Compare hoodia supplements on a cost per gram basis
If the hoodia you are evaluating has passed the first five tests, congratulations – you have found a quality hoodia supplement. The next step is to determine the value of the supplement compared to other hoodia supplements. Since everyone uses a different serving size, capsule size and capsule count – we recommend you determine the total hoodia in the bottle, then a cost per gram of hoodia. To do this, multiply the number of capsules by the amount of hoodia per capsule. Make sure you use the hoodia per capsule, some companies set the serving size at 2 capsules and then say “800 mg per serving”.
For example, Hoodia Supreme has 60 capsules and 400 mg per capsule (they state 800 mgs per serving – serving size is 2 capsules). This gives you 24 grams of hoodia in the bottle. This product sells for $39.99, therefore the cost per gram of Hoodia is $1.66
Hoodia Super Slim 400 has 400 mg per capsule and 90 capsules per bottle for a total of 36 grams of hoodia per bottle. The product sells for $38.95, giving you a cost per gram of Hoodia of $1.08.
By doing the above calculations, you will be able to determine the value of a quality Hoodia supplement. The lower the cost per gram, the better the value. Remember, the supplement needs to pass tests 1-5 before you even consider looking at the cost. An ineffective hoodia supplement is never a bargain, no matter how cheap it is.
7. Don’t buy a $1 bill for 85 cents.
If someone offered you a $1 bill for 85 cents – would you buy it? Maybe the bill looks, feels and smell like a real dollar – but there is obviously something fishy if someone can afford to sell $1 for 85 cents. Even if you can’t put your finger on what about the $1 bill looks phony, you pass on the offer because it must be a scam. Well, Hoodia-Advice.Org has found the same applies to Hoodia supplements.
Pure Hoodia Gordonii from the Kalahari Desert is expensive. As a benchmark, we would be very skeptical of any hoodia supplement selling for less than 60 cents per gram of Hoodia Gordonii. Many companies offer discounts if you buy multiple bottles, but we still feel that if you are buying a 36 gram bottle of Hoodia (90 capsules, 400 mg per capsule) for less than $21.60 a bottle, you are probably not getting pure Kalahari Hoodia Gordonii.
www.Hoodia-Advice.Org believes that consumers can find quality hoodia supplements if they apply the above 7 point test. Nessel states, “We sincerely hope that our test will help consumers make informed decisions when purchasing hoodia supplements. We are also calling on all hoodia manufactures to provide answers on their web site and printed material to our 7 point test. If they really have a quality product, they should have no problem answering the Hoodia Quality Test.”
To find out more information about Hoodia Advice, LLC please visit http://www.hoodia-advice.org .
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