EPIQ Ripped

EPIQ Ripped

“The purest, cleanest, strongest new way to build muscle has arrived!”

The EPIQ product line is causing quite a stir among dieters and fitness enthusiasts. EPIQ Ripped, in particular, is receiving a lot of attention due to advertisements promoting it as an intense thermogenic supplement.

According to the official site, “this thermogenic contains caffeine anhydrous and is for athletes looking to boost training intensity and energy.”

While GNC and Iovate Health Sciences are definitely excited about the launch of their new EPIQ line, I can’t help but wonder if EPIQ Ripped really deserves time in the spotlight.

Can it deliver reliable results?

Are The Ingredients Clinically Proven?

EPIQ Ripped relies mostly on caffeine and other stimulating ingredients to promote weight loss. While this approach may be effective for some, it also increases side effect risk.

Green Coffee Bean . This highly praised stimulant contains caffeine, which interacts with the central nervous system to increase energy levels. However, it’s the chlorogenic acids which deserve the attention. Not only do chlorogenic acids act as antioxidants (eliminating free radicals) but they boost metabolism and promote thermogenesis.

Research shows GCBE rich in chlorogenic acids significantly improves body weight, body mass index, and body fat, without significant changes to diet. Furthermore, it achieves this without causing negative side effects.[1]

Caffeine Anhydrous. Dehydrated caffeine blocks adenosine receptors in the brain, resulting in a flight or fight response in the body.

Studies show caffeine creates the ideal intracellular ionic environment in active muscle tissue, which in turn promotes strength and power output. [2]

Green Tea Leaf. Green tea works synergistically with caffeine to enhance weight loss and induce fat oxidation. It is also naturally rich in catechins, polyphenols, and flavonoids, which eliminate toxins and boost immunity.

In a recent study, researchers found green tea promotes weight loss in as little as 12 weeks. [2]

Yohimbe Bark. When used correctly, yohimbe increases energy levels and stimulates libido. Researchers believe yohimbe may have a positive impact on body fat without decreasing lean muscle mass, making it a suitable fat loss strategy. [4]

epiq ripped supplement factsCayenne Pepper. This spicy fruit contains capsaicin, which increases thermogenesis and makes it easier to burn more calories throughout the day.

While there is not enough research examining cayenne’s weight loss effects, WebMD experts surmise cayenne pepper may be an effective appetite suppressant. [5]

Raspberry Ketones. Raspberry ketone is an aromatic compound extracted from thousands of raspberries. This ingredient influences adiponectin levels, a hormone responsible for regulating metabolism. Animal studies suggest it may be a useful tool for losing weight, but human trials still need to be conducted. [6]

L-Carnitine L-Tartrate. This amino acid transports fats and fatty acids to mitochondria, where they are then converted into useable energy. While it is an essential part in energy production, there is not enough research validating carnitine for weight loss.

Dandelion Root. Dandelion stimulates the digestive system to promote more regular bowel movements. It is traditionally used as a short-term treatment for constipation. While dandelion may eliminate excess water weight, it has no impact on fat percentage.

Potential Risks and Concerns

EPIQ Ripped supposedly delivers great energy without the typical crash or jitters of other caffeine-based products.

While this may be true for some dieters, I can’t help but be skeptical of such a claim – because I’ve seen it so many times before.

EPIQ Ripped contains at least 200 mg caffeine which is enough to cause jitters, headaches, dizziness, nausea, and insomnia.

Furthermore, EPIQ contains unknown yohimbe concentrations. Yohimbe is linked to severe negative side effects such as hallucinations, seizures, stroke, and even death.

Consequently, dieters should be careful with how much and how often they take EPIQ Ripped.

Recommended Usage

EPIQ Ripped contains a great deal of caffeine, so manufacturers recommend taking precautions.

First, limit caffeine use from outside sources such as coffee, tea, soda, and other diet pills.

Second, consult your doctor if you are taking medication or making any significant changes in your diet or weight loss program.

Third, follow the label carefully:

• Day 1 – 2: take 1 capsule, once daily.
• Day 3 – beyond: take 1 capsule, twice daily.

Each serving should be taken with 8 oz. of water, at least 30-60 minutes before breakfast and lunch, or your two largest meals.

To reduce insomnia risk, avoid taking EPIQ Ripped within 5-6 hours of bedtime.

