Alright, let’s step away from the cool sounding name for a moment and have a look “under the hood” of the Venom Hyperdrive formula.
What’s in it?
1. Cocoamine™: According to the advertising material I read, Cocoamine™ is a proprietary “unique cocoa extract that provides the health benefits of chocolate without any of the unhealthy ingredients.”
Despite the hype, cocoa-based extracts have been common in fat burners for years (Xenadrine EFX for example, contained a cocoa-based extract called Seropro™). And while cocoa contains a whole slew of “xanthines” (caffeine and caffeine related compounds) and biogenic-amines (like phenylethylamine and tyramine) some of which may have a positive effect on both mood and metabolism, there is as of yet, no credible scientific evidence demonstrating its effectiveness for weight loss.
From the feedback I’ve gathered from site visitors, I’d say the biggest benefit offered by cocoa extract is not its fat burning ability, but its mood-elevating characteristics. Of course, one can’t overstate the importance of this, especially during periods of extreme dieting.
2. Hoodia gordonii: Probably the most hyped fat burning “appetite suppressant” for sale anywhere right now. That’s despite the fact that there is no evidence Hoodia is good for anything.
Additionally, Hoodia is an endangered species and very difficult to obtain. According to ConsumerLab.com (an online company that tests product label claims)…
“It has been speculated that there is more Hoodia being sold today than could possibly be made from all the Hoodia gordonii plants in existence.”
3. R-ALA: A natural, more potent form of alpha lipoic acid (ALA), this ingredient is both a powerful antioxidant and insulin moderator. It’s great for stabilizing the blood sugar levels that can lead to carbohydrate cravings.
4. 5-HTP: Often used to treat mild depression on the premise that as a precursor to serotonin (a chemical neurotransmitter found in the brain), 5-HTP can increase serotonin levels and influence mood. There is some evidence 5-HTP may indeed have an effect on appetite, and possibly even mood, but these positive results were with a significantly high dose. It’s unlikely such a dosage is present in Hyperdrive.
5. Guggul Extract: several studies validate this ingredient’s thyroid-stimulating activity (Planta Med 1988;54:271-7, Curr Ther Res 1999; 60:220-7). It is thought guggulsterones increase the synthesis of T3, by the conversion of T4 to T3.
Other ingredients also present in Venom Hyperdrive?
Rhodiola rosea root, plus easily-assimilated forms of tyrosine and carnitine, vitaberine and red pepper extract (capsiate). Several of these ingredients do offer some benefits to the Venom Hyperdrive formula (for instance, see J Appl Physiol 95: 2408-2415, 2003).
However, I’m not convinced there can be enough of any of these ingredients present in the formula to elicit much of a response. After all, the “Unique Proprietary Matrix” contains a mere 400 mg of ingredients (proprietary blends are always a pain, since they make it difficult to truly assess the true potency of the formula).
In a nutshell, this is neither a particularly revolutionary or a particularly potent formulation. There’s very little scientific evidence validating the fat burning abilities of many of these ingredients, and its hard to determine whether they are even present in significant enough amounts to elicit a response.
That said, I must say I have read some positive feedback on Venom Hyperdrive elsewhere on the net. And here’s what one visitor sent me recently…
I can tell you that all the “Hype” in Venom Hyperdrive is 100 percent TRUE! This fatburner destroys anything else on the market even your beloved Isatori fat burner.
Some people have used this and say it hits them hard and keeps them wired all day long, I didn’t notice the wired feeling. I noticed my body fat dropping, and my six pack developing.
I’ve used other fat burners but this one is amazing. I took the maximum 2 capsules a day along with green tea extract and was very pleased. The only side effect was that you come down hard off of this. I felt very groggy each morning. Once I took another dose, I felt better.
Donny (donnyjd2002 AT aol.com)
Nonetheless, I remain skeptical.
I’d love to hear from more Venom Hyperdrive users — what have you experienced with this product? Use the link directly below to let me know!
SPECIAL NOTE: Venom Hyperdrive is one of the products listed in a recent FDA warning of “adulterated products”, or products containing active, undeclared pharmaceutical agents. Check this blog post for more information.
Accordingly, we do not recommend experimenting with this product.