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 (Pyrodoxine 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 niacinimide “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 (pyroxadine) 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. In my review of this herb, I voiced my issues with the coleus research. 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 I see the word “extract” I always ask myself what extract they are using. In the case of 1Db Goddess, they don't tell us.
There is some research on green coffee bean and weight loss but as is reported on WebMd.com, the research stems from a study that was presented at a medical convention. Presenting a study to a bunch of doctors at a convention does not carry the same weight as a peer reviewed study that is published in a medical journal. Two BIG problems with this study were:
1. This was a very small study, only having 16 people
2. The study was supported by a company that makes green coffee extract supplements
In a review of green coffee bean and weight loss published in 2011 in the journal Gastroenterology Research and Practice, 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 the credible), we can't really be sure how reliable they are until better, more objective research is done.
There are many green coffee bean supplements on Amazon. Here is one of the few brands that has been specifically named in weight loss research as possibly having an effect.
What extract of cocoa are they using? They don't tell us but I'm guessing the extract is caffeine.
This compound looks like the herb ephedra which is banned from weight loss supplements in the US. Synepherine also goes by other names including bitter orange, Citrus aurantium and “orange peel extract.”
As a rule, suspect synepherine 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 synepherine showing up together in supplements.
All that said, the weight loss evidence for synepherine is not as good as that for ephedra. As I mentioned in my book, one reason why less is known about this compound may be because there are 6 different types of synepherine. Some synepherine research doesn't indicate which type they are using. The makers of 1 Db Goddess also don't tell us what type of synpeherine they are using.
I recommend people with health problems avoid supplements that contain synepherine because it is linked to some potentially serious problems. See below for more on this.
Again, I think the “extract” is caffeine.
This is basically another name for synepherine because one of the extracts in evodiamine IS synepherine. The side effects of evodiamine are probably very similar to that of synepherine.
According to Wikipedia, 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. I am guessing that they have added this to 1 Db Goddess in the hopes that diiodotyrosine would naturally increase thyroid hormone levels.
I've seen a lot of metabolism boosters that have iodine. But in the US, lack of iodine is NOT the cause of low thyroid hormone levels (hypothroidism). 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 hypothroidism worse. Here is a good article on thyroid disease and nutrition.
Does diiodotyrosine increase thyroid hormone levels in humans? I don't know. More importantly, does diiodotyrosine lead to weight loss in humans? I don't know that either. 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 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 I see, however, are 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.
Thank goodness for Wikipedia because I had no idea what this stuff was! Wikipedia says this 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. For now, 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 may be 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 on my part.
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.
5HTP, however, does worry me some because of reports linking tryptophan to a very rare—but serious—blood disorder called eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS) that resulted in the deaths of over 30 people in the late 1980s. I covered this occurrence in my supplement book but here is the Wikipedia page on EMS. Since 5-HTP is listed last in the ingredients, there probably isn't a lot of 5HTP in 1Db Goddess. I don't know if 5 HTP would have any effect on EMS. Nobody knows.
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. While I did not find any research on ashwagandha and human female sexual performance, I did locate a study hinting that it might impair the sexual performance of male rats. I don't know the implication of this for men reading these words but I wanted to point it out because Ashwagandha is also found in other weight loss supplements such as Avesil and Shakeology.
Does ashwagandha decrease sexual performance in human men? I don't know.
Another trait that ashwagandha has is that it might increase thyroid hormone. This is most likely why it's used in weight loss products. Most of the thyroid-stimulating properties of ashwagandha that I can find are based on results when the herb is given to male rats and female rats. I'm not sure if ashwagandha increases thyroid hormone in humans although it might if the case of extreme hyper-thyroidism that I mention in the “Side Effects” section is true.
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. As such, I recommend if you take ANY medications at all, you should speak to your doctor before using 1Db Goddess. There is a phenomenon called “the grapefruit effect” which refers to the ability of compounds in grapefruit to interfere with enzymes that breakdown a variety of medications.
Sometimes the effect is that the medication breaks down too fast, while in other cases, the effect is that the medication does not breakdown fast enough.
1 Db Goddess probably does not have much grapefruit and I'm not sure if the grapefruit effect would occur or not when using this product. I just want to make you aware of this.
Most weight loss supplements that I have seen do NOT contain grapefruit, likely because of the potential harm associated with the grapefruit effect. One other product I reviewed that did contain grapefruit was Jillian Michaels fat burner supplement.
