We find out about the truth behind this supplement.
- Clear ingredients profile provided
- Not very expensive
- High level of stimulants will not suit everyone
- No customer feedback
- Aimed at improving physical performance, not weight loss
- The Maxiraw brand is owned by Glaxo Smith Kline
- One tub contains 90 capsules (one month’s supply)
- May not be available to US customers
If you are looking for a diet pill that contains a high level of stimulants to boost your physical performance then Turbotherm ticks all the right boxes. However, this diet pill will not suit everyone and is designed to be used in combination with an exercise programme.
Turbotherm is part of the Maxiraw brand, which specialises in sports nutritional products. The emphasis is on power and performance and working out in the gym rather than gentle weight loss, and this rather masculine product styling will appeal to gym goers and athletes looking for that little bit extra.
Maxiraw is a brand that comes under the Maxishop heading. Other lines include Maximuscle, Maxitone and Maxifuel.
Not all Maxishop brands are male oriented. Maxitone is a brand of supplements aimed specifically at women and includes Maxitone Sculptress, which we looked at (and rejected) in a previous review.
Despite the body building image of the Maxi Shop website and their product brands, this company is actually a subsidiary of Glaxo Smith Kline.
This well-known company is a world leader when it comes to the manufacture of pharmaceutical drugs. However, GSK products also include many household names such as Sensoydne toothpaste, Ribena and Horlicks.
Turbotherm contains a range of ingredients designed to help your body burn fat and lose weight by thermogenesis. One of the principle ingredients is caffeine with green coffee extract, green tea and L tyrosine also contained in the supplement.
How to Take TurboTherm
To use Turbotherm, take one capsule three times daily throughout the day on an empty stomach. Take with water and do not exceed this recommended daily dose.
Our first impression is that this diet pill is very strong in stimulants. Some people like this effect but it does not necessarily equate to weight loss.
Feeling too zippy and on edge to eat, is not necessarily good for your health and will not suit everyone. However, this supplement is not aimed at everyone but solely at the sports and body builder market. The aim of this pill is to enable you to train harder and for longer, so you can burn off more calories and fat.
Taking stimulants can help improve physical performance that also burns off some of the effects of the pills.
We imagine that if you take this diet pill and spend your day working at the computer or sitting in front of the TV, the side effects may move from enhanced energy to jittery, nervous and on edge very quickly.
In addition, is taking high levels of caffeine really that good for your health? Yes, it can improve focus and provide a quick boost of energy levels but is this necessarily good for your weight or your training?
- Probably won’t help you lose weight
- Despite the reasonable price, we don’t think it is value for money
- Money-back guarantee has conditions
What Does Turbotherm Claim To Do?
According to the Turbotherm advertising, this supplement offers three key benefits.
- Scientifically formulated all-in-one metabolic supplement
- Contains Green tea, Green coffee extract and L-Carnitine
- Focus with caffeine, L-Tyrosine and B-vitamins
The website states that;
Turbotherm should be used in conjunction with a well balanced healthy diet, providing you the perfect support to help you achieve your physique goals.
According to the website, caffeine is a major part of this supplement and there to fuel your workout.
Caffeine is proven to help you maintain a high intensity for longer, providing you with a lower perception of effort, meaning that you can work harder during your workout.
In other words, you can train longer and harder and the thinking behind it seems to be that you can burn off more fat. The caffeine equivalent of each capsule is the same as drinking three cups of coffee.
This is a major selling point of this supplement but we cannot help wondering why, if you want this effect, you don’t just drink three cups of coffee before your workout?
So What Is Turbotherm and What Are The Ingredients For Turbotherm?
Turbotherm is a stimulant style fat burner that is designed to boost athletic and physical performance by the use of some caffeine rich ingredients and amino acid supplementation.
Please note contents are given per serving size of three capsules and not per capsule.
- L-Carnitine (1008mg): This amino acid helps the body convert fat into energy. Your body makes this substance in the kidneys and liver and stores it in the muscles, heart and brain. Taking L Carnitine supplements can be effective for some medical conditions but there is no evidence that it helps with weight loss or boosts exercise performance. Source: University of Maryland article
- Caffeine (446mg): Most diet pills and ALL fat burners contain high amounts of caffeine and there is some evidence that when combined with green tea extract , these ingredients have the potential to produce effects on metabolic targets such as metabolism, and fat oxidation. However, the research is not definitive. Not all clinical studies agree with these findings and many clinicians agree that the claims for caffeine may be exaggerated. There is also concern about potential side effects of caffeine when taken in high dosage. Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20156466
- Green coffee bean extract (450mg): Green coffee beans are coffee beans, which have not yet been roasted and are high in chlorogenic acid. However, medical opinion is divided in whether this actually works for weight loss and most testing has been carried out using over 1000mg per dose.
