Ephedra and DMAA are two of the most controversial ingredients in the supplement world. Both have been associated with numerous side effects and serious threats to consumer health, including causing heart attacks and fatalities. Because of this shocking track record, both ingredients have been banned from sale in the unregulated supplement market in the USA, although some unscrupulous companies have done everything possible to continue selling them to customers.
Below we take an in-depth look into Yellow Scorpion, to see whether this risky ephedra and DMAA-based product is safe and effective for consumers.
Yellow Scorpion is a stimulant supplement that claims to give customers an ‘extreme’ burst of energy. The product seems to be aimed mainly for use by dieters, as the amphetamine-like ingredients it uses should work well to burn fat and suppress a normal appetite. Despite its obvious effectiveness, medical authorities generally advise customers to stay well away from products like these, and the manufacturers of Yellow Scorpion may actually be breaking the law by selling it.
Yellow Scorpion is manufactured by Hi Tech Pharmaceuticals, a US-based supplement store based in the USA. Hi Tech Pharma (as they are often called) are known mainly for their extraordinary history of litigation, having fought long and protracted legal battles with the FTC, FDA, respected university professors, medical authorities and rival companies. The company is currently fighting to overturn the FDA’s existing ban on the dangerous stimulant DMAA, on the basis that it can be naturally derived from plants. Until this legal point is clarified, Hi Tech Pharma continue to defiantly sell DMAA-based products, as well as products that contain senegalia berlandieri (a natural source of otherwise banned substances like methylsynephrine).
Yellow Scorpion contains several stimulants, many of which are regarded as dangerous and some of which have actually been banned by the FDA. Customers must exercise extreme caution when using this product, and should expect side effects. The full list is detailed in the Side Effects tab.
DMAA, phenethylamine, methylsynephrine and synephrine can variably cause increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, shortness of breath, tightening in the chest, nausea, and psychological problems. Particularly dangerous ingredients like DMAA have even been linked with heart attacks, strokes and fatalities.
The use of caffeine and yohimbe may also lead to jitters, insomnia, anxiety and more.
A 90-capsule bottle of Yellow Scorpion costs around $35-$45 from most outlets where it is available (including Ephedra Warehouse, A1 Supplements, the Strong Supplement Shop, and Black Diamond Supplements). On the official Hi Tech Pharmaceuticals website, the same bottle costs far more ($69.95). The cheapest prices we found overall ($34.95) were on A1 Supplements and Ephedra Warehouse.
Yellow Scorpion is well loved by its defenders on the Internet, mainly because it does exactly what it says on the tin. The product truly is an extraordinarily powerful stimulant, and it will work effectively to increase energy, burn fat and suppress appetite. Although Ephedra and DMAA have been banned for years, Hi Tech Pharma seem to have found ways to either include or imitate both, which is something of a blessing for those desperate for a fix of these ingredients.
Quick results are not everything, however. The reason we heavily discourage the use of products like Yellow Scorpion is simply because these are dangerous. Many of the ingredients contained within the mix (such as DMAA and methylsynephrine) have been banned by the FDA for a reason. DMAA in particular can cause dangerously high heart rates and blood pressure, which can lead to heart attacks and deaths. Due to this risk, Amazon and other major retailers refuse to carry this product, and we would not be surprised if official bodies move soon to pull it from the market entirely.
Hi Tech Pharmaceuticals are a strange and clearly unprofessional company to buy from. The website is written in poor and hastily written English, and the company seems far more preoccupied with making money and fighting lawsuits than protecting customers. Customers purchasing from the official website are not protected by a money back guarantee or returns policy, and important ingredient quantity information is hidden. Hi Tech Pharma also advertises Yellow Scorpion as an ephedra-based product, despite the fact that all the active ephedrine alkaloids have been removed to make it legal. This amounts to little more than lying to customers, as the ephedra in this product is completely ineffective and pointless (the real stimulant boost comes from the DMAA, sengalia berlandieri and synephrine).
Although products like these work to a certain extent, the risk of taking them far outweigh the benefits. We seriously recommend that dieters consider other options.
We do not recommend Yellow Scorpion to our readers.
Yellow Scorpion Review
Yellow Scorpion is a diet and energy product that contains a legal form of ephedra, a controversial ingredient that has otherwise been banned by the FDA since 2004. Like other products sold by the manufacturer (Hi Tech Pharmaceuticals), Yellow Scorpion is mainly advertised in the same way as someone would wish to advertise cocaine or methamphetamine; the website practically salivates as it describes the product as ‘HARDCORE’, ‘beyond insane’ and ‘extreme’.
