Written By Lee Labrada
Charge! contains no less than 6 scientifically validated ingredients which have been documented to provide support for burning body fat. All of the ingredients in Charge! work together synergistically to produce its powerful fat burning and energy increasing effects.
You'll get the best results with Charge! when you use it along with your exercise program and diet that is high in protein and low in fat.
The word thermogenesis literally means, 'heat production.' In the context of nutrition, it refers to the creation of heat by the body. A thermogenic is a substance, such as a supplement, that increases the rate at which your body burns calories, especially from body fat. The main advantage of using a thermogenic supplement is that it can increase your body's metabolic rate and thereby can increase the number of calories you burn from body fat each day--even without exercise.1 (Exercise is mandatory if you want to get lean, but thermogenics allow you to burn extra calories even when you aren't in the gym exercising.)
The most common ingredients used in thermogenics are ephedra and caffeine. Ephedra, as the thermogenic herb Ephedra sinica is commonly known, has been around for thousands of years. Ephedra increases thermogenesis by stimulating the release of norepinephrine and epinephrine-a class of hormones known as catecholamines.
Catecholamines stimulate cell receptors called alpha and beta receptors. Each alpha or beta receptor elicits a unique response from different body organs, when stimulated by catecholamines.2 For example, the following receptors elicit the corresponding responses when stimulated:
Alpha-1 & Alpha-2: raise blood pressure by constricting arteries and blood vessels.
Beta-1 & Beta-2: affect cardiac function by dilating blood vessels in the heart.
Beta-3: increase lipolysis-the rate at which body fat is released for burning; increase thermogenesis.
The stimulation of these receptors, especially the beta-3, can ultimately lead to an increased metabolic rate.3 And with a revved up metabolism, you will burn more calories and fat per day.
With continual use, the body can build up a tolerance to ephedra, which will eventually inhibit the release of the catecholamines required for increased thermogenesis.
Caffeine has been found to prolong the body's response to ephedra by inhibiting phosphodiesterase and adenosine-chemicals produced naturally in the body that can hinder thermogenesis. Ephedra and caffeine each have metabolism-boosting properties, but when combined, they form a potent combination which can double thermogenesis.4 This combo also spares lean muscle tissue from being broken down.
One 8-week double-blind study found that by combining 20mg of ephedrine and 200mg of caffeine, subjects were able to lose 10 lbs. of body fat -signifying a 100% greater fat loss than the placebo group.5 What's more, the subjects who lost the body fat also lost 72% less muscle than the placebo group.
Even though I have a great metabolism, staying lean year round is a chore. There are times that I hit a cycle of thermogenics to accelerate my metabolism and increase my energy. It just makes it easier for me to stay muscular.
This product contains ephedrine alkaloids. Netrition recommends that you start with less than the recommended dosage of products containing these central nervous system stimulants. Take it with a meal to test your tolerance of this product before increasing to the recommended dosage. Do not take more than one product at a time containing any central nervous system stimulants like ephedra or caffeine. If you are taking any prescription drugs or over the counter medicine, check with you physician prior to use. If you experience bad side effects, discontinue use immediately and consult a physician.
U.S. Federal Trade Commission Warning: This product contains ephedra or ephedrine. Taking more than the recommended serving may result in heart attack, stroke, seizure or death. Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you have high blood pressure, heart or thyroid disease, diabetes, difficulty urinating, prostate enlargement, or glaucoma, or are using any prescription drug. Do not use if you are taking a MAO inhibitor or any allergy, asthma, or cold medication containing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, or phenylpropanolamine. Discontinue use if dizziness, sleeplessness, loss of appetite, or nausea occurs.
I have tried many of the popular thermogenic products on the market, including Xenadrine and Hydroxycut.
Xenadrine was good, but...
The problem that I ran into when using Xenadrine was that it left me feeling jittery and nervous. It's what gym rats commonly refer to as a 'dirty buzz.' Later, I would 'crash.' It's like someone pulled my plug and my energy just came down hard and fast.
Hydroxycut was OK, but...
Who wants to swallow four capsules to get an effective dose? That's a handful. Besides, Hydroxycut is high in hydroxycitric acid (HCA), an ingredient that recent research shows is useless for burning fat in humans.6 In fact, my company discontinued a product containing HCA four years ago, before this study even came out. Consumer feedback told us it wasn't effective!
I was frustrated with what was available on the market.
So, I decided to take matters into my own hands and develop my own thermogenic formula. I laid out three goals:
The formula had to be so potent that I would only have to take one capsule to 'feel it.'
The formula had to be 'smooth' in its effect on my energy levels and not leave me jittery or nervous or crash.
The formula had to make me feel warm so that I could tell it was working.
I started my formula out with ephedra and caffeine as the 'base' because this combo is unsurpassed for its thermogenic effect. Although most thermogenics on the market contain ephedra and caffeine in one form or another, each is very different. How can that be?
The answer is in this analogy: while most cars have four wheels, there is a BIG difference between a Ferrari and a Hyundai!
