Manufacturer: Olympus Labs
EP1C Unleashed by Olympus Labs
- Increased Strength and Power Output
- Increased Endurance/Stamina
- Enhanced Vascularity
- Fat Oxidation
- Muscle Growth and Differentiation
- Overall Health
The key ingredient to EP1C Unleashed is the inclusion of epicatechin, a flavanol found in cocoa seeds and green tea. While the health benefits of epicatecin (Epi) have been known for centuries, recent research has demonstrated that this flavanol may be useful for treating the age-related decline in muscle mass and associated strength, because of its action as a myostatin inhibitor. You may be familiar with myostatin, as it is a protein that ultimately limites muscle size and differentiation, so blocking its action would be beneficial to those seeking additional muscle mass. Initial studies demonstrated that administration of Epi for 5 days increased follistatin (which binds to and inhibits myostatin) by 2.5 times. In a pilot study with human subjects treated for one week with Epi, changes to markers of muscle differentiation were demonstrated, in addition to increases in hand-grip strength. Specifically, the study with Epi demonstrated that the ratio of follistatin to myostatin was increased by almost 50%!
There are also several other benefits to Epi, including reduced cardiovascular risk, enhanced exercise capacit,y and enhanced oxidative capacity, as well as increased angiogenesis (i.e. creation of blood vessels) and improved vascular functioning via a NOS-dependent mechanism. Importantly, recent findings with satellite cells – precursors of new muscle growth and differentiation – identified that nitric oxide is a key messenger for maintaining function and enhancing proliferation of these precursor cells. All of these properties make Epi a very promising myostatin inhibiting compound.
Another well-known polyphenol is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a constituent in tea that has been studied for a host of conditions, from weight loss to cancer to osteoarthritis and Alzheimer’s. In addition, EGCG has been investigated for potential influence on parameters of endurance and lipid oxidation. However, both Epi and EGCG suffer from the known problem of bioavailability, with absorption of oral Epi occurring at less than 50%. Many plant derived compounds are hampered by their poor oral bioavailability – meaning that the amount of active ingredient that your body is able to use after ingestion, may be very little, and in some cases too little to actually have the desired effect.
However, while the anti-oxidant properties of EGCG are beneficial, the inclusion in EP1C Unleashed was a two-fold strategic choice, as co-administration of other polyphenols with Epi has been shown to enhance its bioavailability. Specifically, research on gallate catechins, such as EGCG, has been shown to increase the intestinal absorption of Epi. But simply adding EGCG with Epi would not elicit enough of a change for the results you really want. So, Olympus Labs didn’t stop there… Enter PhytoFUSE™
PhytoFUSE – Enhanced Delivery System
EP1C Unleashed also uses a unique delivery technology, PhytoFUSE, to further enhance the bioavailability of Epi. While the poor bioavailability of catechins has hampered use, PhytoFUSE helps to overcome this problem. Olympus Labs poured funds into the research, development, and testing of a completely new delivery system. What other company can claim that? Research has shown that this method of delivery can enhance potency anywhere from 2x-6x! That means that EP1C Unleashed is 200 – 600% more potent than Epi alone! This enhanced delivery system, unique to Olympus Labs, utilizes specific lipids with Epi on a molecular level, allowing for greater solubility and enhancing bioavailability, helping to effectively shuttle and prevent degradation en route to the intestines where it can be taken up. This means that more ingredient is delivered to the site where it can be used effectively, ready to be delivered to the bloodstream to flood your muscles with potent myogenic factors.
Serving Size: 1 Capsule
Servings per Container: 60
EP1C Unleashed Proprietary Blend 500mg
Green Tea Extract (Camellia sinensis) (dried leaves) [standardized to 50% EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate)], PhytoFUSE Green Tea Extract with Soy Phosphatidylcholine (standardized to 95% (-)-Epicatechin)
Other Ingredients: Rice Flour, Magnesium Stearate, Gelatin.
Directions: As a dietary supplement, take two (2) capsules prior to working out and one (1) capsule with breakfast on rest days.
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