Last week, we introduced Proccor, who we believe has an exciting future with athletes thanks to their willingness to open their labels up and share internal lab tests. Their products seemingly go through a serious amount of testing before arriving at your doorstep.
Proccor’s thermogenic fat burner is Oxidize. Unlike other brands that typically first introduce a fat burning pill, Oxidize comes in a powder, which has advantages for those of you who want your stimulants to hit you faster and enjoy “drinking your energy”.
The Oxidize Ingredients
The centerpiece of Proccor’s thermogenic is the proprietary IFAS503 compound, a 250mg blend of the extracts of green tea, parasitic loranthus and tuber fleeceflower. This may sound familiar, as it’s also in the wildly successful original formula of Cellucor Super HD formula.
While green tea extract is relatively common in fat burning products, the other two are very uncommon, adding some spin for everyone who wants something a bit different.
It also employs some “new” solid standards like ashwagandha extract, citrus aurantium and black pepper extract, but admittedly also has some stuff like raspberry ketones and green coffee bean extract which don’t really do much for weight loss despite what the daytime TV shows tell you.
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Let’s take an in-depth look at each of the components of Oxidize:
Phase 2 Stimulant Fat Incinerating Blend
We’re actually going to start with the second and third phases, since they’re the ones we’re most excited about:
Ashwagandha Extract (200mg)
Ashwagandha is popular for a variety of reasons, but the inclusion in stim-based supplements is usually for mood regulation and leveling out any potential jitters rather than any fat burning qualities.
USPLabs recently popularized this method with EpiBURN Pro, and because of this, it’s one of the best mood-boosting products out there. At this dose used a couple times per day, Oxidize may just follow suit.
Advantra-Z is the most popular name brand form of synephrine, which activates beta-adrenergic receptors into releasing noradrenaline, stimulating your body to free up fat stores for energy use. Citrus aurantium (bitter orange) has a track record as a solid thermogenic substitute for the now-verboten ephedra.
Advantra-Z has become something of an industry standard for both supplements and medical studies over the past few years due to its consistent quality. 150mg might seem like a large dose, but note that it’s standardized to 10% synephrine, so it’s really 15mg of synephrine per scoop of Oxidize. Even if used three times in a day, that’s within known synephrine safety limits.
Caffeine anhydrous (150mg) and L-Theanine (100mg)
Caffeine’s benefit is obvious and it is basically necessary in any thermogenic, and we assume you know how 150mgis going to work for you. It’s the safe “middle-ground” dose that’s not too low but definitely not too much.
L-theanine is a compound found in black teas that is though to moderate the stimulant buzz (or any anxiousness the stims may provide) while providing for some alertness.
Phase 3 Euphoric Fat Incinerating Matrix
Theobromine is thought to work in a synergistic way with caffeine and enhance its effects. It provides longer-lasting energy (than when caffeine is used alone), and has motivational effects on mood.
Dendrobium is an orchid extract with a long history of use in Chinese medicine, but there isn’t much evidence it has any effect on mood other than possibly improving pain and reducing fever somewhat.
However, the anecdotal reviews behind standalone dendrobium supplements basically state that it “adds another level” to caffeine, and simply feels great. Once again, this isn’t verified by science.
This ingredient has a bit of a sketchy history (not to its own fault), as it has been included in other supplements that ended up containing amphetamine analogues… so perception is skewed.
Overall, consider it a great mood enhancer to go along with the ashwagandha in phase 2.
Phase 1 Non-Stimulant Fat Incinerating Blend
The first ingredient shows much promise and has been wildly successful in one other popular product.
The last two, however, are likely added for marketing recognition. Since we like everything up above, we’re okay with that.
Green tea is an established ingredient for weight loss, alertness, and antioxidants, but what are these other two extracts?
