Super HD by Cellucor
Super HD claims to be the weight loss supplement to bring out the high-def you. To do that it contains a proprietary blend of weight loss herbs known as IFAS50, the regular complement of weight loss natural supplements and a novel addition in Evodiamine. Super HD has risen quite quickly among weight loss supplements but does it work? Read on to find out.
by Brad Chase
Cellucor Super HD is one the new weight loss supplements in the market. It contains micronutrients and herbal extracts that promote fat burning as well as improve mental focus and cognition.
Cellucor describes Super HD as high-def fat targeting and sculpting agent. By user testimonials and its fast rise to the top of the list of the best weight loss supplements, Super HD delivers on that description.
The distinguishing ingredient of Super HD is IFAS50, a proprietary blend of fatty acid synthase inhibitors. The three active ingredients of Super HD that makes up IFAS50 are Camellia sinensis (green tea) extract, tuber fleece flower root extract and Chinese mistletoe stem extract.
Other herbs included in Super HD are Rhodiola rosea root extract, amla fruit extract, dandelion root extract, Pausinystalia yohimbe extract, red pepper fruit (containing 2% capsaicinoids in a proprietary formulation known as Capsimax™), evodiamine 98%, rauwolfia extract and toothed club moss (containing 1% huperzine A).
Super HD also includes the B vitamins, niacin, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) and vitamin B12 (cobalamin). It contains a special B vitamin blend which combines niacinamide, pyridoxal-5-phosphate, cyanocobalamin, methylcobalamin and Coenzyme B12.
Other active ingredients in Super HD are caffeine and N-acetyl-L-tyrosine.
The inactive ingredients are gelatin and titanium dioxide capsule shell, microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate and silica.
When starting on Super HD, the manufacturer recommends that 1 capsule of the weight loss supplement be taken in the morning and on an empty stomach. Thereafter, another capsule may be taken 5 – 6 hours later in the day.
After several days and only after tolerance has developed, a second capsule may be added in the morning.
The total daily intake of Super HD should not exceed 3 capsules.
Continuous supplementation of Super HD should not exceed 8 weeks after which the user should allow a washout period of at least 4 weeks before restarting Super HD supplementation.
Because it contains caffeine and other diuretics, Super HD may cause dehydration. To prevent this, you should drink a lot of water while taking the supplement.
Super HD is only recommended for healthy adults. It is not recommended for children and teens younger than 18 years. It is also not recommended for pregnant and lactating women.
Care should be taken when combining Super HD with another medication. See your doctor if you are receiving monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) or if you are placed on drugs that affect the cardiovascular, nervous and endocrine systems.
Caffeine is perhaps the most popular weight loss supplement. This xanthine alkaloid is obtained from different natural sources including tea leaves, seeds and fruits. It is the most consumed stimulant and a common ingredient of energy drinks.
There are 3 established ways by which caffeine can contribute to weight loss. First, it increases the activities of excitatory neurotransmitters in the brain by blocking adenosine, an inhibitory neurotransmitters. This directly translates into an increase in physical activities and energy expenditure which leads the body to burn fat for fuel.
Caffeine can also directly serve as a thermogenic agent. It encourages the body to burn stored fat instead of converting glycogen to glucose for energy source. Besides promoting weight loss, this effect reduces food cravings by satisfying immediate energy needs, and it also lowers blood glucose levels.
Lastly, caffeine is a potent diuretic. It encourages the elimination of excess water from the body.
Therefore, it can contribute to the loss of water weight and prevent the retention of fluids in the muscles as they lose their fat stores.
N-acetyl-L-tyrosine is a salt of tyrosine, one of the 22 amino acids used in the body to build proteins.
In Super HD, this tyrosine salt has a supportive role. Because tyrosine is the precursor of important brain chemicals like levodopa, dopamine, epinephrine and norepinephrine, it can help improve the levels of those neurotransmitters.
By increasing the production of hormones such as T3 and T4 and neurotransmitters such as epinephrine and norepinephrine, tyrosine serves indirectly as a thermogenic agent.
These 4 hormones and neurotransmitters can increase the rate of metabolism in the body as well as the drive for physical activities. Both results promote fat burning in the adipose tissues.
Green tea is a good source of caffeine. Therefore, it has all the weight loss benefits of caffeine; and then some.
Other phytochemicals in green tea can help regulate blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol levels. In addition, green tea is an excellent source of antioxidants such as EGCG or epigallocatechin gallate.
Therefore, it can provide protective support for the body even as it loses some weight.
Furthermore, green tea can help boost the immunity and reduce the effect of physical and chemical stress on the body. Both of these effects are especially important because the weight loss exercise regimen coupled with Super HD will task the body while it burns fat for energy.
Tuber fleece flower root extract is taken from the plant, Radix Polygoni Multiflori.
It is a common herb in Chinese traditional medicine where it is renowned for its anti-aging properties as well as the ability to protect the liver. This plant extract increases the activities of the antioxidant enzymes naturally produced in the body.
In addition, it boosts the immune system and prevents lipid peroxidation from damaging cells and tissues.
Therefore, it is useful in Super HD for maintaining the normal functioning of the body even as fat is lost due to intense exercising of the muscles.
