PhenQ is dietary supplement formulated with natural ingredients that’s designed to facilitate weight loss in those that take it by employing a unique strategy that involves targeting multiple different factors that play a substantial role in the weight loss process.

Specifically, PhenQ successfully targets and influences the following factors associated with weight loss in individuals:

  • Burn Fat
  • Reduce Fat Accumulation
  • Boost Energy
  • Balance Mood
  • Reducing Cravings

In this review, we’re going to take an in-depth look at how the PhenQ dietary supplement is able to provide all of these benefits as well as some of the additional ones listed by the manufacturer, shown below.

We’re also going to take a look at the numerous additional health benefits conferred by the overwhelming supply of nutrients and natural ingredients infused into this supplement to get a better idea of how PhenQ’s unique blend makes it a ‘gamechanger’ among all other weight-loss supplements currently in existence.

PhenQ Helps Burn Fat

On the official site for PhenQ, the manufacturer states that this supplement aids the fat burning process in users by, “Combing a-Lacys Reset and Capsimax Powder for a profound thermogenesis-effect that has been shown in studies to help reduce excess weight, suppress appetite, and sustain all-day energy levels.”

In this part of our review, we’re going to take a closer look at these claims made by the manufacturer and see what scientific research exists to validate these claims.

a-Lacy’s Reset

The ‘a-Lacys Reset’ is a proprietary blend created by the manufacturers of PhenQ with the intention of facilitating the fat burning process for their supplement’s users in a novel way.

This proprietary formula includes:

  • Alpha Lipoic Acid
  • Cysteine Base
  • Magnesium

Alpha Lipoic Acid’s Role

If you’ve checked the ingredient label for other popular products in the health supplement niche, you may be familiar with the ingredient ‘Alpha Lipoic Acid’, commonly abbreviated as ‘ALA’.

In simple terms, ALA is an antioxidant that is produced naturally by the human body. Its actually found in every cell within the human body where it plays the critical function of helping the body to convert glucose into energy.

ALA (and other antioxidants) also play a critical role in reducing the presence of ‘free radicals’ in the body. Free radicals are (in layman’s terms), “unstable atoms” in the body that can cause serious damage if allowed to remain and ‘build up’ over time. in medicine and science, “A free radical can be defined as any molecular species capable of independent existence that contains an unpaired electron in an atomic orbital.”

To put it simply, atoms (in the body or elsewhere) form bonds that ‘complete’ their outer shells. So if an atom has 6 electrons on its outer shell out of a total of 8, then it will attempt to form a bond(s) that will “complete” its outer shell. The most common example of such an atom is “oxygen”, which has 6 atoms on its outer shell.

In order to become ‘stable’, oxygen seeks a bond that will provide it with two more electrons, thus completing its “outer shell”. A common fit for oxygen is hydrogen – which provides one electron. Thus, 2 hydrogen atoms provide the total needed for oxygen to fill its outer shell, leaving us with…water (H2O).

Free radicals refer to instances where there’s an atom in a similar predicament to what we described for oxygen (before bonding with two hydrogens to fill its outer shell). When atoms are present in the body in this state, they look to bond as quickly as possible with any other atom or element that will satisfy its outer-shell electron requirement. Atoms of this nature are known as ‘free radicals’.

There are a number of health-related risks, diseases and complications that stem from the unmitigated presence and growth of free radicals in the body such as:

  • Central Nervous System Diseases (i.e., Alzheimer’s)
  • Cardiovascular Disease (i.e., clogged arteries)
  • Autoimmune and inflammatory Disorders (i.e., Rheumatoid Arthritis and Cancer)
  • Cataracts and other Disorders that cause Significant Visual Impairment
  • Diabetes
  • Huntington’s Disease and Parkinson’s (among other genetic degenerative diseases)

Research has shown that “Free radicals attack important macromolecules leading to cell damage and homeostatic disruption.” Free radicals specifically target lipids, nucleic acids and proteins in the body. Too many free radicals in the body or within a particular system, produces a impaired state of known as ‘oxidative stress’.

