Phen-ES is a diet pill that has been created to improve mood and increase mental focus. It is marketed as a pharmaceutical grade fat burner of the highest quality. The front label of the bottle advertises that the product contains Phenylethylamine Hydrochloride, a stimulant that works in the body to make certain chemicals that help with athletic performance, depression, mood, and weight loss.

According to the Amazon product page for Phen-ES – at the time that this review was written – the ingredients in this formula help with appetite suppression, fat burning, boost daily energy and improve mood. The ingredients include: B-phenylethylamine HCL, Yohimbine HCL, Caffeine, Theobromine Anhydrous.

The key ingredient is B-phenylethylamine HCL, also known as PEA. This ingredient is from where Phen-ES takes its name. By using “Phen” in its name this also works in the product’s favor in terms of being considered an OTC alternative to the prescription diet drug Phentermine. As was previously stated, PEA stimulates the body to create certain chemicals that play a role in both psychiatric and depression conditions.

Unfortunately, although PEA has been studied to determine its effects on depression, mood, weight loss and focus, among other conditions, there is insufficient evidence to prove that it works on any of these conditions. Further scientific study is required to know exactly what effects – good or bad – this substance has on humans.

It should also be noted that this ingredient has been linked to many negative side effects due to the fact that it works in a similar way to the drug amphetamine and may cause similar unpleasant effects. These may include: agitation, anxiety, rapid heart rate and so on.

Furthermore, this product also contains caffeine, which is another potent stimulant that affects the nervous system. It can cause similar effects to PEA as well as insomnia, jitters, restlessness, upset stomach and more.

Be advised that due to the contents in the Phen-ES formula, this product may not be safe for individuals with psychological disorders. For instance, PEA may cause individuals with Bipolar disorder to become manic and may worsen the symptoms of hallucinations and delusions for those with schizophrenia. It should also be avoided by women who are pregnant or nursing. To be on the safe side, you should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this non-prescription diet pill to make sure it is safe for you.

At the time that this Phen-ES review was written, a single bottle containing 60 tablets cost $44.99 on Amazon.

PhenMax 375

PhenMax 375 is an “extra strong thermogenic fat burner and appetite suppressant”. Promising rapid weight loss, this USA made over-the-counter diet pill contains a blend of ingredients that are supposedly clinically proven to help you lose body fat safely and at a rate that is far quicker than if you were to engage in only diet and exercise alone.

Unfortunately, like so many other diet pills on the market that have been created as OTC alternatives to weight loss drugs like Phentermine, PhenMax 375 is unlikely to help you lose weight. What it will likely do is boost your energy, which will be explained in more detail when the ingredients are analyzed.

Each capsule is composed of the PhenMax 375-60 Proprietary Blend: B-Phenylethylamine HCL, Green Tea, Garcinia Cambogia Extract, Guarana, L-Carnitine Fumarate and Carlluma Extract.

One confusing aspect in regard to this product is the dosage instructions found on its label. Although one serving (765mg) is made up of 2 capsules, the recommended dose is to take only 1 capsule on an empty stomach 30 minutes prior to breakfast. Users are cautioned not to exceed the recommended dosage. However, if only one pill should be taken, it is odd that the manufacturer listed 2 capsules as one serving.

As for the ingredients themselves, here’s what you should keep in mind. Garcinia cambogia is thought to curb hunger. Phenylethylamine (PEA) is a stimulant that works to boost mental alertness and suppress appetite. L-carnitine fumarate may help burn fat and decrease feelings of tiredness. Carlluma extract may help quench thirst and reduce hunger. Green tea boosts metabolism and is high in antioxidants. Guarana is also a metabolism booster and may also improve mental focus.

The reality of PhenMax 375 is that it is little more than a caffeine pill. It contains caffeine (found in both green tea and guarana), which stimulates the central nervous system. Caffeine has been clinically proven to boost mental alertness. Some studies have also found that when combined with physical activity, caffeine can increase fat burning for a short time. That being said, keep in mind, caffeine has never been clinically proven to cause weight loss. Furthermore, it may also not be safe for everyone.

In addition to its good side effects, caffeine has many unpleasant ones as well. Sleeplessness, restlessness, upset stomach, headache and rapid heartbeat are some that may be experienced. It would be wise to avoid ingesting other caffeinated products while taking this pill and to consult your healthcare provider before making it part of our weight loss plan.

At the time that this review was written, a single bottle (60 capsules) cost $26.55 on Amazon.