Hoodia, (pronounced who-dee-uh) is an amazing plant that is found throughout the hot arid regions of South Africa. This plant has been used by the San Tribesmen (Ever see the movie „The God’s Must be Crazy) of the Kalahari Desert to stave off hunger for hundreds of years. They also use it to feed their children who “eat too much”. This African plant (which they call Xhoba) is often referred to as the „Miracle Cactus”, but is actually a succulent (suk´yelent). These are any fleshy plant that belongs to one of many diverse families; among their species are cactus, aloe, stonecrop, houseleek, agave, and yucca. Most succulents are indigenous to arid or semiarid regions, and their succulence is simply an evolutionary adaptation to the extreme heat and dryness of the environment. Typically the plants have greatly reduced leaves with a hard and heavily cutinized outer surface which minimizes evaporation from the inner, juicy tissue that can retain and store water over long periods.
Sadly, like much other flora and fauna, succulent plants are under pressure throughout the world from encroaching urbanization, agriculture and the depredations of widespread non-indigenous livestock such as goats. Despite some rumours, Hoodia only grows 2 1/2 feet tall (not 6 feet like some say) and it grows it clumps of erect multi-angled spiny stems, The large brownish unpleasant-smelling flower located at the tips of the Hoodia Gordonii stems ensures its propagation and survival in the wild by emitting a distinct carrion odour to attract the flies which pollinate them. You need to be very careful when looking to purchase Hoodia. There are many species with the name Hoodia and look the same but Hoodia gordonii is the only species that suppresses your appetite and gives you energy. Some of the plant names are Hoodia alstonii, Hoodia cursory, Hoodia currorii, Hoodia lugardii, Hoodia dregei, Hoodia flava, Hoodia juttae, Hoodia officinalis, Hoodia parviflora, Hoodia pedicellata, Hoodia pilifera, Hoodia pilifera, Hoodia ruschii and Hoodia triebneri.
So when shopping ensure your product has genuine Certified Pure South African Hoodia Gordonii. Purchase from a company that only uses 100% Hoodia Gordonii Succulent powder. The main reason for this is that you have a better chance of it being genuine Hoodia Gordonii Succulent because the refined powder is easier to authenticate. Plus the refined powder is the closest to the Hoodia Gordonii Succulent in its a natural state. (Only the water is removed from the plant before it is ground into a fine powder.) Once you start adding other dietary ingredients with the Hoodia Gordonii refined powder the identification process gets more difficult but not impossible.
Some products like to use a Hoodia Gordonii 20:1 extract but stay away from that. Hoodia Gordonii powder is the closest you can get to natural Hoodia Gordonii succulent and its specific botanical markers are easily identifiable. However the theory is if you take 20 lbs of Hoodia Gordonii Succulent and you extract it through an extreme heat and alcohol process you will end up with a compound that is Twenty times stronger than it’s original mass but what is wrong with the theory is you might be Twenty times stronger than the original but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s going to have Twenty times more of the substance “P57 molecule” that you want. In fact, two top-selling competing products recently switched from the extract to the powder because when they were independently tested there was no discernable Hoodia Gordonii found in them let alone the P57 molecule. The P57 molecule is the magic ingredient that the Hoodia contains that scientist identified as being the fuel behind this plant special ability to curb hunger and increase energy.