CP Ingredient Guide
Find out what's going in your body.
5-Hydroxytryptophan, is also known as 5-HTP. 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) is a chemical that the body makes from tryptophan (an essential amino acid that you get from food). After tryptophan is converted into 5-HTP, the chemical is changed into another chemical called serotonin (a neurotransmitter that relays signals between brain cells). 5-HTP may have a positive effect on sleep, mood, anxiety, appetite, and pain sensation.
7-Keto-DHEA is metabolized from DHEA, a prohormone. It has been shown to aid in fat loss, while having no effect on testosterone. 7-Keto speeds up ones metabolism and heat production within the body for weight loss. Also, by activating the thyroid, it will boost the immune system, enhance memory, and slow down aging.
Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) Disodium Salt
ATP is an energy source for your cells...or muscles. Think of it as a battery that allows you to lift more, and carry out activities such as bodybuilding. ATP energy is converted into creatine to increase one rep max. By putting ATP into its salt form, it is used much more efficiently by the body, and helps to crank out a few extra reps by supplying your muscles with their natural source of fuel. It also increases blood flow, and signals for the production of adrenaline.
ALA (Alpha Lipoic Acid)
ALA is a powerful antioxidant that is essential for aerobic metabolism. It is also commonly used in weight loss supplements as a fat burner. Alpha-lipoic acid is used in the body to break down carbohydrates and to make energy for the other organs in the body.
Alpha-Glyceryl phosphoryl choline (Alpha-GPC)
Alpha-glyceryl phosphoryl choline (alpha-GPC) is a naturally occurring phospholipid compound that plays a critical role in the way the brain, nervous system, and muscles function.* Alpha-GPC supports brain function and mood, promotes improved reaction time, and helps support focus and the mind-muscle connection during workouts.* When combined with caffeine, L-tyrosine, and huperzine A, alpha-GPC delivers clean mental stimulation and focus that last throughout workouts.*Research suggests that, by increasing levels of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, alpha-GPC also supports muscle strength, power, and endurance.*
A byproduct of the amino acid L-Arginine, Agmatine Sulfate is responsible for many biological functions, such as the regulation of ion channels and Nitric Oxide transport. It is used as a pump agent in pre-workouts. It will increase strength, energy, and recovery in the gym. For more, please read our most recent article on Agmatine:
Ajwain extract is a powerful herbal supplement that increases your body’s ability to burn fat. It also increases oxygen uptake, so your pump will be better than ever!
Amino Acids are the building blocks of proteins, which are extremely important to muscular development and repair. There are numerous amino acids out there, and having them as a part of your diet is crucial. Whether it’s building muscle or losing fat, amino acids can help you achieve your goal.
Antioxidants help to prevent cellular damage done by free radical molecules. Often found in fruits and vegetables (usually referred to as flavinoids), antioxidants are extremely important to your overall health.
Ashwaghanda is an herbal supplement that is commonly found in testosterone-boosting supplements. It has been clinically proven to boost testosterone significantly in as little as three months.
Astragin is extremely helpful in nutrient absorption. It aids in raising L-Arginine, Glucosamine, and folate absorption rates in your body to allow for better workouts all around.
Beta-alanine, often associated with “the tingles”, is an amino acid which promotes more muscular energy by helping to neutralize lactic acid. What this means for you is better endurance, more energy throughout your workout, and better overall results.
Betaine is a little-known ingredient that is one of the powerhouses of the body. It helps to boost your body’s natural synthesis of creatine. It also initiates muscle protein synthesis, further adding to your gains, while blocking insulin sensitivity so that you can gain more muscle without putting on fat. Worried about throwing too much weight on the bar for your body to handle? Betaine’s got you covered there too: levels of SAMe are elevated during betaine supplementation, which promotes joint recovery.
