The indigenous San people of South Africa have consumed the best Hoodia for thousands of years without any negative side-effects. They take it to suppress the appetite, control thirst and provide energy during long hunting trips where food and water are likely to be scarce. This same Hoodia is the wild-crafted Hoodia gordonii that is highly effective for weight loss. The Hoodia gordonii succulent grows naturally in the southern regions of South Africa and Namibia where it is able to grow to maturity and maximum potency.
After Hoodia gordonii’s introduction into the weight loss market by SHC in 2003, the demand for Hoodia grew significantly. Hoodia’s popularity caused a shortage of real Hoodia which resulted in the emergence of the fake Hoodia products that dominate the market today.
While real, pure Hoodia has no side-effects, this popular adulterated Hoodia can result in jitters, headaches and stomach pains. These effects are not caused by Hoodia, but the fillers and chemicals that fill these cheap products.