Fenterdren Review: Potent And Controversial? Not!
I must admit; it was entertaining to read that Fenterdren is the “most potent and controversial weight loss compound” and that it was voted the “strongest weight loss pill.” Who voted it as such was not revealed. Nor was it explained how a product with three very ordinary ingredients could earn such a commendation. But hey!…
… that’s advertising in the supplement world.
So what’s in Fenterdren that makes it the “strongest weight loss pill”?…
1. Dicaffeine malate: A combination of caffeine and malic acid, supplement retailers claim this “special form” of caffeine is both easier on the stomach and more effective than regular caffeine.
And while caffeine’s fat burning characteristics are well established (see Am J Clin Nutr. 1989 Jan;49(1):44-50, Am J Clin Nutr. 1980 May;33(5):989-97), there is no published research to indicate that this form of caffeine is any more effective.
Theoretically, it could work better, worse, or exactly the same as the regular stuff. If we assume it works equally well, I’m pretty certain you’ll “feel” Fenterdren; it contains 375 mg of di-caffeine malate – which is a pretty stiff dose.
2. Synephrine: Back when ephedra was first made illegal, supplement retailers were falling over themselves in an effort to find a suitable alternative. At first, synephrine looked like it might be it. However, since that time, clinical research has shown that synephrine demonstrates relatively minor weight loss effects (one study showed a 1 kg loss over 6 months!). A new weight loss panacea, it certainly is not!
3. Phenylethyamine (PEA): This is the amphetamine-related chemical commonly found in chocolate. There are some pretty ridiculous claims being made by weight loss retailers about PEA’s ability to create a “euphoric” state. This, of course, enables you lose weight easily while skipping about in a near drug-like state of bliss.
Truth is, phenylethylamine is metabolized by the enzyme monamine oxidase, and very little — if any — supplemental PEA actually reaches the brain. So this claim is a pretty fanciful stretch of the imagination, to be sure.
At the end of the day, what you’re left with is an vastly overpriced caffeine pill. Neither synephrine or PEA add much value to this formula — certainly not enough to justify the $60 cost of this product. For instance, at a credible online retailer like BodyBuilding.com, you can buy…
… for slightly less than $17. You could effectively experiment with the synephrine/caffeine combination (not that I am suggesting this combination is particularly effective) for almost a quarter of the cost of a bottle of Fenterdren.
I rest my case.