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Beast Super Sauna Thermogenic Powder – Get Your Towel Ready!

Do you like working up a sweat when doing cardio or weight training? If so, then grab a towel and get ready to kick your perspiration system into high-gear, because this unique new supplement is just for you… and it isn’t using any stimulants to make it happen!

Beast Super Sauna

Beast Super Sauna has a couple of ingredients we love, and a new one that’s getting ‘hot’ lately… and it’s going to make you sweat!

Beast Sports Nutrition, best known for their famous Beast Mode and Beast Mode Black pre workout supplements, wanted a way to bring a thermogenic, metabolism-boosting, feel-good sweat. So they bringing the sauna to your supplement shelf:

Beast’s Super Sauna is a stimulant-free workout enhancer that claims you’ll “sweat your ass off”, and judging from its label and how it’s working for us so far… we have to say that they’re living up to those claims.

It’s powered by a ‘hot’ new ingredient (both literally and figuratively), gamma-butyrobetaine ethyl ester, and another spicy hot ingredient we’ve been raving about for years.

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Now let’s enter the sauna:

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With just a few ingredients, it should be simple to analyze now, right? Not necessarily, since one of them is quite new:

The Beast Super Sauna Ingredients

Super Sauna Black has a partially-open, partially proprietary blended formula:

  • L-Carnitine L-Tartrate (1g)

    Beast Super Sauna Ingredients

    The Super Sauna Ingredients (Lemon Dropkick flavor) – that GBB is said to make you sweat! One difference with the Sweet Heat flavor is that they use natural beet root extract for color.

    Kicking off the “Fat-Burning Metabolism Compound” in the formula, L-Carnitine L-Tartrate is the first of two forms of carnitine found in Super Sauna. Also known as LCLT, is a highly bioavailable form that we enjoy using when it comes to exercise and training.

    Reason being, a study showed that LCLT was able to suppress ammonia build-up after intense exercise, and the researchers hypothesized that it could possibly reduce metabolic stress because of that.[1] However, it’s important to note that the study was performed with 2g, and each serving here in Super Sauna has 1g of LCLT, and we don’t recommend double-scooping this, so keep that in mind!

    You can consider carnitine to be your body’s own “natural fat burner” in ways, since it’s the compound that transports fatty acids into the mitochondria in order to be burned for energy. That begs the question, does additional supplemental carnitine help with weight loss?

    Ultimately, the answer to that is “it depends”, and it seems that the best studies come from those who are carnitine deficient – typically the elderly,[2] vegans, vegetarians, and anyone else who doesn’t eat much red meat – but much of that is based upon the fact that they are deficient[3] – there unfortunately isn’t enough targeted weight loss research on them.

    L-Carnitine L-Tartrate

    LCLT is the form of L-Carnitine that you want if you’re into building muscle and burning fat!

    When it comes to blood sugar status, 3g of LCLT decreases both heart rate and blood glucose levels,[4,5] so there could be a minor helping effect here, although we’re expecting you to get your heart rate up when using Super Sauna!

    Long story short, this is a great workout amino acid and the pros definitely outweigh the cons, yet not everyone will have the same effect from it, and 2g is more often the dose used in clinical settings.

  • High-Potency Thermogenic Sweat Compound (60mg)

    This is the proprietary blend of three ingredients, and is where things get interesting… and heated:

    • Grains of Paradise (Afromomum melegueta) Extract (seed)

      Our favorite stimulant-free weight loss agent, the Grains of Paradise are back!

      Grains of Paradise

      They’re not just for cooking anymore! This article cites some research how the proper extract from these seeds can be used for weight loss and body recomposition!

      This is more than just an exotic cooking spice. We’re not sure how Beast is extracting this one, but if they’re using the good stuff, then you will see high amounts of the constituents 6-paradol, 6-shogaol, and 6-gingerol (found in ginger).

      It’s suggested that these are the three compounds that do most of the fat-fighting, and they work in unique ways — by activating brown adipose tissue (BAT),[6,7] which yield greater energy expenditure.[8] Users experienced an average of 6% increase in metabolic rate – not bad for a non-stimulant ingredient!

      There are two good human studies worth covering:

      1. Fat-loss in females at 10mg, three times daily[9]

        In this study, after four weeks of usage, the Grains of Paradise group experienced decreased visceral fat in the lower abdomen — and the placebo group actually gained visceral fat during that time!

