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How Do I Choose the Best Hoodia Capsules?

By Emily Espinoza
Updated May 17, 2024
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In order to choose the best Hoodia capsules, check the source of your capsules, the strength of the Hoodia, and the other ingredients in the capsules. Hoodia supplements are available on the market that are not genuine or that may not have been safely produced. Know where your capsules come from, and make sure that they are produced by a reputable company. The strength of Hoodia capsules can vary widely, and you should know exactly how much you want to take and exactly how much you are getting in your capsules. Many Hoodia capsules come with additional ingredients other than the actual Hoodia, and you should be aware of what else is in the capsule you choose.

As of 2011, Hoodia is regarded as a dietary supplement in the US, which means that it is not regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As it is not regulated, be extra vigilant about looking into the effectiveness and quality of the capsules you choose. Since Hoodia became popular as a supplement, many companies have been accused of using Hoodia that is not genuine or that has been diluted. Find out what company produces the capsules you are buying and look into their reputation as a manufacturer of dietary supplements. Many companies make quality products even when they are not regulated by an outside agency, so buy your Hoodia from one of them.

Hoodia capsules come in many different strengths, and you should be aware of how much Hoodia you are actually taking. Capsules range anywhere from 250 mg to 2,000 mg, with many options in between. In 2011, no conclusive studies have been done to determine the most effective dosage of Hoodia, so use your best judgment about how much to take. Many brands will recommend that you take two or three capsules per day, so the amount that you are ingesting is actually two to three times the strength listed.

In addition to the Hoodia, many capsules contain additional ingredients. Green tea extract is often added to Hoodia capsules because the caffeine speeds up metabolism. Other common additions are B vitamins and folic acid, which are both believed by supplement manufacturers to boost your body's fat burning capacity. Many capsules are also made with gelatin or other chemical ingredients, but natural and vegetarian options are available that eliminate these additions. The most important thing to remember when choosing your Hoodia capsules is that it pays to be an informed consumer, and you need to make sure you are aware of everything that goes into the capsules that you take.

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