We take a look into Advantrim to find out more about this supplement and whether it is even safe.
- Contains vitamins and minerals
- Biovea has received positive feedback regarding customer service
- Available worldwide and in multi-currencies
- Information about the supplement not easy to understand
- No customer feedback
- Expensive – each bottle of Advantrim may only contain just 15 days supply
- Manufactured by Newton Everett Biotech
- Available from Biovea website
- Each bottle of 90 capsules of Advantrim contains 15 days supply
Advantrim is a US made diet pill, which is manufactured by Newton and Everett Biotech and marketed by their Biovea website. They manufacture a range of products for all kinds of health issues, including weight loss supplement Hoodiarene which we covered (and rejected) in an earlier supplement review.
It comes with some confusing scientific-style explanations to “explain” how it works but otherwise very little real information to help the customer. We feel there may be health issues associated with this supplement due to some of the ingredients and in particular synephrine.
This supplement contains a range of stimulant ingredients and according to the product advice; you should take two capsules before breakfast or a morning workout with 240ml of water and repeat the dose mid afternoon.
The company recommend that you should halve the dose over the first 7 days until you become accustomed to it. You should not take Advantrim in the evening and not exceed the maximum dose of 4 capsules per day.
The company do not provide any guidance about diet and health while taking this supplement.
Advantrim contains a trade marked synephrine supplement Advantra Z which is advertised widely as a legal banned ingredient replacement and is an ingredient found in many diet supplement pills that are advertised as thermogenic or fat burners.
Ephedrine is closely related to amphetamine and has been banned in most countries because of the health risks and Advantra Z has become a popular ingredient in countless supplements because it has a similar androgenic effect and is a legal alternative.
The active ingredient of Advantra Z is Citrus Aurantium – a natural compound contained in bitter orange peel and also known as Synephrine.
Synephrine works as a natural ephedrine and like ephedrine can increase blood pressure and heart rate. An androgenic increases adrenaline levels and this function can help reduce appetite because it may make you feel simply too keyed up and stressed to eat.
Although Synephrine is legal, it does come with health risks mainly around the function of the heart. The risks include:
- Increase in heart rate (tachycardia)
- Palpitations (awareness of one’s heart beating)
- Increase in blood pressure
- Increased risk of stroke
- Increased risk of adverse cardiac events like cardiac arrhythmias
We covered Synephrine in an earlier article.
Advantrim also contains other ingredients and stimulants including Yerba Mate.
- Contains Synephrine
- Insufficient ingredient profile
- No independent customer feedback
What Does Advantrim Claim To Do?
Advantrim is marketed as a fat burner that is said to deliver four key benefits. According to the advertising it will;
- Burn fat
- Increase physical performance & energy
- Control your appetite
- Build lean muscle
Although this is clear enough, it is hard to decipher what it actually is that Advantrim actually does. The advertising is written with all the flair of a legal document and there is a lot of it to wade through as well as some graphs and diagrams, which only complicates things further!
Here is an example:
Advantrim® contains an extract of a citrus fruit (C. Aurantium) containing a family of indirect-acting adrenergic amines (B-sympathicomimetics) that facilitate utilisation of energy substrates, stimulate metabolic processes, favour uptake of amino acids into muscle, increase lipolysis (breakdown of fat) and can exert mild hunger-suppressant effects
The key to this extracts success is its capacity to stimulate beta-3 cell receptors with very little impact on alpha-1, alpha-2, beta-1, and beta-2 receptors.
How many of us truly understand what any of this really means? They could not be more confusing if they tried and it seems the aim of the advertising is to deliver suitably scientific explanations in the belief that the customer will be impressed.
At the Diet Pills Watchdog, we are all for providing customers with information but this is totally confusing.
Indirect acting adrenergic amines? Energy substrates? It may be true but how many of us will understand what it means without spending a lot of time on research. They may just as well have written it in French, Swahili or Klingon for all the help it is to most of us.
So What Is Advantrim and What Are The Ingredients For Advantrim?
Advantrim is a diet pill that may “speed you up” and help suppress your appetite. It is aimed at men and women.
Each two capsule serving of Advantrim contains 1425mg of the blend but the exact ingredients quantities are not specified. It is therefore impossible to know whether some of these are in high quantities or in trace amounts.
1425mg Advantrim blend which contains:
- Advantra z: This patented bitter orange supplement is manufactured by NutraTech and contains 3 citrus extract chemicals synephrine, octopamine, and N-Methyltyramine. These are described as Sympathomimetic agents, which mean that they mimic the effects of the flight or fight response.
As everybody knows from experience, this response raises the heart rate, causes sweating and other stress related symptoms and also decreases the appetite – this last point is the major reason that Sympathomimetic agents are used in weight loss supplements.
According to a report published in the Journal of Obesity by a major New York Medical college;
Sympathomimetic agents have a poor history of long-term success in the treatment of obesity.…and strokes and cardiac arrhythmias have been the major concern. These concerns extend to supplements containing the sympathomimetic drug, synephrine.
