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System-Six

system-six diet pills

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Weight Loss Effects
Suppresses Appetite
Increases Energy
Value for Money
Rating: 3.6/5 (3 votes cast)

System-Six is a non-prescription diet supplement manufactured and sold by Irwin Naturals.  For a long time, it had been widely available in terms of mention online, but that was quite difficult to purchase.  At the time, it did not have a presence or mention on the official website of its manufacturer.

System-Six Online

Since then, Irwin Naturals has added System-Six to its website, featuring it on a page of its own. On that page, the product description promises dieters that use this supplement that they will benefit from:

  • Thermogenesis
  • Energy
  • Mood
  • Metabolism
  • Carbohydrate support
  • Antioxidants

Higher Cost than the Price Tag Suggests

Upon reading the marketing materials for System-Six, it doesn’t seem to offer much in terms of unique benefits when compared to other diet pills.  At first glance, it would appear the product is extremely inexpensive on the official website, at $16.99 for a bottle of 60 pills. However, upon reading the product label, it becomes clear that 60 pills won’t last very long.

The usage directions indicate that users should take 3 liquid soft gels at a time with a meal and a full glass of water.  The first set of pills should be taken in the morning and the second set of pills should be taken in the afternoon. This means that when taken at this rate, the full bottle will last only ten days.  It would take three days to provide a full 30-day supply of the product, making the price of using it a much higher $50.97.

Changing Diet Pill Ingredients

Upon the initial writing of this review, the System-Six ingredients were listed as St. John’s Wort Extract, Advantra-Z Citrus Aurantium Extract, Guarana, Yerba Mate, 5-HTP, Betaine, Chromium Picolinate, Garcinia Cambogia, Cayenne, Ginger Root, L-Carnitine, L-Tyrosine, Green Tea Extract, Spirulina, Kola Nut Extract and Bioperine.

However, as of June 2020, the ingredients are now listed as an exceptionally long:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Thiamin
  • Riboflavin
  • Niacin
  • Vitamin B12
  • Pantothenic acid
  • Choline
  • Selenium
  • Chromium
  • Fish oil
  • Garcinia
  • White tea extract
  • Green tea extract
  • Avantra Z Bitter Orange extract
  • L-Carnitine
  • Schisandra
  • L-Theanine
  • L-Tyrosine
  • Inositol
  • Cayenne powder
  • Ginger powder
  • Guarana
  • Yerba mate
  • Spirulina powder
  • Bioperine Complex (black pepper extract, ginger extract)

System-Six diet pills contain a few ingredients that are known to aid weight loss. For example, citrus aurantium, guarana, yerba mate, garcinia cambogia and green tea extract are all used to enhance metabolism, which is beneficial when you are trying to lose weight. These ingredients are very common in other non-prescription diet pills.  That said, it’s important to note that this provides a high dose of stimulants which may lead to side effects or health interactions with certain users.

Can System-Six Support Your Diet?

Overall, System-Six diet pills may be beneficial in increasing your energy levels and may help to boost your alertness and focus, however verifiable positive customer reviews and reputable research are hard to come by. Moreover, one of the major drawbacks of taking these diet pills is the sheer number you need to take, requiring many bottles to be purchased to keep up with ongoing use.

Natrol Acai Berry Diet Review

Natrol Acai Berry Diet

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Weight Loss Effects
Suppresses Appetite
Increases Energy
Value for Money
Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)

Natrol Acai Berry Diet is a weight management supplement that has been developed to offer support for calorie burning, fat burning, promoting energy, and for digestion. This dietary supplement combines Acai berry, which is considered to be a super antioxidant, with green tea.

