PURUS LABS THEATRIM REVIEW
A few months ago I had commented on a Purus picture from their Facebook page and Purus had responded that it was time for “another DJBeanPole review.” At the time I simply laughed it off and hit the ‘like’ button and thought nothing of it until I came home from work one day and my wife told me I had received a package. Much to my surprise it was from Purus with their logo proudly displayed on even the shipping box itself! I had no idea what was waiting for me. Two products. One was BCAA XR, which will be reviewed later, and the other was this:
Theatrim? What in the world is that? Displayed above the product name on the label was “Beyond Caffeine” and underneath it read “Advanced Termolipolytic & Focal Analyst.” I had been out of the fat burner game for awhile and this was a welcome surprise. But most fat burners are just chock full of caffeine and mood enhancers that don’t really fall into the realm of an efficient and noticeable fat burner. Would Purus fall into the same rut as previous fat burners I’ve tried in the past?
As you can see from the picture nothing is proprietary (with exception to the caffeine blend). Everything is laid out for us which is nice. The dosage is 1-2 caps, max 2 a day, with food at least 4-6 hours apart. The caffeine blend totals 278mg containing a mixture of Dicaffeine Malate, TeaCrine and good ol’ caffeine. TeaCrine is touted as the flagship ingredient that makes THEATRIM stand out from other fatburners. According to the label there were human studies conducted on TeaCrine with positive results. When I started researching the ingredient, I found one study involving Teacrine that used humans for subjects (almost everything else was on mice/rats). While the results were positive (increased energy, reduced fatigue, improved concentration), the sample size of the study was extremely small (N=15) which makes me wonder how these results would be with a much larger testing base… and then not to knock on the actual product itself, but the study was funded (partially) by the maker’s of TeaCrine themselves…
THE REST OF THE PROFILE
That being said, the caffeine mixture is most like split out to 125mg dicaffeine malate, 100mg Teacrine and 50mg or so of regular caffeine. Thats my best guess. Moving on to the other ingredients is 250mcg of Vitamin B12. While B12 doesn’t really add to your energy, it will help convert food into usable energy while also supporting the production of our next ingredient, SAMe. SAMe comes dosed at 125mg. Essentially a mood booster (can elevate serotonin). 125mg of a “Citrus Bioflavonoid Complex” used here most likely for anti-inflammatory properties as well as improving circulation. 80mg of “White Willow Bark Extract,” another product used for its purported anti-inflammatory uses. I’m guessing that the previous two ingredients were included for the ability to give the user an enhanced sense of well being/mood enhancing properties. And lastly is one I’m sure many of us are familiar with: 500mcg of Rauwolfia Vomitoria. This one is a big stimulant and has become a placeholder for what was Yohimbine.
HOW I RAN IT
Theatrim comes in a yellow gel-coated capsule that is fairly easy to take down. Initially I took it with food, typically lunch, but as I got further into the bottle I started taking it by itself without food and didn’t suffer any detrimental effects (in fact it seemed to kick in faster… maybe mild stomach discomfort but nothing that lasted too long). At one point I was kind of doing an intermittent fasting/carb-backloading protocol and I would completely skip breakfast so in order to keep my energy levels up I’d pop a Theatrim as soon as I got to work. Now I don’t know about everyone but for me I typically find myself in that zombie absent minded fuzzy brain funk right after I eat my lunch. I’m not sure if its because suddenly my body is all about focusing on digestion and it needs extra blood from my brain or what but I would always get to the point where a nap sounded great right after lunch. Theatrim excels at ramping up your energy levels slowly and then maintaining that energy for a great while. I’d pop a cap with lunch and within about 30-60 minutes later (the window when I’m usually headbobbing in front of my desk trying to keep myself awake) I’d feel more awake and energetic and this feeling would continue to compound itself until I left work. I never had a crash associated with this energy boost and it felt very pleasant. I’m not exactly sure how much my mood was “enhanced.” I never felt super ‘happy-go-lucky’ or anything like that after taking it. The one thing I did notice was that my body temperature would rise like crazy right when the energy started to ramp up. Usually in the abdomen/stomach region, which would quickly spread to around my entire trunk/back and into my head. I didn’t turn into a lobster or anything like that with some previous fatburners I’ve taken that included high doses of niacin but I definitely felt like someone had turned my internal thermostat way up. So much so that, embarrassingly, I’d notice that I was forming pit stains underneath my arms and that small beads of sweat were starting to form on my head. Had to walk out of my office a few times just to get outside into a cold breeze to cool down. Is that a downside to this product? Not in the least… in fact its a testament to how effective of a thermogenic it is! As far as “fat burning” is concerned I was never really tracking any progress. As long as I got up everyday and liked what I saw in the mirror I knew I was on the right track. I wasn’t cutting/bulking during my time with Theatrim so I can’t attest to its ability to make you lose body fat. Instead, Theatrim is great for those of you looking for a mood boosting thermogenic that greatly increases your energy without letting you down when its over. Need a pick me up in the middle of afternoon? Looking for an alternative to your preworkout prior to cardio? Tired of always drinking coffee/energy drinks to wake yourself up? Theatrim is for you! Just make sure you’ve got some powerful deodorant on!
Two thumbs up from DJ!