Wham Bam Thank You Uncle Sam!
Seaweed extract, Capsicum extract, a herb and some bark and thats just half the formula! Merica Labz always put their own twist on typical formulas and Uncle Bam is no different. This capsule based fat burner is definitely different from what youve used before!
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 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.
Dose p/serve: 500 mg of Acetyl L-Carnitine per serve
Recommended dosage: 1,000 – 3,000 mg of Acetyl L-Carnitine 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: 250 mg of Caffeine per serve
Recommended dosage: There is no clinical dose for caffeine
Caulerpa Okamurae Extract (algae)(50% sodium alginate)
Caulerpa Okamurae is a seaweed belonging to the algae family. This seaweed extract has been shown to have a positive effect on weight loss in studies. Most importantly, it has been studied to prevent the storage of fat cells by inhibiting the process of Adipogenesis. This is the process of pre-adipocyte cells becoming adipocyte cells, which as the cells used to store energy as fat. By preventing this process we are restricting the bodies ability to store fat. As well as this, Caulerpa Okamurae extract has been shown to reduce plasma and liver fat levels which have a positive effect on health.
Dose p/serve: 200 mg of Caulerpa Okamurae Extract per serve
Recommended dosage: There is no clinical dose for Caulerpa Okamurae Extract
Bacopa Monnieri Extract (whole plant)(50% bacosides)
Bacopa Monnieri is a herb that has both mental and physical benefits when supplemented. From a mental standpoint Bacopa Monnieri boosts memory; from the ability to acquire and remember new information to the ability to convert short term memories into long term memories to then be recalled later. On a more physical level, Bacopa Monnieri is an effective antioxidant and anti-inflammatory herb. Reduction of inflammation in the body is a function that we can all benefit from regardless of our goal and who we are.
Dose p/serve: 150 mg of Bacopa Monnieri Extract per serve
Recommended dosage: 200 – 300 mg of Bacopa Monnieri Extract per serve
Berberis Aristata Extract (bark)(97% berberine)
Berberine is a compound that is found in a number of plants such as the group of shrubs called Berberis. Berberine plays a major role in the activation, at a molecular level, of the enzyme AMPK which is responsible for regulating the metabolism. Berberine is also very effective at lowering blood sugar levels which have made it a very effective supplement for those suffering from Diabetes. There have also been studies looking at the physical effects of Berberine on weight loss, with all subjects showing improved weight loss with the use of Berberine. It is important to note the % of Berberine being yielded as extracts will vary and that will affect the dosing required.
Dose p/serve: 130 mg of Berberis Aristata Extract per serve
Recommended dosage: 500 – 1,000 mg of Berberis Aristata Extract per serve
Dynamine 40% (as Methyliberine)
Dynamine, technically known as methylliberine, is a trademarked purine alkaloid found in the Kucha tea leaf and produced by the ingredient manufacturer Compound Solutions. Its a derivative of caffeine and its molecular structure is similar to TeaCrine® and with that similar structure, methylliberine may amplify feelings of energy, mood and focus by activating dopamine receptors and other key neurotransmitters, inhibiting adenosine receptors, all without elevating heart rate or blood pressure. Where Dynamine differs to TeaCrine® is the speed at which these effects onset, Dynamine is designed to go to work immediately, with effects being experienced after only 15 minutes. It has been designed to work perfectly with Caffeine and TeaCrine®.
Dose p/serve: 125 mg of Dynamine per serve
Recommended dosage: 100 – 300 mg of Dynamine per serve
Capsimax® Capsicum Annum Extract (fruit)(2% Capsaicinoids)
Capsimax® is a proprietary Capsicum extract that has been specifically designed to provide all the benefits of red hot peppers without the burn. When we refer to ‘red hot peppers’ we are referring to chilli peppers. Capsaicinoids are the bioactive element of red hot peppers that have been studied to aid in weight loss in over 1,000 subjects of varying ages & body weights. The issue with using the whole food source of capsaicinoids is the extreme spiciness and heat that comes from their consumption. Capsimax is a naturally sourced extract of red hot chilli peppers that provides all the benefits of capsaicinoids without the chilli burn.
Dose p/serve: 50 mg of Capsimax® per serve
Recommended dosage: 50 – 100 mg of Capsimax® per serve
N-Coumaroyldopamine is a beta-2 adrenoreceptor agonist that is commonly found in plants including cocoa (also known as Theobroma cacao L.). N-Coumaroyldopamine has the ability to raise levels of cAMP in the body. cAMP is a messenger that is involved in regulating a huge number of process in the body such as metabolic rate, lipolysis, increase blood flow, increased nutrient and oxygen delivery to muscles. Supplementing with N-Coumaroyldopamine hosts a number of benefits that are favourable to those wanting to lose body fat and build / maintain muscle mass.
Dose p/serve: 20 mg of N-Coumaroyldopamine per serve
Recommended dosage: 20 – 40 mg of N-Coumaroyldopamine per serve
A very unique formula to say the least and for a lot of people, possibly a very confusing formula at first glance, so lets breakdown the main purpose of each ingredient:
Acetyl L-Carnitine – Fat Metabolism
Caffeine Anhydrous – Energy & Mental Focus
Caulerpa Okamurae Extract – Prevention of Fat Storage
Bacopa Monnieri Extract – Antioxidant & Anti-Inflammatory
Berberis Aristata Extract – Blood Sugar Management
Dynamine – Energy & Mental Focus
Capsimax® – Thermogenesis
N-Coumaroyldopamine – Increased Metabolic Rate
Okay, now things seem a lot clearer, there are a lot of important elements of fat loss supplementation being covered. In fact, there really is a lot of important elements being tackled. From the blood sugar management of Berberine to the pure thermogenesis of Capsimax® and then the unique properties of the Caulerpa Okamurae Extract.
