Hoodia: Lots of Hoopla, Little Science
Few studies support the promise of the South African appetite suppressant, but believers abound.
What Doctors Say continued...
Consider Your Sources
On one point nearly everyone agrees: there's plenty of fake hoodia out
there. MacLean is especially suspicious that hoodia products
sold over the Internet aren't the real thing or don't have enough hoodia in
them to work.
It's "buyer, beware," Blumenthal says. "There appears to be much
more hoodia offered in North American markets than the production ability of
the South African markets."
If you decide to try hoodia, "Buy at a reputable store and buy a
reputable brand," suggests Michael McGuffin, president of the American
Herbal Products Association, an industry group. If it seems too cheap to be
good, it probably is, he says.
To boost your odds of finding the real stuff, experts suggest asking the
manufacturer if it sends its hoodia to an independent lab for testing.