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Phenocal

Phenocal is a fat burner diet pill that claims to help you lose weight by increasing your energy and decreasing your appetite and according to the product advertising, it will make you look fantastic too.

Whilst certainly not the most ingredients we have seen crammed into a diet pill it’s not far off! We see if Phenocal can “turbo charge” your metabolism, give you energy and control food cravings. We take an in depth look at Phenocal to get behind the confusion and to see whether this supplement is worth a try.

Phenocal Pros

  • There is some positive feedback for Phenocal
  • Some of the ingredients are good

Phenocal Cons

  • Lack of address and real contact details for this company
  • Some of the ingredients such as Hoodia proven not to work
  • Lots of negative feedback says this supplement does not work
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Is Phenocal the real deal?

Phenocal is manufactured by Pharmaxa Labs who are based in Florida, USA. They produce a number of dietary supplements from sleep aids, bone and joint support to menopause products.

It seems that “Health web shopping” provide the fulfilment and customer support, including returns, for all Phenocal orders as the same contact number is used and this company provides the billing solution.

We would have liked to know a return address because it would have reassured us that Pharmaxa are serious about the guarantee. We don’t think they are and in our opinion, you may struggle to get your money back.

Ingredients that work?

The supplement looks like a bit of a mish mash. There are a lot of ingredients in unknown quantities and it is hard to see how it will really help you lose weight.

What do Phenocal customers think?

A lot of customer feedback is indifferent and although this supplement may have a slight effect upon appetite and energy levels not everyone has noticed any difference. It seems that effects may be very minor and in some cases non-existent.

Our Verdict

Overall we don’t think that Phenocal is good enough to recommend so we have no other option but to reject this supplement.

Among the best products we’ve seen in 2016 is one called Phentaslim. Whilst not just containing clinically proven ingredients that have been shown to shift the fat, Phentaslim is very unlikely to give you unwanted side effects.

The makers of Phentaslim are so confident in their product they offer a no-risk 60-day money back guarantee too. To find out why this is our visitors #1 choice in our review here.

Phenocal Review

Phenocal Facts

  • Pharmaxa do not provide a physical address or company phone number
  • US number on product website is a fulfilment company based in New Jersey
  • Some ingredients not proven to work

Phenocal is a weight loss supplement that you can only buy online. You will not find this supplement on sale in the shops or stores. The advertising claims it will suppress your appetite and increase your energy levels and fat burning capabilities by increasing the speed of your metabolism. In addition it will help boost your energy levels.

None of these are unusual claims for any fat burner but where Phenocal differs from most is in the sheer number of different ingredients contained in the formula. There are over 20 different components to this diet pill all in unknown quantities so effects are going to be unpredictable.

This supplement contains appetite suppressant and cactus extract Hoodia Gordonii plus Glucomannan a fibre extract that swells in the stomach in order to create feelings of fullness.

As well as these two appetite suppressants. Phenocal contains green lea extract and Yerba Mate – two tea type ingredients both with an application to weight loss as well as a source of caffeine. It contains traditional Indian herb extract Forskolin and diet pill favourite Garcinia Cambogia believed to act as a natural fat blocker.

Phenocal contains seaweed extract Fucoxanthin, tree extract Evodiamine, vitamins, minerals and amino acids to complete the formula.

According to the product information, Phenocal is manufactured by Pharmaxa. Looking at the official website and company information you get the impression that Pharmaxa is based in the USA and is a reputable and well established US supplements company.

There is a US phone number next to a US flag and there are the usual claims that all supplements comply with GMP (good manufacturing practice) as well as a prominently placed FDA logo.

How to Take Phenocal

Take 3 capsules twice daily with a full glass of water, once in the morning about 15 minutes before breakfast and again about 4 hours later before your mid-afternoon meal.

Phenocal Concerns:

  • Lack of transparency regarding company. What else are we not being told?
  • The 60 day guarantee sounds impressive but will this company really honour it?
  • Ingredient abilities overstated

What Does Phenocal Claim To Do?

According to the product information, Phenocal works in three ways.

  • Turbo charges your metabolism
  • Suppresses and controls appetite and unhealthy food cravings
  • Boosts your energy levels

The information explains,

There are few (if any) weight loss supplements available today that are as complete as Phenocal. Each capsule contains more than 20 ingredients that will provide noticeable and in many cases remarkable results without unpleasant jitters and crashes!

The effects upon the metabolism are explained,

Phenocal contains several key extracts that can naturally boost the metabolism and enhance thermogenesis, or fat burning. This means your body will consistently be using more calories, whether you’re outside running or home on the couch

There is also an appetite suppressing effect thanks to Glucomannan – a soluble fibre that expands in the stomach and makes you feel fuller longer, and Hoodia a cactus extract that the product information claims as scientifically proven.

