Is Hoodia Legal in Australia

Hoodia diet pillsHoodia Gordonii entered the diet-pill market around the turn of the millenium about 1999, and its use has been considered a breakthrough in the slimming industry. Over a decade and half later it is still considered to be arguably the most effective appetite suppressant in existence.

No other natural product has received as many excellent testimonials from successful dieters as Hoodia Gordonii. The product has also been presented on TV and has been endorsed by top-class celebrities.

The active substance in the Hoodia diet pills is called P57 and is extracted from the Hoodia Gordonii cactus-like plant.  Because Hoodia proved a successful appetite suppressant, it has been added in a great number of different slimming products.

However, not all products are equally effective, and there has been a lot of controversy on their quality and effectiveness.

Tom  Mangold Hoodia

Tom Mangold Hoodia

Tribesmen in the Kalahari Desert have known the appetite suppressing properties of this extraordinary plant for years, but it was Tom Mangold who made it known to the West with his “60 Minutes” BBC Programme.

Mangold made long trips to the Kalahari Desert and studied how the tribesmen used the plant in order not to feel hungry when food was really scarce, or when they spent long days on hunting trips with very little food available.

While Tom Mangold made Hoodia known in the UK, it was Oprah Winfrey who stirred great interest in the product when she presented it on her chat show.  Many other TV shows followed, both in the USA and Europe, and Hoodia became known all over the world.  Thousands of orders came in after USA dieters watched advertising programmes on CNN and ABC.

If you haven’t watched the above programmes about Hoodia Gordonii, this article will provide you with answers to your questions, and clear your doubts about this wonderful appetite suppressant.

The Hoodia Plant

Hoodia gordonii plant AustraliaHoodia is a rather ugly plant which looks like a cactus and it has a very unpleasant smell.

It grows in arid places all over the Kalahari Desert in Central Namibia and Angola. The plant is commonly called “Queen of the Namib,” and its most popular variety is Hoodia Gordonii because of its properties as an appetite suppressant.

When Did Hoodia Become Known?

The indigenous people of Namibia, Angola and the surrounding areas of the Kalahari Desert have known about the plant for centuries and they have used it to treat stomach problems, and fight the pains of hunger when food was scarce, especially when they had to travel for long periods of time.

The South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) studied the plant, and in 1977, they managed to isolate a molecule, which is the active ingredient that can suppress appetite and which they called P57. This active appetite suppressing ingredient was patented in 1996, and started being used in several slimming products.


Yes, it’s the same plant that helped the skinny Kalahari tribesmen, who had nothing to eat, not feel the pains of hunger and the obese Westerners to lose weight because they have too much to eat!

P57: The Molecule that Suppresses Appetite

suppress appetite with HoodiaScientists tried to find the active ingredient in the Hoodia Gordonii plant which is so successful in suppressing appetite.  The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research managed to spot the P57 molecule that has these properties, and they also estimated the amount necessary to suppress appetite effectively.

Research in the slimming industry has also shown that Hoodia Gordonii is the plant variety used in the best appetite suppressants, and the one that can help dieters lose weight in the safest and most effective way.

Appetite suppression is the best method for losing weight. Thepains of hunger and cravings for snacks are the main reasons that make people eat more, take in more calories and store fat in their bodies. Fighting both of them makes cutting down on large quantities of food easy to achieve and guarantees successful weight loss.

Does Hoodia cause Side Effects?

Since Hoodia is a 100% natural product, there are no side effects at all.  You will only need to choose the correct Hoodia pill because those slimming products that contain the cheap extract of the plant are not really effective. Moreover, dieters have to make sure that the diet pills they buy contain only genuine Hoodia and not fake or chemically-produced substances.

One more advantage is that Hoodia is not an addictive substance, and you can discontinue its use when you have lost the desired weight and improved your health and fitness. One strange “side effect” is that some dieters feel a higher sex drive, but Hoodia is also an aphrodisiac!

Different Forms of Hoodia Products

As we mentioned above, Hoodia is a desert plant that looks like a cactus and not available to be consumed raw as the Kalahari Tribesmen have done for centuries.  Because of its effectiveness, manufacturers all over the world have created a large variety of slimming products containing Hoodia, such as capsules, drinks, slimming patches and slimming Hoodia sweets!

The most effective products are the ones that contain raw freeze-dried Hoodia powder and Unique Hoodia is such an example.

How Soon Does Hoodia Take Effect?

Hoodia can suppress appetite very successfully and you will stop eating large quantities of food or have frequent cravings for snacks very soon.  According to instructions, dieters should take Hoodia about 45 minutes before meals. When you take the product for the first time, you will feel that your appetite is not as keen as before after about 48 hours.

Can I Combine Hoodia With Other Diet Pills?

The most important thing to know is that Hoodia is one of the most effective products on the market, so you won’t need to take anything to supplement its effectiveness.

However, there is absolutely no restriction on using Hoodia alongside other slimming supplements if you feel like doing so.  Since Hoodia is a natural product it does not react with other substances to cause undesired adverse reactions.

What about Hoodia Side Effects?

Hoodia is an ablsolutely safe appetite suppressant and there are no reports for side effects.  However, it is advisable not to use Hoodia, or any other appetite suppressant, when you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Will I have to take Hoodia for long?

The length of time you will have to use Hoodia depends mainly on the amount of weight you have to lose.  If you have to lose just a few pounds then the time you will need to take Hoodia, is going to be relatively short. But if you need to shed several stone it will be necessary to take Hoodia for a longer period.  And always have in mind that not everyone loses weight at the same rate.

Will I regain weight?

Another good thing about using Hoodia is that you won’t take back any weight after you stop taking it, as your stomach will have shrunk and you will only need a small amount of food to feel full and satisfied.

Why Aren’t All Hoodia Products the Same?

The excellent appetite suppressing properties of Hoodia and its widespread popularity led a large number of nutrition-related manufacturers to release an extremely large number of different Hoodia slimming products, from diet pills to slimming Hoodia drinks.

Cites CertificateBecause of this large demand, the Hoodia plant in South Africa was almost on the verge of extinction and measures had to be taken.  New Hoodia farms were started by serious manufacturers who cultivated, harvested and sold the plant under a CITES Certificateto prevent fake and illegitimate products from entering the market.

Before buying any Hoodia product, make sure that it is CITES certified, as this guarantees the quality and authenticity of the product.  Even if a diet pill is advertised as containing “genuine Hoodia,” we advise you to avoid buying it if it is not CITES certified.

Fake products do not contain the p57 molecule that is the active appetite suppressing ingredient contained in genuine Hoodia Gordonii, and purchasing them is just a waste of money.  It has been estimated that about 80% of the advertised as “genuine Hoodia” products, are either fake or contain a synthetic p57 molecule.

If you buy a cheap or fake Hoodia Gordonii product, you are most likely to experience all kinds of side effects since the ingredients used in such products can be dangerous. We advise dieters to do some research before buying any Hoodia slimming product and always look for the CITES Certificate to accompany it.

Our preference is for Unique Hoodia.

The product is sourced from South Africa, the product can be sent internationally including Australia.

 Click here to read about Unique Hoodia


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