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Health Guide Review: 3,3/5

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Abidexin Review: Does it work?

Intro: What is it?

Abidexin is a weight loss pill made with clinically studied ingredients meant to decrease waist size and boost metabolism. It contains proprietary ingredients including a stimulant blend and their “Abidexin Proprietary Blend”.

Since there’s stimulants added it’s suggested to slowly introduce this supplement early on to test what kind of an effect it may have.  They do offer 2 before and after testimonials from people claiming to have lost weight in just 2 weeks. So are these results typical? What kind of an effect does Abidexin really have and is the stimulant blend safe to use? This Abidexin review answers all these questions and gives you the information you need to know.

Abidexin Ingredients

 Garcinia Cambogia 60% Hydroxycitric Acid Green Tea 50% PolyPhenol GreenSelect Phytosome Green Tea Purple Tea with GHG
Natural Caffeine Theobromine Higenamine Gelatin
Olive Oil

 Green Tea 50% PolyPhenol: Polyphenols are the antioxidants found in green tea which can include EGCG, catechin, and more.  They’re added to help provide support to the immune system, and to repair cell damage.  The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed that more information is needed to prove these claims, according to their clinical study:

studies on absorption, distribution, and metabolism…are needed”

Antioxidants in high amounts can also lead to an increase in prooxidant effects. According to Science Direct a clinical study into polyphenols showed that:

they are able to cause oxidative damage”

This can lead to DNA damage and eventually leading to cancer.  According to the research study, more studies need to be done to understand how much is considered safe to take.

GreenSelect Phytosome Green Tea: A specially formulated version of green tea that has 60% polyphenols and 40% EGCG.  Indena owns the patent on this ingredient and according to their studies, taking 150 mg twice a day can lead to 17 pound decrease in comparison to placebo, though only when women were fed a 1250 to 1350 calorie diet.

It’s unknown how much of this ingredient is inside Abidexin.

The problem with this is that taking a maximum of 1350 calories a day is incredibly difficult, especially since Web MD mentions that the average sedentary woman should get 1800 calories minimum, for men this is 2400.

Purple Tea with GHG: A form of tea made by crossbreeding strains of tea. It’s purple due to its antioxidants, which is higher than most tea varieties. GHG is an antioxidant only found in this strain of tea.

It’s been used for treating obesity but it’s not well studied enough. One clinical study showed weight loss but the effects were mainly due to the caffeine and there was a:

“CONFLICT OF INTEREST”

Since the study was funded by the company who makes this ingredient.  It was concluded that more studies needed to be performed to show whether or not it’s useful for weight loss.

Higenamine: Extract of the Nandina plant which is used as a fat burner and anti-asthmatic. Examine.com mentions there’s:

“limited evidence on these claims”

Web MD adds:

“its safety is not clear”

Possible side effects can include:

  • Heart related issues including heart attacks and irregular heartbeat.
  • Death.

Theobromine: Extract taken from cacao which is used to make chocolate.  It’s used as a diuretic, heart stimulant, and as a blood vessel widener.  Side effects can include:

  • Nausea and loss of appetite.
  • Withdrawal effects and headaches.
  • Epileptic seizures.
  • Internal bleeding.
  • Death

Natural Caffeine: For unknown reasons the company fails to add how much caffeine is included inside. It’s mixed in a proprietary blend including theobromine and higenamine.

This makes it impossible to judge how much caffeine you’re getting, which is important to reduce the risk of the following side effects: 

  • Insomnia and restlessness.
  • Rapid heart rate and anxiety.
  • Muscle twitching and jitters.
  • Mood swings, depression, and difficulty with emotions.
  • Loss of appetite.

Abidexin Quality of Ingredients

The combination of 3 stimulants is added in unknown individual quantities. Caffeine can cause side effects, Theobromine can cause toxicity, and higenamine hasn’t been studied enough to be proven effective or safe.

Both the green tea ingredients haven’t been shown to be effective for weight loss in clinical studies. The one patented version only has a biased study to prove it’s effective.

Finally there’s Purple Tea with GHG which also lacks any unbiased studies.

It’s still unknown why the company adds a 3 ingredient mixture without revealing the exact amounts. This makes it hard to judge if you’re getting a safe amount for your own needs.  This can potentially lead to withdrawal symptoms and extreme side effects.

The Price and Quality of Abidexin

The maximum daily amount is 4 capsules a day. Since one $49.95 bottle has 15 servings, this mean the daily cost is:

$49.95/15= $3.33 for one daily serving.

It’s unknown what kind of a return policy they have since they advise to contact them for any issues.

They do mention there’s a money back return, but they fail to add any insight if this is for open or unopened bottles.

Proprietary Blend of Stimulants

Nowhere on the official website is there mention of the exact amounts of each stimulant. These 3 ingredients are added into a blend and its unknown if they’re included in safe or effective amounts.

Certain people may be more sensitive to theobromine or caffeine, therefore it’s important to determine exactly how much is inside. The other ingredient higenamine hasn’t had enough studies to show whether it is safe or effective. One side effect of using this ingredient is heart damage and death.

