Ripped Edge Review
We’ve reviewed a lot of natural fat burners. Thankfully no one’s pretending these products are going to do the work for you. Not even the best ones. It’s all about good diet and exercise.
A great fat burner will give you that extra edge to get ripped quicker. So in terms of the title at least, Ripped Edge from BSN Nutrition has nailed it.
But this is weight loss aid, not a goldfish. It takes more than a cool name and colorscheme to make these things worth a buy. First and foremost they have to deliver on what they promise.
In the case of Ripped Edge the product is designed to deliver;
- Fat burning
- Intense energy
- Mental focus
Thankfully there are no proprietary blends, so the formula is right there in full on the label.
Let’s get straight to it and check out if you should keep away from the edge or be living life on it.
How Does It Work?
At a Glance
- L-Carnitine to boost energy
- Caffeine & bitter orange extract to increase metabolism
- Green tea & red pepper extract to promote thermogenesis
- Botanic X Matrix, Citicoline & Huperzine A for mental sharpness
- Yohimbe to further stimulate fat loss
Plenty going on in theory then, but what about in your body? We’ll delve deeper after the scores ….
To be honest, on the whole Ripped Edge isn’t actually that impressive. It’s not without plus points however. The B vitamins, caffeine, green tea and red pepper extract are all useful, but the last two are underdosed.
The bad ultimately outweighs the good. Particularly in the case of bitter orange extract, which can cause serious side effects. More often Ripped Edge is more disappointing than dangerous though, with a selection of pretty unconvincing ingredients.
At around $20 Ripped Edge is admittedly towards the lower end of the price range for fat burners. So while it’s good, it’s not exactly highway robbery as some brands can be.
However to be classed as good value the quality of the formula would definitely have to improve.
For most supplement users it’s the results that count. If you can find a bargain then great, but ultimately it’s the numbers on the scales and not the price tag that matters.
In Ripped Edge’s defence, it’s certainly not dangerously produced. It’s from a U.S company and complies with cGMP regulations. Plus it avoids proprietary blends by putting all formula information on the label.
That said … there are 3 ingredients here with the potential for side effects. Potentially serious ones too in some cases. There’s also a handful of choices that arguably come in under active doses.
So all that adds up to a middling score on trust.
We’re frequently disappointed by the reviews for natural supplements. Usually it’s because they are glowing, but with no real detail.
Ripped Edge doesn’t have that helpful depth either, but it also can’t even manage to tip the balance and have mainly positive reviews. Feedback is pretty mixed. There are those who like the energy it provides, as you would expect from a product high in caffeine, but just as many if not more users note a lack of effects.
Just because Ripped Edge didn’t blow us away, that doesn’t mean BSN Nutrition, the company it’s from, is a write off.
You can’t hit a home run every swing. In actual fact since starting in 2001, Florida based Bio-Engineered Supplement & Nutrition have developed a wide range of popular supplements.
They’ve also done work with MMA star Conor McGregor so frankly we’d rather stay on their good side.
How Do I Take It?
The label suggests you take 1 serving of 2 caps a day with a meal or protein shake.
It’s apparently up to you to decide exactly when you take it. There’s no way a single serving will sustain full fat burning effects all day, so whenever you pick you’ll be losing out at several points during the day.
If you’re sticking with Ripped Edge though, best not take it too close to bed owing to the high caffeine content.
Any Ripped Edge Side Effects?
If you’re not a big coffee drinker, the caffeine might be a bit of a shock to the system. Though these side effects aren’t serious, they aren’t nice either. Headaches, nausea, dizziness, racing heart or insomnia, would be a few.
Bitter orange extract is the real worry though. It can also cause a lot of the same less serious feelings like nausea, but add to that complications like spiking blood pressure. That may not sound too scary but in fact it can raise your chances of heart attack and stroke.
Huperzine A on the other hand has been known to cause pretty unpleasant stomach upset in some unlucky users. Sickness, cramps and diarrhoea are common if it disagrees with you.
Yohimbe too in rare cases can cause hypertension and increased anxiety as a side effect.
Where Can I Get It?
Ripped Edge is available from Amazon.com for $18 which gets you a one month supply.
Ingredients – In Detail
Acetyl L-Carnitine HCL
A favorite in fat burners and pre-workouts thanks to supposed energy fuelling and weight loss properties. The most promising of these is reducing fatigue, but it’s worth pointing out it typically works better at much higher levels than 250mg.
Caffeine is much more reliable as an energy source. This is important while you’re taking on fewer calories, as it helps to avoid stamina slumps. Not only that, it also speeds up your metabolism and to an extent helps to keep your appetite in check, stopping cravings
As with any stimulant, amount is key. 225mg is a safe, effective daily level but if you’re sensitive you may need time to adjust.
One of our fat burning favourites, this another choice with a lot to offer. First and foremost it’s rich in catechins, which trigger norepinephrine, the body’s main fat burning hormone.
Aside from being one of the most effective natural thermogenic ingredients around it’s also full of antioxidants to support good all-round health.
If we were worried the caffeine might be a tad on the high side for some, it’s the opposite problem here. Green tea is so beneficial just 125mg seems a real shame.
Bitter Orange Extract
Any advantages bitter orange has as a metabolism booster is sort of cancelled out by the fact that, particularly when paired with caffeine, it can cause serious side effects.
Introduced as a replacement after the FDA banned ephedrine for health risks, there’s some question over whether bitter orange (or synephrine) is any safer. There are already restrictions or bans on its use in Canada, Scandinavia and Europe.
65mg gives Ripped Edge and edge alright, maybe just not the type you were hoping for.
This is aimed at supporting cognition, motivation and focus at a time when reduced calories might cause your mental game to flag. A good idea then, even if it has no direct fat burning chops.
The problem with Citicoline though is that, like L-Carnitine, it’s usually works at much higher levels than 50mg. Also, again it’s typically much more effective in older users.
Basically this is a mix of Theacrine and Sceletium Tortuosum. Two more picks to keep you sharp and in good spirits while low on your usual fuel.
Both show promise in battling anxiety at lowish amounts so 33mg might not sound like much but maybe it could actually help boost mood somewhat.
Grapefruit Bioflavonoid Complex
Grapefruit and coffee are sometimes called the ultimate fat burning breakfast and we’ve already had caffeine, so this is the perfect choice, right?
Well, not quite. There’s not a whole lot of evidence that grapefruit transfers well as a fat burner to supplement form. Bioflavonoids are generally better as antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. Helpful, but actually not as good as it first seems.
Toothed Club Moss Extract (Huperzine A)
Huperzine A is another choice geared towards mood and focus. It can genuinely help some in this area too, but usually in bigger amounts than just 6mg.
Some users also report side effects so maybe the small dose is a bit of a blessing in this case.
Yohimbe is a plant which blocks the alpha receptors in the body. These limit the amount of natural fat burning our systems do. It can do this well at levels as low as 5mg, so 6mg isn’t as bad as it looks.
It’s worth being aware though there is the possibility of side effects here again.
Helps to better absorb all the other things here.
If we could talk to the makers of Ripped Edge, we’d say why so shy with the green tea? Also we’d suggest switching up red pepper for cayenne and add plenty of green coffee bean.
A bit of added help with hunger pangs would be nice too. There are options there, they should have looked into them.
Despite a handful of good choices, it turns out that Ripped Edge is actually pretty blunt.
It’s far from the worst burner we’ve seen but in this market that’s really not much of a boast. BSN Nutrition have some good products but there are plenty of problems to iron out before this is one of them.
In the meantime there are plenty of better fat burner options out there worthy of your time and funds.
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