We’ve reviewed other NDS products before and we don’t really have much to say except they were less than what we expected them to be. So with NDS’s Intensify Black, we’re really hoping it would be a different story, what with the whole Intensify and Black labels and all.
From the looks of things, NDS seems to be a more serious version of its other fat burners but after reviewing other similar products, we can’t help but be skeptical. Will this be NDS’ game changer? Let’s find out.
About NDS INTENSIFY BLACK
NDS Intensify Black makes use of a long list of ingredients and we counted around 22 or 23 since all the text are making us dizzy. It makes use of one big blend with 6 sub-blends, each with their own purported function. Formula notes:
- Huge prop blend. Definitely one of the biggest we’ve seen.
- Multi-stage. Comes with 6 sub blends.
- Brands. They’re pretty proud of their branded ingredients and we expect a lot from them.
NDS Intensify Black Supplement Facts
|Serving Size: 2 Capsule
Servings Per Container: 45
|Ingredients||Amount Per Serving|
|Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine hydrochloride)||20 mg|
|Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin)||20 mg|
|Vitamin B5 (as calcium panthothenate)||10 mg|
|Intensify® BLACK Proprietary Blend||930 mg|
Energy Complex: Caffeine Anhydrous, Camellia sinensis (Green Tea Leaf Extract) 98% Polyphenols, Paullina cupana (Guarana Seed Extract) 22% Caffeine, Theobromine (Theobroma cacao), Natural Caffeine from Coffee Beans, Evodia rutaecarpa Extract 10% Evodiamines, Bacopa monnieri Leaf Extract
Advanced Complex: Citrus aurantium Extract (Std.to P-Synephrine)(KINETIQTM), Theacrine (TeaCrine®), Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) Seed Ext. (NeluleanTM)
|C3G LEAN-DEFINE Blend: Blackberry (Berry) Extrac (Std. to C3G Cyanidin-3-O-Glucosides), L-Carnitine L-Tartrate|
|Insul-LEAN Blend: Cinnamon Bark Extract (Cinnamomum cassia), Alpha Lipoic Acid, Rhodiola rosea Root Powder|
|DEFINE Water Loss Blend: Zingiber officinale (Ginger Root Powder), Arctostaphylos (Uva Ursi Leaf Powder), Agathosma betuline (Buchu Leaf Powder), Taraxicum officinale (Dandelion Lead Powder)|
|Thyro-CUT Complex: L-Tyrosine, L-Theanine (Suntheanine®), Gum guggul (Commiphora mukul) Plant Extract 2.5% Guggulsterones, Magnolia Bark Powder (Magnolia officinalis)|
|Thermo-SORB Delivery Blend: Salix alba L. (White Willow Bark) 25% Salicin, Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) Fruit Ext. (BioPerine®)|
|Other Ingredients: Gelatin (Bovine), Microcrystalline Cellulose, Vegetable Magnesium Stearate, Silicon Dioxide, Titanium Dioxide, FD&C Blue 1, FD&C Red 40, FD&C Yellow 6, FD&C Red 3.|
|Directions for use: With 6-8 oz. of juice or water take 1 Intensify® BLACK capsule 30 minutes prior to your morning meal, and 1 capsule 30 minutes prior to your afternoon meal. Caffeine content is 160 mg per capsule. To be used as part of a healthy lifestyle consisting of regular physical activity and a proper diet.|
An ambitious fat burner that went way over its head.
NDS Intensify Black used up a lot of ingredients worth their weight on popular supplements, each backed with their own respective scientific studies. The big problem is, there is no way half of the ingredients work as advertised. We’re not even sure about the 5 or 6 ingredients we’re confident about given the prop blend they used on 23 ingredients. Let’s break down the ingredients in this formula:
- Caffeine. We have our #2 Best 5 Fat Burner here and while we’re all happy it’s here, we can’t help but feel like this is a bad sign since Caffeine here is at 160 mg. We’re worried the actual dosages of the following ingredients would less than okay.
- Green Tea. Standardized to 98% polyphenols doesn’t mean anything if you can’t post EGCG, the active compound we actually love in green tea extract.
- Guarana. This is a caffeine source touted for its “delayed” release which increases energy without causing a spike and therefore a crash afterwards.
- Theobromine. This is the antioxidant found in chocolate. Barely anything is said on it being a fat burner, though.
- Caffeine from coffee beans. It says natural caffeine so we take it they put actual coffee beans in their capsule. Why? We don’t know either since this blend already has too much caffeine to begin with.
- Evodiamine. It’s 10% standardized to potency and works a lot like cayenne but milder on the gut.
- Bacopa. This is one of our prized nootropics capable of memory benefits on top of other brain boosting capabilities. We can only think the purpose of Bacopa in this blend is for stress relief from dieting but we also like to think the dosage is laughably small for anything.