Up until recently, it was assumed that little could be done to effectively reduce the occurrence and build up ‘free radicals’ in the body. However, numerous studies recently published in the medical community have observed significant evidence supporting the idea that ALA, when taken as a supplement itself or included as an ingredient within one, can be instrumental in reducing the occurrence of free radicals in the body and thus, greatly mitigating or altogether eliminating their adverse impact on one’s health and well-being.

ALA helps by reducing instances of oxidative stress throughout the body (which is caused by excess free radical growth). ALA does this through:

  • Targeting free radicals in the body specifically (in a very effective manner)
  • Increasing the body’s natural production of another antioxidant named ‘Glutathione’

While all of the details above may seem wholly irrelevant to ALA’s role within the PhenQ supplement as a weight loss aid – they aren’t. Recent research has shown that ALA’s function as an antioxidant spans beyond simply reducing and eliminating the occurrence of free radicals in the body.

ALA also serves as an essential cofactor for ‘mitochondrial metabolism’. In doing so, ALA directly increases the body’s ability to burn fat more effectively. This is because “mitochondria are the part of the cell responsible for the biological process of respiration, which turns fuels such as sugars and fats into energy.” Research conducted by Oregon State University showed that enhancing mitochondrial metabolism for participants of a research study led to an increased in their body’s ability to burn fat.

In the study, they used exercise as the catalyst to improve mitochondrial metabolic function. When doing so, this led to the observation that, “Study participants’ mitochondria burned 12-13% more fat-based fuel and 14-17% more sugar-based fuel.”


Cysteine is an amino acid that plays a critical role in assisting the body with producing protein. It also plays an important role in improving the body’s metabolic function as well.

Cysteine is most commonly found within ‘beta-keratin’, which is a naturally occurring protein in the body responsible for regulating growth and ensuring the health of our nails and hair.

Although not considered to be an ‘essential’ amino acid, research has shown that Cysteine can provide a number of benefits for the body when taken as a supplement or included as a main ingredient in one being taken. Like ALA, Cysteine leads to the increased production of glutathione, which itself is a powerful antioxidant that provides a suite of health-related benefits.

Some of the general health benefits associated with taking Cysteine include:

  • Treating Sjögren Syndrome
  • Treating Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis and Emphysema
  • Preventing Colon Cancer
  • Increasing Fertility
  • Treating Schizophrenia
  • Preventing Lung Cancer (reducing its risk of occurrence in smokers as well)
  • Treating Type-2 diabetes by helping control blood sugar levels

As an ingredient in the PhenQ supplement, Cysteine facilitates the fat burning process in a few ways. One way Cysteine helps improve the body’s ability to burn fat is through its role in producing higher levels of glutathione in the body.

As an antioxidant, the primary benefit provided by glutathione is increased cellular energy as well as substantial support for metabolic functions.

Thus, by contributing to the production of higher levels of glutathione in the body, Cysteine facilitates the fat burning process in a fairly direct manner. Given its effectiveness in boosting glutathione production specifically, Cysteine proves itself to be an essential component of the PhenQ supplement’s ability to stimulate the fat burning process for its users.

Magnesium’s Role in Fat Burning

Magnesium is a mineral that most readers have likely heard of before. Despite appearing to be a commonplace, non-essential nutrient, magnesium actually plays a critical role in maintaining and promoting healthy body functions and processes such as:

  • Blood Pressure Regulation
  • Facilitating Bone Growth and Increasing Bone Strength
  • Regulating Heart Rhythm

While not commonly thought of as a nutrient that aids with losing weight or the body’s ability to burn fat, very recent, cutting-edge research has given credible reason to expand our current understanding of magnesium’s effectiveness in these areas.

One study published in PubMed in 2021, that looked into the impact of additional magnesium intake on weight loss led researchers to reveal they observed “a significant reduction in BMI following magnesium supplementation” among those in their observation groups that were administered supplemental amounts of magnesium.

Capsimax Powder

Capsimax stems from the ‘capsium extract’ which is derived from red hot chili peppers. On the United States’ government-ran site, ‘’, a scientific study was published that explored Capsimax’s effect on metabolic rate, satiety and food intake. That study defines Capsimax as, “A capsicum extract in a bead technology to avoid oral and gastric burning.”

