Proline is a non-essential amino acid that aids the body in metabolizing proteins and plays a critical role in the development of connective tissue like collagen and cartilage. Aneurin DBE™ (Thiamine Disulfide Butyrate Ester): A form of vitamin B1 touted for its ability to improve brain function, cognition, etc. A worthwhile ingredient, even if it won’t improve your mood, suppress your appetite, or help you lose weight. Cha’de Bugre Extract: Commonly included in fat burners as an appetite suppressant.
Even when you assess each ingredient individually, you’ll find that any effect is obtained at a dosage many, many times what is present in this formula.
Tyrosine, for example, is a contributor to mood and can help with cognitive performance—in a multi-gram dosage.
Carnitine has been used in fat burners for ages for its “supposed” fat burning powers.
Problem is, clinical studies are inconclusive, contradictory, and performed with many, many times the dosage included in this formula.
Tryptophan is a essential amino acid that can act as a precursor to serotonin, an important “mood” neurotransmitter, and is often used as a natural sleep aid.
Most positive studies have been performed on the tryptophan metabolite, 5-HTP. However, even 5-HTP needs to be consumed in significant amounts to be helpful.
There are studies that validate 5-HTP’s effect on weight loss (see Am J Clin Nutr. One study used 900 mg per day, and the other, 8 mg/kg/day (a 150-person weighs about 68 kg.
To be compliant with the dosage of the second study, this person would require 544 mg of 5-HTP per day). And, at the time of this writing, it’s pretty trendy to put acai in just about everything.
SPECIAL NOTE: This review is for the Slim Xtreme product marketed by Athletic Xtreme, which is now discontinued.
It is not the same formula as the Slim Xtreme sold by Global All Wellness, LLC. market in 2010 due to concerns about unacceptable heart attack and stroke risks.
UPDATE: The Global Wellness products – both the Platinum Fat Loss Accelerator and the Diamond Fat Metaboliser Slim Xtreme products – are contaminated with the controlled substance sibutramine. The FDA is advising that you do not purchase these products, and if you have, that you do not use them. Advertised as the “ultimate fat loss and appetite eliminator”, the Slim Xtreme fat burner cultivates a “hardcore” image.