Yellow Scorpion is produced and sold by Hi Tech Pharmaceuticals, an American manufacturer of various sports, weight loss and sexual enhancement supplements. Hi Tech Pharmaceuticals’ website is surprisingly poorly written and hard to understand for an English-speaking company, giving an unprofessional appearance that fails to inspire confidence in the quality of the products. As of 2017, Hi Tech Pharmaceuticals is far more well-known for its legal battles with American authorities and university professors than for its effective and high-quality supplements. The company can be contacted via the contact details provided on the website.
How to Take Yellow Scorpion
Take one capsule three times a day. Do not exceed 4 capsules per 24-hour period.
Yellow Scorpion Concerns:
- Ingredient quantities are not listed.
- No money-back guarantee or return policy.
- Manufacturer is a strong pro-stimulant campaigner with little regard for side effects.
What Does Yellow Scorpion Claim To Do?
On the official Hi Tech Pharmaceuticals website, Yellow Scorpion is described as a ‘stimulant’ product first and foremost. The energy boost given is described as extreme and powerful, and seems targeted at customers looking for a legal form of ephedra. The direct benefits of having such a significant stimulant boost is not explained much, although we presume that the language is aimed at bodybuilders and those looking to improve performance at the gym.
Yellow Scorpion is also said to help customers lose weight, boost alertness and improve mood. Other retailers (such as Ephedra Warehouse) specifically market the product as particularly appropriate for dieters. To quote Ephedra Warehouse, ‘just because you’re on a diet doesn’t mean you need to be worn out too’.
Does Yellow Scorpion Work?
Yellow Scorpion contains several worrying stimulants in it, and will absolutely give customers a powerful and extreme dose of energy (as well as a host of unpleasant side effects). This stimulant effect will also likely work as an effective fat burner, which should in theory make the body work in overdrive even when resting.
The claim that Yellow Scorpion boosts mood is odd, and there should be nothing within the ingredient mix that has this effect (unless certain enthusiasts enjoy having a racing heart throughout the day).
What Are The Ingredients of Yellow Scorpion?
The ingredients contained within Yellow Scorpion are listed below. Readers should note that some individual ingredient quantities are not listed, which can make it difficult for us to estimate how effective the product is. Those that are listed are correct for 1 capsule of Yellow Scorpion.
Proprietary Blend 575 mg
- Ephedra Extract 25 mg: Due to the significant dangers it poses to customer health, ephedrine alkaloids were banned by the FDA in 2004. Hi Tech Pharma have vocally opposed this ban and seem to have set up a situation whereby they remove all the ephedrine alkaloids from ephedra leaves (supervised by the FDA), thus rendering the leaves largely useless. This form of ephedra isn’t dangerous; it simply doesn’t do much of anything.
- Kola Nut Extract (Caffeine) 150 mg: This seed is a source of caffeine and is sometimes used to treat depression or fatigue.
- White Willow Bark: Willow bark contains salicin, which acts a painkiller, and is thought to be as effective as aspirin. There is some evidence that when taken in conjunction with the kola nut and ephedra, it can cause weight loss. It does not seem to have been tested on its own for weight loss properties.
- Senegalia Berlandieri Extract: This shrub contains a number of diverse alkaloids, many of which can only otherwise by synthesised in a laboratory. Most of these alkaloids stimulate the body to produce certain chemicals that affect the brain and mood, as well as acting as a general stimulant. One of these alkaloids, methylsynephrine, is actually banned by the FDA, as it can increase the body’s blood pressure and heart rate to sometimes unsafe levels.
- Green Tea Extract: Green tea is high in a group of antioxidants called catechins. Studies have suggested that catechins increase thermogenesis in the body, whilst caffeine increases energy expenditure by boosting the metabolism slightly for few hours.
- Theobromine: Theobromine is a mild stimulant. Thought to be a much milder stimulant than caffeine, and is unlikely to have any significant impact upon weight loss.
- 1,3-Dimethylamylamine: More commonly referred to as DMAA, this lab-created ingredient appears to be derived from amphetamines. It acts as a stimulant, increasing energy levels, and aiding weight loss, but there is a lack of human studies into how it works and how effective it is at aiding weight loss – the majority of its support comes from anecdotal reports from consumers. Once hugely popular, especially amongst bodybuilders and consumers of extremely strong diet pills, it has become much more difficult to source as the FDA has made continued efforts to remove it from the market and banning its distribution, with millions of dollars’ worth of supplements destroyed by numerous companies. As we discuss in more detail in the side effects section, it causes a wide variety of unpleasant and dangerous side effects.
- Citrus Aurantium Extract (Synephrine) 20 mg: Bitter orange peel has been proven to raise the metabolism and aid weight loss. However, there are some concerns about its safety.
- Chromium Picolinate: This is used primarily to lower fasting blood sugar levels and to lower insulin levels in people who have type 2 diabetes. In terms of its potential effect upon weight loss, it is possible that taking chromium picolinate by mouth for 2 to 3 months might produce a small weight loss of about 1.1 kg. This is obviously an incredibly small amount of weight loss, but studies are still inconclusive.
