Hydroxy Elite

HydroxyElite is a diet pill that is labelled on the bottle as being an ‘extreme diet aid’ and an ‘intense stimulant’. It contains DMAA, a controversial ingredient that the FDA has been trying to remove from the diet pills market since 2013, as it has been linked with several deaths, and life-changing, unpleasant side effects.

Below we take an in-depth look to see whether HydroxyElite is safe and effective at aiding significant weight loss, as the manufacturers claim.

Hydroxy Elite Pros

  • There is no good reason to take this supplement

Hydroxy Elite Cons

  • It is dangerous – potential side effects include heart attack and death
  • As well as DMMA, this supplement contains a blend of dangerous stimulants and untested ingredients
  • The only feedback we could find mentioned dangerous side effects
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What You Need To Know About Hydroxy Elite

Even if DMAA were a legal supplement in the USA we would still not recommend any supplement containing the ingredient! The side effects are serious, and could even include death. The ingredient has been banned in numerous countries other than the USA, and consumers who have drug tests whilst using the supplement will fail the test!

The other ingredients are generally very under-researched or have limited weight loss-boosting capabilities. They can also cause a range of side effects. Customers have reported numerous side effects in their reviews, but are seemingly happy to ignore the majority of them as they are losing weight whilst taking the supplement. Side effects should not be ignored, even if the consumer is losing weight.

What Are The Side Effects Of Hydroxy Elite?

There are numerous ingredients present in HydroxyElite that could cause a range of side effects, as we detail below. DMAA is banned in many countries, and so it is unsurprising to see that it carries a high risk of numerous side effects, some of which may be life threatening.

How Much Does Hydroxy Elite Cost?

A single bottle of 90 capsules costs $69.95 plus delivery charges.

Our Verdict On Hydroxy Elite

We do not like this supplement at all!

The manufacturers do not offer a money back guarantee, and even fail to detail what their returns policy is. When purchased direct from the manufacturers, HydroxyElite is incredibly overpriced. On top of all of this, it is dangerous!

Overall we do not recommend HydroxyElite to our readers.

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Hydroxy Elite Review

HydroxyElite is a stimulant diet pill that apparently boosts the metabolism, increases thermogenesis, stimulates the nervous system to increase energy levels, and also improves alertness and concentration. Although it is not directly marketed as an appetite suppressant, there are many customer reviews that note that their appetite was significantly reduced whilst taking this supplement.

Hydroxy Elite Facts

  • Manufactured in the USA by Hi Tech Pharmaceuticals, based in Georgia
  • Each bottle contains 90 capsules
  • The maximum daily dose is 4 capsules

HydroxyElite is a controversial supplement because it still contains DMAA, and this ingredient forms the backbone of their marketing technique.

How to Take Hydroxy Elite

Directions for use are as follows: Take 1-2 tablets in the morning and 1 tablet after lunch. Do not exceed 4 tablets daily.

Since 2013, the FDA has been attempting to remove DMAA from weight loss supplements, following numerous cases of adverse side effects being reported, including ‘psychiatric disorders, heart problems, nervous system disorders, and death.’ The manufacturers of HydroxyElite are currently embroiled in a lawsuit against the FDA, as they claim that DMAA was never formally banned, and that their use of DMAA in HydroxyElite and some of their other supplements is actually completely legal. Regardless of how this lawsuit turns out, we do not agree with their claims that DMAA is a safe ingredient at all, and it is certainly not a naturally occurring ingredient. It is often claimed by diet pill manufacturers that DMAA is naturally derived from Geranium stems or flowers, but some studies have looked at the chemical composition of Geranium, and were unable to find any DMAA.

Hydroxy Elite Concerns:

  • This supplement is dangerous – users run serious health risks by taking it
  • If you are a competitive athlete and take this supplement, you will fail a drugs test
  • How is this still on sale? There seems to be a grey area in the USA regarding the legality of DMMA supplements

HydroxyElite is made by a US company called Hi Tech Pharmaceuticals who are based in Norcross, Georgia.