The Human Performance Resource Center adds:

legal stimulants can be dangerous when used under certain conditions”

“adversely impacts performance and sleep rhythms”

It’s possible to experience severe cardiovascular issues and in fact customers of Abidexin have listed rapid heart rate as a concern. Some mention they had difficulty breathing and that they couldn’t take the supplement for long.

Lack of Cited Clinical Studies

Though the company does have 4 ingredients claimed to be backed by studies, none of them are cited to show the actual information.

Since two of the ingredients are patented, it was easy to find these findings. The caffeine study was hard to find since many clinical studies have been performed on caffeine.

The study on Greenselect Phytosome was done on:

“150 mg twice daily”

This means people were given 300 mg a day. The “Abidexin Proprietary Blend” has 435 mg of this and 3 other ingredients including Purple Tea with GHG. The clinical study for Purple Tea was done with a daily serving of 100 mg.  It’s unknown how much Garcinia Cambogia was used in their study.

All these amounts are much more than what’s offered in Abidexin. It’s unknown if they can replicate the same results. Still, the studies had further flaws.

Women and taking Greenselect Phytosome introduced extreme caloric deprivation:

Women: 1250 to 1350 calories a day.

Men:  1650 to 1750 calories a day.

This was done for 90 full days at between 4 meals. So accounting for all these points not only did the studies have much more than what’s offered in Abidexin, but some of the studies were done with extreme measures of calorie counting and specific circumstances.

To add even more problems, studies have shown that green tea in any amount isn’t helpful for weight loss. According to Web MD studies have been mixed with some:

studies show no effect.”

Overall, it’s still too flawed to suggest that the clinical studies provided for each ingredient actually shows a benefit to using Abidexin. More direct studies need to be performed.

Business of Abidexin

Nutripharm LLC owns this brand and they can be reached via the following:

Phone Number: (801) 319-9865

Address: 4778 North 300 West Suite 120

Provo, Utah 84604

Email: support@abidexin.com

The company currently has an F rating on the Better Business Bureau website due to several customer complaints.

One customer mentioned they tried calling the company only to be never spoken to. People will answer the phone and not say anything. Customers have also complained about being enrolled into an auto renewal program, which charges automatically each month for what was claimed to be a free item.

Customer Opinions of Abidexin

Reviews are limited to just complaints. Here’s a sample of the common reviews:

“caused by heart to palpate”

“product is ineffective”

“had shortness of breath”

“no effect”

The only reviews are from those that experienced no effects at all, or those who experienced difficult side effects. These same people also mention that they tried to call and schedule a return but that the customer service representatives aren’t helpful.

Conclusion

There are a lot of things to consider about Abidexin:

  • It contains unknown amounts of stimulants: The proprietary formula has 3 different stimulants which are added in unknown amounts. It’s impossible for one to judge for their own whether or not they’re getting these additives in safe amounts. When taking unknown amounts of caffeine it can cause serious side effects, theobromine can cause something called theobromine toxicity. Finally higenamine hasn’t been proven to be effective. Only a physician can accurately judge whether or not a stimulant formula would be safe, and it’s impossible to determine without knowing the individual amounts. The company does mention to slowly introduce this brand starting with a pill a day, but it’s still not enough to determine what might happen. 
  • Only negative reviews are available: Not one positive review is available online. All customers mention they didn’t experience any weight loss, some add dangerous side effects as problems. Those that had an ill effect reported difficulty breathing, tremors, and rapid heart rate. According to all these people it’s impossible to get a return of money. 
  • The company has been called out for their business practices: Their F rating on the Better Business Bureau website is due to the unsolved issues. Many have reported trying to call the company and send emails only to be avoided. Those that could reach a customer service representative mention that the people waited until they hung up or they would claim to be able to help only to not solve the issue. Many mention they were given what was a free item and that it quickly turned into an auto renewal plan. This is done to charge customers automatically each month. None of the customers were ever called back and it’s unknown if they continue to be charged.
  • The ingredients haven’t been proven in unbiased studies: The company mentions clinical studies have shown these ingredients are useful. However, after researching the information, these studies were either biased, or more up to date information shows it to be ineffective. Trusted sources mention that the weight loss seen in green tea is likely due to the caffeine, and caffeine hasn’t shown to be effective in the long term. The last study provided on Purple Tea was performed by the company who makes it, so it’s unknown if these claims are true. Also, the company never provides the links to the clinical studies. They just provide claims and add a graph. When researching where they sourced their data it became clear there were many biases.
  • It’s incredibly pricy: One 15 day bottle at the full dosage strength costs $49.95, therefore a month’s supply is $99.99 for what is mainly a mixture of green tea, caffeine, other stimulants, inactive ingredients, and unproven additives. The main parts of this supplement can be gained by simply drinking green tea. Also, the added higenamine is not proven to be safe or effective, while the theobromine can be found in chocolate. The other ingredients include the unproven through unbiased studies Purple Tea and Garcinia Cambogia which is only active in certain amounts.

All customer reviews of this brand are extremely negative, and they claim the company does not offer a money back guarantee, even though the company claims to have a return policy.

There’s also a large mixture of either potentially harmful or unproven ingredients. Not enough proof is added to prove this brand is either safe or effective.

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