Powerful advertising that brings in some complicated scientific neuro science, but does it actually work? We take a look.
- Unlikely to cause side effects
- Inadequate information provided by the product website
- Misleading advertising that suggests Fenphedra will cause “hardcore” weight loss
- No independent customer feedback
- Marketed by Synergistic Nutritional Supplements
- Utah based Supplement Company with links to Garrett Devore and Gadd
- Each bottle contains 60 capsules or one months supply
Fenphedra comes with some powerful advertising that brings in some complicated principles of neuro science and their effect upon weight gain. Despite this, there is very little information about this pill or the makers behind it. We dig deep to find out the truth behind this supplement.
Fenphedra is advertised as a way to help you lose serious weight fast by burning off excess body fat and by regulating your hormones. According to the product information, Fenphedra contains green coffee extract, a branded chromium supplement called Chromax and DiCaffeine Malate described as a psychoactive stimulant.
However, the product information does not provide a full ingredients list or anything in the way of contents information. In addition, the explanation about how it works is flimsy to say the least.
According to the explanation, two neuro hormones play a key role in weight loss and weight gain.
- Leptin, the good hormone that controls appetite, tells you when to stop eating and signals that your body should use stored fat as energy.
- NPY –Neuropeptide is the so-called bad hormone makes you hungry and signals your body to store fat.
The Fenphedra website does not make an effort to fully explain this brief foray into neuroscience or how the ingredients in the pill help cause the desired effect.
Elsewhere on the Fenphedra website, there are very few clues about what this supplement does. There are however a lot of so called customer testimonials.
According to these, weight loss can be extreme and in the region of 30lbs. It looks impressive but we feel we have seen this all before and, as usual have no way of knowing whether any of it is genuine.
One picture that took our fancy was an “after weight loss” picture that featured a happy slimmer posing with a snake . Bizarre to say the least and we certainly had not seen THAT before.
How To take Fenphedra
The company recommend that you take “1 capsule 30 minute before breakfast and lunch. So each box of FENPHEDRA will last you 34 1/2 days”. According to the website information each packet of capsules contains 69.
Strange because the photograph of the box clearly shows 60. This lack of attention to detail does not create a very good impression of the product.
Fenphedra does not give much away about the company behind this product so we did some research and found out that they are none other than Synergistic Nutritional Compounds LLC.
Synergistic Nutritional compounds are linked to the Garrett Devore and Gadd empire of companies and are known for dodgy business practice. See our previous article on Gadd Formulas.
Sad to say, we have yet to find a diet pill that has come out of the Utah Diet Pill Triangle that is any good.
Synergistic Nutritional Supplements are deep in the heart of this set up and share an address with numerous other supplement companies including Nutripharm.
This address is very familiar to anyone with an interest in diet pills.
3165 Millrock Dr.
SLC, UT 84121
- Very expensive supplement $69.95 per 60 capsules
- Lack of evidence that it will do anything to help weight loss
- Lack of attention to detail on the website. Lets hope they are more careful in the lab
What Does Fenphedra Claim To Do?
There are three key features;
- Burn Excess Body Fat
- Suppress Your Appetite
- Guaranteed Results (or your money back)
There is not much information about Fenphedra on the product website but it does hint at great weight loss success. All of the featured customers have lost at least 20lbs.
Fenphedra also advertises on Amazon where there is some added information
According to Synergistic;
Fenphedra was not just thought up by some people in a lab. It was scientifically developed. If you’re looking for a product that is not only effective but is backed up by science then Fenphedra is the product you have been looking for
There is so much about that statement that is just not convincing.
According to product information,
Fenphedra activates CART to increase insulin levels and take energy right to your muscles and not body fat. The more energy you have the more you move, the more you move the more calories and fat you burn.
CART or the “cocaine-amphetamine regulated transcript” is the network of peptide receptors all over your body that respond to these substances and may promote weight loss.
Fenphedra does not contain Ephedra or Phentermine despite the name. It does contain small quantities of Phenylethylamine but this is not proven to be effective for weight loss.
So What Is Fenphedra and What Are The Ingredients For Fenphedra?
The company do not provide a full ingredients list but we managed to find one anyway.
Amounts per serving size of one capsule.
- Chromax C (60mg): Branded chromium supplement. Some clinical testing has suggested that chromium deficiency may cause inability to process sugar properly. However, there is not enough evidence to prove that chromium supplements improve the body’s ability to improve glucose tolerance.
- Irvingia Gabonensis (150mg): Also known as African mango Seeds. May have weight loss benefits in natural form because of its high fibre content and is believed to promote leptin according to some research.
Source: Europe PMC article
- Caffeine Anhydrous (100mg): Crystallised form of caffeine, which is more suitable for adding to supplements, but otherwise the same as the coffee you drink. A medium sized cup of filter coffee contains around 100mg of caffeine.
