Numerous supplement manufacturers have cashed in on the Hoodia craze ever since its discovery was aired in 2004. Some had the genuine article, the others, dubious.
Does Hoodia Work?
Hoodia Gordonii is a spiny succulent native to the Kalahari Desert of South Africa. For centuries, this plant was used as a hunger and thirst suppressant by the San Bushmen who had to survive the rigors of desert hunting. Among the fourteen species of Hoodia, only Gordonii has the appetite suppressive qualities prized by these tribesmen.
There are hardly any clinical studies on Hoodia so its effects are patently unclear. Many people swear by it while an equal number of dieters have been disenchanted by the hype. The disappointment perhaps lies in the fact that many supplements claiming to contain Hoodia do not actually contain Hoodia, or they contain Hoodia but not of the Gordonii species.
What Is Hoodia Therm?
Hoodia Therm is advertised as a powerful appetite suppressant, fat burner and metabolic enhancer, all rolled into one caplet. Hoodia Therm caplets use the time release method to deliver the active ingredients “at a predictable rate over the day instead of all at once.” According to the official site, the appetite suppressive properties of Hoodia are best released in increments rather than in sudden doses, so that the need to take several caplets during the day becomes unnecessary.
Hoodia Therm claims to be an all-natural weight loss caplet without any side effects. The word “claims” comes to the fore because there is no listing of ingredients for Hoodia Therm, either at its official website or any site for that matter.
Hoodia Therm also cannot show any official documentation, such as the C.I.T.E.S Certification and the Analytical Report, both of which are crucial in establishing the authenticity of the Hoodia Gordonii content in the product. These two documents are issued by the Western Cape Conservation Authority of South Africa, the official body that gives license to certain companies to receive Hoodia Gordonii exports. Because of indiscriminate harvesting, Hoodia Gordonii is an endangered plant and has thus been placed under strict regulation by the South African countries it is endemic to.
What’s In A Pill?
Who knows? The company, United Health Labs, isn’t telling. All they say is that there is Hoodia Gordonii (no amount or certifications guaranteeing authenticity is on the table) and that the fat burners are ephedrine-free.
Hoodia Therm is offered with a 90-Day free trial after which you may give back unopened and partially used bottles for a refund. Given the opaque ingredients listing, do you think you can trust the company to mean what they say or will they simply give you the run-around? You decide.
The Bottom Line:
The company’s secretiveness about their ingredients should bother a prospective customer. It may turn out to be a good appetite suppressant and fat burner, but then again Hoodia Therm can be one of those phonies meant to cash in on the Hoodia craze. To be safe, stay away from Hoodia Therm and look to other tried-and-tested diet supplements like Phentramin-D. You worked hard for your cash; you might as well get your money’s worth.
Weight Comment’s Rating: 1 / 5
One star in for its possible potency; but four stars out for its questionable covertness.