In truth, these two appetite suppressants are at opposite ends of the weight loss spectrum.

Glucomannan is a natural fibre that has been approved by the European Food safety authority (EFSA) whereas Hoodia was banned by EU laws because it was unproven to work.

So Does Phenocal Work?

It is hard to predict whether Phenocal works or not, judging by the ingredients list.

Without a full breakdown of the individual components of each capsule it is impossible to know if each ingredient is in sufficient quantities to work.

So What Is Phenocal and What Are The Ingredients?

Phenocal contains a lot of ingredients! The list reads like a “who’s who” of weight loss but despite that there is no information about the quantities of each one.

Each serving is equal to 3 capsules and contains 2, 230mg of ingredients in a proprietary blend.

  • Green Tea Leaf: We love green tea. It is crammed full of antioxidants which have benefits for health and may help boost energy levels.
  • Glucomannan: Water soluble fibre that swells in size when exposed to water acting to fill the stomach to help you feel fuller. The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) cautiously approve that this ingredient may help weight loss if 3000mg to 4000mg is taken on a daily basis but it is very unlikely that Phenocal contains enough of this ingredient to work.
    Source: http://www.efsa.europa.eu/sites/default/1258.pdf
  • L-Tyrosine: Amino acid that may help in suppressing appetite and works to promote healthy thyroid function and improved, more efficient metabolism. May help reduce stress.
    Source: https://examine.com/supplements/l-tyrosine/
  • Cocoa Extract: Mostly seen in cocoa products and chocolate and thought to have numerous health benefits due to its antioxidant content. These include lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, protect against heart disease and may help reverse blood vessel damage in people with diabetes.
    Source: http://altmedicine.about.com/cocoa_benefits.htm
  • Hoodia Gordonii: Once THE weight loss ingredient of choice for dieters looking to suppress food cravings, these days Hoodia has been discredited. Doubt has been raised as to the purity and authenticity of most of this ingredient in the market due to the number of fake Hoodia products. Hoodia Gordonii is not available for consumers in the EU/UK now due to recent Herbal Regulations restricting the sale of this substance.
  • Garcinia Cambogia: This small fruit similar to a tiny pumpkin found in Asia contains Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA) which has been suggested to help suppress appetite and promote fat burning. However clinical studies have shown mixed results, some showing significant weight loss whilst others minimal effects. High doses may be required in order to trigger any positive weight loss effect and it is unlikely that Phenocal contains sufficient quantities.
  • Yerba Mate: A plant native to subtropical South America and drunk as an alternative to coffee by many of the native people as it contains caffeine. Found to have some health benefits but it’s the suggested benefits for improving fat metabolism that explains why it’s found in a number of dieting aids. Although anecdotal evidence exists further studies are required to determine how effective and in what dosages.
    Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15836459
  • Coleus Forskolii (aka Forskolin): Also known as Plectranthus barbatus, this tropical plant related to the typical coleus species contains the active ingredient Forskolin, used as an ancient Indian medicine for centuries. Initial clinical studies have supported some claims but more research is required in the real world to prove the benefits for fat reduction.
    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forskolin
  • Evodiamine: This plant extract is supposed to raise body temperature by way of thermogenesis to boost metabolism causing increased energy expenditure and greater fat burning.
  • L-Tryptophan: Essential amino acid naturally present in turkey meat and Brazil nuts that is converted into 5-HTP (5-hyrdoxytryptophan) and then into Serotonin, which is a hormone critical in mood and well being.
  • Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA): Natural free fatty acid that is high in antioxidants and often taken as a stimulant free fat burner.
  • 5 HTP (5-hydroxyptophan): Chemical by product of L Tryptophan that may help weight loss by boosting mood. 5HTP is sometimes taken as a remedy for depression where it seems to be effective.
    Source: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-794-5-htp.aspx
  • Fucoxanthin (100mg): Fucoxanthin is an antioxidant found in some species of brown seaweed most notably Wakame used in Asian cuisine. To consume enough Fucoxanthin you would need to eat an unrealistic amount of brown kelp to get sufficient quantities. There can be issues relating to sea pollution with consuming Fucoxanthin.
    Source: http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/seaweed-burn-fat
  • Chromium (Picolinate) (100mcg): Chromium is a trace mineral that the body needs in extremely minimal amounts. It is a very popular ingredient in many weight loss products but has largely been discredited by National Institute of Health (NIH). After collating data from 24 studies they found no significant benefits in body composition from taking 200mcg to 1,000mcg per day. Phenocal contains even less than this amount!
    Source: http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Chromium-HealthProfessional/
  • Bioperine (2.5mg): Helps to increase the rate of absorption of nutrients taken at the same time by up to 3 times. Also known as Black Pepper extract.
  • Biotin, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B1, Vitamin D3 and Vitamin B3: Contains a number of essential vitamins in varying amounts to help support a healthy body.

