We were keen to see if this stimulant free “thermogenic fat burner” was the real deal and that dreaming of a slimmer body could literally turn out to be true.
Abrexin is marketed in the US and Canada available from a number of retailers, which include GNC, Shoppers Drug Smart, The Real Canadian Superstore, Meijer and CVS/pharmacy.
The idea behind Abrexin is from Scientist Anthony L. Almada who has worked within the dietary supplement industry since 1975. So who is the company behind Abrexin? Good question!
Winning Combination Inc, was founded in 1990 and claims to be one of Canada’s largest manufacturers of natural health products. They have a number of brands that range from diet and vitamin supplements, Protein and diet shakes to stopping smoking tablets.
A check online for reports of Abrexin or Winning Combination scams or rip-offs came up blank, which is great to hear.
Abrexin is a very easy supplement to take; you only need to consume one tablet with 4-8 oz. of water, 30 minutes before bedtime. One consumer who has tried them has reported that the tablets actually have a nice vanilla taste.
For best results you are recommended to use for 8 weeks combined with a calorie-reduced diet and regularly physical activity. So you will need at least 2 boxes of Abrexin.
Abrexin claims to be a breakthrough product that can….
tabs into your body’s natural ability to burn fat while you’re sleeping!
And that after taking just one tablet before going to bed you can…
dramatically increase the fat burning process called thermogenosis so that you can burn fat all night long!
This means that Abrexin can target those areas of the body known to store stubborn (or as the official site say, subborn!) fat stores.
Somewhat a first for us when reviewing diet pills is the fact that each Abrexin tablet is coated with what the manufacturers call a GP-Shield. Its full name is “Gasto-Protective” Shield. This protective coating aims to prevent the potent acids in the stomach from breaking down the ingredients in the tablet.
When searching for more information about this special coating we only found web pages discussing Abrexin, suggesting this is indeed unique to this supplement. As for its effectiveness though, we need to see some clinical data that substantiates this claim.
Whilst the official site (and most online retailers) lacks a full ingredient profile we managed to find a label for Abrexin. There are only two active ingredients in each tablet, these are:
What is GP Shield? Not exactly an ingredient that helps weight loss but forms part of the tablet coating to ensure the other ingredients are not lost in transit before reaching intestines. Although the inventor has a YouTube video describing how this works, we were unable to find any research to confirm how effective this “shield” really is.
You are taking Lactoferrin most likely from a bovine source that is wrapped in a protective shield that one study claims to boost thermogenosis whilst you sleep.
Although promoted as a thermogenic fat burner there are no stimulants or any harsh ingredients at all that are likely to cause strong, long-lasting side effects.
There is little evidence to suggest that Abrexin can improve sleep.
The fact is taking Abrexin won’t mean that you wake up slimmer!
The manufacturers claim that there is one side effect of Abrexin… and that’s better sleep! Although well tolerated in quantities found in foods we regularly consume, Lactoferrin can cause diarrhea. And in very high doses, skin rash, loss of appetite, fatigue, chills, and constipation have been reported.
A word of caution though, it probably goes without saying but if you’re lactose intolerant then this supplement is not for you!
Caution: As with most dietary supplements this is for adults over 18 with a body mass index of 18.5 over. Anyone taking prescription medication or has a pre-existing medical condition should seek professional medical advice prior to taking.
Consumer feedback appears to be very poor for Abrexin with just currently 3 customer reviews on Amazon and nothing else (well apart from the one positive review on the official site!).
With a rating of 2.0 out of 5 stars two testimonials have quoted as saying this product is “worthless” and “nothing”. In contrast more recently a consumer testimonial has reported feeling “no side effects, tummy feels less bloated” whilst taking Abrexin.
There are a couple of testimonials from satisfied customers on the official Abrexin website, but there is no way of confirming how genuine these are.
The basis for Abrexin helping to combat a low metabolism (also called metabolic syndrome), is the apparent effectiveness of Lactoferrin to boost fat metabolism.
The study that has sparked interest in Lactoferrin was conducted in Japan and published in the British Journal of Nutrition in 2010. The small study of 26 Japanese subjects either consumed 300mg of Lactoferrin or a placebo over 8 weeks. The results showed the group taking Lactoferrin lost 0.5kg (1lb) in body weight with a “tendency for a reduction in waist circumference”. They concluded that Lactoferrin is “a promising agent for the control of visceral fat accumulation”.
So it works right? Whilst the study is certainly encouraging it’s far from conclusive and considering this appears to be THE only clinical research to reach these results, more data is without doubt needed using a larger sample size.
In fact, trusted health information portal WebMD, states that:
more evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of lactoferrin for these uses.
So what about the claim that Abrexin helps you to sleep better?
Whilst Lactoferrin is said to help babies to sleep by reducing anxiety, the benefits may not be experienced by adults as orally ingested Lactoferrin is rapidly decomposed in the stomach.
But what about the GP-Shield, surely this protects the Lactoferrin?
It may well do, but without clinical data to support the effectiveness of the GP-Shield it’s impossible to say if this really works.
Normally an “enteric coating” is applied to oral medication to prevent the release of medication before reaching the intestine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enteric_coating). So is the “GP-Shield” the same thing?
In conclusion, initial research suggests that Lactoferrin may be a promising weight loss ingredient but further data is required. Otherwise we are taking the findings of a tiny test group of 30 Japanese subjects on which to make conclusive claims.
Abrexin isn’t available to purchase directly from the official website but through the 20,000 retailers across the US and Canada. Some of the retailers reported to have this supplement we had trouble finding it online though, for example GNC.
Prices vary between retailers but are around $30 for one months’ supply of 30 tablets, which makes it fairly cost effective.
There appears to be no money-back guarantee on offer from the manufacturer.
So can you wake up slimmer with Abrexin? Well it would nice but the fact is it’s not as easy as this. Whilst preliminary research suggests Lactoferrin may promote weight loss more data is needed to make conclusions.
Looking at the few consumer testimonials available suggests the “real world” results don’t match up to those claimed and certainly not to the clinical study from which this product is based upon!
We loved the fact that no stimulants are used and that the supplement is available from reputable retailers both online and on the high street.
However, the official Abrexin website, in our opinion not only has incomplete product information, but fails to disclose full company contact information (only a phone number exists). Considering there is no money-back guarantee we would suggest looking elsewhere for a clinically proven diet pill.
If you’re looking to boost thermogenosis you might well be better wearing some thick Pyjamas and a winter duvet to get a similar result. We reject Abrexin.
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