“Couldn’t find any real Synedrex review…”
… said Lisa Newman in her mail to me.
My name is Betty Wright, I am a 39 year old mother of 2 kids living in sunny Phoenix, Arizona.
My tryst with Synedrex pills began back in 2012.
I had horrible side effects using Synedrex pills, (and apparently many others have too as you will soon see in their reviews below).
The ONLY GOOD THING that happened due to these pills is I realized the futility and stupidity of such solutions that claim to work in isolation .
Meaning, here’s an example of isolation…
“Take 1 Synedrex pill daily and do anything you want, you will lose weight automatically!”
- How can that work!?
- What if the person eats 5 big Mac’s every day?
- Will he/she still lose his flab?
We don’t need an answer to that!
So anyway, let’s slice and dice the Synedrex capsules in this review.
What is Synedrex? Who manufactures it?
The pills are manufactured by a US based company called Metabolic Nutrition®. The company claims to be around for more than 2 decades, and based on what I hear in popular forums, it’s surely not a scam company like many of those MLM pyramid schemes. (Hint: Plexus slim!)
In fact, the company does offer a 30 days money back guarantee … here’s straight from the sources:
If you are unhappy for any reason, we will gladly take back any item and refund you the product purchase price including sales tax. Simply return the item within 30 days. Multiple same item refunds will be awarded toward all units returned in original condition (seal intact) and a single sampled unit with broken seal
So with all due respect, apart from the honest outlook and guarantee, the same cannot be said about the main product in question.
These pills are a blend of stuff that are *supposed* to help you lose weight while feeling energetic and bubbly at the same time.
Synedrex, the capsule blend, hasn’t been tested independently.
It’s only because the ingredients have been SEPARATELY tested and mildly proven to give some benefits in SPECIFIC cases… pills such as these are born by dumping all such ingredients together!
It’s like installing 100’s of “speed up your PC” software on your computer in the hope that it will ‘speed up’ your computer! All the while ignoring the root causes of the problem…
Overall, the product definitely sounds great on paper, but then it starts to fall apart.
What are the Ingredients in Synedrex?
Synedrex is a proprietary blend of a wide variety of ingredients.
Many of these ingredients have been under FDA scanners recently, some are outright banned, some undergoing tests as I write this…
But most, if not all, have NOT BEEN PROVEN to help with weight loss, not independently and not together.
To give you a peak at the label, here’s a list of ingredients as shown on their official website:
Here’s how each individual ingredient is supposed to help you lose fat…
Chromium: is a trace mineral that mildly enhances your body’s insulin control. The rage began back in the 50’s when it was also dubbed as “the glucose tolerance factor” (could make a great supplement slogan, nah?).
But the facts remain otherwise.
Chromium only slightly helps if you are already lacking in it. But if you eat your veggies or take a multivitamin/mineral supplement, you are already benefiting as much as you can.
More Chromium does not equal more benefit.
So stuffing this in the Synedrex pills doesn’t do much, other than help make a claim.
Caffeine anhydrous: is nothing but what’s found in good ol’ coffee. Caffeine stimulates your nervous system, giving you the ‘kick’ we all know.
But the dangerous thing about the caffeine in Synedrex is you are stuffing over 350 milligrams in one pill!
That’s downright dangerous.
I have browsed a lot of health forums and I could see almost 8 out of 10 people have reported symptoms such as palpitations, being jittery, dryness in the throat due to the overload of caffeine.
The reason they have added this to the capsule is to “keep you energized all day” without eating much!
Like I say, sounds great if you’re a robot who needs “X” amount of oil to work at “Y” capacity! But we ain’t!
Green tea extract: This was all the rage (still is I think) back in 2011-2012 when you were hit by at least 10 infomercials selling green tea extract.
Yes, the long term benefits of drinking it daily are amazing. Green tea is loaded with the antioxidant catechins .
But when it comes down to losing fat, you could benefit more if you simply control your food habits, and or workout on a regular basis.
Bottomline: Green tea is not magic. It’s just a supplement. A very good one if you can substitute it for that daily morning coffee of yours. But, no need to buy it so expensive in pill form. Get it cheap locally.
Garcinia Cambogia: Once Doctor Oz says it’s good, America goes crazy over it!