Does Phenocal Have Any Side Effects?

There are no provided health warnings for Phenocal and this supplement does look pretty safe judging by the listed ingredients. The downside is that we have no idea just how much of the individual ingredients are contained in this supplement.

Glucomannan can pose a choking risk so it will be important to ensure that you take with plenty of water so that you wash the capsules down.
Other side effects may include

  • Headaches
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach upset
  • Nausea
  • Allergic reaction

Caution:
Not suitable for individuals under 18. Avoid if you are pregnant or breast feeding. If you suffer from an underlying medical condition or are taking prescription medication, speak to your doctor first. Phenocal may aggravate some conditions and may interact with medication.

Any Phenocal Reviews From Customers?

There is some customer feedback for Phenocal so we can at least look at true customer experiences.

Some people feel that this supplement works. This customer reported,

Since I have received Phenocal, I have been using it daily. It’s been about 2 weeks now and I have lost approximately 9 lbs. You have to be dedicated in order for this product to work. Dedication is important. I love this product because of the fact that when I take it, I do not have the urge to eat constantly…

Another customer said,

I have been using Phenocal for about 2 months. It has helped me lose those last 15 pounds that never seem to come off. I really liked the boost of energy it gave me and it kept the cravings at bay. Highly recommended

Many people say the same and it seems that if you put in your own efforts, Phenocal may help improve results. However, not everyone is as satisfied.

There is a lot of negative feedback for Phenocal. This customer said, what a lot of other people have mentioned too,

I took this product for a month, and did not lose a pound. I didn’t feel energized either. It’s a waste of money…

This customer was more detailed,

I can honestly say that it does give me a bit more energy but has done nothing to curb my appetite or lose weight. I have lost zero pounds and might even have gained 1. (I exercised 3-4 times a week, running/walking and weights and I usually eat well) I will not be buying another nor will I recommend this to anyone….

And,

Very disappointed. Didn’t help me at all. Expected it to help curb my appetite but it didn’t.

What About A Guarantee

There is an advertised money back guarantee. Here’s what the company have to say about it,

You’re invited to try the product RISK FREE for a full 60 days. We are extremely confident that you will be 100% delighted with your purchase of the product.

That’s why we offer you our No-Nonsense Money-Back Guarantee.

And it’s a 100% Unconditional Money-Back Guarantee! Our guarantee contains no fine print or misleading terms. Simply stated, if for any reason you are not completely satisfied, simply contact us within 60 days of your purchase date and return the unused portion. You will receive a prompt refund of the product’s purchase price.

We asked the live chat customer service department about where to send the return product. She said that once a customer had ordered, the refund and return could be processed. She stated that the return address was located in the USA .However we have been unable to find a return address or any company address or return address on the website.

Where Can I Buy Phenocal?

Phenocal is only available online.

If you buy direct from the official website, prices are as follows:

  • 1 bottle of Phenocal (150 capsules or 30 servings) costs $39.85
  • Buy 3 bottles of Phenocal and get one free for $119.16
  • The Preferred Package includes 6 bottles of Phenocal plus 1 x bottle of Colopril and 1 x bottle of Green Tea Energizer (2 x added Pharmaxa supplements) for $199.36

You can also buy Phenocal via Amazon USA:

  • 1 x bottle of 150 capsules (30 servings) costs $60.00

Disclaimer: Our reviews and investigations are based on extensive research from the information publicly available to us and consumers at the time of first publishing the post. Information is based on our personal opinion and whilst we endeavour to ensure information is up-to-date, manufacturers do from time to time change their products and future research may disagree with our findings. If you feel any of the information is inaccurate, please contact us and we will review the information provided.





40 user reviews to “Phenocal”

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  1. Jimmy says:

    Great Product If You Follow The Instructions

  2. Miranda says:

    DO NOT BUY!!!! i got a horrible rash and lost no weight! Still have scars from the rash!

