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If you have walked into any decent supplement store, chances are that your eye would have been caught by the unmistakable yellow and red branded packaging of the Pharmafreak products. As the name suggests, the Pharmafreak brand is all about hard-core. Hard-core science, hard-core athletes and most of all, hard-core results. So does Pharmafreak’s Ripped Freak fat burner live up to the hype and Pharmafreak’s catch slogan of “World’s Strongest Supplements”?
In this review we are going to have an in depth look at the working ingredients in Ripped Freak Hybrid Fat Burner as well as give you our thoughts on the product.
Ripped Freak contains a variety of esters of methyl EGCG, or green tea extract, which are modified to help increase its cellular absorption and its lipophilicity (combine with or dissolve in lipids or fats). ECGC is the active found in green tea and it has been found to be beneficial to almost every organ in the body. It is cardioprotective, neuroprotective, anti-carcinogenic, liver protective and it is beneficial for blood vessel health. When it comes to its fat-burning potential, ECGC works by increasing thermogenesis so that you burn more calories throughout the day. It does this by freeing up energy from fat cells and then burning it in the mitochondria of the muscle cells.
Oleuropein Aglycone is a phenolic compound which is derived from the olive leaf. It has been shown to protect LDL cholesterol from oxidation and it also has anti-inflammatory properties. When it comes to fat burning, oleuropein aglycone has beneficial effects on glucose metabolism and it has been shown to help increase certain thyroid hormones which have been linked to weight management.
Besides helping to increase mental focus and energy, caffeine can also help to increase resting metabolic rate so that you burn more calories. When combined with green tea extract, this effect can be further increased.
Sweet red pepper extract has 3 known compounds which influence fat loss. These include capsiate [4-hydroxy-3-methoxybenzyl (E)-8-methyl-6-nonenoate], dihydrocapsiate [4-hydroxy-3-methoxybenzyl 8-methylnonanoate], and nordihydrocapsiate [4-hydroxy-3-methoxybenzyl 7-methyloctanoate].
The benefit of sweet red pepper over red (hot) peppers is that they are not pungent so you can take a higher dose without suffering gastrointestinal discomfort. CH-19 sweet red pepper has been proven to increase core body temperature by stimulating the vanilloid receptors, induce heat loss and heat production simultaneously and dispel food as energy. Not just that, it has also been shown to increase oxygen consumption, uncoupling proteins 1 and 2 (UCP1 and UCP2) and gene transcription of UCP2 mRNA in fat tissue.
The fat loss effects of raspberry ketones have been shown to work through a number of mechanisms. It can help to enhance calorie output, increase the breakdown of fat and support a reduction in fat absorption.
When you first look at the ingredients label of this product you may be completely baffled by all the scientific jargon, but as you can see, once we break these ingredients down into their base components, the blend is actually quite simple and only has a few main ingredients. With that said, the ingredients they have used are scientifically proven to aid in fat loss, with the exception of raspberry ketones where there are conflicting studies. That being said, the formulation is solid which is why it scores an 8.2 out of 10.
Ripped Freak Hybrid Fat Burner has received a large amount of attention, whether it is because of the results or purely the excellent marketing strategy I am not sure, however, when combining this product with a calorie-controlled, low-carb diet I was able to lose a fair amount of body fat in a short period of time. For this reason, I do believe that this product helped to increase the rate of fat loss, but obviously it was not solely responsible for the loss of fat. But I am sure you all know that there are no magic pills out there.
Being an international product, you can expect to pay more for it than for a locally manufactured fat burner. The average price for Ripped freak is about R600 for 60 capsules. The daily dose is either 1 or 2 capsules depending on your tolerance. This means that it will last you either 30 or 60 days depending on the number of servings you take per day.
Overall this is a solid formulation which proved good results. While the price is a bit steep, it does get the results. So I suppose you have to weigh up whether results justify the price. For me it is a definite yes!