What is LipoFedra and is it effective?
It appears the LipoFedra has been reformulated, presumably because the original product contained DMAA (1,3-Dimethylamylamine), an ingredient which was illegal in some countries, including the US.
An American company, Innervital had little alternative but to look again at this product and re-launch with a totally different formulation.
According to the manufacturer’s website, LipoFedra helps improve the metabolism of fat, increases energy “without stimulants”, and increases stamina.
Well one of those statements is certainly not true, since LipoFedra contains caffeine, a stimulant, according to the “Frequently Asked Questions” on the product homepage. Worryingly, caffeine is not listed as an ingredient, and there is no way of knowing the proportion of caffeine in this product, or whether it will cause side effects in those who have a caffeine intolerance.
The list of ingredients is long, and includes vitamins and minerals alongside the “active” ingredients. Since the manufacturer identifies three ingredients as “active”, this investigation will focus purely upon those. LipoFedra contains:
- 500mg of Choline Bitartrate: Choline occurs naturally in the body and is made by the liver. It is also found in a number of foods such as liver, fish, nuts, beans, peas, spinach, wheat germ and eggs. It is thought to play a role in lipid metabolism, and to help the liver dispose of fats and cholesterol, hence its popularity as an ingredient within dietary supplements. However, it should be said that there is absolutely no clinical research to suggest that Choline is effective as a weight-loss tool.
- Methionine: is an amino acid used by the body to make proteins. This particular amino acid has a number of medical uses: it can be used to treat liver disorders, to aid wound healing, to treat depression, alcoholism, allergies, schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease. Brazil nuts, sesame seeds, raw salmon, beef, chicken, soya beans and green vegetables are all rich in Methionine. There is no scientific evidence to suggest that Methionine will enhance either weight loss or exercise performance.
- Inositol: a vitamin B nutrient (Vitamin B8 to be precise), is claimed by the manufacturer to aid the metabolism of fat and reduce cholesterol. It is also said to enhance the production of serotonin, the neurotransmitter that controls and lifts mood. Inositol is thought to have no dreadful side effects, and does seem to play a role, within the liver, in breaking down fat.
Combined with Choline, Inositol forms lecithin, a lipotropic agent, and this combination of ingredients could therefore, at least theoretically, help fat burning. Again, there is no scientific evidence that this ingredient will aid weight loss.
Inositol is naturally produced by the body from glucose, and is also found in liver, bananas, brown rice, nuts, raisins, whole grains and beans, so there should be absolutely no need to top up on this vitamin providing a sensible diet is followed.
Since none of these three active ingredients has been demonstrated to aid weight loss it is unlikely that LipoFedra will provide the dramatic boost to the efforts of dieters that they are looking for.
- The active ingredients in LipoFedra are unlikely to cause adverse side effects.
- A money-back guarantee is offered.
- The supplement may enhance mood.
- There is absolutely no clinical evidence that any of the three active ingredients will aid weight loss. The manufacturer claims that the three active ingredients are clinically proven, but produces no links to scientific evidence.
- Each of the active ingredients is produced naturally by the body and/or found in abundance in the sorts of foods that dieters should be eating.
- Although caffeine is not listed as an ingredient, it is clear from the Frequently Asked Questions that the product does contain caffeine, which may cause adverse side effects for users.
- The product is advertised as stimulant free, yet according to the FAQ, it contains caffeine (the precise quantity is not stated).
Customer reviews and feedback
It has proved impossible to find genuine customer feedback (or even the usual spurious ‘testimonials) on this product.
Is LipoFedra worth buying? Stockists and price
Available to buy online from independent stockists, and costing around $42.95 per month for a product which is scientifically untested and very probably ineffective, We wouldn’t part with our hard-earned cash for LipoFedra.
There is no doubt that the new formulation of this product is a much safer option than the original LipoFedra, yet each of the three active ingredients in the new version can be consumed, in abundance, simply by following a healthy balanced diet.