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Health Guide Review: 2,9/5

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Tartarus Review: Does it work?

Intro: What is it?

Tartarus is a weight loss pill that’s made specifically for athletes, bodybuilders, fitness models, and those looking to get lean quick. They also claim that the company’s research scientists formulated this brand to increase energy, suppress appetite, and increase metabolism.

It claims to offer clinically tested ingredients, and this brand was once only available in Europe. Tartarus takes careful dosing as there is a high amount of caffeine added. They also recommend if one is an athlete to check in with athletic organizations to ensure you’re not taking any banned ingredients found in this supplement. Does this brand produce weight loss? What kind of an effect does the mix of stimulants have? To discover the truth you can read this full review of Tartarus.

Tartarus Ingredients

Green Tea Extract 95 polyphenols and 45% EGCG Raspberry Ketone Caffeine Green Coffee Bean Extract
Rhodiola Rosea 3% rosavins Citrus Bioflavonoids Complex 40% Zingibar Oficinale BioPerine
Gelatin Microcystalline Cellulose Silica Dioxide

 Green Tea Extract: Compounds in this common tea include EGCG, caffeine, and polyphenols.

EGCG is an antioxidant that is poorly absorbed when taken via supplement form. Taking too many antioxidants can promote pro-oxidant effects which damage the body.

Though Green Tea Extract is used as a weight loss ingredient, the effects are only possible due to the caffeine, which is not a long term solution.  According to Web MD, studies show it:

does not reduce body weight or BMI.”

Studies on the potential for weight loss have been thoroughly mixed; it’s likely that the only benefit is due to the added caffeine and not in the polyphenols or EGCG.

Caffeine: Per serving there’s 160 mg of caffeine. The recommended 3 pills a day provide 480 mg of caffeine which is 80 mg more than the advised healthy daily limit. This can produce unwanted side effects including:

  • Rapid heart rate and increased blood pressure.
  • Nausea and increased bowel movements.
  • Jitters, muscle twitching, and spasms.
  •  Insomnia and restlessness.
  • Increased urination. 

Some people are more sensitivity to caffeine than others.  The average standard healthy dose is 400 mg and by taking the 480 mg offered here it can produce unwanted side effects.

Green Coffee Bean Extract: Unroasted coffee beans which have a higher amount of chlorogenic acid. It’s used as a way to prevent the intake of carbohydrates, therefore reducing weight. According to Examine.com:

degree of weight reduction seems quite unreliable”

Studies show it to not be a reliable source for weight loss.  Since it has caffeine it can have similar side effects. It also raises the levels of homocysteine, which is linked to heart disease.

Zingibar Oficinale: The scientific name for ginger. This antioxidant is used to treat indigestion, and it’s known to prevent nausea. It can lead to side effects that include:

  • Skin irritation.
  • Stomach discomfort.
  • Increased risk for bleeding.
  • Diarrhea and digestive issues.

There’s also no weight loss benefit to this ingredient.

Tartarus Quality of Ingredients

Due to the high amount of caffeine many people would be excluded from safely taking this brand. One full daily serving passes the advised daily limit for safe caffeine consumption in the average person.

The only useful weight loss ingredient is Raspberry Ketones, though the company does not list the exact amount.

Zingibar which is ginger, Rhodiola Rosea, BioPerine and 3 other inactive ingredients are not intended for weight loss.

The 3 other ingredients in caffeine, green coffee bean, and green tea extract all essentially provide a form of caffeine. Overall, the mixture is heavy on caffeine and only one of them is shown to be consistently safe and useful.  The only intended weight loss benefits come from these 3 ingredients.

These 3 weight loss ingredients have also shown to only be beneficial due to the caffeine, and clinical studies show these results are often not guaranteed or short lived.

The Price and Quality of Tartarus

A 60 capsule bottle retails for $43.60 directly from the manufacturer. At 3 pills a day this means the daily cost is:

$43.60/20= $2.18 per daily serving.

It’s essentially a heavy caffeine pill with some added ingredients for antioxidants or physical endurance. The amount of caffeine is significant and may cause severe side effects.  The brand claims to be made with all raw materials; however there’s never any proof to prove this claim.

Elevated Levels of Caffeine

It’s advised to start with just 1 to 2 pills a day. The standards recommended dosage is 3 pills, which at 160 mg equals 480 mg.

Many health organizations agree that 400 mg a day of caffeine is the advised limit. The FDA also agrees this is a standard limit for most .Other people sensitive to caffeine would be advised to take less. Excess caffeine can lead to serious side effects:

  • Cardiovascular damage and sudden heart problems.
  • Hypokalemia or low levels of potassium in the blood. 

People have also died with the same amount of caffeine found here. A woman in 2011 died from a 480 mg overdose of caffeine.

Watching the intake of caffeine is important for reducing side effects, and it’s also important to set a limit in order to still experience any of the possible positive effects. Caffeine is only slightly beneficial for weight loss when taken for a short period. Long term use leads to a decline where the only positive effect is sleep loss. Examine.com confirms this fact by adding:

the only benefit a user experiences is caffeine’s anti-sleep effect”

So the main effect provided by Tartarus is only short lived and potentially dangerous.

