The capsules are on the large size, but since they are gelcaps, no trouble swallowing. Did not cause any stomach issues and boosted my calorie burn for my workouts! No brainer to take these!
I read a lot about supplements and have tried a lot of different things for my health and wellness, especially when I managed a Vitamin World store at the mall. What attracted me to this product was the list of ingredients and how it has 3 stages of effectiveness. In short, this means that not everything in this product gets released at the same time, which is actually this product works so well I believe. It targets the right things at the right time. By the way, BPN has the old ingredient list up. I put the newest ingredient list (as of 12-29-14 when I did this review) at the bottom of my review. In the first stage called TARGET, ingredients such as Ashwagandha and Cinnulin are relased in the system. This is key for women, and is why it's great to take first thing in the morning. Ashwagandha helps cortisol levels stay under control and Cinnulin, an extract from Cinammon, helps control blood sugar. I believe, from my research and personal experience, that the main thing that causes women to take on fat is high cortisol levels (aka STRESS!!!!). Cortisol is the big contributor to our fight or flight reaction. If you are stressed and have belly fat, you want something to tame your mood before pumping yourself with caffeine. In stage two called RELEASE, this is where we see the Green Coffee Bean start doing its magic. Allmax actually standarized the CGA to 45% to comply with Dr. Oz's standards, which is reflected in the latest ingredient list that I put at the bottom of this review. I don't follow Dr. Oz, but I did a lot of research on his products when I worked at Vitamin World since customers asked a lot about supplements that appeared on his show. Make sure when buying a Green Coffee Bean product that it lines up with his standards because my research confirms that he knows what he is talking about with this product. Customers had great success with Green Coffee Bean. However, you don't have to have the "purest" thing out there. Rapidcuts has a few silly fillers and stuff like Red 40, but I don't find that it gets in the way of the effectiveness of the product. Stage 3 called IGNITE adds extra caffeine, but only about a coffee cup worth of it. That's where I find this product is ideal because I like to do light cardio in the mornings to target my fat burning, and by the time this caffeine is kicking in I'm already out jogging or whatever and could use that boost. It also has White Willow Bark extract, which is great for joints and weight loss. That goes hand in hand with doing some light cardio in the morning. Here is the most current ingredient list (as of 12-29-14): Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxal Hydrochloride) 1.21 mg 61 % Vitamin B12 (as Cyanocobalamin) 6 mcg 100 % Chromium (as Chromium Polynicotinate) 49 mcg 41 % TARGET RELEASE IGNITE�� Complex 631 mg TARGET�� 135 mg Sensoril� Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) 125 mg, Cinnulin PF� (Cinnamomum burmannii) Extract 10 mg RELEASE�� 350 mg Svetol� Green Coffee Bean [Std. to 45% CGA, 10% 5-CQA] Extract 200 mg, Naturat̩ Yerba Mat̩ Green Tea [Std. to 40% Polyphenols, 27% CGA, 5% 5-CQA] Extract 150 mg IGNITE�� 146 mg Caffeine Anhydrous 116 mg, Thermamine�� Theobroma Cacao (20% Caffeine, 6% Theobromine) Extract 20 mg, White Willow (Salix alba) (15% Salicin) Extract 10 mg