You wanna get SHREDDED, Bro? With a freakin’ Matrix??
Shred Matrix might help. It is aggressively formulated, with some outstanding ingredient choices & combos.
The big formula flaw: Shred Matrix has so many stages & ingredients, we probably don’t get Critical Mass dosages on ingredients we DO want.
We don’t want Shred Matrix’s “mood balance” & “brainpower” nutrition. We don’t want to discuss our feelings or solve math problems. We just want to shred.
Despite the formula fumble, Shred Matrix is intriguing. Let’s check it out.
About Shred Matrix
Made by Muscle Pharm, SHRED MATRIX is a “Revolutionary 8-Stage Fat Loss System” that’s physician-formulated and promises noticeable results within two weeks. Some Shred Matrix formula notes:
- 8 Stages: Blends for Energy Metabolism, Fat Metabolism, Appetite Balancing, Weight Management, Anti-Stress Mood-Balancing, Brain Power, Diuretic, Sugar Stop™ & Enzyme Aid.
- Premium Ingredients: Shred Matrix gets a boost in credibility because they use standardized herbal extracts and some advanced branded ingredients.
- “No Jitters” & “Clean Energy.” We’re dubious of this claim given that Shred Matrix supplies a hefty dose of caffeine from multiple sources.
Shred Matrix Supplement Facts
|Ingredients||Amount Per Serving|
|Vitamin B3 (as Niacin)||3 mg (15% DV)|
|Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine Hydrochloride)||15 mg (750% DV)|
|Biotin||150 mcg (50% DV)|
|Chromium (Chelate)||50 mcg (42% DV)|
|8 Stage Weight Loss Proprietary Blend||2,176 mg|
|Stages 1 & 2: Energy & Fat Metabolism
Guarana (Paullinia Cupana) Seed Extract, 22% Caffeine, Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis) Leaf Extract, (45% EGCG), 98% Polyphenols, Kola (Cola Nitida) Nut Powder, Caffeine Anhydrous (150mg), Cayenne (Capsicum Annuum) Fruit Powder 40,000 HU/g
|Stages 3 & 4: Appetite Balancing & Weight Management Control
Glucomannan (Amorphophallus Konjac) Root, White Kidney (Phaseolous Vulgaris) Bean Powder, Razberi-K® Raspberry Ketone
|Stage 5: Anti-Stress Mood Balancing Matrix
Panax Ginseng Root Powder, Griffonia Simplicifoloia Seed Extract, Containing 98% 5-HTP
|Stage 6: Brain Power Matrix
Acetyl‐L‐Carnitine HCl, pTerOPure® Pterostilbene, Vinpocetine
|Stage 7: Diuretic Complex
Uva Ursi (Arctostaphylos Uva‐Ursi) Leaf 20:1 Extract, Dandelion (Taraxacum Officinale) Root Extract 10:1, (Contains Taraxol & Taraxerol)
|Stage 8: Sugar Stop™ & Enzyme Aid Matrix
Apple (Malus Domestica) Pectin, DigeSEB® (Acid Stable Protease, Bacterial Protease, Alpha‐Galactosidase, Amylase, Bromelain, Cellulase, Fungal Protease, Hemicellulase, Lactase, Diastase, Papain, Peptizyme SP® (Serratiopeptidase), Glucoamylase, Invertase)
How do you break down a complex formula like Shred Matrix? Let’s start by giving a nod to the B-Vitamins & chromium. That’s nice. Moving on!
Shred Matrix’s real power is in its “8-Stage” proprietary blends. We’re going to break them down one by one… otherwise the label is a real puzzle.
Stages 1 & 2: Energy & Fat Metabolism
Three caffeine-driven botanicals—guarana, green tea, and kola-nut—prized for energizing & stimulating effects. Some are standardized to exact nutrient levels… a sign of quality.
Shred Matrix’s herbal caffeine seems advanced… until they club us over the head with 150 mg of straight Caffeine Anhydrous. Total caffeine is anybody’s guess, but it’s at least 150 mg per serving.
The Cayenne and especially the 45% EGCG (from Green Tea) are great fat burners that make sense. But Cayenne is the last botanical listed, making it is the smallest dosage–probably too small to work.
Stages 3 & 4: Appetite Balancing & Weight Management Control
Glucomannan is fancy fiber helps you feel full (when taken with water). White Kidney Bean blocks carbs. Razberi-K® is a premium brand of raspberry ketones, believed to accelerate fat cells’ metabolism of lipids.
Stage 5: Anti-Stress Mood Balancing Matrix
Ginseng and 5-HTP. There are better anti-stress herbs, but Ginseng remains a stress-busting, energizing adaptogen. Beyond mood-balancing effects, 5-HTP modulates brain chemistry for appetite control… a nice complement to Stages 3 & 4.