        This was done without any exercise or diet modifications.

        We’re not sure if we will have 30mg of grains of paradise in Super Sauna to ‘match’ that daily dose, but there’s a good chance we will (assuming the third ingredient of this 60mg blend, BioPerine, is at 5mg like it usually is).

      2. Increased Energy Expenditure from 40mg/day[6]
        Grains of Paradise Energy Expenditure

        Energy expenditure change (ΔEE) after oral ingestion of grains of paradise (GP) extract and placebo. ΔEE before (0 h) and after oral ingestion of 40 mg GP extract (●) or placebo (○). (a), (b) Δ EE, (c), (d) ΔEE adjusted for fat-free mass (FFM), (a), (c) brown adipose tissue (BAT)-positive group (n 12), (b), (d) BAT-negative group (n 7).[7]

        There’s a solid chance we won’t hit this dose in Super Sauna, but hopefully close enough. This time, healthy-aged men were given grains of paradise, and researchers determined that those who had taken the actual extract had a significantly larger energy expenditure, likely due to increased brown adipose tissue activity.[6]

      You can definitely “feel” this ingredient working, and it has a nice spicy taste to it that supplement companies have finally figured out how to properly mask.

      We only wish we knew the dosage and extract strengths – maybe Beast will open them up so we can have a guaranteed consistent experience from batch to batch!

    • Gamma-Butyrobetaine ethyl ester HCl

      Now this is where things really turn into a sauna. More easily known as GBB, Gamma-Butyrobetaine ethyl ester HCl is the next ingredient to try if you like a seriously thermogenic sweat — making Super Sauna the next supplement to try.

      Gamma Butyrobetaine Pathway

      Hypothesized relationship between mildronate action and NO biosynthesis. Mildronate inhibits GBB hydroxylation and increases the intracellular pool
      of GBB; a part of GBB is released from cells and after esterification, it forms potent cholinomimetics, the GBB esters; GBB esters, via acetylcholine receptors
      on endothelial cells activate eNOS.[14]

      The more research we do on this compound, the more interesting things get:

      A “Super Carnitine”?

      GBB is known as a form of “super carnitine” (it’s actually a precursor to L-Carnitine) because it’s been shown to increase carnitine production by over 300% in both infants and in adults![10,11] In those studies, carnitine excretion went up over 40x, which indicates that there is indeed greater carnitine production. This leads to the slew of benefits that come from having more carnitine available to the mitochondria.

      Nitric Oxide Enhancement?

      In high concentrations, GBB has been shown to increase nitric oxide production,[12] but it seems even more potent when mixed with other NO ingredients, which is why it’s interestingly found in some drug-based patents to make for more potent “pumps”.[13]

      …but no unwanted drop in blood pressure

      In a study making sure that GBB itself does not interfere with acetylcholine levels (via the muscarinic receptor) like the methylester of GBB does (GBB-ME), researchers noted that GBB did not affect systolic or diastolic blood pressure on rats.[14] Blood pressure lowering compounds are often beneficial, but in this case, this finding is good news, since we don’t want to mess with the acetylcholine system like muscarinic antagonists do – and GBB itself did not fall into that classification in that study.

      Dose?
      Beast Super Sauna Sweat

      Big claims, and this GBB ingredient here is the one to do it!

      Unfortunately this is a proprietary blend, but we have been seeing this at 20-25mg pretty consistently, and we’re guessing this is in line with that range.

      What a fascinating ingredient this is. Expect to hear more from us on this, as we plan to do the deep dive in the future.

    • Bioperine Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) Extract (Fruit)

      As if things weren’t spicy enough, we’ve got to add the black pepper extract to help enhance absorption! This is where Bioperine helps, although its best study was done on curcumin, an ingredient not in here. There stands a good chance that it will mix quite will with the grains of paradise though.

      Typically we see 5mg as the standard dose – more than that and things get a bit too ‘sneezy’, but we can’t be sure with a proprietary formula.

  • Extras and Others

    There’s also the vitamins and other ingredients portions of the labels:

    Vitamins and Minerals

    There’s also 30mg Vitamin C (50% DV), and trace amounts of sodium and potassium (2% DV and 1% DV respectively), which likely came along for the ride in the flavoring system.

    Why Glycine?

    Beast BCAA Ripped Super Sauna Stack

    If you thought Super Sauna was interesting, wait until you try Beast’s BCAA Ripped – one of the most unique BCAAs ever!

