Hoodia has been the most popular diet pill ever since Mary Kate Olsen and Nicole Richie were linked with it during their super skinny days. I even dabbled with the old hoodia myself in one of the ‘Melissa Tests It‘ experiments.
The reason it is still the most searched for and most purchased diet pill years later is because surprisingly enough it has been proven to be effective in suppressing appetite.
What is Hoodia Gordonii?
Hoodia Gordonii is a cactus that grows freely in South Africa, that has been used by the bushmen of the Kalahari as a natural appetite suppressant to sustain them during their long hunts for food.
It has only recently come to the attention of the “Western World” and has become a weight loss phenomenon with it’s ability to suppress hunger and allow a person to comfortably decrease their kilojoule intake.
It is now farmed extensively in Southern Africa and has become a major cash crop.
Availability of Hoodia Gordonii Products to Australia
Although Hoodia Gordonii products are freely available in the US, Canada, England and Europe it is currently not as easy to purchase Hoodia Gordonii in Australia.
There are two reasons for this:
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) have not approved any Hoodia products to be sold from within Australia. The weight loss claims for Hoodia are a therapeutic claim, which mean that it needs to go through the TGA approval process which can be quite lengthy and expensive. Therefore anybody claiming to be legally selling a Hoodia Gordonii product from within Australia is making a false claim. There are currently no Hoodia Gordonii products listed with the TGA.
The Department of the Environment, Heritage, Water & The Arts monitors the import of Hoodia products. Why would they do that? The reason is that the Hoodia Gordonii Cactus is a protected species due to it’s popularity and they need to ensure that the Hoodia is sourced from a legal supplier. That supplier must have what is known as a valid CITES certificate (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species). Additionally, the purchaser must have a valid CITES import certificate, obtained from the above Department. A purchaser only wishing to order a small amount of this product may find this requirement prohibitive.
Hoodia Gordonii Supplier in Australia Information
Hoodia in The Media
Hoodia Gordonii has become very widely known due to it’s appearance in the media on such shows as Oprah, Barbara Walters and other mainstream American media.
“Each year, people spend more than $40 billion on products designed to help them slim down. None of them seem to be working very well. Now along comes Hoodia. Never heard of it? Soon it’ll be tripping off your tongue, because Hoodia is a natural substance that literally takes your appetite away.”(Read the whole story).
NBC Today Show
“It’s the look everyone wants — a body to diet for. They’re on the beaches, in magazines and all over Hollywood. How far will we go to get one? How about thousands of miles and deep into a distant culture? South Africa’s Kalahari Desert is home to what could be the answer to an appetite. (Read the whole story).
It’s a cactus called Hoodia. ‘You strip off the skin, you strip off the spines, and then you consume it,’ says weight loss expert Madelyn Fernstrom.” (Read the whole story)
“Africa’s Bushmen May Get Rich From Diet-Drug Secret… The drug named P57 is based on a substance scientists found in the desert plant Hoodia gordinii. The San call the cactus !khoba and have been chewing on it for thousands of years to stave off hunger and thirst during long hunting trips in their parched Kalahari desert home.. A deal has been signed between the South African San Council and the country’s Scientific and Industrial Research Council (CSIR), which identified the appetite-suppressing ingredient in Hoodia during research into indigenous plants in 1996…” (Read the whole story)
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