Ever place a bet on a longshot? It’s fun to go for the big jackpot sometimes.
But you don’t want your fat-burner formula gambling on longshot ingredients.
In its Super HD fat-burner, Cellucor places a big bet on Slimpro®: A fish peptides ingredient that’s about as rare as seeing a white whale.
Slimpro is a longshot, alright. And without a solid complex to back it up, your odds of weight loss success are even lower. Let’s explain how this plays out in the Super HD formula.
About Cellucor Super HD
Super HD is advertised as a “high-definition fat-targeting and sculpting agent” with Slimpro technology. The formula is intended to support weight loss by acting on both body & mind, as well as delivering energizing benefits. Formula notes:
- 1-Capsule Serving Size: 15 ingredients crammed into one capsule makes it hard to hit Critical Mass dosage on all of them.
- Slimpro: Super HD is the only formula of its kind to use this Blue Whiting fish peptides + BCAAs appetite control ingredient.
- “Powerful nootropics”: But not really. Haphazard “Sensory Impact Blend” offers little nootropic activity.
Cellucor Super HD Supplement Facts
|Serving Size: 1 Capsule|
Serving Per Container: 120
|Ingredients||Amount Per Serving|
|Niacin (as Niacinamide)||10 mg (50% DV)|
|Vitamin B6 (as Pyrodoxal-5-Phosphate)||3 mg (150% DV)|
|Vitamin B12 (as Cyanocobalamin, Methylcobalamin, Coenzyme B12)||250 mcg (4167% DV)|
|SuperHD ThermoSculpting™ Blend|
Green Tea (Camelia Sinensis) leaf extract, Slimpro® Protein Hydrolysates of Blue Whiting (Micromesistius poutassou), Dandelion root extract
|SuperHD Sensory Impact™ Blend|
N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine, Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea) root extract, Amla fruit extract, Yohimbe (Pausinistalia Yohimbe) bark extract, Capsimax® Cayenne (Capsicum annuum) fruit extract, Evodia Rotaecarpia fruit extract (Standardized for Evodiamine), Toothed Clubmoss (Huperzia Serrata) aerial parts extract (Standardized for Huperizine A), Rauvolfia vomitoria root bark extract
|Caffeine Anhydrous||160 mg|
|Other Ingredients: Capsule Gel (Gelatin, Titanium Dioxide), Microcrystalline Cellulose, Maltodextrin, Arabic Gum, Magnesium Stearate, Silicon Dioxide, Protease, NAOH|
|ALLERGEN WARNING: Contains Fish (Blue Whiting)|
|Directions: Take one serving with 8-12 oz of water in the morning, and one serving with 8-12 oz of water 5-6 hours later in the mid-afternoon. Once tolerance has been assessed, and you are looking for an addition boost of energy, you may take an additional serving with your first serving of the day. Do not exceed 3 capsules per day.|
Super HD uses a few high-quality ingredients, but some are off-target.
Cellucor Super HD’s formula starts out with three B vitamins. They smartly use the premium & potent P-5-P form of vitamin B6. P-5-P is notably used to boost brain chemicals, and is included in some higher-end nootropic stacks.
The B-12 supplies a nice 4,167% DV, but we don’t understand why they use three B-12 forms. Methylcobalamin is the best, and it makes no sense to dilute it with the lesser form, cyanocobalamin.
Super HD ThermoSculpting™ Blend
Considering that Super HD is a “Fat Burning” supplement, the ThermoSculpting Blend should be really dynamic and powerful. But mehhhhh…. Check it:
Green Tea: A great fat burner. In fact, it’s our #1-ranked damn fat-burning ingredient overall. But here, the tea is not standardized for EGCG. Standardized for EGCG would be an improvement; it’s the active ingredient for fat-burning. Plus, since Super HD supplies it in a 3-ingredient 250 mg prop blend, the green tea MUST be a pretty meager dosage.
Dandelion: Time tested diuretic will help you lose water weight… but dosage again looks low. And is losing water weight really “sculpting”? We don’t think so.
Slimpro: Here’s where Super HD gets a little more interesting.
Slimpro is a branded, patent-pending ingredient made of fish peptides fortified with branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs). These ingredients may boost digestive hormones that signal the brain to say, “Hey, my stomach is full.”
Besides promoting appetite satisfaction, Slimpro is also claimed to delay hunger for the next meal. The end result is less food intake & more weight lost. That is, if you believe it works.
Super HD Sensory Impact ™ Blend
Super HD’s marketing materials claim the formula is designed to leverage both body and mind to achieve weight loss.
- N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine: The right Tyrosine form for focus, but small dosage here
- Rhodiola: Definitely an anti-stress, mind-strengthening adaptogen
- Amla Fruit: Possibly anti-stress, more likely helps bloood sugar balance
- Cayenne: As premium Capsimax®; an excellent fat-burning compound
- Yohimbe: Good for fat-burning & sensory; not standardized is weak
- Evodia: No sensory benefits; actually weakens caffeine effects
- Clubmoss: Supplies Huperzine-A, an effective nootropic in small doses
- Rauvolfia: A.K.A., “Posion Devil’s Pepper.” You really wanna take this shit???