- DiCaffeine Malate (100mg): Stimulate based ingredient, which is a combination of caffeine and malic acid. It was once an ingredient in coca cola and is a mild stimulant with a gentler effect upon the stomach than caffeine. Although the Fenphedra describes Di Caffeine Malate as psychotropic this only means that it affects mood. Technically caffeine is also a psychotropic drug but this description is usually reserved for illegal drugs such as LSD.
- Green Coffee Bean (50% chlorogenic acid) (100mg): Green coffee beans are coffee beans, which have not yet been roasted and are high in chlorogenic acid. May help promote moderate weight loss but most testing has been carried out using over 1000mg per dose.
- Razberi K (raspberry ketone) (100mg): Branded OTC supplement that you can buy from numerous retail outlets for around $5.00 for 60 capsules. Popular diet pill ingredient but lacks real clinical evidence that it will help weight loss.
- Phenylethylamine 37.5 mg (also known as PEA): Is believed to stimulate brain chemicals serotonin and dopamine. It causes a short-lived high effect but is quickly metabolized. It is this high that makes it attractive as a supplement but the effect often lasts only a few minutes.
- Panax Ginseng (25mg): Plant root extract often used as an aphrodesiac and it may have an effect upon diabetes. However, it can be unpredictable and can interact with medication and alcohol. When used for diabetes, the dose is 200mg so is unlikely to do much here.
- California Poppy Seed (10mg): Lacks evidence for weight loss and combating depression but in larger doses may cause sleepiness.
- Thermodiamine (10mg): Plant extract derived from Evodiamine plant believed to reduce fat but no medical evidence. May play a role in the production of serotonin in the brain similar to capsaicin.
So What Does All This Mean?
This supplement is not as dangerous as it looks and many of the ingredients are in insignificant quantities and are unlikely to do much.
For example, green coffee bean extract has shown it may help promote weight loss but only if taken at 1000mg per dose.
Phenylethylamine may cause a short-lived high but lacks evidence that it will be effective for promoting weight loss. Even the Fenphedra website information states that any evidence that PEA stimulates fat burning and appetite reduction is “anecdotal” i.e. not proven.
When it comes to weight loss, we cannot see how it will really help you and apart from the Irvingia Gabonensis, which the website does not even name as an ingredient, there is no evidence that any of this will affect leptin levels. Perhaps this is why the product advertising is so vague?
Does Fenphedra Have Any Side Effects?
It does not look too bad for side effects. It does contain some caffeine but no more than you would find in an average cup of coffee. However, Panax Ginseng can be unpredictable and Phenylethylamine can raise blood pressure.
Caution: Avoid if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Do not take if you suffer from high blood pressure and see your doctor for advice if you are taking medication in case of interactions.
You may need to avoid alcohol during the course of the capsules.
Any Fenphedra Reviews From Customers?
There are plenty of Fenphedra reviews on the product website and unsurprisingly these are all positive. However, we could not find one independent review elsewhere.
So Does Fenphedra Work?
We do not think that Fenphedra will work very well at all. We cannot see how it will help you achieve hardcore weight loss as promised when the ingredient amounts are so inadequate. However, it does seem reasonably side effect free, which is a point in its favour.
Where Can I Buy Fenphedra?
You can buy Fenphedra direct from the product website.
One bottle of capsules (60ct) or one month’s supply costs $69.95 with flat rate shipping to US addresses an added $4.95. 2 bottles of Fenphedra (120ct) 2 months supply costs $119.95 and includes free US shipping and a free gift of Fen -72 (a fat burning supplement). 3 bottles of Fenphedra (180ct) 3 months supply costs $149.95 and includes free shipping and 3 free bottles of Fen 72.
Fenphedra is also available via Amazon.com. It costs $64.95 for 60 capsules with an added $3.99 for shipping to US addresses.
What About A Guarantee
Fenphedra offers a 100% money back guarantee. It is valid for 90 days and Return Authorization is required for all returns. Be advised that the guarantee ONLY applies to one opened bottle, so all other bottles are required to be in re-saleable condition (unopened).
You are advised to contact customer services after 30 days for a RMA number and instructions. Fenphedra display the contact phone number as 1.800.597.0860
Fenphedra is not actually as dangerous as the name suggests. It does not contain anything like Phentermine or ephedra but it lacks proper ingredients information and there is no evidence that it will really help you lose weight.
However, it is not crammed with dangerous stimulants and mind-bending substances despite the impression given by the website and all the talk of “hardcore weight loss.”
This is a point in its favour but at $69.95 is an expensive way to take something that will probably work no better than a placebo.
Perhaps the final conclusion should be left to the Fenphedra advertising on the Amazon website. OK, it may be a typo but “Fenphedra takes weight loss to a whole no level,” perfectly describes this supplement and how it will probably do nothing for you. We reject Fenphedra diet pills.