What Does Hydroxy Elite Claim To Do?

The manufacturers of HydroxyElite have provided the following description of how the supplement supposedly aids weight loss.

‘1,3 Dimethylamylamine – The most potent thermogenic compound in the recent decade to be released to the public. This compound took the place of ephedrine in the epehdrine/ caffeine stacks of yesteryear. 1,3 DMAA is a sympathomimetic, aliphatic amine with indirect (i.e., by increasing norepinephrine levels) and/or direct activity at alpha and beta-adrenoceptors. This compound is also a very powerful central nervous stimulant. Caffeine- This CNS stimulant noted for its ability to increase feelings of energy, alertness, concentration and thermogenic effects.

Garcinia Cambogia extract is a fruit native to India. The active ingredient in the extract is Hydroxy Citric Acid (HCA). HCA reduces fatty acid synthesis by approximately 40-70% for eight to twelve hours following a meal. Citrin K is a superior source of standardized high-potency HCA – this small pumpkin shaped fruit is a powerhouse of weight loss support! Hi-Tech utilizes the premium Garcinia on the market. Citrin K is a natural weight loss aid that has been demonstrated in pre-clinical and clinical studies and is a standardized extract from Garcinia Cambogia Extract enriched with potassium salt. Potassium improves penetration of HCA into the cytoplasm. The potassium salt of HCA is more available where it competes with citrate molecules for the enzymatic activity of ATP citrate lyase. Citrin K is patented for the induction of weight loss and the source used for HydroxyElite!

Since the discontinuation of DMAA by other companies has led to them spending millions and millions of dollars advertising the next best thing….. but why would you want that if you could have a New & Improved version of what you know works? You Wouldn’t….enter HydroxyElite® by Hi-Tech to give retailers and consumers exactly what they want.’

They casually omit that the FDA banned the use of DMAA in weight loss supplements, and that it has been associated with numerous side effects, some of which are incredibly serious.

Does Hydroxy Elite Work?

When trying to establish whether a product will actually work, we look at the ingredients used, the quantities that they are used in, and also turn to customer reviews, to see how the product works in practice.

The ingredients used in this diet pill appear to be split into a few broad categories, ingredients that are not related to weight loss, ingredients that are either under-researched or that appear to be relatively ineffective at aiding weight loss, and ingredients that will actually aid weight loss. Unfortunately, one of the main ingredients that could actually aid weight loss is DMAA, which is both under-researched and incredibly unsafe! Caffeine could help to aid a small amount of weight loss with prolonged use, but its effects are considered small but significant. Bauhinia Purpurea and Cirsium Oligophyllum have not been tested in humans, and their safety is also a complete unknown.

Bacopa Monnieri needs to be used continuously for several weeks for the effects to build up, but could help to reduce anxiety and improve cognitive function. It has no known connection to weight loss.

Garcinia Cambogia is seemingly a fairly unpredictable weight loss aid. In one study that is often misquoted, the participants who took Garcinia Cambogia did lose weight whilst on the trial, but the placebo-taking group actually lost significantly more weight than the Garcinia Cambogia-taking group. There are also studies that show no changes in metabolism, appetite or weight loss whilst using Garcinia Cambogia. At best, Garcinia Cambogia could aid weight loss in some people, but its mechanisms are not well understood, and it seems to be highly unpredictable at best.

Yohimbe is often found in diet pills; preliminary evidence suggests that it could increase lipolysis, but again, research is lacking.

What Are The Ingredients of Hydroxy Elite?

The ingredients used in HydroxyElite are listed below. The manufacturers use a proprietary formula for the majority of the ingredients, and so very few individual ingredient quantities are listed. Any quantities that are listed are per serving of one capsule, with consumers being instructed to take up to four capsules per day.

