I have fairly recently been ordering a shed load of pre workout formula sachets to try and see which is best.

With the order came a couple of sachets of this fat burner from EHP Labs called OxyShred. Normally we see fat burners as pills not powders but mixing powder with water as per the pre workout trend is en vogue at the moment. Albeit less convenient in my eyes, especially if you are working everyday.

This does look to contain a healthy number of ingredients and also weighing in at over 10000mg must put it among the most generally dosed fat burner out there on the market.



Riboflavin (B2) – Important for body growth and red blood cell production. It also aids in the release of energy from proteins.

Thiamine (Vitamin B1) – Thiamine is required by our bodies to properly use carbohydrates.

Some research suggests that taking thiamine together with pantethine and pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) does not improve muscle strength or endurance in athletes.

Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) – One of 8 B vitamins. All B vitamins help the body convert food (carbohydrates) into fuel (glucose), which the body uses to produce energy.

These B vitamins, often referred to as B complex vitamins, also help the body use fats and protein. B complex vitamins are needed for healthy skin, hair, eyes, and liver.

They also help the nervous system function properly and is critical to the manufacture of red blood cells.

L-Tyrosine – Tyrosine is taken for depression, attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the inability to stay awake (narcolepsy), and improving alertness following sleep deprivation.

It is also used for stress, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, chronic fatigue syndrome(CFS).

Taurine – It has been touted that Taurine can help mental performance.

Early clinical research suggested that taurine, in combination with caffeine, glucuronolactone, and B vitamins, can improve attention and reasoning in adolescents, but does not improve memory.

However, there is insufficient evidence to prove this is always the case.

Caffeine – It stimulates the central nervous system (CNS), heart, muscles, and the centers that control blood pressure to give you an extra boost and hit that PB.

Caffeine Anhydrous is the purest form of caffeine so always look out for it.

This is found in 4 Gauge which is the best pre-workout.

Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) – Its antioxidant properties mean vitamin C provides neuroprotective effects and benefits for blood flow. By protecting the testes from oxidative stress, vitamin C can also preserve testosterone levels.

Glutamine – It is generally touted as a Muscle Builder, but has not been proven to enhance muscle building in healthy individuals; only those suffering from physical trauma such as burns or muscular wounds (knife wounds) or in disease states in which muscle wasting occurs, such as AIDS.

Taking glutamine by mouth does not seem to improve athletic performance according to studies.

Higenamine – Data shows an increase in energy expenditure and kilocalorie expenditure. It also results in a moderate increase in heart rate and systolic blood pressure similar to caffeine.

Olive – Olive oil is widely used in many foods and its ability, like avocado, to reduce the bad (LDL) cholesterol is fairly well known. These are great to have in your diet.

While implicated in various fat burning effects (increased thyroid hormones and adrenaline) there does not appear to be any overall fat lost in trials.

Green Coffee Bean – Green coffee beans are coffee beans that have not yet been roasted. These coffee beans contain a higher amount of the chemical chlorogenic acid.

For weight loss, chlorogenic acid in green coffee is thought to affect how the body handles blood sugar and metabolism. This is found in our favorite fat burner, Instant Knockout.

Guggul – Traditionally used to fight obesity and it doesn’t work.

Grapefruit – Appears to be effective at reducing fat mass when a mixture of polyphenols are used, and may work nicely with Caffeine.

African Mango (Irvingia gabonensis)– There are a few research studies on the health effects of IG extracts, and most have been sponsored by supplement makers, make of that what you will… This is found in EVLNutrition Lean Mode but that didn’t score very well with us.

Rasberry Ketone – Whilst touted as a miracle weight loss supplement and sometimes for lean muscle mass it is important to keep in mind that there is no reliable scientific evidence that it improves weight loss when taken by people.

Conjugated Linolenic Acid (CLA) – Initial reports and studies have showed that CLA helped a bunch of women who did no exercise lose 9% body fat.

However, further studies are showing very mixed, if not medicore results that aren’t really setting the world alight, in fact the side effects are having their presence felt moreso outweighing any real benefits.

Any benefits that were found meant that the composition had to be greater than 80%.

Inulin Fiber – Taking inulin in combination with chromium picolinate, capsicum, L-phenylalanine, and other nutrients, does not seem to significantly reduce weight in moderately obese people.

