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Health Guide Review: 3,1/5

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FireStorm Review: Does it work?

Intro: What is it?

FireStorm is a weight loss pill claiming to offer potent amounts of stimulants for fat loss. The brand adds that the benefits of using this include increased energy, metabolism, and endurance.

It’s claimed to be the “1# Proven Rapid Weight Loss Formula!” They mention that with exercise this brand will produce a sudden rush of energy, and that results are possible within an hour. There’s also the claim that this brand will help one reduce appetite. So is there any benefit at all to FireStorm? What can you expect from it? This full review has all the key details needed to figure out the truth.

FireStorm Ingredients

Ephedra Extract 25 mg Caffeine Anhydrous 255 mg Hoodia Extract 40 mg Methyl Synephrine 25 mg
5-hydroxytryptophan 25 mg Phenethylamine HCL 25 mg Yohimbine HCL 4 mg White Willow Bark 75 mg
Green Tea 95% Polyphenols, 40% EGCG 15 mg Guarana Standardized for 22% Caffeine 75 mg Theobromine 99% 10 mg Cayenne 40,000 Heat Units 25 mg

 Some of the additives are questionable:

Ephedra Extract: Taken from the Ephedra plant without 5 key alkaloids. Regular Ephedra’s banned by the FDA due to concerns of side effects including organ damage and cardiovascular damage.  I couldn’t find any clinical studies online which mention whether or not this additive is safe or effective. It’s considered a weaker form of Ephedra, but it’s unknown what kind of an impact it may have.

Caffeine Anhydrous: Dehydrated caffeine added to some supplements since it provides a stimulant effect; raising energy and increasing metabolism. Use of this ingredient can lead to a tolerance that diminishes its effects. Possible side effects may include:Headaches

  • Headaches
  • Nausea and difficulty eating.
  • Rapid heart rate and feelings of anxiety.
  • Irritability with mood swings.
  • Difficulty concentrating.

Hoodia Extract: A shrub that is claimed to reduce appetite by working deep in the brain. Due to the active ingredient P57 not being able to actually work itself into the bran, clinical studies have shown no appetite suppression. It’s also considered a mild toxin, and isn’t recommended for use since its negatives are common.

Methyl Synephrine: An ephedrine like ingredient that raises blood pressure.  Not enough clinical studies are available to suggest whether or not it’s safe and effective. It’s a special form of Synephrine, which is a stimulant known to potentially cause rapid heart rate and feelings of anxiety.

Yohimbine HCL: A fat burner which is known to cause anxiety and negative reactions when mixed with many other ingredients. It’s notorious for often being added in amounts not mentioned on ingredient labels. This can cause a huge dose, or a potential underwhelming amount depending on the manufacturer.

Phenethylamine: An influencer of the hormones dopamine and serotonin. It’s known to be useful when found in the brain, but when supplemented Examine.com mentions it:

“rapidly broken down into inactive compounds”

When influencing brain hormones, it’s possible to have too much which may cause mood swings and other symptoms.

Guarana: A seed which is known to have more caffeine than regular coffee beans.  According to Examine.com:

Guarana is not a fat burning compound”

There’s also not enough studies performed on the other compounds found in Guarana. It’s unknown if the only effect it provides is through its high amounts of caffeine.  Often Guarana is added to a supplement but it’s rare for it to contribute enough caffeine for an effect.

White Willow Bark: Bark extracted from a willow tree which is used similar to aspirin.  It may cause side effects including:

  • Digestive issues and upset stomach.
  • Rashes and itching.
  • Other allergic reactions, especially in those sensitive to aspirin.

It also has only been tested for short periods no longer than 12 weeks, so there are unknown potential long term effects.

5-hydroxytryptophan: It’s activate before serotonin is released in the brain. It’s usually given in exact dosages since too much can cause unwanted side effects. Only someone knowledgeable about dosing is advised to supplement with this product. Possible side effects may include:

  • Mood swings and difficulty controlling emotions.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Insomnia and difficulty sleeping.
  • Withdrawal headaches.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Restlessness and insomnia.
  • Anxiety and feelings of paranoia.

This ingredient is often provided in safe amounts when taken via chocolate. It’s unknown what kind of an effect it may have when added to a supplement containing other stimulants.

FireStorm Quality of Ingredients

All the ingredients except one are either potentially full of several serious side effects, or they’ve yet to be proven to work.

The owners of FireStorm also have failed to provide any proof that this product is safe or effective.

Many of these ingredients are potentially harsh stimulants, therefore this product is not guaranteed for long term weight loss. This is because ingredients like caffeine only have weight loss effects for a short period. Still, it’s known to cause unwanted side effects when taken for long periods.

The Price and Quality of FireStorm

There are 3rd party sellers who sell this product, but the company fails to provide any website or information about their own brand.

It’s advised to take 2 capsules a day long before bedtime in order to prevent insomnia. You also have to drink 4 -1o ounce glasses of water. The brand sells for $39.95 for 100 servings.

This means the daily price is:

$39.95/50= 0.79 cents per a day’s full serving.