- Green Tea Extract: (50% egcg) This natural tea taken from the Camellia Sinensis plant has many health benefits. Green tea contains high levels of antioxidant EGCG and according to research can reduce cholesterol levels and lower body fat. Epigallocatechin (EGCG) is the most abundant Catechin in green tea and is a potent antioxidant. Green tea contains caffeine. Amounts not specified. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epigallocatechin_gallate
- Cocoa Extract: Contains flavanoids polyphenols, theobromine, l-phenylalanine – all antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables and may play a role in heart health and the reduction of lipid levels. According to research, dark chocolate can play a positive role in health. Amounts in this supplement not specified. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12589329
- L-tyrosine: A non-essential amino acid, which is found in the meat that you eat and present in a normal diet unless you are a vegetarian. Anecdotally it is believed to improve training and exercise performance but there is no proof. However, it does have an effect upon the hormones that prompt the flight or fight response. It has an androgenic effect. See our previous article on L Tyrosine.
- Yerba mate (20% caffeine): Natural herbal extract taken from a South American plant. It is effective for weight loss and contains high levels of flavanoids and antioxidants. It has a stimulant effect due to the caffeine content but amounts contained in the supplement are not disclosed. See our video and article on yerba mate. Source :
- L-Methionine: Amino acid present in eggs, nuts, fish and meat and important for health and well-being. Sometimes used in the treatment of liver disease or depression.
Source: WebMD on Methionine
- Ginger powder (ziniber officinale): Ginger is a familiar spice with culinary use, and ginger root is often taken to treat stomach upsets. It is safe but can interfere with warfarin – blood-thinning medication used to treat high blood pressure.
- Quercetin: Is plant pigment found in numerous plants and foods including green tea, onions and apples. Flavanoids are powerful antioxidants with many health benefits and Quercetin is sometimes taken to improve endurance and performance. Source: WebMD on Quercetin
- Fisetin: Flavenol found in plants. Has been tested on insects for anti aging properties but not on humans or mammals.
- DMAE bitartate (2-dimethylaminoethanol): Some studies have suggested a link with improving mood and increased alertness. Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12844472
- Grape extract: Source of antioxidants, including Revesterol and vitamins. Grape seed is believed to have the potential for many health benefits but in clinical trials, it has proven to cause troublesome side effects including headaches and itchiness. Long-term use as a supplement needs to be evaluated for safety and further testing . Lack of contents information re quantities of grape extract in this supplement. Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12939122
As well as the listed ingredients, Advantrim also contains vitamins and minerals.
- 100mg Vitamin C
- 12 mg Pantothenic acid. Vitamin B5
- 10mg Vitamin B 6 (pyridoxine)
- 10mg Magnesium
So What Does All This Mean?
Advantrim contains some antioxidant rich ingredients and amino acids, which may supplement the average diet and be good for you. However, this is outweighed by the health warnings surrounding the use of synephrine. This can increase adrenaline levels and affect the heart rate and blood pressure, which is potentially dangerous.
In addition ingredients that cause the flight or fight response and suppress appetite by making you feel too keyed up to eat have proven to be ineffective for weight loss.
Does Advantrim Have Any Side Effects?
There is no independent customer feedback available for Advantrim so we cannot bring you true life customer experiences and the product information does not include and health warnings or consumer advice.
However, you can expect a stimulant effect and associated stimulant side effects such as anxiety, jitteriness and insomnia if you take too close to bedtime.
More worryingly, synephrine can cause disturbances to the heart including palpitations, heart racing and irregular heartbeat and can cause an increase in blood pressure.
Caution: Avoid if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Do not use Advantrim if you suffer from any type of heart condition or have high blood pressure. Avoid if you are taking medication in case of interactions.
Any Advantrim Reviews From Customers?
There do not appear to be any reviews from customers.
So Does Advantrim Work?
It is unlikely that Advantrim will help you lose weight although you may notice a stimulant effect.
Where Can I Buy Advantrim?
Advantrim is on sale from the Biovea website – the marketing arm for Newton Everett Health products and available in most countries.
Each bottle of 90 capsules contains just 15 days supply.
One bottle of Advantrim costs $27.95 from Biovea USA and the website advises you can save 5% by signing up to their auto-billing programme.
In the UK, customers can access the Biovea UK site and buy 90 capsules of Advantrim for £23.95, and also access the same offer for auto billing.
Although we always advise against auto billing because it can be notoriously difficult to cancel and we do not recommend you sign up here, Biovea appears to be a well-known and well-established company and there are 242 Trust Pilot positive reviews about their good service.
The only occasional issue appears to be with a sometimes slow delivery time. Customers have not complained about the company’s sales policy.
Advantrim is also available via Amazon and Amazon co.uk for the same prices as available direct from the website. No customer reviews are available.
How About a Money Back Guarantee?
No money back guarantee on offer.
Advantrim might have a stimulant effect that you may feel but other than that we cannot see how this supplement will help you lose much weight and we cannot see why anyone would want to eat the equivalent of 80 oranges in two capsules.
We like the fact that the supplement contains some vitamins and minerals but are less happy about the synephrine content due to health concerns and the lack of ingredient quantities information.
Lastly, it is expensive and buying a supplement that only contains enough capsules for 15 days is inconvenient. Biovea may be a reputable company but we’re sorry to say that this supplement looks like a dud. Our visitors deserve better and for this reason, we reject it.