- Citrus aurantium. It’s also known as synephrine but not in pure form. It’s supposed to be standardized for it but we have no idea how much.
- Theacrine. Comes in the premium brand of TeaCrine®, it’s supposed to be another energy source but without the jittery side effects of caffeine.
- Lotus (Nelulean). It has some anti-obesogenic properties that indirectly contribute to weight loss. It doesn’t burn fat, though but it helps.
C3G LEAN-DEFINE Blend
- Blackberry. It’s known for its antioxidant property and helps fight bad cholesterol. Not a fat burner, though.
- L-Carnitine L-Tartrate. L-Carnitine is a bonafide fat burner but it needs A LOT of milligrams to work and we’re not confident as to what it can do here at all.
- Cinnamon. This spice is touted for its amazing ability to improve insulin levels in the body and help fight Type 2 Diabetes risks.
- Alpha Lipoic Acid. It’s supposed to be a universal antioxidant but we doubt its efficacy here due to dosage.
- Rhodiola rosea. This is one amazing adaptogen but it requires a good sum of milligrams to work and we don’t see it working here.
DEFINE Water Loss Blend
- Ginger, Uva Ursi, Buchu, Dandelion. These are your…uh…”fluid release” ingredients which helps you be more vascular.
- Tyrosine. It’s an anti-stress amino acid and more of a nootropic than a fat burner.
- Theanine. We have a branded form of theanine called Suntheanine® but whichever brand it is, its purpose is still to give you a sense of calm while also reducing the side effects caffeine brings.
- Gum Guggul. It’s for cholesterol mostly and is a generally accepted heart-healthy ingredient. Not a fat burner, though.
- Magnolia. We’re not sure why they picked Magnolia to be in this blend since all it could do is reduce cortisol levels. Not a fat burner, again.
Thermo-SORB Delivery Blend
- White Willow. White Willow is known to protect your fat burning hormones from enzymes that kills them or cancels them out. We’re not confident with the dosage.
- Black Pepper. This is in a premium brand called BioPerine® and we love it. Of all the ingredients we’ve seen since the first blend, this has to be the best one so far because it helps absorption, acts like cayenne as a fat burner (only a bit!), and can work even in doses fewer than 10 mg.
We have another case of “too many, too small” when describing the number of ingredients vs the serving size. For its supposed “intense” and “black” label, NDS falls short on providing service to those who expected something potent and concentrated.
The promise of a near one gram serving is more than enough for a handful of ingredients but what we’re given are more definitely more than a handful! Starting your list with Caffeine means it can only go down from there since this stimulant has 160 mg which leaves you with 770 mg to use on 22 other ingredients.
On top of the dosing problems, we also see a lot of issues with the ingredients they used, many of which either don’t belong in their respective blends or just don’t belong in a fat burner.
Some of those ingredients could be well and good for a general health supplement but this is a fat burner we’re talking about! It’s supposed to be “Intensify Black” but why would they add all these nonsense ingredients that won’t do anything remotely functional?
This is what happens when a small-serving fat burner TRIES to do everything, expecting ingredients to work based on studies all the while neglecting the actual working doses. NDS basically created a product with the intent of marketing towards people who don’t know how to read labels or what working doses are.
Quite frankly, we’re not sure why supplements like these still exist given the vast amount of great products to emulate in the market.
NDS INTENSIFY BLACK Benefits
For what it’s worth, NDS Intensify Black will give you a great boost of energy thanks to its multiple caffeine sources. It could also help generate more energy with some of its fat burners but nothing too hot. There’s also a chance it could make you sweat or piss more thanks to its diuretics.
Who Takes It?
Definitely for folks who know ingredients but not much on labels or doses.
Any Side Effects?
There are too many ingredients for us to say you won’t feel anything. The only thing we can guarantee is the doses are not too much per serving since we’re not even sure if they’re enough. You still have caffeine to worry about but we would at least say the theanine in the blend should reduce overall stim-induced side effects.
NDS INTENSIFY BLACK Summary
- Energy. It has more than enough caffeine if you ask us.
- Quality. We see a lot of brands and potent ingredients.
- Underdosed. Too many ingredients without proper dosing.
- Weird positioning. Some ingredients were misplaced.
- Non fat burners. Outnumber the actual fat burners.
- Expensive. We’re not buying it.
Pricing & Buying Info
- 1 bottle (45 servings): $85.49
- Available online and in retail stores
Final Word on NDS INTENSIFY BLACK
NDS Intensify Black can be described as one of those supplements that threw everything but the kitchen sink. The underdosed and unnecessary ingredients outnumber the ones we like and that’s on top of the low dose given to each one.
This supplement is anything but intense as we barely see it past the first blend as far as efficacy is concerned. We wish we can tell you the other blends were dosed well but a prop blend is a prop blend, folks.
We really don’t recommend it as far as good supplements are concerned but if you can find a way to use this supplement to its full potential, we salute you.