What You Should Know
Vitabase Hoodia-GL is an appetite suppressant with a green tea punch. The appetite suppressant ingredient is not the best on the market. Hoodia is associated with an old tribe’s tale that claims South African hunters would chew the Hoodia cactus and go for days without eating. This may be true, but South African Hoodia is not proven to suppress appetite in supplement form. The trouble with Vitabase Hoodia-GL is the long list of clinical studies that prove Hoodia has no effect on appetite. We could look the other way and support the supplement based on green tea, but even that ingredient is included in 1/3 the suggested intake for weight loss.
List of Ingredients
South African Hoodia Gordonii Succulent Complex and Green Tea.
The description for Vitabase Hoodia-GL goes straight to the heart of the Hoodia plant; P57. P57 is the chemical responsible for reduced hunger. In theory, the chemical tells the brain to shut off hunger because the stomach is full. This would reduce hunger and appetite, but P57 never makes it to the brain. In clinical studies, the body breaks down P57 before it comes anywhere near the brain so the signal is nothing more than a myth.
Green tea is one of our favorite weight loss ingredients. It contains EGCG and caffeine, both proven to naturally boost weight loss and metabolism. Unfortunately, clinical studies support doses of 300 to 350 mg per day. Vitabase Hoodia-GL contains only 100 mg per serving. Only one serving of the supplement is suggested every day, so the dieter is short 250 mg of green tea.
Vitabase Hoodia-GL sells for $18.95 per bottle. One bottle lasts 30 days. The once a day dosage is a bit concerning, because most appetite suppressants suggest the dieter take the supplement before meals to prevent overeating.
- Ingredients are listed on the Vitabase website.
- Green tea is proven to support healthy weight loss.
- The price is much lower than comparable Hoodia supplements.
- Not enough green tea is included for optimal fat burn.
- Hoodia is clinically proven to have no effect on appetite.
- The dieter takes the supplement only once per day.
- No before and after photos offering weight loss proof.
- No links to clinical support.
Hoodia Gordonii is an endangered species in South Africa. Even if the appetite suppressant were proven to kill hunger and boost weight loss, the manufacturer would need several legal documents, including a CITES certificate, to import the ingredient into the United States. We found no CITES certificate on the Vitabase website. Chances are the “hoodia” listed in Vitabase Hoodia-GL is not really authentic Hoodia from South Africa. Without proper amounts of green tea, there is no reason to take this supplement.