Lipo-6 Hers Review: Nutrex’s Fat Burner For Women
“Strictly for women” fat burners are “all the rage” these days. It’s really not surprising then, to see Nutrex launch its own product just for the ladies. Lipo-6 Hers is advertised as a “Fast Acting All Day Fat Burner Designed For Women.”
So how does the newly launched Lipo-6 Hers stack up against the original? Is it really engineered for a woman? Does it contain unique ingredients specifically included for their effect in a woman’s body?
Intrepid staff reviewer Elissa summed up women’s fat burners best when she said…
“… designed for women usually means watered down and just as expensive.”
Let’s see whether this is true for Lipo-6 Hers. What’s in it?…
1. B-Phenylethylamine HCL: Phenethylamine is the “feel good” chemical commonly found in chocolate and is closely related to amphetamine in structure. Does this mean that using Lipo-6 Hers will make you feel great — a clean, legal, near-amphetamine high if you like?
That’s because the majority of phenylethylamine gets metabolized by an enzyme known as “monamine oxidase (MAO).” This prevents all but the slightest amounts of phenylethylamine from reaching the bloodstream.
Most credible phenethylamine-based fat burners contain natural monamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) to prevent this (see the reviews of Gaspari’s Cytolean and Lipo-6X for details). There are no MAOIs in Lipo-6 Hers.
2. Methyl-Synephrine HCL and Synephrine HCL: Once thought to hold the most promise as a credible alternative to ephedra, synephrine has been proven to be rather ineffective for weight loss, with the most promising studies showing only subtle effects at best.
This formula contains 130 mg per serving—70 mg less than what you’ll find in either of the other two versions of Lipo-6.
4. Hoodia: One of the most controversial appetite suppressants on the market and, despite the hype, there is very little real evidence it’s good for anything (you can read the full review of hoodia here!).
Additionally, the better hoodia products contain between 400-750mg of active ingredient per serving. The 20 mg in Lipo-6 Hers is here as “label dressing” only… there’s not enough to elicit any “appetite suppressing” response.
5. Yohimbine HCL: The standardized extract of the bark of the African Yohimbe tree, this compound is often used as a natural aphrodisiac.
It is also sold as a drug (in the U.S., a popular brand is Yohimex containing 5.4 milligram of yohimbine hydrochloride per tablet) and is used to treat impotency, dilate the pupil of the eye, and stimulate fat loss. Because it can cause unpredictable effects on blood pressure, Yohimbe should be approached with caution.
A few studies bear out Yohimbe’s positive effect on weight loss (Isr J Med Sci. 1991 Oct;27(10):550-6) but its effects are hardly earth-shattering. If you review the study, you’ll also see individuals were receiving 20 mg of yohimbine per day — which is over 3 times the amount found in a daily, 4-capsule dosage of Lipo-6 Hers.
6. Folic Acid: Ah, finally. An ingredient specifically included for women. It’s a crucial vitamin too, for any woman who is planning to become pregnant, as an adequate amount protects against a variety of birth defects. That’s not why it’s included in this formula, however… according to Nutrex Research, it’s to “…maintain healthy hair, skin and nails.”
(Elissa adds: “…’cause we all know how important hair nutrients are to fat loss!“)
7. Biotin: Another water soluble B vitamin, it plays a role in the metabolism of fatty acids. Nutrex, however, has thoughtfully added it as another hair/nail strengthener.
Ok, now that we know what’s in it, what’s the verdict?
Well, as usual, it appears that Elissa has “nailed it.” Lipo-6 Hers appears to be a watered down cross between the original Lipo-6 and the updated Lipo 6x. It contains only a single “female-specific” ingredient, and misses out on the 20 mg of EZ gugglulsterones found in both other versions of Lipo-6.
It’s expensive too: Nutrex is currently selling it for $54.95 – $10.00 more than the regular Lipo-6!
For the same price, you’d be far better off to experiment with Nutrex’s Lipo-6X, which is really a much better product. And if you find Lipo-6X to be a bit too strong, you can always reduce the dosage somewhat. As far as obtaining the best bang for the buck goes, that’s a much better strategy.
Or alternatively, check out the list of other popular women’s fat burners we’ve reviewed!