Hoodia gordonii


Hoodia Gordonii is a genus of desert plants containing 13 species. One species, Hoodia Gordonii, is marketed in the United States as a weight-loss supplement. In this entry, Gordonii refers only to Hoodia Gordonii. We would get into Hoodia’s side effects further down the page.

Hoodia Gordonii suppresses the appetite so that individuals eat less and lose weight. It’s hard to find a plant that has weight loss alkaloids that are as powerful as Hoodia. Continue reading because Hoodia’s strength is far beyond imagination.

H. Gordonii grows wild in the very dry Kalahari and Namib Deserts of South Africa, Botswana, and Namibia. For many years, the San Bushmen who live in this region have eaten Gordonii to dull their appetite on long trips through the desert. H. Gordonii is an endangered species. It is protected by both international and national laws in the countries where it grows wild. An exclusive license is required to harvest the plant from the wild and export it.

One more benefit: Since there aren’t any Hoodia side effects. Unlike other diet supplements that can cause rapid heartbeat, dizziness, and sleeplessness, and with most other brands, you have to stay away from caffeine products, not with Gordonii. Gordonii is all-natural, and if you want to have a carbonated soda (we highly suggest you do not), but if so, or a cup of coffee, you can and not have to worry about your heartbeat.

Brief History ~ Politics of Hoodia Gordonii

In the 1970s, the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) began a program to investigate bush foods, including H. Gordonii. As part of this program, scientists isolated from Hoodia Gordonii an appetite suppressant ingredient called P57. In 1996, CSIR licensed P57 to Phytopharm, a British Company that produces functional foods whose active ingredients from plants with traditional medicinal uses.

Because Hoodia Gordonii is rare and endangered, Phytopharm began the difficult task of cultivating the plant on farms in Africa. Meanwhile, Phytopharm partnered with Pfizer, a large, traditional international pharmaceutical company, to work on ways to extract and purify P57 from plants or to make it synthetically in the laboratory.

In 2002, a lawyer representing the San threatened to sue the CSIR for “bio-piracy” of Hoodia Gordonii. The threat of legal action resulted in an agreement that the San, a poor and marginalized ethnic group in South Africa, would share the profits of marketing any products that contained H. Gordonii. That same year, Pfizer ended its relationship with Phytopharm and P57.

Although Pfizer scientists had been able to make synthetic P57, the company felt it was too complicated and too expensive to manufacture in massive amounts to produce a commercial weight-loss supplement. Besides, Pfizer’s research suggested that the compound might rapidly be inactivated in the body and that it had adverse side effects on the liver.

In 2003, with Pfizer out of the picture, Phytopharm decided to market products containing natural Hoodia Gordonii and continued their efforts to grow Hoodia Gordonii on plantations in South Africa. At the same time, they reached an agreement with Unilever, a consumer products company, to find ways to add Hoodia Gordonii to various Unilever foods and beverages. These new products were expected to reach the market in 2008.

Meanwhile, in 2004, Hoodia Gordonii received high profile media coverage when 60-minute reporter Leslie Stahl visited a South African Hoodia Gordonii plantation, ate some of the plants, and declared on television that it had kept her from feeling hungry all day without any side effects. Stahl’s report stimulated interest among the public in Hoodia Gordonii as a diet aid. Hoodia Gordonii supplements began to be advertised heavily, especially over the internet.

Hoodia health claims

Manufacturers of products containing Hoodia Gordonii claim that it reduces or eliminates the desire to eat and drink by tricking the brain into believing that the body does not need food or water. Hoodia Gordonii/P57 is available primarily in capsules of various strengths, and can also be added to foods such as diet bars, and diet shakes.

One Hoodia Gordonii study done at Brown University Medical School used Hoodia Gordonii in rats. The rats did eat less and lose weight.

Real Hoodia Gordonii is expensive and in very short supply.

Back To Your Roots Herbs Hoodia Gordonii comes directly from South Africa and Namibia – 100% Wild harvested. You will not find another like it. We guarantee you!!! By taking one (1) capsule, you will notice it working almost instantly (throughout the day). There are many claims of real Gordonii floating around via the internet, and if you’ve conducted research, many lawsuits have been filed on big companies claiming to have authentic Gordonii.

However, we stand behind our Gordonii that it is “real” and does not require any other herb for assistance.

Remember: Consuming Hoodia Gordonii does boost your metabolism, like other dietary supplements “claim to do.” Still, most of them make your heartbeat very fast, and it may cause some individuals to panic and make it worse (heartbeat even faster). However, because Gordonii is “natural,” it does not have those type of effects on people.


Other benefits:





End your cravings for habit-forming substances such as sugar, caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, and drugs

Shrink your stomach to its average size, making it easier to control the quantity of food eaten

Boost your mental clarity by flushing away chemicals, food additives, and preservatives

Cleanse your digestive tract of accumulated waste and bacteria

Purify all your major organs allowing you to function at your best

Reduce cellulite, allergies, acne, and obesity safely and naturally


Origin: South Africa

Ingredients: Wild harvested Gordonii

Forms: 60 vegetable capsules (550-600 mg).


How to use:

Capsules: Take 1 capsule 2 times a day with water or favorite beverage.


The gel caps we use are Vegicaps (vegetable) and are all-natural. No Animal By-Products, Starch Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Preservative Free, Ethylene Oxide, and Sulfite FREE!

Legal Information: The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated these statements. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


Capsule (s) 60 Vegicaps



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