Though this seems inexpensive, this is likely due to the fact that the company no longer markets or sells this brand. 3RD party retailers instead sell what might be potentially old or expired batches of FireStorm. No guarantee is offered to suggest this product is either safe or effective. Any sales from the 3 websites are final.

Limitations of Use

The back of each bottle has a warning that certain people shouldn’t use this brand.

They advise for the following people to avoid this brand:

  • Anyone with a history of heart, thyroid, or blood disorders.
  • Those struggling with constipation, psychiatric conditions or depression.
  • If you experience any symptoms you should discontinue use.

It’s mentioned that improper use of this brand can result in danger to a person’s health. Anyone can be sensitive to stimulants and it’s unknown what kind of an effect all these additives may have when mixed together.

High Amounts of Caffeine

One pill provides 255 mg of caffeine, and it’s advised to get 2 pills a day.

This means you’ll get 510 milligrams which is incredibly high.

The Mayo Clinic suggests getting a maximum of 400 mg a day. An additional 110 mg are offered by FireStorm.

This can lead to serious side effects including:

  • Increased feelings of panic and anxiety.
  • Increased heart rate and uncomfortable chest pains.
  • Muscle twitching and tremors.
  • Restlessness and insomnia coupled with difficulty sleeping.

Caffeine is also known to limit its positive effects after long term use. The only known benefit of taking caffeine is its anti-sleep benefit, which may be harmful to those who require more sleep.

Business of FireStorm

The owners are the GE Pharma LLC.  It’s unknown if the company is still in existence, the only available company information is a Facebook page that hasn’t been updated since 2013. They do list a website but this website leads to a dead link. Their contact information is available:

Address: 55 Middletown Ave Second Floor

North Haven, Connecticut 06473

They have had issues with the FDA:

  • They’ve been cited for numerous violations of the GMP, or good manufacturing processes. Their bottles failed to cite the origin and name of the company, strength amounts, and much more. They also failed to provide any quality control standards, and they admitted they weren’t sure what safety protocols are needed.

Since the company has pulled their website and only 3rd party manufactures sell it, there’s no money or safety guarantee. Any issues have to be taken up with the sites that sell it.  The 3 websites which list FireStorm offer no guarantee, and they are known for selling old or stimulant heavy brands.

Customer Opinions of FireStorm

There aren’t any opinions about this brand available online. All that was available was one single review.

There was mention that this brand is a standard thermogenic.

Without having more comprehensive opinions available it’s unknown what kind of effect this ingredient may have.

Also, it appears that the manufactures no longer sell this brand. This may mean that any batches of this ingredient are dated and potentially harmful.

Conclusion

Many interesting things came up while researching FireStorm:

  • It’s heavy on the amount of stimulants it uses: This brand is made up of 7 different stimulants and only one of them is not known to potentially cause side effects. The others can produce unwanted symptoms such as rapid heart rate, anxiety, nausea, digestive issues, and mood swings. They’re also not explained in detail as to what kind of an effect they may have when mixed together. There’s 510 milligrams of caffeine alone which is higher than the tolerable limit which is 400 mg. When mixing this high amount of caffeine with other ingredients it may greatly increase the risk for side effects. Stimulants are also not a long term fix for weight loss. Once the body adjusts you end up losing many of the positive benefits.
  • The company no longer sells and markets this brand: The company has not been active since 2013. Their official website is down and it’s unknown if they actually still produce FireStorm. Without these key pieces of information there’s’ no way to verify you’ll be getting a safe or effective brand. It could be that the 3rd party sellers are selling this ingredient without any sort of guarantee for quality. It’s especially important to determine how this brand is made, since the company violated many key FDA regulations.
  • The FDA has cited the company for serious violations: When inspecting the facility where FireStorm is made, the company cited the group with multiple violations. They failed to provide adequate information about this supplement to consumers. They also never had any quality control standards set. The owner admitted that they weren’t familiar in what it took to ensure a safe and quality brand. Since the company has receives these violations, it’s unknown if they have changed their ways. Now their brands are only available and marketed by other websites which have nothing to do with the making of this product.
  • There aren’t many customers reporting effects: Only one single review is available online. It’s unknown if the batches of Firestorm are improved since the FDA violations. Also, it’s not clear whether or not they’re selling an actually beneficial product. Some of the ingredients are potentially harmful, and the company has not provided any insight into whether or not they’ve changed their ways. There wasn’t one single review from a person who purchased form a third party site. The company also was violated for not listing the date of when this supplement was made. Therefore it’s unknown if 3rd party sellers are providing old or new batches.
  • It’s unknown if it’s either safe or effective: No assurance is provided by the company on whether or not you can expect safe results. No clinical studies are offered anywhere to suggest what kind of a total effect mixing all the ingredients would have. There are individual clinical studies which show some of these ingredients are harmful on their own. The brand has a higher than average amount of caffeine that is much higher than the advised daily limit. Without knowing of their current safety standards, there’s far too much risk in supplementing with this stimulant heavy supplement.

A lack of clinical reviews, customer opinions, and safety guarantees prevent this brand from being one of the best.

There’s no doubt that taking a lot of stimulants will produce an increase in metabolism and energy, but the real question is determining if it’s safe. With 510 milligrams of caffeine, it’s much higher than the recommended daily dose.

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