Commonly found in the household, the ingredients of green tea and cocoa are the compounds in EpiCat that aim to unlock your ultimate bodybuilding potential.
So, what is in EpiCat and how will it help your bodybuilding goals? It’s not a prohormone or steroid, but it claims to have a similar anabolic effect on your muscles. Containing just two ingredients, The Muscle Watchdog reviews EpiCat and its contents, to see if it really can make you the physical freak it promises to.
Blackstone Labs have manufactured EpiCat for hardcore bodybuilders looking to see significant gains, and who are already putting the hard work in with their diet and lifestyle. They say that the missing piece of the puzzle is often genetic limitations and that is what EpiCat aims to address.
It contains green tea and epicatechins, usually found in dark chocolate, which are thought to help lower myostatin levels and increase follistatin, which is responsible for that shredded look every bodybuilder wants.
Between the fat burning thermogenics of the green tea and the muscle building capability of the epicatechins, this supplement claims to be your best buddy in combination with an appropriate diet and exercise programme.
However, it does only contain two ingredients, one of which has very little human evidence to prove it works, so perhaps the jury is still out on this one
Possible side effects include insomnia, nervousness, and headache, at the less serious end of the spectrum, with irregular heart rate, convulsions, and confusion at the more serious end. This is mainly a risk associated with long-term heavy use of caffeine, which is contained within green tea and can be present in cocoa.
You will pay $64.99 for one bottle of EpiCat which contains 60 capsules, around one month’s supply. It is available to purchase as a one-off via the Blackstone Labs website and on Amazon. Blackstone Lab has a wholesaler programme to sell its products, where distributors earn commission on products.
In our opinion, epicatechins hold some promise in their ability to create the chemical changes in your body that possibly may increase muscle mass. However, so little evidence exists that it is impossible to say this will definitely work for you.
Green Tea is a more common ingredient in fat shredders and physical performance products and has shown results in thermogenics, potentially leading to fat loss and a more defined look.
It is quite a simple formulation compared to other products on the market, which seems bold and could either be a positive if it works, or you may not see any results at all.
Overall, we do not recommend EpiCat to our readers.
EpiCat claims to be a revolutionary supplement that will build all-natural muscle mass. If genetics is not on your side and you are struggling to gain muscle, this product says it will ‘flip the genetic switch’.
Clearly, this is a good marketing ploy and it is not possible to change your genetic code, but the chemicals contained with green tea and epicatechin could help you fight nature by increasing the compound required to stop the breakdown of muscle and promote the growth of power.
Take one capsule up to twice a day but do not exceed two capsules per day.
The results in mice have been promising but so far the human studies are lacking, and there are not reliable results to assure you this product will work.
This product is manufactured under the Good Manufacturing guidelines but is not governed by the Food and Drug Administration to back its claims.
EpiCat says it will transform your bodybuilding experience by challenging what nature gave you and enhancing your top-notch diet and exercise efforts.
The formulation promises to give you a two-pronged attack, first the Green Tea provides the energy you need to kick your gym work up a gear, as well as putting your body into thermogenesis which will shred fat, allowing your natural muscle tone to show through.
Secondly, it says it will inhibit Myostatin and increase Follistatin, which are human proteins that affect muscle mass and your ability to achieve gains.
Epicatechins are exciting the supplement world due to its potential and in animal trials, seem to have shown some increase in physical performance. There are yet to be any reliable human studies that can replicate this effect though, which means that for now, epicatechins are a bit unknown. The experts say that they are generally thought to provide other health benefits when consumed in dark chocolate and green tea, so perhaps its worth a try.
This product contains a lot of green tea, with the usual recommended daily dose being around 400-500mg daily. Whilst it may be effective in increasing energy, it causes some concern that with prolonged use it could cause a range of nasty side effects. Taking this product in a morning and not exceeding the dosage is critical, in our opinion.
There may be some side effects as a result of consuming green tea, owing mainly to the caffeine. Green tea is also thought to interfere with Iron intake, unless supplemented with vitamin C, and can affect cholesterol and blood pressure.
Not for use by individuals under the age of 18 years. Do not take without first consulting a licensed healthcare provider or physician. Do not take this product if you have been diagnosed with androgen-sensitive cancers, high cholesterol, hypertension or any other current or preexisting medical condition. Do not take it pregnant or nursing. Keep out of reach of children.
Results are mostly positive on their own website, with some saying it aided their recovery, they got a better pump and felt they gained muscle whilst taking this product. Many were already following a very strict diet and exercise routine.
Others commented they ‘did not feel any difference’ and were underwhelmed with the supplement.
They say they offer a 30-day money-back guarantee, but dig a little deeper and you will see this only applies to unopened products. So, if you don’t see any results with this product you will not be able to get a refund.
It is available through their website, on Amazon, and through a wide network of wholesale distributors.
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