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Performix SST Is a dietary supplement that allegedly boosts your energy and kickstarts your metabolism. Learn how and if it works here.

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Performix SST Review - Is It Effective?

By Anthony Dugarte, M.D., C.S.C.S

Updated on: Mar 17, 2020

What is Performix SST?

Performix SST is a thermogenic dietary supplement that is purported to increase energy, mental sharpness, and metabolism.

Thermogenesis involves the production of heat in your body. This effect is thought to raise your metabolism and allow you to burn more calories.

While you can experience the benefit of thermogenesis through diet and exercise, companies like Performix offer thermogenic supplements that are intended to provide similar effects.

By taking 2 capsules in the morning each day, Performix states that SST will offer the following:

  • Increased total body energy
  • Increased resting metabolic rate
  • Increased fat burning
  • Increased alertness and mental focus

They claim these effects are due to the “Ballistic Beadlets” that are loaded with their blend of unique ingredients.

These tiny pods are packed into every capsule and allow for “Intelligent Dosing Technology” that ensures delivery of the ingredients over multiple phases.

In this article, we’ll help you answer this question by reviewing the available literature for SST’s active ingredients.

The Performix SST Active Ingredients

Like other thermogenic dietary supplements, Performix claims that SST’s blend of ingredients will give your metabolism the boost it needs.

While the active ingredients are thought to be the 2 blends offered in each capsule, SST also contains B vitamins.

In this section, we’ll highlight the scientific support for the active ingredients, but first, we’ll touch on the potential role of the vitamin content.

Niacin (as Nicotinic Acid) - 12mg and Vitamin B12 (as Methylcobalamin) - 1,000mcg

B Vitamins are obtained naturally from food products like meat, seeds, and nuts.

They may offer a wide array of health benefits such as support for brain and nerve health, red blood cell function, energy metabolism, and weight loss.

Niacin, or vitamin B3, can be associated with fatigue if your levels are too low. It may also offer protection from neurologic conditions like dementia.

Vitamin B12 deficiency has similarly been linked with fatigue. Increasing your levels with a supplement may boost energy, though if your intake is already adequate, you may not see a benefit.

Next, let’s get into the active ingredients that are responsible for the proposed benefits offered by SST.

Performix Suspension Super Thermo Complex - 1,170mg

Performix SST offers 2 blends that are thought to offer energy, metabolism, and alertness-boosting actions.

Caffeine Anhydrous (200mg)

Caffeine anhydrous is a stimulant that is essentially a highly concentrated form of caffeine. 1tsp, or 5000mg, is equivalent to roughly 28 cups of coffee.

Caffeine has been well studied for its proposed metabolism-boosting effects.

Caffeine given to healthy subjects at 3 mg/kg before physical activity resulted in more fat burning when compared to caffeine-free regimens. Doses at 3-6mg/kg body weight may also enhance performance in endurance exercise.

In a head to head comparison in fit adults, 4.45 mg/kg doses of caffeine anhydrous were proven to be superior to caffeine; those that had the concentrated form experienced significant increases in their running time to exhaustion.

Sensoril® Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is an herb native to India that may help to improve memory, boost immunity, and work as an antioxidant.

In a randomized study, those that consumed 600mg of ashwagandha improved attention, information processing speed, and memory.

Theacrine (as Teacrine®)

Theacrine is structurally similar to caffeine and comes from the leaves of the Camellia Kucha plant.

A recent study found that 150mg of theacrine did not result in a statistically significant improvement in mental function, though subjects did note personal energy and mood benefits.

Mucuna pruriens extract (seed)

This legume is native to India and China. It has been used in natural medicine for centuries and may offer neuroprotection in addition to other actions.

As it contains a precursor to dopamine, a chemical messenger that works in the brain, it may offer benefits to those with Parkinson’s disease.

Cayenne Pepper (Capsicum annuum) Powder

The active ingredient in Performix SST is capsaicin - this compound may offer a number of health benefits related to increasing your metabolism.

While this effect may be possible, cayenne seems to offer only mild benefits in this regard.

In a randomized trial, 1g of cayenne burned an extra 10 calories over 4.5 hours.

These results were later confirmed in a review; capsaicin at high doses boosted energy expenditure and fat burning, though only to a minor degree.

Yohimbine HCI

This ingredient is obtained from the bark of African evergreens.

In obese women on a calorie-restricted diet, those that consumed 20mg of yohimbine lost more weight. These effects were not confirmed in men; 43mg daily over 6-months had no effects

Huperzine A (Huperzia serrata) extract (aerial parts)

Another Chinese herb extract, huperzine may be a cognitive enhancer similar to some of the other ingredients described here.

In a review of 20 randomized studies, huperzine at doses ranging from 0.2 to 0.8mg daily were effective in improving cognitive function and ability to perform daily living activities.

BioPerine®Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) extract (fruit)

Another spice popular in cuisine and supplements, it is thought to offer metabolism-boosting benefits.

In overweight individuals randomized to treatment with 6mg of black pepper daily, supplementation reduced both BMI and body fat.