  3. Eugene says:

    I wish I had read this review before I purchased this product. The advertising on their official website promised an unconditional risk-free 60 day refund, if not satisfied with the product. I tried the one bottle they sent in full, purportedly for a 1-month supply, but the results were most unsatisfactory and most disappointing. This bottle contained only 150 pills and at 6 pills a day it was empty after 25 days. But rather than losing 1 pound of weight per week on this product as hoped for (I am grossly obese with a BMI of 39 and a starting weight of 240 lbs.,) I gained 0.4 lbs. over that time period. On April 7, I called the customer service division of the company asking for a refund. I was told they would send me an email. The email was a return authorization (RMA) with 11 points of instructions that needed to be fulfilled for the refund to be issued. 2 of these conditions cannot be fulfilled and are irrational at best. They asked that I MUST:

    •Return the empty bottle by Priority Mail, with tracking number and insurance required. This is a brazen attempt to increase my costs for no benefit to anyone, since there is NO product to be returned. I already threw the empty bottle into the recycling bin.

    •The return MUST include the original packaging the product was shipped in. FAILURE TO INCLUDE THE ORIGINAL PACKAGING WILL NULLIFY YOUR ELIGIBILITY FOR A REFUND.

    I did not keep the original packaging (and who does?) which is of no use since I expected the product to work based on their numerous testimonials and I had no intention of returning it. Their testimonials claimed much greater weight loss than I was hoping for.

    I had no idea that they would use such chicanery to deny a refund if I wasn’t satisfied. So my suspicion is that this product does NOT work in a majority of cases and by stipulating these crazy conditions they try to limit their damage for actually having to pay a refund.

  4. Pearl says:

    Phenocal did wonders for me…I bought the full 3 months package and took it for three months and lost 15kgs from 75kgs to 60kgs. I used to work out 5 times a week and watch what I eat too coz they do encourage working out and earing healthy as u take the pills and it didn’t disappoint. The only problem is had to get a friend from USA to order it from UK and send it to me in Africa but I don’t regret it. So I think results vary according to the person. My only concern is the results ain’t durable.. Once u stop taking them the weight will come back.

  5. Kathy says:

    I am so glad the diet pill watch dog is out there. I read these reviews and it kept me from purchasing a product that is not what it claims.

  6. Debra says:

    HORRID PPRODUCT! after i had no success they refused to issue a refund. I had bloated stomach and looked like i was pregnant. DO NOT BUY!

  7. Jimmy says:

    I am having great results with Phenocal , my man boobs are all most gone .. My wife says I look so hot.. I’m even tempted to start wearing my speedo’s again

  8. Daniel says:

    This product is a waste of money. I took 5 bottles of it and it did absolutely nothing for me. I took as prescribed. I exercise 6 times a week during cardio and pushups, squats and abs work. Please do not waste your money on this product. Look for other ways to burn fat.

  9. Paul says:

    Product work great for me CJ CUMO can not eat and live like a pig and expect results.

  10. CJ Como says:

    Terrible terrible terrible. There is SO MUCH caffeine in this product. had racy heart and headaches and could not sleep. I stopped taking after 2 doses. Called customer service – horrible. Not from this country and told me I would not be refunded my shipping cost AND i had to pay to ship it back. what guarantee is that.. scammy

  11. Shwarn says:

    I got a response to my refund request – DENIED! Because it was past the 60 day refund period. If these companies were so positive about the results of their products they would offer a 365 day money back guaranteed refund. I am no longer ordering diet supplements online – going to cut back and exercise more.

  12. Shwarn says:

    I purchased this product in January and have taken two bottles and unfortunately have not lost any weight, did gain a little. I excercised a bit and cut back on my portions. Only thing happened during this was I started having severe leg spasms at night. returning the product.

  13. Mary Timmons says:

    Having great results with Phenocal I’m so happy you have on this product

  14. James Cowbell says:

    It worked for me the first sign I saw was my big fat head started to get thin, I can see my feet for the first time in 30 years , I am happy I found Phenocal. It has been a very stressful 2 years for me, I put on huge weight. I guess I am a stress eater.

  15. Daniel Johnnycakes says:

    This product is absolutely horrible. I thought Phenocal would really help me. I saw a bunch of reviews online (probably fake) and thought this was really going to work. Product gave me ZERO energy, it did give me puffy lips and I ate everything in sight.

  16. Phil says:

    Phenocal worked great for me, 4 months 22 lbs lost. I am very happy with it

  17. Mike says:

    This product did not work for me. And be mindful of the guarantee. It is 60 days from placing the order. I received my order 7 days after placing it, but the 60 days starts at placement, so when I cancelled they said it had been 61 days and would not honor it.

    • Eugene says:

      Mike, the 60 day limit is not your only restriction for a refund to be denied. You also MUST:
      1) return the empty bottle by Priority Mail with tracking and insurance(??) AND
      2) return the original packaging the product was shipped to you. Who keeps that?

