It aims to work alongside a healthy workout schedule and diet to support energy, boost metabolism and burn fat. 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?
• B Vitamins – Ripped Edge includes decent amounts of B1, B3, B5, B6 and B12.
A good foundation of B vitamins is always useful in a fat burner as far as regulating a healthy metabolism, particularly vitamin B6. B12 also supports energy levels throughout your dieting period. Solid start.
• Acetyl L-Carnitine HCL – This ingredient is championed for many attributes including boosting exercise performance, cognition and fat loss.
Sounds great but in reality results have been rather mixed. There is some evidence it can help improve physical performance, but typically in older subjects and at much higher dosages than the 250mg Ripped Edge offers.
Proven weight reduction effects are even weaker, so in truth this probably isn’t the best choice either in terms of quality or quantity.
• Caffeine Anhydrous – Caffeine on the other hand is a genuine fat burning multi-tasker. One of the main things it does for example is keep you energised, preventing crashes while your calorie intake is reduced. It also increases endurance.
Over and above that though it significantly speeds up your metabolism as well as keeps a lid on your appetite, helping you cut down on cravings while dieting.
Really the only thing to mindful of with this useful stimulant 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. One of the better natural thermogenic.
Thermogenesis is the process whereby your core body temperature rises, causing it to burn more calories, then more again as your system expends more energy cooling back down.
Green tea manages this because the catechins it is rich in stimulates the natural fat burning hormone, norepinephrine.
It’s also full of antioxidants beneficial for general health, so 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.
There is evidence it can help boost metabolism somewhat, but it’s not without issues. It started popping up in supplements to replace ephedrine, after that was banned by the FDA owing to safety concerns.
The problem is many argue there’s not a whole lot of difference between old and new. Certainly when paired with caffeine, as it is here, there have been plenty of reports of side effects. These range from unpleasant to flat out dangerous.
Several countries in Europe have already either banned it altogether or placed restrictions on use.
• Citicoline – Not much to offer in the way of fat burning help but used in weight loss supplements to support cognition and focus.
This is clearly important because when your body sees a drop in fuel thanks to diet, attention and motivation often suffer.
Unfortunately results have been seen generally in higher doses than we’re offered here and it tends to be more effective in elderly suspects.
• The Botan-X Matrix – A mix of ingredients Theacrine and Sceletium Tortuosum, both aimed again at improving cognition energy and mood.
There’s every chance these could help to keep you stay sharp while cutting weight were it not for one literally small problem. Namely we only get 33mg. There may still be some benefit, but we imagine it would be slight.
• Red Pepper Extract – Another good choice from a thermogenic perspective.
Capsaicin is the active ingredient in peppers which gives them their kick so ingesting it will heat up your system in the same way, again burning through extra calories without you having to do much of anything.
Only a small amount on offer again though which is disappointing. When it comes to natural thermogenic choices you want to be going as big as possible.
• Grapefruit Bioflavonoid Complex – Bioflavonoids are used in a lot of herbal supplements and although they definitely have advantages, we’re not sure how they link into a fat burner.
Generally bioflavonoids are good for two things: plenty of antioxidants and as a natural anti-inflammatory. Great, but not as focused on the goal of a weight loss product as other choices might have been.
• Huperzine A – Another natural compound with no fat burning or energy boosting properties. Huiperzine A is in the mix to help with focus.
Human studies are still pretty light on the ground, but research on rats does appear to show some help with mental sharpness.
It’s used in a fair amount of fat burners and pre-workouts but it’s worth being aware that in some cases it can cause pretty unpleasant side effects.
• Yohimbe – Taken from an evergreen tree found mainly in central Africa, this ingredient actually has a couple of upsides.
Firstly even in small doses of around 5mg it can block the alpha receptors in our bodies, which limit the amount of natural fat burning we do. It also may help to keep a lid on appetite to an extent. Useful then if you’re in danger of caving to the cravings.
The only drawback is in some cases (yet again) yohimbe can cause side effects.
• Black pepper – Helps your body absorb the other nutrients here.
Here is the full ingredients list:
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.
But beyond even that, the likes of green tea would really have boosted effective fat burning. Glucomannan which expands in your stomach making you feel fuller would’ve helped appetite control too instead of leaving it to caffeine alone.
Though this product has a good range of B vitamins, zinc would’ve been a great addition as the mineral is important and easy to become deficient in if you’re dieting and sweating during exercise.
Bitter Orange is the real red flag. You could feel much of what we mention above, but in extreme cases it’s also been known to raise your blood pressure significantly. That puts you at greater risk of heart attack and stroke.
In some users, Huperzia A can cause stomach upset, cramps and diarrhea etc.
For all its potential pluses, yohimbe too has been known to trigger hypertension and heighten anxiety in some who take it and don’t react well.
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 fat burning 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.
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.
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 5 burners in terms of quality, value and user feedback, to save yourself time and money you can take a look through those top contenders.
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 and quicker results but even the very best ones must be paired with a healthy diet and sensible exercise.
For Ripped Edge specifically though we would be careful of taking Bitter Orange Extract. Even if the formula was stronger we would think twice. We’re not saying it’ll definitely be a problem, but it might be and the point of keeping things natural is supposed to be minimalizing risk.
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
• Not enough help with appetite control
So there you have it.
While this isn’t the worst fat burner out there, the occasionally right choice doesn’t outweigh the wrongs.
Long review short there’s absolutely better out there for your body and bank account.
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