GHOST® is bringing the heat!
It goes without argument that GHOST® is one of the coolest brands to grace the supplement industry. From day one they have brought a vibe and established a brand image that competitors could only dream to have. When a brand like this releases a product, we know its going to be something special.
Chromium (as Chromium Nicotinate Glycinate Chelate)
Chromium is a mineral that is classified as an ‘essential trace element’ because the body requires small amounts of Chromium for general health. The main benefit for supplementation with Chromium is its ability to help control blood sugar levels, this is vital for people suffering from diabetes. Chromium increases the ability of insulin to bind to the cells in our body which increases the bodies ability to regulate blood sugar levels. Chromium Nicotinate Glycinate Chelate is a particular form of Chromium, made up of Chromium Nicotinate that has been chelated (chemically bonded) to the amino acid Glycine. This process is done to help increase the efficiency of absorption and enhance its benefits in the body.
Dose p/serve: 1,000 mcg of Chromium Nicotinate Glycinate Chelate
Recommended dosage: 200 – 1,000 mcg of Chromium Nicotinate Glycinate Chelate per serve
L-Carnitine Tartrate & Acetyl L-Carnitine HCl
L-Carnitine is an amino acid derivative that is used by the body to transport fatty acids into the muscle cells to be utilised for energy. There are many different forms of L-Carnitine that are found in our diets and also through supplementation. Acetyl L-Carnitine is probably the most well-known form for is the ability to also assist in improving mental cognition and mental energy. L-Carnitine Tartrate is very common is sports supplements due to its fast absorption rate as well as its ability to aid muscle recovery and soreness in athletes. L-Carnitine is commonly referred to as our ‘Fat Metaboliser’ for its ability of fatty acid transport within the body. It is a highly effective and important element of fat loss supplementation.
1,500 mg of L-Carnitine Tartrate
1,500 mg of Acetyl L-Carnitine
1,000 – 4,000 mg of L-Carnitine Tartrate per serve
1,000 – 3,000 mg of Acetyl L-Carnitine per serve
Choline DL-Bitartrate or ‘Choline Salt’ is a specific variation of the nutrient Choline. Choline stimulates the formation of Acetylcholine, a vital neurotransmitter compound involved in all key brain functions and mental sharpness. Choline will help support cognition, mental alertness and delay the onset of mental fatigue.
Dose p/serve: 1,000 mg of Choline DL-Bitartrate
Recommended dosage: 500 – 2,000 mg of Choline DL-Bitartrate per serve
KSM-66® Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) Root Extract
KSM-66® is a trademarked extract of Ashwagandha, commonly referred to as the worlds best Ashwagandha extract! KSM-66® Ashwagandha has been clinically proven to help reduce stress, anxiety, cortisol levels and stress-related food cravings. On top of this, it has been shown to improve hormone levels and enhance sexual performance in both men and women. KSM-66® Ashwagandha has even been shown to enhance memory, cognition, strength, performance and recovery… yes it is a very very valuable ingredient.
Dose p/serve: 600 mg of KSM-66® Ashwagandha Root Extract
Recommended dosage: 675 mg of KSM-66® Ashwagandha Root Extract per day
L-Tyrosine is a non-essential amino acid that is produced in the body from another amino acid called phenylalanine. L-Tyrosine is used by the body to create some very important hormones.
Dopamine – the feel good hormone
Adrenaline and Noradrenaline – responsible for managing our fight or flight response
Thyroid Hormones – responsible for regulating metabolism
All of these are produced and regulated by L-Tyrosine in the body. L-Tyrosine is a big player in creating a good mood, focus and mental alertness.
Dose p/serve: 500 mg of L-Tyrosine
Recommended dosage: 500 – 2,000 mg of L-Tyrosine per serve
Caffeine is the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive drug. Caffeine is a stimulant which means it speeds up the communication of messages between the brain and body. Caffeine is found in a variety of products such as Coffee, Tea, Soft Drinks, Energy Drinks and Energy Supplements. Caffeine hits the adenosine receptor so it can no longer fire the fatigue signal in the body.
Dose p/serve: 350 mg of Caffeine per serve.
Recommended dosage: There is no clinical dose for caffeine.
