Lean Xtreme is a herbal supplement, but it is directed at your hormones, specifically testosterone and cortisol. The company behind the product, Driven Sports, is a member of the American Herbal Products Association, although they have had a supplement banned before due to dangerous ingredients. Some of the ingredients seem ok (green tea extract, for example), but there are also ingredients included that are banned by some sports associations – so athletes should probably steer well clear.
We take an in depth look at Lean Xtreme to find out.
The feedback is mixed for Lean Xtreme so even if it does work, it obviously is not suitable for everyone.
This supplement is designed to reduce cortisol levels and increase testosterone and although this may help weight loss and boost exercise performance, is this really a safe way to go?
There is some evidence that Forskolin will help decrease fat mass. In one small clinical trial on 30 men, taking 250mg daily over a 12-week period seemed to favourably alter body shape and increase testosterone. However it is important to note that this was only carried out on 15 people (the other 15 were in the placebo group) so it really does require further testing.
In addition, does Lean Xtreme contain 250mg of Forskolin per serving? We just don’t know because it is in a proprietary blend.
This supplement may do something but the ingredients require further testing and it is too early along to guarantee that they will work in the way as described. Safety risks have not been evaluated either.
DS have already run into problems with Craze, which the FDA classified as potentially dangerous. Will Lean Xtreme have other effects that DS are not telling us about?
There may be some side effects (for a full list, please see the Side Effects section below). It is also concerning if you are an athlete taking this supplement, as doing so is banned by various sporting organizations.
The official website sells Lean Xtreme for $49.19 per bottle, but Amazon sells it for $29.75 per bottle.
Lean Xtreme is a sports supplement that contains herbal ingredients to promote muscle building and weight loss. It is aimed at men and comes with the claims that it will help build muscle and abs and increase testosterone levels.
You may think that herbal ingredients would be less effective than pharmaceutical drugs but in fact, herbal ingredients can be effective and just as strong as lab made chemicals. Herbal ingredients are not necessarily safe – they can be just as strong and potentially dangerous as any other type of medication.
A good point about DS (Driven Sports), the makers of Lean Xtreme is that the company is a member of the American Herbal Products Association – a national trade association focused on herbs, botanicals and the responsible use of herbal products.
A not so good point is that DS were recently forced by the FDA to withdraw a pre-workout supplement called Craze from sale because it was found to contain dangerous amphetamine type ingredients.
Lean Extreme looks safe by comparison to Craze. It contains green tea, which is well known for its metabolism boosting effects and health benefits. It contains a trademarked supplement called 15 Hydramax containing Salvia Miltiorrhiza a Chinese medicinal extract also known as Red Sage This ingredient is being investigated as a treatment for heart disease and diabetes.
Other ingredients include Coleus Forskohlii a plant extract believed to reduce cortisol – the stress hormone that is a contributory course to weight gain around the stomach.
For best results, take 1 capsule upon waking, 1 capsule 4 hour later and 1 capsule with evening meal or before bed.
For best results, use for 4 to 8 weeks.
Do not exceed 8 weeks of continuous use.
You can combine this supplement with a fat burner if so wished or take as part of a stack.
The supplement also includes DHEA, a chemical produced in the body and believed to increase the speed of the metabolism, build muscle and increase the activity of the thyroid gland.
Lean Xtreme also contains Phosphatidylserine which the makers say increases testosterone levels.
According to the product information, this ingredients formula will,
Provide support to help control cortisol, support thyroid function and lower stress levels by influencing cytokines responsible for cortisol signalling!
Other supplements include Active Xtreme a testosterone booster, Triazole –another testosterone booster and Splyce an energy enhancer which contains Taurine.
DS were in the news recently after one of their products, a pre workout supplement called Craze was found to contain a form of amphetamine.
The problem ingredient was a herbal extract called Dendrobium a controversial ‘natural’ replacement to DMAA (banned in 2014). Craze was withdrawn from the market following a FDA investigation.
According to the product advertising, there are three key benefits to Lean Xtreme:
Is based on a TRIFECTA of SCIENTIFICALLY DRIVEN compounds. 5-AT™, 15-dihydramax™, and Phosphatidylserine (PS) all provide support to help control cortisol, support thyroid function and lower stress levels by influencing cytokines responsible for cortisol signalling!
