A diet pill containing Hoodia Gordonii and Cha de Bugre
Phentralene is an appetite suppressant and metabolic stimulator that is meant to be used along with a sound diet, exercise, and what is referred to as "behavior therapy" for short-term management of obesity. It's also reported to help build lean body mass and improve athletic performance. Phentralene must be one potent supplement, since the makers recommend that you take it 10-12 hours before you go to bed. This basically means you should take it first thing in the morning, if you can.
There is a perplexing contradiction in the FAQ section that is either a typo, or a warning sign that you should probably avoid Phentralene altogether. First, there's this answer to the question of who should take Phentralene:
"PHENTRALENE is recommended for those who are overweight with an initial body mass index (BMI) of 27 or higher, or for anyone overweight with a BMI of 25 or higher who face medical risk factors like high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol."
Then, in the question of who should avoid Phentralene:
"Do not use if you are pregnant or nursing or if you are at risk of or are being treated for high blood pressure, heart disease, renal disease, hyperthyroidism, spasms, anxiety, depression, seizure disorder or stroke, psychiatric disease, suffer from migraines, are allergic to tyramine or chocolate, have asthma or are taking asthma medication."
So which is it - people with high blood pressure risk should use or avoid Phentralene?
- None. That is, until the research that the Phentralene makers claim is being done is published on the company's website.
- Encourages exercise while taking the supplement
- Studies are forthcoming. It would be favorable to have published research before selling Phentralene.
- It is much more expensive than the average supplement
- Contradictory advice on who should and should not take the supplement
- No FDA Approval
- High source of caffeine
The ingredients to Phentralene read like the final round to a spelling bee:
Hydroxycitrate, methylated xanthine derivative, caralluma fibriatia, hoodia gordonii, taraxacum officinale, arctostaphylos, gymnemic acid derivative, camellia sinesis, hoodia gordonii, cha de bugre, forskohlin, vanadyl sulfate.
Out of the above ingredients, the better known are hoodia, and cha de bugre. Hoodia, of course, is all the rage, while cha de bugre is an herb from Brazil that is catching on in the States.
Phentralene has the same amount of caffeine as do two cups of coffee.EXERCISE
It is recommended that you exercise while taking Phentralene, but there is no set routine given.CONCLUSION
If you decide to try Phentralene it's definitely advised that you speak with a physician first. There are many precautions for certain pre-existing conditions. With a lack of published research, it's hard to totally recommend Phentralene. And with the contradiction in the FAQ, there is some concern as to who, if anyone, should take it.Common Misspellings
fentralene, phentrilene, fentralean, phetralean, phentralean