The purpose of the study was to provide a baseline frame of reference to assess the effectiveness of Capsimax™ (by administering 2mg and 4mg doses of the capsicum extract) in influencing metabolic rate and satiety versus the control (placebo) group.

The study describes how this assessment was made, stating: “Capsimax™ 2mg, Capsimax™ 4 mg and placebo was initially given as a single dose on an empty stomach with measures of metabolic rate, and satiety before and after and food intake at 1 hour after Capsimax™.”

Below is an excerpt from the study outlining how the study was designed:

This study was sponsored by the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in collaboration with ‘OmniActive Health Technologies’, which are two entities that have a wealth of experience in conducting clinical trials such as this one and compiling comprehensive, transparent reports for public consumption.

The study, like other complementary scientific research online yielded observations validating that Capsimax™ is highly effective in affecting metabolic rate and satiety. What that means in layman’s terms is that Capsimax™ is effective in increasing one’s ability to lose weight in two different ways, which together provide a compounded outcome.

In increasing one’s metabolic rate, Capsimax™ improves the body’s ability to burn calories and fat. Additionally, the study found that Capsimax™ was effective in impacting satiety in those who were administered doses of the extract. ‘Satiety’ in this sense refers to the extract’s ability to reduce cravings and the overall desire to eat in those administered the extract.

Of course, since Capsimax™ is included as one of the key ingredients of PhenQ, these same benefits are conferred to those that take the PhenQ supplement as well. This study also backs up claims made by PhenQ’s manufacturers that the inclusion of Capsimax™ as one of the key ingredients in their supplement imbued it with the ability to “help reduce excess weight” and “suppress appetite“.

However, this does not encompass all of the ways PhenQ takers will lose weight due to Capsimax’s role as a key ingredient in the supplement. In the following section, we’ll take a closer look at how PhenQ’s inclusion of Capsimax as a major component of the supplement allows it to also reduce fat accumulation in those who take it.

PhenQ Reduces Fat Accumulation

Beyond playing a pivotal role in helping the body burn fat, the PhenQ supplement is also specially formulated to help reduce fat accumulation in users as well.

According to the supplement’s manufacturers, “Clinical research published in Bioscience Report reveals the capsaicinoids found in capsimax powder may help reduce the body’s ability to store excess fat cells, and may even stop fat cells from growing…all without drastically changing one’s eating habits.”

This means that those that take the PhenQ supplement can gain from a potential reduction in fat without having to make any specific, dramatic changes to their eating habits. This is a major benefit because imposed dietary changes tend to serve as one of the biggest obstacles in the way for those looking to effectively lose weight.

PhenQ Crushes Food Cravings

The PhenQ supplement is specially blended to reduce food cravings in those that take it. This is yet another substantial way that the PhenQ supplement enables users to lose weight beyond what we’ve covered. So far, we’ve learned that the PhenQ is highly effective in facilitating weight loss in those that take it by:

  1. Facilitating fat burning
  2. Reducing excess weight
  3. Suppressing appetite
  4. Increasing overall energy and helping to sustain elevated energy levels throughout the entire day

In this section, we’re going to explore how the PhenQ supplement is also extremely effective in reducing food cravings. At first glance, this method of targeting weight loss may seem no different than what we learned earlier when we explored its effectiveness in suppressing appetite.

While these two different methods of targeting weight loss (suppressing appetite vs. reducing food cravings) may feel intuitively identical at first glance, they’re actually two distinctly different, yet highly effective ways of inducing weight loss that complement one another.

When referring to PhenQ’s effects on appetite suppression, we’re examining the supplement’s ability to reduce how frequently one becomes hungry. However, the supplement does not entirely eliminate hunger for those that take it – nothing on earth can do such a thing. And if it could, it wouldn’t be healthy or safe for people to take. Also, the issue plaguing many individuals that have struggled with weight loss their entire lives isn’t that they get too hungry (in most cases), but rather what they eat when they do get hungry.