Garcinia has been used in foods for centuries, long before the west found out about it.
And once the supplement industry found out that it *might* help inhibit a fat producing enzyme called Citrate Lyase, (which makes producing fat out of carbohydrates difficult [ 4 ]), it was all over for the East!
People went crazy over it, companies made millions, trillions (and still are) as a result of that one Doctor Oz video!
But just like green tea, here’s the bottom-line when it comes to Garcinia:
The researchers, in their own words:
…Garcinia can cause short-term weight loss. The magnitude of the effects is very small, and their clinical relevance is uncertain.”
My review – the whole Garcinia shebang is a hype, that’s all.
What’s it doing in Synedrex? What do you think?
It’s riding the wave!
Yohimbine: Has been marketed for a long time as a muscle building supplements and it was believed to play a role in fat reduction. However, clinical trials point to no evidence of it working and in fact, point out that it can be actually dangerous.
Yohimbine is known to cause severe side effects such as palpitation, drastic increase in blood pressure. Source .
Other ingredients in Synedrex pills are L-tyrosine, L-carnitine, HPMC, cocoa extract, 5-HTP, and jojoba bean.
Of these, did you know the human body has been *making* these essential amino acids on its own for the last.. umm… thousands of years!
Yes, you do not need to “eat” these! It’s nothing but the supplement industry’s lure. Your body is more than capable of creating these amino acids from simple foods such as dairy, eggs, meats, nuts, etc. [ 7 ].
Whereas about the cocoa extraxt and jojoba beans, it’s simply not proven nor discarded by the scientific community yet.
But as the supplement industry thinks, “If it (insert any fancy extract) sounds great, and there’s been at least 0.1% better results, just dump them in the pills and call it ‘the next great thing’!”
Conclusion of Synedrex ingredients:
It’s a big hodgepodge of ingredients, of which, only green tea has been proven to be beneficial in the long term.
But you do not need to buy it at $50/bottle! Nor do you need the other stuff, 3/4th of which your body itself produces!
How (IF) does Synedrex work?
The company asks you to take “one capsule daily” when you wake up.
Now that we’ve seen the ingredients, the way the pills are *supposed* to work is by:
- Reducing your appetite due to the L-Tyrosine and other gunk.
- Keeping you energized by the crazy caffeine levels.
- Helping your body “burn fat” with the help of the green tea extract and the garcinia.
But guess what, your body isn’t a machine like I said earlier.
Things don’t happen chronologically.
Artificially suppress appetite…
stimulate the nervous system frantically…
and voila, you just lost weight!
Are you realizing the craziness in all this?
Your body is one the most fantastic and complex machine in the world! There are chemical reactions going on right now, of which we don’t even know 1% of!
You really think stuffing down a soup of extracts and amino acids is going to “re-program” it the way YOU want!?
Get real folks.
Understand HOW the body works, and then ADAPT slowly. That’s the only golden way to lose weight and get back in awesome shape!
A great start would be to read my own case study – how I succeeded in my battle against obesity… naturally and without dangerous pills.
In short, Synedrex has taken the kindergarten ABC route of explaining how it works.
On paper, and maybe in a machine world, it might work great, but it DOES NOT and cannot work in the human world.
What are the side effects of Synedrex?
Here comes the interesting part!
I suffered a lot while using these pills, and the worst part was that the side effects didn’t leave me for days!
It’s very odd because Caffeine overdose usually wears off in 2-3 days at most, maybe my body experienced an extreme reaction to the whole blend.
And the side effects were bad. I don’t usually complain (I have two kids!), but you can trust me on that.
Apart from generic side effects, here are the terrible ones I encountered:
Elevated heart rate, palpitation and high blood pressure:
It’s so damning uneasy when it happens all day and through the night! Most probably, this was caused due to the crazy caffeine volume.
Jitteriness and anxiety:
This was so frustrating, it lasted for days after I stopped Synedrex. Again, both these side effects are caused by the insane amount of caffeine.[ 8 ]
Constant dull headache:
Like the palpitation, this was not a sharp pain, but the constant headache made me a lot more irritable than I usually am…
Nausea: Reported by some users, fortunately I was spared!
