The Science

Expert panel approval

Self affirmed GRAS – The only Hoodia recognized and proven as safe See complete expert panel approval: Desert Labs Signature Page – April 04’13

Subchronic and reproductive toxicity of whole dried Hoodia parviflora aerial parts in the rat

published at Food and Chemical Toxicology, Hoodia parviflora is being developed commercially for use in weight loss food and dietary supplement products. As part of the safety assessment process for H. parviflora, a freeze dried powder preparation was tested in a 90-day oral toxicity study with reproductive/recovery component in rats. Groups of 10 male and female …read more >>

Efficacy and acceptance of a commercial Hoodia parviflora product for support of appetite and weight control in a consumer trial

Species of Hoodia Sweet ex Decne., family Apocynaceae, a southern African succulent plant, that grow in the Israeli desert, have been recognized for their appetite suppressing properties. Products that support appetite and weight control have been developed in Israel from locally cultivated Hoodia spp. To study consumer acceptance, efficacy of, and tolerance for a frozen product based on whole …read more >>

Genotoxicity of Dried Hoodia Parviflora Aerial Parts

Published at Food and Chemical Toxicology Journal Hoodia parviflora is being developed commercially for use in weight loss food and dietary supplement products. Its effects are ascribed to a number of glycosides that have been shown to be present in plant extracts from several Hoodia species, the best known of which is H. gordonii. H. parviflora has been …read more >>

Cites Permit

CITES is an international agreement between governments, drafted as a result of a resolution adopted in 1973 at a meeting of members of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival and it accords varying …read more >>

Phytosanitary Certificate

The Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures – also known as the SPS Agreement is an international treaty of the World Trade Organization. It was negotiated during the Uruguay Round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, and entered into force with the establishment of the WTO at the beginning of …read more >>

Fingerprint Analysis

In order to evaluate the plant source origin and its P57 levels we used the service that is provided by the authorized lab Alkemist. We preformed sets of three measurements: Macroscopy & Microscopy with Digital Photo-Documentation for phenotypic identification, High Performance Thin-Layer Chromatography with Photo-Documentation for origin verification and High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) with …read more >>

Market Research

Everyone knows you must control eating to lose weight. Desert Labs asked 111 women who wanted to lose weight and solve their dieting problems without disrupting their lifestyle to try the frozen Hoodiaparviflora for 40 days… Tests Summary


Hoodia Origins and why Desert Labs Hoodia, For thousands of years the Hoodia  plant has been eaten by an ancient African tribe, the San Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert, to ward off hunger and maintain energy during long hunting trips. They shave the spines from the skin of this succulent cactus like plant and consume …read more >>

Metabolic Syndrome Project

Desert Labs is engaged in a variety of studies exploring medicinal properties of succulent plants. The press release cited below describes the results of a study performed by Hadassah Medical Center’s technology transfer company Hadasit and Desert Labs. It bears no impact on our current commercial product, The Ice Cube Diet. Please read disclaimers at …read more >>