Trifecta? We thought this was a medical term but it just means a three way bet or Triple as in horseracing or football. And,
Phosphatidylserine (PS) works in an even more DIRECT APPROACH. It may help blunt the effect of Adrenocorticotropic hormone, which is the hormone that tells the adrenal gland to release cortisol!
The information continues,
A study looking into the effect of PS on the testosterone: cortisol ratio during exercise surmised that participants using PS had 66% HIGHER TESTOSTERONE and 164% LOWER CORTISOL!
DS do not provide any links to clinical evidence to prove these claims. But we get the picture. Lean Xtreme is supposed to raise testosterone and reduce cortisol levels.
We have some serious concerns about this supplement. The ingredients lack clinical testing and there are no guarantees about its long-term safety.
The product information has made unsubstantiated claims about the testosterone boosting capabilities of Lean Xtreme, which are not really backed up with much evidence, as neither are the claims about the cortisol. The fact that the formula is in a proprietary brand is not good for customers either. There is some evidence that PS may help improve exercise recovery and cognitive ability but the serving size is too small.
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Lean Xtreme is a general purpose weight loss supplement that the makers say will enhance testosterone and reduce cortisol. The formula is in a proprietary blend, which means we cannot provide specific information – just an overview of ingredients. Each capsule is equal to one serving and contains 455mg.
There is some customer feedback and despite a range of positive and negative opinion, very few people have mentioned side effects. These have included:
In addition, a few customers have noticed joint pain and greasy hair after taking this supplement. However, some ingredients have not been tested for long-term safety so it is important to take note of any adverse effects and discontinue use should you experience a reaction.
DS print a highly visible warning , so that customers can see the risks,
product may contain ingredients banned by certain organizations. Tested athletes should not use this product and user accepts all risks, liabilities, and consequences in regards to testing.
(This is because testosterone boosters are banned in some competitive sports.)
For use as a dietary supplement only by healthy adults the age of 18 and over.
Do not use this product if you are nursing, pregnant, or attempting to become pregnant.
Consult a physician before using this or any other dietary supplement.
Discontinue use two weeks prior to surgery.
Do not take this product if you have any pre-existing medical conditions or if you are using any prescription or over-the-counter medication.
Some customers are pleased with Lean Xtreme. One reviewer stated,
Great non-stim fat loss product that can be added to almost any weight loss stack. Progress is slow, but then again, I haven’t been consistent in the gym. 4 Stars.
This stuff really works. I take one a day to keep myself lean and trim. Try it! You will like also.
One customer urged caution,
This is an anti-cortisolic. Suppressing cortisol too much and for ‘too long’ can be detrimental to your health. Eventually it can affect your lipids and your bile/liver function… so please be careful. You will notice greasier hair, and dry joints (sometimes painful). Some people do not get this side effect as badly as others.
I noticed joint probs after being on this. After some digging I found out it dries out your joints. Plus it didn’t change anything on my body. After I went off it my joints went back to normal.
Some customers felt it did nothing at all,
Do not waste your money. I want to believe but meh! I tried 2 bottles and follow strictly with the instructions. Nothing happens, zero result!
No guarantee is offered.
Lean Xtreme is not on sale from the stores and shops and it appears you can only buy it online. You can buy Lean Xtreme direct from the DS website. At the time of writing, it was out of stock but it usually costs $49.19 for 90 capsules (1 month’s supply).Shipping details are not provided.
Lean Xtreme is available from Amazon.com. 90 capsules (1 month’s supply) costs $29.75 and includes free shipping. You can also buy Lean Xtreme via Amazon. One bottle of 90 capsules costs £34.49 plus shipping charges depending on the seller.
We are not very impressed with Lean Xtreme. This is a herbal supplement so sounds as if it should be safe, however we have concerns about ingredients safety. Is it good to mess with your hormones and thyroid gland with an OTC supplement? It may cause side effects and most of the ingredients in this supplement have not been fully tested for efficacy and safety. If you take part in competitive sports, this supplement could see you disqualified.
DS is a member of the trade organisation the American Herbal Products Association so this is not a fly by night company. However, does this really help the customer? This company have already sold a dangerous supplement called Craze, which showed up as containing amphetamine type ingredients, despite being herbal.
Lean Xtreme may work for some people. Some men have reported that it has helped with their weight loss and training. That said not everyone is satisfied and it seems that this is a specialised supplement that will only appeal to a very limited number of people.
It is an easy decision. Lean Xtreme is just not good or safe enough to add to our approved list so we have no other option but to reject it.
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