One quick way to grab people’s attention is to look and sound controversial. You wanna be famous? Post a scandalous photo or video on Youtube or Facebook (or whatever platform) and make it go viral.
In the case of supplements, you make claims and the crazier they are, the better. That’s the case with Thermo Heat and their claims of it being the “MOST ADVANCED THERMOGENIC EVER DEVELOPED” and most of the time, it’s enough to get people to at least look at their bottle.
Is Thermo Heat legit or even functional or is it just like the usual “all bark and no bite” supplements out there? Let’s find out, bro!
About Thermo Heat
Thermo Heat is sold by Advanced Molecular Labs (AML) so you know where the whole “advanced” claim came from. It’s said to help turn fat into thermogenic tissue (whoa!), support thyroid function, and evem energize without over stimulating. To do all that, AML outfitted Thermo Heat with 19 ingredients in a 1.26 gram serving. Yup, this is gonna be one interesting review, bro. Formula notes
- Guessing game: Damn, bro. You jammed 19 ingredients in one blend and you only showed Caffeine. Still, that’s 18 ingredients with ??? for dosages.
- Energize claim: You said it won’t overstimulate us yet you include Synephrine and Yohimbe + 250 mg of Caffeine. U wot m8?
- Bile Acids: Sounds disgusting but we’ll see if it’s worth adding it.
Thermo Heat Supplement Facts
|Serving Size: 2 Capsules|
Servings Per Container: 60
|Ingredients||Amount Per Serving|
|Thermo Heat® Proprietary Blend||1.26 g|
|Advantra-Z® (Bitter Orange Fruit Extract – standardized for synephrine alkaloids), N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine, Caffeine (250 mg), Holybasil (Ocimum tenuiflorum) Leaf Extract (containing Ursolic Acid), Japanese Sophora (Sophora Japonica) Extract (containing Kaempferol), Cayenne Pepper Fruit Extract (standardized for Capsaicinoids), Velvet Bean (Mucuna pruriens) Seed Extract, Ox Bile Extract (containing Bile Acids), Ginger Root Extract (5% gingerols), Wakame Seaweed (Undaria pinnatifida) Extract (containing fucoxanthin), Forskholii (Coleus forskohlii) Root Extract (10% forskolin), Naringin, Hesperidin, BioPerine® (Black Pepper Fruit Extract) (95% piperine), Tangerine Peel Extract, Olive Leaf Extract (15% Oleuropein), Yohimbe Bark Extract, Cassia (Cinnamon) bark extract, Turmeric Root Extract (95% curcuminoids).|
|Other Ingredients: Gelatin Capsule, Rice Flour, Magnesium Stearate.|
|Directions for use: Start with 2 ThermoHeat capsules for the first three days (1 in the morning and 1 in the afternoon). If well tolerated, then you can increase the amount taken to 2 ThermoHeat capsules in the morning and 2 ThermoHeat capsules in the afternoon. Do Not Exceed 4 ThermoHeat Capsules Per Day. Do not take within 6 hours of sleep. For optimum results, ThermoHeat should not be taken with meals. Consume at least 30 minutes before a meal. For those individuals with digestive sensitivities to spices, it is recommended to consume product after meals for greater tolerance. ThermoHeat is best used as part of a diet and exercise Program.|
Thermo Heat has quality forms and ingredient choices, but lackluster dosing.
The whole strategy behind Thermo Heat seems to revolve around using evidence-backed ingredients, a lot of them, and mixing them all together in one huge blend hoping something cool happens. Doing this also apparently gave them the right to claim the usual supplement promises. Let’s break down the ingredients in this formula:
- Synephrine: Comes under the brand of premium Advantra-Z, Synephrine is a well-known stimulant that’s meant to fill in the void left by illegal substance Ephedra. It does a lot of fat burning magic. Studies limit the use of Synephrine at 100 mg per day, the dose regarded as safe and without adverse effects. The dosage implied here is clearly at least 250 mg but no indication of potency as Advantra-Z has four: 5%, 6%, 10%, and 30% For now, we have to assume it’s safe and tolerable as 250 mg Advantra-Z standardized to 30% would equate to 75 mg of Synephrine, a safe dose.
- N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine. The best form of Tyrosine, this nootropic is credited for countering stress, and is a popular ingredient in “mental domination” brain-boosters. We assume it has 250 mg and while not exactly potent for boosting brain health, it should help mitigate the effects of Caffeine and Synephrine combined. Speaking of Caffeine…
- Caffeine: Caffeine’s dosage declaration made us assume the first three dosages. The current tally for these three is at 750 mg which leaves the remaining 16 other ingredients fighting for 450 mg. A good amount of fairy dusting is about to occur.
- Holy Basil. This herb is lauded for its adaptogenic properties much like NALT. There is evidence of this function but the dosage used in studies are all upwards of 500 mg and you won’t find it here.
- Japanese Sophora. Thermo Heat highlighted its Kaempferol content, a bioflavonoid with promising anti-obesogenic properties. It works by inhibiting fatty acid production from glucose i.e. prevents fat storage. No human doses yet but a study suggests low doses of Kaempferol, as low as 9 mg, is efficiently absorbed. The problem is we don’t know how much Kaempferol this herb has but other products on the market highlight Japonica Sophora Extract to contain around 20% Kaempferol. From what we’ve researched, Japonica Sophora doesn’t seem to be a good or at least a known source of Kaempferol. Your dosage guess is as good as ours.
- Cayenne Pepper. One of our hottest fat burners, it says it’s standardized for Capsaicinoids but Thermo Heat is again not clear on how potent this really is.
- Velvet Bean. Odd that we find our #3 T Booster in this list. Probably added for its L-DOPA content to promote an overall calm and light sensation.
