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Universal Nutrition Animal Cuts

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Universal Animal Cuts is supplement that will get you ripped and peeled – that is according to the information printed on the packaging. This strong looking diet pill is crammed with some powerful looking ingredients but some customers say all it has given them is heartburn.

We take a look at Universal Animal Cuts to find out more.

Animal Cuts Pros

  • None

Animal Cuts Cons

  • High risk of potentially dangerous side effects
  • No evidence it will work in the way as described
  • Confusion in the ingredients profile
  • Information on money-back guarantee?
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Universal Nutrition Animal Cuts

Universal Nutrition Animal Cuts Review

Animal Cuts Facts

  • Supplement by Universal Nutrition based in NJ, USA
  • Comes in packages of 42 sachets (21 days supply)
  • Daily serving amount is 8500 mg

Universal Animal Cuts is a body builder’s supplement that the makers describe as the ultimate fat burning pak and cutting supplement.

Universal Animal Cuts is mainly aimed at the special needs of bodybuilders, however according to customer feedback, plenty of” ordinary” people have used this supplement too.

Cutting is just another word for losing weight but it is important to body builders because of the need to alternate between a bulking phase – building muscle and eating to support this growth, followed by a cutting phase.

The cutting phase is a period of dieting which helps you lose fat without also losing the muscle mass you may have just gained. This gets you ripped and peeled or in other words gets you well-defined muscles.

Universal Animal Cuts looks like a strong fat burner and according to the product advertising is an all-inclusive product, which acts like several supplements all rolled into one.

This supplement contains 40 ingredients in a blend of eight specifically designed complexes .The daily dose is 8500mg of ingredients. It looks strong!

Universal Animal Cuts contains:

  • The Thermogenic Complex
  • The Metabolic complex
  • Thyroid complex with the main ingredient amino acid L Tyrosine
  • Diuretic Complex – in some information this is renamed as the Definition Complex
  • Nootropic Complex – Ingredients believed to lift mood and boost mental performance
  • Cortisol Inhibiting Complex to reduce stress hormone cortisol believed to be the cause of abdomen weight gain
  • CCK Boosting complex – CCK or Cholecystokinin. is a peptide digestive hormone responsible for stimulating digestion of fat and protein
  • Bioavailability Complex – ingredients believed to enhance the absorption of the other ingredients.

How to use Universal Animal Cuts

Take every day for 21 consecutive days.
Take one pack in the morning and another 4 to 6 hours later.

Universal Animal Cuts is not a new supplement. It has been around for a decade but was re worked in 2009 with a new formula.

Unlike other diet pills on the market body builder supplements always claim to be dangerous and hard-core. Sometimes these claims are exaggerated but Universal Animal Cuts must be one of the most macho supplements we have ever seen and judging by the customer feedback, this supplement is too strong and just too unpleasant to take for many people.

Universal Nutrition is a well established supplements company based in the USA. The company address is:

Universal Nutrition
3 Terminal Rd
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: 800.872.0101:

Other Universal Nutrition supplements in the Animal range include Animal Stak – a supplement designed to boost testosterone and other hormones, Animal Pak – a training supplement designed to support nutrition and Animal PM – a supplement to help you sleep and tailored specifically to the unique needs of “balls-to-the-wall” training bodybuilders.

Universal Nutrition Animal Cuts Concerns:

  • Contains too many unproven and unsafe ingredients
  • No evidence it will help you lose weight
  • Glosses over the safety risks and tries to get bodybuilders to do the same

What Does Universal Nutrition Animal Cuts Claim To Do?

Animal Cuts is;

Designed specifically with the needs of advanced bodybuilders in mind

The speed that is works is important and according to Universal:

Cuts was formulated to produce dramatic changes in an athlete’s physique in a brief period of time.

There are three key features:

  • Helps shed subcutaneous fat and subcutaneous water
  • Helps lean muscle mass look more defined
  • Ephedra free

Universal Animal Cuts is not a magic diet pill. You have to put in some effort. As the product information explains:

It is up to you to supply the desire, to stay on your diet and eat clean, to bring it in the gym and on the treadmill. You put in the hard work and Cuts will take care of the rest.

According to Universal Nutrition,

The higher our standards, the better our products, the more legit your results.
Cuz at the end of the day, just like us, results are all you give a f*ck about anyway.

Well not really Universal! Some of us care about side effects and our long term health and not just about whether we look good posing in a gym!

So What Is Universal Nutrition Animal Cuts and What Are The Ingredients?

Universal Animal Cuts is a sports nutrition supplement that comes ready packed in packets, rather than pills. There is some confusion over the precise ingredients because the ingredients profile given on the tub is slightly different from the stated ingredients on the Universal website. We have taken the information from the tub as this is probably more reliable.