  18. LZunino says:

    Unfortunately, what works for one person doesn’t always work for another. I had good results with Phenocal (other than it made me a bit sleepy at first), but I coupled it with 1200-1300 calorie a day healthy diet and 60+ minutes at the gym 3-4xs a week. After one bottle and a consistent workout routine, I lost around 13 lbs. I stopped taking Phenocal and replaced it with Biohealth’s Garcinia Cambogia. I kept to the exact diet and workout routine and lost zero weight. I actually gained weight, had bad headaches, constipation and a severely bloated stomach that made me look like I was expecting. My suggestion is to do your research and ensure sure that what you’re about to take isn’t going to be harmful to your health, but don’t base whether or not you use something solely on other people’s experiences. Base it on your own. If it isn’t unhealthy then try it. If it doesn’t work then stop taking it. Good luck!

  19. CJ Ray says:

    Did not work for me tried to call the number and get a recording, also talked to a chat they tell me I have to contact the company the debited my bank acct, silly which was them no other way of getting a-hold of this company so I am out 107.62 contacted the BBB

  20. Chanon says:

    This review lost all credibility when it used a Wikipedia site as a reference.

  21. Shona Bloomfield says:

    Phenocal has worked great for me great results.

  22. Lindsay Allen says:

    I’ve been taking Phenocal and Zenergreen for 2 months now and haven’t lost a single pound! Don’t waste your money. It suppresses my appetite but nothing more. I’m naturally a healthy eater so you’d think with the help of these pills the pounds would be falling off. Very unsatisfied.

  23. Beverly Evans says:

    I have been taking Penocal for 4 weeks and have lost 15 pounds, so evidently for me it works.

    • Debra says:

      How much were you paid to write this? Oh wait , you work for the company so I guess that is included in your job requirement.

  24. sherry pennington says:

    can any one tell me the phone number to order phenocal I have looked at all the sites I could find but no cust serv number was listed
    I prefer to call in the order

    Sherry in Kansas

  25. C Smith says:

    My husband took Phenocal, but not the other two bottles that came with it and had a massive allergic reaction. The torso portion of his body swelled up like a tight helium balloon and turned cherry red after only three days of taking the supplement. He can not wear any of his clothes and is experiencing pin like pain only at certain times. After going to the Doctor and taking the prescribed doses of antihistamine the swelling is finally going down (day 6). Now he has water blisters popping in the areas that were the most swollen. His body is still cherry red not red as in pickled cherries but dark fresh ones. My husband does not take just any medication and I watched him research weight loss supplements for more than two months before he finally ordered the Phenocal and as I read the money back guarantee we will be out of luck on returning it due to he opened two of the three bottles. I am not sure which ingredient his body responded to but this supplement is not anything I would recommend to an ENEMY MUCH LESS ANY ONE ELSE!

  26. T Pendergrass says:

    Have been taking Phenocal for about 3 weeks now and have not lost a pound. Do not recommend this product. I am hoping to get my money back.

  27. J.E.Perry says:

    Thanks for the info. I’m glad someone is watching out for the consumer on these types of products.Thank you Mr.Obama!

    I think all of us over weight people are looking for the “magic bullet”. I’m slowly coming around to:portion control, exercise, rest, and plenty of old water!

    Keep up the good work!

    • F.Sutton says:

      What does Mr. Obama have to do with you having common sense about researching a product before you take it? He’d rather just tell you what you are and are not allowed to eat and take. And just fyi, US overweight people are so offensive to him and his wife, they want nothing more to restrict our diets to what they want us to eat. Go research some of that.
      I hope your exercise, water, and portion control is holding up, I fight my inner fat girl every single day.

      • Kerry says:

        That’ s a ridiculous statement. They aren’t making “us” do anything but suggesting that changing our lifestyles might help us be more fit and live longer, healthier lives. The obese people in our country shouldn’t resent some common sense approaches to losing the weight. Every medical person I know suggesst the same. Sounds like you could use the help.

      • David says:

        Please share any facts, and their source, so these statements may be substantiated.

      • Sandra says:

        We are the most overweight nation right now (myself included). This adds to the cost of healthcare significantly. In the healthcare field I have seen so much expense toward care of obese patients. This makes overweight and obesity issues everybody’s problem. Healthcare premiums are profoundly effected. I am doing my best to loose my weight for me and my country.

  28. c.curtis says:

    sorry to read such negative info’ about this product as I have just purchased these AND had to pay £13 DUTY to the delivery man!

  29. Kez says:

    Doesn’t the use of the banned ingredient in this one make it dangerous to take? Otherwise why would it be banned?

  30. corrie says:

    seen this recommended elsewhere can i buy this in the uk?

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