Proprietary blend 119.5mg

  • Bauhinia Purpurea Extract: This plant extract is thought to stimulate the production of thyroid hormones, which could in turn, theoretically, boost metabolism and fat loss. It has never been tested in humans, only in animal trials, and its safety and effectiveness are both heavily under-researched.
  • Bacopa Monnieri Extract: Used to reduce anxiety, improve memory, and seems to have a minor ability to treat depression, making it a general mild mood booster. Doses are typically larger than used in this diet pill, and effects can take time to achieve a noticeable level, as the effects appear to accumulate with repeated use.
  • 1, 3-Dimethylpentylamine: More commonly referred to as DMAA, this lab-created ingredient appears to be derived from amphetamines. It acts as a stimulant, increasing energy levels, and aiding weight loss, but there is a lack of human studies into how it works and how effective it is at aiding weight loss- the majority of its support comes from anecdotal reports from consumers. Once hugely popular, especially amongst bodybuilders and consumers of extremely strong diet pills, it has become much more difficult to source as the FDA has made continued efforts to remove it from the market and banning its distribution, with millions of dollars’ worth of supplements destroyed by numerous companies. As we discuss in more detail below, it causes a wide variety of unpleasant and dangerous side effects.
  • Cirsium Oligophyllum Extract: An edible thistle that is best known in the supplement world as an ingredient found in OxyElite Pro. It has only been tested on rats but not humans; it is often claimed that it will help lose subcutaneous fat. Apparently, when it was combined with caffeine the rats lost even more weight. There is zero evidence that it will do any of this for humans, and there is also a lack of research into the safety of this ingredient.
  • Rauwolscine Extract: More commonly known as Rauwolfia or Yohimbine. Some studies have noticed increased blood concentrations of free fatty acids in participants who use yohimbine (extracted from yohimbe bark), suggesting increased rates of lipolysis. However, the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database has stated that there is insufficient evidence to claim it aids in weight loss.
  • Garcinia Cambogia Extract standardised to 60% Hydroxycitric Acid (250mg): Test tube and animal research suggests that HCA, the active compound in Garcinia Cambogia, may be helpful in weight loss because of its effects on metabolism. However, numerous studies in humans have found it has no effect upon either appetite or metabolic rate.
  • Caffeine Anhydrous (100mg): Numerous studies have shown that caffeine boosts energy levels and alertness, as well as mildly boosting the metabolism. The effects shown in studies are small, and some studies are inconclusive.

Does Hydroxy Elite Have Any Side Effects?

There are numerous ingredients present in HydroxyElite that could cause a range of side effects, as we detail below. DMAA is banned in many countries, and so it is unsurprising to see that it carries a high risk of numerous side effects, some of which may be life threatening.

1, 3-Dimethylamylamine significantly increases blood pressure and heart rate, as well as being linked with causing stroke, heart attack and death, even in healthy people who have used the supplement. Other side effects may include shortness of breath and tightening in the chest, seizures, neurological problems and psychiatric problems. More information about the product, and the FDA’s ban upon it, can be found here:

Although the FDA’s fight to get DMAA off the market is seemingly the most well-documented opposition to this supplement, DMAA is restricted by numerous bodies and countries: DMAA is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, its use is prohibited by the US Military, and it is also banned or heavily controlled and restricted in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, Finland and the UK. Competitive athletes, anyone in the military, and anyone who may need to take a drug test for any reason should NOT take this supplement, as it triggers a positive result for amphetamines (as it is an amphetamine derivative).

HydroxyElite also contains caffeine, and so could cause headaches, increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, heart palpitations, increased urination, jitteriness, dizziness, dehydration and insomnia.
Studies have shown that Bacopa leaf causes upset stomachs in participants much more than placebos. This has led to the recommendation that this ingredient be taken with a meal, rather than on an empty stomach, as this will minimise the chances of getting an upset stomach. It may also cause nausea, cramping, bloating, and diarrhoea.

