The best part about the Zantrex brand:
It’s gifted us a new way to spell BULLSHIT.
So, the next time you find someone lying out of their ass, just yell Zantrex and the accusation will be heard. Because that’s essentially what Zantrex has become: Grade A BULL.
Zantrex products are convoluted caffeine formulas masquerading as “weight loss” supplements. Zantrex is expensive coffee—except the difference between taking your coffee black versus taking your Zantrex Black is a matter of 13 irresponsibly mashed-up botanicals, bogus weight loss claims, and un poco más de dinero. Actually, un lot of dinero… Stay away from this one.
About Zantrex Black
Zantrex Black pills claim both fat burning weight loss and energy stimulant effects… with an unadvertised dependency on the latter. Manufacturers Basic Research/Zoller Laboratories went into formula backed by a terrible reputation as scam artists, and they finished the formula with their reputation unchanged. Formula notes:
- “Extreme Energy… Fast”: To paraphrase Chinatown, “When they’re right they’re right, and they’re right.” Zantrex Black packs a lot of energizing caffeine.
- “High Velocity Weight Loss”: Zantrex claims it… We highly doubt it.
- Scam Artist Manufacturers: Bad history with bogus fat burners and shady advertising… plus a highly publicized endorsement deal with Snooki.
Zantrex Black Supplement Facts
|Serving Size: 2 Softgels
Servings Per Container: 84
|Ingredients||Amount Per Serving|
|Calories from Fat||10|
|Total Fat||1 g (2% DV)|
|Protein||0.5 g (1% DV)|
|Niacin||30 mg (150% DV)|
|Zantrex® A Proprietary Blend Containing:||1,160 mg|
|Yerba Mate (leaf) Extract||?|
|Guarana (seed) Extract||?|
|Damiana (Turnera diffusa var. aphrodisiaca) (leaf) Extract||?|
|Green Tea (leaf) Extract||?|
|Kola (seed) Extract||?|
|Schizonepeta (whole plant) Extract||?|
|Black Pepper (fruit) Extract||?|
|Rhodiola crenulata (root) Extract||?|
|Asian Ginseng (root) Extract||?|
|Maca (root) Extract||?|
|Cacao (seed) Extract||?|
|Black Tea (leaf) Extract||?|
|Other Ingredients: Soybean Oil, Gelatin, Glycerin, Water, Soy Lecithin, White Beeswax, Caramel (colorant). CONTAINS: SOY.|
|DIRECTIONS: Take two softgels with a full glass of water, 15 minutes before main meals. For a Significant Energy Boost: Take one or two softgels as needed. Do not exceed 6 softgels in any 24-hour period.|
All we see are caffeine and question marks… and more caffeine.
The prop blend doesn’t relay much — the best fat burner supplements in the universe tend to avoid prop blend nonsense — but let’s see what we can take from Zantrex Black anyway:
Niacin, 30 mg
Helps the body convert food to energy, in addition to enhancing your exercise capacity. 30 mg may trigger the niacin “flush” and research suggests too much niacin actually stimulates appetite. However, considering the lack of user complaints regarding this effect and the range of appetite-inhibiting caffeine in the formula, we’re not overly concerned about this.
Caffeine, Caffeine & Trimethylxanthine (a.k.a. Caffeine)
Yerba Mate, Guarana, Green Tea, Kola, Cacao, and Black Tea possess various health benefits and help incite the metabolism, but forget all that… Zantrex only wants one thing here: Caffeine.
Then there’s Trimethylxanthine. Very fancy name, right? But you know what it is? Plain ol’ caffeine! Not a caffeinated herb, but pure caffeine.
Caffeine is our #2-ranked fat burner, so it’s aight dawg, it’s aight.
But Zantrex clearly wants to hide its caffeine content under fancier, healthier-sounding titles. But why the tomfoolery? That’s like us saying Zantrex is full of Bos taurus scybala, causing you to needlessly scour Google to find its meaning.
