- Mimics Insulin
- Optimizes Glycogen Storage
- Harness The Power Of Carbohydrates
One looks at the current diet trends and it becomes clear - carbs are widely considered to be the bad guy. The thing is, if gains are your goal you need quality carbs to help you build lean muscle. There are a few reasons for this. First of all, carbohydrates are the preferred fuel source of the body, they provide energy in the form of glycogen to power your muscles through your workouts. Secondly, as carbs are pulled into the muscle cells, they pull water with them, leading to extreme muscle fullness. Carb depletion, on the other hand, leads to flat-looking muscles as well as a lack of cellular energy – have you ever tried to power through a tough workout when you’re severely carb depleted? It’s not easy, is it?
The problem with carbs comes in when you eat too many because of the excess beyond what your body requires risks being stored as fat. Since muscle growth is affected by calorie intake, the question becomes: how can you eat a high amount of carbs to support muscle growth without fear of fat storage?
To help answer that, we need to look at insulin, which is one of the body’s primary anabolic hormones. However, insulin is like a double-edged sword that cuts both ways. Yes, insulin has anabolic power because it controls how the cells in your body absorb and utilize nutrients such as carbs and protein. However, if you eat too many carbs throughout the day, especially simple carbs, the result will be insulin spikes which can lead to the excess being stored as fat.
Here’s how it works - after you’ve eaten a high carbohydrate meal, the carbs are converted into glucose to be stored in the liver and muscles as glycogen. This is the primary energy source for activities that require short bursts of energy, such as your brutally tough training sessions. If there’s excess glucose in the bloodstream it can be converted to and stored in the body as fat. This happens as a result of consistently eating more carbohydrates than your body can use. So the problem isn’t the carbs themselves, the problem is what insulin does when you eat too many.
What’s needed to solve this dilemma is a quality product that can help the body use those excess carbs for muscle growth and glycogen replenishment instead of fat storage. Of course, Rich Piana 5% Nutrition has sat back and watched only to step in and show the other companies how it’s done with a powerhouse formula designed to mimic the power of insulin without the drawbacks – say hello to Freak Show! This advanced formula helps lower blood glucose levels by transporting excess glucose to the muscle cells to be stored as glycogen instead of being stored as fat. The bottom line is that when you eat a meal that’s high in carbohydrates, Freak Show helps you to get the most out of those carbohydrates by using generously dosed, effective ingredients that help pull those carbs into the muscles to be stored as glycogen and create an insane full look – isn’t that what you want to see when you look in the mirror?
Thiamine (B1) – 100 mg – This is a B Complex vitamin that is required for the metabolism of both carbohydrates and BCAAs. (1) One action of Thiamine is to attach to ATP to create thiamine diphosphate, a coenzyme that plays a role in the metabolism of carbohydrates and in the utilization of pentose in the hexose monophosphate shunt, an alternative glucose oxidation pathway.
Gymnema Sylvestre – 1 Gram - This herb is primarily found in India and supports stable levels of blood sugar. Additionally, it helps drive carbs into your muscle cells – and as mentioned above, also pulls in lots of water for extreme, full-looking muscles. (2)
Banaba Powder – 500 mg - This herb improves glucose delivery to your muscles, which means more energy for your workouts. (3) Additionally, Banaba improves your body’s sensitivity to insulin.
Berberine – 350 mg - This herb is well-known for its ability to lower blood glucose and enhance the absorption of glucose in your muscle cells. (4) This ingredient is a potent glucose regulator meant to be used with high carb meals, such as when you eat a carb-heavy cheat meal or eat a high amount of carbs in your pre-workout meal.
Cinnamon Extract – 300 mg - This popular spice is a popular culinary ingredient that’s also been clinically shown to reduce blood glucose levels. (5)
Bitter Melon 4:1 – 300 mg - This ingredient has a long history in traditional medicines for diabetes and respiratory problems. Recent research has suggested that Bitter Melon reduces blood glucose levels while also increasing serum levels of protein. (6)
Na-R[+]-Alpha Lipoic Acid – 200 mg – Well-known as an antioxidant, Alpha Lipoic Acid is a fatty acid that’s found in the mitochondria. It plays a key role in energy metabolism. (7) This version binds ALA to a sodium salt which makes it more soluble and more bioavailable than standard ALA.
Chromium – 400 mcg – This ingredient is an essential trace mineral that’s essential for the proper metabolism of insulin.
Fenugreek – 100 mg – This is typically something you see in a test booster – so what’s it doing here? Simple - Fenugreek has been shown to reduce blood glucose levels– just as you expect, 5% is at the forefront of research. (8)
As you can see, Freak Show is a potent formula that can use your carbs to take your results to a higher level. Freak Show steps ahead of the crowd with effective dosing using researched ingredients and full disclosure labeling – so you can hunt the kind of gains that’ll turn you into a freak!
Control Your Carbs With Freak Show by Rich Piana 5% Nutrition!