OxyELITE Pro Diet Review

NOTE: It may seem strange to be reviewing a product that has been wholly discontinued for four years now, but it’s still a big search item in browsers. So we’ll review what it claimed, what (if anything) it delivered on, and why it was discontinued.

OxyElite Pro was produced by USPLabs, LLC, and designed to be a fat-burning dietary supplement. The website for OxyElite Pro touted the proprietary blend of pharmaceutical-grade ingredients. However, OxyElite Pro could be obtained without a prescription.

The supplement has been discontinued for a variety of reasons, many of which I will highlight below. It is no longer sold on Amazon.com, at GNC health stores, or even on the USPLabs main website, due to dangerous ingredients. OxyElite Pro original can no longer be used or purchased freely.

USPLabs, LLC, is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. It started in 2006 and opened a Better Business Bureau (BBB) profile in 2010. It has no rating, for reasons we’ll go into shortly. Its CFO is Jacobo Geissler, and its executive officers include Jonathan Doyle and Matthew Herbert. Those names will come up again.[1]

OxyElite Pro Claims

The recommended dosage was at least two pills daily, to be taken on an empty stomach at least a half hour before eating a meal. An additional dose could be taken, if desired, eight hours later—again on an empty stomach. When taken as recommended, OxyElite Pro was said to increase the body’s metabolism, help with appetite suppression, and turn off fat receptors in the body.

They claimed,

The hottest super Thermogenic fat burner, OxyElite Pro, is a diet supplement introduced by the industry trailblazer USP Labs. The Alpha 2 receptor is the primary culprit in preventing fat loss. The subcutaneous water in the human body that lies just under the skin causes the body to appear fat.

The Alpha 2 receptor helps fat storage and prevents lipolysis or the breakdown of fat from occurring; concealing the articulation of the muscles. OxyElite Pro by USP Labs specially blended proprietary ingredients super Thermogenic fat burning process arrests the Alpha 2 receptors ability to store fat by deeply penetrating into the layers of the skin, eliminating the subcutaneous water, and giving you [sic] muscles greater definition. [2]

Before the supplement was banned by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) due to the ingredient 1,3- Dimethylamylamine HCl (DMAA), USPLabs wanted the public to know it was the best fat-burner around. No mention of harmful side effects were noted at the beginning, which is rather sly, in my opinion.

According to a press release:

In April of 2013, USPLabs announced that they will no longer be producing the original OxyElite Pro, nor will they produce any more Jack3d Original. This decision is mainly due to the DMAA content, which the FDA never felt comfortable with. While USPLabs and GNC rightly contested that well over a billion servings of DMAA (from Jack3d and OxyElite Pro) were safely taken, and that DMAA is a natural component from Chinese Geranium plants, the FDA still had unresolved issues with it. [3]

That whole claim about the geraniums is a thing; if you’re interested, you can read more about that in conjunction with another pharmaceutical company’s brush with the law over DMAA. [4]

Also of note is that a billion servings can be broken down a bit. At three servings a day, figure a minimum of thirty days per person, and the fact that this is a continuing ingestion, that’s 11 million people with ninety servings each in their bodies in the course of a month. And that’s if they only use it a month. If you take it to ninety days (3 months), that’s just under 3.5 million people with two-hundred-seventy servings each in their bodies, and so on. So just saying “but we’ve had over a billion safe servings” isn’t as huge as you might think. And that next serving could have been the one that caused irreparable damage. We just can’t tell from this statement.

OxyElite Pro Ingredients

The OxyElite Pro original formula was:

  • 119.5 mg of a proprietary blend containing: Bauhinia Purpurea L. (Leaf And Pod) Extract, Bacopa (Leaf) (Bacopa Monnieri) Extract, 1,3-Dimethylamylamine HCL, Oligophyllum (Plant) Extract, and Yohimbe (Pausinystalia Johimbe) Bark Extract
  • 100 mg Caffeine [5] [no indication if the caffeine was anhydrous (lab-concentrate) or from natural sources]

That was according to the label. But the FDA found something else when they analyzed OxyElitePro in 2015.

FDA laboratory analysis confirmed that Oxy ELITE Pro Super Thermogenic (Lot# 216732, Exp. 04/17) contains fluoxetine. Fluoxetine is an FDA approved drug in a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) used for treating depression, bulimia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

Uses of SSRIs have been associated with serious side effects including suicidal thinking, abnormal bleeding, and seizures. In patients on other medications for common conditions (aspirin, ibuprofen, or other drugs for depression, anxiety, bipolar illness, blood clots, chemotherapy, heart conditions, and psychosis), ventricular arrhythmia or sudden death can occur. [6]

Prozac. Fluoxetine is the generic name of the antidepressant/bipolar disorder treatment Prozac. And it wasn’t on the Supplement Facts label. And while it’s not considered habit-forming and thus not listed as a controlled substance by the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), abuse of it is common because of psychological dependency. And it does have withdrawal symptoms. Bad enough if you know you’re taking it, but if you don’t… [7] [8]

Yohimbe has had its own warnings—it’s not really a weight-loss supplement, though it apparently does have some purported fat-burning effects. It’s used in traditional medicines primarily as an aphrodisiac and erectile dysfunction treatment. I suppose that could count as a “mood enhancer.” The bark is also smoked as a hallucinogen. [9]

And then there’s the DMAA (dimethylamylamine) itself, which was banned by the FDA in 2013 and is one of the main reasons OxyElite Pro was discontinued. Because of an ongoing lawsuit by another supplement manufacturer, pulling all DMAA supplements from the shelves hasn’t happened yet, but the FDA has issued cautions to consumers and reiterates that currently DMAA is illegal in the United States. Here’s why:

DMAA, especially in combination with other ingredients such as caffeine, can be a health risk to consumers. Ingestion of DMAA can elevate blood pressure and lead to cardiovascular problems ranging from shortness of breath and tightening in the chest to heart attack. [10]

Today when you search for OxyElite Pro you get ushered to purchase HydroxyElite Pro, Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals’ knockoff version of USP’s now-banned OxyElite Pro.

