Weight loss aids are the most crowded segment of the supplement market. Every brand has a fat burner on the market, the segment is rife with TV doctor scams, and most companies even have two or more fat burners nowadays!
So, how’s a company supposed to make any inroads in such a bloated niche?!
The answer is you make one that seriously-dosed with proven ingredients, and that’s exactly what Sparta Nutrition has done with their new fat burning supplement.
HydraShred marks Sparta’s entry into the ever popular fat burner market, and this one a doozy, just like their insanely popular Kraken pre workout! HydraShred comes in both tablet and powder forms.
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Hydra Shred Ingredients
HydraShred is incredibly well dosed and uses mostly effective fat burning, and mood-elevating ingredients. Though there are a couple we have to question, which you’ll see down below.
Note: Doses listed below are based on 1 full serving (i.e. 2 scoops). This post focuses on the powdered form of HydraShred.
There are several ingredients providing caffeine inside — the total caffeine content is 300mg / serving according to Team Sparta.
L-Carnitine L-Tartrate (2g)
Carnitine is a substance used by the body to convert fat into useable energy. The problem with regular L-Carnitine is that it’s not all that effective for most people, usually just those chronically deficient in it such as the elderly or vegetarians.[1,2]
However, L-Carnitine L-Tartrate (LCLT) has been shown to be readily used by a diverse population. Not only does Carnitine enhance your body’s fat burning capabilities, it also improves athletic performance, recovery, and makes your anabolic hormones more “efficient” by increasing the density of androgen receptors in muscle cells.[3,4]
Acetyl L-Carnitine (500mg)
You bet! Acetyl L-Carnitine (ALCAR) is another incredibly bioavailable form of carnitine that easily crosses the blood-brain barrier (BBB). While ALCAR is typically used to enhance focus, it also “fatty acid dumping”, a process where the body excretes when cells enter “fat burning mode.”
That brings our total carnitine load to 2.5g — we’re lucky to get even 1g total in most other fat burners on the market! Solid start so far for HydraShred.
Garcinia Cambogia (250mg)
Garcinia is one of those ingredients that’s a bit questionable around PricePlow. The reason is that while some studies showed the ingredient to be effective for fat loss, the studies was heavily funded by garcinia manufacturers and employed questionable methods.
However, there’s a fair amount of animal (“rat”) studies conducted by neutral 3rd parties that’s successfully demonstrated that garcinia can block the synthesis of fatty acids.[8,9]
Let’s move on to the reasons we’re really here though:
Eria Jarensis (200mg)
One of several “exotic” stims included in HydraShred, Eria Jarensis lends a hefty helping of mood elevation to got along with the enhanced fat burning. Eria is loaded with several PEA-based ingredients including N-methyl-PEA, N,N-dimethyl-PEA, and the most important of all N-phenethyl dimethylamine.
Eria’s notable “euphoric” feeling that lasts substantially longer than regular PEA typically does, due to the different molecular structures. Overall, this ingredient just feels good and increases energy a good bit too.
You can read even more Eria, as well as a breakdown of its structure, in our article titled Eria Jarensis Extract / N-phenethyl dimethylamine: The Next Big Thing?
But the big thing is that it pairs up extremely well with the next ingredient:
Another of the newer “fun stims” out there is DMHA, a.k.a. 2-amino-6-methylheptane. Similar to DMAA and AMP Citrate, DMHA is an aliphatic amine that exerts similar effects as DMAA, but, DMHA may be a little safer bet to use in a fat burner since DMAA is still tied up in a multitude of legal battles.
While there has been some question as to the “natty” status of DMAA, DMHA has in fact been proven to exist in nature back in 2014 in the study Metabolic Profiling of Kigelia africana Extracts with Anti-Cancer Activity via High Resolution Tandem Mass Spectroscopy.
While DMAA gives serious tunnel vision focus, DMHA is more of a “mood boosting” stimulant with a bit less focus than DMAA.
While you might think that this is a slightly smaller dose than Sparta Nutrition’s Kraken pre workout, which comes in at an industry-topping 200mg, watch out. We also have J. Regia below at 50mg, which is actually stronger than DMHA (DMHA is 2-amino-6-methylheptane and J.Regia is likely 2-amino-5-methylheptane)… so you’re going to need to be big fan of these exotic stimulants to like this one!
Vanillin is one of the newer fat burning ingredients on the market, but we’ve started to see it being included more frequently recently. Vanillin is one of the primary constituents of vanilla bean that gives it the quintessential vanilla flavor and smell. It turns out this pungent aromatic also enhance fat burning.
Vanillin is a selective agonist of TRPV1 (transient receptor potential vanilloid subtype 1); agonists of TRPV1 are well-known for their ability to stimulate lipolysis and boost energy metabolism.[13,14]
Banaba Leaf (60mg)
Traditionally used for its anti-diabetic powers, Banaba leaves are rich in corosolic acid, a compound heavily study for its ability to improve glucose control. Additional research into corosolic acid has shown that not only is glucose transportation improved, it also improves insulin sensitivity.[16,17,18]
This could make HydraShred good to take with or before a meal, which is indeed on the instructions.
Grains of Paradise (50mg)
HydraShred has a potent thermogenic effect to thanks to the next ingredient — Grains of Paradise, a.k.a. Aframomum Melegueta. Grains of Paradise helps to increase overall energy expenditure and mobilize brown adipose (fat) tissue. This kicks your body into “fat-burning” mode and has you burning extra calories just sitting around the house!
