Arnold Iron Cuts Reviews

Arnold Iron Cuts

Muscle Pharm Arnold Iron Cuts is a 3-in-1 fat metabolizing and cutting agent from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s new product line.

Set to be released on September 25, 2013, the Arnold product line is a natural move for Schwarzenegger, who has been a fixture in body building community for years.

According to a press release, CEO and founder of Muscle Pharm Brad Pyatt said, “Arnold is a bodybuilding, fitness icon who is and has been a personal idol of mine since high school His philosophy of ‘where there’s a will, there’s a way’ inspired me during my NFL career and while starting MusclePharm.

Arnold embodies everything the MusclePharm brand stands for; it’s truly a dream come true and an honor to create the Arnold Series nutritional experience with him.”[1]

Behind the Arnold Iron Cuts Formula

Arnold Iron Cuts has three different blends with multiple ingredients. I’ve researched the most important ingredients in each blend. Unfortunately, outside of blend doses, no individual concentrations are available.

Thermogenic & Fat Metabolizer – 930 mg

L-carnitine

An amino acid, l-carnitine breaks down fat to be used as energy. While most studies show l-carnitine has no effect on exercise performance, I was able to find one study where 3 g l-carnitine daily improved fat oxidation.[2]

Between 1 to 3 mg a day is normally prescribed.

Green Tea

Green tea burns calories by boosting metabolism. After taking 625 mg green tea catechins, participants in one study lost fat in the abdominal area.[3] Other studies suggest green tea decreases appetite.[4]

No expert dose has been determined for supplement use, but between 200 and 300 mg a day is considered average. Since green tea is high on the list of ingredients in this blend, it likely has the recommended amount.

Caffeine Anhydrous

This dry powdered form of caffeine acts as a stimulant to increase energy. The ability to sustain workouts is improved.

In one study, 12 men completed exercises after taking 5 mg per kg body weight caffeine. Exercise-induce oxygen uptake and energy expenditure increased.[5]

The suggested caffeine dose is 2 to 10 mg per kg day.

Muscle Building Maximizer – 900 mg

Maca 4:1

Also known as lepidium meyenii, maca is most often used to enhance male sexuality. However, it is also useful in improving strength and endurance. Cyclists improved cycling time performance after taking 2,000 mg maca a day explains one clinical study.[6]

The amount of maca in Arnold Iron Cuts seems low when compared to the suggested 1,500 to 3,000 mg daily.

Alpha Lipoic Acid

Alpha lipoic acid is an antioxidant that protects cells. While more testing needs to be done, recent studies suggest alpha lipoic acid suppresses appetite and increases metabolism.[7] Not dose has been suggested by experts.

Estrogen & Cortisol Metabolizer – 383 mg

Gymnema Sylvestre Leaf Extract

Gymnema decreases sugar absorption in the intestine. In one clinical study, a combination supplement that included 400 mg gymnema decreased body weight and BMI.[8]

Grape Seed Extract

Grape seed extract protects muscle cells from damaging free radicals and toxins. Human testing is low, but in one animal study, rats experienced lower exercise-induced oxidative stress after taking 100 mg per kg body weight grape seed extract.[9]

How to Use Arnold Iron Cuts

As a dietary supplement, take 3 capsules a day with breakfast. If you’re involved in intense training programs, it is suggested taking 6 capsules a day, 3 with breakfast and lunch.

Do not take within 6 hours of going to bed.

Because of the effect it has on estrogen, women should not use Arnold Iron Cuts.

Where Can I Buy Arnold Iron Cuts?

Arnold Iron Cuts is available from many retailers. The official site for the Arnold line is available there for $50.

There are other options that offer Iron Cuts for significantly cheaper than the official site, usually for around $30, like Bodybuilding.com. However, the best I found was $29.95 with free shipping from eSupplements.com.

A Final Thought

Arnold Iron Cuts has some interesting ingredients and seems to pack a powerful punch. Keep checking back to find out more as information becomes available.

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References

[1] “Arnold Schwarzenegger Series.” Muscle Pharm. Available from: http://musclepharm.com/article/arnold-schwarzenegger-series

[2] Wutzke, Klaus D., and Henrik Lorenz. "The Effect of L-carnitine on Fat Oxidation, Protein Turnover, and Body Composition in Slightly Overweight Subjects." Metabolism 53.8 (2004): 1002-006. Web. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0026049504001647.

[3] Maki, K. C., M. S. Reeves, M. Farmer, K. Yasunaga, N. Matsuo, Y. Katsuragi, M. Komikado, I. Tokimitsu, D. Wilder, F. Jones, J. B. Blumberg, and Y. Cartwright. "Green Tea Catechin Consumption Enhances Exercise-Induced Abdominal Fat Loss in Overweight and Obese Adults." Journal of Nutrition 139.2 (2008): 264-70. Web. http://nutrition.highwire.org/content/139/2/264.short.

[4] “Green tea derivative causes loss of appetite, weight loss in rats.” The University of Chicago Medicine. Available from: http://www.uchospitals.edu/news/2000/20000223-tea.html

[5] Damirchi, Arsalan, Farhad Rahmani-Nia, Bahman Mirzaie, Sadegh Hasan-Nia, and Mohsen Ebrahimi. "Effect of Caffeine on Metabolic and Cardiovascular Responses to Submaximal Exercise in Lean and Obese Men." Biomedical Human Kinetics 1.-1 (2009): 31-35. Web. http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/bhk.2009.1.issue--1/v10101-009-0009-7/v10101-009-0009-7.xml.

[6] Stone, Mark, Alvin Ibarra, Marc Roller, Andrea Zangara, and Emma Stevenson. "A Pilot Investigation into the Effect of Maca Supplementation on Physical Activity and Sexual Desire in Sportsmen." Journal of Ethnopharmacology 126.3 (2009): 574-76. Web. http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/2648/1/A%2520pilot%2520investigation%2520into%2520the%2520effect%2520of%2520maca%2520supplementation%2520on%2520physical%2520activity%2520and%2520sexual%2520desire%2520in%2520sportsmen.pdf.

[7] Kim, Min-Seon, Joong-Yeol Park, Cherl Namkoong, Pil-Geum Jang, Je-Won Ryu, Hai-Sun Song, Ji-Young Yun, Il-Seon Namgoong, Joohun Ha, In-sun Park, In-Kyu Lee, Benoit Viollet, Jang Hyun Youn, Hong-Kyu Lee, and Ki-Up Lee. "Anti-obesity Effects of Alpha-lipoic Acid Mediated by Suppression of Hypothalamic AMP-activated Protein Kinase." Nature Medicine (2004): n. pag. Web. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15195087.

[8] Preuss, H. G., D. Bagchi, M. Bagchi, C. V. S. Rao, D. K. Dey, and S. Satyanarayana. "Effects of a Natural Extract of (-)-hydroxycitric Acid (HCA-SX) and a Combination of HCA-SX plus Niacin-bound Chromium and Gymnema Sylvestre Extract on Weight Loss." Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism 6.3 (2004): 171-80. Web. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15056124.

[9] Greig, C., K. M. Finch, D. A. Jones, M. Cooper, A. J. Sargeant, and C. A. Forte. "The Effect of Oral Supplementation with L-carnitine on Maximum and Submaximum Exercise Capacity." European Journal of Applied Physiology and Occupational Physiology 56.4 (1987): 457-60. Web. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF00417775.