Diffusion Carrier Oil

Though Performix SST includes safflower and ginger, the star of this blend is thought to be Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs).

Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L.) extract

Safflower extract is obtained from the seed of the brightly colored Carthamus tinctorius plant. Not extensively studied, it may offer a wide variety of benefits related to numbness and paralysis of skin and muscles. More research is needed.

Ginger (Zingiber ocinalis) CO2 Supercritical Extract

Ginger may have anti-inflammatory effects, though energy metabolism and weight loss effects have not been well supported.

A review of 8 randomized trials concluded that 1600-4000mg of ginger did not affect fasting blood sugars, but it did improve sugar control over a 2-3 month span.

Another study did not find a benefit regarding energy metabolism; 10 overweight men that consumed 2g of ginger daily did not experience an impact on resting energy expenditure.

Medium Chain Triglycerides

MCTs differ from their long-chain (LCT) counterparts. They are smaller in structure, which allows for rapid transport to the liver where they can be used as an immediate energy source.

MCTs are more readily used for energy due to their size. In contrast, LCTs can be easily stored as fat. Consuming 15-30g of MCTs may increase energy expenditure and result in weight loss.

MCTs may also offer brain-boosting benefits.

Both high (17,000mg) and low (2,000mg) doses of MCT may improve memory and processing speed in those with Alzheimer’s disease. The impact on healthy individuals is unclear; more research is needed to describe the potential benefits in this regard.

Does Performix SST Have Side Effects?

Most of the ingredients included in Performix SST have been well-tolerated in the available research.

It is a stimulant containing supplement, however, so use with caution.

The source of caffeine in this product is caffeine anhydrous, a highly concentrated form of the stimulant. Thus, you may react differently than is typical with natural forms of caffeine.

SST contains 200mg of caffeine anhydrous. 1tsp or 5000mg is equivalent to roughly 28 cups of coffee. While 400mg of caffeine daily is considered to be safe, consuming Performix SST in addition to your typical coffee, soda, or tea habits can put you at an unsafe range.

For those with heart conditions, stimulant-containing supplements can be especially dangerous if you have a history of heart conditions.

Signs that you’ve consumed too much caffeine can include restlessness, nausea, agitation, rapid heart rate, and elevated blood pressure. According to the FDA, the rapid consumption of 1,200mg of caffeine can result in seizures.

Additionally, the FDA warns against products that use highly concentrated forms of caffeine as they have been linked to at least 2 deaths.

For these reasons, it is imperative to ask a physician about using this product and to never consume Performix SST in ways other than those recommended.

Where Can I Get Performix SST and How Much Does it Cost?

Performix SST is available from a few retailers, both in-store and online.

As the directions suggest taking 2 capsules daily, a 60ct bottle will last you 1-month. Check out the table below for cost comparisons.

Vendor Price Shipping In-Store?
Performix $49.99 (60ct) Free No
Amazon $49.99 (60ct) Free with Prime No
GNC $49.99 (60ct) Free Yes
Rite Aid $22.99 (40ct) Free with $35 Yes

On the company's website, Performix SST sells in 60ct bottles, and you won’t save by purchasing more. They do offer a subscription option, however. You can save 10% by opting in. You can determine the frequency of delivery and cancel any time.

Performix SST comes with a full refund within 30 days of purchase, minus shipping charges. However, you must return the supplement in its original packaging and untouched.

Keep in mind that this is not a guarantee. Thus, your package must be returned unopened. You might not be eligible for a refund if you purchased Performix SST from an unauthorized seller. Check out authorized sellers here.

Available Alternatives

There are a number of thermogenic products on the market that offer similar ingredients when compared to SST.

Trans4orm from Evlution Nutrition offers a 2-month supply of their blend at $29.99 or 2 for $40 at bodybuilding.com. Like SST, each capsule contains a blend of B vitamins, many similar extracts, and caffeine.

Hydroxycut Hardcore Elite from Muscletech is another stimulant containing thermogenic supplements. It offers multiple forms of caffeine, Yohimbe, and more. GNC is currently offering this product at $34.99 for a 25 day supply.

Also, don’t underestimate the impact diet and physical activity can have on your metabolism. Incorporating these lifestyle changes is a better first step.

The Bottom Line

Performix SST is a thermogenic dietary supplement that includes ingredients that have some scientific support for increasing energy, metabolism, and alertness.

At GNC, users rated Performix SST 3.7/5 stars based on 102 reviews. The less than stellar rating is mainly due to a lack of results or side effects that included night sweats, severe diarrhea, and headaches.

Speaking of side effects, proceed with caution if considering this, or other stimulant-containing supplements.

Performix SST offers a concentrated form of caffeine that can be dangerous with certain medical conditions or when not used as directed.

Opt for the thermogenic benefits of diet and exercise as a first step. There are also non-stimulant thermogenic supplements available.

If you’re still interested in Performix SST or similar products, always consult your doctor before use.