More Than Just Acai Berry and Green Tea

That being said, there are more ingredients in the Natrol Acai Berry Diet formula than simply acai berry and green tea. The supplement facts associated with this product reveal that it contains:

  • Chromium
  • Acai Berry
  • Green Tea
  • EGCG

It also contains two blends: 

Metabolic Activator Caffeine Blend

  • Caffeine Anhydrous,
  • White Tea Extract
  • Kola Nut Extract
  • Green Tea Extract
  • Green Coffee

Berry Digest Enzyme Blend

  • Cellulase
  • Pectinase
  • Amylase
  • Hemicellulase
  • Beta-Glucanase
  • Phytase
  • Glucoamylase
  • Lipase
  • Protease

As you can see, there are quite a few ingredients in this formula, including more than one stimulant.

The directions are for users to take 2 capsules, once a day with a meal. No other dosage instructions were provided.

Acai Berry and Weight Management

According to the manufacturer of Natrol Acai Berry Diet, the ingredients within the formula help to enhance the body’s metabolism and activate weight loss from various angles, one of these being acai berry, which is an antioxidant high in polyphenols.

However, while acai berry is high in antioxidants, this does not make it effective for weight loss. In fact, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), minimal research has been conducted in people on the health effects of acai products and no definitive scientific evidence based on studies in humans supports the use of this fruit for any health-related purpose.

Additionally, beyond the lack of evidence to support claims made about acai berry and its positive effects on weight loss, none of the other ingredients in Natrol Acai Berry Diet have been proven effective for weight loss either.

Potential Side Effects

With that said, it should be noted that while none of the ingredients have been proven, this product does contain a number of stimulant ingredients, most notably caffeine. Several studies have found the caffeine can help boost metabolism, mental alertness and focus.

On the flip side, caffeine can also increase the risk of unwanted side effects, such as jitters, insomnia, anxiety, headache and digestive upset.

When all is said and done, Natrol Acai Berry Diet does not appear to be a quality diet pill. This is due to the lack of evidence in regard to the claims made about this product, and acai berry. It would likely be in your best interest to select another OTC weight management aid, with fewer and better studied ingredients, to help support your weight loss goals.

Yellow Jacket

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Weight Loss Effects
Suppresses Appetite
Increases Energy
Value for Money
Rating: 4.0/5 (2 votes cast)

Yellow Jacket is a type of ephedra diet pills that is also being marketed as an energy supplement. The formula for this product consists of 25 mg of ephedrine in addition to 200 mg of caffeine. The official name for this drug type is barbiturates. It is important to note that as of April 2004, all dietary supplements containing ephedra have been banned by the FDA. 

It is Illegal to Buy this Product in the United States

What this means is that the manufacture, purchase, and sale of Yellow Jacket is illegal in the United States. That said, they are also not legal in Canada and many other countries around the world that have found the potential side effects of ephedra to be too dangerous. The only approved uses for ephedra are in its synthetic form as a nasal congestion, asthma, or minor eye irritation treatment.

The reason that Yellow Jacket and other ephedra (and ephedrine alkaloid) containing products were banned as dietary supplements is that there were reports of dangerous cardiovascular effects. Irregular heart rhythm and elevated blood pressure were among these concerns. Moreover, the FDA determined that any weight loss that resulted from the use of products that contained ephedra was only short-term. Moreover, the FDA also determined that ephedra supplements cause the blood pressure to increase, placing additional stress on the circulatory system.

This stress to the circulatory system was associated, by the FDA, with heart disease and strokes. The result of this ban was that all dietary supplements containing ephedra, including Yellow Jacket, were banned from sale. That said, they are still being sold in countries outside the United States. 

Yellow Jacket Ingredients

The main ingredient in Yellow Jacket is ephedra, which is a natural plant substance. Ephedrine is the actual ingredient within the formula, and is the main component of ephedra that gives it properties that are similar to amphetamines. This type of substance acts as a stimulant within the body which impacts the blood pressure and heart rate so that the result is an energy boost and appetite suppression.

That being said, the active ingredients in the Yellow Jacket formula include:

  • Sida cordifolia,
  • Citrus aurantium,
  • Ginseng,
  • Kola nut extract,
  • Capsicum,
  • Ginger root

Essentially, this formula is composed mostly of stimulants. 