Garcinia Cambogia can cause some side effects including nausea, digestive tract discomfort, and headache. Its long term safety is unknown, as clinical studies typically focus upon short term use of up to 12 weeks.

Not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women. Not suitable for anyone under the age of 18. Not suitable for anyone who is taking any medications, whether prescription or over the counter. If you are unsure about the suitability of this supplement, or any other supplement, consult your doctor before purchase.

There is a warning on the label that advises you that this supplement can raise blood pressure and interfere with other drugs you may be taking.

We feel that this warning does not go far enough and although it advises you to ‘talk to your doctor about this product’, we all know that most people will not follow this advice.

Are There Any Customer Reviews For Hydroxy Elite?

Below are some of the reviews that have been left for HydroxyElite. What is interesting to note is that all of these reviews received high ratings, but mention various side effects which are cheerfully ignored.

I tried a sample of two pills of this before an evening workout… that was a mistake simple because it gives you SO much energy. I felt GREAT so I went back and bought a bottle and took two the next morning at about 8 am. I forgot to take into account the dosage timing and had 4 pills within about 15 hours (I’m a female, 165, 23% BF) This was clearly WAY too much for me. For the first 4 hours I felt great, so HAPPY and energetic but by the fifth hour I started feeling horribly nauseous. It’s probably a combination of things, I work at a desk and couldn’t work off the excess energy or sweat it out like I did the night before and I took too much for my size and metabolism in less than 24 hours. It definitely suppressed my appetite, I’d say I consumed about 250 – 300 less calories without even thinking about it and the day isn’t even over yet. This will absolutely help you lose the weight, just watch the amount you take so you don’t get sick like I did because it was UNCOMFORTABLE

I am a huge fan of this! i lost 6.5 lbs in my first week without even doing anything. My energy level is through the roof. I can feel my metabolism speeding up. Downfall for me is I hate being hot/warm all day. With these supplements your metabolism speeds up causing your self temperature to go up. I highly recommend these. With good there is always a bad. To me the higher temperature is definitely worth it! BUY IT YOU WONT REGRET IT!
DO NOT TAKE if you have any/ prior heart or other organ issues. Always consult a professional registered doctor.

The review below was posted on a Forum discussing the product. There were also comments from other people advising the original poster (who was asking about the suitability of the product) to avoid the company in general, suggesting that they have a poor reputation.

The first day I took one it caused me to salivate heavily all day and felt nauseous. I continued to take them for the week as I thought my body just needed to get used to them. I have noticed that it is “working”. I’m definitely losing fat, but I don’t feel the happy feeling… I also do not feel focused, my balance feels a bit off, I feel pressure behind my eyes, and I notice my short term memory has rapidly declined. I noticed at the start of my 2nd week that I was starting to get liver pain and I’ve been getting headaches. I took my first 2nd pill in the afternoon halfway through my 2nd week and I’ve had chest and upper back pains ever since so stuck to only 1 pill today. I don’t feel like my heart is beating quickly, but my heart feels like it’s beating hard (if that makes any sense).

Does Hydroxy Elite Offer a Money-Back Guarantee?

We could not find a money back guarantee on Hi Tech Pharmaceuticals’ official website. We also struggled to locate their actual returns policy. Customers wanting a return should contact the company before sending any items back for a refund.

Where Can I Buy Hydroxy Elite?

HydroxyElite is available from the official manufacturer’s website, HiTechPharma, with a single bottle of 90 capsules costing $69.95 plus delivery charges.

The product is also available from A1 Supplements, with a bottle of 90 capsules costing $39.95. Delivery charges may apply. At the time of writing, A1 supplements were offering a buy one get one half price offer on the supplement.

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2 comments on 'Hydroxy Elite'

  1. These tablets mske you sick
    ANd espically mske your eyes saw
    They dont help loose Weight been takeing them FOR just over a month and hsve lost nothing these are a waste of money

    They Make you get extreme headacheso

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