So is this supplement jumping on the Phentramine band wagon or is it the real deal? We take a look.
The company behind T5 Turbo- Phentramine-RX is Optimum-FX, which is reported to be a UK company. As well as being based in the UK, “Optimum-fx products are made in the UK under the strictest manufacturing conditions conforming to GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) Standards and ISO 2000:9001 Quality Assurance.”
The majority of transactions through optimum-FX are through paypal, which the seller claims is evidence of their good reputation, as Paypal “does not tolerate dishonest sellers”. Customers do not need a Paypal account to pay for any products they buy. Delivery is not only free, but all products are sent via first class post with recorded delivery, meaning that undelivered items can be investigated and tracked down or replaced. The packaging for each bottle is also shaped to fit through standard sized letter boxes.
When purchasing any product from optimum-fx, customers receive a number of free bonuses. These are free ebooks and reports that are relevant to weight loss. Instructions of how to access these free reports are included on the dispatch note when ordering direct from the website. Titles include “Super foods for Super Weight Loss”, “Weight loss Paleo Recipes”, and “20 Secrets to Dieting Success”.
T5 Turbo is supposedly an extreme fat burner which ‘speeds your metabolism into overdrive for maximum fat burning, whilst reducing your appetite!’ It also gives the user more energy, helping them to train harder and be more active, burning even more fat.
The most unusual claim that Optimum-FX makes about their product is that it ‘also gives a sense of well-being’. This is probably not a chemical response to the diet pills, as they go on to say ‘think what a boost it will give to your confidence and self-esteem when you shed some pounds. The new slimmer you will make you feel great!’
Optimum-FX state that the active ingredients are: Alpha Lipoic Acid 150mg, Caffeine Anhydrous Extract 100mg, Citrus Aurantium Whole Fruit 85mg and L-Tyrosine 50mg.
Whilst the active ingredients have been proven in various studies to contribute to weight loss, we do have some issues with the amounts that are used in T5 Turbo. Such small doses of L-tyrosine will not have much impact upon energy levels, and if it does have appetite suppressing qualities, these would probably not be evident from such a low dose either.
The levels of citrus aurantium are also a cause for concern. Many studies that have found it to have a significant effect upon weight loss have used between 10mg and 53 mg per day, whereas T5 Turbo uses 85 mg, making it a much higher dose. This will increase the weight loss potential of using this diet pill, but may also drastically increase the chances of side effects.
A T5 Turbo dose is one capsule per day, but the official website does mention that experienced users can increase their dosage to one capsule in the morning and another in the early afternoon or just before lunch. We would recommend against consuming such a high dose of citrus aurantium, especially as some of the side effects of taking the ingredient can be severe or even lethal.
The use of any diet pills carries the risk of developing side effects: the higher the dose of any ingredient taken, the more likely that side effects will occur, although some people are simply more sensitive to some ingredients than others.
The possible side effects of L-Tyrosine include nausea, headache, fatigue, heartburn, and joint pain. However, the maximum dose of L-tyrosine per day is 150mg/kg, which makes the 50 mg in each tablet of T5 Turbo a very small dose. It is also safer to use in the short term than the long term.
Citrus Aurantium carries a wide range of side effects because of its stimulant properties. These include increased blood pressure and increased heart rate, fainting, heart palpitations, and even stroke and heart attacks in healthy patients. The mayo clinic recommends that people avoid the use of citrus aurantium, because of the dangers associated with its use. Potential customers who already have cardiac-related health problems should never use citrus aurantium, as it can exacerbate pre-existing heart conditions. The effects of citrus aurantium are intensified when combined with caffeine, another ingredient present in T5 Turbo.
Caffeine also has a number of different side effects associated with its use. They are more common when consuming high doses of caffeine, and so consumers should monitor their caffeine intake from other sources such as tea, coffee and energy drinks. Side effects can include headaches, nausea, increased heart rate and blood pressure, jitteriness, heart palpitations, increased urination, dehydration, and insomnia.
Alpha-lipoic acid can lower blood sugar levels, so people who are diabetic should first consult their doctor before supplementing this ingredient. It may also lower the amount if thiamine in the body, which could lead to a thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency. The studies that have focused upon Alpha-lipoic acid for weight loss also reported that skin rashes and itching were the most common side effects, but that these quickly went away when the supplement was no longer being used.