    Besides that, glycine is included, and given that there’s 5g of powder yet just 1.1g or so of active ingredients, we have to believe that there’s a pretty serious dose of it in here.

    While Super Sauna is indeed a workout supplement, this could be a disappointment for keto dieters, since glycine is a highly glucogenic amino acid. We don’t know the dose here, but 5g of glycine has been consistently shown to increase blood sugar levels and lower blood ketone levels (for Mike, at least).[15]

    The good news is that when used during exercise, any blood glucose produced will get rapidly utilized, and some newer mice research shows some potential anabolic effects,[16] so for most people, glycine is a good ingredient (so long as it’s not spiked in protein powder) – it depends on who you are!

    Our guess was that this is here for flavoring help, given that it’s actually a tasty amino acid, and that was true, as Beast responded:

    The Grains of Paradise ingredient has an extreme spice to it. Glycine helps cut the spice and compliment the flavors into something more palpable.

    Also note that there’s some maltodextrin, but it’s going to be just in trace amounts after the flavor and silicon dioxide – just for anti-caking purposes, but not enough to be a concern. We’ve asked Beast what the purpose of glycine is, though.

Beast Sports Nutrition

The Strongest Name in Sports Nutrition is staging a comeback. Are you on the Beast Bandwagon?

Truth be told, the reason we’re here, and the reason we started talking to Beast is because of this product and the GBB ingredient specifically. We have a few more Beast-based posts to come, now that we’re learning how the veteran brand is recharging its batteries and launching new products and materials, but it was a conversation about GBB, and thus Super Sauna Black, which started that entire discussion.

As a crew who has no problem sweating it out here in Texas, color us interested:

Flavors available

Brandon Hendrickson

We interviewed champion bodybuilder Brandon Hendrickson at the 2018 Arnold here — this guy is a stud, and definitely way intense enough to put “Beast” on his shirt!

Super Suana Black comes in two flavors, both of which Team PricePlow has reviewed above:

  • Lemon Dropkick
  • Sweet Heat

Given that grains of paradise is a spice in its own right, you know this is going to have some punch, and that’s exactly what happened in our review.

No artificial colors

Good news for those of you like us – the Sweet Heat flavor is using natural red beet root extract, and there is no added coloring to the Lemon Dropkick flavor. We appreciate this trend and hope more companies skip the Red #40’s and such – they’re completely unnecessary at this point, especially with a drink you’re going to chug before cardio.

Drink water while on this product!

It goes without saying, but the label stays, “Always try to consume at least 64 fl oz of water daily while using this product”.

Just because this is a “water loss” product doesn’t mean you aren’t supposed to drink water! Stay safe and keep performance high with hydration!

Quick commentary from Beast

One thing we forgot to mention is how they like to stack this:

Super Sauna was designed to compliment our 2Shredded fat burner as another thermogenic without stimulants or to be used by itself as a thermo and water loss product.

Get the towel ready

We always hear about “thermogenic” this and that, but those products are usually based upon tons of stimulants and maybe some capsaicin from cayenne pepper extract. Capsaicin is still cool, but we long forecasted that grains of paradise would be the “next big thing” in terms of stimulant-free ingredients, and we stand by that.

ericaealtman

Beast Athlete @ericaealtman gets ready to get her sweat on with some Super Sauna! See all Beast products on our Beast Sports Nutrition page

We love products with the spice, but it was the GBB that really brought us here. We’re bummed that this is a proprietary blend, and that’s why our review is important — too much grains of paradise and you have too much spice and not enough sweat. But if this is formulated somewhere like 30mg/25mg/5mg grains/GBB/Bioperine, then we think it’ll be done right.

Stay hydrated!

Realize that sweating isn’t necessary to have a good workout, but assuming that you’re well-hydrated and aren’t training in too much heat, we do like using sweat as a general indicator of activity – no citations on that though. If this gets us into that mode faster and helps us mobilize some fats while we’re at it, then all the better.

Beast is making a comeback, and they’re doing some wild stuff with this Black Series, as we’ll cover in a couple future posts. As fans of Beast Mode way back in the day, we’re excited to see what they’ll do, but we do believe that an open formula — including one that shows us extract standardizations — is clearly where the future is headed, and we hope they’ll take part in opening this formula up a bit more.

Now get your towel ready, because nobody wants you turning the gym’s bench into your own personal Super Sauna!

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