An update has been made to this review. Please see the ingredient update below.
SmartburnâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ„Ã»Â¬Â¢ with Hoodia (for women) promises “450% more weight lose than diet and exercise alone.” First off, any diet pill that relies on such outrageous claims is almost always a scam. In any case, this statement is highly misleading.
They base that claim on a study (which they do not source) that they state found that using some of the key ingredients (Garcinia cambogia extract, chromium polynicotinate and Gymnema sylvestre extract) found in this diet pill helped participants, on average, lose more weight than subjects using a placebo. Supposing that this study is legitimate, it still wouldn’t prove that this particular pill is effective since the study would likely have had to use large amounts of any ingredient to produce such dramatic effects. Keep in mind that the study did NOT involve SmartBurn, but only some of the ingredients found in SmartBurn. However, SmartBurn does not disclose how much of those ingredients they use in their product, which suggests that it might not be very much. In fact, their entire proprietary formula is only 1.64 grams per serving.
âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Â¢ Chromium Polynicotinate
âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Â¢ Garcinia cambogia
âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Â¢ Gymnema sylvestre
âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Â¢ Rhodiola rosea extract (roseroot)
âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Â¢ Hoodia gordonii
âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Â¢ Green tea
âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Â¢ N-acetyl tyrosine
âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Â¢ Soy phospholipids
âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Â¢ California Poppy
âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Â¢ Dong Quai
Quality of Ingredients
There are definitely a few good ingredients. There’s some evidence that calcium may be useful for weight loss.
Ingredient Update: The FDA has issued a warning against Hydroxycut-branded products for possibly causing health problems related with the liver. While the FDA has not confirmed it, some believe that the ingredient behind the problems is Hyrdoxycitric Acid, or HCA. HCA is found in Garcinia Cambogia. So until more definitive research is done, we are no longer recommending any products that contain the ingredient Hyrdoxycitric Acid. See the complete FDA report here or the Hydroxycut Review here for more info.
Chromium may have positive effects on insulin function. Initial research suggests that garcinia cambogia extract does not appear to support weight loss.
Gymnema sylvestre extract in the correct dosage may affect blood glucose levels by reducing its absorption in the intestines, but there is not enough research available to properly rate the effectiveness of this ingredient for weight loss.
Rhodiola rosea extract (roseroot) is an adaptogen like ginseng said to increase energy and boost immune function.
Green tea in the right amount can be a good addition to any fat burning formula. Theanine is found in green tea.
Astaxanthin is an antioxidant similar to beta carotene. While antioxidants are good for you, they will not necessarily help you lose weight. In any case, you may as well spend the money on a clinically researched dosage found in good multi-vitamins.
Hoodia’s appetite-suppressing qualities are based more on hype than science.
Vinpocetine may have a slight effect on elevating metabolism, but so far that’s only speculation.
N-acetyl tyrosine may effect mood in a positive manner, but it does not appear to have any weight-loss effectiveness. In high doses soy can be helpful for reducing total cholesterol levels and LDL cholesterol.
As for the other ingredients, there is currently not enough research to say whether they are effective ingredients to include in a weight-loss supplement.
Again, because most of the ingredients in this pill are in hidden amounts within a “proprietary blend” there is no way to know if any of the listed ingredients in these pills are in a high enough dose to be effective.
A 30-day supply costs $77.97 + $9.95 shipping and handling charges. $87.92 is a lot of money for a diet pill that doesn’t list clinically proven ingredients in clinically proven amounts. Whenever diet pills do not list ingredient amounts, you may be paying for a whole lot of nothing.
There is no money back guarantee listed on the official website. This is never a good sign! Thumbs down.
While there are some quality ingredients in this formula, they are probably not in a high enough dosage be significantly effective. It’s not a good sign that the marketing for this product focuses on the claim that it contains hoodia, since hoodia has not been found to be an effective weight loss ingredient in spite of its initial hype. For these reasons we do not recommend this diet pill, especially since there is not money-back guarantee. You’re better off saving your money for a pill that contains clinically proven ingredients in clinically proven amounts that also has clear money-back guarantee policy.