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Bang ThermIQ: An Evidence-Based Review

Bang ThermIQ is a stimulant-driven fat-burner by VPX Sports (the company behind all Bang products) which is positioned as a “Potent IQ And Body Redesign Catalyst”…

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Bang ThermIQ Claims/Benefits

All complex marketing language aside, Bang ThermiQ is intended to do 2 things:

  1. Enhance Cognitive Function
  2. Induce Fat-Loss

That’s essentially what “IQ and Body Redesign Catalsyt” means atleast.  The truth is we see the same basic claims attached to a ton of fat-burners out there but, as our regular readers know, most of these products fail to live up to the hype.

That said, VPX has always been a fairly innovative brand, so let’s not rule ThermIQ out before taking a look at the ingredient profile…

Bang ThermIQ Ingredients

Bang ThermIQ contains several active ingredient, some of which are stimulants, some of which are non-stimualant Nootropics, and the rest of which play some sort of supporting role.

We can tell immediately that the formula isn’t overly stimulant-dependent, but packs a fairly powerful punch in terms of energy and focus.

Caffeine Anhydrous

Caffeine typically forms the basis for stimulant-driven fat-burners such as ThermIQ, so it’s no surprise that VPX Sports has opted to use a fairly powerful dose of 275mg to start the formula off on an energetic note.

Aside from increasing pereceived energy and focus, Caffeine has been shown to increase fat oxidation rates.

To be clear, these two benefits–increased energy/focus and increased fat oxidation–are the result of the same basic mechanism.  That is, Caffeine accomplishes both of these things by triggering the release of Dopamine and Noradrenaline, two neurotransmitters with potent energizing, focusing, and fat-burning properties.

The potential for Caffeine to be used as a practical weight-loss solution is hindered by the fact that regular Caffeine consumption generally results in some sort of tolerance build-up over time.  This can be partially avoided by:

  1. Limiting Caffeine Intake
  2. Combining Caffeine With Other Stimulants

Since ThermIQ already contains other stimulants such as the fat-burning powerhouse, Rauwolscine, you DEFINITELY don’t need to combine it with any other stimulants (in fact, that’s a bad idea), but limiting your Caffeine intake to just ThermIQ is a fantastic idea.

Turmeric

To many, Turmeric is just a household spice.  Go check your spice rack…You probably have some sitting there!  What you probably didn’t realize, however, is that Turmeric actually possesses a wide range of health benefits.

The primary active component, Curcumin, is a potent anti-inflammatory which may directly reduce inflammation in fat cells.  Additionally, Curcumin has been shown to inhibit Fatty Acid Synthase, the enzyme responsible for synthesizing Fatty Acids from Acetyl-CoA.

Studies investigating the fat-loss implications of Turmeric are scarce, but the mechanism certainly exists by which it may encourage fat-loss.  It just hasn’t been studied enough for us to determine the degree of benefit with any real accuracy.

Creatyl-L-Leucine

Creatyl-L-Leucine is a VPX Sports exclusive ingredient which has been dubbed (by VPX) “Super Creatine”.

Don’t be confused by the name though.  It’s just Creatine bonded with Leucine.

Presumably, Creatyl-L-Luecine provides the benefits of both Creatine and Leucine, but there’s no evidence to suggest it is in any way superior to the same doses of Creatine and L-Leucine separately.

Creatine and Leucine should both be dosed around 3-5g in order to provide the benefits associated with each, but ThermIQ contains far less.

VPX Sports doesn’t list the exact amount of Creatyl-L-Leucine in ThermIQ but, based on a 607mg proprietary blend (275mg of which is Caffeine), it’s quite clear that Creatine-L-Leucine is under-dosed.

That said, this is one ingredient that doesn’t have anything to do with fat-loss, so the fact that it’s under-dosed doesn’t actually hurt the efficacy of the formula.

PARADOXIN (GRAINS OF PARADISE EXTRACT)

Gains of Paradise is a pungent herb which is usually standardized for the active component, 6-Paradol.

It has been to shown to increase metabolic rate in response to a physiological stressor (in this case cold exposure) via activation of Brown Adipose Tissue.

It’s potential for weight-loss is discussed in this article.

By itself, Grains of Paradise is no miracle weight-loss supplement but it definitely helps the thermogenic aspect of the ThermIQ formula so we’d consider it a worthy additon to the formula in this case.

THEACRINE

Theacrine, sold under the brand name TeaCrine by Compound Solutions, is a stimulant compound which is similar to Caffeine in a functional and structural sense.

However, preliminary research (in mice) also indicates it does not cause as much of a tolerance build-up as Caffeine, or at least just not as quickly.

On it’s own, the impact of Theacrine isn’t particularly powerful, but combined with Caffeine it can be useful for enhancing perceived energy and motivation.

Unfortunately, VPX Sports doesn’t list the exact dose of Theacrine in ThermIQ so it’s tough to gauge how much of a difference it makes in this particular instance.  We’d guess anywhere from 25-50mg.

