Lipo 6 Hers fat burner – is it any good?
Lipo 6 Hers is billed as a fat-burning diet supplement aimed specifically at female body builders.
It is unclear from the ingredients why this product is labelled as gender specific as there appear to be no scientific reasons why it should be any more effective for women than for men.
A look at the ingredients in the formula
There are seven (perhaps eight) active ingredients in Lipo 6 Hers;
Folic acid: is a water-soluble B vitamin which occurs naturally in many common foods such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans, dairy products, poultry and meat, seafood and grains.
For that reason, folic acid supplementation is considered unnecessary, except for those women who are planning a pregnancy, since higher levels of folic acid can reduce the risks of certain birth defects. Those who take folic acid supplements are advised not to exceed 100mcg each day, which is the level contained in Lipo 6 Hers.
Biotin: is another B vitamin which is required by the body, although adequate levels are normally achieved through a healthy diet, ie without supplementation.
Whilst a minimum intake of 35mcg is recommended, it is thought that most people consume around 40-60mcg of biotin through diet alone. Egg yolk, liver, avocado and salmon are all rich in biotin. Lipo 6 contains 75mcg biotin, which seems high.
Caffeine Anhydrous: is known to enhance energy levels, boost the metabolism and burn fat. The dosage of 150mg is equivalent to 1.5 cups of medium strength coffee. Caffeine may cause insomnia, anxiety and jittery attacks in people who are caffeine intolerant, and perhaps in those who fail to reduce levels of caffeine within their normal diet whilst taking this product.
B Phenylethylamine: (also known as PEA) is a neuromodulator that simultaneously improves mood and raises levels of alertness. It stimulates dopamine levels in the brain and is thought to suppress appetite, although there is no scientific evidence proving its value as a weight-loss tool.
Worryingly, PEA has brain-altering properties: low levels of PEA are associated with attention deficit disorder whilst high levels have been linked to schizophrenia and hallucinations. It is the brain-altering nature of B Phenylethylamine which makes it a potentially dangerous ingredient.
Worryingly, a little internet searching revealed a host of posts from people who use PEA as a recreational drug because of its mind-altering and euphoric effects. Side effects include headaches, heartburn, nausea and constipation. Its inclusion is very unlikely to enhance weight-loss.
Methylsynephrine HCL: and Synephrine HCL, better known as bitter orange, are stimulants which raise heart rate and blood pressure.
They are claimed to promote thermogenesis by triggering the release of nor-epinephrine, though there is a distinct lack of scientific evidence supporting this hypothesis. Overall, these ingredients are widely regarded as dangerous since they may increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Yohimbine HCL: derives from the bark of a tree indigenous to Zaire and Cameroon. It is used to treat sexual dysfunction, and to promote weight loss. Yohimbine has been linked to a number of dangerous side effects including rapid heart beat, kidney failure and heart attack.
Hoodia Gordonii: is often touted as the perfect appetite suppressant on the basis that leaves of the plant that grows in the Kalahari desert have been used by bushmen for thousands of years without ill effect. It has not been rigorously tested by scientists, and there is some evidence that it could damage the liver.
Although the appetite suppressant within Hoodia, known as p57 is safe, researchers hoping to develop the ingredient on behalf of Pfizer, the pharmaceutical giant, found that another ingredient was causing adverse effects on the liver, and that this dangerous ingredient could not easily be removed. It would appear that even this apparently natural herbal ingredient is not risk-free.
What are customers saying about Lipo 6 Hers?
Customer reviews are very mixed. There is some positive feedback from customer who claim the product is a very effective fat burner, providing it is combined with rigorous exercise:
“I have been taking Lipo 6 now for a couple of weeks and I LOVE IT. It gives me the perfect amount of energy to get through my workout. I can run forever without feeling tired.” Lipo 6 Hers customer.
On the other hand, MANY users report frightening side effects, particularly anxiety and insomnia.
Is Lipo 6 Hers worth buying?
Available online at £49.99 for 120 tablets (30 days’ supply) this is a middle-range fat-burner in terms of cost.
The serious concerns about several of the ingredients in Lipo 6 Hers should ensure caution before trying this product; the many negative customer reviews should convince most people that there are better – and safer – products available.