Update 7/22/20. 1 Db Goddess is a fat burner marketed as the best thermogenic made specifically for women to burn fat fast! Pretty tempting words for a lot of people who want to lose weight, but—does 1Db Goddess really work? Also, is it safe? As I soon learned when I looked into this product, 1 Db Goddess is one of many weight loss and sports supplements sold by the same company. I will focus this review specifically on the weight loss supplement 1Db Goddess.
1 Db Goddess Ingredients
According to the 1Db Goddess website, these are the ingredients
|Niacin (Niacinamide) 10 mg 50% DV|
|Vitamin B 6 (Pyridoxine HCL) 3 mg 150%|
|Lipolix Complex 296 mg|
|Green Coffee Bean Extract|
|Neurocept Complex 241 mg|
|Beta Phenylethylamine HCL|
|Goddess Matrix 75 mg|
|Adrenacept 25 mg|
Notice that I've listed the amounts of the ingredients. The 1DbGoddess.com website doesn't tell us the actual amounts of the ingredients but the website for the company that makes 1Db Goddess—1stPhorm.com—does. I didn't like that they made me chase down this information.
1 Db Goddess has a lot of ingredients. But, more ingredients in a weight loss pill doesn't necessarily mean that it works better. After looking at the ingredients, it appears that 1 Db Goddess is trying to target several weight loss problem areas at once. Those areas are:
- fat loss (of course)
- eating behavior (the Neurocept complex)
- sexual function (the Goddess matrix)
- thyroid function (Adrenacept)
It would be good if all these ingredients worked together to bring about a better all-around effect on weight loss but I must point out that there is no published peer-reviewed proof that 1 Db Goddess does what the makers claim it does. I can't find any studies on 1 Db Goddess and the product website doesn't list any proof either. All I see are sexy girls standing next to the products.
This means that—aside from testimonials from people we don't know—the only way to see if 1Db Goddess works is to look at the proof for its ingredients. Let's do that now.
The website for 1Db Goddess says that niacinamide “is useful for balancing blood sugar levels.” There is some research showing that high levels of niacinamide might increase insulin secretion although other research has noted that it might worsen insulin sensitivity. I am aware of no published peer-reviewed proof that niacinamide has any weight loss effect.
Tip. Niacin and niacinamide are different forms of the vitamin. One difference is that niacinamide does not cause the flushing sensation that niacin usually does.
Vitamin B 6
The product website claims that vitamin B6 (pyridoxine ) is needed for “proper neurotransmitter function and efficient food metabolism.” Well, that's true, but I wonder how prevalent vitamin B 6 deficiency is in people in developed countries like the US. Vitamin B 6 is found in many foods like eggs, meat and cereals, and multivitamins too.
I was surprised that niacinamide and vitamin B6 —which should have no weight loss effect —were listed as the first two ingredients in 1Db Goddess.
Now let's look at the different complexes in 1 Db Goddess. The word “complex” is another term for “proprietary blend,” a phrase used by other supplement makers.
- Lipolix complex
- Neurocept complex
- Goddess complex
The Lipolix Complex
The first thing to know is that the word “Lipolix” is an invented word used for marketing purposes. Since “Lipo” means fat, I take that to mean that the ingredients in this complex are the ingredients that are supposed to target weight loss. They are:
This is the fancy name for caffeine. Caffeine is often the #1 ingredient in fat burners even though its effects on fat burning are minimal. The idea here is also that a more stimulated/awake person might do more activity/ burn more calories. When combined with other stimulants, the effects of caffeine may be magnified. Caffeine is also found in other fat burners such as QuickTrim, Nano Go and Avesil to name a few.
Again, this is another ingredient that shows up in a lot of weight loss pills. This stuff is so popular that there is even a green tea weight loss pill based on the premise that green tea helps people lose weight! The problem is that green tea alone might not do a lot for weight loss—especially if it's not combined with caffeine. This is why you often see green tea and caffeine combined in so many weight loss pills.
This stuff has become quite popular in weight loss supplements. In fact, coleus is so popular that I've already written a review of Coleus forskohlii and weight loss. Basically, coleus forskohlii (also called forskolin) ramps up an enzyme that helps us burn fat. The more of this enzyme, the more fat we burn. There is research on coleus but it's not perfect.
I think when it comes to coleus forskohlii and weight loss, I will say it's interesting but we are not at the point where we can say “it works” just yet.
For those who want to compare prices here is coleus forskohlii on Amazon.
The scientific name for dandelion is Taraxacum officinale. Dandelion has some fiber so that's good. It also has some antioxidants like quercetin, and that's good too. Dandelion also is a natural diuretic. But, I see no published peer-reviewed proof that dandelion leaf helps people lose weight.
Green Coffee Bean Extract
This compound contains caffeine. When you see the word “extract” always ask yourself what extract they are using. In the case of 1Db Goddess, they don't tell us.
While green coffee continues to be a popular weight loss supplement, I don't think it works. In a review of green coffee, the authors noted that research to date —what little there is —has “a high degree of bias.” In other words, while the studies look interesting (they only found three studies they felt were credible), we can't really be sure how reliable they are until better, research is done.