Similarly, PhenQ users will still feel the normal pangs of hunger despite having their appetites suppressed. Its at these times that the supplement’s additional property of eliminating food cravings saves the day.

On the official site for the PhenQ, the manufacturers state that this supplement crushes food cravings through its inclusion of, “Natural chromium picolinate + nopal cactus + natural caffeine…to improve insulin sensitivity, reduce cravings for sweets and carbs, and promote a feeling of fullness.

Natural Chromium Picolinate

According to Healthline, “Chromium picolinate is a form of the mineral chromium.”

Healthline, a site considered by many to be a reputable repository of medical and health-related information, reports that Chromium Picolinate can be highly effective in reducing cravings in those exposed to this ingredient through supplement use or otherwise.

To support the claim that chromium picolinate can be effective in reducing cravings, ‘Healthline’ references an 8-week study in which participants were administered 1,000 μg/day of chromium in the form of ‘chromium picolinate’ (this is the form included in the PhenQ supplement). Results from that study concluded that chromium picolinate resulted in “reduced food intake, hunger and cravings in healthy overweight women.”

Healthline referenced another which reportedly, “found that appetite and cravings were reduced with chromium picolinate supplements, compared to the placebo.” There are several more studies that have been published in peer-reviewed medical journals that conclude that chromium picolinate proves itself to be consistently effective in reducing cravings among those that take it.

The overwhelming pile of substantive, peer-reviewed research attesting to chromium picolinate’s ability to reduce cravings in individuals administered daily supplemental doses of the mineral should serve as overwhelming proof that the PhenQ dietary supplement (which includes a solid amount of this specific ingredient), will affect their users in the same way.

What Makes PhenQ Unique

In examining what makes PhenQ a unique gamechanger among other competing dietary supplements, we must do more than look at the aggregate benefits provided by each constituent ingredient.

As mentioned by the manufacturers, “PhenQ is made with a special combination of metabolism-supporting, natural ingredients at just the right measurements.” By ensuring this supplement contains the correct measurement of each ingredient we’ve examined in this review, the manufacturers were able to optimize the beneficial properties of each, maximizing PhenQ’s effectiveness as a unique weight loss tool.

The blended effect of this careful, well-researched proprietary mixture is what allows PhenQ to ultimately trigger “natural thermogenesis”.

The instantiation of this naturally occurring process in the body is what allow PhenQ’s manufacturers to report eye-popping weight loss results from their placebo-controlled studies like the following:

PhenQ’s Testimonials Speak Volumes

Take a look below at some of the before and after results provided by legitimate, verified PhenQ supplement users after just taking the supplement for 1-3 months:

Order Options and Money-Back Guarantee

Currently, the demand for PhenQ is so high the manufacturer has been forced to limit the number of bottles of this supplement one can purchase to 5 per household.

PhenQ’s manufacturers are also running a huge sale right now as well. Currently, their best deal offer allows you to buy 2 bottles and receive one for free, granting you $239 worth of supplement for just $139 ($100 off). That amounts to a 40% discount!

What’s crazier is that’s not even the best offer on PhenQ’s official site currently. The manufacturer is also offering a deal where you can buy 3 bottles and receive 2 for free. That means you’d be receiving $399 worth of the PhenQ supplement (retail value) for just $209, cutting a whopping $190 off the price tag. That equals a 48% discount.

If for some reason you’ve managed to wade through the scientific research, biological breakdowns and references to peer-reviewed research verifying that PhenQ is blended with ingredients that will lead to weight loss and you still have doubts…the manufacturers got you covered with a 60-day money back guarantee.

However, after taking a thorough look at this supplement, its highly unlikely that you’ll find yourself asking for a refund from the manufacturer if you intend to use this supplement to lose weight. As we learned in this deep-dive review of the PhenQ supplement, this product will prove effective at helping you lose weight regardless of what demographic you fall under, your current activity level, or what your diet looks like.

When a product is able to transcend those 3 major factors to deliver results, one can basically conclude that the PhenQ supplement will help you lose weight no matter what.