Many people are familiar with Phentramin-D’s claim to help users lose weight quickly without the risk of any side effects. But can we trust those claims, especially when the product lists hordenine and synephrine (which have known side effect potential) in their ingredient list?
Our researchers took a comprehensive look at Phentramin-D; the ingredients, potential side effects, available clinical research, and more. Then, we summarized the information in one article to give you just what you need to decide if the product is right for you.
What Is Phentramin-D?
Phentramin-D is a weight loss pill supposedly helping users lose weight quickly without dangerous side effects. The official product website states it’s not a herbal supplement, but says it’s made from “pharmaceutical grade ingredients.” It comes in capsule or tablet form. Lazarus Labs, the makers of Phentramin-D, describe the product as a “nutraceutical compound.”
A nutraceutical is a term for a product made from a food source and is supposed to have health benefits above and beyond the nutrients in the product.
In the United States, there is no legal definition of nutraceutical.
Instead, products are regulated according to their ingredients and may be classified as dietary supplements, drugs, food, or food ingredient.
Phentramin-D Company Profile
Name: Lazarus Labs.
Headquarters: According to the Better Business Bureau, the company is located in Cartersville, GA.
Founded: 2003, released Phentramin-D in 2007.
Beyond that, there isn’t much more information available about them.
We did find their claims about the benefits of their products interesting, though. They say their products provide several benefits, including:
First, let’s address that first claim.
It seems strange to us that any company that is as concerned about the health of its customers as Lazarus Labs claims to be would tell its customers not to consult with a physician.
Phentramin-D contains a proprietary blend of the following ingredients:
- 2-Phenylethylamine Hydrochloride (PEA)
- 1,3,7 Trimethylxanthine
- Hordenine Hydrochloride
- Synephrine Hydrochloride
2-Phenylethylamine Hydrochloride (PEA)
PEA is a chemical occuring naturally in the body, but can also be created it in a lab. Also, we find it in some food sources such as chocolate. It stimulates the central nervous system. PEA is frequently used in supplements for both mood and weight loss.
While in the small intestine, PEA is converted to phenylacetic acid. For enough PEA to reach the brain and have an effect, a person has to take a high dosage. Although PEA is commonly used in weight loss products, WebMD lists it as having “insufficient evidence” it’s effective for weight loss.
There isn’t enough evidence to suggest it works for improving mood, either. We would have to agree since we were unable to locate any scientific research supporting it as being useful for either weight loss or mood.