Hoodia: Does It Really Work?

By Jim F

Search for Hoodia on Google, and there are no less than 20 paid advertisements for Hoodia diet pills adorning the page. The web is littered with Hoodia web sites all touting the latest herbal extract.

Hoodia Gordonii is a succulent plant (cactus) native to the South Western region of Africa. The BBC reports:

The San Bushmen of the Kalahari, one of the world’s oldest and most primitive tribes, had been eating the Hoodia for thousands of years, to stave off hunger during long hunting trips.

Hoodia contains a molecule (called P.57) that appears to have a profound affect on suppressing hunger – and with this no apparent side effects:

What the Hoodia seems to contain is a molecule that is about 10,000 times as active as glucose.

“It goes to the mid-brain and actually makes those nerve cells fire as if you were full. But you have not eaten. Nor do you want to.”

Phytopharm (an English pharmaceutical company) obtained the license to Hoodia, which was then sold on to giant company Unilever.

The Hoodia Controversy

If Unilever has not yet begun to market its product why are so many companies selling Hoodia pills? A 60 minutes report also outlined that while it was possible to make synthetic Hoodia, it was just too expensive:

“We’ve made milligrams of it. But it’s very expensive. It’s not possible to make it synthetically in what’s called a scalable process. So we couldn’t make a metric ton of it or something that is the sort of quantity you’d need to actually start doing something about obesity in thousands of people.”

Apparently the only viable alternative is to grow Hoodia commercially, and extract the active ingredient from the harvested plant.


  1. Noel

    Yesterday I picked up the GNC brand “DelMar Labs, by NutraLab Inc. DEX-L10™ HOODIA GORDONII” – it seems to be working. I’m typically starving by mid-morning and today I’m not. Maybe it’s all in my head but who knows. I’ll keep you posted on my progress. I see some people have tried the DEX-L10…I wondering how they are doing with the product. Also, what is better the liquid form or the tablet?? Does anybody really know?

  2. mandyjane

    Also try [URL removed] for Hoodia in liquid form – this has been recommended as an excellent alternative to the capsuals..have not tried it myself but it was written about in The Times newspaper by a GP who was giving advise to a mum who had an overweight teenage daughter..hope this helps..as any info in my world is greatly received!

  3. mandyjane

    Hi Shelley,

    I am using the ones from Holland & Barratt – Hoodia Gordonii Complex – 100 tablets for 19.99 – if you are in u.k you will know this health food shop if not they have a website for overseas orders – lots of luck with yours for today…let us know how you get on.

  4. Shelley

    Dear “Very Disatisfied”–I called and e-mailed the company and my product arrived two days later! Do you have yours yet? Will be starting Feb. 15th! Wish me luck!

    “MandyJane”–Which brand of Hoodia are you currently using?


  5. mandyjane

    Hi all…
    My Hoodia pills are working for me..i live in U.K and bought mine from Holland & Barratt. I ordered my first lot from Bushman Hoodia – dont bother with these ones if you come across the website..NO effect whatsoever and they also promise a money back scam if they dont work..of course you do not get your money back-surprise surprise! Anyway the ones i have now are great i take 2 in the moring, 2 lunchtime, and 2 in the evening if i need to..no side effects and not hungry at all.. I am lucky and only need to shift about a stone and have lost 6lbs in just over a week! So good luck to you all and hope this helps and inspires at least one of you x

  6. Jase

    Day 4
    Lost 1 lb.
    So far so good.

  7. deb

    I don’t know if anyone has actually answered this definitely for sosinto but ALL of the info that I’ve read states that she should NOT take hoodia while pregnant OR nursing. Or any other diet aid for that matter.

  8. Jase

    I retract my previous statement about an intersting article.(09:46 pm) There is a massive Hoodia War going on the web right now. Major misinformation going on. But I am on the case. If I find anything credible I will let you know. 12hrs and I still feel full. When in the heck is this going to wear off?! Not that I want it to.

  9. Jase

    Feb 10 Day one: 195 lbs 5’5
    Hoodia 1500 EX 60 caps by Sci Fit.
    2 pills a day.
    Not hungry all day long! Feel like I have a brick in my stomach. I will keep you posted.

  10. very disatisfied!!!!!!

    Hi shelley….thanks so much for responding …puts my mind at a little ease that they didnt just forget about me!! well i really hope i receive it soon…and if it works then i suppose we’ll have to wait another month and a half for the products to arrive!!

  11. Shelley

    Hi, “Very Disatisfied”–
    I, too, ordered Hoodoba over a month ago and have yet to receive anything–I ordered two bottles. I’m not very happy, either, but from all I have read, their product is one of the two “best”…Hope it comes and hope it works!

  12. JOANNA


  13. sam

    I’ve been taking Hoodoba 750 for 2 weeks and have lost 10 pounds. The best part is that I don’t feel like depriving myself. It just seems to diminish my raging appetite. Buying on ebay for $10/bottle less than direct to mfg.

    Hope this keeps working …

  14. Pangga

    My dad is a Naturopath and says it takes an average of 2 weeks of taking Hoodia to start noticing that it helps to suppress your appetite.

  15. very disatisfied!!!!!!

    hi there….i ordered products from hoodoba the hoodia company, over a month ago but still have not received anything they keep saying i will receive the products in a week…but that week still has not come!! i am so dissapointed!!! …to say the least!!!!! has anyone else had this problem??? i am very dissatisfied with thier service and think i will try products from a different company next time!!

  16. Connie

    Hi everyone. I have been taking Hoodia 750 now for four days and I have to be honest here, I haven’t felt any difference and in fact I have gained three pounds. I think this pill is just another gimmick to make money. This is the last time I buy any more diet pills.

  17. mandy

    JENNY> hi which hoodia product are you taking….and how much weight have you lost in how long…thanks…mandy:)

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