As mentioned already, PhenQ is based around several active ingredients working closely together to produce its effects – or ‘a-Lacys Reset' as they are also known. It's worth a closer review of these PhenQ ingredients, and a look at some of the science behind them.
PhenQ's concentrated blend of caffeine, capsicum, niacin and piperine – otherwise known as Capsimax Powder – is what the PhenQ slimming supplement is based around. Caffeine, fairly obviously, is a stimulant; so its inclusion here should come as no surprise (it is also included in many popular energy drinks). When caffeine is combined with the other ingredients listed, caffeine acts in a synergy – with the combined effect being greater than any of the substances would produce on their own. Capsicum and piperine, for example, are both noted for their thermogenic properties – which essentially means that an increase in body heat is generated, meaning the energy to power this heat comes from your own body supply of fat. When combined with caffeine, the substances work to complement each other, enhancing their effectiveness. Niacin, likewise, works in tandem with the caffeine (and with the other ingredients) to produce its effects on the metabolism. Niacin, otherwise known as vitamin B3, has long been known to be an effective cholesterol reduction treatment – and is often prescribed by doctors alongside statins, in order to treat people with high blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiovascular illness.
As many people will already know, calcium is very good for the development of the bones (particularly in children and the elderly), and for maintaining optimum bone health. What some may not be aware of, however, is that calcium also has a part to play in maintaining a healthy body mass – with a person's ideal body weight being directly related to their age, gender and height. It does this by working directly on the cells of the body – and studies have shown that calcium promotes the burning of body fat and encourages cells not to store so much fat within themselves.
Chromium picolinate is a chemical that is often found in diet and nutrition supplements, and the reason for this is its effects on the sugar-absorption rate of the cells of the body. When foods containing sugars and carbohydrates are absorbed into the body's cells, a lack of chromium picolinate can mean the cells tend not to absorb as much sugar as they are able, which can lead to cravings for more sugar, and thus to weight gain. By including chromium picolinate in the PhenQ pills, the manufacturers are adding another substance known to affect metabolism to the others already mentioned – leading to the best possible chance of achieving an appreciable weight loss for the user.
The nopal cactus is used extensively as a food, and is a main ingredient in numerous dishes in its native country of Mexico. Also known as the ‘prickly pear' due to its distinctive pads, the nopal cactus is thought to be an effective treatment for glaucoma, liver disease, and high cholesterol – and for these reasons it has long been used as a traditional medicine. Nopal cactus is high in fibre, which can assist with controlling hunger pangs, and is also high in antioxidants and amino acids – which help to flush excess fluids from the body, thereby preventing weight gain caused by the retention of fluids.
L-carnitine fumurate is an amino acid, which functions in the human body by carrying fatty acids directly into the mitochondria of cells, where they are converted into energy by a process of oxidation. This helps the body to burn off fat more quickly, and in tandem with the other ingredients (such as the stimulants and appetite-suppressers listed above) assists with weight loss and the maintaining of a healthy weight. Since energy is being burned more quickly, l-carnitine fumurate is effective in relieving the tiredness and lethargy often closely associated with attempting to lose weight.