Watchdog Approved Diet Pills

Phenamax

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There are many diet pill companies that launch products that use ‘phen’ as a part of their name, hoping to draw a link between their product and the prescription appetite suppressant Phentermine. One such product is Phenamax, a herbal diet pill sold exclusively online.

Below we take a look to see if this is a viable diet pill.

Phenamax Pros

  • 100 day money back guarantee

Phenamax Cons

  • Partial ingredients list
  • No ingredient quantities, so strength/effectiveness unknown
  • Stimulant ingredients may cause side effects
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Phenamax Facts

  • Manufactured by Online Future Inc
  • 60 capsules per bottle- 1 month supply
  • Available exclusively online

Phenamax appears to be manufactured and sold by Online Future Inc, a supplement supplier that is based in Florida, USA. Phenamax is intended for those who want to boost their metabolism and boost their energy levels, and so may suit those who feel too tired during the day to exercise regularly.

Online Future Inc can be contacted on twitter, or by calling them on 800-508-7902 (for those in the US only), or 814-452-8973 (for international customers). There is also a contact form available on the contact us section of their site.

How to Take Phenamax

The daily recommended dose is two capsules, but there are no clear instructions about when to take the two capsules.

We would suggest taking one before breakfast, and another in the early afternoon.

Because of the stimulants and caffeine in Phenamax, consumers should avoid using this product in the evening, as it could disrupt sleeping patterns.

All of Online Future Inc’s products are manufactured in the USA, are manufactured to NNFA / GMP guidelines. However, as it is a diet supplement, it falls outside of the reach of the FDA, and so no actual testing upon this product is required.

Like many other diet pills, at the bottom of the sales page is the disclaimer,

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

This statement applies even to the claim that the diet pill will result in ‘increased confidence’, due to the weight customers might lose.

Phenamax Concerns:

  • Partial ingredients list
  • No ingredient quantities
  • Possible side effects

What Does Phenamax Claim To Do?

The official website for Phenamax contains the following description of the product:

Phenamax is an herbal weight loss pill and dietary supplement, aimed at helping you lose weight, boost metabolism and boost energy. Using Phenamax can help you to feel more energetic, and improve your stamina while exercising.

So What Is Phenamax and What Are The Ingredients For Phenamax?

We have been unable to locate a full and official ingredients list or any ingredient quantities, although some other reviews sites claim that the product also contains green tea, despite it not being mentioned on this list. It is possible that the full ingredients list is listed on the back of the bottle.

  • Cha De Bugre: Whilst Phenamax describes this ingredient as a ‘weight loss aid and powerful appetite suppressant’, there is a lack of clinical trials or definite medical knowledge about this plant from Brazil. It is often used in Brazilian diet pills for appetite suppression.
    Source:http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1124-cha%20de%20bugre.aspx?activeingredientid=1124&activeingredientname=cha%20de%20bugre
  • Yerba Mate: A plant that is typically brewed as a tea, yerba mate is a natural source of caffeine, and has been the subject of several studies on weight loss. In a 2001 study of 47 healthy overweight adults, researchers found that taking an herbal preparation of yerba mate, guarana, and damiana three times daily for 45 days induced weight loss. It is not clear whether the individual ingredients from this preparation have the same weight loss potential on their own, or how much of each ingredient is required to replicate the results of the study. See our article on Yerba mate for more information.
    Source:http://altmedicine.about.com/od/herbsupplementguide/a/yerba_mate_weightloss.htm
  • Vitamin B6: Vitamin B6 has several important functions in the body, including ‘allowing the body to use and store energy from protein and carbohydrates in food’. Whilst taking excess amounts of vitamin B6 will not infinitely improve this ability, a deficiency could make it more difficult to lose weight. Vitamin B6 is naturally present in a wide variety of foods, including meat, cereals, bread and vegetables, and is often included in fortified breakfast cereals.
    Source:http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vitamins-minerals/Pages/Vitamin-B.aspx
  • Hordenine: A central nervous stimulant that is thought to boost the metabolism, Hordenine is found in several different plants, including Bitter Orange.
    Source:http://examine.com/supplements/Hordenine/
  • Forslean: Forslean is a branded form of Coleus Forskohlii extract, and contains Forskolin, which is thought by some to boost the metabolism. Clinical evidence is limited and shows widely varying results, with some studies showing no weight loss or increase in metabolism at all.
    Source:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2129145/

So What Does All This Mean?