Removing Ephedra

In order to compensate for the illegality of ephedra in the United States, many diet drug manufacturers started to alter their formulations to use herbal stimulants, such as bitter orange, instead. However, it is important to note that the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has declared that these substitutes for ephedra in diet pills are not any safer than the ephedra itself.

Following the ban, other drug manufacturers started to produce supplements that do not contain ephedra under the name Yellow Jacket Energy Pills, with a formula that includes B-complex vitamins, caffeine, ginseng, guarana, and yerba mate, instead.

Needless to say, Yellow Jacket diet pills are not safe to take and should be avoided for the good of your own health.

September 2019 Update – Yellow Jacket diet pills cannot be purchased online. It is very likely that this product has been discontinued. It is also possible that it has been reformulated without ephedra and is sold under the new name Swarm Extreme Energizer as, aside from the different name, the product packing between these two products appears the same.

What to Know about Swarm Extreme Energizer

Like Yellow Jacket, Swarm Extreme Energizer has a wasp theme with bright yellow pills that are designed with yellow stripes. They are manufactured in the USA by New Jersey-based NVE Pharmaceuticals and are marketed as a herbal supplement that is “not recommended for use by minors.”

The ingredients in this ephedra-free formula include:  Green Tea Extract, Yerba Mate, Guarana, Capsaicin, Kola Nut, Ginseng and caffeine.

However, even though the formula is without ephedra, this doesn’t mean it is safe to take or won’t cause side effects. In fact, there is a notable amount of caffeine in this formula. In addition to 300 mg of caffeine per serving, there is also caffeine in green tea, guarana, and kola nut. This means that the risk of unwanted stimulant-related side effects (e.g. insomnia, jitters, anxiety, heart palpitation, etc.) is still very likely with these pills.

In short, while this is an energy boosting product, it doesn’t seem to be much of an improvement over Yellow Jacket in terms of overall safety and should probably be avoided, especially since there are many other diet pills on the market with less harsh formulas that contain fewer stimulants.

ECA Xtreme review

ECA Xtreme

ECA Xtreme review

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Weight Loss Effects
Suppresses Appetite
Increases Energy
Value for Money
Rating: 5.0/5 (2 votes cast)

ECA Xtreme is an ephedra based fat burner that claims to contain actual ephedra as well as caffeine and white willow extract (aspirin), which is the original ECA stack combination. From the outset, any dieter should be very hesitant before ever even considering this product, let alone buying it and using it. The reason is that its primary ingredient is a banned substance in the United States and many other countries. This makes it illegal to manufacture, sell, or purchase. A savvy consumer wouldn’t go near this with a ten foot pole.

Product testimonials range extremely broadly among those who have actually taken these pills. There are people who swear by ECA Xtreme and say that they found that it was very helpful in reducing weight, but there are also dieters who reported that they weren’t able to lose weight but instead suffered from a great deal of discomfort from side effects that range from migraines to diarrhea.

The product is distributed and manufactured by National Institute for Clinical Weight Loss, which is a division of N.U.G.. Inc. At the time of this review, the ingredients listed in this product were ephedra leaf extract (25 mg), kola nut extract (which contains 200 mg of caffeine), white willow bark, acacia rigidula, green tea extract, theobromine, phenylethylamine HCl, citrus aurantium extract (25 mg of synephrine), and chromium picolinate.

This list of ingredients clearly shows that there is a high likelihood of suffering from side effects when it comes to the use of this product. Not only does it contain an ingredient that is known for causing dangerous side effects and at least one death, but it is very high in additional stimulants on top of that. The caffeine from the kola nut, green tea extract and synephrine would be enough to cause unwanted side effects all on its own. Beyond that, the aspirin in this product could cause interactions with a number of other medical conditions and drugs.

Even if this was effective and it didn’t come with the additional risk of side effects from the rest of its ingredients, it would still be impossible to recommend a product such as ECA Xtreme, because of the sheer fact that it is an illegal substance and buying it could cause a consumer to put himself into some legal hot water. There are hundreds of other nonprescription products in this market so it is a much better idea to look for one that is safer and legal, instead.