Clean Burn is a non-stimulant fat-burner by Kaged Muscle, Chris Gethin’s supplement brand, which contains just five ingredients…
Carnitine is an amino acid that is heavily involved in the transport of fatty acids into the mitochondria of the cell where they can be utilized (burned) for energy. For this reason, Carnitine is commonly included in supplements geared toward fat-loss.
Unfortunately, while Carnitine no doubt plays a vital role in the fat-burning process, there is no evidence to suggest that taking in excess Carnitine encourages more fat-loss than normal. In fact, there is only evidence to the contrary, with Carnitine failing to induce weight-loss in both rodents and humans.
In instances of Carnitine deficiency, Carnitine may be supplemented to restore fat-burning to normal, but most people are far from deficient. In fact, unless you eat very low protein, chances are you have plenty of Carnitine available for the transport of fatty acids.
Clean Burn contains 1000mg of L-Carnitine L-Tatrate per serving. This is a fine dose if you’re looking to enhance recovery, but again, there is no evidence to suggest that Caritine (at any dose) can induce excess fat-loss.
Green Tea Extract
Green Tea Extract is generally standardized for a compound known as EGCG. In the case of Clean Burn, it is standardized for 50%, meaning Clean Burn yields around 165mg of EGCG per serving.
EGCG is capable of blocking an enzyme known as Catechol-O-Methyl Transferase, which is responsible for breaking down a family of chemicals known as Catecholamines. Catecholamines, which include Noradrenaline and Dopamine, are capable of inducing lipolysis (the breakdown of fat). So, by preventing the degradation of Catecholamines, EGCG indrectly allows more fat-breakdown to occur.
EGCG may be somewhat effective on it’s own, but research indicates it should ideally be combined with some sort of Catecholamine releasing stimulant, such as Caffeine. This is why they are often found together. That is not the case with Clean Burn, however, because it is a non-stimulant formula.
Gymnema sylvestre is an Indian herb with a long history of use in traditional medicine, specifically as a treatment for diabetes.
A 1990 study from the “Journal of ethnopharmacology” found diabetic, insulin dependent patients who consumed Gymnema sylvestre extract (400mg daily) required less insulin to maintain normal blood glucose levels, though insulin was still required.
Similar results have been obtained in a seperate study.
Ultimately, Gymnema is more likely to have a profound impact in individuals with high Insulin Resistance, or actual Diabetes. There isn’t much research concerning its effects on healthy individuals, but it is certainly capable of supporting Insulin Sensitivity.
Capsicum, also known as Red Pepper, is generally standardized for Capsaicin. Capsaicin has been shown, in human, to increase fat-oxidation rates. It is considered a thermogenic and is actually one of the few non-stimulant supplements marketed for weight-loss that actually works.
Clean Burn uses Capsimax, a trademarked form of Capsicum extract, but does not list a precise standardization. For that reason, it’s tough to evaluate how effective it is.
Is Clean Burn Safe?
Yes, Clean Burn is remarkably safe. That is perhaps the best attribute of the formula, as some of the ingredients aren’t particularly effective.
The Bottom Line
Clean Burn contains some ingredients that may support or aid in weight-loss, but isn’t likely to induce any sort of considerably fat-loss in a short period of time, as some stimulant fat-burners may do. While we accept that non-stimulant fat-burners are tricky to pull off, we’re still not particularly impressed with the Clean Burn formula.
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