Do you want to crap out all of your fat, bro?
Want to spend agonizing hours in the can, white-knuckle gripping the sink and hamper as you sweat buckets and shit pounds??
Phenblue might help. This weight loss formula supplies some fat burning, but the real draw is the “fat-binding” and “fat-blocking” activity that gives you a new angle on losing pounds.
Let’s check it out.
PHENBLUE is a cool looking blue-and white capsule that really appears to be pharmaceutical as hell, even claiming “pharmaceutical-grade” on the bottle. But it’s not. It’s a supplement. Still, it’s got some slick tricks that might actually be developed in the lab. Formula notes:
- Four ingredients: One of the simplest fat-burner formulas we’ve ever seen.
- NeOpuntia®: Branded prickly pear, the fruit of a southwestern US cactus. So I guess we can burn fat by eating cacti now. Is that with or without the needles?
- Prop Blend: Only 4 ingredients; they hide dosage on three. Why?!
PHENBLUE Supplement Facts
|Serving Size: 2 capsules|
Servings Per Container: 60
|Ingredients||Amount Per Serving|
|PHENBLUE® Proprietary Formula||700 mg|
|NeOpuntia® (Opuntia Ficus-Indica; Prickly Pear), Caffeine Anhydrous (150 mg), Organic Green Tea Leaf Powder (Matcha), Theobromine|
|Other Ingredients: Gelatin (Capsule), Rice Flour, Magnesium Stearate, Titanium Dioxide (Color), FD&C Blue #1, FD&C Red #40.|
|Directions for use: Take two capsules with 8oz of water 2X daily, approximately 30 minutes before meals. This product is intended to be used along with a calorie-reduced diet and regular exercise program. Do not take within 5 hours of sleep.|
Super-simple design, stimulating intentions.
PHENBLUE is probably one of the simplest fat burners we’ve ever had the opportunity to review, with only four ingredients. Normally, supplements with a minimal theme offer maximum potency… but at only 700 mg per serving, that may be more of a PHEN-tasy than reality here. (haha)
Fat burners are one category where you can get away with stacking more than 4 ingredients, as some of the best flab-incinerators do with outstanding results.
But PHENBLUE keeps the formula lean, placing a big bet on ONE exotic ingredient that might just pay off. Let’s break it down, bro:
The first ingredient in their prop blend, NeOpuntia is a premium brand of prickly/cactus pear (Opuntia ficus-indica) describing itself as a “100% natural, functional ingredient which can be incorporated into dietary supplements for weight management and well-being applications.”
We’re not sure about weight loss as the only study we found was its use as cactus fiber which promotes fecal fat extraction (you shit lots of body fat, ergo the “fat-binding” claims) but we did find plenty of research about “well-being applications” such as its ability to lower body fat, blood pressure, and total cholesterol. It also decreases oxidative damage and boosts your antioxidants. We also found one study that utilized this brand and concluded similar results.
The evidence looks good but here’s the catch: The studies used at least 500-1,600 mg of the prickly pear. It’s possible PHENBLUE approaches the low-end of that dosage, but we doubt it hits it unless you wanna double up.
We all know Caffeine. It’s our #2 Best Fat Burner and available at a nice and controlled 150 mg. Not too “Whoa, my head hurts!” and not too “I don’t feel anything.” It’s just okay but being second in line means the next ingredients will definitely be lighter in load.
Matcha Tea Leaf Powder
Typical green tea leaf extract is an awesome fat burner but studies say going Matcha might be better. Great ingredient choice; we’d like it even better if it were standardized and dosed a bit higher.
Theobromine is largely found in dark chocolate and while we haven’t uncovered any study regarding its efficacy as a weight loss ingredient, it seems to help heart health by reducing LDL (bad cholesterol) while increasing HDL (good cholesterol). Dosage might be on the low-end here, but at least we have the perfect excuse reason to eat more dark chocolate to compensate.
The ingredients in PHENBLUE seem to be pretty spot-on.
NeOpuntia helps cleave fat off your body, and potentially help hunger pangs. It’s the sexiest (and weirdest) ingredient in this product, and we’ve never seen it in a fat-burner before, so if you’re looking to attack fat from a new angle, it might be perfect for you.
Caffeine is a tried and tested stimulant/fat-burner. Matcha, though not standardized, is leagues better than ordinary green tea when it comes to fat-burning while Theobromine is kind of a question mark for fat burning.
The design is there to provide a decent fat-burning stack that really acts as a supporting cast for that NeOpuntia cactus fat-binder.
In the case of PHENBLUE, it’s dosage that we’re not sure about. The only remedy we can think of is increasing dosage (i.e., doubling up), but that may create issues for caffeine-sensitive users.
We suppose if you take it as recommended (4 capsules a day) you can support your weight loss goals. There’s some tangible fat burn but don’t expect it to be too hot. If you want to boost its fat-burning effects, you really have to match it with a good diet and exercise as we should always do.
Who Takes It?
Phenblue seems to target everybody, really. It has more of the feel of an all-purpose weight loss formula than a gritty gym-oriented fat burner that will punch you in the face. Sure, bros can take it. But so can Oprah-watching housewives, ‘nah mean?
Any Side Effects?
The common side effect is the ones we’re accustomed to when it comes to stimulants: Jitters, sleeplessness, and crashes. There’s also a few accounts of people having to “go to restrooms more often” which we think is the fiber working. Opuntia’s “fat-binding” action might change the quality of those big steamy dumps, so keep extra TP on hand if you go this route, bro.
- Good Energy. Just enough to get you going.
- Good ingredients. Each one had good research to back them up.
- Novel formula. Intriguing stack, unique in fat burner land.
- Branded ingredient. That NeOpuntia looks like quality, bro.
- Prop blend. We all hate it… even more when it’s only 4 ingredients!
- Underdosing? Not much bang with those small doses.
- Mild fat burner. Major mechanism of action is fat-binding.
- Unclean label. Lotta artificial crap in the “other ingredients.”
Pricing & Buying Info
- 1 bottle (1 month): $43
- 2 bottles: $79 ($39 per)
- 3 bottles: $109 ($36 per)
- 6 bottles: $189 ($31 per)
- Available online and in retail stores
Final Word on PHENBLUE
PHENBLUE is an interesting, simple stack for weight loss. If all else has failed and you want something new, consider this cactus-driven formula. We wouldn’t expect it to burn your fat to kingdom come, but the fat-binding & fat-blocking actions might help you poop out a few pounds. Don’t forget to bring your iPad into the toilet, bro. You might be there a while.