The difference between a good formula and a bad one has to do with functionality, which may be related to: a) the kind and quality of the herbs and ingredients used, and b) the interactions of the E/C base with other ingredients each manufacturer adds.
As for quality, my company's history of lab-testing every single batch of my Labrada products from day one speaks for itself. The thermogenic formula would be made at an FDA inspected and approved laboratory to ensure quality. And as for the formula, I challenged my research team to add synergistic ingredients to my E/C base in precise amounts so that it would accomplish my three goals.
I knew that my thermogenic had to work better than the me-too, ho-hum offerings that litter the shelves of supplement stores. This new Labrada product would have to be one that I could recommend. It had to help people who were not blessed with a fast, fat-burning metabolism. My formula had to be strong, smooth, and had to generate heat. Oh, and it had to work fast!
My research team started by specifying 20mg of ephedra alkaloids per capsule. That's 200% more per capsule than Xenadrine, and 400% times more than Hydroxycut!
Then they added Passion Flower Extract (PFE) - to act as a calming agent. I did say that it had to be 'smooth' right? Studies have demonstrated PFE's use as a sedative and mild analgesic.7,8 Passion Flower's beneficial effects are believed to be due to its flavonoid and harman alkaloid content. This ingredient helps keep the formula smooth and clean, so no jitters or nervousness are experienced. No other thermogenic on the market contains PFE.
Then they added to the thermo effect by including Synephrine - the active ingredient found in the extract of the fruit Citrus aurantium, otherwise known as bitter orange. Bitter orange has just recently been found to have fat loss properties which stem from its content of adrenergic amines (chemical substances) which include synephrine.
Synephrine's weight loss and performance-enhancing effectiveness may be in its ability to stimulate beta 3 cell receptors, the specific sites on the cell that affect fat loss. Synephrine seems to cause the release of hormones like adrenaline and noradrenaline near the beta 3 receptor sites found primarily in adipose tissue and the liver.2 Stimulation of these receptors elicits the breakdown of fat--a process known as lipolysis.
I did say it had to make me feel warm so I could feel it working, right? So my research team took the formula up one more notch by adding Ginger Root Powder - to increase energy and circulation by stimulating digestion through its unique mechanism of promoting the secretion of saliva, gastric juices, and bile. Ginger root also has diaphoretic (causes sweating) properties which complements thermogenesis nicely.
After adding metabolic supporting micronutrients such as chromium polynicotinate and d-calcium pantothenate, I finally had my formula. So I passed some of it out to my staff, field staff, and people in the gym to get feedback. The response was overwhelming. I had people coming into my office to try to buy more, but I had to turn them away because it wasn't in production yet.
The rest of the sample bottles from the lab disappeared in the office! My staff simply loved the new formula.
The only thing left was to give it a name. Now just about every thermo out there has a name that end in '-drene or -drine.' Our formula is so unique that I decided to give it a name that fits its effects...
So I called it Charge! Rapid Fat Loss and Energy Booster.
And Charge! is what I think of whenever I use this unique thermogenic. What makes Charge! different from other so-called fat burners is that it works! Charge! contains no less than 6 scientifically validated ingredients which have been documented to provide support for burning body fat. All of the ingredients in Charge! work together synergistically to produce its powerful fat burning and energy increasing effects.
You'll get the best results with Charge! when you use it along with your exercise program and diet that is high in protein and low in fat.
Now, I must warn you that Charge! is not for everyone. It's a maximum strength formula for people interested in rapid fat loss and increased energy. And it's not for people with medical conditions or who are taking prescription medication. As always, you should consult your medical practitioner before taking any new supplement.
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5. Astrup, A. et. al. "The Effect of Ephedrine/Caffeine Mixture on Energy Expenditure and Body Composition in Obese Women." Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental, 41; 7:686-688; 1992.
6. van Loon LJ, et. al. 'Effects of Acute (-)Hydroxycitrate Supplementation on Substrate Metabolism at Rest and During Exercise in Humans.' Am J Clin Nutr, 72 (6): 1445-50; Dec 2000.
7. Speroni E, Minghetti A. 'Neuropharmacological activity of extracts from Passiflora incarnata.' Planta Med 54(6):488-91, 1988.
8. Oga S, et al. 'Pharmacological trials of crude extract of Passiflora alata.' Planta Med 50(4):303-6, 1984.
Increases lean body mass and strength in weight training athletes!
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Economical 1000 gram canister! ElastiJoint
ElastiJoint is a powerful joint-support supplement formulated with a proprietary blend of synergistic ingredients. ElastiJoint contains hydrolyzed gelatin, glucosamine sulfate, and chondroitin sulfate as well as other complementary nutrients such as MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) and Vitamin C.
The ingredients in ElastiJoint help maintain healthy joint function, elasticity, and flexibility. Elasti Joint 's active ingredients are the building blocks required to strengthen and rebuild joints-much like amino acids help the body rebuild muscle tissue.