NeuroFactor Coffee (Coffea arabica) Fruit Extract
NeuroFactor is a patented all-natural extract of whole fruit from the Coffee arabica plant. NeuroFactor has been shown to significantly increase levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a protein that is responsible for the development, differentiation, and protection of neurons in the central and peripheral nervous system and plays a role in cognitive and mental health. Studies showed more than 140% increase in BDNF from 100mg dose of NeuroFactor, whereas there was no significant increase in subjects who were given brewed coffee, green coffee bean extract, natural coffee caffeine, grape seed extract, or chlorogenic acid.
Dose p/serve: 100 mg of NeuroFactor Coffee Fruit Extract
Recommended dosage: 100 mg of NeuroFactor Coffee Fruit Extract
Grains of Paradise (Aframomum melegueta) Seed extract (std. to 12% 6-paradol)
Grains of Paradise Seed, also known as Aframomum Melegueta, is a spice belonging to the Ginger family. Grains of Paradise is utilised for containing a chemical component known as 6-Paradol. This component is the active part of the Grains of Paradise Seed extract and is responsible for its benefits. Grains of Paradise helps the conversion of White Adipose Tissue (WAT) into Brown Adipose Tissue (BAT). WAT is tissue that stores our excess energy whereas BAT is the tissue that is used in our bodies process of thermogenesis, energy expenditure and also our body fat content. We want more BAT in our body than WAT. Grains of Paradise, yielding the 6-Paradol compound, is a very potent thermogenic ingredient.
Dose p/serve: 40 mg of Grains of Paradise Seed extract (std. to 12% 6-paradol)
Recommended dosage: 30 – 50 mg of Grains of Paradise Seed extract (std. to 12% 6-paradol)
Synephrine (as Synephrine HCl)
Synephrine is stimulant that is found naturally occurring in a type of citrus fruit, bitter orange. Synephrine can be found in supplements in many forms but most commonly it would have been extracted and synthesized from the Bitter Orange extract. Synephrine has been shown to increase the bodies metabolic rate, with studies showing a dose of 50mg per day increasing test subjects caloric expenditure by over 65 calories per day. Synephrine is often referred to as the new ephedrine due to its chemical structure, unlike ephedrine, synephrine hasn’t been found to have the same side effects that supplementing with ephedrine brought.
Dose p/serve: 30 mg of Synephrine (as Synephrine HCl)
Recommended dosage: 30 – 50 mg of Synephrine (as Synephrine HCl)
Theobromine is a naturally occurring bitter alkaloid of the cacao plant, yes it is in chocolate. Theobromine is a stimulant and elicits similar effects to that of caffeine in the body. Physical effects range from increases in heart rate but then decreases in blood pressure, while mental alertness and cognition are all improved with Theobromine. Theobromine is often paired up with caffeine in formulas as they appear to have a complementary effect when combined together. Theobromine also has a widening effect on blood vessels, which the reasoning for the lowering of blood pressure, this also has a positive effect on performance similar to nitric oxide boosters.
Dose p/serve: 20 mg of Theobromine
Recommended dosage: 50 – 100 mg of Theobromine per serve
BioPerine® Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) extract
BioPerine® is nothing new to the supplement industry, it is possibly one of the most used and utilised ingredients across ALL types of supplements. BioPerine® is a patented Black Pepper Extract that has the primary purpose of increasing nutrient absorption of other supplement ingredients. Referred to as ‘bio-enhancement’, this simply means you will be able to better absorb and then better utilise the ingredients that are in the supplement. Its all well and good to have an amazing formula, but if you can’t absorb everything it will go to waste. Another benefit of BioPerine® supplementation is increased thermogenesis. Black Pepper Extract has been shown to improving our bodies ability to break down fats, increase internal temperature thus improving our metabolism through thermogenesis.
Dose p/serve: 10 mg of BioPerine® Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) extract
Recommended dosage: 5 – 10 mg of BioPerine® Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) extract per serve
Talk about jam-packed formulas! GHOST® have not cut any corners when putting together this formula and it shows when you break it down…
Fat Metabolism – Acetyl L-Carnitine, L-Carnitine Tartrate
Thermogenesis – Grains of Paradise, Synephrine
Blood Sugar Management – Chromium
Appetite Control – KSM-66® Ashwagandha Root Extract, Chromium
Improved Mood – Choline, KSM-66® Ashwagandha Root Extract & L-Tyrosine
Mental Focus – Caffeine, Acetyl L-Carnitine, NeuroFactor, Choline & L-Tyrosine
Physical Performance – Caffeine, Synephrine HCl & Theobromine
Like we said, GHOST® have not cut any corners, which is very refreshing to see in the fat burner market. Starting from the top and working your way down the list of ingredients; almost everything has been dosed within the clinical dose range. Youve got fat metabolism & thermogenesis covered for your physical fat burning effects. The added bonus of ingredients to help support blood sugar management as well as appetite control; then you have the energy & focus.
