Herbal Phentermine Fat Burner Review & Information
Reviewing fat burners like herbal phentermine can actually be a fairly entertaining experience. It’s not uncommon for me to break out into laughter as I read the “sales pitch” of one weight loss supplement retailer or another. For example, here’s a “gut buster” from the herbal phentermine web site…
“One difference between Herbal Phentermine and Phentermine is that with herbal phentermine there is no prescription needed!”
Uh, yeah. That’s one difference. And although I’m no advocate of prescription diet pills, there are a couple of more critical differences. The main one is that as a prescription diet drug, phentermine has been approved for use by the FDA. This means that the makers of phentermine have had to demonstrate both their product’s efficacy and safety.
On the other hand, no such approval process is necessary for nonprescription products like herbal phentermine. Most of the time, retailers can (and do) say whatever they like about their products… without having a shred of evidence validating any of their claims. Sure, the Federal Trade Commission does act against companies making unsubstantiated claims, but let’s face it… they’re under staffed, and dealing with zillions of complaints about zillions of products. So many retailers simply slip under the radar.
So it should come as no surprise to you that although herbal phentermine is marketed as a powerful natural alternative to prescription phentermine, there is no clinical evidence of any sort validating this claim.
That said, there are a couple of useful ingredients in this product. They are green tea, alpha lipoic acid (ALA), and R-alpha lipoic acid.
There is some data that green tea (reviewed here) is indeed a helpful ingredient for weight loss.
ALA is a powerful antioxidant with blood sugar moderating properties that I personally really like (I’ve reviewed it in full here!).
And what about R-alpha lipoic acid?
Studies performed on rodents indicate that R-alpha-lipoic-acid does indeed increase the metabolic rate, but there’s no human studies validating this yet. Additionally, herbal phentermine only contains 2 mg of R-ALA per serving… not enough to do anything but provide “label” dressing.
And what about the L-Carnitine present in this compilation? (Actually, it is the main ingredient). Much has been made about carnitine’s ability to enhance the cell’s ability to burn fatty acids in the mitochondria, and therefore, encourage weight loss. However, studies on l-carnitine have been largely unequivocal. Moreover, they were performed with significantly larger doses – between 2-6 grams. Herbal phentermine contains only 500 mg of l-carnitine per serving… not nearly enough to have any effect.
Bottom line on herbal phentermine?
Green tea and ALA are useful ingredients. But you’d be better off buying ALA on its own and drinking green tea, or buying green tea capsules and ALA together. It’s WAY cheaper.
Remember though, even if you do go this route, don’t expect miracles. While helpful, neither ingredient is a “magic bullet”, and you won’t see much in the way of results without the appropriate changes to your diet and lifestyle.