March 17, 2012
Hello SR. I'm here to detail my experiences with and give my personal opinions on PharmaFreak's Amino Freak. First off, I want to thank PharmaFreak for letting me try this product through the expert reviewers program and thanks to Petey for making the extra effort to get me this after the other names have already been submitted.
Ingredient Profile: Serving Size 3 Tablets
Calcium Carbonate 188mg DV 38%
Anabolic Hormone Amino Acid Complex
CarniFlex L-Carnitine L-Tartrate 735mg
45:30:25 Clinically-Validated BCAA Ratio 1,111.5mg
-L-Leucine 45% 500mg
-L-Valine 30% 333.5mg
-L-Isoleucine 25% 278mg
L-Glutamine, Calcium Carbonate 500mg
Anti-Cortisol Amino Acid Complex 25mg
L-Theanine (Anti-Catabolic Amino Acid ***
Patented Amino Acid Absorbtion Enhancer 2.5mg
AstraGin (Panax notoginseng) ***
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I'll admit right off the bat I was a bit skeptical on the dosages in the ingredient profile. Amino Freak suggests you take 3 tablets twice daily or all 6 tablets once a day.
L-carnitine is a coenzyme and water-soluble, vitamin-like compound that falls into the category of amino acids. You can use L-carnitine to treat carnitine deficiencies, as a supplement for resistance exercise and to support weight loss.
L-tartrate is a salt used as an additive in some health supplements to facilitate
absorption of another substance. By combining L-carnitine with the salt L-tartrate, your body has an easier time absorbing the L-carnitine.
As far as these two go, they are appropriately dosed. L-Carnitine reaches its saturation level in your body at about 2 grams and a 6 cap serving is good for about half of that.
L-Carnitine is also found in a lot of foods, red meat especially, so getting your daily
required dose shouldn't be hard.
Im going to jump down to the absorbtion enhanced AtraGin. AminoFreak claims that this compound increases the absorbtion of amino acids by 62%. Sounding impressive? Not so much if AminoFreak is your only amino supplement. Whats that daily dose of aminos? 2.3 grams? So I'll absorb 64% of 2.3 grams?
Or will this product increase absorbtion of ALL amino acids I ingest during the day?
L-Theanine is dosed appropriately. It is shown to possibly increase immune system response to infection by boosting the disease fighting ability of cells, up to 5 times as much with a dose of 20mg per day. It also is shown to decrease mental and physical stress, which may be the anti-catabolic properties they are leaning on.
BCAA's: I'm really confused by the low dosage of BCAA's in a daily dose of Amino Freak. It doesn't make sense to dose it so low and rely on a 62% increase in absorbtion to make up for it being underdosed. Again these are only my personal observations and I will get into my experiences in the next section.
First off, before taking this product my BCAA regimine for recovery included an intra workout drink (whatever product) with 10-15 grams of flavorless BCAA's and Glutamine. This is by far my favorite concoction for recovery and it works for me rather
well. When I got this product to try I immediately stopped taking these extra BCAA's and relied only on the Amino Freak doseage
and post workout shake for recovery. Well my first day was a heavy leg day I believe, following the same program I had for a month
but this time soreness the next day took me by surprise, my recovery was down dramatically. I decided not to make a snap decision on it because I was doing a rather heavy routine. I messed with the doses a little and would take between 6-12 caps per day, up to double the recommended
doses to see if it would help boost my recovery back up. I'm sorry to say that this did not compare in any way to my homemade intra.
Maybe it had something to do with the sheer number of aminos, but for 40 bucks for 60 servings, recovery should have been a lot better, IMO.
I'll keep this simple. $40 for a 30 day supply is 1.33/day for 2.3 grams of BCAA's, which is not enough to put my recovery where I want it to be. Conversely, a 400gram tub of BCAA and a 400 gram tub of Glutamine can be bought for the same price, you could dose them at, say 5 grams apiece which would be $40 for a 80 day supply, which is 0.50/day for 10 grams of BCAA's You can argue volume all you want, but when it comes to value there is a clear choice in my mind.
I am giving this product an all around 5 because of the combination of effects and price comparison. I did feel some recovery while on this product, but not nearly to the level of much cheaper BCAA products at higher doses. If you are going to make an amino recovery product, you shouldn't need to take 5 dollars worth of it to match the recovery of a 50 cent basic amino powder. The price in and of itself it outrageous. Even if this product worked just as well as anything else,
the price per dose is way too high.
Overall, I would not recommend this product, it is too expensive and does not have comparable effectiveness to make it worth buying.
- Not Effective
- Too Expensive