EPIQ Ripped Reviews
In Jan. 2013, Iovate Health Sciences International and GNC were proud to present EPIQ, a “new breakthrough line of powerful, specialized muscle building supplements designed for men and women seeking the best in athletic performance.” 
EPIQ Ripped is a powerful thermogenic fat burner designed to work in conjunction with other EPIQ products. According to advertisements, EPIQ Ripped boost training intensity and energy as well as stimulates thermogenesis through a powerful dose of pure caffeine.
While EPIQ Ripped looks like a serious supplement, I can’t help but wonder if there’s more to this diet pill than meets the eye. Can EPIQ Ripped be both safe and effective?
Are The Ingredients Effective?
When advertisements focus primarily on a product’s caffeine content, it’s always best to approach it with caution.
Caffeine pills may be an extra boost in energy, but more often than not, the benefits are outweighed by potential side effects such as trembling, nausea, and jitters.
A quick look at ingredient label reveals EPIQ Ripped depends primarily on stimulants to promote weight loss. While this may be an effective approach, I’m not sure it’s the safest route for most dieters.
Green Coffee Bean Extract. Green coffee bean extract inhibits weight gain and fat accumulation by inhibiting fat absorption and activation in the liver. Furthermore, it contains chlorgenic and caffeic acids which eliminate toxins that may be slowing down your overall weight loss results.
Studies show green coffee bean extract improves body weight and body fat percentage without the need for significant changes in diet. However, this study involved a minimum 700 mg green coffee bean extract, while EPIQ only contains 200 mg. 
Caffeine Anhydrous. Caffeine blocks adenosine receptors to promote a flight or fight response in the body. While in this state, the body increases energy levels and decreases appetite.
Studies show that while caffeine does not improve maximal oxygen capacity, it can “permit the athlete to train at a greater power output and/or to train longer.” Furthermore, it works synergistically with other stimulants and anti-inflammatory agents. 
Green Tea Leaf Extract. Green tea interacts with caffeine anhydrous to promote fat oxidation and thermogenesis. In a recent study, researchers found high caffeine intake combined with green tea significantly improves body weight and waist size. 
Yohimbe Bark. Yohimbe contains the alkaloid chemical yohimbine which increases blood flow and nerve impulses to the genitals, counteracting the sexual side effects of antidepressants. While it is commonly used to stimulate libido and treat erectile dysfunction, many experts believe Yohimbine may block alpha-2 receptors to promote weight loss.
In a 2006 study, researchers found yohimbine supplementation significantly decreased body fat percentage, though it had no statistically significant effects on body mass and muscle mass. 
Cayenne Pepper Fruit. Cayenne contains the chemical capsaicin, which increases body temperature and promotes fat burning. Researchers are currently investigating cayenne’s appetite-suppressing effects, but further human trials need to be conducted. 
Raspberry Ketone. Adiponectin is a hormone produced by fat cells which helps manage weight and keeps blood sugar levels in check. Raspberry ketone optimizes adiponectin levels, and stimulates fatty acid oxidation. 
L-carnitine L-tartrate. L-carnitine l-tartrate reduces exercise-induced muscle tissue damage and significantly increases muscle recovery time.
However, most studies featured at least 2 grams l-carnitine l-tartrate. EPIQ Ripped’s RaziCarn matrix only contains 200 mg, so there isn’t enough l-carnitine l-tartrate to be fully effective.
Dandelion Root. Dandelion root is a diuretic and laxative commonly used to treat constipation and alleviate excess water retention.
While it is useful for eliminating toxins, dandelion is not an effective fat burner. Any weight lost through dandelion supplementation is water weight, not fat, which can quickly be regained through proper hydration.
Will EPIQ Ripped Make You Jittery?
EPIQ Ripped contains 200 mg caffeine and unknown yohimbe concentrations. While this may be an effective way to increase energy levels and stimulate thermogenesis, I’m concerned about the potential side effects and risks involved.
200 mg caffeine is the equivalent of 2 strong cups of coffee. Depending on your sensitivity to caffeine, you may experience the following side effects:
• Increased heart rate
• Difficulty sleeping
To reduce side effect risk, limit caffeine intake from additional sources such as coffee, tea, soda, or other diet pills. Additionally, avoid taking EPIQ within 5-6 hours of bedtime and do not take more than 2 capsules in a 24 hour period.
How to Get the Best Results
As with any diet pill, EPIQ Ripped works best when combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise.
Additionally, EPIQ Ripped contains a lot of caffeine, so it’s best to take a smaller dosage and gradually work your way up to the recommended amount.
To start, take 1 capsule with 8 oz. of water 30-60 minutes before breakfast. After 2-3 days of this, you may increase your dosage by taking an additional capsule 30-60 minutes before lunch.
Where to Buy EPIQ Ripped
Interestingly enough, EPIQResults.com does not sell any EPIQ products. If you sign up for their newsletter, you may qualify for a few free samples, but you won’t be able to buy EPIQ Ripped from the official site.
Instead, if you click the order button, you are redirected to GNC.com, where you can buy a 60 capsule bottle for $49.99 or a 120 capsule bottle for $79.99
However, if you want a better deal, try the following sites:
• LuckyVitamin.com: $39.99
• Amazon.com: $39.99
• eBay.com: $42.49
What if It Doesn’t Work?
GNC.com offers a 30 day satisfaction guarantee on all their products. If you don’t like your results, return your fully used (or partially used) bottle to GNC.com to receive a refund of the product price. However, the refund does not cover shipping and handling.
Are the Manufacturers Reliable?
EPIQ is Iovate Health Sciences latest product line. Supposedly these 8 products offer the purest, cleanest, and strongest ways to build muscle and improve physical performance. Manufacturers believe EPIQ products offer an “advantage over other brands” due to higher quality ingredients.
According to a recent press release, Iovate Health Sciences partnered with GNC to provide a product line “free of harmful impurities, artificial dyes or colors, and are guaranteed free of banned substances.”
As of September 2012, GNC has more than 7,900 locations, 6,000 of which are located within the US.
“For more than 75 years, GNC has been committed to bringing people superior GNC brand products using only the highest quality ingredients, manufactured under the strictest quality controls. Managing every stage of the process – from formulation to retailing – allows GNC to guarantee quality, purity, and potency of GNC products.” 
With Iovate and GNC standing behind EPIQ, many consumers are confident in EPIQ Ripped’s success.
EPIQ Ripped seems like a decent fat burner. It’s backed with great ingredients and is distributed by some of the top-selling manufacturers. When used in conjunction with a healthy diet and regular exercise, EPIQ Ripped may help you lose weight.
However, EPIQ Ripped might not work for everyone, and you may respond differently to the ingredients than your friend or neighbor. The caffeine and yohimbe concentrations are particularly worrisome, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it causes more side effects than actual weight loss.
Since EPIQ Ripped is still fairly new, I need your help to fill in the gaps. Have you tried EPIQ yet? Is EPIQ Ripped a good diet pill?
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