Even if green coffee bean extract and chlorogenic acid does have an effect upon weight loss the quantity contained in this supplement is unlikely to do very much. Source: Dailymail article
- Green tea extract (300mg): When used in combination with caffeine there is some evidence that Green tea may have thermogenic properties and promote fat oxidation. Green tea is high in Epicatechin Gallate an antioxidant which may also help protect the body against bacteria. Research is ongoing. Please read our Green tea extract ingredient article here.
- Guarana seed powder (150mg): Natural South American berry, which contains caffeine, Gurana. is a common component of diet pills because of its stimulant effect.
- Black pepper extract (9mg): Believed to increase the effects of the other ingredients as well as contribute to fat burning.
- Cayenne Oleoresin extract (4.5mg): The active ingredient in chilli peppers that gives them their heat. When taken in sufficient quantities, scientific research has found that high levels of capsaicoinds may raise the metabolism. Source: WebMD Capsicum
- Vitamin B5 (30mg): Vitamin B5 also known as pantothenic acid. The RDA is 5mg but there do not appear to be adverse effects from exceeding this dose. Important vitamin that plays a role in the destabilisation of fat and cholesterol
- L-Tyrosine (450mg): Non-essential amino acid, which is found in the meat that you eat and present in a normal diet unless you are a vegetarian. L Tyrosine stimulates adrenergic hormones which provoke the flight or fight response, which can lead to a reduction of appetite making you feel too stressed to eat. Although L tyrosine can improve mental focus there is no evidence it can improve sports performance.
Please read our L-Tyrosine ingredient article for more information.
So What Does All This Mean?
This supplement looks safe but you will probably notice its stimulant effects and we question the sense of using stimulants to enhance physical performance. Over doing exercise can be potentially dangerous and medical advice is always to keep within your own capabilities.
However, some of the ingredients – such as the combination of green tea and caffeine have been shown to cause fat burning when used in combination with resistance training.
The major drawback with Turbotherm is that although it contains many ingredients, it does not appear to be much more than a glorified caffeine pill.
Does Turbotherm Have Any Side Effects?
There may be side effects and we were surprised to note that Maxiraw do not provide any warnings.
Although there is nothing too dangerous in this supplement, the high caffeine content will not be suitable for everyone. Caffeine can cause:
- Acid reflux
- Increased heart rate
- Chest pain
- Ringing in the ears
You may need to avoid drinking your usual tea or caffeine while taking this supplement.
Caution: Avoid if pregnant or breast-feeding. Do not take Turbotherm if you are sensitive to stimulants or have a heart or blood pressure condition.
Any Turbotherm Reviews From Customers?
Although the Turbotherm product page mentions 29 positive reviews, we were unable to read them due to a glitch in the Maxishop website.
However, we only ever take truly independent customer opinion into account so this was no real hardship.
Elsewhere we cannot find any independent Turbotherm reviews. Maxishop products are being discussed on some of the body building forums but not this particular supplement.
So Does Turbotherm Work?
We don’t think it will do much for your weight loss. You may notice an increase in energy levels after taking, in much the same way as you would find after drinking three cups of coffee. You may feel slightly on edge with increased nervous energy.
We cannot see much point in taking this supplement. Either you work out in the gym and benefit from enhanced levels of fitness or you don’t. Boosting your exercise performance beyond your limits does not sound safe or sensible. How much extra fat are you really going to burn off by taking this?
Where Can I Buy Turbotherm?
Turbotherm is available from some online outlets that specialise in body building products.
You can also buy this supplement direct from the Maxishop site.
One tub of 90 capsules (one month’s supply) costs £16.99 and includes free delivery to UK addresses.
There are no details about delivery to addresses outside the UK. Try contacting the company to find out about shipping details.
What About A Guarantee
There is a money back guarantee on offer but Maxishop have the final say as to whether you qualify or not.
Just use the products as instructed on the label for 30 days, all the while maintaining a sensible training regime and a healthy diet.
If you are not satisfied with the results, please send the goods back to us in the original packaging to us within 40 days, including your training and meal plans where we will review and determine if you qualify for a refund.
We are not very impressed with Turbotherm and would expect more from a company under the GSK umbrella of companies.
This supplement contains lots of caffeine but very little else to promote health and weight loss apart from green tea. In addition, the whole marketing is based around performance enhancement and we don’t think the message advising you to train well beyond your normal capabilities sounds very safe.
The stimulants will not suit everyone and although this supplement is cheap, we still think it is overpriced for what it is.
Our advice is to save your money and if you fancy a caffeine rush, treat yourself to some decent coffee!