If you want to try green coffee, the Svetol brand has been used in some of the clinical studies.
What extract of cocoa are they using? They don't tell us. Could it be caffeine?
This compound looks like the herb ephedra which is banned from weight loss supplements in the US. Synephrine also goes by other names including bitter orange, Citrus aurantium and “orange peel extract.”
As a rule, suspect synephrine is in any weight loss product that claims to be “ephedra-free.”
Like caffeine, synephrine can raise heart rate and blood pressure. Research into the weight loss properties of ephedra noted greater weight loss when ephedra was combined with caffeine. Since synephrine “looks” like ephedra, this is also why I often see caffeine and synephrine showing up together in supplements.
The weight loss evidence for synephrine is not as good as that for ephedra. As I mentioned in my book, there are 6 different types of synephrine. Some synephrine research doesn't indicate which type they are using. The makers of 1 Db Goddess also don't tell us what type of synephrine they are using.
People with health problems avoid supplements that contain synepherine because it is linked to some potentially serious problems.
Again, could the the “extract” be caffeine?
This is another name for synephrine because one of the extracts in evodiamine IS synephrine. The side effects of evodiamine are probably very similar to that of synephrine.
This is a compound that is made during the manufacture of thyroid hormone (thyroxine). It is an iodine-containing compound. Thyroid hormone needs iodine to work properly. Might this ingredient be used in the hopes that diiodotyrosine would naturally increase thyroid hormone levels?
In the US, the lack of iodine is NOT the cause of low thyroid hormone levels (hypothyroidism). The main cause is a disorder called Hashimoto‘s disorder. This is an immune disorder where the immune system attacks / destroys the thyroid gland.
Giving iodine supplements to people with Hashimoto's disorder might increase the immune system attack on the thyroid gland – making hypothyroidism worse.
Does diiodotyrosine increase thyroid hormone levels in humans? More importantly, does diiodotyrosine lead to weight loss in humans? I don't know. I am unable to find any weight loss studies on diiodotyrosine.
Ironically, there is some animal weight loss research on a related compound called Diiodothyronine. There is nothing about weight loss in humans yet but either way, 1 Db Goddess does not contain diiodothyronine.
How To Test Your Iodine Levels
As was reported in the book, The Fatigue Solution, by an endocrinologist, Dr Eva Cwynar it's possible to see if you are low in iodine. Get some USP tincture of iodine (not the clear version) and paint a 3-inch circle on your skin. The skin will look red/orange when you apply the iodine tincture.
If the color disappears in 1-3 hours, you may be lacking in iodine. If it takes 4-6 hours for the color to go away, your iodine levels are probably OK. Here is tincture of iodine on Amazon.com.
Remember, do not drink this brand of iodine! If you feel you are deficient in iodine, go to your doctor for a more accurate test of your iodine levels.
This is another name for choline, something that we make naturally and is found in many foods. Choline helps us make acetylcholine, which is a neurotransmitter (i.e., it helps brain cells talk to each other).
Notice the trend. A lot of the ingredients in the Neurocept complex appear to try to increase acetylcholine levels. This is because some research finds that higher acetylcholine levels might decrease appetite. Most of the acetylcholine appetite research, however, is mouse studies.
Other names for this is Di-methyl Amino-ethanol and “Deanol.” DMAE is also thought to increase acetylcholine levels in the brain. DMAE has been studied to help dementia but results are not very good.
This ingredient also appears to increase acetylcholine levels and has been studied to improve memory in older adults.
Picamilon is a compound formed from the union of niacin and GABA (a neurotransmitter). Most of the research I see looks like it was done in Russia. Some websites say that Picamilon can improve mood but I don't see any human evidence of this.
Another name for this is dimethylamylamine. Again, what extract of geranium does 1 Db Goddess have? They don't tell us. The only weight loss research I found for geranium were two supplement company-sponsored studies on a totally different product, called OxyElite Pro.
Since OxyElite Pro has more than geranium in it, who can say how much geranium contributed to the weight loss effect. Also, in these two studies, only one said it helped people burn more calories. This study only had 12 people and lasted only 2 hours. I think the weight loss evidence for geranium alone is weak.
This compound, also called, 5 Hydroxy-Tryptophan, is a version of the amino acid, tryptophan. This is probably included in the Neurocept complex because 5HTP has been studied for both appetite control —and thus weight loss —and depression.
My speculation here is that the idea for adding an anti-depression supplement to the Neurocept complex maybe the idea that overweight people may be depressed and if you can correct this, perhaps people may eat less, especially if they are also taking a supplement (like 5-HTP) that also reduces appetite. Again, pure speculation.
Like tryptophan itself, 5 HTP raises serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter. Serotonin has a calming effect and makes us more relaxed and, maybe even sleepy. This is also the reason 5-HTP is found in the sleep supplement Dream Water.
Obviously, the phrase “Goddess Matrix” has been invented, probably to coincide with the name of 1 Db Goddess. These are its two ingredients:
This word almost looks like the word “aphrodisiac.” That is probably why the makers of 1Db Goddess chose this name over the other name for this herb, Turnera diffusa, also called Damiana.