Do you miss the original OxyElite Pro or the original Hydroxycut? Well Oxy is back in HydroxyElite by Hi Tech Pharmaceuticals. This powerful formula consists of 1,3 Dimethylamylamine (DMAA), which was the powerhouse ingredient everyone loved in OxyElite Pro and the original Hydroxycut. It's finally made it's return. But in this product, Hi Tech Pharmaceuticals took it even further and put in other amazing ingredients to make this formula the strongest fat burner on the market today. This formula is the closest thing to the original OxyElite Pro that you will ever find.

You also get Caffeine, Rauwolfia Canescens (Rauwolscine), Bauhinia Purpurea Extract, Bacopa Monnieri Extract, Cirsium Oligophyllum Extract, and Garcinia Cambogia Extract.

Even though this product is very potent, it's perfect for both men and women looking to burn fat and reach their weight loss goals!  [11]

Hi Tech Pharmaceuticals is the company currently in the legal battle with the FDA. After numerous unsuccessful appeals, Hi Tech is still trying, and as long as they keep appealing, the process of getting DMAA supplements off the shelves completely is slow…though really, most manufacturers and distributors followed the law and voluntarily yanked their product. Only Hi Tech seems to think its profits are more important than the lives of their customers.

Note: Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals is just as well known for the endless number of FDA warnings and legal action taken against them as they are for their supplements. Ephedra, DMAA, benzedrine…the list goes on. Their CEO has been in jail for at least a quarter of the time the company has been in business, because they continually ignore FDA warnings and orders to pull product from the shelves. [12] [13]

The Science (or Lack Thereof) Behind OxyElite Pro

Clearly, this supplement had some powerful yet harmful ingredients that messed with the body entirely. It does not come as a surprise to me that it was later banned by the FDA, but the knockoff version HydroxyElite is still dangerous. There is more science done on why DMAA is dangerous to your overall health than there is on why it will help you lose weight.

Forbes magazine published an article about the dangerous use of DMAA.

USPLabs, maker of Oxy Elite Pro and Jack3D, which contain DMAA have made claims to be fat-burning (OxyElite Pro) as well as performance-enhancing (Jack3D), and are at the center of legal inquiries after significant amounts of DMAA were found in 2 soldiers who died after use of the product. [14]

Word On The Street About OxyElite Pro

Because the supplement is no longer sold, there are no reviews more current than 2013.

However, on the BBB profile for USPLabs, there is a notice of government action:

The United States Attorney's Office of the Northern District of Texas announced on November 9, 2015, that a federal grand jury in Dallas returned indictments on 11 counts against USPlabs, LLC, S. K. Laboratories, Inc (a California corporation), and the following individually; Jacobo (aka “Jacob”) Geissler, Jonathan Doyle, Matthew Herbert, Kenneth Miles, Sitesh Patel and Cyril Willson (aka Erik White) … . This is a pending action.

The indictment alleges that USPLabs… willfully and continually misrepresented the ingredients in work-out and weight loss supplements sold by USPLabs over a six year period. The indictment further alleges the Defendants used a synthetic ingredient in their work-out supplement product when they represented in the product label that the ingredient was a natural extract. The indictment also alleges the Defendants instructed their Chinese supplier to falsify the “certificate of analysis” label during this period to avoid scrutiny when importing the ingredient. The indictment alleges the Defendants later substituted the ingredient with an untested natural ingredient in their supplement, which was later implicated in liver damage in consumers. The indictment additionally alleges that the Defendants generated a press release that stated that their weight loss supplement was studied and showed no liver issues when the defendants knew that the opposite was true.

The indictment alleges that these actions violated federal laws involving the Conspiracy to Introduce and the Introduction of Misbranded Food Into Interstate Commerce With an Intent to Defraud and Mislead, Obstruction of an Agency Proceeding, the Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud and Wire Fraud. [15] (emphasis added)

As of this writing, it appears a federal judge rejected the FDA’s request to shut down USPLabs altogether in 2016, but there doesn’t seem to be any further information on the progress of the case. USPLabs is also being sued by more than a hundred individual consumers who were injured by taking these supplements, some of whom needed liver transplants to survive. [16]

The Bottom Line: Is/Was OxyElite Pro Worth a Try?

Definitely, definitely not. OxyElite Pro is no longer on the market for obvious reasons. HydroxyElite Pro is no safer. I don’t care what either of them claim/claimed. The FDA banned DMAA for a very good reason. Risking permanent liver damage, heart attack, stroke, or any other serious health problem in the name of ripped abs is not worth it. Seriously, this should be a no-brainer.

The ingredients alone are downright terrifying—but when you add in the fact that USPLabs added Prozac without disclosing it on the label, and given Hi Tech’s longtime shady reputation, I wouldn’t come within a country mile of any of either of their products, but especially these.

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