The other ingredients are meant to produce a more effective workout through stamina and antioxidants to prevent the damaging effects of muscle breakdown.

Still, this effect relies on heavy exercise which by itself may be enough reason to help someone lose weight. Overall, the pill is a heavy caffeine stimulant blend which can be substituted by safer amounts of caffeine for the same basic effect.

No proof is provided that by taking Tartarus there’s safe or effective weight loss results.

Business of Tartarus

BMR sports nutrition makes this brand and they can be found below:

Phone Number: (323) 424-3534

Address: Bruksgatan 38

252 24 Helsingborg, Sweden.

They do offer a money back return but only within 7 days of delivery. Shipping and handling must be paid by the customer to and from.

It’s unknown how the company operates since they don’t offer much information about themselves. I couldn’t find any customers who mentioned whether or not they have suitable customer service representatives, or if they truly honor their money back guarantee.

Customer Opinions of Tartarus

Not many reviews are available online. There were some opinions from people who spoke Swedish. Here’s what they had to say translated:

“Have left a bit of my sugar addiction but not nearly as extreme”

“Have not noticed any difference”

“I had absolutely no energy boost”

“(gave me) nausea and constant hangover feeling”

It’s common to hear people say to avoid this brand if you’re sensitive to caffeine. Many have reported extreme side effects such as rapid heart rate, insomnia, and an excess energy. Oddly enough some also mention they felt no change at all.

The opinions of Tartarus vary from either it producing terrible side effects, or no change whatsoever.

Conclusion

Tartarus offers the following main points:

  • Many customers have complained about side effects: There aren’t many reviews available on this brand, yet many of the opinions are about how it caused serious side effects. There’s even mention from some that it lead to no positive effect at all. Some of the reported side effects from people include insomnia, anxiety, rapid heart rate, and restlessness. The company also only offers a 7 day money back guarantee. Reactions to this high amount of caffeine can vary, but it can cause serious problems as seen in clinical studies. Customers who reviewed this brand didn’t mention whether or not they sought a money back return.
  • The amount of caffeine can cause dangerous side effects: The total 480 mg of caffeine is over the daily recommended limit set forth by the FDA. This amount can lead to potentially dangerous side effects such as rapid heart rate, cardiovascular damage, insomnia, restlessness, muscle twitching, nausea, and hospitalization. It’s also not a long term solution to weight loss. It’s unknown why they would add so much caffeine since it’s been shown to lead to dangerous side effects. People have also died from taking 480 mg of caffeine. Each person is different and some are more sensitive than others. Caffeine also only has a short window of effectiveness; the body reduces any of the possible benefits into just sleep deprivation.  Caffeine is also easier to intake when found in cheaper foods such as coffee or tea. There’s no other proven weight loss benefits provided by this brand other than what’s offered in the caffeine. Still, it’s highly pricy for what is an excess amount of caffeine that the average person is not meant to digest.
  • The company fails to provide any clinical studies: Though the company mentions their brands are scientifically formulated, it’s unknown what kind of research went into Tartarus. Not one scientifically backed study or customer testimonials for this brand are offered. It’s unknown what the intended effect is for all these ingredients. Many of these additives aren’t used for weight loss; instead they’re antioxidants or meant to stimulate activity during exercise. Without knowing how this formula works all together, it’s impossible to judge what kind of weight loss benefits are expected. Judging from what’s available, the only weight loss help is from caffeine which is a short lived and often dangerous combination. Since the company fails to provide their own evidence, it’s important to look at the clinical studies which show that this mixture can be potentially fatal and damaging to the cardiovascular system.
  • It’s intended only for athletes and people who exercise often: The company does not mention whether or not Tartarus is made for regular people looking to lose weight. They do mention that diet and exercise are advised for results however. The intended audience is bodybuilders, fitness models, and athletes looking to slim down. For regular people it’s unknown if this brand has a benefit. Since it does have a high amount of caffeine this energy boost is intended for a workout. However, this same energy could become side effects if a person isn’t active. Ironically, the high amount of caffeine also raises blood pressure and heart rate. So this effect can end up causing a negative reaction to both sedentary and active people. Using this during a workout can lead to an even higher increase of heart rate which could lead to cardiovascular issues.
  • The money back guarantee is confusing: The company offers only a 7 day limit on returns. One bottle offers a 20 day full serving so there’s 13 days in which the effects of this brand may change. So you have to quickly determine whether or not you like this brand in a short time span, instead of being able to take full bottles worth. 7 days is also a short period to adjust to Tartarus. It’s advised to start of first with a small dosage and then gradually take 3 pills. This short time span does not allow one enough time to track their own results. Since the brand relies heavily on caffeine, it’s important to realize that caffeine is only effective for a short period. After the body creates a tolerance, it loses any of its benefits beyond just providing sleeplessness. When taking this high amount of caffeine it’s likely to cause a change within the 7 days the money back guarantee is offered, after 7 days though results do become minimal to nonexistent.

Without any clinical studies and due to the mostly negative customer reviews, this brand might be too overwhelming for some.

It has an excess amount of caffeine which can cause serious side effects. It’s also not proven to be either safe or effective in the long term.

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