One element stands out for sure in GHOST® Burn and that’s the mental focus. With a minimum of 5, of the total 12 ingredients, having a direct effect on mental focus it’s bound to be impressive. Oh and if you want to include energy that brings it up to 7 of 12 ingredients orientated towards energy and focus thats almost 60% of the formula!
And this is how GHOST® really separate themselves from a lot of the market. Generally, you will see a formula have a well put together, let’s call it an active fat burning blend, with all physical aspects of fat burning supplementation covered but then check in some caffeine and hope for the best. Or you see a fat burner with an impeccable focus and energy blend but then their active fat burning blend contains underdosed L-Carnitine and not a single thermogenic ingredient.
On paper, GHOST® Burn is neither of these because it’s the best of both options. They have a very well put together active fat burning blend BUT they have come through with one of the most impressive mental focus and energy blends we have seen in a fat burner.
Taste & Consumability:
If you have tried a GHOST® product you know there is one thing they do not rush and that is flavouring. From pres to proteins they quickly established themselves as having some of the best-flavoured supplements on the market. Then throw in their exclusive flavours in collaboration with the confectionery manufacturers of products like WARHEADS, Sour Patch Kids and Swedish Fish, they have changed the game of supplement flavours.
Well cut to the chase, theyve nailed it. Not that we expected anything less. WARHEADS® Sour Watermelon & WARHEADS® Sour Green Apple are simply amazing. It was without argument that we regard these two flavours as some of the best-flavoured supplements on the market. What about Mango? Don’t get it twisted, mango is a delicious mango flavour, possibly one of the best mango flavoured fat burners we have tried. But when compared to the sour WARHEADS® flavours the mango gets put as the third favourite for us. However, not everyone is going to love a sour flavour which is exactly why GHOST® would have made mango as a flavour.
When it comes to the physical effects of fat burners it often comes down to a very fine balancing act. There are a few physical effects that we look to feel from a fat burner
Increased Mental Alertness / Cognition
Increased Body Temperature
The balancing act comes with increased body temperature and increased energy. Create a formula that has the perfect blend of stimulants and nootropics for energy but then make the thermogenic blend TOO strong and you will have a product that is fantastic for cardio but something users won’t want to take during the day or anytime when they don’t want to be drenched in sweat.
On the flip side, have a formula with the perfect thermogenic blend for just the right amount of increased body temperature but lacking in energy and focus and you will have a formula people will take more than a recommended serve of and then complain the now higher dosed thermogenic blend is too much.
GHOST® Burn as found the sweet spot of these two factors. The single scoop serve provides a really enjoyable boost in energy and focus that is perfect as a mid-morning or mid-arvo pick-me-up while at work. While the thermogenic effects of a single scoop won’t leave you sitting in a puddle of sweat at your desk or cranking the air-con in the office. However, take a single scoop before your morning cardio and you notice the increased thermogenic effects. Its almost as if GHOST® Burns thermogenic effects ramp up with an increased heart rate from exercise.
The two scoop serve of GHOST® Burn is something else. Literally, something else. The energy and focus are comparable to some of our favourite pre-workouts. Surprisingly though, when we threw in a HIIT workout into the mix, the two scoops didnt leave us with an extremely high heart rate. Despite having a similar stimulant level as products we would normally consider too high for cardio or HIIT training; the blend in GHOST® Burn was more than enough energy but not too much that it had us wondering if this was the end after each set.
The thermogenic effects from two scoops were considerably more noticeable but still not at that point of cold sweats, irregular temperature control and general discomfort. Most importantly was that the thermogenic effects didnt continue indefinitely after the exercise was done. We found ourselves able to finish training, cool down, shower and get dressed without having to dry ourselves 4 times. If you know what we mean, you know what we mean about that
What’s The Verdict:
GHOST® has come through with another product that provides an impressive formula, enjoyable effects and incredible flavours. Burn is possibly their most impressive formulas to date and has really cemented the fact that GHOST® is not just here to be the cool brand of the industry with the best labels, best athletes and best flavours. They are here to provide us with some of the best quality products on the market today. GHOST® Burn is one product you need to try.