Gastrointestinal problems: Again, reported by many users, but maybe I just have a strong digestive system.
Insomnia: Yep, caffeine is the culprit here too…
Vomiting: Fortunately, I didn’t, but MANY users have reported this.
If these effects weren’t enough, Synedrex may also cause havoc with your menstrual cycle due to the amount of caffeine.
Do I Recommend it? Are there any Alternatives to Synedrex?
I think if you are reading this Synedrex review so far, you already know what I am going to say. 🙂
No, I absolutely do not recommend Synedrex capsules.
They can cause far more damage to your body than the so called benefits.
Ingredients such as Sibutramine have already been proven and banned in many countries due to its extreme and potentially lethal side effects.
Plus, the human body does not work in chronological and isolated fashion. In this case, the whole IS NOT BIGGER than the sum of its parts.
What about alternatives?
Surely there must be something that works?
I usually do not recommend isolated solutions such as diet pills, not that I am against using them, they do have their place.
Diet pills are only to be used:
- Temporarily (Best in the initial stages)
- Only to help suppress your appetite (till you get used to new food habits).
- Stopped as soon as your body adapts to a new eating regime.
Other than that, they don’t offer any other benefit. The “thermic benefit” (increase in metabolism by increasing body heat) offered by Synedrex has simply not been proven to work directly to aid in weight loss.
But like I said, when used cleverly, it does help a lot.
User Reviews and Revelations
Surprisingly, I could not find many honest reviews out there!
I mean most were so wildly positive that it actually made me laugh. Now I am not accusing the company’s hand in of this doing, but who knows!
All I have as proof is emails of people that have mailed me with their responses to this Synedrex review of mine.
Here are some of the recent ones… Nicky from Carlsbad said…
I completely agree with u, diet pills are not bad by themselves ( oh but this one is worse!! ) but they have their place and not many people understand it. Thanks again.
That was Ginny from New York.
When I stopped taking Synedrex, magic. My periods went back to normal in the next 2 months!! I don’t know if that’s a common side effect, didn’t find anyone write about the MC problems anywhere except in your review, but I agree that Synedrex can only mean trouble.
Please send me your case study I couldn’t sign up on your site.
That was the only person with the menstrual cycle side effect, and for her privacy I won’t name her.
Here’s an actual screenshot…
Don’t know the name of the above guy, but it was posted by him a on a very popular forum. The forum thread was later removed… wonder why!?
Apart from the above longish Synedrex reviews, I get at least 2-3 emails every day of people agreeing with me, who have had some effects and many who ask me what I do or did with my obesity problem.
Which brings us to the final part of this Synedrex review…
How Synedrex Helped Me Indrectly!
After my horrible experience with Synedrex, I built up this animosity against all diet pill, shake companies out there! Who wouldn’t!
In a way it helped because I started doing what I had stopped after my pregnancies… reading!
I started following on Twitter and started reading books by experts such as Joy Bauer, Michael Pollan, Lori Shemek and others.
Since you are, without doubt, looking for something that will FINALLY “work” for you… here’s what DID work for me…
3 Revelations that will change your life if you ‘get’ them:
Only a holistic approach will help you lose fat
. Isolated solutions will NEVER work.
Meaning, doing just one ‘good’ thing (e.g. take a pill/shake, or go on a diet) and then ignoring everything else by saying “I AM doing that good thing, right?” doesn’t cut it…
You need a holistic plan, a way of life if you will…
- Going on a diet does not and will almost never work. You already know that. But it does not work not because “you tried and it didn’t work out”, but because of an inherent problem. Read my case study for details.
- There is only ONE single way to lose weight for the long term – correcting what you eat. Period.
It’s the *HOW* part that I can help you with. Oh I have had my share of problems eating, working out, and keeping with it. Do go through my own case study for more details.
UPDATE: November 28, 2016
I took a survey of over 12500 Synedrex buyers to see how they reacted to it and what were their results.
The results were staggering!
You can also see how I lost over 60 pounds WITHOUT the use of any pill on the survey page…
With that dear reader, we part ways. I hope all the above Synedrex reviews did help you make a good decision.
If you have more questions about Synedrex or anything else, you can mail me (contact page) or add a comment below.
I make it a point to answer all comments. 🙂