The FitMiss line of health supplements has been around for a decade and continues to bring in new believers by the score.
It’s a female-centric product line launched by industry giant MusclePharm, a publicly traded company that boasts Arnold Schwarzenegger as one of its major shareholders and that once sponsored Tiger Woods among others.
Ignite by FitMiss is touted as a pre-workout energy booster and fat burner that claims to improve endurance and essentially improve overall health. In this Ignite review we’ll take a close look at the supplement and see if it lives up to the lofty claims.
What is Ignite?
Ignite is produced by fitness industry heavyweight MusclePharm and has been quite a successful product for the better part of the past decade.
A bit of research indicates that Ignite by FitMiss has ignited its fair share of feedback from industry pundits as well as reviewers and customers alike. Opinions of the product cover the entire spectrum from glowing to dismissive.
So in order to get to the bottom of whether Ignite is likely to provide the fat burning and energy boosting benefits it claims it can we need to block out the noise and take a close look at what’s in this popular supplement.
How does Ignite work?
Ignite claims to be an energy booster with the added ability to help a woman burn excess fat in order to develop a leaner, more efficient body. Many of the claims it makes about fat burning in particular seem to echo claims made about the ketogenic diet.
Namely, that the ingredients in Ignite will help guide your body toward a ketosis-like state where you’re burning fat for energy instead of carbs. But does it actually do this? Let’s take a look at what’s under the hood and see if we can find out.
Right off the bat Ignite raises an informational roadblock by grouping their ingredients under the “Proprietary Blend” umbrella (1). While we understand that companies need to protect their intellectual property, this method of doing so tends to freeze out people looking for full disclosure from their supplement maker.
It’s also likely to be one of the reasons some reviewers look upon the supplement with a jaundiced eye. No one wants to be denied all the facts when trying to write an objective review. Including us.
That said, however, we’re going to put aside the issues raised by not knowing the exact quantities of different ingredients and concentrate solely on what the ingredients in Ignite are known to be capable of.
- Beta-Alanine – Beta-alanine is an amino acid touted by some athletes for its ability to enhance their endurance. It is believed to be able to mimic certain aspects of ketosis in the sense that it promotes the burning of fat rather than carbs as an energy source. Because of this the inclusion of beta-alanine here indicates that there may be something to Ignite’s claims to be a fat burner.
- Choline Bitartrate – This molecule is produced in the liver and has gained some attention for its ability to enhance cognitive function. Those involved in Alzheimer’s research are hopeful that it may eventually form one piece of the treatment puzzle for that debilitating disease. It’s inclusion here may seem curious except that, to a lesser extent, it is believed by some athletes to also delay the effects of fatigue.
- L-Glycine – L-glycine is an amino acid capable of producing a range of metabolic effects many workout aficionados find appealing. While the science is somewhat lacking there are any number of fitness experts who believe L-glycine helps facilitate the use of fat for energy, which would put it in the company of other compounds capable of mimicking keto effects. So, once again we would say that in theory it’s a good thing to see this in a fat burning product.
- L-Tyrosine – The benefits of L-tyrosine appear to be primarily cognitive (2) so it’s inclusion in Ignite, while not necessarily alarming in any way, is nonetheless curious considering Ignite is designed to improve endurance and burn fat.
- Taurine – Taurine has gained something of a checkered reputation based on some urban myths that it is derived from bull semen. This seems to stem from the name “Taur-ine”, which seems to refer to “taurus” or “bull”. In fact taurine is a common amino acid the body obtains from foods such as shrimp, lamb and eggs. The science seems to indicate it plays a role in muscle endurance which, if true, would make it a logical ingredient in a product like Ignite.
- L-Carnitine – L-carnitine is yet another amino acid presumably included in Ignite because of its ability to produce keto-like effects and promote fat burning (3). While the body naturally produces some carnitine those engaged in strenuous physical activity often wind up taking supplemental amounts to promote optimal results. The bottom line: another ingredient that makes sense if you want your product to promote fat burning.
- Beet Root Extract – Beet root extract is a favorite “alternative” energy booster although the jury is still out on whether it actually provides any real energy boost. If it does then its inclusion in the Ignite proprietary blend makes sense from a pre-workout supplement perspective.
- Hawthorn Berry Powder – Hawthorn berry powder is a contemporary “eye of newt” in that it has been ascribed all manner of miraculous beneficial capabilities from curing ED to helping mend a broken heart. There is some evidence that it might provide healthy heart benefits but its inclusion here seems more an outreach to the alternative supplement community than anything else.
- Agmatine Sulfate – Agmatine sulfate is used by some bodybuilders to help induce a more significant “pump” for competitive purposes. It is also known to have a beneficial effect when it comes to building healthy, responsive muscle tissue. Since both of those things are likely to interest women who might take Ignite, its inclusion makes sense here.