Avoid if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
People with an over-active thyroid or hyperthyroidism should avoid supplementing L-tyrosine, as it is used by the body to make thyroxine, a thyroid hormone.
The customer reviews for T5 Turbo are generally positive, although even the best reviews still raise some concerns about the product. One customer reported that their weight loss increased when using the product, specifically:
I lost about a pound extra per week without changing my routine much and 2 pounds extra per week when I allowed the extra energy to fuel more exercise.
They also warned other potential customers that it was easy to over-exercise because of the energy boost, leading to strained muscles after exercise.
Another customer who found good results from using T5 Turbo added,
Whilst taking this product stop drinking alcohol. Seems to stop it working.
Many customers seem to be happy to ignore some side effects if they are still losing weight. Obviously we encourage diet pill users to stop taking the pills if unpleasant side effects occur, especially if they affect the user’s health. One customer wrote:
Excellent stimulant – feel much happier and have more energy than i have had in years – takes a wee while to get over the shock of red face and jaggy feeling skin but that goes within half an hour.
Another customer wrote:
All I can say is these are AWESOME! A bit of hand shaking about 20 mins after taking them, but a real appetite suppressant and gets rid of belly fat fast!
This is likely because the stimulant ingredients are entering the blood stream at this point. For a slower absorption rate that may not shock the system as much, the capsule could be taken with or after a meal, rather than 20 minutes before.
There are some completely negative reviews that have been left by customers. These are usually because people have not seen any weight loss from using the product. It is important to remember that this product is intended to be used alongside a calorie restricted diet plan to see the greatest benefits.
One customer wrote:
Terrible! So expensive and they do nothing. Don’t waste your money.
The ingredients profile is a mixed bag, whilst many of the ingredients have been strongly linked to weight loss, the doses of L-tyrosine and Alpha-Lipoic acid are much smaller in this diet pill than in the relevant studies. L-tyrosine has been linked with combating fatigue, and so should help to boost energy levels. However, it likely has no other effects that may lead to weight loss- any links drawn between L-tyrosine and appetite suppression have not been proven in clinical trials.
Caffeine can play a significant role in increasing fat oxidation and boosting metabolism temporarily, but it still may not have a huge effect on increasing the rate of weight loss. The main active ingredient that will definitely have an impact upon weight and the metabolism for many people is citrus aurantium, but this is also the source of a large number of side effects for many users.
Customer reviews seem to suggest that they do work to aid weight loss for many people, but that there are a significant number of side effects for many users. Many people tolerate these side effects because they are achieving good results, but we feel that such a high incidence of side effects makes a poor and potentially dangerous product.
T5 Turbo- Phentramine-RX can be purchased from the official website, or from Amazon.
The price of one bottle of 60 capsules is £31.95, and there are savings available for people who want to bulk buy. Delivery is free within the UK.
Optimum-FX offers a 30-Day money back guarantee on their products, stating ‘the product must perform and exceed your expectations – or you don’t need to pay a penny. Simply return it to us and we’ll cut you a full refund’.
Optimum-FX seems to be a reputable company in every regard, going one step further than many companies by adding free first class postage and using bottles that can fit through most standard sized letter boxes. They also provide a 30 day money back guarantee.
However, we have numerous concerns about their actual product, T5 Turbo- Phentramine-RX. The huge number of side effects that customers have experienced raises concerns about the safety of the product. The use of high levels of citrus aurantium clearly increases the potency of the product, as evidenced by the positive reviews, but this also greatly increases the risk of negative side effects.
We cannot stress enough that people who have any cardiac related health problems, even high blood pressure, should not take any product containing citrus aurantium. However, this does not make the product totally safe for other customers; heart attacks and stroke have been reported in healthy users who had no previous cardiac health problems. Although these are in the minority, the risk should not be ignored.
Disclaimer: Our reviews and investigations are based on extensive research from the information publicly available to us and consumers at the time of first publishing the post. Information is based on our personal opinion and whilst we endeavour to ensure information is up-to-date, manufacturers do from time to time change their products and future research may disagree with our findings. If you feel any of the information is inaccurate, please contact us and we will review the information provided.