The Chinese mistletoe stem extract contains active phytochemicals which are classified as immunomodulators and diuretics. Therefore, the herbal extract can boost immunity as well as reduce water weight.
Rhodiola is an adaptogen. This means that it can help the body rebound from physical and emotional stress.
The plant extract has also been shown to improve mood and reduce fatigue. Experts believe that it acts by increasing the amount of serotonin and dopamine released in the brain.
By improving mood and endurance, rhodiola can help Super HD users stick to the regular exercise regimen that sustained weight loss requires. By acting as an adaptogen, it reduces the wear on muscles that this exercise causes.
Amla fruit extract is rich in antioxidants such as vitamin C, flavonoids and elligatanins.
In one human trial, the fruit extract was shown to be quite effective for reducing blood cholesterol levels.
It can also increase blood glucose levels. Both of these effects help support weight loss through fat burning and also promote a more extensive use of fat instead of glucose as the primary energy source.
Dandelion root extract supplies the phytochemical taraxerol and taraxol. It is a diuretic herb that is commonly used to eliminate excess water and to detoxify the body.
Therefore, the dandelion in Super HD contributes to water weight loss.
Both of these plant extracts contain the yohimbine, an alkaloid that has been proven to be an effective weight loss supplement.
Yohimbine works by directly increasing metabolic rate. Its preferred site of action is the adipose tissue where fat is stored. There, yohimbine stimulates the utilization of fat for energy. It also increase blood flow to the adipose tissue so that the fat broken down there can be immediately carried to cells where it can be used as the primary energy source.
In addition, yohimbine prevents the body from winding down the sympathetic nervous system when low caloric diet is introduced. Instead, it encourages the body to keep up its rate of metabolism so that it can turn to stored fat for energy when the calories in the diet get smaller.
To be effective, yohimbine should be taken on an empty stomach in the morning. This requirement for a fasting state is most likely the reason Super HD is recommended to be taken well before meals too.
The red pepper fruit extract in Super HD is supplied as a proprietary formulation known as Capsimax™ containing 2% capsaicinoids.
Of the capsaicinoids, capsaicin is the most important. These capsaicinoids are thermogenic agents, and they can increase both the body’s temperature as well as metabolic rate.
Like some of the other thermogenic ingredients of Super HD, capsaicinoids shift the body’s energy source from glucose to fat.
Evodiamine is a phytochemical extracted from plants in Tetradium family. It is known as a thermogenic agent and a stimulant.
Experts believe its weight loss effects are similar to those of capsaicin, and it has been proven to reduce fat uptake in mice.
This herbal extract contains 1% huperzine A. Huperzine A is an alkaloid that acts in the body by blocking the enzymes responsible for breaking down acetylcholine.
Because of the key roles acetylcholine plays in memory formation and cognitive functioning, huperzine A functions as a nootropic agent in Super HD. This means that it is responsible for improving mental focus and clarity.
Niacin is also known as nicotinic acid or vitamin B3.
It can improve the body lipid profile by reducing the amount of LDL (low density lipoproteins or “bad” cholesterol) released while increasing the amount of HDL (high density lipoproteins or “good” cholesterol) produced.
However, it also has an indirect effect on fat burning. It does this by increasing the production of steroid hormones from the adrenal gland. These hormones increase muscular activity and help burn the fat stored in the tissues.
Niacinamide is a metabolite of niacin and a B vitamin too but it has a different pharmacological profile.
The inclusion of Niacinamide in Super HD is questionable since it does not improve cholesterol profile like niacin nor stimulate the production of adrenal hormones. However, niacinamide can potentially improve cognition and boost immunity.
Vitamin B6 is available in Super HD both as pyridoxine and the active vitamer, pyridoxal-5-phosphate.
In Super HD, vitamin B6 can improve cardiovascular health by reducing the levels of homocysteine, a harmful metabolite of amino acid synthesis.
In addition, it is required for the syntheses of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin which can help improve mood and mental focus.
There are 2 forms of vitamin B12 in Super HD and these are cyanocobalamin and methylcobalamin.
While cyanocobalamin is the most popular form of vitamin B12, it has to be converted to methylcobalamin in the body to be active.
Vitamin B12 is required by every cell of the body. It is needed to drive energy production, DNA repair, cellular metabolism and fatty acid synthesis.
Given the central roles vitamin B12 plays in many process in the human body, its addition to Super HD will help support the normal functioning of the body even as it loses weight and is subjected to the physical stress of exercises.
The vast majority of Super HD users confirm that it is an effective weight loss supplement. In fact, its sharp rise to the top of the list of recommended weight loss supplement is a sign that most of its users are satisfied.
These users report real weight loss and increased energy. Super HD seems to have hit on the right combination of weight loss supplements too because it performs as advertised. Its diuretic effects are mild but present and it can also suppress appetite.
Complementary effects such as improvements in mood, cognition and even sex drive are widely reported by the users and reviewers of this weight loss supplement.
Although it is a little expensive, there are far more expensive weight loss supplements out there that are not as effective as Super HD.
In addition, unlike most of the heavily promoted weight loss supplements, Super HD does not place a heavy emphasis on high-intensity exercises. Therefore, it is a more suited weight loss supplements for anyone who is not a top athlete or bodybuilder.
When used according to recommendation, Super HD is safe, well-tolerated and free of side effects.
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