(I don’t want to know how they sexually exhausted these rats!)
In this study, researchers used a dosage of 80 mg per kilogram to improve sexual function. So, the amount was based on how much the rats weighed.
Let's translate this to humans. There are 2.2 kilograms in a pound. So, a 180 lb man (81 kg) would need 80 X 81 kg = 6,545 mg (about 6.5 grams) to get the same effect. How much T. Aphordisiaca is in 1 Db Goddess? Only 75 mg.
Also, keep in mind that this was not only a rat study but a study of MALE rats. Does T. Aphordisiaca improve sexual function in female rats? I can't find any studies of female rats. More importantly, I can't find any published peer-reviewed proof that T. Aphordisiaca improves sex in human men OR women.
This is also sometimes called Indian ginseng. Its scientific name is Withania somnifera. Its touted as a superfood and aphrodisiac but more study is needed for this purpose. Some research suggests ashwagandha may help hypothyroidism and insomnia.
This is an invented word. It makes me think of the word “adrenalin.” Here are the two ingredients in the Andrenacept complex:
This is basically the B vitamin, thiamine. This, like all B vitamins, helps us make energy. Thiamine is in a lot of foods so I don't think healthy people are deficient in the US in this vitamin.
This is a compound that comes from grapefruit. Because grapefruit can interfere with many medications, speak to your doctor if this applies to you.
Ingredients in 1 Db Goddess that contain caffeine
- Green tea
- Green coffee bean
Ingredients in 1 Db Goddess that are stimulants
- Green tea
- coleous forskkohli
- green coffee bean
- Geranium (maybe)
Ingredients in 1 Db Goddess that might raise thyroid hormone levels:
1 Db Goddess Side Effects
Several ingredients in 1-Db Goddess are stimulants. The supplement website has a list of “what to avoid” worth checking out. Here is a list of things to consider when using this supplement. This list is not complete:
- Start with less than recommended for the 1st week to see how you respond
- The product website says to NOT take if you're less than 21 years of age
- Don't take if pregnant or breastfeeding
- Stop taking at least 2 weeks before having surgery
- If you take prescription medications such as for heart, blood pressure, diabetes or blood thinners, talk to your doctor and pharmacist. The supplement contains grapefruit which may interfere with the medicine you take.
Here are some other theoretical things to consider based on the ingredients:
- There is some speculation that dandelion may interact with medications. So far, though, I'm not aware of any human research corroborating this. Since dandelion seems to be a diuretic, it may have an effect on blood pressure and it might also speed the loss of medications from the body.
- Choline, taken in excess, might cause a body odor. Some people report that the odor smells like fish. There is probably not a lot of choline in 1 Db Goddess so this probably won't happen in most people.
- Synephrine has been noted to interfere with MANY prescription medications including but not limited to antidepressants and medications used to treat high blood pressure and heart disease. Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using ANY weight loss supplement that has synephrine.
- Since evodiamine contains synephrine, in theory, it may have similar side effects and drug interactions as synephrine.
- 5-HTP may have anti-depressant effects and/or interact with anti-depressant medicine.
- Some research suggests DMAE might also make schizophrenia worse.
- People with taking medicine for hypothyroidism should talk to their doctor/pharmacist.
If the Neurocept complex increases acetylcholine levels, this might cause headaches if levels go too high. People with medical conditions should ask their doctor before using any product that claims to increase acetylcholine levels. If the product really does increase acetylcholine, the results can be very bad.
Ashwagandha may stimulate the immune system. While probably rare, ashwagandha has been associated thyrotoxicosis, a condition where thyroid hormone levels too high. In one report a 32-year old woman developed thyrotoxicosis after taking ashwagandha for a few weeks. Symptoms subsided after the supplement was halted. Symptoms of thyrotoxicosis can include sweating, rapid heart rate, and anxiety among others.
To be fair, there's no evidence 1Db Goddess does any of these things. It may be perfectly safe. These are just some things to consider.
How Much Does 1 Db Goddess Cost?
One bottle, containing 80 capsules cost $49.99
Who Makes 1 Db Goddess?
According to the product website (1stphorm.com), the supplement is produced by the company 1st Phorm International L.L.C. The Better Business Bureau lists this address:
9779 Green Park Industrial Dr
Saint Louis, MO 63123-7207
They also rated the company A+ when this review was updated. See the BBB file for more information.
The contact number is 800-409-9732
What Does “1 Db” in 1Db Goddess Stand For?
I'm still asking myself that question. If you know, leave a comment below and let me know.
Does 1 Db Goddess Really Work?
To me, the supplement looks like a big bunch of stimulants, it's possible that some people may feel a speed effect, which may cause them to move more and hence burn more calories. Whether this leads to weight loss is hard to say. Supplements containing simulants carry some risk. This risk is more in those who are not healthy. Still, I have concerns about its safety, especially if it is used by people who are not healthy. If you have any health problems at all, talk to your doctor first.