Xenadrine was perhaps second only in popularity to Hydroxycut in the fat burner market. It had survived the black age of ephedra recalls and has since morphed into a line of supplements with market names such as Xenadrine EFX, Xenadrine Ripped , and Xenadrine Ultra. The original label, Xenadrine RFA-1, still remains strong in the market despite its reformulation.
The Xenadrine RFA-1 Story
Perhaps you’ve heard of Steve Bechler, Baltimore Orioles’ pitcher, whose untimely death was, almost by implication, attributed to Xenadrine RFA-1. AT the time of his death, a bottle of Xenadrine was found in his locker and was immediately pilloried as the cause célèbre of the case. The Xenadrine of that time contained ephedrine, which you must know by now, has been banned as an ingredient by the FDA. Of course ephedrine was not the cause of Mr. Bechler’s death; it was a combination of a host of factors, but the media just had to have a heyday with it.
The name Xenadrine though had strong brand name recall and it would have been a shame not to have capitalized on it. This is why the market is now awash with Xenadrine supplements of varying trademark names. The Xenadrine brand is now owned by Iovate Health Sciences, ironically the manufacturers of the famous Hydroxycut line.
What’s In Xenadrine RFA-1 Now?
Xenadrine RFA-1 today is the neutered version of the original. It no longer contains its star ingredient, ephedrine, so its new formulation now relies on the synergistic combination of natural ingredients categorized in four complex formulations:
- Vitamins and Minerals – A load of B vitamins, calcium, potassium and chromium. B vitamins do play a role in a proper metabolic activity. Chromium helps regulate blood sugar levels so it takes care of craving control and insulin activity.
- Lipo-Core™ – A proprietary blend of:
- Garcinia Cambogia – The rind of this fruit is replete with HCA or hydroxycitric acid which acts as a carb blocker. In combination with chromium polycotinate and gymnema (both present in the RFA-1 formula), HCA has clinically proven to contribute to positive weight loss results. The amount in this formula, however, falls short of the actual amounts of HCA administered in the study.
- Raspberry Ketones – Lab mice kept trim when introduced to this compound which prevented fat synthesis and therefore weight gain. No studies have conclusively been drawn for humans yet.
- Willow Bark – source for salacin which worked well with ephedra. Now with no ephedra, we don’t know how effective this is.
- Ginger Root Extract – Showed positive weight loss effects but only in lab animals
- L-Tyrosine – may contribute to increased metabolic rate, although clinical evidence of its thyroid enhancing powers is almost nil. It does, however, seem to be a promising mood booster.
- Thermodyne Complex™ – a proprietary blend of:
- Green Tea Extract – a very good stimulant and a wise inclusion. Besides the antioxidant benefits it contributes, it has caffeine which has clinically proven over and over to be a good thermogenic, albeit a mild one.
- Caffeine Anhydrous – More caffeine in a different form just ups the stimulating fat burning capacity of Xenadrine RFA-1.
- Theobroma cacao – or source of dark chocolate which contains mood lifting and energy enhancing properties
- Wasabi (wasabia japonica) – As hot as it tastes, this Japanese horseradish may supply a mild thermogenic kick
- Capsicum annum – of the pepper family containing capsaicin, a substance that raises thermogenic activity
- Cytodrine™ Complex – a 137 mg. combination of:
- Gymnema – an ingredient important to the effectiveness of HCA in the Lipo-Core™ complex
- Vitus cinifera – grape seed extract seems to serve as a caloric restrictor.
- Chamomile flower extract – largely a sedative and an antioxidant. Why it is included in the ingredient stack is a good question. Perhaps, it is to temper the formula? Or it can just be label dressing.
- Guarana seed – contains caffeine and is clearly the addition to this supplement’s stimulant arsenal.
The Bottom Line
The ingredient stack is pretty decent, but nothing new. This is not to say though that Xenadrine RFA-1 can’t deliver. It probably won’t give you a great bang for your buck as it did in the good ol’ ephedrine days; but, you’ll get some results. Of course, nothing can beat ephedrine so we say Xenadrine RFA-1 is good as it is.
This supplement belongs to the category of bodybuilding supplements; so, if you’re the average Joe who isn’t much into muscle definitions and such yet, Xenadrine RFA-1 may be a tad too much. You may want to look at other options such as Phentramin-D. Little steps at a time, right? Xenadrine can be your next level supplement.
Weight Comment’s Rating: 4 / 5
A good ingredient combination is always a potential winner.