If you’re looking to cut some extra weight, you might think you couldn’t do much better than a supplement called Blade, which is a fat burner from Blue Star Nutraceuticals.
As we all know though, it’s not the flashy name on the front that matters, it’s the ingredients and their doses.
Blade’s mission statement is simple enough: to increase, fat burning, energy and focus. Top marks for good intentions then, but just how well does this blade execute?
We’ll get into these ingredients and their doses further down the page, first though the overall scores …
There are a couple of good thermogenic ingredients here and plenty of caffeine, but a few choices just don’t have strong science supporting them and one or two may cause side effects. Combine that with a less than perfect serving schedule and we can only give an average score.
It’s not the most expensive burner on the market, but at nearly $60 it’s definitely starting to get up there. On the whole Blade just can’t justify this price for what it offers and its potential problems.
No testimonials on the company website so our only indicator of quality is customer reviews. They’re a mixed bag in terms of detail and usefulness, but they’re generally positive, even if most aren’t exactly blown away by the results.
Being manufactured in Canada we have no worries about the quality of production, but the fact that there is a completely unnecessary proprietary blend in there and two ingredients with a real risk of side effects means we can’t give full marks.
Blue Star Nutraceuticals is highly professional looking company with global reach and a number of different supplements as part of their flagship legacy series. No massive problems though their motto is “Potency. Purity. Honesty” and the last of these makes the proprietary blend a head scratcher.
The label directs you take 2 capsules in the morning and another 2 in mid-afternoon.
Just 2 servings id far from ideal as far as keeping any fat burning ingredients working evenly throughout the day. 3 or 4 evenly spaced servings is your best bet for effective results.
Synephrine can cause dizziness, sickness and headaches as well as raise blood pressure dangerously high increasing the chance of heart attack and stroke. A real gamble in our mind.
Too much yohimbe can provoke stomach problems and anxiety and hypertension.
Blade is available from Bodybuilding.com in the U.S, costing $59.99 for a month’s supply of 120 capsules. In the U.K it’s available from samedaysupplements.com for just under £39.
Blade does contain a proprietary blend – only get the names of ingredients and their combined – but only for some of the recipe. This seems really odd and kind of exposes these ‘secret blends’ for the ridiculous marketing gimmick most of us know they are.
Not the worst main ingredient in the world. Does contain some thermogenic compounds which will melt extra calories as your body is first naturally heated up, then again as your system automatically regulates its temperature. 450mg is a good amount, but sweet pepper doesn’t have quite the fat burning kick of a cayenne pepper for example.
There’s strong evidence that in the right dose, Acetyl-L-Carnitine can be really effective at increasing energy and stamina, but usually at a slightly higher dose than Blade has on offer. Successful results have been seen at between 500mg and 2.5g in trials; compare to the just 400mg we’re getting here. There’s no guarantees we’ll get the full benefits.
Green tea is a great pick, any fat burner that leaves it out is really missing a trick. No question over thermogenic abilities here, the strong antioxidant stimulates production of fat burning hormone, norepinephrine, heating your body up safely and expertly. 300mg is an okay amount, but given what it brings to the party, Blade could afford a lot more.
Caffeine is probably the best natural way to get your metabolism working overtime. The energy it brings also helps you avoid drops in stamina due to a low calorie diet. The only question about caffeine in any supplement is dose. 225mg per serving will certainly make things happen but might be a little on the high side for some.
Always a controversial choice this one. Some say it helps burn fat and boost energy, though the evidence we’ve seen isn’t terribly convincing. Worse still, it can cause serious side effects when combined with caffeine. We prefer to avoid the very real risk for debatable reward, and skipped the 25mg altogether.
Yohimbe can be a useful for losing weight s in the right dose ir blocks the receptors that deal with storing fat and may also serve as an appetite suppressant. The question is, what is the best amount? Many would say between 15 and 30 mg, while others suggest as low as 5mg. Too much can also cause side effects. No problems like that here though with 8mg, but unclear if it will help.
No dosages here remember so no matter how good the choice we can’t say if it will help.
There’s little or no evidence connecting this choice with fat burning. Certainly it has antioxidant qualities helpful for overall health, but because we don’t have an amount we can’t say how well it even does that.
This is a mix of Panax Notoginseng and Astragalus Membranaceus. These are two ingredients common in traditional medicine but with very little clinical research backing them up. Being part of the ginseng family Panax Notoginseng may help with blood flow and Astragalus Membranaceus may have some anti-inflammatory properties but no stronger than that.
Sodium Alpha Lipoic Acid
A 2009 study from the “Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry” found this was able to reduce appetite in rats fed a high-fat diet. However follow up studies contradict this and there have been no human trials of note.
A food additive used to control acidity in foods. May aid digestion but has no fat burning qualities.
Not the worst fat burner available but probably one of the more expensive and not nearly the best.
For this kind of money we would recommend cutting out the proprietary blends or worries about side effects, and go for a more proven option