Grapefruit reduces the breakdown of caffeine. This means that the stimulating effects of caffeine last longer. Could this be another reason why naringin is in this product? Notice how many ingredients in 1 Db Goddess contain caffeine.
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
Ultimately, I don't know what the side effects of 1 Db Goddess might be because this product – like most supplements – does not have any published peer reviewed studies on it. Because of the high amount of stimulants in 1Db Goddess and because of some of its other ingredients like grapefruit, I feel people should speak to their doctor or pharmacist about 1Db Goddess before using. I feel this is especially important in those who take any medications.
While I am not aware of any side effects of 1 DB Goddess as I write these words, below is a short list of some known and theoretical interactions of some of the ingredients in 1Db Goddess. This list is not complete.
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 wont happen in most people.
Synepherine 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 synepherine.
Since evodiamine contains synepherine, it may have many of the same side effects and drug interactions as synepherine itself.
5-HTP. I don't know if 5 HTP would lead to eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS) or not, but it's something I wonder about when I see products that contain this ingredient. If you take any antidepressants or sleeping supplements, speak to a doctor first.
DMAE might also make schizophrenia worse.
If the Neurocept complex in 1Db Goddess could really increase 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.
See your doctor if you have any type of auto-immune issues such as type I diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis. Ashwagandha may stimulate the immune system. Ashwagandha has also been associated with at least one case of extreme hyperthyroidism (toxic levels of thyroid hormone, also called thyrotoxicosis). In this case report from 2005, a 32-year old woman developed thyrotoxicosis after taking ashwagandha in an herbal supplement for a few weeks. Symptoms subsided after the supplement was halted. Symptoms of thyrotoxicosis can include sweating, rapid heart rate and anxiety among others.
Contrary to what is stated on the 1Db Goddess website, I recommend people speak to their doctor before using 1Db Goddess if you take thyroid medications (synthorid a.k.a. Levothyroxine). At the very least, it might alter blood tests for THS levels.
Again, I don't know if 1Db Goddess will do any of the things I've summarized here. Since 1 Db Goddess has never itself been studied for safety, all we can do is look at its ingredients to speculate what might happen.
How Much Does 1 Db Goddess Cost?
When I looked, the product website listed a price of $49.99
Who Makes 1 Db Goddess?
According to the product website (1stphorm.com), 1 Db Goddess is produced by the company 1st Phorm International L.L.C. There is no listing on the Better Business Bureau website for 1st Phorm as of 4/20/12. On the “About Us” page of the product website, I noticed that they don't specifically say anything about who they are. They don't call themselves a supplement company. Rather, they refer to themselves as “a change initiator.”
On the “Contact Us” page of their website, they give this address for the company:
1st PHORM HEADQUARTERS : Fenton, MO 63026 with a contact number of 1-888-8-1PHORM. Another phone number I found was 1-800-606-4660
Notice that there is no street name or number given, only the town and state. Why don't they tell us exactly where 1st Phorm international is located? Having the word “International” in the name of the company makes one think there are branches throughout the world, however, they only give the vague city and town address on their website.
So, I called the 888 number given on the website and discovered that this is a call center and not the company itself. When I asked where 1st Phorm was located, they did not know and could only give me this address: PO Box 775217 St Louis MO 63101.
The call center had no other address for 1st Phorm other than this.
I did a quick MapQuest search for the distance between Fenton, MO (which is listed on the 1st Phorm website) and St Louis, MO and discovered that these locations are about 20 miles apart. I'm not familiar with Missouri but I wonder why they picked a post office that was 20 miles from where they say their company is located?
What Does “1 Db” in 1Db Goddess Stand For?
I'm still asking myself that question. Not even the call center used by the company that makes this product could tell me.
Does 1 Db Goddess Really Work?
Since 1Db Goddess seems to me to be just 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 I do not know. Still, I have concerns about its safety, especially if it is used by people who are not healthy. Looking at the websites for 1Db Goddess and 1stPhrom.com, I see young, healthy women (who appear to be fitness competitors/models) touting this product. Yet I know that a lot of the women who are going to try 1Db Goddess will be older, overweight, and who may also be taking a variety of medications. If you have any health problems at all, please talk to your doctor before using 1Db Goddess.
What do you think?