The shelves at your local Dis-Chem now stock a new breed of thermogenic weight loss supplement!

Various supplement manufacturers have updated their product lines or enhanced existing formulations to deliver products that do more than just support fat metabolism and weight loss.

In this new era, innovation within the thermogenic supplement category means you can now find hybrid products that combine diverse ingredients to deliver weight-loss support along with cognitive benefits such as enhanced focus. mood and concentration from nootropics.

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Boost the burn and your brain

For instance, new Biogen Thermo Burn, combines thermogenic, appetite control, mood-enhancing, mental focus and energy-activating effects in its advanced formulation.

Each serving of Biogen Thermo Burn includes proven thermogenic compounds in the form of 450 mg Sinetrol® Xpur, 100 mg L-theanine, 100 mg caffeine, 90 mg Betaine HCl, 72.5 mg Rhodiola rosea, B-vitamin (B6 and B12) and 25 micrograms of chromium picolinate, along with 5 mg BioPerine for digestive support.

The combination of L-theanine and caffeine work synergistically to “reduce triglyceride and non-esterified fatty acid levels and assist in lowering cellular fat accumulation”, according to a study that looked at the anti-obesity effects of three major components of green tea, namely catechins, caffeine and theanine.

Sinetrol® Xpur is a patented compound that contains a combination of botanical sources, including grapefruit, orange and guarana extracts to help improve body composition.

L-theanine is also a nootropic substance as levels of this amino acid affect serotonin and other neurotransmitters in the brain.

As such, supplementing with products that contain L-theanine like Biogen Thermo Burn can help promote relaxation and feelings of well-being, support healthy sleep cycles, cognitive function and focus, and help manage acute stress and anxiety.

Rhodiola rosea is considered an adaptogen for its potential to reduce stress and anxiety and increase energy, stamina, strength, and mental capacity. Plus, this herbal extract may also have weight-loss benefits through its effect on the lipase enzyme, which has the ability to break down fat stores, particularly those in the belly region.

In a clinical study conducted at Georgian State Hospital, overweight patients given 300 mg of rhodiola rosea extract before meals for 90 days lost more than double the weight (9 vs 3.5 kilos) compared to the control group.

And the chromium picolinate contained in various thermogenic formulations helps to maintain optimal insulin metabolism and, as such, it is important for energy regulation, controlling fat storage and muscle growth.

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Dual action from NPL Halo Burn, exclusive to Dis-Chem

NPL Halo Burn is another new product that offers advanced 24-hour hybrid metabolic weight management coupled with various cognitive benefits.

Developed exclusively for Dis-Chem customers, NPL Halo Burn supports weight loss, stress reduction and mood enhancement through a dual Day and Night system.

Each formulation has been crafted to complement each other for maximal, feel-good results.

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Boost the day-time burn

The Day system consists of targeted active ingredients to increase energy levels, aid mental alertness and focus, boost drive and motivation, prevent water retention and bloating, and increase energy expenditure by boosting thermogenic activity.

The metabolism-boosting Halo Burn Day formulation includes 450 mg Sinetrol® XPUR, 285 mg caffeine anhydrous, 300 mg Grains of Paradise, 200 mg dandelion root powder, 100 mg bear berry powder, and Huperzia Serrata.

Day Stack features and benefits:

  • Diuretic
  • Appetite control
  • Blood glucose support
  • Boost energy
  • Lipotropic – shuttles stored fat to use as energy
  • Thermogenic
  • Focus and concentration
  • Shuttles stored fat
  • Increase metabolic rate
  • Anti-bloating / reduce bloating

Sinetrol® XPUR is a blend of citrus and grapefruit extract, at the optimal dose to support fat breakdown and metabolism and help you burn more calories throughout the day.

Typically included in fat burner formulations as caffeine anhydrous – a filtered, processed form of caffeine – this compound is a most popular and common ingredient in thermogenic weight loss products due to its proven effectiveness.

Caffeine is a powerful stimulant that can increase alertness and mental focus. It also stimulates the release of powerful hormones that boost your metabolism, like epinephrine and norepinephrine, to improve alertness and increase energy.

Grains of Paradise is a spice with a similar composition to ginger. The extract used in supplements has a stimulant effect like that of caffeine, which can help boost energy and focus and increases energy expenditure. It is also contains varous phytonutrients that act as antioxidants.

According to various studies, dandelion may aid digestion and reduce fat absorption to aid weight loss by inhibiting the activity of pancreatic lipase, which is released during fat digestion. It also has a diuretic effect, which may help to reduce water retention.

Bearberries are red-coloured fruits that grow in sub-arctic regions and regions situated at high altitudes throughout the world. They get their name as they are loved by bears. The bear berry powder extract used in thermogenic weight loss products also has a diuretic effect, which can relieve bloating.

The inclusion of Huperzia Serrata (Huperzine A) in this formulation delivers day-time congnitive benefits as this ia a nootropic compound

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Night-time support

The Halo Burn Night formulation includes nootropic ingredients like 300 mg ashwagandha root to support stress and hormone regulation, 300 mg valerian root, 220 mg L-tryptophan, 50 mg L-theanine to enhance sleep quality and reduce insomnia, and 200 mg L-acetyl-L-carnitine and 200 mg choline bitartrate for additional weight-loss benefits while you sleep.

Night stack features and benefits:

  • Support normal blood glucose levels
  • Metabolic support
  • Reduce appetite/cravings
  • Improve quality of sleep
  • Aid relaxation
  • Manage cortisol levels
  • Adaptogenic activity
  • Stress relief

Valerian root extract promotes relaxation, improves sleep quality, and reduces anxiety while ashwagandha root extractsafely and effectively improves stress resistance and helps reduce anxiety while promoting enhanced mood and emotional well-being. Ashwagandha root extract also promotes mental clarity and supports restful sleep.

L-acetyl-L-carnitine (ALCAR) is beneficial compound that potentially packs a double-whammy for weight loss and brain benefits. Its main role is to transport fatty acids into cells in your brain and muscles, where mitochondria metabolise them for energy. In this way, ALCAR may help our bodies convert stored fat into energy more effectively and efficiently.

L-tryptophan is an essential amino acid that is necessary for making proteins, including important neurotransmitters like serotonin. As such, it may help to elevate mood and can also help to improve sleep quality.

Choline bitartrate is another ingredient included in hybrid weight loss and nootropic formulations for its potential to boost cognition and support metabolism. Choline is an essential nutrient that ia a precursor for acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that performs many functions relating to muscle control and memory. Studies also show that choline plays an important role in fat metabolism, breaking down fat for use as an energy source.