Pros

• Clinically proven ingredients
• Backed by great manufacturers
• Increases energy levels
• May improve mood

Cons

• Contains a lot of stimulating ingredients
• May cause negative side effects
• Too few consumer reviews
• Undisclosed ingredient concentrations
• High price

What Consumers Are Saying

Many of the reviews on EPIQ Ripped are posted at GNC.com, making me wonder if the reviews are valid or if GNC simply posted some paid testimonials to lure in additional customers.
Despite my skepticism, however, EPIQ Ripped does come highly recommended.

Tony6510, for example, shared the following:

“This is one of the best thermogenic stimulant products I have ever used. … Unlike most stimulant based products, this product delivers without the dreaded “crash”. About 15-30 minutes after taking (One Pill-recommended dose), I could feel a sense of well-being. My eyes seemed to open up without the “jittery” stim feeling. I felt great the entire day after taking.

Taking this product could not be easier. Take one pill twice a day; the pills are not big at all. I never really have a problem even with the big pills, so this was a breeze. . .
I highly recommend this for an energy booster/mood enhancer.”

Product Pricing

Oddly enough EPIQResults.com only provides free samples of their various products rather than selling them.

In order to purchase EPIQ Ripped, you have to go through the following distributors:

30 Day Guarantee

EPIQ Ripped is the result of a partnership between Iovate Health Sciences and GNC. Although Iovate’s site doesn’t sell EPIQ Ripped products, GNC certainly does.

Additionally, GNC.com backs all of its products (including EPIQ Ripped) with a 30 day guarantee. If you tried EPIQ Ripped and didn’t like your results, simply return the fully (or partially) used bottle for a full refund of the product price.

However, restrictions do apply for some products, so it’s best to read the fine print or ask customer service for additional details before purchasing EPIQ Ripped.

More About the Manufacturers

EPIQ is the brainchild of Iovate Health Sciences and GNC, two of the most popular supplement manufacturers and distributers in the industry.

“We are thrilled to partner with GNC to bring a world-class line-up of products within the EPIQ™ brand,”explains Vito Sanzone, Chief Marketing Officer for Iovate. “We are proud of its cutting-edge ingredients that have been scientifically researched to ensure a quality brand you can trust.” [7]

Iovate Health Sciences grosses over $5 million in revenue each year, while GNC has thousands of stores across the US.

With two of the largest companies backing its performance, it’d be easy to assume EPIQ Ripped could be effective.

Is EPIQ as Epic as It Seems?

If you can handle the caffeine, then EPIQ Ripped may be a good addition to your current workout regimen. The ingredients are backed with research and the manufacturers are reliable.

However, EPIQ Ripped is not for everyone, and I’m worried it may be too strong for some dieters to handle safely. Consequently, I don’t feel comfortable recommending EPIQ Ripped to dieters looking to lose a couple pounds.

While it may work for you, you’ll want to approach EPIQ Ripped with caution.

Comments

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  1. by Percilla

    I had the worst experience with this pill!!!! Side effects sent me to hospital!!!! I thought I was going to haves heart attack. I had taken one pill a day for four days on 5 th day increased to two days and boy was I asking for trouble! These are extremely dangerous! I have taken other pills before and never had I experienced anything like this $2000 later with a hospital bill! Thanks Epiq ripped! So buyer beware. I’m being honest and have nothing to hide, just wanted to share my horrific story.

  2. by Linda

    I am having a horrible experience too. Just took the first pill today and thought I was having a heart attack. I feel very sick with this pill. I do not recommend it

  3. by Adam

    I just started using this a few days ago. Definitely good energy, just give it time to act. If you are sensitive to caffeine, dont be too alarmed. I am highly sensitive to caffeine and I have not had a problem UNLESS i take 2 pills a day (one at about 5:30am and another at noon). I would recommend only taking 1, but thats just my experience. I have lost a pound though :)

    For an alternative try extreme HD by cellucor. lost 20 pounds on that.

  4. by Jeff

    four hours into first pill. Not tolerating well. Not sure if it is worth it.

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References

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[5] Goodman, Brenda. “Cayenne Pepper May Burn Calories, Curb Appetite.” WebMD Health News. April 27, 2010. Available from: http://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20110427/cayenne-pepper-may-burn-calories-curb-appetite

[6] Park KS. “Raspberry ketone increases both lipolysis and fatty acid oxidation in 3T3-L1 adipocytes.” Planta Med. 2010 Oct;76(15):1654-8. doi: 10.1055/s-0030-1249860. Epub 2010 Apr 27. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=red%20raspberry%20adiponectin.

[7]“GNC Launches New Global EPIQ Sports Nutrition for EPIQ Performance.” PR Newswire. Jan 22, 2013. Available from: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/gnc-launches-global-epiq-sports-152900155.html