Trimspa X32 is NutriAmerica’s ephedra free fat burner. I figured that since I was pretty impressed with NutriAmerica’s ephedra-based version of Trimspa, it was time to look at the newest iteration.
So what’s in Trimspa X32? Good question…
i. Chromium and Vanadium: both valuable nutrients for balancing blood sugar levels and regulating insulin response. As such, they are useful for the control of cravings for sugary sweets and other such carbohydrates. Vanadium may also positively effect thyroid hormone metabolism.
ii. Glucomannan: a soluble fiber with the ability to absorb up to 200 times its own weight in water. As such, it definitely will help with “feelings of fullness”. Several clinical studies validate glucomannan’s ability to lower LDL cholesterol and blood lipid levels — as well as blood sugar levels. There also appears to be some evidence that 1 gram of glucomannan, taken with 8 oz. of water one hour prior to meals, has a significant influence on weight loss (one study showed almost 6 pounds of fat lost in two months — with no changes in eating habits).
I’ve received some interesting feedback regarding Trimspa side effects. These tend to involve the fact that these pills can occasionally get stuck in the esophagus and cause a blockage. Although this seems a bit far-fetched, a clinical study (Clin Toxicol (Phila). 2007;45(1):80-2) indicated glucomannan-based supplements can pose a hazard for individuals with upper gastrointestinal pathology. So you may need to careful using this product.
iii. Glucosamine: yup, the same stuff popular with arthritis suffers, glucosamine delays the effect of insulin on the formation of fatty acids, and may therefore indirectly be responsible for weight loss.
iv. Citrus narginin: a citrus extract that serves as a source of fiber, antioxidant, and supposedly inhibits the actions of the enzyme cytochrome P450, which may be associated with obesity.
v. Cocoa Extract: standardized for three endogenous neuroamines — Phenylethylamine, Tyramine, and Theobromine.
These three chemical compounds are particularly interesting as they are but a few of the extremely active (and interesting) compounds found in chocolate.
You may know, for instance, someone who gets a real “boost” from eating chocolate. Check this out…
“Phenylethylamine (PEA), an endogenous neuroamine, increases attention and activity in animals and has been shown to relieve depression in 60% of depressed patients. It has been proposed that PEA deficit may be the cause of a common form of depressive illness.” (Source:J Neursopsychiatry Clin Neurosci, 1996 Spr, 8:2, 168-71)
vi. Green Tea Extract (reviewed in full here!): a powerful antioxidant, glucose moderator, and source of caffeine (a mild thermogenic). Green tea has been shown to increase metabolic rate — by about 4% in one study (that’s less than a hundred calories per day for an average individual). A quality ingredient to be sure, and standard fare in most ephedra free fat burner compilations these days, but don’t expect miracles from it.
vii. Hoodia Gordonii: is a succulent (a cactus of the aloe family) found in the Kalahari desert of South Africa. Although you may currently read elsewhere on the Net about Hoodia’s amazing appetite suppressing effect, there is no clinical evidence to indicate Hoodia is good for anything at this time. If you’re interested in learning more about Hoodia, a full review is posted here, and visitor comments on Hoodia here!
As with the ephedra-based version of Trimspa, there is definitely some thought put into this formulation. There are a couple of wild-card ingredients here though — the effects of hoodia and Citrus narginin, although promising, are largely unproved at this time.
As far as feedback from users go, it’s about 50-50. 50% of users have been very happy with the product, while 50% felt it did nothing it all. Of course, no fat burner will do much for you unless you make the appropriate changes to your diet and lifestyle.