Hydrolyzed gelatin - Gelatin provides the components of collagen, which is the basis of connective tissue found in skin, ligaments, cartilage, vertebral discs, joint linings, capillary walls, and the bones and teeth.
Glucosamine sulfate - Glucosamine is a major component of cartilage. It helps the body make synovial fluid-an important joint lubricant-and proteoglycans-the large, shock absorbing molecules found in cartilage.
Chondroitin sulfate - Chondroitin is a derivative of glucosamine that supports the strength and flexibility of all connective tissues in the body.
MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) - MSM is a natural, nutritional source of biologically active sulfur. The MSM in ElastiJoint provides the body with the raw materials it requires to remanufacture protein and connective tissues. MSM is also added to ElastiJoint because of its anti-inflammatory effect on injured joints.
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) - Ascorbic acid is added to ElastiJoint because it is essential for the synthesis of collagen and the reconstruction of connective tissues in the body. Ingredients in ElastiJoint have been proven to work. In fact, these ingredients are so powerful that people who have been suffering from osteo-arthritis are now turning to these ingredients for relief.
In a recent randomized, double-blind, controlled study conducted by researchers in Paris, France, chondroitin sulfate was given to 40 subjects with knee osteo-arthritis for 12 weeks at a dosage of 1200mg/day-exactly the same dosage as in Elasti Joint . At the end of the study, 99% of the subjects "showed a significant reduction of clinical symptoms"and improved joint mobility.1
Similarly, in a recent review of clinical trials on glucosamine and chondroitin, researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, in Cleveland, Ohio found that of 13 studies reviewed, 13 were classified as demonstrating positive results.
Some of these studies even found glucosamine to be superior to ibuprofen.2 The dosages used in the studies were 1500mg of glucosamine sulfate and 1200mg of chondroitin sulfate-exactly the same dosage found in ElastiJoint .
1. P. Bourgeois, et. al., "Efficacy and tolerability of chondroitin sulfate 1200mg/day" Osteoarthritis Cartilage 6 Supp. A; May (1998) 25-30.
2. C.L. Deal, et. al., "Nutraceuticals as therapeutic agents in osteoarthritis" Rheum Dis Clin North Am,25 (2); May (1999) 379-95.
The amino acid, Glutamine, has become more prominent as new studies reveal its unique contribution to protein synthesis (muscle growth), anti-proteolytic (prevents muscle tissue breakdown) functions and growth hormone elevating effects.
Glutamine is the most abundant single amino acid in the blood and in the intracellular free amino acid pool (most abundant amino acid in muscle tissue). It comprises 61% of the amino acid pool in skeletal muscle. Glutamine's unique structure, containing two nitrogen side chains, consists of 19% nitrogen - making it the primary transporter of nitrogen into the muscle cell. In fact, glutamine alone is responsible for 35% of the nitrogen that gets into the muscle cell. Glutamine literally drives muscle building nitrogen into the muscle cell where it is synthesized for growth.
Glutamine concentrations fall markedly after training and remain low until complete recovery. What this means is, the very rigors of weight training leak nitrogen carrying glutamine from muscle tissue. This fall in glutamine is catabolic to muscle tissue. Supplementing with glutamine spares free glutamine in muscle tissue, counteracts the fall in muscle protein synthesis, and improves nitrogen balance.
Recommended Use: Take one scoop (approximately 5g) three times per day, with water or juice. Do not exceed the recommended dose.
Kwik Burn is a high-potency thermogenic formula containing a combination of natural herbs and micronutrients that stimulate your metabolism and speed up fat burning to help you shed unwanted pounds and trim down to lean muscle. Kwik Burn works naturally on the ECA (ephedrine/caffeine/aspirin) stack principle proven through numerous university studies to increase fat burning while preserving muscle tissue.
Kwik Burn contains MaHuang, a natural source of the stimulant ephedrine. Ephedrine is a thermogenic agent having the ability to increase fat burning through epinephrine release. It also stimulates the conversion of thyroid hormone into metabolism-stimulating T-3, the active form of thyroid in the body.
Kwik Burn also contains the herb Guarana, a natural source of caffeine. Taken together in the right combination, ephedrine and caffeine work synergistically to elicit a maximum fat burning effect. Kwik Burn contains the exact amount of Ma Huang and Guarana (equivalent to 20 mg of ephedrine and 200 mg caffeine) shown in university studies to create a thermogenic fat burning effect. Kwik Burn is your most powerful tool when you are trying to lean up!
What sets Kwik Burn apart from other fat burners is that it really works! The inclusion of quercetin, a powerful bioflavanoid which prolongs KwikBurn's thermogenic effect; chromium, which supports sugar metabolism and fat burning, l-carnitine, which assists in the transport of fatty acids into cells where fat can be used for energy, and important electrolytes are all part of the reason Kwik Burn works long after conventional fat burning formulas have failed.
Go for the burn....Kwik Burn!
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