Beta Vulgaris L. (Beet Root) ExtractConsuming beets (beta vulgaris), either by eating the whole beet, drinking beet juice or taking a beet extract, has been suggested in numerous studies to enhance exercise performance.* The performance benefits of beet extract include greater exercise endurance, greater power output, and less fatigue.* This means that during a typical weightlifting workout, it could improve your strength, allow you to complete more reps with a given weight, and allow you to better maintain rep ranges and strength toward the end of the workout.*
BCAA (Branch Chain Amino Acids)
If you want to preserve your lean muscle and prevent muscle catabolism, then BCAAs are for you. Protein supplies the building blocks to rebuild and repair your muscle tissue after the completion of a workout. These proteins are then broken down and disassembled into amino acids. The body has 22 different amino acids, and each have a unique function. Additionally, there are 9 essential amino acids that the body cannot produce and need to either be consumed through food or supplementation (supplied by BCAAs). Since BCAAs are metabolized within the muscle, they can be used for building new muscle or energy during workouts.
The protein in beef provides amino acids that are necessary for making muscle. Beef protein isolates allow you to ingest quality protein without getting the not-so-good nutrients hidden in even filet mignon. Naturally containing creatine, beef protein is a great choice for bulking up or if you are lactose intolerant.
Beet Root Extract
Beet Root Extract aids in boosting Nitric Oxide levels. Effectively, this means bigger pumps and better blood flow to muscles.
A free acid form of HMB, BetaTOR is more easily processed by the body than HMB Calcium.
Is a concentrated and convenient form of black pepper's active ingredient, piperine. Clinical studies suggest that when used in conjunction with other nutritional supplements, Bioperine® may enhance their absorption and bioavailability by as much as 2,000%.*
If you want to make sure you make it to the gym, or you’re just having a slow start to your morning, then you may need some caffeine. It is a natural stimulant found in many common things consumed on a daily basis including coffee, soda, and tea. Although caffeine is great for an energy boost, it also is a popular fat loss support supplement found in most thermogenics, and can help you throughout your workout, being a key component of many pre-workouts. Caffeine anhydrous, a popular form of caffeine used in supplements, is not bound to water, making it more potent by weight than caffeine normally is.
Another form of Caffeine, Caffeine Citrate (Cafcit) is a derivative of Caffeine anhydrous. Clinically tested, Caffeine Citrate gives the same effects of Caffeine, but take a shorter time to kick in.
Cayenne is derived from a plant in South America and is a member of the pepper family. Cayenne contains vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium and manganese. Cayenne is well known for its spicy flavor. It is used within the supplement industry to help with things such as, cardiovascular health, fat loss, and healthy digestion. It is often used in fat burners, due to its metabolism boosting properties, as well as its ability to suppress appetite and cravings for certain tastes.
Calcium is abundant in milk, and promotes strong and healthy bones and aids in fat metabolism. Calcium is a must if you’re planning on lifting heavy (and we know you are).
Carnitine L-TartrateStudies suggest that L-carnitine L-tartrate supplementation supports recovery after exercise with as little as 1 gram.* The better recovery is likely due to carnitine's ability to boost nitric oxide (NO) production and therefore increase blood flow to recovering muscles, as well as its ability to induce an increase in muscle oxygen consumption.* Another benefit of L-carnitine L-tartrate is that it increases the amount of androgen receptors in muscle cells.* These are the receptors that testosterone binds to inside muscle fibers to instigate muscle growth.* Since testosterone rises following a workout, having a higher concentration of androgen receptors in the muscle cells can help ensure that more of that testosterone is used to build muscle.*
Is an essential nutrient needed to support cell membrane structural integrity, neurotransmission, and lipid transport; it is naturally produced in the body and also found in food sources such as eggs, meat, fish, peanuts, and broccoli. Choline bitartrate aids in the synthesis and storage of acetylcholine, thus improving the “mind-muscle” connection during workouts. It increases neural focus.
Chondroitin is part of cartilage tissue. It helps support the structure of joints by holding water and encouraging the nutrient flow around joints. Since cartilage does not receive any blood flow from the body, maintaining optimum cartilage support with Chondroitin can benefit your joint health.
Not only does cissus extract improve overall heart health, but it is also an extremely potent natural fat burner.