One packet is equal to one serving and adds up to 4250mg of active ingredients

Thermogenic Complex (750mg)

  • Caffeine Anhydrous (180mg): Crystallised form of caffeine
  • Kola Nut (180mg): Famous as the original flavouring in Coca Cola. Contains caffeine
  • Guarana(180mg): Brazilian berry which contains high levels of caffeine
  • Yerba Mate (180mg): South American beverage, which contains caffeine and xanthine Theobromine, found in chocolate.
  • Cocoa (30mg): Contains theobromine

This is predominantly caffeine in various forms and there is evidence that this raises body temperature, which causes you to burn off calories at a faster rate than normal.

However, results vary from person to person and people can soon build up a tolerance to caffeine making the thermogenic effect less pronounced. The average cup of filter coffee contains around 100mg of caffeine so you are going to notice the effects of this supplement, which may be the equivalent of seven cups of coffee at once.

Metabolic Complex (750mg)

  • Green tea Extract (300mg)
  • Oolong tea extract (300mg)
  • Black tea extract (75mg)
  • Coffee bean extract(75mg)

Predominantly tea extract in different forms (all teas are derived from the same camellia Sinensis plant) and high in antioxidants including ECGC, which are good for health and for boosting the speed on the metabolism.

Some research has found the when caffeine is combined with green tea; the weight loss results of both are enhanced. Green tea also has a thermogenic effect and contains caffeine.

Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10584049

Thyroid complex (350mg)

  • L Tyrosine (250mg)
  • Olive leaf extract (50mg)
  • Salvia Officialis (50mg)

L Tyrosine is an amino acid that is necessary for health and is available in many foods including meat, poultry, green veg and cheese. L tyrosine stimulates Thyroxine – the hormone produced by the thyroid gland. L tyrosine increases alertness.

Source: http://www.progressivehealth.com/thyroid-l-tyrosine.htm

Diuretic Complex (800mg) (this is referred to as the Definition Complex on the tub)

  • Hawthorn berry (400mg)
  • Astragalus Root (150mg): supposed to improve the immune system but no evidence
  • Celery seed (125mg):
  • Juniper berry(125mg)

Hawthorn, the principle ingredients is not a diuretic but is possible effective as a treatment for heart problems but beware. This ingredient is unpredictable in supplement form and can cause side effects and medical issues. It is hard to see its precise role in this formula. The other herbal ingredients do not seem to have any application for body definition or for increasing urination.

Source: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-527-hawthorn.aspx?activeingredientid=527&activeingredientname=hawthorn

Nootropic Complex (500mg)

  • Choline Bitartate (400mg)
  • Bacopa Monniera (50mg)
  • Cocoa (50mg)

Choline is an Essential nutrient present in many foodstuffs including chicken, wheat germ, cod and almonds. It is effective for the treatment of asthma and is often taken by athletes to improve endurance. Will this complex make you more alert mentally? There is really no evidence but Bacopa is supposed to boost memory function.

Cortisol complex (300mg)

  • Eleuthero root (150mg)
  • Acetyl L Carnitine (75mg)
  • Carnitine Fumerate (75mg)

Cortisol is a stress hormone produced by the adrenal gland and its role is to fuel the flight or fight response. It can have positive and negative effects. Too much cortisol can weaken the immune system and lead to weight gain. Eleuthero root also known as Siberian Ginseng is a very unpredictable ingredient , known as an adaptogen – a general boost to health and well being. No evidence that any of this will affect cortisol levels.

CCK Complex (300mg)

  • Cha de bugre (200mg)
  • Psyllium husk (100mg)

Cholecystokinin a peptide digestive hormone responsible for stimulating digestion of fat and protein. Stimulating this hormone sounds as if it should benefit weight loss but there id no evidence these ingredients will have this effect. A big problem with Cha de Bugre is that the Brazilian government has tightly controlled the export of this ingredient and it is unlikely that you will find genuine Cha de Bugre in any supplements.

Source: http://www.chadebugre.com/index-1.html

Bioavailability complex (500mg)

  • Ginger root (220mg)
  • Cayenne (170mg)
  • Grapefruit (60mg)
  • Quercetin (25mg)
  • Naringin (25mg)

No evidence that any of these ingredients will help bioavailability of the other ingredients and it is doubtful whether this part of the formula will do anything at all.

So What Does All This Mean?

Universal Animal Cuts contains 40 ingredients and the greater the number of ingredients, the greater the risk of side effects. This supplement probably will cause side effects. It contains a lot of caffeine – more than we have seen in most supplements and this alone is probably enough to see most people climbing the walls!

In addition, many of the ingredients are known for side effects of all types and many people have run into problems with taking this supplement.

Will it help you “cut” and lose weight quickly? Perhaps it will knock off your appetite and make you feel too stressed to eat. This may result in weight loss but behind all the talk of “complexes” and system it is just a lot of ingredients, which appear to be thrown, together at random with no concern as to whether they will interact with each other.

This formula has never been clinically tested and there is simply no evidence whether it will work or is even safe.