Indian Barberry (Berberine)

Berberis aristata, more commonly referred to as Indian Barberry, is a small wooded plant indigenous to the Himalayan region of India.  Although it has beeen used throughout Traditional Indian Medicine for a variety of purposes, VPX Sports makes it clear that the reason it’s included in the ThermIQ formula is because it contains Berberine.

Berberine is a highly effective blood-glucose regulating agent which has actually been shown to rival the efficacy of certain anti-diabetic medications.

We discuss Berberine in-depth in this article, but in the context of ThermIQ it serves as a means of regulating blood glucose and improving Insulin Sensitivity.  If you’re trying to lose weight or cut fat, Berberine is worth using, but it needs to be dosed at 500-1500mg/day.

Unfortunately, VPX doesn’t disclose the amount of Berberine persent in the ThermIQ formula and based on it’s position (last) in a 607mg proprietary blend, we can be absolutely certain that it’s not anywhere near 500mg.

CannaBlast (Phytocannabinoid Rich Hemp Oil)

CannaBlast is probably the most unique ingredient in ThermIQ and one that’s sure to turn heads.  Yes, we’re talking about an extract that comes from Cannabis but it doesn’t contain any THC so…

No, it won’t get you high!

As it turns out, Cannabis contains literally hundreds of Phytochemicals which have a variety of different uses.  It may seem odd to see something that comes from Marijuana in a weight-loss supplement because, after all, Marijuana makes you HUNGRY!

But again, the ingredient in ThermIQ does NOT contain THC and therefore will not replicate the psychoactive effects of Marijauna.

To be completely honest, we’re not at all sure why VPX has opted to include Hemp Oil in the ThermIQ formula (other than to make people say “whattttt!”).  Your guess is as good as ours.

Huperzine A

Huperzine A is a powerful Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitor, meaning it blocks the enzyme that breaks down the neurotransmitter, Acetylcholine, which is heavily involved in memory formation, learning, and the mind muscle connection.

Typically, Huperzine is used in fat-burners to support cognitive function because many users of fat-burners are on low-cal/low-carb diets which may be compromising cognitive function to a degree.

On it’s own, Huperzine doesn’t really have any fat-loss implications, but it may be useful for supporting optimal cognitive health and therefore makes for a fine additiono to the ThermIQ formula.

NorEpidrine (Yohimbine + Rauwolscine)

NorEpidrene is simply a combination of Yohimbine and Rauwolscine, both standardized from Coryanthe yohimbe.  While VPX lists the total amount of NorEpidrene at 18mg, we have no idea how much of each component–Yohimbine and Rauwolscine–is present.

Both Yohimbine and Rauwolscine function as alpha-adrenergic receptor antagonists, capable of drastically increasing the amount of fat your body burns during exercise, but Rauwolscine is actually more potent.

For that reason, we’d rather just see Rauwolscine, but as long as there’s atleast 1mg or so in NorEpidrene, it’ll do the trick.

Bang ThermIQ Ingredient Takeaway

Bang ThermIQ contains a  unique array of fat-burning/weight-loss and nootroopic (cognitive enhancement) ingredients.  While many fat-burners are also pitched as cognitive enhancement supplements, this is one of the few that actually has the right ingredients (at the right doses) to suppor those claims.

It’s fairly powerful in terms of energy and focus, though not overwhelming.  The addition of Rauwolscine/Yohimbine definitely places it in “high-stim” territory though, so be careful if you’re sensitive to stimulants in general.

The only issue we see is the fact that Creatyl-L-Leucine appears to be dosed very low, but since that’s not a primary active ingredient, it doesn’t really matter that much.  Bang ThermIQ is no doubt a highly effective fat-burner.

VPX Sports: Always A Nice Surprise

VPX Sports never ceases to innovate.  ThermIQ is one of the most unique, well-formulated fat-burners we’ve seen in a while and one of the few that actually pulls of the whole fat-burner/nootropic thing.

We look forward to seeing what else VPX has in store for the world in 2017!

Is Bang ThermIQ Safe?

Bang ThermIQ is safe, but contains a fairly high amount of stimulants in total.  So, if you’re someone who doesn’t get along with Caffeine (and other stimulants), this formula isn’t for you.  The non-stimulant ingredients all have a strong safety profile, so nothing to worry about there.

Where To Buy ThermIQ

Currently, Bang ThermIQ is available at:

If you know of any other retailers that carry Bang ThermIQ, let us know in the comments below!

The Bottom Line

ThermIQ is a powerful, effective fat-burner that offers something in the way of cognitive enhancement/support as well.  If you’re looking for a fat-burner that doubles as a Nootropic and packs a powerful punch in both the energy/focus department AND burns fat fast, look no further…Give ThermIQ a shot!

If you’re still not sure which fat-burner is right for you, you may want to have a look at our Best Fat-Burners list.

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