Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen has two formulas. This is our review of the International formula.
We have also reviewed the USA version of the product – click here for the Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen USA Formula review.
Difference Between International and USA Versions?
Ingredients, mainly, plus some different tests and regulations each product is subjected to.
Wait…the ingredients are different!?
Yes. MuscleTech’s Hydroxycut product line is popular all over the world, but the product you’re reading about in a magazine might not be the one you can buy in your local supplement store, despite it having exactly the same name.
In the case of Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen, like many other products, its USA formula contains ingredients that are either controversial or outright banned in most other countries.
Yohimbe is the main one singled out here. You can see why in the USA HydroxyCut Hardcore Next Gen review by reading in the Side Effects section.
We’ll get on with the Internationally (non-US) available product.
How Does it Work?
Hydroxycut promise the following benefits from their fat burner:
- Advanced, Scientifically Tested Weight Management
- Extreme Energy and Mental Focus
The first one there refers to the scientific studies that have been carried out with Green Coffee extract, the main ingredients of Hardcore Next Gen.
Green coffee contains chlorogenic acid, which – amongst other things – might block some carbs from being absorbed when you eat them. Hence, the “weight management” aspect.
The studies do support this to some degree but green coffee is far from powerful, especially compared to some other ingredients available.
The second point about extreme energy and mental focus is in relation to the caffeine, skullcap, huperzine and coleus inclusions, all of which are known as nootropic (cognitive enhancing) or energy boosting.
The combination of the 2 effects is pretty much what 99.99% of fat burners are designed and marketed for. So, no shocking revelations there.
The following ingredients make up the formula:
- 400mg – Green Coffee extract
- 377mg – “Unparalleled Sensory Complex” including:
- 100mg – Choline Bitartrate
- 60mg – Coleus extract
- 25mg – Blue Skullcap
Green coffee extract is reported to reduce obesity by preventing the absorption of a portion of the carbohydrates consumed.
Realistically, it might do this, but not as powerfully as other ingredients.
The Unparalleled Sensory Complex is a group of ‘nootropic’ compounds – those which enhance cognitive function in some way. Focus and mental energy are the main benefits. The majority of this proprietary blend will be caffeine.
Choline Bitartrate is another cognitive booster. It increases levels of acetylcholine – a principal neurotransmitter, responsible for muscle signalling amongst other things.
Coleus has been found to act as an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor. This means it acts as a blocker for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, keeping it active in the system for longer.
Blue Skullcap might be useful in preventing anxiety along with a host of other problems but it is early days yet and research is lacking.
We can quite confidently assume there is more than 200mg of caffeine in the “Unparalleled Sensory Complex” so there is potential for a few mild side effects there, especially if you are unused or unsuited to caffeine.
The irony is that you must be ‘off’ caffeine for a couple of weeks – i.e. not habitually drinking coffee – before using it for it to work as a fat burner.
Basically, don’t consume any other source of caffeine while using these pills, and take half the recommended dose for the first couple of days to get used to it.
The other ingredients are generally well tolerated by most people. The Blue Skullcap is an unknown to be honest. There isn’t much information on its effects, however, it is unlikely to cause problems from preliminary evidence.
Pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, people with medical conditions and those using medication should avoid this product and other like it.
Conclusion and Recommendations
This is the internationally available Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen. We wouldn’t use either again, given the choice.
Green coffee is not good enough in our opinion to be used as a main ingredient. After that you are left with caffeine and some small doses of nootropic ingredients.
We’d rather stick to what we know works for us and has strong doses of the right ingredients.
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