- Ox Bile. This one’s weird but a 1901 study (yeah, it’s pretty ancient) states it increases fat digestion when given orally in pill form. They literally measured shit for this since they didn’t have the modern procedures we have now. Even Paleo guys like the idea of taking Ox Bile pills. Dosage used in the study was 250 mg dried ox bile.
- Ginger Root. Standardized to 5% gingerols, the active ingredient we want when it comes to fat-burning. It resembles the structures of Raspberry Ketones and Capsaicin so we take it works like them too. It’s also known to increase the thermic effect of food meaning you use up more calories to digest what you eat. Other ginger-related benefits include appetite suppression, increase in testosterone, general cardiovascular health, and aid digestion among other things.
- Wakame Seaweed. They highlighted fucoxanthin, a carotenoid known to possess metabolism boosting properties as well as anti-diabetic effects.
- Forskohlii. Standardized to 10% forskolin, this ingredient is known to increase cAMP which triggers the fat-burning process. We like that it’s standardized but we fear this is futile since it’s found way too low in the ladder.
- Naringin and Hesperidin. These two ingredients make for one amazing fat burning stack specially when combined with Synephrine. These flavonoids are known to not only boost metabolism even more but also prevent fat accumulation.
- Black Pepper. This comes in the form of BioPerine, a really good brand known for 95% piperine purity. It enhances bioavailability of most compounds but it’s not enough to lift low-dosed ingredients. The thing with black pepper is it can work in amazingly low doses, even 15 mg is potent enough. Since this is a prop blend, we can therefore assume the rest of the ingredients will have fewer mg to work on.
- Tangerine. Tangerine extract is a compound capable of reducing weight, blood sugar, and cholesterol in mice.
- Olive Leaf. Standardized to 15% Oleuropein, it’s known to influence thyroid hormones that boosts metabolism and further augment’s Synephrine’s potency.
- Yohimbe. Supplies a compound called yohimbine which help free up epinephrine and norepinephrine, the body’s natural fat-burning hormones similar to how olive leaf extract works. The only danger here is its potential to increase heart rate and blood pressure but we doubt the dosage is THAT potent.
- Cassia. Comes from Cinnamon, it’s known to lower liver fat while increasing insulin sensitivity in obese mice. Dosage for humans is dependent on cinnamon powder intake which starts with one whole gram.
- Turmeric Root. Standardized for 95% Curcuminoids, a study shows this spice can prevent weight gain by reducing fat storage in the body by altering fatty acid metabolism aka it spiked up fat-burning. The study used rats, though, and the assumed human dose is roughly 30-35 mg which we doubt reaches it.
We applaud Thermo Heat’s choice of ingredients as most of them fall under quality standards. The formula is also well-formulated if we’re to simply look at it from a far. Here’s the problem: It contains too many ingredients. We gauge this by also considering the amount of space in one serving and 1.2 g is too small to house 19 compounds. It’s like trying to fit in 19 celebrities in one epic yet short Oscar-potential film.
We’re not bashing it; it’s just what it looks to us. We’re also accusing it of fairy dusting since all the ingredients here are popular when it comes to supplements but the dosage given to each surely falls towards the ineffective spectrum.
It’s a shame too as it had a pretty solid strategy: Burn a hole through fat with potent stimulants and thyroid boosters while suppressing stress and side effects with nootropics and adaptogens.
Because of the dosage problem, this brilliant strategy became more of a “Let’s put this and that so people see we do research! Alright! High Five!” kind of strategy. Thermo Heat ended up mixing evidence-backed ingredients hoping each one will take effect one way or the other and you end up getting plenty of nothing.
Praise-worthy ingredients here are Synephrine, Caffeine, NALT, and maybe even BioPerine since the first three had the bulk of the weight and BioPerine works in small doses.
Thermo Heat is an example of a product with a good strategy but poor execution. It could’ve been so much more had Thermo Heat at least doubled the serving size to accommodate the smaller ingredients.
Thermo Heat Benefits
It will definitely help burn fat and make you sweat because of it but it won’t be anything special outside the effects of Caffeine and Synephrine. NALT helps mitigate the stress while the other ingredients boost your overall health in small ways.
Who Takes It?
Typical newbies who go after anything with “studies” and good ingredients but don’t know how to read labels.
Any Side Effects?
The usual suspects include jitters, and crashing. There’s a unique side effect with Thermo Heat and it’s not because of the ingredients but the due to the capsule itself. Users report of scorched throats before it reaches your belly and when it does get there it also burns a hole through it. It has to be something with the capsule layer being too thin and perhaps Thermo Heat also aimed for a quick-release sort of perk as a second thought.
Thermo Heat Summary
- Quality ingredients. Literally too many to mention.
- Hot burn stack. Synephrine + Caffeine = Fat Bomb
- Good energy. 250 mg of Caffeine is hefty.
- Affordable. Less than 90 cents per serving.
- Good design. Minor ingredients support the key ingredients.
- Health boost. Promotes a better overall health.
- Prop blend. A really HUGE prop blend.
- Too big. 19 ingredients + 1.2 g serving = bad idea]
- No focus. Less could’ve been so much more in this case.
- Side effects. Despite the claim of not overstimulating.
- Burns more than fat. Your throat will be on fire…literally.
Pricing & Buying Info
- 1 bottle (1 month): $25.99
- 1 bottles: (2 months): $39.99
- Available online and in retail stores
Final Word on Thermo Heat
Thermo Heat is one of those supplements that tried too hard to make a name for itself only to end up losing touch of what it’s supposed to do. It has one good strategy but the excitement of adding well-known ingredients in such a small space diluted its potential. It can still burn fat well enough but we wouldn’t go with it if we had a better choice. And even if it burns your throat at least it doesn’t burn a hole through your wallet.
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