Tuber fleeceflower and parasitic loranthus both come to us by way of hundreds of years of use in traditional Chinese medicine, and there’s some recent studies that indicate they may inhibit the synthesis of fatty acids.[1,2]
So far these are just a few rat studies out of Chinese universities, however, so we’re not sure at this point if this is just a case of poring through medical studies to find novel ingredients that other products haven’t used yet or if there’s a more clinical basis for their inclusion.
We will say this, however: given the massive popularity and effectiveness of the other product that originally contained IFAS503, Cellucor Super HD, we’re surprised more companies haven’t jumped on it. We don’t have any studies on this blend, but anecdotally, it’s worked for Cellucor, and we don’t see why it won’t work for Proccor too.
Also note that this is a higher amount of IFAS503 than what was in Super HD.
About the best thing you can say about raspberry ketones is that point is that they won’t *hurt* you.
Whenever we see them in products we assume it’s still the impact of the Dr. Oz bump (who is still trying to defend his promotion of certain products he’s promoted as a “miracle fat burners” in front of Congress), because there’s still no evidence that doses this low have any effect on burning fat in humans whatsoever. This is discussed on our main raspberry ketones page.
Razberri-K is a stand-alone supplement that shows no indication of being anything different, like finding a way to replicate the gigantic amounts used in the rat studies the whole industry is based on. It’s safe to assume this is just here for marketing purposes and isn’t really contributing anything.
And to be honest, we’re okay with that…. as long as the rest of the profile can get the real heavy lifting done.
Green Coffee Bean Extract (200mg)
As with the ketones, GCB can’t really hurt you, but the science doesn’t yet indicate it really helps you lose weight either. This isn’t to say it’s completely useless, though. Green coffee bean contributes to lower blood pressure, which is the benefit it may provide here.
Regarding weight loss, the “keystone” study on GCB was recently retracted. It turns out the data was nearly completely fudged and the researchers were paid to write a bogus study.
Studies with doses at over two times this amount had no effect on obese patients, so we assume this 200mg is also dusted in for the Dr. Oz crowd and not expected to contribute too much to fat loss.
Setting aside the lesser-effective ingredients (which again were likely added in for marketing purposes), Oxidize looks like a solid blend that has the backing of Proccor’s top-of-the-line testing and ingredient quality.
We can’t help but wonder if it wouldn’t be better if they just dropped the raspberry ketones and saved a few cents – at some point, smart users are going to start getting turned off by some of these ingredients, but in the meantime, if they help push some sales while everything else does the real fat burning work, so be it.
Do I want a powder?
Whether you want to go with a fat burning pill or powder is ultimately down to you – there are pros and cons of each, as discussed in our fat burner buyer’s guide.
In our opinions, since taking a thermogenic typically eliminates coffee and tea from our morning schedules, we believe the pro’s of enjoying our thermogenics by drinking them, even if they don’t last quite as long as a slower-dissolving pill.
If you’re the same way, Oxidize is one to look forward to.
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- Tian, WX, et. al; “Weight reduction by Chinese medicinal herbs may be related to inhibition of fatty acid synthase;” Life Sciences; March 2004
- Wang, Y, et. al; “Potent inhibition of fatty acid synthase by parasitic loranthus [Taxillus chinensis (dc.) danser] and its constituent avicularin;” Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry; February 2006
- Watanabe, T; The blood pressure-lowering effect and safety of chlorogenic acid from green coffee bean extract in essential hypertension.
- Chandrasekhar, K, et. al; “A prospective, randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled study of safety and efficacy of a high-concentration full-spectrum extract of ashwagandha root in reducing stress and anxiety in adults;” Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine; July 2012
- Preuss, HG, et. al; “Citrus aurantium as a thermogenic, weight-reduction replacement for ephedra: an overview;” Journal of Medicine; 2002
- Nobre, AC, et. al; “L-theanine, a natural constituent in tea, and its effect on mental state;” Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition; 2008
- The safety of Citrus aurantium (bitter orange) and its primary protoalkaloid p-synephrine.