Based upon the list above, there are some ingredients in this diet pill that could increase the metabolism, primarily yerba mate and Hordenine. However, without knowing what other ingredients are present in Phenamax, or how much of each ingredient is used per serving or per capsule, it is impossible to tell how strong or effective the product really is. There is also no way to tell for sure what side effects could be expected from the diet pill, again because there are unknown ingredients used.

There are also several ingredients that may cause only minimal or no weight loss at all. Research for Forslean suggests it only minimally affects body composition, and may not effect weight. Supplementing B vitamins will also have only a minimal impact upon weight unless the consumer has a vitamin B6 deficiency.

Hordenine is found in a number of different plants, but it is likely derived from bitter orange, as this is most often used in diet pills. It is unclear whether Hordenine is present as a single ingredient, or if it is present as one of the active compounds in bitter orange extract.

Does Phenamax Have Any Side Effects?

Phenamax contains various ingredients that have been under-researched, including cha de bugre, and so it is possible that there are as yet unknown side effects of the diet pill. This is even more likely as the whole ingredients list is not revealed on the official website.

The product also contains some caffeine. Whilst this is a small amount compared to many diet pills and even compared to a cup of coffee, it is possible that caffeine can cause headaches, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, increased urination, jitteriness, dehydration, sleep disturbances and insomnia. Customers should remember that this product is a source of caffeine, and regulate their caffeine intake from other sources such as teas, coffee, and energy drinks.

Hordenine is a stimulant, and so is not suitable for use by those who have heart conditions or elevated blood pressure levels. Stimulants can raise blood pressure, increase heart rate, cause heart palpitations and interfere with sleeping patterns. If this Hordenine is a part of bitter orange extract, then other stimulants will also be present, including synephrine. The Mayo Clinic has recommended avoiding the use of bitter orange extract, as the risk of serious side effects outweighs the benefits of any potential weight loss.

Forslean is a patented extract of coleus forskohlii; reported side effects of coleus forskohlii include heachache, irregular heartbeat and low blood pressure.

Caution:

Avoid if you are breastfeeding or pregnant.

Should not be used by anyone who has a heart condition or elevated blood pressure.

Any Phenamax Reviews From Customers?

Unfortunately, there are no customer reviews or testimonials that we could locate for Phenamax. Considering that this product has been on the market for several years, this is disappointing.

So Does Phenamax Work?

Usually we determine how effective a product could be based upon the ingredients profile, the quantities of each ingredient used, and by considering the various customer reviews we have located. As there are no customer reviews, and only a partial ingredients list with no ingredient quantities, it is impossible to estimate how strong or effective this product is, or even what the likelihood is of experiencing any unpleasant side effects. Without this information, trying a diet pill such as phenamax is going to be a risk, and a potential waste of money.

Where Can I Buy Phenamax?

Phenamax can be purchased from Onlinefutureinc, which is the official product website. There are several different bulk purchase discounts that are offered. One bottle contains 60 capsules, enough for 30 day use, and when purchased on its own costs $39.95.

Three bottles are discounted from $120 to $79.95, and six bottles are available for $119.95, reduced from $240. Onlinefutureinc ship from the US, but delivery is available worldwide. Those in the US can expect delivery with 2-5 business days, whereas international customers should allow 3-10 business days.

Please note: International shipping charges do not include applicable import duties or taxes that are due upon entry into the destination country.

What About A Guarantee

Onlinefutureinc, the sellers of phenamax, do offer a money back guarantee on their products. They state:

We are so confident about the quality of our products that we offer a 100 Day Money back Guarantee to all our customers. If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, simply return the products to us and we will refund your money. Retail Customers Only.

Watchdog Verdict

Overall, there is a distinct lack of information about Phenamax. Possibly the greatest redeeming factor about this product is that a 100 day money back guarantee is offered, which could go some way to helping customers recover some of their money if they find the product ineffective and disappointing.

However, customers should remember that money back guarantees generally do not include the delivery costs or the return shipping costs. For international customers, these charges can be very high, and so even this may not make the product worth trying. It is also not clear if this money back guarantee applies to opened products or not.

The lack of complete information about the diet pills ingredients and the quantities used makes it impossible to recommend this diet pill. Without customer testimonials or reviews, or the full ingredients list, it is unclear whether the product works or causes any side effects. Even with the partial ingredients list that is available, it is clear that there are some ingredients that are not very effective at boosting weight loss.

Overall, a disappointing product. We reject Phenamax.

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