Did you miss the last chapter of The Supplement Diaries? Yes? Where have you been hiding? I talked about Mister Jones Vitamins and you can find it right here.
Disclaimer: Obviously I am not pushing these supplements on to people, not telling you, you HAVE to but them or whatever else. I am simply giving you some information on the product and giving you my thoughts and how it has worked for me. Just because a product has worked or not worked for me in no way states that it is going to work that way for everyone. Clearly I am not a professional, just someone doing their research and having their own experiences and sharing them. Please do your own research before deciding if the product is right for you.
Holla I have returned and brought with me a new chapter of the Supplement Diaries. Today I want to talk about the two products that make up my pre-workout drink that I drink most mornings. The main supplement in this drink is not actually a specific pre-workout drink- I have used proper pre-workouts before and with my anxiety it just does not go down well. I get jittery and I get anxious and yeah not good. The first product I am going to talk about is OxyShred by EHP Labs and the second is Acetyl L-Carnitine by ATP Science, basically my drink is a one scoop of the OxyShred and one scoop of the Acetyl L-Carnitine (the OxyShred has a larger scoop (10g) than the Acetyl L-Carnitine, so they're balanced). So let just get into the breakdown of each product, as per usual I've done the research so you don't have too.
OxyShred by EHP Labs
The has not been my first bottle of OxyShred- I think this is about my third over the past two years, and third different flavour, because I like to experiment (I also get very bored very quickly of flavours.). Currently I am on wild melon that tastes SO good, a little bit sweet but delicious none the less. I have also had the kiwi strawberry that I remember being good for the first few mouthfuls but once you get a bit through the drink, it gets hard to swallow. The other I think was guava and I'm not even sure what possessed me to pick this one up because I don't even like the flavour.
So what is OxyShred? It is apparently the "most potent thermogenic fat burner ever developed", so what the hell does that even mean? A thermogenic fat burner stimulates the body fat receptor cells and increases metabolism, sending your body into hyper-lipolysis which is an increased level of fat cell breakdown. According to the interwebs not all fat burners will send you into hyper-lipolysis (which I will explain a bit better in second), but OxyShred does, which is why it such a highly regarded product.
The hyper-lipolysis matrix (I have no idea how to pronounce correctly, thank god I am a writer and not a speaker.), but lets try and understand this concept a little better. It is based on the proprietary ratios and concentrations of the ingredients used in the supplement.
So what is is the supplement?
Green coffee bean extract- featuring an active compound called chlorogenic acid (GCE), this has been proven to inhibit the absorption of calories in the lining of the stomach. It also works to reduce body fat and blood glucose levels.
Chronium picolinate- this is a chemical compound that improves insulin sensitivity and glycogen tolerance levels. It is also said to reduce cravings for carbohydrates, therefore can help to send your body into ketosis mode.
Acetyl L-Carnitine (ALCAR)- I'm going to talk about this one more in depth below as I do add more into my OxyShred. Encourages the transportation of fatty acids into the mitochondria where it can be burned as energy. It is also effective for muscle recovery.
Higenamine- This is a molecule derived from fruits and plants that has anti-inflammatory properties as well as fut burning properties. It stimulates the nervous system to boost metabolism, promote the breakdown of stubborn fat cells and encourages the body to release triglycerides from fat cells.
Conjugated Linoeic Acid (CLA)- OxyShred uses CLA-10 which is responsible for speeding up the metabolism of the fat cells in the body and blocking main enzymes that are responsible for the storing of additional fat.
Grapefruit Seed Extract- Containing many polyphonic compounds this ingredient provides an anti-obesity effect and the enhancement of insulin sensitivity. The compounds within this ingredient have been known to increase metabolic rate.
Naringin- A citrus flavanoid which stimulates the liver to produce fat burning enzymes. Also known to lower lipid levels of the blood and have protection against some forms of cancer.
Coleus Corskohlii- Containing an active ingredient of forskolin (which plays a role in many important cellular functions including increasing thyroid function, inhibiting histamine release, relaxing muscles, increasing fat burning activity ect), studies have shown that this ingredient (after a lengthy process) will ultimately play a role in stimulating the lipase enzyme to burn fat. It is also said to use a similar method to increase thyroid hormone production and release.
Phenylalanine: a precurser to non essential amino acid tyrosine which in turn is needed to produce thyroxine- a thyroid hormone that assists in determining the speed of metabolism. This ingredient is also known to stimulate the release of cholecystokinin, which is the digestive hormone that produces the feeling of fullness after eating.
Oleuropein- Said to raise the T3 thyroid hormone by almost 2 and a half times the standard levels.
Guggulsterone- Has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. These will promote the oxidation of fat cells in the body. Is also a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and memory enhancer.
African Wild Mango- Native to Africa and Southeast Asia, this fruit has been shown to reduce fat mass through the reduction of adipose tissue.
Raspberry ketones- An extract from raspberries with an active ingredient that resembles synephrine (promotes increased metabolic rate, supports a normal, healthy appetite, supports ATP production).
Octopamine AKA Norsynephrine- Stimulates the sympathetic nervous system and encourages the body to burn stubborn fat molecules. Causes receptors in white adipose tissue to be stimulated, causing fatty acids to be released from adipose tissue and destroyed.
L-Gluatamine- A common amino acid found in the muscle cells. It is essential for the immune system to preform at optimal levels, strength, stamina and recovery in the muscles.
Vitamin C- Essential vitamin for the proper functioning and boosting of the immune system.
1, 3, 7 Trimethylxanthine- One of the worlds most popular energy supplements to boost energy levels and increase metabolism. More commonly known as caffeine anhydrous, it is also known to boost muscle strength, endurance and performance.
Tyrosine- Supports energy production, stamina and focus, minus the jittery side effects
Taurine- When consumed in conjunction with the caffeine anhydrous muscle endurance can be increased significantly.
B Vitamins Full Spectrum- essential for energy production.
Acetyl L-Carnitine by ATP Science
Obviously if you read the above ingredients you would know that OxyShred already has some of this amino acid in it, and I never used to add more in until a few months ago. You can stack these two together without worrying about any weird side effects, you can also take Acetyl L-Carnitine by itself in a bit of water, however it is quite acidic and horrible tasting. Hence why I put it in my sweet OxyShred- they balance each other out!
There has been quite a lot of scientific research into this amino acid and what it can and cannot do. How does it help burn fat? ALCAR plays an essential role in intermediary metabolism, acting as a donor and facilitating the transfer of fatty acids from cytosol to mitochondria, where it is burned off as energy.
As for brain function, ALCAR improves the ability to cross the blood brain barrier therefor boosting dopamine in the brain. By having this boost of dopamine you can be more focused and driven during your training.
Overall, I take these two products every training day, so around five to six times a week. The reason I opt for these two over straight up pre-workouts is more to do with the fact that it doesn't give me jittery feelings and it doesn't have my anxiety going through the roof. I can definitely see a difference in myself and my performance during a workout on the days that I do take these two versus the days that I don't. On days that I do start my day with this drink I feel ready to go and get more done in my workout, I feel like I can work harder and even after the workout is done I'm left feeling ready to tackle the rest of the day.
If you want to try either of these products I get both of mine from Fat Burners Only (linked.)