Below we take an in-depth look at Cannibal Carna, to examine whether this BCAA/amino acid blend is a good accompaniment to a muscle-building gym session.
Cannibal Carna is a performance-boosting supplement that uses a blend of Branched-Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs), glutamine, and a host of other performance-boosters and amino acids. This powdered concoction comes in two unusual flavours (Lawless Lemonlime and Strawbloody Kiwi Crush) and forms into a cloudy, sweet drink when mixed with water.
This performance-booster is produced by Chaos and Pain, an interesting supplement and t-shirt manufacturer from the USA. The main distinguishing feature of Chaos and Pain are their wild approach to naming and packaging products, leading to crazy designs that genuinely wouldn’t go amiss decorating a shelf somewhere. The group may not have as much flair and experience with designing quality products as they do with coming up with eye-catching branding, as they appear to be a relative newcomer to the scene that attracts relatively low levels of interest on the Internet as of writing.
It’s worth noting that there are currently two versions of Cannibal Carna as of January 2018. Although they both share the same name and branding, the new and old versions use entirely different ingredients and likely produce significantly different effects (check the Ingredients tab for more information). Customers ordering Cannibal Carna from the official Chaos and Pain website after January 2018 will likely get the newer (and better) formula, although it might be worth checking with the seller if ordering from elsewhere.
Cannibal Carna shouldn’t come with many noticeable side effects, although BCAAs and some other amino acids have been associated with occasional negatives.
BCAAs can sometimes cause tiredness and a loss of muscle coordination. One other ingredient in the older version of Cannibal Carna (tryptophan) may also cause a host of issues like headaches and stomach ailments, although the dosage in this product is likely too low to cause any major issues.
Cannibal Carna is slightly more expensive than other comparable BCAA supplements that we’ve seen. On the official Chaos and Pain webstore, a 30-serving tub of powder costs $34.99 plus shipping, although other websites are occasionally cheaper; the same tub costs just $29.95 from Supplement Central. International customers can apparently place orders with the Chaos and Pain website, although shipping costs can mount and the company cannot technically guarantee that international orders will reach the customer (although they normally do). British orders can place an order with less fuss with Power Myself, where the standard tub costs £17.99.
In all honesty, deciding whether Cannibal Carna is right for you depends on which “version” you’re likely to get. After analysing both the older and newer formulas, it’s obvious that the newer version is far superior, giving a more powerful hit of BCAAs and glutamine, and swapping out fairly useless amino acids for more relevant performance boosters. The newer formula represents a reasonably good deal, although it must be said that this BCAA/glutamine formula is still slightly more expensive than others we have seen around.
Chaos and Pain appear to be a relatively interesting and exciting new manufacturer, but the company still has a way to go before it reaches the professionalism seen amongst its rivals. The company still does not have anything resembling a proper returns policy, and appears to rely on faking customer reviews to generate interest. This latter tactic makes it hard for new customers to judge how good the products really are, which makes buying them a bit of a risk.
All in all, there’s nothing much wrong with this product. Like any BCAA muscle-booster, it likely won’t do very much for experienced athletes (a fact that no supplement manufacturer ever discloses). It still is fine for what it is, but it remains hard to justify putting it on the hallowed recommended list when cheaper options abound, many of which are protected by real money back guarantees and backed by real customer reviews.
Overall, we do not recommend Cannibal Carna to our readers.
Cannibal Carna is a zero-calorie BCAA supplement that is designed to aid resistance-training athletes, and other hard workers in the gym. Featuring a 8:1:1 balance of BCAAs mixed with other muscle-boosting ingredients, this powdered supplement comes in two different flavours and uses “highly instantized” powder, which reportedly makes it nice and easy to mix. It also uses some of the most bizarre packaging we’ve seen yet, making it potentially one of the more eye-catching supplements to have on your shelf!
This workout aid is manufactured by Chaos and Pain, a supplement manufacturer known for its zany packaging designs and interesting approach to naming products. Chaos and Pain have some of the weirdest branding approaches we’ve ever seen, giving otherwise innocuous pre-workout supplements names like “Cannibal Ferox” or “Cannibal Riot”. Their brightly coloured and stylised bottles are decorated in much the same way as a heavy metal fan might spray paint their van, adorned with beautifully-drawn skulls, crying angels, and other detailed imagery. Unsurprisingly, the company also sells a line of t-shirts. Customers can contact Chaos and Pain using the contact form provided on the official website, or can email the company at [email protected], phone them on 1-855-798-6039 or reach them by post at 5149 Selkirk, Birmingham, AL 35242.
The directions for use are as follows:
For best results, mix one or two scoops of Chaos and Pain Cannibal Carna with 200 to 250 ml of cold water and drink this mixture before, during or after exercise.
