You’ve heard of fat burners right? You know, the pills that can make fat “melt off your body”. Well fat burners are far from a “magic pill”. Fat burners are supplements that are designed with ingredients that can really boost your metabolism and help you expend more calories during and after exercise.

White Lightning is the newest fat burner from Advanced Performance Supplements (APS). Their other fat burners are Phenadrine and Yellow Thunder. Taking a fat burner can really be beneficial in helping you get lean, but with so many fat burners available, which one is the best one for you? Let’s take a more in-depth look at APS White Lightning to see if will help you get toned and shredded!

What is APS White Lighting

When I first heard the name of APS newest fat burner, White Lighting, my mind immediately thought of the 200 proof pure grain alcohol and thought if they named their fat burner White Lighting then it must be crazy strong. I was curious, so I got a sample to try. After looking at the supplement facts at the ingredients, I was surprised at how simple the formulation was. All it contained was Caffeine, Geranium Oil Extract (or the recently banned 1,3-dimethylamylamine ie 1,3 DMAA), Naringin and Coleus Forskohlii. What sets White Lighting apart is that it claims that “the correct synergy and ratios of the ingredients make White Lightning your obvious choice when it comes to intense, focused, undeniable energy” [1]. I was a little confused about the “correct ratios” because nowhere on their site are they referenced, nor are any clinical studies regarding the ratios.

Regardless of the whole ratio issue, APS White Lightning contains really good fat burning ingredients. Let’s see if we can find some research to help us see if these ingredients will really help us burn fat!

Clinical Proof – Is It Found In The Ingredients?

Naringin – Naringin is grapefruit extract. What possible health benefits could a grapefruit extract posses? By adding Naringin to White Lightning, the oral uptake of other ingredients, mainly Coleus Forskohlii, is enhanced, and its half-life is increased in the body [2]. That means Coleus Forskohlii will remain in your body for a longer period of time which makes it a lot more effective. So, what is this Coleus Forskohlii? Good question…

Coleus Forskohlii – Coleus Forskohlii is a plant that is native to India and has been used there to treat various disorders for a long time. Coleus Forskohlii produces a labdane diterpene called Forskolin [3]. Forskolin has been shown to activate Cyclic Adenosine Monophosphate, or Cyclic AMP (cAMP), which promotes the breakdown of stored fats in animal and human fat cells [4].

In one study overweight women were given two doses of 250mg 10% extract and noticed reduced weight gain.[5] Another study that did not investigate weight changes primarily noted that over a period of 2 months with 500-700mg Coleus Forskohlii there was a 2.38-2.6% reduction in BMI [6].

Caffeine – Caffeine is a compound that stimulates the central nervous system temporarily increasing alertness. It is one of the most widely used supplements in the United States (probably due to soda consumption). Caffeine is found in the fruit, beans, and leaves of over 60 plants (and counting). When it comes to training and exercise, caffeine helps you fight fatigue which allows you to plow through your workout. When it comes to helping you lose weight, caffeine, either alone or in combination with other supplements boost your metabolism which means you will burn more calories [7].

1,3 Dimethylamylamine (DMAA) – DMAA, also known as methylhexanamine, is the active ingredient found in geranium oil. Some early reports claim that DMAA provides a euphoric effect that enhances workouts better than caffeine. In addition to increasing alertness, it can enhance mood, decrease hunger, and aid fat burning. Users of DMAA report that they don’t experience the “crash” that they feel when taking caffeine or other stimulants.

There have been a lot of studies done on DMAA that prove it is safe and effective. In 2011 a randomized, double-blind crossover trial was conducted on both men and women. No serious adverse events were noted in this study [8]. There are many others that come to the same conclusion.

APS White Lightning – Final Thoughts

APS White Lightning contains a very simple formula that may be effective at giving you a boost to your metabolism and allow you to burn more calories and burn more fat in the proccess. No fat burner is a “magic pill”. If you wanna lose weight then you need to expend more calories then you consume. Hopefully your fat burner will help you do that! APS White Lightning contains great ingredients, all clinically proven.

This is one man’s opinion. What really matters is how well it works for all of you. Please use our form below to share what your experiences have been with APS White Lightning. Please include other product(s) you have used, side effects, benefits, dosage, and let us all know if you think White Lightning is a good value or not.


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[3] – Burns TW, Langley PE, Terry BE, Bylund DB, Forte LR., Jr Comparative effects of forskolin and isoproterenol on the cyclic AMP content of human adipocytes. Life Sci. 1987;40:145–54. doi: 10.1016/0024-3205(87)90353-5.

[4] – Litosch I, Hudson TH, Mills I, Li SY, Fain JN. Forskolin as an activator of cyclic AMP accumulation and lipolysis in rat adipocytes. Mol Pharmacol. 1982;22:109–15.

[5] – Henderson S, et al. Effects of coleus forskohlii supplementation on body composition and hematological profiles in mildly overweight women. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. (2005)

[6] – Jagtap M, Chandola HM, Ravishankar B. Clinical efficacy of Coleus forskohlii (Willd.) Briq. (Makandi) in hypertension of geriatric population. Ayu. (2011)

[7] – “Caffeine”. The Pharmacogenetics and Pharmacogenomics Knowledge Base.

[8] – Effects of 1,3-Dimethylamylamine and Caffeine Alone or in Combination on Heart Rate and Blood Pressure in Healthy Men and Women

About The Author

Brian E. is from southern California and has worked for names like GNC and Vitamin Shoppe as a supplement expert and consultant. He currently lives in Utah and is studying marketing.

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