For additional information on this temperature-spiking ingredient, check out our mega-post titled Grains of Paradise: Fat Fighting Spice of the Goddesses.
J. Regia Extract (50mg)
Juglans Regia is a species of walnut tree native to Southwest China and the Himalayas. We believe that J. Regia is standardized for 2-amino-5-methylheptane (not 2-amino-6, which is DMHA), which usually feels stronger, and more expensive, than 2-amino-6 / DMHA.
As we’ve seen with DMAA and DMHA, 2-amino-5-methylheptane is one of several aliphatic amines, known for its powerful energy and mood-enhancing effects. In addition to its mood and energy enhancing qualities, J. Regia isn’t only for pre workouts and fat burners though, it’s also used by diabetics to lower cholesterol and lipid levels.[20,21]
As a reminder, this puts us at 200mg total content from DMHA + this one, plus the eria jarensis, so it’s quite a stiff cocktail of mood-enhancing stimulants. But most users will probably want to start at half of a scoop.
Caffeine Anhydrous (50mg)
The first of many caffeine variants to come. Anhydrous provides the instant energy portion of HydraShred, but it’s an extremely modest 50mg “kick”. This dose will provide a pleasant wake you up type feeling, setting the stage for the long-lasting energy ahead!
Dicaffeine Malate (50mg)
Our second caffeine form is the slow-release, long-lasting dicaffeine malate. Comrised of caffeine and malic acid (malate), dicaffeine malate yields 73% caffeine by mass which adds another 36.5mg caffeine to HydraShred bringing the total so far to 86.5mg caffeine.
But we’re not done yet with caffeine!
Caffeine from Green Tea (50mg)
Caffeine from Green Tea is supposedly a more natural, smoother feeling type of caffeine over caffeine anhydrous. While there haven’t been any studies that have conclusively shown this, we’ve noticed in other products using natural caffeine extracts that they do seem a bit easier on the energy kick.
Just in case you’re wondering, our caffeine total is now up to 136.5mg.
Yerba Mate (50mg)
Yerba is billed as the perfect marriage of coffee and green tea. It’s supposed to provide the energy component of coffee with the health benefits of green tea. Yerba Mate is a member of the holly family and typically brewed as a tea.
Yerba packs a great 1-2 combo of energy and health benefits that we’re hoping to see more research on going forward.
Guarana Extract 22% (50mg)
Guarana is billed as a metabolism booster in addition to the potent amount of caffeine it provides. While this hasn’t been conclusively proven, a few rat studies have indicated as much. As for caffeine contributions, 22% of 50mg, so 11mg caffeine added to what we’ve already got!
Green Coffee Bean Extract (50mg)
Another ingredient that gives us pause is Green Coffee Bean Extract (GCBE). Fortunately, there’s only 50mg of it included in HydraShred, but then we wonder why even include it to begin with?!
GCBE is rich in chlorogenic acid, which has been shown to stimulate free fatty acid release, and reduced the progression of insulin-resistance. But, is there enough chlorogenic acid present to get these benefits?
Cirsium Oligophyllum (50mg)
Cirsium Oligophyllum is an edible perennial belonging to the thistle family. As a potent beta-2 agonist, Cirsium helps stimulate lipolysis, which liberates fatty acids for use as fuel. More interesting, is the fact that Cirsium enhances caffeine’s slimming effects, and can further accelerate weight loss.
This is one of the secret weapons in the original OxyELITE Pro fat burner, the #1 seller (by far) in 2010-2012. Why we don’t see it more often is beyond us – we’d think more people would want to replicate such a success!
Interesting “Other Ingredients” section
In the other ingredients, you’ll see Instant Coffee in the powdered version of HydraShred! This is due to one of the flavors actually being cold brewed coffee — so you might not see this one on the fruity flavor(s).
On the Formula
“When formulating HydraShred, we wanted to produce the most balanced stimulant fat burner possible. We’ve went above and beyond the conventional fat burner and provided copious dosages of key ingredients, such as LCLT, Acetly-L-Carnitine, Garcinia Cambogia, while balancing it with actual lipolytic ingredients (ingredients that will ACTUALLY aid in burning fat) like Vanillin, Banaba Leaf, Grains of Paradise, and provided an over the top stim matrix featuring DHMA, J. Regia, and 6 types of caffeine.” — Sparta Nutrition
HydraShred will come in two tantalizing flavors when it’s released:
- Mango Nectar
- Cold Brewed Coffee!
This marks a first we can recollect for a fat burner having a coffee flavoring. This will be a great substitute for those who sip endless cups of coffee during the day, and actually enjoy the flavor! Now, you’ll be able to get your coffee fix and extra fat burning all at once!
Sparta is also releasing a tablet-based delivery form of HydraShred. The tablets are dual release — Half the tablet is instant release and the other half is slow release (over 6 hours) — per Sparta Nutrition.
Whew! That was A LOT to get through, but overall, Sparta Nutrition has crafted a very formidable fat burning drink in HydraShred. Even with the GCBE and Garcinia inclusions, which some people still look for, the formula is a well rounded blend of smooth feel good energy and effective fat burning ingredients.
We’ll have to put this one to the test with our crew and see how effective it is. Plus, we’re dying to see how this coffee-flavored supplement tastes!
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