Stage 6: Brain Power Matrix
ALCAR and pTerOPure® are brain health nutrients, but not brain power nutrients.
ALCAR requires a big dose, and Shred Matrix likely falls short. pTerOPure® is premium pterostilbene, effective in small dosages… Shred Matrix probably gets there. But you won’t feel brain benefits for decades. You want to shred NOW. Formula fail.
Vinpocetine is another story: It works fast, and in tiny amounts. Great for brain circulation and acetylcholine, Vinpocetine is our #4 Best Nootropic. It helps brainpower, but does nothing for shredding.
Stage 7: Diuretic Complex
If you really want to get shredded, a little drying out will help. You don’t want to go too crazy with diuretics of course… so in Stage 7, Shred Matrix’s low-dosing might work to their advantage for mild & manageable diuretic effects.
Uva Ursi and Dandelion are reliable, and Shred Matrix smartly uses 20:1 and 10:1 extracts, respectively… squeezing more diuretic activity out of each herb.
Stage 8: Sugar Stop™ & Enzyme Aid Matrix
Apple Pectin is really just soluble fiber; nothing special. DigeSEB® is a quality branded blend of super-enzymes. It will help breakdown & digestion of dietary fats, carbs, proteins and lactose–good for digestive function, but we see no shredding benefits from Stage 8.
Shred Matrix’s formula is ambitious. We salute them for that. They pack a ton of ingredients into each capsule, which is usually a fatal formulation mistake.
BUT, Shred Matrix’s formulators are smarter than that: By using premium forms, branded ingredients, highly-concentrated herbal extracts & standardized herbs, they get more active nutrition out of those ingredients.
Here’s the problem: With so many ingredients trying to do 8 different things, even Shred Matrix’s high-potency ingredients likely fall short.
Sorry Shred Matrix… but when we’re intent on getting shredded, sliced & diced, we don’t give a damn about Stage 5’s “anti-stress” and “mood-balancing” benefits.
Similarly, Stage 6’s Brain Power and stage 8’s digestive nutrients are mostly irrelevant to shredding (Except 5-HTP in Stage 6 helps control appetite).
Cutting a few “Stages” to eliminate irrelevant nutrients and off-base benefits would free up more room per capsule–allowing bigger dosages of the GOOD STUFF they use that actually helps you get shredded.
Shred Matrix Benefits
The biggest benefit we see is for stimulation & energy levels—thanks to a fat caffeine dose from diverse botanicals. Stages 1&2 WILL spike your vitality. Stages 3&4 might be legit too, for general weight management support. Shred Matrix’s diuretic benefits look mild… but that’s a good thing.
Who Takes It?
Shred Matrix is likely taken by athletes & bodybuilders who want to attack shredding by throwing as much at the wall as possible… and hoping something sticks. Some people take it as a regular energy drink outside of the gym, too. Shred Matrix actually makes sense for these groups, but there are better gym-rat-customized fat-burners on the market.
Any Side Effects?
Shred Matrix’s energy & fat-burning benefits are tied to a big infusion of caffeine (at LEAST 150 mg) from exotic sources. So YES, it has side effects.
We’re annoyed that Shred Matrix uses the “jitter-free” claim. It is irresponsible to bullshit consumers with that statement, since people who are jitter-sensitive might take it and end up nervous wrecks because they were misled.
Shred Matrix has a big warning panel (see image at right) that further suggests this product may have some risks and/or unpleasant side effects.
Does SHRED MATRIX Work?
Yes, but not for everything it claims, and not as well as you’d hope. With reformulation it could work better. Shred Matrix looks most effective as an energizer, fat burner, mild diuretic and digestive aid.
Shred Matrix Summary
- Multi-Stage Approach. Designed to “shred” via multiple pathways
- Quality. They use several premium, high-potency ingredients
- Stimulating. We like the use of multiple botanical caffeine sources
- Formulation. A few indications of really smart formulation
- Proprietary Blends. We’ve got big concerns about dosages here
- Off-Base. Wastes capsule space with irrelevant ingredients to shredding
- Jitters. BS claims about jitter-free energy… be smart & prepare for jitters
- Claims. BS claims about hunger, blood sugar, sugar cravings… nope.
- Tolerability? Big label warning suggests it may be hard to take for some
Pricing & Buying Info
- 21 Capsules (7 servings): $7.13
- 60 capsules (20 servings): $14.54
- 120 capsules (40 servings): $24.86
- Available online & in retail stores
Final Word on Shred Matrix
Shred Matrix has nice quality touches, but is spread too thin to be a great fat-burner. If they “trimmed the fat” and ditched irrelevant ingredients, the formula could be great… but for now, Shred Matrix is just OK.