8 ingredients that have been carefully thought about and selected with only 2 having any direct overlap, Caffeine and Dynamine. But we also know the synergistic effect of those two ingredients when combined is better than any other combination currently available. Its safe to say we are impressed with the ingredient choices in Uncle Bam.
As for the dosing of these ingredients, were a bit undecided. Fat burners like Uncle Bam can be taken once or twice a day. 250 mg of Caffeine can be more than enough to power through a whole day for some, while for others, they might consider the amount they need to wake up lets be real, weve all been there before. Stimulants aside though, it’s the active ingredients we are referring to.
Take away the 2 stimulants and we are left with 6 ingredients. Of those 6 ingredients, only 2 are at the level we consider to be clinical or efficacious dosing. Were not going to sugar coat it, in the single (2 capsule) serve there are ingredients that are underdosed. The tricky part is, when you take the 2nd serve of Uncle Bam in a day, all of those ingredients will be meeting the minimum clinical dose. Except for the seaweed extract, because we couldnt find enough data of dosages used in the studies to determine a clinical dose.
Acetyl L-Carnitine, Caulerpa Okamurae Extract, Bacopa Monnieri & Berberine are the underdosed ingredients we are referring to. Were not surprised about Acetyl L-Carnitine because even in powdered supplements its hard to get a clinical dose from companies. As for the other 3, does it really matter?
You are getting a clinical dose of Capsimax® for your pure thermogenesis. You are getting a clinical dose of N-Coumaroyldopamine for your increased metabolic rate (and the numerous other benefits this ingredient holds). Throw in a well-balanced dose of Caffeine and Dynamine and youve really got a product you will FEEL!
Taste & Consumability:
Capsule products always bring divided opinions. When youre talking about hormonal, muscle building or even vitamins and minerals, no one bats an eyelid at a capsule-based formula. The dose is set so you can’t over or under scoop, because you usually take these products at the same time each day the simplicity of capsules is appealing BUT, most of all, those hormonal, muscle building and even vitamin and mineral ingredients taste horrible and trying to flavour them is never going to work out.
However, especially here in Australia, we love to drink, taste and enjoy our fat burners, pre-workouts and of course proteins. Mainly because most pre-workouts and fat burners have to be in powder form to be imported into Australia, but as regulations change we have seen a lot more capsule-based products making their way in. Personally, we love the option of having a capsule fat burner, sometimes the last thing you want to do in the morning is having to drink down a heavily flavoured, ‘extracty’ after-tasting syrup simple as that.
We will give a mention to the serving size Merica Labz has gone for. 2 capsules is a nice, simple serving size. Simple enough to not mess up, and not end up with a handful of capsules you need to choke down. But most importantly it really makes customising the serving size really simple. 1 capsule will provide 125 mg of Caffeine and 62.5 mg of Dynamine which could be a nice little bump for that mid-arvo slump.
We mentioned with the dosing this looks to be a product that has been focused on the FEEL you get from taking Uncle Bam. To be clear, we are not referring to feeling the fat metabolism, the prevention of fat storage, blood sugar management and even the antioxidant intake regardless of the dosage, we are not going to FEEL those effects.
Were talking about the energy, the mental focus, the increased thermogenesis (heat) and the increased athletic performance because let’s be real, 90% of us will take this product before some kind of cardiovascular training.
First things first, the energy! Like genuinely, the first thing you will feel after taking your first 2 capsule serve is the energy and especially how quickly it comes on. Were not sure if it’s the capsule delivery system or the Dynamine/Caffeine combo or both! But we were almost caught off guard by how quickly we noticed that surge in energy and alertness from our very first serve of Uncle Bam.
People often ask how can you tell the difference between Caffeine alone and a Dynamine & Caffeine combo. Uncle Bam is the perfect example of this difference, while you get the increased energy you would from any caffeine-based formula, it’s the mental alertness, clarity and rapid onset of the energy that is the doing of Dynamine. If you have tried a formula using Dynamine, then you know what we are talking about.
Now that energy is covered we can get into the thermogenics of this fat burner. Capsimax® is our thermogenic driver here in Uncle Bam. Dose wise we are right on the start of clinical or half the maximum dose, depending on how you look at it. The effects reflect this perfectly, you can tell you feel warmer, you will sweat more once you are training but its not a stupidly high dose that has you sitting at your desk sweating bullets going through the morning’s emails. This is certainly a case of more, not being better! The dose of Capsimax® is the perfect amount to illicit the effects we feel are right on the money!
What’s The Verdict?
‘Merica Labz really grabbed our attention with the formula of Uncle Bam. They always seem to have a slightly unique approach to their formulas that we have come to enjoy and Uncle Bam is no different. With energy, both mental and physical, you can actually feel/ notice/ use and enjoy being paired with just the right amount of thermogenics and then topped off with some novel ingredients that promise some impressive benefits. Make sure Uncle Bam is on the top of your shopping list next restock!