CardiaShred is a fat burner that will supposedly help you shred – or lose weight in ordinary language, and some of the ingredients are a matter for concern, due to their stimulant effect.
- CardiaShred does contain some healthy vitamins and minerals
- High stimulant content
- Misleading website information
- Could cause dangerous side effects
- Formula devised by Dr Heuer MD
- Bottles contain 120 caplets
- Aimed at body builders and athletes
CardiaShred is a supplement that comes with plenty of facts and figures. According to the advertising, it contains a whopping 32 active ingredients, including 4 key weight loss drivers and 15 healthy ingredients that will promote heart health. Even more impressive, it is devised by a real medical doctor, Marv Heuer MD, the head of Heuer MD Research who have developed this product.
We all like seeing hunky men with six packs. Whether you think that’s eye candy or something to aim for, Cardia Shred proposes a way to achieve the body beautiful and boost your health owing to its blend of thermogenic and supposedly heart health promoting ingredients.
This diet pill supplement is made in the USA by Heuer MD Research who specialise in the manufacture of sports supplements. Front man of the company is Dr Marvin Heuer, a medical doctor who gained his degree in the 70s and has mainly been involved with supplements ever since.
This gives the Cardia Shred website the distinction of having a photo of a real doctor in a white coat with a stethoscope and not just an actor! You can even follow him via his twitter account.
Dr Heuer has been associated with other supplement products including Hydroxycut Hardcore Pro which is a body builder’s supplement marketed by Muscle Tech.
CardiaShred contains high levels of stimulants and with 32 active ingredients, it is a veritable cocktail of ingredients that according to the advertising will help you lose weight fast, promote energy and heart health and build muscle.
The Cardia Shred website provides lots of facts, figures and graphs put in a way that looks scientific. If your body is a temple and you are fanatical about tweaking it to optimum performance, you are probably already reaching for your wallet.
But hang on. Behind the hype and the supposedly medical endorsement, some of the ingredients are a matter for concern and there is an extremely long list of potential side effects and health warnings not fully explained on the product website.
Many of the ingredients are standard body building staples including a Creatine compound COP, Cissus Quadrangularis, caffeine and Yohimbe and we cannot understand why this supplement is described as being good for your heart.
Stimulants that speed the rate of the heart have dangers to health rather than benefits so we feel this is misleading. Some sports supplements are renowned for being dangerous and Cardia Shred appears to be no exception.
To use CardiaShred, take two caplets per day twice daily, no later than the afternoon. If you are training, take 30 minutes in advance of your work out, don’t exceed 4 caplets within a 24-hour period and do not stay on CardiaShred for any longer than 8 weeks.
You are advised to drink between 8-10 glasses of water a day while taking the supplement and avoid caffeine including coffee, tea and coke.
- Need to avoid drinking tea and coffee while taking this supplement
- One of the ingredients causes birth defects
- Could promote excessive exercise beyond safe limits
What Does CardiaShred Claim To Do?
According to the advertising, CardiaShred delivers five key benefits.
- Weight Loss
- Calorie Burning
- Lean muscle building
- Heart Health
The formula is designed for the “serious athlete” has 32 “potent active ingredients? and is a “source of omega 3, Coq10 and more for heart health”. Each benefit described on the website comes with a list of ingredients that will achieve the particular function.
For example under the energy category you see a list of energy promoting ingredients including caffeine, Citrus Aurantium and Yohimbe as well as a range of vitamins and minerals such as zinc and B12, The “lean muscle” category includes green tea and selenium and the other features are similarly explained.
You are told that with CardiaShred, you will shred like never before. In bodybuilder language, this means lose weight and presumably build muscle.
There is also a picture gallery on the website that shows body builders showing off their bodies. None of them can be remotely be described as “normal” looking and this supplement probably will not suit you if you are just looking to lose a few pounds of weight and feel a bit fitter.
So What Is CardiaShred and What Are The Ingredients For CardiaShred?
CardiaShred is a bodybuilding product that aims to help you lose weight by fat burning and build your muscle definition. It contains a wide range of vitamins and minerals combined with some stimulants – described as “drivers” in the advertising.
The six principle ingredients by amounts contained in the supplement are as follows. Amounts refer to serving size of two caplets.
- Creatinol-O-Phosphate (COP) (1500 mg): is described as a “cutting edge “compound and the key to CardiaShred. It is supposed to stabilise the acidity levels of muscle cells, which helps increase endurance during training and allows you to train beyond your normal safe limits.
It is not the same as Creatine despite sharing a similar name. COP is used by body builders because it allows muscle contractions to carry on for longer so enables longer training and increased muscle mass.
