Updated May 8, 2019.
Published May 2, 2014.

Xtralean looks to be a pretty standard fat burner and compared to many other similar products, it looks safe because it does not contain dangerous stimulants. Some of the ingredients may give you a slight lift in mood and it may have a positive effect upon your sex life if the claims about Maca are to be believed. It may have a slight effect upon your metabolism, but the ginger is unlikely to do much (if anything) and most of the effects will come from the caffeine.


  • Looks safe


  • Lack of information about this supplement
  • No customer feedback
  • No money-back guarantee
Xtralean is a fat burner diet pill on sale from UK retailers Holland & Barrett. It contains a range of natural ingredients including ginger and many customers will trust this supplement because it is easily available on the High Street.

Does this mean that it is safe and is it an effective way to help you lose weight? We find out.

Xtralean Overview

What you need to know about Xtralean

Xtralean is on sale from Holland and Barrett and although it is not their own brand, it is sold exclusively by this company in the UK. There is another supplement called Xtralean on sale in the USA but consumers should be aware that this is not the same product.

What are the side effects of Xtralean?

Caffeine and L-Tyrosine can both cause some minor side effects, such as jitteriness and a rise in blood pressure.

How much does Xtralean cost?

A bottle of Xtralean costs £31.55 including delivery from Holland and Barrett.

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Xtralean Key Features

When you are looking for something to help support your weight loss, a fat burner seems to be a tempting prospect. Speeding your metabolism, enhancing your energy levels and suppressing your appetite all sounds as if it will help you lose weight but you need to bear in mind this doesn’t suit everyone.

Unfortunately, fat burners can come with side effects and generally full of caffeine they can cause you to feel jittery on edge and nauseous. In addition, the weight loss effects often are only temporary because the body quickly becomes accustomed to stimulants.

Xtralean Key Points

  • On sale from Holland and Barrett for £31.55
  • Each bottle of Xtralean contains 120 capsules (one month’s supply)
  • Contains Maca Extract – well known for its aphrodisiac effect

Xtralean contains caffeine in many different forms as well as ginger and a range of amino acids. Apart from the full ingredients list provided by sellers Holland Barrett there is not too much information about this supplement.

You are not provided with any information about what this supplement is supposed to do and there are no links to any clinical evidence.

How to Take Xtralean

To take Xtralean, take two capsules before breakfast and two capsules at mid-afternoon.

Begin use with half the recommended dose (one capsule twice per day) for the first seven days to assess your tolerance. If you have difficulty sleeping, do not take after 4:00 P.M.

Do not exceed stated dose and for best results, use in combination with exercise and a low-fat diet.

Holland and Barrett do not go in for wordy descriptions about their supplements. They do not make unfounded claims. While this is a point in the company’s favour, it does not provide much help to potential customers.

Xtralean Concerns:

  • There maybe confusion with this supplement and a more dangerous product with the same name
  • Hard to find out what this supplement will actually do for your weight loss
  • Unlikely to help you lose weight in the long-term

There is some confusion around this supplement’s name and consumers should be aware that the Xtralean on sale in Holland & Barrett is not the same product as Xtralean Ephedrine ECA Stack.

The latter is a hardcore body builder supplement containing banned ingredient ephedrine – we do not know how they are getting away with that – as well as synephrine and DMAE. Both supplements look similar because they both contain ginger and L Tyrosine. That is where the resemblance ends. Xtralean from Holland and Barrett looks safe whereas the other version looks dangerous.

What does Xtralean claim to do?

The Xtralean product information does not make any claims at all. The supplement is guaranteed free of;

Artificial Colours, Flavours or Sweeteners.

There are;

No Preservatives. No Milk, No Lactose, No Soya, No Gluten, No Wheat, No Yeast, No Fish, No Porcine.

However, the capsules are made of gelatine so this is not suitable for strict vegetarians.

Consumers are warned that;

Food supplements must not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.

We can’t argue with that!

Does Xtralean work?

It may work a bit but it is not going to make you lose lots of weight. However, the caffeine may perk you up and you may feel some effect after taking it. The problem with using caffeine to increase the metabolism is that your body quickly becomes accustomed to the effects and they soon wear off.

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Xtralean Ingredients

Xtralean is a diet pill that may have a stimulant effect and may help you burn fat. The recommended dose is two capsules per serving.

Each capsule contains:

  • Caffeine Anhydrous (115.9mg) (Standardised to contain 98.5% caffeine,114.1mg): 100mg Crystallised form of caffeine, which is more suitable for adding to supplements, but otherwise the same as the coffee you drink. A medium sized cup of filter coffee contains around 100mg of caffeine so this is the equivalent of one cup. Some clinical evidence suggests that when taken in combination with green tea caffeine is effective for promoting a metabolism boosting effect.
  • Green Tea Extract (Camellia Sinensis) (leaf) 67.5mg (Standardised to contain 60-65% Catechins): Natural tea taken from the Camilla Sinensis may reduce cholesterol levels and reduce body fat. These antioxidants do have powerful health benefits and fat burning function. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, fat oxidation was increased after subjects supplemented their diet with green tea extract. Epigallocatechin (EGCG) is the most abundant Catechin in green tea. Contains caffeine.
  • Ginger Extract (Zingiber officinale) (root) 12.5mg (Standardised to contain 5% gingerols): Ginger is a familiar spice in Asian cooking and often taken to treat stomach upsets. It is safe but can interfere with warfarin – blood-thinning medication used to treat high blood pressure. No application for weight loss.
  • Guarana Extract (Paullina cupana) (seed) 51.4mg (Standardised to contain 22% caffeine, 11.3mg): Natural South American berry, which contains caffeine, Gurana. This is a common component of diet pills because of its stimulant effect.
  • Maca Extract (Lepidium meyenii) (root) 100mg (Standardised to contain 0.6% macamides and macaenes): South American plant root, which is believed to have aphrodisiac qualities. Rich in trace minerals and amino acids. When tested on animals they displayed enhanced sexual activity and Maca extract is often used to make a drink that is popular in Peru because of the sexual enhancing effects. Naughty!
  • Yerba Mate (Ilex Paraguayans) (leaf) 81.18mg Yerba Mate (Ilex paraguariensis): 100mg Yerba Mate is commonly consumed as herbal tea and has proven effective for weight loss because of its high levels of flavanoids and antioxidants. It has a stimulant effect due to the caffeine content. See our earlier ingredient article on Yerba Mate.
  • Acetyl L-Tyrosine (0.5mg): Amino acid believed to stimulate brain chemicals serotonin and dopamine.
  • L-Tyrosine (37mg): This non-essential amino acid is present in meat and present in a normal diet unless you are a vegetarian. Anecdotally it is believed to improve training and exercise performance. L Tyrosine is an androgenic, which means that it stimulates adrenaline and this function can help reduce the appetite by making you feel too “keyed up” to eat. Some people find this makes them feel “sick with nerves” See our previous ingredient article on L Tyrosine.
  • Chromium (20mcg): This trace mineral is believed to promote muscle growth and fat burning so a popular diet pill ingredient, however there is no evidence that proves it actually does this. Chromium is present in a normal diet and scientists believe there is no need to take supplements.

Xtralean Side Effects

There may be some. Caffeine can cause side effects such as anxiety and jitteriness.

In some cases it can cause elevated heart rate and a rise in blood pressure and L-tyrosine can cause you to feel stressed and on edge.

The product information warns that you should discontinue use should you experience adverse reactions and seek medical advice.


Avoid Xtralean if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Do not take if you are taking blood-thinning medication such as Warfarin. Avoid if you suffer from any heart or blood pressure related medical condition. Seek the advice of your doctor prior to use if you are taking medication because of the risk of drug interactions.

Xtralean Customer Feedback

We were unable to find much in the way of customer feedback for Xtralean. There is a lot of conversation on body building forums about Xtralean ECA stack but this is not the same product and contains stronger stimulants with potentially dangerous side effects.

Because you can buy Xtralean only from Holland Barrett there is no place for customer feedback so you can’t see what everyone is saying about this supplement.

Xtralean Money-Back Guarantee

Holland and Barrett do not offer a money-back guarantee.

Where To Buy Xtralean

You can buy Xtralean from Holland and Barrett, either in store or direct from the website.

One container of 120 capsules (1 months supply) costs £31.55 including delivery.
Xtralean is not available on sale via

Customers who live outside the UK will have to contact Holland and Barrett to find out about their delivery charges.

Xtralean is not available direct to customers outside the UK. Be warned – the Xtralean supplement on sale in the USA is NOT the same product.

Watchdog Verdict

There is not much that anyone can say about Holland and Barrett’s Xtralean. The supplement is predominantly caffeine with a few extra ingredients thrown in that may give you a slight lift. It is unlikely to make you lose weight but it does look safe which is a point in its favour. We like the fact that it contains green tea and does not contain bitter orange extract or potentially dangerous ingredients.

Holland and Barrett are a trusted UK brand but not all supplements are particularly good value and we feel that this one is expensive.

Xtralean is simply not good enough to recommend onto our approved list. Just because it probably won’t do you too much harm, is no reason for buying it, therefore we have no other choice but to reject it.

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Have Your Say

2 comments on 'Xtralean'

  1. I used Xtralean for years but stopped when i fell pregnant and i have been pregnant for three years in a row, not bright.
    When i first started uding this product i found that it did give me heart palpitations however i did cut the dose down to 2 tablets per day. One in the morning and one in the afternoon. When taking this tablet i also found that taking it after 4pm was really bad for me as i was awake for the whole night, so great if you need that help to stay awake but bad for those who need their sleep. It did help me to lose and maintain my weight however now my body after pregnancy cannot seem to use this to help me lose weight not sure if its because my body became so use yo it that it st foes not work anymore. Hope this helps.

  2. I would not advise Xtralean diets pills to anybody. They are dangerous, by the second week of taking them I began to have heart palpitations, a problem I have never suffered with before. I stopped taking them and the next day the palpitations were not as noticable then eventually stopped. Such a waste of money. However the bigger picture is thank God i’m still here!

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