Phenom Health is a US supplements company based in Colorado. The company sell throughout the USA and also in the UK and Europe, and there is a manufacturing arm of the company based in the UK. The product range differs between USA and UK. Ultrapur Forskolin is only on sale in the USA, so is aimed solely at the American market.
Phenom Health Ultrapur Forskolin contains only Forskolin as the sole ingredient and at the time of writing, the claims about this natural ingredient remain unproven. Some clinical evidence suggests Forskolin may help burn fat but other results suggest it has no effect, so there are no guarantees it will work for you. That said Ultrapur Forskolin seems to contain adequate serving per capsule, in keeping with testing and is unlikely to do you any harm.
However we have concerns about the company’s auto ship policy and the rumours of a free trial. In addition this supplement is very expensive.
Forskolin seems safe and side effects do not seem to be an issue. However it is linked at high doses with slowing foetal growth, so you should not take this supplement if there is any risk you may be pregnant.
UltraPur Forskolin is very expensive. 1 x bottle of 30 capsules (1 month’s supply) costs $84.95 if you buy from Phenom Health. There is an auto ship program, so if you don’t want to be signed up to this, make sure this is not an option when you buy. We suggest you contact customer services first.
A safer and cheaper option is to buy via Amazon USA, where 1 x bottle of 30 capsules costs $67.96
Ultra Pur Forskolin is not available to UK or European customers.
UltraPur Forskolin seems overpriced to us, and there are no guarantees that it will work. The clinical evidence for Forskolin is so conflicting with some tests concluding that yes, this ingredient will act directly on fat metabolism, with others suggesting that using it makes no real difference to weight loss. At $84.95 if you buy from the official website, it seems an expensive gamble.
We like that this supplement is probably very safe for your health. But we have concerns about the high cost and the shady looking auto ship sales policy.
In our opinion Phenom Health should explain their auto ship policy clearly, and we only stumbled across this issue thanks to complaints from Watchdog readers, and the fact that there are contact details on the Phenom Health website about how to cancel your subscription. If you want to try Forskolin there are other supplements out there you could try, but we would not recommend Ultrapur Forskolin as a good example.
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Ultra Pur Forskolin is a weight loss supplement that contains just one ingredient, so seems very straightforward. This ingredient is coleus foskolli extract, and according to the product advertising and some scientific research, is a natural substance which is effective as a fat burner.
Coleus Forskolii is (Plectranthus barbatus) is a plant with an attractive blue flower that originates from Madagascar, but grows in Asian countries such as Nepal and Thailand. This mint type plant contains a chemical called Forskolin in the plant roots, and this substance has been tested for potential benefits to health. It has been important as a herbal treatment in traditional Asian medicine for skin lung and heart conditions.
According to the Ultrapur Forskolin product information, Forskolin stimulates a molecule in the body called cyclic adenosine monophosphate (or cAMP), which is an important chemical messenger in the body. CAMP seems to play numerous roles, and one of these is the regulation of the metabolism. Its chief role seems to be to facilitate the mobilisation of glucose and fatty acid reserves. However cAMP seems to be important for numerous functions.
According to the product information, Forskolin is an effective fat burner because of this effect upon cAMP. However the research is so far unproven. There have been clinical trials looking into the benefits of Forskolin, but although it may be effective for heart health, asthma, and the treatment of the eye disease glaucoma (forskolin seems to lower the build up of pressure behind the eye), it seems to be a remarkable jump of belief to claim this ingredient as a fat burner.
Phenom Health is a US company based in Colorado. The company market a wide range of supplements around brain health (nootropics), increasing testosterone, muscle building, and weight loss.
The company manufacture US supplements in the USA, and according to the about us information, also have a range of supplements on sale in the UK and Europe which are manufactured in the UK.
Ultrapur Forskolin is manufactured in the USA, and only seems to be available to US customers.
Worryingly according to our readers Phenom Health have contacted customers at the point of sale, and were offered a free trial which has turned out to be a subscription to an expensive auto ship program.
Auto ship is where you agree to accept fresh deliveries of products each month, and your bank or credit card is also billed automatically. Some of our readers say they have had trouble in cancelling this agreement with Phenom Health, and have been left feeling tricked by what they consider a free trial.