- Caffeine – The “start me up” abilities of caffeine are well known and so it is no mystery Ignite leans on caffeine to a certain extent. Much like virtually every other performance related or fat burning related supplement on the market. It’s a fact that you are going to burn more fat if you are up and about than if you are sedentary. And caffeine will get you up and about.
- Huperzine A – The final entry in the Ignite proprietary blend ingredient list is huperzine A. As the known benefits of this compound have mostly to do with improving cognitive function (4) its inclusion here seems something of a curiosity at best.
Well, there you have it. The Ignite proprietary blend includes a number of ingredients that, in theory, should be able to produce keto-like effects when it comes to burning fat for energy.
However, because we do not know how much of which ingredients are used, it’s simply impossible to state with any certainty whether Ignite will actually produce those fat burning effects.
What are the side effects of Ignite?
While none of the ingredients listed on Ignite’s ingredient list are known to produce any serious side effects most of those ingredients will on occasion produce some. So in the name of openness here they are.
- L-Carnitine – Carnitine can, on occasion, produce mild nausea and upset stomach. For those with particularly sensitive digestive tracts it may also produce diarrhea and heartburn. Some people may experience bad breath as well. But this is extremely rare.
- Choline Bitartrate – Most (not all) of the side effects of choline bitartrate have to do with allergic reactions (5). But such reactions are few and very far between. Nonetheless, call your doctor if you experience dizziness, itching or vomiting after taking choline bitartrate.
- L-Glycine – L-glycine is generally considered safe though it may produce mild nausea in some people and/or upset stomach. Pregnant women may want to avoid L-glycine as well just out of an abundance of caution.
- L-Tyrosine – Since L-tyrosine may increase levels of the thyroid hormone thyroxine those with hyperthyroidism (6) may want to avoid this simply because there is no indication of exactly how much L-tyrosine is in Ignite.
- Taurine – Taurine has no documented serious side effects. Occasionally people have complained of caffeine like symptoms of nervousness and agitation but many of them had also being drinking caffeine or taken a supplement that also included caffeine. So determining which substance generated the side effects is not really possible.
- L-Carnitine – L-Carnitine is generally considered safe however it too may exacerbate thyroid conditions in large amounts and since we cannot be sure how much is in Ignite women with thyroid conditions may want to avoid it.
- Beet Root Extract – Those with hemochromatosis (7) may want to avoid beet root extract because it may lead to the accumulation of copper and iron in the blood. Most people however should experience no noticeable side effects from beet root, with the possible exception of reddish urine in very rare cases.
- Hawthorn Berry – A touch of dizziness and perhaps nausea may befall a tiny percentage of people who ingest Hawthorn berry. Most people should be good to go.
- Agmatine Sulfate – There are no known quantifiable side effects to taking agmatine sulfate.
- Caffeine – The side effects of caffeine are well known and include nervousness, insomnia, upset stomach, irritability and increased heart rate. While such effects are common billions of people the world over consume caffeinated products every day with no lingering negative effects.
- Huperzine A – If taken for prolonged periods of time huperzine A may result in nausea, diarrhea, blurred vision, restlessness, cramps, increased urination and possibly vomiting. In most people however, and when taken in small doses, there are no side effects worth mentioning.
What do the reviews say?
The following is a small sampling of typical reviews for Ignite by FitMiss gleaned from the Internet.
Emily – “I LOVE THIS! I have tried I don’t know how many pre-workouts in my lifetime of fitness and this is the only one that has not made me feel jittery or have a tingly face. It also tastes amazing!”
Christy – “First day of taking it, I ran my mile in 9:50 minutes…before I was running my mile at about 12 minutes. Also this was my first day back to the gym in 2 weeks!”
Brittany – “Taste is amazing! Helps me power through my workout. I have had this stuff in the past and towards the end it began to clump up, so hopefully this one doesn’t do it!”
Is Ignite Safe?
An objective review of the ingredients in Ignite would seem to indicate there is no reason to think it is not safe. However, that judgement must be qualified by the knowledge that no one but MusclePharm knows the exact quantities of the ingredients used in its proprietary blend.
So it would behoove anyone thinking about using this product to read the above ingredient and side effect information carefully before using it. If you have any doubts about whether it might be safe for you talk to your doctor.
Is it Effective?
That same objective review of the product also requires that we answer this question with a great big “Unknown”. There is certainly anecdotal evidence from customers indicating they are generally pleased with the product.
But a customer endorsement is not the same as scientific fact. So our assessment is that it is potentially effective based on the ingredients. But it all depends on the quantity of the various ingredients used.
Ignite by FitMiss presents something of a conundrum in that it seems as though it could indeed do a good job helping you burn fat while also increasing endurance and shortening recovery periods.
However, the fact that the exact quantities of all the ingredients involved are hidden behind the “proprietary blend” screen means that it’s impossible to come right out and endorse the product. It might work. It might not.
If you choose the Ignite fat burner you won’t be alone, but there are certainly better options if you’re looking for the most effective and fastest-working fat burner on the market.