Customer Reviews

3.7 Stars out of 56 Reviews
5 Star:42% 4 Star:21% 3 Star:12% 2 Star:5% 1 Star:17%
73% Recommend This Company
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Posted on Jul 7, 2015

Love it, love it, love it.

By Angie ,

Today is my first day. I have tried C4, jack 3d, and many others. This is the best product by far. No jitters, burning or nervous energy. I give this product 5 stars.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Helpful Review? 9 People Have Voted

Posted on Jul 7, 2015

I love Performix (Pills)

By Brice Scipio , New York City, NY

I have been using Performix SST for a month now and it does not get any better than this brand. No jitters (which is very dangerous). I don't take a pre-workout but only Performix and I can last lifting for 2.5 hours, no joke. Great job.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Helpful Review? 11 People Have Voted

Posted on Jul 9, 2015

I've been taking it for almost two weeks.

By Andre reyes , White Lake, MI

I do notice an increase in my energy. Although, I haven't weighed myself just yet because I'm waiting for the end of the two weeks. All in all, I haven't noticed any huge difference in anything yet.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Helpful Review? 5 People Have Voted

Posted on Aug 4, 2015

Great job SST

By Anonymous , Columbus, IN

I can tell you the mental focus and the energy boosts that you get throughout the day are amazing. I went on a major weight loss mission a year ago, between diet and exercise and SST to make me want to go to the gym I am down 60 lbs. I love the energy that I am given. It's not off the wall crazy like some stimulants, there is not shakiness or jitters, you also don't crash and feel terrible. This is something that I mix with a cold bottle of water and drink while I'm putting on make up in the morning, not to mention the taste is great. This is a must have for anyone who loves have energy, but does not want to hop on the up and down roller coaster of diet pills.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Helpful Review? 13 People Have Voted

Posted on Jan 6, 2015

Love the energy

By Lisa , North Carolina

I'm a daily energy drink drinker because I need the energy and it helps my mood. Since I started, I haven't had an energy drink yet and I feel great. All day long energy.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Helpful Review? 4 People Have Voted

Posted on Aug 12, 2015

So far so good

By Tammy , South Carolina

I was told about this product at the GNC store. I have tried everything over the moon and under the sun. Today was my first day taking it, and I must say it gave me a lot of energy without feeling sluggish the next morning. My appetite was awesome. I wasn't craving for food or soft drinks which I have been doing a lot lately. I also felt my breathing becoming more calmer. The best I've tried since the ephedra products. Wish those products came back.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Helpful Review? 11 People Have Voted

Posted on Jul 13, 2015

Holy Hell Batman

By Erick Moffatt , Peoria, IL

So, recently I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I started working at GNC because I felt it was the best choice to force a commitment to a healthy change in my life. It has been. I started taking SST the day I started work. It has been four weeks and 28 pounds down. I started at 300 (after everything else I tried) and weighed in at 272 this morning. I used Super HD a while back and got ridiculously amazing results, but if I didn't "work-off" the energy it provided, I would be sitting around with excessive jitters. SST has yet to make me feel like I drank too much coffee, and its incredible for what seems like normal drive for me, which I would equate to a high level of energy for people not currently tolerant to large doses of caffeine or stimulants. It's most definitely Unicorns and Leprechauns in a bottle, magical.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Helpful Review? 16 People Have Voted

Posted on Apr 29, 2016


By Alissa , Austin, TX

I've been taking these pills for a little over a week and I have already lost four pounds without exercising, and it decreases my appetite. So I am never hungry and when I am, I lose my appetite which is good for me because I eat a lot.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Helpful Review? 36 People Have Voted

Posted on Aug 8, 2015

Natural energy and no more cravings

By Lacey , Oregon

This product is amazing. I have gained 40 lbs in a year due to not working out and eating like my boyfriend. I wanted something to get me back into shape and give me the energy I need without feeling jittery. I went into GNC and talked with someone about what would be best for me. They asked me a few questions and gave me some options and said this would be the best. I have taken this for almost a week now and I am amazed. It makes me satisfied and when I do eat, it makes me eat healthier because I am focusing on eating healthy. I am working out everyday and I can't wait to see my results, I love this.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Helpful Review? 9 People Have Voted

Posted on Feb 19, 2015

So Far So Good

By Trey , Killeen, TX

I took my first two pills this morning with about a bottle of water. Began working out, and about an hour later had amazing energy. A couple hours later I could feel the fat burning sensation like one feels when they're starving but to my surprise I was not hungry. Had a light lunch and I'm still full. Plus I haven't crashed from the product. I give it two thumbs up so far so good.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Helpful Review? 9 People Have Voted

Posted on Jul 17, 2015

The first day

By Tad , Hawaii

I took Performix SST in the morning on an empty stomach. Then a half hour later, I drank a meal replacement. All I know is that I was grinding my teeth all day. It seemed to give me energy and a lot of it. Not sure about weight loss due to the fact that it's my first day. I took a second pill at about 1 pm. It's 5 PM now and I'm not the least bit tired and want to go jogging. The thing is, I never jog but with this energy I have, I want to do.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Helpful Review? 6 People Have Voted
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