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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 (1 vote 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.

Proshape RX review

Proshape RX

Proshape RX review

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Weight Loss Effects
Suppresses Appetite
Increases Energy
Value for Money
Rating: 2.5/5 (1 vote cast)

Proshape RX is among the dozens, if not hundreds of nonprescription weight loss pills that are based on the greatly hyped ingredient, hoodia gordonii. This is among the ingredients that has grown in popularity the most quickly among all diet pill substances, which is surprising, in itself due to the great competition in this industry, but it is also shocking because this ingredient does not have any clinical evidence to support claims that it helps with weight loss or that it is even safe for human use.

The primary basis for the claims that Proshape RX and other over the counter diet supplements make regarding this ingredient is from its traditional use by bushmen in South Africa who used it to keep hunger down when they were headed out on long hunting trips and into the desert.

Other ingredients in Proshape RX include chitosan, white kidney bean, beet root, white willow bark, L-methionine, fenugreek, and green tea leaf. This list does not generate any greater confidence in an experienced shopper for diet pills. The reason is that there are a number of extremely common ingredients in this product and the majority of them are not proven to provide any weight loss benefit.

White kidney bean, for example, is often found in products that claim to suppress the body’s ability to absorb carbohydrates. However, this ingredient has never been shown to have this effect in any reputable medical studies. The only thing that this substance could provide is some fiber, which – in large quantities – help to shrink the appetite, but there is no indication that there is enough fiber in this product to make a difference.

White willow bark should be used with great care as it has several properties that are similar to aspirin and could therefore be unsafe for people with a number of different types of medical conditions. Moreover, it is known to conflict with many medications as well as other supplements and over the counter pills.

The official Proshape RX website claims that the use of this product will help to achieve safe and rapid weight loss and that the pounds will start to come away within two to three weeks from having started the use of the product. It is meant to be taken three times per day, with one pill being swallowed before every meal. According to the official website, it can be ordered directly from the site, or through a telephone number provided on the website.

oxyphedra reviews

Oxyphedra

oxyphedra reviews

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Weight Loss Effects
Suppresses Appetite
Increases Energy
Value for Money
Rating: 2.5/5 (1 vote cast)

Oxyphedra is an over the counter diet pill that is advertised as being able to generate extreme fat loss in the body so that the dieting process is easier. However, as there are so many other products on the market that currently claim that they will accomplish that same goal, it is understandable if a dieter would want to look a little more deeply into what the product is actually capable of accomplishing.

This is especially true when you consider that a bottle of Oxyphedra costs $100 (though at the time of this review, it was found at a discounted rate, on sale, for $69.95). With that kind of money on the line, most dieters will want to know that a pill will be able to promote the kind of weight loss that it promises.

The first step in this process is to look at the ingredients in its formula. The official Oxyphedra website lists all of its ingredients, which include eurycoma longifolla, white willow bark, advantra Z, and tribulus terrestris. It also includes three additional stimulants. Avantra Z is described as an ephedra alternative and is supposed to suppress the appetite while helping to burn fat and calories every day. Eurycoma longifolia is a testosterone booster, which they claim will help to help with muscle building. White willow bark is often used as an anti-inflammatory. It is important not to take other forms of pain medication and other drugs in combination with this ingredient. Tribulus terrestris provides blood glucose level regulation and muscle enhancement.

The marketing for this product is aimed specifically toward men, though it doesn’t state that it will not work for women. This is likely because of the eurycoma longifolia, as the testosterone production it promotes is a male hormone. Though it is present in the female body, as well, in larger quantities, it can produce side effects.

The website for Oxyphedra is large and provides a good amount of information about the product, including a helpful FAQ section. It has a 90 day money-back satisfaction guarantee that will refund the price of the product, minus the shipping and handling.

The manufacturer also supports this product with a toll free telephone number and online chat service that is available during business hours, from Monday to Friday (Mountain Time). Though there is mention of a free trial product available on several other sites that discuss this product, at the time of this review, no mention of that offer could be found on the official website.

Herbalean Pills

Herbalean

Herbalean Pills

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Weight Loss Effects
Suppresses Appetite
Increases Energy
Value for Money
Rating: 3.0/5 (1 vote cast)

 

The Herbalean formula has been designed by its manufacturers to be used as a weight loss and energy supplement. This drug contains a number of extremely powerful ingredients that, while they have been known to assist in weight loss, are also very well known to cause potentially dangerous side effects. In the case of ephedra, for example, the ingredient has been banned outright by national health organizations such as the FDA and Health Canada, making it illegal to produce, buy, or sell in those and many other countries. This being said, while Herbalean does contain illegal and unsafe ingredients, it can still be purchased online.

The ingredients of Herbalean include Chromium, Ma Huang extract, Paullinia sorbilis extract, Lotus root extract, Hoodia Gordonii, Garcinia Cambogia, White willow bark, Citrus bigardia extract, Konjac root, Uva Usi, Ginger root, Eleutherococcus senticosus, Bee pollen, Green tea, Pyruvate, and 77 trace minerals.

To take a closer look at some of the primary ingredients in the product, let us start at the beginning. Though Chromium has been researched using many studies, the results have been highly conflicting and therefore there has been no true conclusion as to whether or not it has any impact on weight loss at all. That being said, the Mayo Clinic states that it is likely harmless.

Ma Huang, on the other hand, is included for its ephedra content. Though it may help with weight loss, it can also be highly dangerous to the health and is banned by the FDA.

Hoodia Gordonii, though popularly believed to help with weight loss has never been shown in any reliable clinical studies to have any statistically significant impact on a dieter’s ability to lose weight.

Garcinia Cambogia is an ingredient used for its hydroxycitric acid (HCA) content. This ingredient has been shown to be able to help with weight loss but it also has the potential to be exceptionally hazardous to the health. So much so that in May of 2009, the FDA issued a warning against another brand of pills called Hydroxycut, which had produced 23 reports to the FDA over health concerns related to the liver which are suspected to be linked to the HCA ingredient in the drug. The manufacturer of that drug voluntarily recalled its product and many responsible websites no longer carry any product that contains HCA.

Green tea can help with weight loss when taken at a dose of at least 300mg per day. Though the precise concentration is not provided, its place on the ingredient list suggests that there is not enough green tea in this product to make any difference.

The cost of Herbalean is rather steep at $49.95 per 60-capsule bottle, especially considering the number of health risks and the fact that one of its ingredients has been banned in many countries.

Therefore, this review of Herbalean finds that the supplement provides too many dangerous ingredients combined with too many ineffective or inadequately concentrated ingredients to be worth using for weight loss.