Chromium – Chromium supplements are promoted as being helpful in building muscle and burning fat and in helping the body use carbohydrates.

However, most of the studies would probably suggest Chromium by mouth isn’t that effective.

Vitamin B6 – Comprising three chemically distinct compounds pyridoxal, pyridoxamine, and pyridoxine, is involved in the regulation of mental function and mood.

Vitamin B6 is also an essential homocysteine re-methylation cofactor, and deficiency is associated with increase in blood homocysteine levels. Homocysteine is a risk factor for cerebrovascular disease and may also have directly toxic effects on neurons of the central nervous system.

Neuropsychiatric disorders including seizures, migraine, chronic pain and depression have been linked to vitamin B6 deficiency.

Capsicum – Capsaicin is known to boost metabolism, causing the body to produce extra heat and burn more calories for fuel. This is found in our favorite fat burner Instant Knockout. There’s 40,000 heat units present (HU) which is pretty darn hot.

L-carnitine – Acetyl-L-carnitine helps the body produce energy. It is important for heart and brain function, muscle movement, and many other body processes.

It is a very popular supplement and widely proven to be active drugs for the therapy of symptoms associated with male aging.

Any fat loss tends to be associated with the extra energy provided by this compound which in turn increases exercise.

Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin) – Gives you more energy and boost your metabolism, helping you shed unwanted pounds. Ensure you are not deficient in Vitamin B12 so you can do that quick 10 miler at 5am…

Niacinamide (Vit B3) –  Higher amounts of niacin can improve cholesterol levels and lower cardiovascular risks and maybe symptoms for Alzheimer’s . However, the jury is out on these real benefits.


Two scoops per day is instructed which jams in a massive 12000mg of ingredients.

This is up there with having the most or very nearly the most amount per daily serving.

Effects & Benefits:

There’s 12 ingredients in this blend that are effective and will contribute to weight loss. That is out of 23, so just over 50%.

There’s a few ingredients here that are also found in the best fat burner on the market at the moment called Instant Knockout with is pleasing to see as these ingredients are well known for their ability to raise the metabolism and help blitz those stubborn areas of fat.

Its great to see the wealth of B vitamins that have so many benefits as well as processing carbohydrates and producing energy which you will use pounding away on the treadmill or rowing machine in the gym.

L-carnitine is also used for processing energy too and is often seen either in fat burner supplements or pre workout formulas.

CLA does pose a bit of confusion as while some results have been astounding for its effectiveness to reduce fat mass without even working out, some studies have then produced opposite results.

However, what I admire the most is the often overlooked Grapefruit and Higenamine.



The old saying of “what goes up, must come down” sort of applies here too unfortunately.

There are some great additions to this supplement, without a doubt.

Yet, what confuses me is why EHP Labs would want to ruin the party by concealing everything in a proprietary blend.

As I have found in so many pre workout formula’s that I have tried, a proprietary blend merely allows the manufacturer to include very little of each ingredient.

Therefore, while the product looks full of ingredients with a large profile the actual content per ingredient can just be trace amounts.

It is the biggest scam of the supplement industry in my eyes.

There’s also at least 7 ingredients that are proven not to have any benefits whatsoever, moreso if taken orally as is the case with this.

I am going to be picky and say that mixing a powder with water isn’t nearly as convenient as necking a pill.

EHP Labs OXYSHRED THERMOGENIC Fat Burner Review Conclusion:

I have been stung by proprietary blends.

I have tried so many supplements that consist of a proprietary blend and the results have been blatantly obvious that there’s barely any of the ingredients listed included. As a result you shouldn’t really trust a product with such a blend unless you can get a guarantee.

Not only that, let’s consider that while there are some good ingredients included, the useful, proven and effective ones barely scrape over 50% of the combined content.

That means almost half of this is useless shit, and nobody needs that, not when there’s products where all of it is good.

As a result, I think (and know) there’s better options out there.




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Ben BA(Hons), PGCert

Ben established this site to be a free resource in 2015. Since then it has gained over half a million visits. He has always been interested in sport and he started playing rugby at the age of 6 represented his town, county and school. Ben also enjoys cycling, has started skiing and is in the Army Reserve representing his Regiment as part of the 150 Regimental Shooting Team. He holds a bachelor's and postgraduate degree in sport exercise & nutrition.

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