Shred JYM Fat
Burner has gone all in on L-carnitine, which is theoretically a great product
for a far burner but currently lacks solid, consistent scientific evidence to
support its effectiveness. If you’re convinced by the evidence and want a fat
burner with a decent dose of L-carnitine, then Shred JYM is just that.
Shred JYM also has a good amount of green tea extract and caffeine, and also a half-decent amount of cayenne pepper extract. However, we’re not entirely convinced by the inclusion of patented bitter-orange extract, Advantra Z, which is currently a bit of a fad in the weight loss world but might come with some potential health risks.
We were also a little confused by the inclusion of L-Tyrosine, which we would expect to see in a nootropic as its effects on brain performance are well-supported by scientific studies. Some people theorise that it might be able to boost metabolism, but these claims are not supported by evidence yet.
The Shred JYM Fat Burner formula is a bit hit-and-miss. It wouldn’t be our first choice of fat burner in its price range (around $40). There are other products will more proven ingredients that will work better. Also, we would also prefer a fat burner with a stronger appetite suppressant, such as glucomannan, because when losing weight one of the main things you need to do is reduce how much you consume and a suppressed appetite makes that a lot easier.
Other than on the manufacturer’s website, there aren’t a whole lot of reviews of the JYM Shred Fat burner. We found four on TrustPilot. All of them were positive. The product doesn’t seem to be available on Amazon yet, although other products by the company are and they have lots of positive reviews. On the Shred JYM website, the reviews were much the same: short and positive. The overall score was 4.7 stars. We would prefer to make our analysis of verified customer reviews of Shred JYM Fat Burner from third-party sources, but this wasn’t really possible this time.
Acetyl-L-Carnitine (1.5g) - Often simply referred to as L-carnitine, this ingredient is a natural enzyme that is produced ordinarily in the body. As a supplement, it has been linked to neurological improvements with some experts suggesting it could alleviate symptoms of Alzheimer’s. L-carnitine’s impact on weight loss is less straightforward, however.
Let’s take a moment to explore this because it’s by far the main ingredient in this fat burner, which means the effectiveness of the whole formula rather hinges on this ingredient. L-carnitine is responsible is involved in energy production as it moves fatty acids into the reach of mitochondria which then burn the fats to create usable energy. It seems logical to assume that the more your mitochondria are burning fats the less fat will be stored in the body—and this is exactly the argument that Shred JYM Fat Burner is using to justify the inclusion of L-carnitine.
But while this might make sense theoretically, studies are ambiguous. Some studies reported no difference whatsoever between participants taking L-carnitine and those on a placebo. One study did suggest it helps obese people to lose weight, so all we can say with any certainty is that it might help if you are seriously overweight. More research is needed to confirm the effects of L-carnitine, and while it’s not unreasonable to include it, we’re not convinced it should be the centre-piece of any fat burner just yet.
Green Tea Extract (500mg) - Green tea extract is found in a number of fat burners and for good reason. We are fully behind the inclusion of green tea extract. Multiple studies have demonstrated its effectiveness at increasing fat oxidation and removing fat before it is absorbed by the body. The 500mg dose included in Shred JYM is a decent amount that is endorsed by the science.
Caffeine (200mg) - Caffeine is another common ingredient in fat burners. It comes with a whole host of health benefits as well as promoting weight loss through thermogenesis. The 200mg dose is Shred JYM is not the highest dose found in fat burners but it’s a sufficient amount and is unlikely to cause negative side effects like the jitters.
L-Tyrosine (500mg) - Tyrosine is a precursor to chemicals that can speed up your metabolic rate, but there is no evidence that taking it as a supplement does actually increase metabolic rate. Ordinarily, Tyrosine is found in nootropic supplements as its effect on brain performance is fairly well documented. We feel it is a bit of an odd choice for a fat burner. There are better, proven ingredients that could have been used instead, such as black pepper extract, or vitamin D, or appetite-suppressing glucomannan.
Capsimax Cayenne Pepper Extract (50mg) - This extract is high in a compound called capsaicin, which has been seen to reduce appetite and boost metabolism. It works by increasing oxygen consumption and raising the body temperature to induce thermogenesis. We would like to see the dose being a little higher for the full effects to be felt, around 100mg would be optimum.
Advantra Z (20mg) - This is a patented extract of bitter orange. There is a very small amount of evidence suggesting this supplement can increase heart rate in an unhealthy way and potentially present a health risk. The benefit of Advantra Z is that it contains a compound that might boost your metabolism. Advantra Z became popular after ephedra was banned due to the serious health risks it posed. Research is currently being conducted into the safety of using Advantra Z and we feel it’s too early to comment. That said, there are plenty of other ingredients available that are both safe and effective that Shred JYM Fat Burner could have included instead.
With so few customer reviews to draw upon, our review of Shred JYM Fat Burner relies entirely on our analysis of the ingredients. Shred JYM Fat Burner definitely includes some decent ingredients that will aid weight loss. In particular, the green tea extract, cayenne pepper extract, and caffeine are solid ingredients for any fat burner.
Unfortunately, Shred JYM Fat Burner also includes a couple of not-so-good ingredients. These are tyrosine, which is not scientifically linked to weight loss but is a decent ingredient for nootropic supplements, and Advantra Z, which may pose a health risk, although we can’t be certain at present. It is our view that Shred JYM Fat Burner over relies on a big dose of L-carnitine, which is quite probably a good ingredient but does need further research to be sure.
There are other fat burners available that include only ingredients that have a number of scientific studies supporting them, that pose no health risks, and include not a single ineffective ingredient. Our first choice would be Instant Knockout Cut for a high caffeine weight loss aid, it contains the effective ingredients from Shred JYM and some extras like glucomannan (which swells 50X larger in the stomach to about the size of a bagel suppressing appetite) which is far more effective for weight loss than some of the fluff ingredeitns in Shred.