PhenQ is following a diet pill tradition by using “Phen” as part of the name and popping the words “In Phentermine Q” on the label. Although this phrase is pretty meaningless, it is in reference to Phentermine – a notorious but powerful prescription drug that has helped people lose weight but is known for side effects including a link to strokes and heart attacks. These days Phentermine is not so easily available and possibly for this reason, there are numerous weight loss supplements on the market such as PhenQ which pay homage to the Phentermine name.
A “Phen” diet pill usually contains a lot of stimulants. However, PhenQ does not follow this trend and in fact it is unlike any diet pill we have ever seen. The only stimulant ingredient is caffeine which contains around the equivalent of a cup and a half of coffee. The principle ingredient is Calcium Carbonate at a whopping 625mg a serving.
Calcium is essential for healthy bones and teeth but there is little to link it to weight loss and in fact calcium carbonate is often used as a filler ingredient in other supplements. Calcium carbonate is however taken as a cheap over the counter antacid treatment where it is effective if taken in moderation.
Calcium carbonate is an abundant mineral found across the world in rocks and cliffs and even identified on Mars. Closer to home calcium carbonate is present in hard natural substances such as pearls and eggshells and in dietary form is present in green leaf veggies such as kale and broccoli.
Other ingredients include amino acids which may help cause fat burning and muscle mass, and vitamins. There are also some small servings of weight loss ingredients such as capsaicin extract believed to work as a natural thermogenic (fat burner), a natural cactus extract called Nopal and a trademarked supplement called A Lacy Reset. This last one contains Alpha Lipoic acid and is supposed to protect against oxidative stress.
PhenQ is manufactured by Ergo Group Ltd an investment group based in Dubai. The group invests in sectors including health, wellness, technology and energy. According to the product information, Phen Q is manufactured in FDA approved facilities but there is no further information as to whether PhenQ is made in the UK or the USA. It is highly likely it is manufactured in both.
Although PhenQ originates from a Dubai based company, there are offices both in the UK and USA which deal with shipping and customer services in both countries. The company also ship internationally and the product website is available in many different language versions.
We have covered an Ergo supplement in a previous review. This was Garcinia Cambogia Extra which we were impressed with.
Although we are not 100% convinced about garcinia cambogia as an ingredient, we thought this supplement looked like a good way of trying this popular although unproven ingredient. We added Garcinia Cambogia Extra to our approved list.