Xenadrine is a nonprescription diet pill that is manufactured by an American company called Lovate Health Sciences International Inc. This product has been around for several years now and it has had its ups and downs in terms of successes and controversy.
The product’s original formulation contained ephedra, a substance that is banned by the FDA in the United States, and by the regulators in many other countries around the world, so that it cannot be used in weight loss pills. These rapid release capsules were originally developed by a company called Cytodine under the name EFX.
Since the initial struggles, the formula has now been recreated to be ephedra-free. The official website is up and running after a lengthy period of having a “coming soon” sign in place, and it looks as though Xenadrine is now readily available in stores online as well as in brick and mortar retailers.
At first glance, the product page appears to have a great deal of information about Xenadrine. There is a great deal of text content as well as some graphs and charts. However, upon further review of what is being said, there is a great deal more in terms of claims and promises than actual information, data, proof, and evidence. While there is a subheading dedicated to “Clinically Proven Key Weight Loss Ingredients”, that section identifies only caffeine anhydrous, and it talks about two studies. That said, no links were provided to the actual report written about those studies, no mention was made as to who conducted it or how and it didn’t explain who participated or how many dieters took part. This should not be considered to be evidence of anything.
While the complete list of ingredients is provided (after a considerable amount of hunting and finally spotting a “view supplement facts” button mixed in with the rest of the page’s buttons and pictures), the individual quantities of those substances are not provided. The list of ingredients in the new Xenadrine formula include: vitamin C, calcium, caffeine anhydrous, L-theanine, yohimbe bark extract, L-carnitine, white willow bark extract, fraumantle leaf extract, wild olive leaf extract, cormino extract, and horsemint leaf extract.
Among those ingredients, only caffeine anhydrous has clinical evidence to support claims made about its ability to promote weight loss. It should be pointed out that yohimbe bark extract is also a stimulant, so there is a risk that some users may experience side effects from high levels of stimulants. Moreover, white willow bark extract can have an impact on the cardiovascular system, so a doctor should be consulted before using this product as it may not be safe for everyone.