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.
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. The Phamaxa Labs website is easy on the eye and provides links to each of the products websites for more information. A corporate address is clearly visible; an online chat help desk and contact number is available too.
Its 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.
Digging deeper into Pharmaxa Labs we could find no reports online of scams or rip offs by consumers. So far so good!
Taking a look at the Phenocal bottle itself it is fairly pharmaceutical in appearance and highlights the core ingredients. Each bottle contains 150 capsules enough for 25 days supply as you take 3 capsules with water twice a day, once 15 minutes before breakfast and then 4 hours after your mid-day meal.
Every Phenocal order comes with a 3-part weight loss programme called “TOTAL BODY BALANCE SYSTEM” that’s designed to maximise weight loss whilst taking the supplement.
Phenocal makes some strong claims on their website not only suggesting its “the #1 Rated Weight Loss Product” but that its…
Powerful All Natural MAXIMUM STRENGTH FAT BURNER
Using a scientifically engineered maximum strength formula Phenocal claims it can “turbo charge your weight loss” and “revs up your energy levels”!
Phenocal summaries the three key benefits:
There are so many ingredients in Phenocal the “supplement facts” label reads like a who’s who of weight loss ingredients. It seems that the manufacturers have attempted to put every known weight loss ingredient possible in this diet pill!
Phenocal reveals ingredient amounts for the vitamins and a select few of the other ingredients but fails to reveal the full ingredient profile. Instead it specifies a 2,230mg proprietary blend, which contains the following ingredients:
We’re not finished yet! The remaining ingredients are listed with their amounts:
Phenocal contains so many ingredients it’s unlikely that sufficient quantities exist to have much of an effect. The use of a proprietary blend means it’s impossible to know just how much exists!
The manufacturer states that no adverse side effects should be experienced whilst taking Phenocal.
As the full ingredient amounts are not listed in the proprietary blend it is impossible to know for sure. That said, there don’t look to be any strong stimulants in this supplement.
There are a number of positive Phenocal testimonials from US consumers on the official website. No indication is made when these testimonials were made and no before and after photographs are available to support them.
In the “science” bit of how Phenocal works attention is focused on only two of the ingredients, “Fucoxanthin” and “Glucomannan”. This somewhat suggests these are the key ingredients that underpin the success of this product.
Let’s start with Fucoxathin, as outlined about in our ingredients section this is suggested to boost metabolism, helpful if suffering from a slow metabolism. Phenocal outlines what looks like an impressive research, showing an average weight loss of 14.5 pounds in the “Fucoxanthin” group versus just 3 pounds in placebo group in just 16 weeks!
Phenocal fails to reference the clinical study these results were obtained from. When we researched clinical trials into Fucoxanthin we found a study similar (if not the when used by Phenocal) showing similar results:
The controlled study in 2009 performed on human subjects has shown significant weight loss after 16 weeks when supplementing seaweed extract containing fucoxanthin in combination with pomegranate seed oil.
Moving on to Glucomannan, it’s included in Phenocal to help reduce food portion sizes by helping you to feel fuller. It does this by expanding in the stomach as it absorbs water and so taken before eating can reduce the amount eaten.
We found two studies that looked at the effectiveness of Glucomannan on body weight. Both found significant average weight loss of 4.52 kg in the 16-week study and 2.5kg in the 8-week study (see below) with no adverse reactions:
This is looking good until you take a look at the dosages used in both these studies between 2 to 3 gms of Glucomannan per day! It is VERY UNLIKELY that Phenocal contains anywhere near this amount per day and so unlikely to see any results.
Furthermore when looking at a number of product claims that Glucomannan aids weight loss, the FTC has stated that there is no clinical data supporting many manufacturer claims.
In summary, some of the ingredients included in Phenocal look promising but are probably lacking in sufficient quantities to work. The most active weight loss ingredients are within the proprietary blend and as they amounts are not revealed it’s impossible to tell how effective it will be.
Phenocal does have a 60-day money-back guarantee where you can receive the full purchase price minus shipping and handling charges. To qualify for the guarantee only one bottle can be used or opened and ALL bottles are required to be returned.
The guarantee only applies to orders placed from the official website.
Phenocal is only available via the official website and costs from $44.85 for one bottle of 150 capsules.
At first glance we were very impressed with Phenocal as a diet supplement. With a clean professionally put together website, clearly visible contact number and money-back guarantee, Phenocal was looking like it met all the criteria for being approved.
It’s when we delved into the ingredient profile we stumbled upon a few concerns. Namely the use of a proprietary blend means we are not sure of the ingredient quantities used, and because these are the key active ingredients it’s impossible to know if sufficient amounts are included to exert any positive weight loss effects.
Phenocal will not be legally available worldwide too! One of its key ingredients, Hoodia Gordonii, is now banned in the EU/UK due to ruling in 2011 that prohibited the sale of this ingredient in this part of the world.
Unfortunately despite a very promising start we have to reject Phenocal diet pills.
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