Regardless of the version of the product you end up with, Cannibal Carna’s main flagship ingredient is its Branched-Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs). Together with the other ingredients, the BCAAs are said to increase mental and physical performance in the gym and during sport. The ingredient balance provided is said to be particularly useful for resistance-training athletes and endurance athletes, as it promotes “post-exercise recovery” and increases “muscle hypertrophy and maintaining net positive muscle protein”. In a nutshell, this means that it should improve muscle performance in the gym, reduce muscle pain and soreness after workouts, and help athletes to maintain their gains and muscle mass. As the mixture is zero-calorie and has no carbohydrates, it has also clearly been designed to increase lean muscle mass rather than fat mass.
As this product is sold under the same name in two completely different formulas (an old one and a new one), the effectiveness of this product may differ depending on which one customers find themselves landed with.
The older version of the product appears to be significantly more problematic, as it is bulked up with a number of amino acids that have been seemingly picked at random. Most of the extra amino acids have been linked with unimpressive or non-existent effects, or perform un-advertised functions (such as boosting cognition or focus). The newer version of the product is much improved, swapping out the useless amino acids for proven recovery aids and performance boosters like beta alanine and tart cherry extract.
That being said, the main attraction for both versions are the BCAAs and glutamine, both of which are useful in the right circumstances. If customers are vegetarian or do not frequently consume large quantities of protein in their diet, they may find themselves deficient in either BCAAs or glutamine (or both). Supplementation would then help to improve endurance or muscle-building outcomes in the gym. Studies also show that inexperienced athletes see improvements in physical performance/endurance whilst supplementing BCAAs. Experienced athletes or those with sufficient animal protein sources in their diet will not see the same benefits, if any at all however.
Overall, we would expect customers to broadly experience the advertised benefits, especially if they are new to exercise and training regimes.
The ingredients found in Cannibal Carna are detailed below. The ingredient quantities listed below are correct for 1 rounded scoop of powder (9g).
Readers must note that there are currently two very different formulas for Cannibal Carna. The first formula has been available since the product’s launch and may still be being sold in some online stores. The second formula is being launched by Chaos and Pain at the end of January 2018 (or at least this was apparently the plan at time of writing), and will also be available from many webstores as well, particularly the official Chaos and Pain website. We’ll list the ingredients for each formula in turn.
Customers shouldn’t expect too many side effects from using this product, although certain negative effects are always possible.
Branched-Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) can occasionally cause fatigue and a loss of muscular coordination when supplemented. Customers that find themselves susceptible to this effect should avoid driving after taking this product.
The older version of this product also uses a tiny dose of tryptophan, which has been linked with a number of side effects including stomach and chest pain, gas, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, headaches, drowsiness, dry mouth, muscle weakness, visual blurring, and sexual problems. It was also once linked to an outbreak of eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS) in the early 1990s, but it looks increasingly likely that this was a problem related to a specific batch rather than a general problem associated with tryptophan itself.
Do not exceed recommended serving size. Use only as directed. Not intended for use by persons under 18 or by those with a serious medical condition. Do not use if pregnant or nursing. Please consult your physician before using this product.
Are there any customer reviews for Cannibal Carna?
There are only a handful of reviews available for Cannibal Carna online, and most of these are positive. However, it must be noted that after we checked the handy review-testing tool FakeSpot, we noticed that roughly half of the positive reviews posted to Amazon are listed as fake! With only around 4 or 5 real reviews left online, it’s hard to tell what people really think about it, although there appears to be a small fanbase that actively praise the product and its effects.
Amazing product by chaos and pain! Lacking 1 key ingredient but for the price you can take 2 scoops and better most BCAA products.
Chaos and Pain make the best products on the market. The taste is great, and it mixes well too
Amazing taste, great mixability. The ratio in this BCAA is great for people who train hard. After incorporating this into my regimen I noticed I was able to get those last few extra reps in. This is what I was looking for in a BCAA and it’s exactly what I got.
very good amino acid for after the gym recovery. the taste is great and it is a very effective product. this will always been in my supplement stack. thanks chaos & pain for a great product
the can was broke
It’s tricky to say whether Chaos and Pain offer a true money back guarantee, as they fail to detail their policy anywhere on their website. The sentence quoted below is literally the company’s entire returns policy in full:
“Chaos and Pain offers a 100% money back guarantees as it stands behinds the quality of its products!!”
As regular readers will know, we only consider a money back guarantee as such if it offers customers a full refund within a reasonable time on all opened products (even if customers are expected to pay the cost and bear the risk of shipping the item back). If looking to return Cannibal Carna, it might be worth dropping an email to the company to receive the details of their returns policy in full.
Cannibal Carna can be purchased on the official Chaos and Pain webstore, Supplement Central, Power Myself and from other individual sellers on eBay and the like.
The cheapest prices we found available were on Supplement Central, where a 30-serving tub costs $29.95, and on Power Myself, where UK-based customers can buy the same tub for £17.99. On the official Chaos and Pain webstore, a 30-serving tub of Cannibal Carna $34.99 plus shipping (although as of January 2018, sales have temporarily been suspended whilst the “new” formula is being rolled out, to be presumably resumed in a few weeks).
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