Ripped Edge BSN review

We've taken a close look at the Ripped Edge supplement by BSN to see whether it lives up to the hype or not

Our rating: ★★★☆☆
Ripped Edge review
Ripped Edge is a supplement made by BSN Photo: The Sport Review

Ripped Edge is one of the newer products from well-established supplement company BSN Nutrition.

It aims to work alongside a healthy workout schedule and diet to support you on your journey. But let’s face it that’s pretty much what they all say, isn’t it?

So as always – before you pay good money for Ripped Edge to help you shape up, let’s first take a look and see how it shapes up in comparison to similar product we’ve reviewed in the past.

BSN Nutrition products may be strong sellers in the US and UK, but in this case does popular equal effective?

What you need to know about the ingredients

• B Vitamins – Ripped Edge includes decent amounts of B1, B3, B5, B6 and B12.

A good foundation of B vitamins is always useful. In case you didn’t know, both Vitamins B6 and B12 can help to contribute to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue. Vitamin B6 also contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism.

• Acetyl L-Carnitine HCL – This ingredient is championed for many attributes. It’s actually a common ingredient in the best pre workout supplements. There are various claims about what it could do for you, but we are not so convinced about it in a supplement like this if we’re being honest.

• Caffeine Anhydrous – Caffeine is a common ingredient in the leading supplements in this category. Really the only thing to be mindful of with this useful ingredient is volume. 225mg is within safe daily levels but if you are sensitive to caffeine it’s worth bearing this in mind.

• Green Tea – Great choice here. Green Tea is one of the most common ingredients used in supplements in this category, and you probably already know all about it as a popular hot drink. It’s a shame there’s only 125mg in Ripped Edge.

• Bitter Orange Extract – This is an ingredient (also known as synephrine) that should give you serious pause for thought. We are not big fans of it at all and feel that something safer could have been used in its place. There have been plenty of reports of side effects. These range from unpleasant to flat out dangerous. Several countries have already either banned it altogether or placed restrictions on use.

• Citicoline – We have not come across this ingredient in too many supplements before. We’re not sure exactly what it’s doing in this product.

• The Botan-X Matrix – A mix of ingredients Theacrine and Sceletium Tortuosum. We’re not convinced, and it only contains 33mg. There may still be some benefit, but we imagine it would be slight.

• Red Pepper Extract – This is a common ingredient in supplements like this and it’s one of our favorites. It’s a good inclusion in the Ripped Edge BSN formula.

• Grapefruit Bioflavonoid Complex – Bioflavonoids are used in a lot of herbal supplements. We’re not too sure what this is doing in this supplement though. We feel that something better could have been used instead.

• Huperzine A – Another natural compound with no real proven benefits for a product like this. Again, we feel that a better substance could have been used in its place.

• Yohimbe – Taken from an evergreen tree found mainly in central Africa. However, although it is a relatively common ingredient, it has been known to cause side effects too. We would have preferred to see something better used in its place.

• Black pepper – A solid ingredient. Most of the top supplements in this category contain at least some Black Pepper Extract.

Here is the full ingredients list:

Ripped Edge BSN ingredients list

What’s missing?

There are a few notable things missing from Ripped Edge. In our opinion enough of some of the good stuff that is here, like green tea and capsimax.

It was a shame not to find any Glucomannan in this supplement. It’s a dietary fiber which comes from the root of the Konjac plant and is one of our favorite ingredients for a product like this.

Though this product has a good range of B vitamins, zinc would’ve been a great addition as the mineral is important for a variety of reasons. Zinc contributes to normal macronutrient metabolism and normal protein synthesis.

Are there any side effects?

Bitter Orange is the real red flag. We do recommend looking into this ingredient as it has been noted to cause problems for some people. We strongly recommend doing some of your own research into this yourself.

As ever, you should carefully check the ingredients label to make sure that you’re not allergic to any of the substances.

We do also recommend speaking to your doctor before thinking about taking any new supplements for the first time.

How do I take Ripped Edge?

Users are advised to take one serving of two capsules a day with a protein shake or meal.

Whether one serving a day is enough to keep any effects going as long as you need them is up for debate, but that aside we’re not told the best time of day to take the serving.

Given the amount of caffeine here though we would advise not too close to bed and with plenty of water.

What are customers saying?

If the ingredients of Ripped Edge are a slightly confusing mix then the reviews aren’t much better.

One user who admits to being a fan of other BSN Nutrition products says the product range is a mixed bag and Ripped Edge is one of the less impressive. He claims he noticed no real benefits and actually found himself hungrier while taking it, which is not ideal.

On the other hand there are users who are a fan of the effects. One in particular said they enjoyed a significant energy boost which they were able to channel into exercise.

Overall though, a 3 star review on Amazon isn’t all that convincing.

Is this the best supplement?

Honestly, not even close. There are a few good choices in here but there’s a lot we don’t agree with.

We recently put together a list of our top fat metaboliser supplements in terms of quality, value and user feedback, to save yourself time and money you can take a look through those top contenders.

Anything else to consider?

As always, it’s worth pointing out that supplements are not a quick fix. They can be really helpful in giving you an added edge – but even the very best ones must be paired with a healthy diet and sensible exercise.

You should always make sure that you’re sticking to a healthy diet and exercise plan before thinking about any kind of supplementation.

A supplement can help to support you on your journey – but only when combined with the correct healthy lifestyle choices.

Review conclusion – our final thoughts

So is Ripped Edge worth it? Here’s our take.

• A couple of good ingredients
• Reputable company
• No proprietary blends

• Missing too many ingredients
• Chance of side effects
• Some choices under dosed

So there you have it.

While this isn’t the worst supplement out there, the occasionally right choice doesn’t outweigh the wrongs.

Long review short, there’s absolutely better out there in our opinion if you’re looking for a supplement to help support your goals.


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