Products Screened for Legal Sourcing
Hoodia Gordonii, the very popular and effective weight loss supplement
is gaining public awareness here in the US and abroad. The demand is
high because it is really the only weight loss supplement that works.
It's availability in some countries is limited by Customs regulations
and a misunderstanding of these regulations that pertain to the selling
of a substance that is derived from a potentially endangered species.
What some countries are concerned about, is that the Hoodia coming into
their county, is legitimately grown under license and legally sourced.
Some countries, Austrailia for example, may not allow Hoodia to be
shipped to it's citizens unless accompanied by a copy of a legal form
called a CITES and/or a Seller's Permit. These certificates are given to
all exporters of legally grown Hoodia Gordonii from South Africa. If a
supplier of Hoodia does not have these documents then they are not
selling Certified Hoodia Gordonii and in some rare cases, their
shipments will not pass Customs.
Hoodia Gordonii has been used by the Bushman Tribes for centuries for
use as a food and source of water on long hunting trips. It has shown to
be effective as an appetite suppresssant when consumed. The portion of
the plant that contains the active molecule to suppress hunger is the
core of the stems of the plant. This material is dried, powdered and
made into tablets or capsules for consumption as a weight loss aid and
appetite suppressant. But as unregulated harvesting and sale of of the
wild grown Hoodia will endager it as a species, certain laws are in
place to prevent this.
The cultivation, collecting and the selling of Hoodia Gordonii is
regulated by the South African Government so as not to endanger the
species that grows in the wild. As it is illegal to collect and sell
wild grown Hoodia Gordonii, some countries are watching for Hoodia going
though Customs. In some cases Hoodia has been confiscated going though
Customs, especially if there is no proof of it's origins or proof that
it was legally sourced and sold under CITES.
Wholesaler for the new label, Hoodia Diet Sense, says that all her
shipments are accompanied by a copy of the Certificate of Quality
Control as well as a copy of the Seller's Permit and CITES. This insures
that her packages have the best chance of getting though Customs. If
there is any question of the legal sourcing of Hoodia Gordonii products,
it can be easily answered with this documentation.
For the customer it provides them with assurance that they are not
buying illegally sourced Hoodia. Also, they will know that the Hoodia
they are buying is authentic and pure. "Even though these documents are
not required for shipments within the USA, I provide them anyway. Hoodia
suppliers must regulate themselves or be subject to regulation by
For more information about Hoodia Gordonii and the Hoodia Diet Sense
label go to
By Deborah Patrie
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