Below we take an in-depth look into LA-3, to see whether this AMPK activator can help customers lose belly fat, clear “brain fog” and enjoy a new youthful burst of energy.
LA-3 is a weight-loss supplement that works by activating the body’s stores of the AMPK enzyme, an intercellular signalling pathway that’s associated with youth, fitness and healthy fat levels. The product appears to be identical to another product called Active-PK, which is sold and marketed by a subdivision of the same manufacturer (LCR Health). Both products claim to be able to target stubborn belly fat in particular, as well as limit some of the negative effects of aging (such as “brain fog” and general fatigue).
LA-3 is produced and sold by Live Cell Research, a US-based manufacturer that sells a range of health, diet and anti-aging supplements. Live Cell Research projects a professional and knowledgeable image on its official website, and backs up all products with an exceptional 90-day money-back guarantee. The company also seems to have an interest in new medical breakthroughs, typically marketing products that claim to represent the latest in medical technology (whether they have been proven to be effective or not).
Customer reviews suggest that side effects are not uncommon whilst using LA-3, with most adverse effects likely being the result of using gynostemma leaf extract. Gynostemma may sometimes cause nausea, vomiting and more frequent bowel movements.
On the official LCR Health website, one 60-capsule bottle (or a one-month supply) costs $46.99 plus $3.95 in shipping and handling. Discounts are available for bulk purchases; 3 bottles of LA-3 costs $117 and 6 bottles costs $216. Both of the bulk purchase options come with free shipping and handling. Those hoping to find better deals on 3rd party websites are out of luck, as LA-3 is unfortunately only available to buy from the official LCR Health website.
The theory behind AMPK activation is ultimately very new and somewhat poorly understood, and the jury is still out as to whether supplements like these can really help dieters to lose weight. The problem appears to be related to how we understand cause-and-effect; just because high AMPK levels are associated with healthy weights, youth and fitness, that does not necessarily mean that artificially activating the enzyme using supplements will always lead to those outcomes!
Even if the theory behind AMPK activation were watertight, this product still suffers from a number of issues. Like its identical sister-product Active-PK, LA-3 features two ingredients that are going to be useless in the current formula, as their ingredient quantities are far too low. Customer reviews suggest that positive results are far from guaranteed, with many customers reporting wildly different outcomes. After studying the reviews, we still believe that it is entirely possible that LA-3 is doing nothing at all.
All of this is a shame, as we generally like the manufacturer. Live Cell Research’s 90-day money-back guarantee is amongst the best in the industry, and the company generally seems to be concerned with customer satisfaction and product quality. Unfortunately, LA-3 represents a rare miss, and one that we cannot endorse.
We would not recommend LA-3 to our readers.
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LA-3 is a weight-loss product that works by activating the body’s natural store of the AMPK enzyme. The AMPK enzyme (which stands for 5’ adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase) has been found to be positively associated with a number of positive traits, including youthful energy, healthy weights and strong exercise performance. The theory claims that supplements may be able to activate and effectively boost AMPK levels, delivering these interesting benefits as a result.
This AMPK-activating product is produced and sold by Live Cell Research, a supplement manufacturer based in Los Angeles. Live Cell Research have a kind of “medical” theme dominating their website and advertising materials, and are refreshingly committed to marketing products in a relatively straightforward manner that is free from extreme exaggeration. Their customer service standards aren’t bad either, with all purchases protected by an impressive 90-day money-back guarantee. The company can be contacted via the contact details supplied on their official website.
The directions for use are as follows:
Just take two capsules with a glass of water, either with food or on an empty stomach. It is not necessary to refrigerate LA-3, although doing so will not impact its effectiveness.
LA-3 claims to help dieters to lose weight and belly fat through its ability to activate the AMPK enzyme. The AMPK enzyme is described as the body’s “master switch” on the Live Cell Research website; when activated, the AMPK enzyme is said to instruct the body to stop storing fat and instead work to convert it to energy.
On the product page’s FAQ section, LA-3 is also said to be useful for customers experiencing “brain fog”, fatigue, or a reduction in physical energy (perhaps implying that this formula can help deal with these issues). The full list of benefits mentioned on the Live Cell Research website are:
The benefits of AMPK activation are still not fully understood by the scientific community and most of the studies that look into it are both new and limited to animal trials. Although we know that low AMPK activation is associated with obesity, old age and physical weakness, it isn’t clear whether supplements can limit or reverse this effect at all. The best recommendation may simply be to eat better and exercise more.