Rhodiola, Maca, Ginseng
These are all adaptogenic herbs, great for energy, anti-stress, and masculine health. Unfortunately, there’s not much more to say here without their dosages represented—but based on their low position on the supplement table we’re guessing their numbers are low. Probably sprinkled in for the sake of making the ingredients list… Filthy cheaters.
Schizonepeta, Damiana, Black Pepper
More fancy herbs. Schizonepeta sounds like mentally deranged animal lover, but it’s actually a medicinal herb from China and Korea. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine properties, both of which are superfluous in a weight loss supplement. Additionally, the recommended dosage ranges anywhere from 2,200-9,000 mg. The Zantrex proprietary blend only has a total of 1,190 mg.
Damiana is a girly estrogenic herb, commonly used as a body cleanser. Combined with yerba mate and guarana, damiana produces anti-appetite effects.
Black Pepper is known to increase the absorption of other ingredients. This is perhaps intended to fulfill the “Rapid Release” claim on their formula.
O joy, a proprietary blend. That marks the first RED FLAG of this formula: Every ingredient, save niacin, is masked by the proprietary blend label. That’s 13 ingredients with unrepresented dosages. If you have to decipher the Supplement Facts, odds are the supplement is hiding something.
Which quickly brings us to our second RED FLAG: Zantrex blatantly hides its heavy caffeine content under caffeinated botanicals and a thesaurus-inspired name. Yes, caffeine can help burn fat, and the formula does have decent (yet plain, non-standardized) metabolic-boosting herbs, but what you’re essentially buying here is fairy dusted caffeine.
Without full ingredient dosages it’s difficult to gauge the effects of the non-caffeine ingredients—yet, we doubt their dosages are anything significant anyways. The grand value of this formula basically grounds down to your opinion on caffeine and how caffeine-sensitivity you are.
Zantrex Black Benefits
High Velocity Weight Loss? Probably not. Extreme Energy… Fast? Yes. As a stimulant, Zantrex Black definitely works, and the effects are just as immediate as they’d be from a fat cup of coffee. Due to energy overload, weight loss may occur—even on a metabolic level, given caffeine’s thermogenic properties. However, the unsubstantiated “High Velocity” claim seems ridiculous. Zantrex Black does not offer magically fast weight loss.
Who Takes It?
Sluggish Exercisers. The brand sells itself as a simple weight loss solution for everyone, yet many consumers report mixing Zantrex in with their pre-workout—a testament to its “Extreme Energy” effects. PASSIVE FAT BURNING IS A MYTH, BRO. The idea is so infuriating it makes one fat-burner in particular want to punch Zantrex Black right in the face.
Any Side Effects?
Without exception, every bad report relates in one way or another to the caffeine. Caffeine-sensitive users, unaware of how much caffeine they’re consuming, expose themselves to a potentially risky amount. Additionally, the niacin can trigger a hot skin “flush”—the effect is temporary, but alarming to the unsuspecting consumer.
Zantrex Black Summary
- Extreme Energy. Albeit “caffeinated” energy.
- Secondary Fat Burning. Albeit “caffeinated” fat burning.
The Big Con
SEE: Our Zantrex-3 Fat Burner review to learn how Zantrex makers Zoller® Laboratories and MTV Jersey Shore’s bite-size Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi found themselves on the wrong end of a “false advertising” lawsuit.
- Caffeine. At an unadvertised, excessive amount.
- Haphazard Formula. Makes AMF cocktails look responsible.
- One Big Blend. Proprietary blend label hides ingredient dosages.
- Bad History. Congress previously quoted the makers as “scam-artists.”
Pricing & Buying Info
- 1 bottle (84 softgels): $39.99
- Available online and in retail stores
- The Zantrex website adds, “Because no product or program will work for everyone, all Zoller® Laboratories formulations are backed by our 100% money-back guarantee.”
Best5 Final Word on Zantrex Black
Avoid Zantrex Black. The formula has decent fat burning ingredients, but the low dosages and scammy manufacturers negate any positives. Zantrex Black is good for a quick jolt of energy… and that’s about it. We’re calling Zantrex on this one.