We cannot provide any further details about this. There is zero information regarding free trials on the Phenom Health website. However we urge customers to act cautiously, and be aware if they are contacted by the company not to agree to anything before finding out all the details first.
In the customer support page there is a list of contact details for cancelling your auto ship subscription. This is strange because auto ship is not mentioned in the advertising or elsewhere on the Phenom Health website.
The details are as follows;
To cancel your refill subscription of Phenom Health Products, please click on the “Easy Cancel” links below, or phone us at the numbers below.
Easy Membership Cancel
E [email protected]
We covered free trial scams in a previous investigation.
According to the advertising, Ultra Pur is a “100% natural fat burner”
The information explains about the key ingredient.
“Forskolin is the chemical compound found naturally in a plant called Coleus Forskoholii. It’s remarkably effective at stimulating fat loss, to help you lose unwanted pounds more easily.”
The information continues,
“Forskolin is the chemical compound found naturally in a plant called Coleus Forskoholii. It’s remarkably effective at stimulating a molecule called cyclic adenosine monophosphate (also known as cAMP). Cyclic AMP is a messenger that allows the cells of the body to communicate with one another. It acts as a signal, to transmit information from cell to cell.”
“And what forskolin stimulates these cAMP molecules to tell the body is: burn fat!”
The product information explains how cAMP works but does not go into too many details,
“Introducing Cyclic AMP. Why are scientists all over the world studying Forskolin and the effects of cAMP? What is science so curious about?”
“Research is focused on the fat-burning effects of Forskolin as a weight loss aid in two powerful ways. Forskolin changes the composition of the body by lowering the ratio between body fat and lean body mass. When your body fat is reduced, you can effectively begin to lose the weight.”
Despite mentioning clinical research into the benefits of Forskolin, cAMP and fat burning, the product information did not provide any further details and any links to clinical evidence.
So we took a look at the clinical evidence for Forskolin ourselves. As Phenom Health claim, it seems that Forskolin does have an effect upon cAMP and may help increase fat metabolism. However despite this promising claim, the results are not very impressive or consistent. And the testing as yet only on very small groups of people.
In one test on 23 women carried out over 8 weeks, no weight loss was recorded. However a preliminary test on 6 women showed a significant decrease in the mean values for body weight and fat content, using bioelectrical impedance (BIA) methodology. Lean body mass significantly increased compared to baseline.
A third test carried out on 30 obese men concluded that forskolin could possibly be used as a therapeutic agent for weight management and treatment in obese men.
Other testing into Forskolin seems to throw up similarly conflicting results. It may work but as yet nothing is proven. So UltraPur Forskolin may help you lose weight if you take it over a few months, in keeping with the clinical tests but results are no way guaranteed. Source
Serving size is equal to 1 capsule.
One good point about the clinical testing into Forskolin, is that very few side effects were reported by people taking this substance in supplement form. However it may change blood pressure levels, which will not suit you if you have a low blood pressure or are taking medication.
Not suitable for individuals under 18. Avoid if you are pregnant or breast feeding – high doses may slow foetus growth, or affect the growth of a new born. Speak to your doctor before use if you are taking prescription medication, or if you have an underlying medical condition, especially around blood pressure.
We found a couple of independent customer reviews on Amazon USA. Both were extremely negative
I took it as described and it didn’t work for me, won’t spend this kind of money on this product again.
Did not notice any weight loss at all , very disappointed
There is one review on the Phenom Health website.
This is a great product for your overall health, and it DOES help you lose weight!
According to this customer he lost 12lbs in weight.
There is a 30 days money back guarantee on offer which looks pretty good.
“If you are not totally satisfied with your Phenom Health purchase, simply return the unused portion to the place of purchase within 30 days of purchase for a full and easy refund (less S&H charges).”
“If you need to return an item, please first contact our customer care to obtain an RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization). It’s important to write this number on your return package.
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Ultra Pur Forskolin is only available to US customers. This part of the Phenom health range is not on sale in the UK or Europe, unlike some products available from this company.
You can buy direct from the Phenom Health website. It is also on sale via Amazon USA.
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