PhenQ contains some interesting and unusual ingredients for weight loss, but will the results work in the way that the advertising describes? And more importantly is it safe? We take an in-depth look into PhenQ to find out more.
The principle ingredient, calcium carbonate comes with very little clinical evidence that it will work in the way as described, but the other ingredients do tend to have some positive effects. There are dangers with taking excessive calcium carbonate. It can cause vomiting and nausea and be a contributory cause to elevated calcium levels in the blood (hypocalcaemia). So make sure to not go overboard with PhenQ.
PhenQ may cause side effects. These are mainly from the calcium carbonate content and may include constipation, nausea/vomiting, gas, mental confusion, headache, thirst, jitteriness, anxiety, and itchiness.
1 x bottle of 60 capsules (1 month’s supply) costs £45.95. The website states that the usual retail price is £53.95, so the lower price may not be a lasting one.
Buy 2 x bottles and get one free (3 months supply) costs £91.90. (Retail price is listed as £161.85.)
Buy 3 x bottles and get two free (5 month’s supply) for £129.95. This option comes with a free bottle of another supplement called Advana Cleanse. (Retail price is listed as £269.75.)
There are some good points about PhenQ. We like that this supplement has a money-back guarantee, and we like that the company seem to be reputable. We approved an Ergo supplement previously so we are confident that you will not be entered into any dodgy billing scams with this one either.
However, calcium carbonate is a bit unproven. Although recent research is looking into calcium for weight loss, experts believe that increasing your daily intake of low-fat calcium may be a better way to go rather than supplements. You would be less likely to experience side effects as well, which can be an issue with calcium carbonate. On the plus side, the other ingredients are ones we like to see in a diet pill and are known to have an effect on weight-loss.
Overall, it was a tough one, but in our opinion, PhenQ looks just about good enough to be added to our approved list.
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PhenQ is following a diet pill tradition by using “Phen” as part of the name and popping the words “In Phentermine Q” on the label. Although this phrase is pretty meaningless, it is in reference to Phentermine – a notorious but powerful prescription drug that has helped people lose weight but is known for side effects including a link to strokes and heart attacks. These days Phentermine is not so easily available and possibly, for this reason, there are numerous weight loss supplements on the market such as PhenQ which pay homage to the Phentermine name.
A “Phen” diet pill usually contains a lot of stimulants. However, PhenQ does not follow this trend and in fact, it is unlike any diet pill we have ever seen. The only stimulant ingredient is caffeine which contains around the equivalent of a cup and a half of coffee. The principle ingredient is calcium carbonate at a whopping 625mg a serving.
Calcium is essential for healthy bones and teeth but there is little to link it to weight loss and, in fact, calcium carbonate is often used as a filler ingredient in other supplements. Calcium carbonate is however taken as a cheap over the counter antacid treatment where it is effective if taken in moderation.
Calcium carbonate is an abundant mineral found across the world in rocks and cliffs and even identified on Mars. Closer to home calcium carbonate is present in hard natural substances such as pearls and eggshells and in dietary form is present in green leafy veggies such as kale and broccoli.
Other ingredients include amino acids which may help cause fat burning and muscle mass, and vitamins. There are also some servings of weight loss ingredients such as capsaicin extract, which is believed to work as a natural thermogenic (fat burner), a natural cactus extract called Nopal and chromium picolinate.
PhenQ is manufactured by Ergo Group Ltd, an investment group based in Dubai. The group invests in sectors including health, wellness, technology, and energy. According to the product information, PhenQ is manufactured in FDA approved facilities but there is no further information as to whether PhenQ is made in the UK or the USA. It is highly likely it is manufactured in both.
Although PhenQ originates from a Dubai-based company, there are offices both in the UK and USA which deal with shipping and customer services in both countries. The company also ship internationally and the product website is available in many different language versions.
We have covered an Ergo supplement in a previous review. This was Garcinia Cambogia Extra which we were impressed with.
Although we are not 100% convinced about garcinia cambogia as an ingredient, we thought this supplement looked like a good way of trying this popular although unproven ingredient. We added Garcinia Cambogia Extra to our approved list.
According to the advertising, there are six key features about PhenQ, features that will give you the “slim sexy body you’ve always wanted”:
The claims explain the role of calcium by mentioning a clinical trial:
Obese adults taking part in a six month study lost more body weight and body fat when they supplemented their diets with higher calcium amounts
PhenQ makes losing weight straightforward, simple, and saves you spending on several products!
The supplement comes with a full 60-day money-back guarantee so:
you can purchase with absolute confidence. Simply return any unused PhenQ in its original packaging within 67 days of receiving your order and we’ll give you a full refund, excluding any shipping charges.
There may be something in the claims that low-fat calcium may help reduce body fat, but the science isn’t conclusive as of yet.
The research suggests that increased calcium stored in fat cells may help break this fat down and lead to fat burning. Testing on obese mice showed that on average had a 42% reduction of fat mass. Will this work on humans? It might. However, the research is in preliminary stages and some scientists believe that a more effective method would be to substitute high-fat dairy produce with low-fat dairy produce, and to ensure you are getting plenty of calcium from other dietary sources such as green leafy veg, fish nuts and oats.
Current calcium guidelines are for men to ingest 1200mg of calcium, and women 1300mg of calcium per day.
PhenQ is a multi-purpose weight loss supplement. Serving size is equal to one capsule.
PhenQ may cause side effects. These are mainly from the calcium carbonate content and may include:
Other side effects may include:
Not suitable for individuals under 18. Avoid if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Seek advice from your doctor before taking if you are taking prescription medication or suffer from an underlying health condition.
There is very little independent feedback for Phen Q despite the high number of customer testimonials on the product website. Unsurprisingly all these are extremely positive.
Here is a typical example from a customer, who has reported a loss of 7lbs:
I always hated having my picture taken – I used to try and hide behind other people in photos. I had to hold my stomach in all the time, and every time I sat down I’d have to cover it with my arms so people couldn’t see it. Now I don’t have anything to hide, and I love having my picture taken!
We could only find one Independent customer review and this was not as favourable. This lady had issues with the size of the capsules and the lack of effects. She reported:
Too big to swallow. Has not helped in weight loss at this time even though these are being taken with a healthy diet and exercise.
PhenQ does come with a guarantee if you buy directly from the official website and it looks good.
Here is what the company have to say about it:
We offer a 60 day money back guarantee, so you have nothing to lose but your weight. Simply return any unused PhenQ in its original packaging within 67 days of receiving your order and we’ll give you a full refund, excluding any shipping charges.
You can send return products to a warehouse facility in your own country. Details are obtainable from the customer service department. You can chat with customer services via live chat on the website.
PhenQ is available direct from the product website which is available direct to UK and to US customers. There are also own language versions of the site.
1 x bottle of 60 capsules (1 month’s supply) costs £45.95.
Buy 2 x bottles and get one free (3 months supply) costs £91.90.
Buy 3 x bottles and get two free (5 month’s supply) for £129.95. This option comes with a free bottle of another supplement called Advana Cleanse.
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PhenQ is manufactured by Ergo Group Ltd, an investment group based in Dubai. The principle ingredient, calcium carbonate comes with very little clinical evidence that it will work in the way as described, but the other ingredients do tend to have some positive effects. However, we like that this supplement has a money-back guarantee, and we like that the company seem to be reputable.
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