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When looking for a fat-burner, I am always drawn to products that look super hardcore. I don’t know why but I assume, subconsciously, they just look like they are going to work; and TNT Mercury Hardcore Magma fat burner doesn’t just look the part, it fulfills the role! I was lucky enough to test this product but before I get into my thoughts, let’s have a look at what TNT claims about the product as well as the ingredients and what they do.
“Mercury Hardcore Magma Thermogenic is a ultra high potency thermogenic cutting compound. The constituents featured in this product have shown significant metabolic and energy surge responses. Thermogenisis is an extremely effective mechanism to increase fat burning potential and metabolic function.
The new TriCore™ Pyrophoric Thermal Conductor with ThermoCore™ has been re-engineered to target 3 aspects of fat burning potential. Since every individual is different, this approach enables a “no miss” theory to Mercury Hardcore Thermogenic’s 3 tier formula, which places every individual’s response towards burning fat, energy output and anti-catabolic experience on the same level.”
Citrus Aurantium has been shown to increase the body’s resting metabolic rate and encourage the release of stored body fat for energy and physical performance. Synephrine, an active compound in Citrus aurantium, provides a Thermogenic effect without the common side effects of stimulants, therefore providing thermogenisis – fat burning – without the central nervous system or cardiovascular side effects (no jittery feeling).
Other compounds with Citrus aurantium play an important role in controlling and suppressing the appetite and can also increase the availability of amino acids which can then be incorporated into building lean muscle mass.
The stimulant and appetite suppressant effects of evodiamine can be attributed to its effects on catecholamine levels. Evodiamine increases the release of catecholamines such as adrenaline and dopamine from the adrenal glands, increasing energy levels and decreasing appetite.
Evodiamine has been found to increase heat loss (thermogenic effect), which means that more calories are being burned and can result in weight loss. Evodiamine has also been shown to reduce the absorption of dietary fat, so not only are more calories burned but less are also absorbed. One additional benefit of evodiamine is that it may have a diuretic effect due to the inhibition of aldosterone release (aldosterone essentially signals the body to retain water). This rids the body of excess water retention for a leaner look.
Nicotinic acid, also called niacin, is a form of vitamin B and has been identified as a natural cholesterol reducing agent, showing to not only reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol but also to increase HDL (good) cholesterol. Niacin has also been shown to improve circulation through its effects on the vascular system, and relieve depression and anxiety due to its properties of supporting nerve cell function.
Another important function of Niacin is its role aiding release of energy from carbohydrates (rather than being stored as fat), and regulation of blood-sugar levels in thereby maintaining a healthy metabolism. Side effects of its use include flushing of the face and slight itching of which the body eventually becomes tolerant to.
Guarana contains guaranine, which is a natural form of caffeine, and has been used to curb appetite, reduce weight loss and prevent fatigue. Caffeine’s effects are well known and include central nervous system stimulation, increased metabolic rate and a mild diuretic effect.
Capsicum(cayenne or red pepper) is used as a natural fat burner and painkiller with anti-inflammatory properties, to increase metabolism, improve circulation, boost the immune system and aid in digestion. Studies have shown that it can raise metabolic rates by as much as 25 percent.
Coleus forskholii is thought to activate enzymes in the fat cells that break down stored fats and causes them to be released from the fat cells. Coleus forskholin can prevent the decreased responsiveness of the fat burning receptors that typically occurs with aging and sluggish metabolisms, therefore improving body composition by increasing lean body mass and reducing fat deposits by activating the receptors.
Guggelsterones, or guggelipids, is a natural herb extracted from Comiphora mukul plant and is believed to accelerate weight loss. Aside from stimulating healthy metabolic activity, Guggelsterones have been clinically proven to lower cholesterol levels, reduce skin blemishes as well as acne conditions.
A slow metabolism can often be attributed to low thyroid production. Thyroid production declines as we age, therefore causing increased weight gain. Guggelsterones will optimize healthy thyroid production, leading to a healthier metabolic rate and a reduction in body fat. It has long been known to lower cholesterol and triglycerides, whilst maintaining or improving the HDL to LDL ratio.
Yerba Mate is sourced from the leaves of the Yerba Mate tree and has been used traditionally as an invigorator of the mind and body to combat physical and mental fatigue, control appetite, as well as stimulate the immune system. In Yerba Mate studies, results have shown Thermogenic effects, increased fat oxidation, and weight loss, due to the mild stimulant and thermogenic effects of the component mateine.