Is a nonessential amino acid that is primarily found in melons, and malate, an apple derivative. Citrulline is used to enhance nitric oxide (NO) production. Benefits include supporting arginine and NO levels, promotes ATP production by reducing lactic acid and ammonia, increased phosphocreatine recovery, and enhanced muscle recovery when combined with excercise.*
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a naturally occurring trans fatty acid made from omega-6 essential fatty acids. According to a government study supplementing CLA will aid in weight management by burning and utilizing fat cells for energy. It also helps to maintain lean muscle mass, which is always great when cutting down on body fat, as your body sometimes breaks down muscle for energy.
Creatine is one of the most tested supplements on the market. Creatine saturates your muscles with water and nutrients to provide them the ability to produce energy more frequently and efficiently. What this translates to in the end is longer and more explosive workouts, allowing you to put on size and strength. There are many types of Creatine, such as Monohydrate, HCl (Hydrochloride), Nitrate, Ethyl Ester, and Buffered. Each one is absorbed by the body differently, so be sure to assess your tolerance to each before continuing use.
Curcuma is an herbal extract that increases blood flow. Not only does this mean a better pump, but it can also help to relieve pain in sore areas and act as an anti-inflammatory (just in case you go a bit too hard on leg day).
D-Aspartic Acid has been clinically proven to balance hormone levels and promote muscle growth. Over prolonged use, it has been shown to boost testosterone levels by as much as 40%.
Dandelion Root Extract
Dandelion Root has been widely used in history as a digestive aid and to lower blood pressure. However, bodybuilders have been known to use it for its ability to remove excess fluid (water) from the body to look more shredded.
Dextrose is a carbohydrate derived from starches. More complex than normal table sugar, dextrose is used by the body more efficiently, and is often in mass gainers to allow for better partitioning of nutrients to the muscle. It is also much less likely to be stored as fat.
DMAE (also known as “dimethylaminoethanol” and “dimethylethanolamine”) In dietary supplement form, DMAE is essential to the production of acetylcholine (a type of chemical that helps nerve cells to transmit signals). DMEA increases the brain’s production of acetylcholine, which affects functions such as short-term memory, learning, REM sleep and attention.
Ecdysterone is similar in structure to the male hormone testosterone. It is used to increase muscle mass and improve athletic performance.
Egg protein is dairy free protein, making it an ideal protein to take if you are lactose intolerant and/or vegetarian. It takes about 2-4 hours to digest, which is great when you can’t get food in throughout the day.
Essential Fatty Acids (EFA)
EFA’s are considered good fats that will keep your heart healthy, increase brain function, and have been shown to improve joint lubrication. These include DHA, and Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.
Fiber is a carbohydrate that is not easily digested by the body. When fiber goes through your system it cleans out the intestines, and helps regulate the body. When trying to find out net carbs, look at the total carbohydrates and subtract the amount of fiber in the food.
Flax Seed Oil
This is a vegetarian fiber that helps support blood sugar levels, mental well-being, and regulate the body overall. It is high in Omega-3 fatty acids, and loaded with antioxidants.
Forskolin keeps your hormones in check, keeping you from feeling like garbage while trying to lose weight, while also helping to curb appetite. Along with that, Forskolin influences enzymes which promote fat-burning and adrenaline production.
GABA stands for Gamma-Aminobutryic Acid. It is an amino acid that acts as a neurotransmitter that helps nerve impulses communicate; GABA is naturally occurring in the human body. Supplementing with GABA helps with relaxation and deeper REM sleep when taken before bed.
Garcinia Cambogia is known to boost your body’s fat-burning ability, while blocking signals to store calories as fat. Garcinia also encourages raised serotonin levels, keeping you stress free so that your body does not store fat as easily.
Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the muscle tissue and increases protein synthesis as well as help speed up recovery when taken as a supplement.
Also known as Glycerin or Glycerine, Glycerol acts as a solvent for ingredients, as well as a sweetener in supplements. Becoming more common in preworkouts, it also has the added benefit of being hygroscopic (water-drawing), allowing for fuller pumps.
Green Coffee Bean
Green Coffee Bean