Let’s just get this out of the way: Cellucor Super HD has got some red flags.
The first red flag is that Super HD has a single-capsule serving size. Now, with smart formulation, it’s possible to make a single-capsule work…. But you gotta use premium, high-potency ingredients, and every single one must be on-target.
Super HD doesn’t take these steps, so its single capsule just doesn’t seem to deliver enough activity.
The main ThermoSculpting Blend is driven by lower-dose, non-standardized green tea and the unproven, fish-derived Slimpro. It’s hard to believe this blend is the core of Super HD’s fat-burning activity.
What about Super HD’s Slimpro?
Something about Slimpro just doesn’t feel right. In theory, Slimpro’s fish peptides boost hormones of appetite satisfaction. But where’s the research?
When you visit SlimPro’s website, their “research” page is pathetic:
- Cites study charts with images too small to see.
- No links to full Slimpro studies, not even to abstracts
- No Slimpro study details, like # of subjects, ages, mg used, etc.
- Says “new clinical study in progress.” Hmmmm.
Besides, it seems to us whatever appetite-control activities fish peptides might perform would already be performed by dietary proteins… which fitness-minded gym rats are already getting. We just don’t trust Slimpro.
SlimPro is the unique advantage of super HD, and it is super HD’s primary driving force – but it seems a little weak.
Occupying just as much capsule space is the Sensory Impact Blend – intended for focus. Sensory Impact Blend has a few good nootropic brain-booster ingredients.
N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine is the right Tyrosine form for focus. It’s great for stress and for boosting brain chemicals. The Rhodiola has anti-stress benefits, too, along with mental performance-enhancing effects. These 2 are simply awesome brain nutrients, which is why their found in our best brain booster stack for mental domination.
The Amla Fruit pisses us off. Cellucor claims it has “several active compounds that support mental energy and memory.” This is simply not true. Amla is not for brain health.
Yohimbe & cayenne pepper are good ingredients for a fat-burning stack, but why are they in the “Sensory” blend? They may bring “sensations” but seem more relevant to the formula for their fat-burning activity.
Rauvolfia is BS. Sure, it is very exotic; a tropical African tree used in tribal ceremonies. But it has zero evidence for fat burning or sensory. We think this (unintentionally) funny Wikipedia quote sums up Rauvolfia very well: “Every part of the tree is toxic.”
160 mg caffeine in this formula is what it is – a reliable fat burner that you will feel, which likely delivers any benefits associated with this particular formula.
We’ll give Super HD credit for using two branded ingredients, and a couple of standardized herbs. But, just like Cellucor’s C4 Ripped, Super HD gets a fail on standardization because they don’t tell us what active ingredient levels the herbs are calibrated to.
Overall, Super HD is a sexy-looking formula that doesn’t quite hold up when you pick it apart.
It boldly claims to “Work weight loss at all angles.” All angles? Really? We see two – fat burning & cognition. (Animal Cuts attacks loss from seven angles, BTW).
When you look at the big picture, any positives of Super HD are undermined by inaccurate claims, weak nutrient forms, and “fairy dusting” of exotics that have no place in this formula.
Cellucor Super HD Benefits
For fat-burning, you get reliable activity from caffeine, and less reliable activity from green tea. Slim Pro might help with appetite control, but so does the protein that you’re already consuming. We’re not sure about the dandelion root extract dosage, but there’s a possibility it will help you shed water weight. The sensory impact blend is garbage for cognitive function, but may supply some additional fat burning activity from the cayenne and yohimbe.
Who Takes It?
Suckers. Hahahaaaaa, just kidding. People who take Super HD are probably lured in by its sexy marketing, and also probably want to leverage their brainpower to boost their overall performance… which is a good strategy when it comes to burning fat.
Any Side Effects?
Possibly. The caffeine 160 mg isn’t super-high, but may cause some jitters. We’re more concerned about the Rauvolfia vomitoria root bark extract, an untested, unstudied and potentially toxic ingredient. Who knows how it interacts with other ingredients in the formula? Super HD has a big warning, shown here. Maybe the Rauvolfia is why, because the other ingredients in here aren’t potent or powerful enough to warrant a scary warning.
Cellucor Super HD Summary
- Capsimax®. A premium-brand standardized cayenne extract.
- Marketing. Brand is so slick, they can still sell a dud product.
- Too small. Not enough potency to justify 1-capsule serving
- Dishonest. Some ingredient claims they make do not check out.
- Off-Base. Several ingredients don’t make sense in a fat-burner
- Dirty label. Quite a few synthetics listed in other ingredients.
Pricing & Buying Info
- 1 bottle (120 servings): $69.99
- Available online & in retail vitamin stores
Final Word on Cellucor Super HD
Cellucor HD is longshot to deliver the flat-out fat-burning benefits you deserve. There are some formula holes, some questionable ingredients, and we’re just not sure about dosages. Still, we like the creativity of combining some great nootropic nutrients with a fat-burner formula, and think this is a direction you’ll see a lot more in the future.