Fat burning supplements were once touted as the ‘next big thing’ within the health and fitness industry.
And it is understandable.
Losing weight is no easy feat, and the thought that we can speed up that process by taking a couple of pills each day is extremely appealing.
Unfortunately this mass appeal has created a market saturated with supplements that, while advertised to have fat burning properties, do very little.
While we know that there are a number of different thermogenic compounds that can actually promote fat loss, they do not always appear in fat burning supplements, and are often overlooked for cheaper (and less effective) alternatives.
This makes it hard to distinguish between the good supplements, and the bad.
Fortunately we are here to do the groundwork for you.
Redox is advertised online as the ‘ultimate weight loss drug’, suggested to help you lose a massive 6 pounds in a single week. In online circles it is commonly referred to as the Mexican Miracle Drug, which is referring to the fact that it is made (and can only be obtained from) Mexico.
Redotex is made by the pharmaceutical company Medix, and as such, can only be ‘legally’ obtained with a prescription from a licensed physician based in Mexico (although we have heard reports of it being important and sold through third party resellers here in the US…).
Due to the prescription nature of Redotex, it does contain pharmaceutical grade ingredients that are suggested to promote weight loss, reduce hunger, and improve fat metabolism.
To gain an understanding of the effectiveness of Redotex, we will first have to take a thorough look into the ingredients within its proprietary blend.
Tri-iodothyronine, more commonly known as T3, is an extremely metabolically active thyroid hormone. It is normally prescribed to individuals suffering from hypothyroidism as a way to regulate the blood levels of thyroid hormones.
Due to its metabolic profile T3 can influence a number of different physiological processes within the human body, including physical growth and development, metabolic rate, body temperature, and even heart rate .
In conjunction with its medicinal usage, T3 has also been investigated for its influence on fat mass, where it has demonstrated to cause a significant increase in metabolic rate, while also stimulating the metabolism of fat from the fatty tissue within the body.
By mobilizing fatty acids, they become more available to be broken down used for energy, which can lead to fat loss. Additionally, increasing metabolic rate increases the amount of energy we burn at rest, further aiding weight loss.
It is important to note that T3 supplementation has been shown to cause a number of different side effects in susceptible individuals. These include headaches, nausea, hot flushes, and in some more severe cases, heart palpitations.
Atropine sulfate is a prescription medication that is commonly used to treat pesticide poisonings, and slowed heart rates, while it is also used to decrease saliva production during surgery.
Atropine sulfate supplementation has been demonstrated to increase resting heart significantly (hence its use to treat people suffering slowed heart rates), which has been shown to cause a minor increase in resting metabolic rate .
This increase in metabolic rate has been suggested to lead to increased weight gain over time.
Interestingly, Atropine has also been shown to have a number of different side effects in certain people. These side effects can include dry mouth, dilated pupils, urinary retention, and a rapid heart rate.
Norpseudoephedrine is a drug that actually sits within the amphetamine family, which its consumption has been shown to cause a significant increase in the secretion of the hormone norepinephrine (one of our key fight or flight hormones) .
This increased secretion of norepinephrine can lead to a considerable increase in energy metabolism and metabolic rate. This increase in energy usage can lead to a measurable reduction in weight and fat mass over time.
In addition to its influence on our hormone levels and metabolic rate, Norpseudoephedrine has been shown to have significant appetite supressing properties. By reducing our appetite, we reduce the amount of energy we consume throughout the day, which is something that can contribute significantly to weight loss.
The supplementation of Norpseudoephedrine has shown merit to promote weight loss in a number of populations, but appears most effective in overweight and obese individuals.
While its weight loss benefits are apparent, large doses or extended intakes have been associated with insomnia, restlessness, anxiety, muscular weakness, muscle tremors, nausea, and dryness of the mouth.
Aloin is an extract taken from the yellowish sap found on the outer green leaf of the aloe vera plant. It was used traditionally to treat constipation by inducing bowel movements . This laxative like effect that Aloin induces can create the perception of weight loss by reducing the amount of water stored in our cellular tissue, and reducing the amount of matter in our digestive tract.
Aloin has been described as unsuitable for household use as a laxative, and as such has been banned by the FDA for use in over the counter products due to its harsh side effects in pharmaceutical doses.
Diazepam is a prescription medication very similar to Valium, in that it induces calming effects on the mind and body. It is often used to treat anxiety, alcohol and drug withdrawals, muscle spasms, insomnia, and restless leg syndrome .
While Diazepam has not demonstrated any clear associations with weight loss, it has been suggested to influence loss of weight by promoting a reduced calorie intake. This reduced calorie intake has been suggested to be the result of certain side effects associated with Diazepam consumption. These side effects include feelings of nausea and sleepiness, and can lead to a lack of hunger, and subsequently a lower energy intake.
It is this lower energy intake that has been thought to promote weight loss.
While Redotex will undoubtedly promote weight loss, it may not be the best option. Each of its ingredients have demonstrated nasty side effects, which may be worsened with prolonged use of the supplement.
It is important to note that due to the ingredients used in Redotex, it has actually been banned by the FDA in the US due to certain safety concerns, further suggesting that the risk vastly outweighs the reward of taking this supplement.
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John has been a fitness enthusiast for over 10 years, starting out while struggling with obesity as a teenager. Over the years he has advised numerous clients on how to transform their physiques and their lives. As a writer on Nutrition Inspector he aims to help others achieve real results by staying clear of the common hype and false claims in the supplement industry!
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