Fen HCL capsules is a non-prescription weight loss product designed to provide effective appetite suppression and hunger control as well as helps to control blood sugar levels. This product comes from FenHCL and should not be confused with the company’s other product Fen HCL Tablets. Although also designed for weight loss, the time-released tablet product contains a different formula.
Each white and blue capsule is formulated from all natural ingredients, which include: 20:1 Hoodia Extract, Guarana Extract and a Proprietary Blend of Cha De Bugre, Ginseng, Citrus Aurantium, Magnolia Bark Extract and Black Pepper.
At the time that this review was written, a one month supply of Fen HCL capsules sold on Amazon for $29.99.
The recommended dosage is to take 1 or 2 capsules on an empty stomach about 30 minutes prior to breakfast and another 1 or 2 capsules prior to lunch. Users are cautioned not take the pills too late in the day because the ingredients within the formula may cause sleeplessness. Users are also advised to first speak with their healthcare professional prior to taking this product or any supplement when starting any exercise or diet program.
How effective is Fen HCL. For starters, this OTC diet pill is meant to be used in conjunction with diet and exercise for optimal results. Secondly, its claim that it can cause appetite suppression is unfounded. None of the supposed appetite suppression-causing ingredients (ex. hoodia, cha de bugre) have been clinically proven to curb appetite.
As for the other ingredients, ginseng is believed to possibly help enhance immune system, reduce blood sugar levels, boost endurance and improve mood. Gurana, which contains caffeine, can improve mental alertness and fat burning. Magnolia bark is thought to help lower anxiety, which could reduce stress-related eating. Black Pepper helps the body to absorb ingredients more effectively and citrus aurantium – more commonly known as bitter orange – naturally contains the stimulant synephrine, which is believed to help breakdown fat and can boost the effectiveness of caffeine.
Unfortunately, while it is true that synephrine can boost the effectiveness of caffeine, it can also increase the risk of its negative side effects including insomnia, jitters, anxiety, rapid heartbeat, etc. Even worse, the FDA warns that combining caffeine with synephrine can also increase the risk of high blood pressure, stroke and heart attack, even in healthy individuals.
In addition to combining ingredients that together have the potential to produce dangerous side effects, there is not scientific proof that taking any of the ingredients as part of the Fen HCL capsule formula or individually, will lead to weight loss or help you shed measureable fat.