In addition, the Yerba Mate leaf is a source of over 15 vitamins, minerals and amino acids, offering anti-oxidant effects, cleansing and detoxifying of the blood, reduction of the effects of debilitating disease, reduction in stress and elimination of insomnia.
Based on clinical data, Bioperine has been shown to assist the digestive system with supplemented nutrients, resulting in enhanced absorption: e.g. vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids, etc., and may enhance the body’s natural Thermogenic activity. Bioperine is the only source of piperine to obtain patented status for its ability to increase the bioavailability of nutritional compounds by up to 60%.
L-Carnitine is a vitamin-like nutrient whose primary function in the body is to facilitate the burning of fatty acids through the inner mitochondrial for metabolic energy. Fumerate production is an essential step in the kreb’s cycle – one of the metabolic mechanisms of energy production that takes place inside every cell.
Together these two powerful ingredients shuffle fatty acids into the mitochondria, increasing the efficiency of the body’s energy production. In addition to the oxidation of fat for energy in the cell, L-Carnitine is involved in the metabolism of glucose, and also helps to maintain a healthy heart and cardiovascular system.
Saw Palmetto is reported to elevate mood and the feeling of well-being as well as strengthen the thyroid gland, balance the metabolism, stimulate appetite and aid digestion. Saw palmetto berry also tones the urethra and it may be used to uphold the healthy function of the thyroid gland and urinary system.
It is commonly used in the treatment of prostate enlargement may also be beneficial for men who use testosterone-boosting supplements (to enhance muscle growth) to help prevent future prostate problems by detoxifying the body, as well as improving the menstrual cycle in women.
Chromium is an essential trace mineral that aids in glucose metabolism, regulation of insulin levels, and maintenance of healthy blood levels of cholesterol and other lipids. Chromium forms part of a compound in the body known as glucose tolerance factor (GTF), which is involved in regulating the actions of insulin in maintaining blood sugar levels and helping to control appetite therefore reducing body fat levels. It is also reported to increase lean body mass and muscle mass.
Naringin has become most popular for its synergistic effects with other supplements, especially caffeine, by extending the life of nutrients and increasing their potency. As well as raising energy levels, it also has the ability to support healing of our tissues after intense grueling workouts by supporting capillary and blood vessel integrity, which may support the body’s ability to recover from sports injuries. Naringin also acts as an appetite suppressant whilst it potentially enhances the flavour of foods by stimulating the taste buds.
After that intense ingredient learning session, it’s time to get into what I thought about the product.
The guys from TNT suggest taking the product on an empty stomach which I did first thing in the morning before my training session and then again on a partially empty stomach in the afternoon before my cardio workout. Both times of day yielded a good energy boost and helped me push through my training session which I was super happy with as I am currently doing a giant set routine for my resistance training and HIIT for my cardio; both of which require massive amounts of energy.
OK, so one thing I need to tell you about this product is stick to manufacturer instructions. It says start off with 1 capsule per day and work your way up to 4. Not me, I thought “Noooo, I’m not sensitive to stimulants, I will just take the full dose”. Bad idea!!! My focus went in the opposite direction and I battled to concentrate. There was no ways that I was going to do that again so I reverted my dosage back to manufacturer instruction and found that my focus did improve slightly. I am now back to full dose and concentration levels are back on track.
Ladies are going to love this product as it really does help curb your appetite. I actually battled to get all my food in and had to remind myself that it was time to eat. It is not great having to force yourself to eat but it does mean that you don’t have space left for all that rotten junk food, making it easier not to cheat on your diet.
Coupling this fat burner with my new training routine and a very very slightly decreased calorie intake, and after just 3 weeks I have seen a noticeable difference. I unfortunately hadn’t measured my body fat percentage prior to starting this product but I would estimate that I have already dropped about 2 percent. Continuing like this for another month or two and I am going to be at my goal body fat percentage long before the December silly season. Can you say SHREDDED!
MERCURY HARDCORE MAGMA thermogenic is a ultra high potency thermogenic cutting compound. The constituents featured in this product have shown significant metabolic and energy surge responses. Thermogenisis is an extremely effective mechanism to increase fat burning potential and metabolic function.