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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 Jan 18, 2015

It can damage your liver.

By Zack , Ohio

I haven't even been taking it for a week and I started in a low dosage yet it made me feel sick to my stomach and gave me gastrointestinal problems. I went to the doctor to have blood work done and my enzymes are extremely high. To top it off, I'm having what seems to be pains coming from my liver.

I've quit taking it as I have to have a ultrasound done to my liver now. I plan on trying to get my money back from my purchase and warn others about SST.

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Helpful Review? 6 People Have Voted

Posted on Feb 13, 2015


By Amanda ,

It gave me plenty of energy the first few days, but I guess my body got used to it because it doesn't even phase me anymore. As for a fat burner, I don't see any results. I'm going to try other fat burning products after I finish this supply.

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Helpful Review? 4 People Have Voted

Posted on Jul 16, 2015

Sick to my stomach

By Venessa , Palm Springs, CA, Verified Reviewer

I got a sample of Performix SST and it has me feeling completely sick. I've been vomiting and even have a slight fever. Perhaps it's just not for me. I will never take this product again.

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Helpful Review? 4 People Have Voted

Posted on Apr 9, 2015


By Jake ,

I received this product as a gift, as I am somewhat of a gym freak. I love running but I needed a little more energy to get through my longer runs. The first day I took this product I felt great and I was extremely energetic. On the second day, my stomach was turning inside out. I felt so nauseous and queasy. Mid-second day into third day, I was suffering from a major fever. Mid-third day I began feeling extremely nauseous again and I began puking with no end. Now I am stuck with a terrible sore throat and I wasted money on this product. Note: I stopped taking the pills after day two.

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Helpful Review? 8 People Have Voted

Posted on Jul 20, 2015


By Mike , Florida

This product does not work. I work out every day, I run and weight train. I used it as recommended and took the whole cycle without stopping. I am here to tell you people, that nothing I have purchased from GNC works. You are better off going to a real supplement store. Do not waste your money on this garbage.

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Helpful Review? 4 People Have Voted

Posted on Apr 13, 2015

Made me sick

By Alex , West Palm Beach, FL

I got this product and right off the bat took 2 pills. Within the hour I felt like crap. I was in the bathroom the entire day at work. I returned the item a few hours later, and next day I feet like crap still. I feel like I'm going to throw up more than yesterday.

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Helpful Review? 5 People Have Voted

Posted on Jun 15, 2015

Just like water pills

By Karla, Nevada, Verified Reviewer

I went over GNC to buy an specific fat burner but the lady pursued me to buy the newest product "SST Performix", supposedly the best. I ended up to buying one for $62 dollars and the second for half prize and also a whey protein bottle. My expectation was high. On Monday I tried one pill to see how strong it was, and nothing, I didn't feel anything. I took the other at 5:30 p.m. before my kickboxing class and I didn't feel more energy.

I was very tired after the class, I went to sleep 4 hours after that class. I thought it was because I didn't take both at the same time. I tried the next day BOTH PILLS with empty stomach and nothing again! I didn't feel absolutely anything, no more energy, It didn't hit my body neither suppress my appetite just like water pills. After a week of hoping (eating very well, doing my kickboxing classes as normal, nothing special), I didn't have enough energy even when I was taking the pills. I also tried to take both pills in the afternoon and nothing again. I tried to take them with food and nothing again. I wanted to do more exercise than I'm used to, but I couldn't. Actually I was tired and a had a headache for a couple of days.

It is just a waste of money. I don't recommend this product to anyone and I think it is a scam. I think they are selling this product in every GNC by convincing everyone ot buy it. It deserves half of star! Don't fall for this trap. I also wrote this review on GNC official website and they actually erased it! That makes me think that they have been erasing comments from real people and they keep the comments they write themselves!

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Helpful Review? 11 People Have Voted

Posted on Jul 26, 2015

GNC in Huntington West Virginia in Barboursville pushing Terra

By jason , Huntington West Virginia

So I've been taken Terra for a couple days now and it hasn't gave me any energy and I haven't noticed anything else at all. I'll give it a few more days and I'll write another comment here.

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Posted on Oct 5, 2015


By Diana , charleston

I have been taking SST for over a week and absolutely nothing. Everything they have claimed has not happened. I have even taken 2 pills and all it gives me is a headache. I will bringing this back to GNC for a full refund.

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Helpful Review? 4 People Have Voted

Posted on Jan 22, 2016

Over priced for no results.

By Matilde Gracia , Abilene, X

Have taken the powder formula combined with Sparks powder mix, plus a SST pill, and 32 oz cup of strong instant Folgers coffee, plus a second pill at lunch time with another Sparks powder mix drink. Never felt any "energy" as was told at GNC Store - "big burst, wanting to just run." Did take the hunger away.

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Helpful Review? 10 People Have Voted

Posted on Jun 9, 2015

Energy booster - yes. Fat burner - no.

By Brittany, Michigan, Verified Reviewer

Gave a great amount of energy and didn't make me feel like it was too much. Was really disappointed in my weight loss results though. Almost finished the whole bottle and lost 1 lb. And that is with working out pretty much every day, sometimes twice a day and eating right with no pop and taking the pills in the morning, waiting half an hour to an hour to eat. I have done oxyElite​ Pro 3 years ago and lost about 60 lbs in three months. Unfortunately not on the market any more. GNC representative suggested Hydroxycut​ to be the closest to oxy and I tried it after I had my daughter, and it worked just not as fast. I would call this an energy booster but not a fat burner. Wish I would have bought Hydroxycut​ like I have planned to. I want something that's going to help me shed pounds to where I want to be. Then I will not need a supplement anymore, with the habit of burning my calorie intake.

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Helpful Review? 7 People Have Voted
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