Momentum Nutrition is an up and coming company that’s doing things the right way in this new era of supplement awareness. Its first release, Catalyst, was a clinically dosed pre workout that landed itself on our Best Pre Workouts.
Now, Momentum Nutrition is looking to further expand their horizons with the release of the third supplement in the form of a fat burner titled Formula 56.
It’s marketed as a clinically-dosed burner that isn’t overly stimulant-dependent, but will provide a solid boost of energy and mental focus. Looking at the top few ingredients, we agree.
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Formula 56 Ingredients
As we saw with Catalyst, Momentum Nutrition has employed a fully open, 100% transparent label with their all-new fat burner. Below, you’ll find a some familiar faces to the thermogenic market, but some newcomers as well.
Note: Doses listed below are full 1 full serving (3 capsules).
Naringin is polyphenol found in citrus fruits, namely grapefruits. This is the compound responsible for all of those “grapefruit weight loss diets” you’ve undoubtedly heard about.
Studies on the compound have shown that it does possess some mild weight loss effects, but more than anything it’s a pretty strong energy booster. Naringin inhibits phosphodiesterase (PDE) enzymes in the body which themselves are natural energy inhibitors.
Basically, by inhibiting the enzymes that inhibits energy production you ultimately end up with MORE energy and a higher metabolic rate.
Strong dose alert!
We’ve never seen a naringin dose anywhere near this close. You likely won’t know how well this is going to work without trying. Many of the best fat burner formulating companies keep it in their repertoire, but we’ve never seen it on top of the list, so we’re extremely excited.
Note that most naringin raw materials taste just awful from bitterness, so you probably won’t want to break this capsule up and put it in a drink or anything like that.
You’re well aware of the stimulative, energy-boosting effects of caffeine. It comes in many forms from pre workouts to fat burners to coffee and tea, but it’s always remembered for its “pick me up” qualities.
There’s more though. Caffeine also induces lipolysis via the release of catecholamines such as dopamine, adrenaline, and noradrenaline.[4,5] Lipolysis frees stored fatty acids in the body to be used for energy, which ultimately means that you can “burn fat for fuel” whether at rest or during exercise.
Remember, this is for three capsules, so you’re getting 83.3mg caffeine per capsule. Most users will probably want to start at two caps because of that.
Choline supplements are predominantly used for improving focus and cognition. Citicoline is our favorite form of choline due to its superior bioavailability in the body compared to other forms such as Choline Citrate or Bitartrate.
Aside from focus enhancement, choline also possesses some inherent fat burning properties, namely increasing fat oxidation.[6,7] These effects are further compounded when paired alongside caffeine (which we just covered).
Our guess though is that Citicoline is included more as a focus boosting agent that for its relatively mild fat burning ability.
If it seems like just about every caffeinated supplement these days also contains L-Theanine, it’s because that’s been the recent trend in 2016. This amino acid is becoming incredibly popular in all stim-based products for its ability to smooth out the jarring effects of stimulants so you feel less on edge.
Research demonstrates that theanine also enhances the cognitive focus effects of caffeine, as well as reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety, and fatigue.[9,10]
This ingredient is a PP favorite and we’ve really been enjoying its inclusion in the various mix of pre workouts and fat burners we’ve tested so far this year. Expect to continue to see this ingredient show up for the foreseeable future.
The higher doses are where things have been trending – it used to be common to find 4:1 or 2:1 caffeine-to-theanine ratios. Now things are leveling off, and some brands even use more theanine than caffeine.
When you have 200mg L-Theanine, taking higher doses of caffeine, such as the 250mg here, really makes the caffeine jitters go away for us.
Hesperidin is another polyphenol found inside grapefruits alongside the previously discussed Naringin. As was seen with Naringin, Hesperidin does possess some inherent weight loss benefits. Where it really shines though is its ability to increase the body’s metabolic rate when used alongside Synephrine (a little further down the list) and Naringin.
Once again, this is a large dose, just its partner naringin. Formula 56 is going to feel different than anything you’ve ever tried, we’re certain of that.
Forskolin (50mg active material)
Few non-stim ingredients have found as much success in weight loss products as Forskolin, the active alkaloid in Coleus Forskohlii. Forskolin possesses the rather unique ability to directly increase cAMP levels, an important cell signaling molecule that stimulates lipolysis.[13,14]
In addition to helping improve weight loss and recomp ventures, Forskolin also helps preserve lean body mass, and may even enhance lean mass in certain individuals.[15,16]
We reached out to Momentum to see what standardization of forskolin they’re using, and this is the response:
There’s 50mg of Forskolin from 250mg total Coleus Extract so the standardization is 20%.
This is a reason why there are three capsules required, and they’re large – along with the other ingredients, 250mg takes up a lot of space. Momentum is awaiting feedback on whether or not the capsules are too large, but we’ve seen large capsules sell just fine when the product is legit.
Hordenine is one of several bioactive alkaloids contained in Citrus Aurantium, alongside synephrine (our next ingredient) and octopamine. Hordenine acts as a strong beta-2 agonist in the body that helps to accelerate fat loss.
More importantly, though, it also acts as a noradrenaline reuptake modulator. Without getting to in-depth, hordenine helps noradrenaline stay active longer in the body leading to heightened focus, energy, and alertness.[18,19]
Our last ingredient is another a very strong Beta-2 and Beta-3 adrenergic receptor agonist included to stimulate lipolysis and ratchet up your fat-burning potential.[20,21]
Synephrine is a safer alternative to the now banned ephedrine and helps to further boost the body’s metabolic rate helping accelerate your weight loss results that much faster.
To get your fat burning engine revving for thing in the morning, consume 3 caps upon waking or 30 minutes before the first meal of the day.
Momentum Nutrition may only have three products to their name, but all of them have been standouts so far. Formula 56 is the latest addition to a well dosed family of products that are also reasonably priced.
Put simply, this is a beautiful and unique formula. Someone is going to need to seriously log this, because it’s definitely not the same old same old.
Transparency is the name of the game in 2016, and MN is doing things the right way. Expect to see them around for a long time.
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- Dietary hesperidin exerts hypoglycemic and hypolipidemic effects in streptozotocin-induced marginal type 1 diabetic rats.
- Effects of p-synephrine alone and in combination with selected bioflavonoids on resting metabolism, blood pressure, heart rate and self-reported mood changes.
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