EPIQ Ripped Reviews
Popular in the weight loss/performance enhancement market, EPIQ Ripped claims it is the “ultra-intense thermogenic stimulant” that you’re looking for.
Does Ripped really give energy for better workouts while burning fat?
I researched the product and this is what I found out.
Is EPIQ a Trustworthy Manufacturer?
Their official website fails to provide any information about the company. A search shows that a company called Iovate Health Sciences International Inc. owns the website. Iovate Health Sciences is a nutritional supplement company that has been business since 1996 and is headquartered in Canada.
In 2010, Iovate Health Sciences paid $5.5 million to settle with the Federal Trade Commission for false advertising charges surrounding weight loss supplements.
Though Ionic Health Sciences has a long history in the health supplement industry, they aren’t very forthcoming about their involvement with EPIQ Ripped. That puts their trustworthiness into question.
What About the Ingredients?
EPIQ Ripped uses two different blends to create their thermogenic stimulant. The blends are as follows:
Green coffee bean extract comes from unroasted coffee beans. It is a popular ingredient for weight loss that has been discussed on Dr. Oz. A recent clinical study shows that green coffee significantly improved weight loss in people who use it.
Caffeine anhydrous is pure, dehydrated caffeine. It stimulates thermogenesis, helping the body stimulate metabolism and burn more energy. A 1989 clinical study shows caffeine increases the amount of calories people use.
Green tea leaf extract significantly reduces body weight and fat in people who use it according to multiple studies. It is also a strong antioxidant, fighting toxins in the body while speeding up metabolism and promoting weight loss.
Yohimbe bark extract is a natural athletic performance and weight loss enhancer. a recent study involving athletes shows that yohimbe bark extract improved performance while promoting more weight loss.
Cayenne pepper fruit contains capsaicin, which promotes fat oxidation helping the body burn fat for fuel. This ingredient also improves thermogenesis in the body resulting in more energy for working out and more calories burned.
Raspberry ketone is found in many fruits and is a very popular weight loss supplement. While there are no studies on its effect on humans, studies show raspberry ketone improves animals’ metabolisms. It speeds up fat burning while reducing fatty tissue throughout the body.
L-carnitine I-tartrate. It’s not clear what this ingredient is. EPIQ and GNC’s websites list this ingredient as “L-carnitine I-tartrate” but I couldn’t find any information on it online. It’s possible that the companies intended to list “L-carnitine L-tartrate”, which is a popular ingredient for building muscles and burning fat.
Dandelion root extract has traditionally been used throughout the world as a diuretic. Modern studies show that it does work as a diuretic helping the body expel toxins and lose weight.
How Do You Take It?
EPIQ advises to assess your tolerance to this product that you start with this plan.
Day 1 to day 2: one capsule, once daily
Day 3 & beyond: one capsule, twice daily
Then once your tolerance is built up, you take one capsule with 8 ounces of water twice a day before you two largest meals.
Do not exceed two capsules in a 24-hour period.
Are There Side Effects?
As with many energy supplements and weight loss pills, caffeine can become an issue. Caffeine side effects include tremors, increased heart rate, and difficulty sleeping. EPIQ claims that one dose of Ripped has the same amount of caffeine as two cups of coffee. So if you’re sensitive to caffeine or already taking caffeine in your diet, you may want to take a smaller dose at first.
Yohimbe bark is also concerning because it can cause skin flushing, high blood pressure, dizziness, and panic attacks. But since its part of a blend in Ripped, it’s not possible to figure out just how much of yohimbe bark is in the product.
What About the Price?
The two main vendors selling EPIQ Ripped are GNC and Lucky Vitamin. Here are the prices I found:
• GNC.com: $49.99 for a 60 capsule bottle
• LuckyVitamin.com: $39.99 for the same 60 capsule bottle
While Lucky Vitamin’s price is cheaper, it doesn’t offer a money-back guarantee on the product. GNC, on the other hand, provides a 30-day money-back guarantee on all products that it sells. That guarantee may be worth the cost.
I have mixed feelings about this product. On one hand, the company behind Ripped isn’t too forthcoming. It appears that EPIQ is just a shell company for Iovate Health Sciences International Inc., a company with a history of producing misleading and incorrect health claims.
But on the other hand, the user reviews for this product are through the roof. At GNC.com, a 100% people who used this product would recommend it to a friend. An overwhelming majority of users are happy with how EPIQ Ripped helped them burn energy and lose weight.
Though the company behind it is questionable, it looks like EPIQ Ripped is a solid product that will help you work out and burn fat.
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