In any case, this product does not hold up as a particularly impressive approach to AMPK activation. Two out of the three ingredients used have been included in far too low quantities to be effective, and the only remaining effective ingredient (gynostemma) has never been tested on humans. Gynostemma has also never been found to affect weight loss and is likely far less effective than other weight loss ingredients out there.
Overall, customer reviews and our general understanding of AMPK activation lead us to believe that this product is likely weakly effective at best and totally ineffective at worst. It may impact “brain fog” somewhat but few customers claim that it helped them to lose weight.
The three ingredients included in LA-3 are listed below. The ingredient quantities listed below are correct for 2 capsules.
There is only one active ingredient in LA-3 (i.e. one that has been included in a significant quantity), which is gynostemma. Gynostemma extract is considered to be generally safe, but may sometimes cause nausea and more frequent bowel movements.
Experiencing nausea appears to be relatively common whilst using this product (or its identical sister product, Active-PK), and multiple customer reviews mention feeling nauseous or even vomiting. We recommend exercising caution before trying it out, especially if you are already ill.
Keep out of reach of children. Do not exceed recommended dose. Do not purchase if outer seal is broken or damaged. When using nutritional supplements, please consult with your physician if you are undergoing treatment for a medical condition or if you are pregnant or lactating.
Most of the customer reviews we found online were generally split down the middle; some customers report lifechanging, positive effects, and others report huge disappointment. Weight loss results were relatively rare, with most positive comments being directed towards LA-3’s ability to reduce “brain fog”. Some negative reviews highlighted serious side effects such as nausea or vomiting.
I bought this product for the reduced belly fat that they stated highly in their advertisement. I took the product for three months with NO loss of belly fat at all. They claim that this could be achieved without exercise. I did feel that I had an increased energy level and possibly better memory and less brain fog. For the price, I don’t feel it was at all worth it. I feel there are probably other products that cost less that could be purchased for the energy and less brain fog.
I ordered this product, and all it did was cause diarrhea. I tried to get a refund but wasn’t aware that it had to be 90 days from the day you purchased, not when you first started taking it. I tried to get a refund and was told I didn’t respond in time even though I have a few days left. It amazes me how they always twist it in their favor.
I ordered a six-month supply because I was leaving the country for several months. I have been taking this product as suggested (two a day) for the past two and a half months and I have not noticed any difference. The claims of INCREASED ENERGY, no noticeable difference. DECREASED APPETITE, no noticeable difference. DECREASE IN BELLY FAT, I am actually gaining weight. The only thing I can say about this product is take a placebo; it does the same thing.
Beautiful, clean, no side effects, instant activating metabolism. Wow. I have been on these capsules for two weeks taking two a day for ten days, and I lost 1.4 kilos. I am taking four per day now, and it is only the early days for weight loss results, and I’m only targeting belly fat. With no hesitations, I bought a one-year supply. My name for LA-3 is “the holy grail” and it should be marketed globally so everyone can try out. I just turned 60, assuming my life was physically over, and thank you to whoever created LA-3, I’m getting a new lease on life.
I feel 15 years younger, both mentally and physically! I want more of this product. I’ve been using it for six months.
I saw an increase of energy in the second day, started losing body fat after the first week, had no more foggy memory, and I sleep better. I am in the fourth week of taking them, and I love it. I would recommend it to anyone.
Live Cell Research offers a generous and comprehensive money-back guarantee on all purchases. All products purchased through the official website can be returned within 90 days for a full refund. To quote the website:
At Live Cell Research, we take great pride in our products. We use only the best ingredients. We proudly keep all of our manufacturing and customer service in Southern California. We maintain the highest manufacturing standards in the industry, exceeding cGMP guidelines. As such, all of our products come with a 90 day money-back guarantee. You can return your order for any reason. We will gladly refund your money, no questions asked.
LA-3 is only available to buy from the official Live Cell Research website. One 60-capsule bottle of LA-3 costs $46.99 plus shipping and handling (an additional $3.95). Bulk-buy options are cheaper per bottle and remove all shipping and handling charges – 3 bottles cost $117 and 6 bottles cost $216.
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