Does Universal Nutrition Animal Cuts Have Any Side Effects?

Yes, there is a long list of potential side effects judging by the long ingredients list and many customers have complained of various effects.

The most recent customer review is troublingl;

Don’t buy my friend overdosed and is in the hospital!!! BUY AT YOUR OWN RISK :(

A lot of people have suffered from heartburn;

I had to discontinue using this product after speaking with my doctor about the heartburn it was giving me after every use.

Was a typical comment.

Made me sick

Made my testicles hurt after u packages. May have been just me, but i stopped taking them after day 2

This stuff makes me feel nauseous, then followed by extreme rush of energy.

Potential side effects include:

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Heartburn
  • Increased urination
  • Diarrhoea
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Jitteriness
  • Dehydration
  • Skin sensitivity
  • Nosebleeds

If you experience side effects, discontinue use.

Caution:

Avoid if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Do not take if you have a heart related medical condition.

Universal provide an extensive list of warnings. You are advised to consult a physician before using if you have or have a family history of: Heart disease, Thyroid disease, Diabetes, High blood pressure, Recurrent headaches, Depression, or other psychiatric conditions, Glaucoma, Difficulty in urinating, Prostate enlargement or Seizure disorder.

Universal Animal Cuts will interact with prescription medication including:

“Monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) or any other dietary supplement, prescription drug or over-the-counter drug containing pseudoephedrine, ephedrine, or phenylpropanolamine (ingredients found in certain allergy, asthma, cough/cold, and weight loss products.”

Is also unsuitable for use in combination with blood thinning tablets such as Warfarin as well as heart medication such as Simvastin.

Any Universal Nutrition Animal Cuts Reviews From Customers?

Yes, and there is a range of opinion. Some customers like Universal Animal Cuts and have used it without too many problems.

One satisfied customer wrote:

Seems to work well in conjunction with proper diet. Like any thermogenic effect pill you obviously end up sweating a bit more than usual.

Other reviewers a less impressed and focus mainly on the side effects. This customer’s review is typical.

I have used a number of supplements over the years and can safely say avoid – I fell ill after a week of strictly following the usage guidelines ( no caffeine , plenty of water etc ) after bloods being taken at the doctor they narrowed it down to ingredients within this , they also suggest that this could be potentially harmful long term

Many people appear to have gone to the doctor following using this supplement.

So Does Universal Nutrition Animal Cuts Work?

You are probably going to notice taking Universal Animal Cuts! It might even make you ill!

This supplement contains a lot of caffeine, which will provide the major stimulant effect but with 40 ingredients, many in high amounts, many untested for efficacy and safety there are a lot of potential side effects and is it really worth it?

When it comes to weight loss the combination of high amounts of caffeine and green tea extract has shown to cause a thermogenic effect.

Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21720657

The effects are improved again if you combine this with some resistance training. According to some clinical investigation, Green tea combined with resistance training may lead to a decrease in body fat.

Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17201629

Where Can I Buy Universal Nutrition Animal Cuts?

You can buy Universal Animal Cuts direct from the Universal website. One package of 42 servings (21 days supply) costs $64.95 plus shipping.

Universal Animal Cuts is also on sale from Amazon. One package of 42 servings (21 days supply) costs $34. 56 plus shipping.

UK customers can buy Universal Animal Cuts direct from Amazon. One package of 42 servings costs £29.99 plus shipping. Customers elsewhere in the world can probably find a local stockist. Universal sell across the world.

What About A Guarantee

Universal offer what they describe as an “iron clad money back guarantee” but do not provide any details about how to claim this.

Watchdog Verdict

Universal Animal Cuts is a body-building supplement that contains just too many ingredients in our opinion. Although Universal claims this as an advantage, we are not so sure. The greater the number of ingredients, the higher the chance of adverse side effects and the other problem is that many of these ingredients come with very little proof or evidence that they even work.

What is the point of taking this cocktail of ingredients in the belief that it will make you body perfect. It won’t and you could end up getting sick as well. A very high number of customer reviews mention side effects, some of them serious.

There is also some confusion about the formula. Does it contain a so-called Diuretic Complex to help you shed water weight? Or is it a body-defining complex to help you get shape to your body? Either way there is no evidence that these ingredients will do anything so it is hard to see why Universal even bothered including it.

We are appalled by the long list of potential side effects and health warnings too – this supplement is not safe and the potential side effects are a real concern.

Can you really agree with Universal’s macho statement “Cuz at the end of the day, just like us, results are all you give a f*ck about anyway.”

If this is really true that all you care about are results, go ahead and take this supplement. You never know it might do something to help weight loss. But don’t say we didn’t warn you.

We reject Universal Nutrition Animal Cuts.

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  1. hampshire81 says:

    Very complex product, agree that some side effects may have a place, but it’s work. Focus during the day, great workout on the gym, weight lost and lost of 3% of body fat. Take as required, instructions are for a reason.

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