When clinically tested on rats who had been put into an hypoxic state (had their oxygen supply taken away from them) it appeared that COP helped recovery. It may be evaluated in the future for treatment of heart conditions, but requires further testing. Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6542374
- Caffeine (350mg): Well known stimulant that increases the metabolism and helps to suppress the appetite. Although it is safe, according to research consumption of over 250mg of caffeine per day can cause caffeinism – the common effects are jitteriness, nervousness, insomnia, heart palpitations, irritability and similar. See our earlier article on Caffeine. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caffeine
- Cissus Quadrangularis (300mg): CQR-300®. This patented supplement contains Cissus Quadrangularis – an Asian fruit similar to a grape. CQ may help reduce body mass and may play a role in future treatment of obesity, subject to further testing. Despite its popularity as a bodybuilding supplement, the long-term effects and the way that it works on humans have not been fully researched. Source: Cissus Quadrangularis on WebMD
- Green Tea (300mg): Natural tea that is high in antioxidants, which helps fat burning and promotes health. Containing 98% polyphenols and 50% EGCG –two antioxidants with powerful health benefits. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that fat oxidation increased by 35% after subjects supplemented with green tea extract. See our earlier article on Green tea.
- Omega 3 Fish Oil (200mg): Taking fish oil can lower blood pressure and help regulate a healthy metabolism. However, there is no direct link with Fish oil and weight loss or muscle building and the need for supplementation is under question. Many scientists believe that you can receive adequate omega 3 from diet alone and there have been questions around a link between omega 3 supplementation and prostate cancer. Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7490601
- Advantra Z 100mg): This synephrine supplement may help to increase the metabolism. Synephrine is a synthetic compound of orange peel that is often marketed as an OTC stimulant. It raises blood pressure and heart rate.
As well as these six principle ingredients, CardiaShred contains vitamins and minerals including Vitamin B, Zinc, vitamin C, magnesium, thiamine, folic acid, selenium, niacin riboflavin and many others.
There are some other ingredients that are more worrying.
Yohimbe is included in the formula. This has been marketed as an aphrodisiac and body builder supplement and it was believed to play a role in fat reduction. It can be dangerous and lead to acute neurotoxity, causing a rise in heart rate and blood pressure combined with vomiting and nausea.
So What Does All This Mean?
There are so many ingredients in CardiaShred that it is extremely difficult to assess exactly what effect each one will have upon the individual and whether or not any will have a reaction. COP appears to be extremely dangerous in that it may encourage you to train beyond your normal limits. The high stimulant content is of concern too and may lead to side effects. Despite the presence of the medically trained doctor, this supplement does not appear safe.
Does CardiaShred Have Any Side Effects?
No Customer feedback, so true customer experiences are not available. However, the label offers plenty of warnings. Common side effects include:
- Shortness of breath
- Rapid heart beat
- Upset stomach
- Severe head aches
- According to the State of California (prop 65), this supplement contains a chemical known to cause birth defects and other reproductive disorders. (Details of chemical not revealed)
Avoid if pregnant, breast feeding or allergic to aspirin.
Avoid if you have a medical condition including:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Depression or any psychiatric disorder
- Seizure disorder
- Cardiac arrhythmia
- Reoccurring headaches
- Enlarged prostrate or BHP
- Avoid if you are taking ANY prescription or OTC medication.
- Avoid caffeine, including cups of tea and coffee or soft drinks.
Any CardiaShred Reviews From Customers?
CardiaShred does not appear to have any customer testimonials, so obtaining real customer stories is hard. There are five product reviews available from the retailer GNC‘s website. They seem a little too good to be true and so we have our doubts.
So Does CardiaShred Work?
It will undoubtedly have a stimulant effect. If this is something you are looking for then, yes it will work. However we cannot understand how the company can get away with advertising CardiaShred as healthy for your heart when it appears to be so dangerous.
There are some vitamins and minerals that may be good for you but these are outweighed by the negative effects of the stimulants.
Where Can I Buy CardiaShred?
CardiaShred is available from GNC – an online health and sports supplements retailer based in the USA.
One month’s supply of 120 caplets of CardiaShred costs $49.00 and if you buy from GNC and live in the USA, you can qualify for $1.00 shipping.
You can buy CardiaShred direct from the product website but you will have to sign up to the website before you can buy. Worryingly when you click on the terms and conditions page to see what you are agreeing to, the page is unavailable.
CardiaShred is also available on Amazon.com for $49.97.It is not available on amazon.co.uk. There are no customer reviews for CardiaShred.
What About Any Money-Back Guarantee?
There is no money back guarantee on offer.
We weren’t impressed with CardiaShred at all. It’s the type of diet pill that gives the whole industry a bad name!
Its safety is extremely questionable and although it is advertised as helping your heart health, it actually can pose risks to heart health. We all know obesity is a world problem and feel that a medically trained doctor could have come up with something safer to address this problem.
CardiaShred is a product that appeals to the extreme vanity and obsessions of body builders and we feel worried that ordinary men will be sucked into using this supplement without realising the health risks.
There is no independent customer feedback and if you take this product, you will not be able to enjoy your usual cup of tea or coffee. This is the final straw that leads us to reject this supplement.