Elemetx is an up and coming Canadian supplement manufacturer that we’ve recently be keeping an eye on as they’ve done some pretty interesting things in regards to supplements. We’ve previously discussed the brand’s performance-boosting pre workout Payload-ATP, which includes some rather unique ingredients for a pre workout.
Today we looking at ThermoxyShred, the brand’s energy-boosting thermogenic fat burner.
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As we’ve seen with both Payload-ATP and the wonderful-tasting EliteAmine, Elemetx has kept with the fully-disclosed label, something we’re ALWAYS fans of. What they’ve done in ThermoxyShred is craft a fat burner that gives you a great mix of increased energy and potent fat burning to keep you cranking on even the most restrictive of cuts.
Note: Doses listed below are based on 1 capsule (i.e. 1 serving)
Chromium Picolinate (150mcg)
Chromium Picolinate is the combination of the element chromium with the addition of picolinic acid which increases the effectiveness of Chromium. For this exact reason, it’s quickly become the standardized form used for chromium supplementation. Chromium is an insulin regulator and is sometimes prescribed to diabetics in large doses. We’ve seen chromium supplements used before in various glucose disposal agents (GDAs) and nutrient partitioners, but it’s a bit more rare to see it in a fat burner.
Other recent research into this particular form of chromium demonstrates it reduces food intake, hunger cravings, and fat cravings which led to decreased food intake and ultimately weight loss. However, participants in the trial were consuming upwards of 1,000mcg of chromium picolinate per day, about 10x the dose you’re getting here.
So, you can expect to see some mild appetite suppression and hunger control, but don’t expect anything close to the results obtained in the study. The main reason is to keep your blood sugar down – but that clearly doesn’t mean you should eat more candy while diating.
Caffeine is probably the most well known and widely used of all stimulants. It works incredibly well for increasing energy, focus, and motivation. It even helps kick the body into lipolysis, a.k.a. “fat burning.”
Just be cognizant of the fact that more caffeine alone doesn’t always equal greater fat burning. That’s part of the reason caffeine is only 200mg in ThermoxyShred and not between 300-400mg like other high stim fat burners on the market.
This is a middle-of-the-road dose for a full serving, but a strong dose considering that you’re getting 200mg in just one capsule. If you like ~200mg or 400mg caffeine doses, this is going to be a great value for you. But this choice of dosage also locks out the lower-caffeine consumers.
White Willow Bark (180mg)
White Willow Bark is a natural pain reliever with a long history of use throughout various cultures. This is primarily due to the fact that the plant contains a precursor to aspirin. If you’ve ever gone on a long term cut or diet, you’ve noticed that your ability to recover is quite what it usually is when you’re maintaining or bulking. Instead, you’re left feeling tired and achy all over. White Willow helps offset some of these aches and pains.
Additionally, white willow also imparts some anti-inflammatory properties, but more tha anything, it’s included because of salicylic acid, the aspirin precursor.[4,5]
Replacing the ECA stack
As discussed on our best fat burner page, there’s been a rather heated debate to replace the ECA stack. Whereas the new-age ephedra-based fat burners are using a combination of DMAA and acacia rigidula alongside caffeine, ThermoxyShred is using a combination of white willow bark and synephrine (a few ingredients down) to complement caffeine. The White Willow replacing the ‘A’ (aspirin) and the Synephrine replacing the ‘E’ (Ephedrine).
Cayenne peppers, and all other spicy chiles, contain Capsaicin, the active compound responsible for hot peppers pungent burning sensation. As it turns out, capsaicin does more than just light your mouth on fire. It’s also linked to more fat oxidation and increased overall energy expenditure.[6,7]
This is a fairly sizeable dose compared to some of the other fat burners we’ve seen lately. You’ll definitely feel the heat, but hopefully by encapsulating it, there shouldn’t be any irritating side effects, such as heartburn.
This is the main ingredient where the Thermo enters the ThermoxyShred.
Olive Leaf Extract (37.5mg)
Also seen, in Elemetx’s endurance-boosting pre workout Payload-ATP, Olive Leaf makes an appearance (in the same dosage) in ThermoxyShred. Showing up in a fat burner is a little more common than in a pre workout given the fact that olive leaf extract has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity as well as offer protection against LDL cholesterol oxidation, due in part to its high oleuropein content.
Another reason to include olive leaf extracts in thermogenics is that it also increases thyroid hormone, which is particularly beneficial during dieting. Studies have demonstrated that even relatively small doses of olive leaf extract elevated thyroid levels, which resulted in increased energy expenditure as well as improved markers of metabolic disorders like obesity and diabetes.
Extracted from Citrus Aurantium plant (a.k.a. Bitter Orange), Synephrine is a naturally occurring alkaloid that functions as a very potent Beta-2 and Beta-3 adrenergic receptor agonist.[10,11] Stimulating these beta receptors sets the body into lipolysis, a process where the body liberates stored triglycerides and releases them into the bloodstream, to be used as a source of energy.
Essentially, this allows you to “burn fat” for fuel during low intensity activities, like walking or lounging around the house, and save your glycogen stores for intense activities like weightlifting or sprinting.
Up above, when we were comparing white willow to the ‘A’ in the ECA stack… synephrine is the replacement to the ‘E’, or ephedrine. It works similarly, but is admittedly far less intense and thus has fewer side effects.
Huperzia Serrata 1% (10mg)
Up next is a mighty powerful nootropic, the huperzine serrata extract better known as Huperzine A. This potent focus-booster indirectly increases levels of the “learning neurotransmitter”, acetylcholine, by inhibiting acetylcholinesterase, the enzyme responsible for the breakdown the acetylcholine.
Putting a stop to acetylcholinesterase activity allows for more acetylcholine which ultimately leads to better cognition and focus. It’s best to think of huperzine as an indirect means to boosting acetylcholine levels as opposed to other nootropics like Citicoline or Alpha-GPC which directly increases acetylcholine levels.
On top of boosting focus, huperzine also protects the brain against glutamine, the “neuron death molecule”, and may allows for the creation of new brain cells, a process known as “neurogeneration.”
Last, but not least, we have BioPerine®, the world-famous black pepper extract used to improve the bioavailability and absorption of other ingredients in dietary supplement. BioPerine® ensures you reap all the fat burning benefits of ThermoxyShred, and nothing goes to waste.
Take one capsule in the morning before breakfast with at least 8 oz. of water. An optional second serving can be taken in the afternoon at least 6 hours after your first serving. Do not exceed 1 capsule in one serving and do not exceed 2 capsules in 24 hours. Do not take within 6 hours before bedtime.
Elemetx continues to deliver both interesting and effective spins on the most popular products in the dietary supplements market. ThermoxyShred is the latest in a slowly expanding line of well-crafted products for the young Canadian brand.
It’s a great yohimbe-free formula for the Canadian market, but we’d expect others to enjoy it as well, since it’s balanced in the middle of the road with no insane stimulants, which many readers prefer outside of our core group of stim-junkies on this site!
They’re off to a very promising start, and it sure will be interesting to see what the brand has up its sleeve in the near future!
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- Stephen D. Anton, et. al. Effects of Chromium Picolinate on Food Intake and Satiety.Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics. August 2008, 10(5): 405-412. doi:10.1089/dia.2007.0292.
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