- Yohimbe Extract: Some studies have noticed increased blood concentrations of free fatty acids in participants who use yohimbe extract, suggesting increased rates of lipolysis. However, the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database has stated that there is insufficient evidence to claim it aids in weight loss.
Does Yellow Scorpion Have Any Side Effects?
Yellow Scorpion contains a potent mix of stimulants that are very likely to cause severe side effects. We advise serious caution for anyone considering using it or any other Hi Tech Pharma product.
1,3-Dimethylamylamine significantly increases blood pressure and heart rate, and has been linked with causing strokes, heart attacks and death, even in previously healthy people. Other side effects may include shortness of breath and tightening in the chest, seizures, neurological problems and psychiatric problems. The FDA has been engaged in a major campaign to remove it entirely from the unregulated supplement market for many years, a motion that is heavily resisted by a few unscrupulous companies like Hi Tech Pharma.
The consequences of taking methylsynephrine in large amounts or in combination with other stimulants aren’t entirely known, but one product containing this ingredient and other stimulants has been linked to nausea, vomiting, agitation, increased heart rate, chest pain, and cardiac arrest. This has caused the ingredient to be banned by the FDA.
Synephrine is a stimulant found in bitter orange peel. Side effects associated with the use of Bitter Orange extracts include increased heart rate and increased blood pressure, heart palpitations, fainting, and even heart attack and stroke in healthy patients. The Mayo Clinic has recommended avoiding use of synephrine and other Bitter Orange extracts because in their opinion, the risk of using the product is not worth the pay-off of any potential weight loss. The effects of synephrine and other bitter orange extracts are enhanced when combined with caffeine.
Side effects of caffeine can include headaches, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, heart palpitations, increased urination, dehydration, jitteriness, dizziness and insomnia. Theobromine is a stimulant that is incredibly similar to caffeine, but much milder – it could potentially cause the same side effects as caffeine.
Yohimbe can cause a wide range of side effects, including stomach upset, excitation, tremor, sleep problems, anxiety or agitation, high blood pressure, a racing heartbeat, dizziness, stomach problems, drooling, sinus pain, irritability, headache, frequent urination, bloating, rash, nausea, and vomiting. High doses can cause more severe effects.
In addition to this product’s significant dose of stimulants, this mix contains phenethylamine, which is similar in form to amphetamine. It may cause similar side effects, including increased heart rate or anxiety.
Not for use by individuals under the age of 18 years. Do not use if you are pregnant or nursing. This product can raise blood pressure and interfere with other drugs you may be taking. Talk to your doctor about this product.
Are There Any Customer Reviews For Yellow Scorpion?
Ephedra, DMAA and other stimulant ingredients have a large and vocal fan base on the Internet, and former customers highly praise Yellow Scorpion on review sites for outlets like Ephedra Warehouse. Most customers are very happy with the product’s ability to burn fat, and most appear to have received the stimulants they had been seeking out.
I have struggled with a metabolic disorder and have struggled to lose weight for the past 5 years. I have tried multiple things including diet change and exercise. I even was on adieux for three months and only lost 10 lbs. So when I walked into my local health store looking the newest weight-loss medication, he introduced me to Yellow Scorpion, and I can say this is the best thing I have tried. After 3 months I have lost 3 pants sizes and 38 pounds, and that’s without changing my diet. I still enjoy my sweets like I crave on a regular basis.
This product is truly amazing! I have lost over 40 lbs on this product! It will be a year in March. I recommend this to anyone who wants to lose weight. It really suppresses your appetite.
This stuff worked great! I had the energy to do things and I didn’t eat as much as I normally do. I would recommend this to anyone who needs a little help with dieting or you just want that extra boost in your day or workout.
This is my all time favourite! I can work out with this stuff, not too strong. Have energy for homework and studying. Helps with appetite. But definitely need to drink lots of water like any supplement with caffeine.
Does Yellow Scorpion Offer a Money-Back Guarantee?
On the official Hi Tech Pharmaceuticals website, no mention is made of a money-back guarantee or a return policy of any kind.
Where Can I Buy Yellow Scorpion?
Yellow Scorpion is available to buy from a number of online retailers, including the Hi Tech Pharmaceuticals website, Ephedra Warehouse, A1 Supplements, the Strong Supplement Shop, Black Diamond Supplements, and many more. It is notably not available to buy on Amazon, probably because of the somewhat dangerous ingredients it contains.
On the official website, a 90-capsule bottle of Yellow Scorpion costs $69.95. The same bottle sells for much less elsewhere; from all other outlets, Yellow Scorpion costs from $34.95 per bottle to just under $45 per bottle.