Alrighty, folks. I just finished my run of Myokem’s “High Performance Myotropic Agent,” Magnitropin. Since this is a fairly novel product, I will do my best to provide as much detail as possible. My goals were and are, very simply, to gain as much strength as possible. I took this along with Alphadex....
Alrighty, folks. I just finished my run of Myokem’s “High Performance Myotropic Agent,” Magnitropin. Since this is a fairly novel product, I will do my best to provide as much detail as possible. My goals were and are, very simply, to gain as much strength as possible. I took this along with Alphadex. Supps were otherwise very basic.
Myokem’s claims are: Increased appetite.
Increased exercise performance.
Increased muscle growth.
First impressions: Cool looking bottle. I dig the hexagonal hydro-carbon logo. Very “chemical” and exudes a mad-scientist vibe. Informative and thorough label with all the proper disclaimers and what not. Now let’s dig in…
I picked this up after a long time of non-involvement in the supplement world, so I didn’t recognize a lot of the ingredients. Here’s what I found:
Paederia foetida extract – often called stinkvine or skunkvine, this plant has been shown in lab trials to increase testosterone levels in rats, even more so than injected free testosterone. This was measured by blood tests, observed sexual behaviors, and weight of testes. Sounds promising. This plant extract also has a lot of credibility in folk medicine, particularly in Asia where it grows natively and abundantly.
Rat experiments don’t always translate directly to an effect in humans, and because this is a prop blend there’s no way to know how the dosage compares to what the rats were given (as much as 200mg/kg). But at 20:1 this is a potent extract, and I did detect many of the common symptoms of increased testosterone, such as increased libido, androgenic effects, improved sleep, etc. I didn’t take any blood tests, or weigh my testicles (funny concept), but I felt a testosterone increase –- and isn’t it the feeling that matters most anyway?
Cistanche deserticola extract – most of what I’ve seen regarding this plant extract points to anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, anti-oxidant, and immune health effects. Traditionally one of its uses has been to combat impotence in the elderly, so there may be some T-boosting effects there. I think the benefits of this herb in particular are a bit overstated as it pertains to the purpose of the product, but that’s not to say it isn’t a helpful support.
Gentiana lutea extract – also called “the Devil’s Taint” (ha) this herb stimulates the digestive system, liver, and gall bladder.
Epicatechin – THE myostatin inhibitor. Epi is a strong antioxidant, has insulin mimic action, and improves heart health. Studies have shown that epicatechin works to protect cells from osmotic fragility, much the way insulin does, though the activity is different. Studies in mice have yielded a general decrease in myostatin levels, and an increase in follistatin in older mice. Human trials are limited but promising, and point to benefits for middle-aged or older folks in particular. This is enough reason for me to appreciate its use as an ingredient in any supplement, but a lot more research needs to be done. Any effect in this area is difficult to quantify.
Black pepper extract – has a wide range of purported benefits, including fat cell growth inhibition, help with GI distress, pain, inflammation, and even anti-depressant properties.
Promising ingredients, at potent extracts. Only reason I gave this a B+ and not an A is because the specific dosages are not disclosed. Not crucial if there aren’t any stimulants involved, but it forces the consumer to trust that dosages are clinically effective (which is difficult to ascertain anyway for ingredients with sparse clinical testing).
3 pills, twice a day with food, with an off day every 7th day. Again, an A would be 1 pill a day, so this involves a small amount of thought to keep track of. What I like a lot is that the specific number of pills in the bottle, allows for a perfect 4 week run, which lines up nicely with its “partner” product, Alphadex.
The only difficulty I ran into with this, is that a pre-workout dose is recommended (which I can confirm is helpful). It can get a bit dicey if your workout is too early in the day, and you have to decide whether you want to reap the benefits of a PWO dose and risk two doses being too close together, or if you want to push your second dose until later in the day. Also, if you take it without food, you’ll get some funky acid reflux, and I imagine the rate of absorption is lower.
Just as good, if not more so, than the standard natty test booster. My experience is limited here, as I’ve only used D-Pol in the past, but androgenic effects were actually more perceivable with Mag than D-Pol. I did feel stronger, and I wager this helped me push harder in the gym. My appetite was enormous, but weight gain was controlled. This did provide an unexpected thermogenic effect, which I’ll describe in more detail below.
Magnitropin is a very well constructed lean bulking aid.
I recall reading that one of the ingredients (I believe cistanche?) has a vaso-relaxing effect, and I experienced extreme pumps and solid endurance during my workouts. Mag also offered, I believe, a general peace of mind and positive psychological effect.
These effects, however, seemed to be inconsistent at times. Looking back, it feels like each week had a character all of its own. Appetite increase seemed to come fast in week 1, then taper off steadily, thermogenesis and pumps remained relatively constant, androgenic effects were most intense probably in weeks 2-3. This delivered the intended results, but in a sporadic and unreliable way. It is because of this that I decided not to re-up for another 4 weeks.
SIDE EFFECTS: B
I did not experience any increase in breakouts, which I actually did on D-Pol, nor any joint stiffness or dryness. I did, however, have a few moments of seemingly irrational anger and frustration. It’s impossible to say whether this was a direct result of Mag, or just a coincidence, but I am normally a very patient person.
I did also find the thermogenic effect to be more of a nuisance than anything else. During my workouts, I couldn’t care less how much I sweat. But even hours after my evening dose, I would find climbing into bed repulsive, as I’d begin sweating immediately. I’d also sweat long after getting out of the shower, which is something I can’t stand.
Currently on Myokem’s website for $64.99, which is a sale price down from the regular $79.99 -- pretty steep. Even for a product that I found largely effective, this is very high for a 4 week supply. I do recommend this for those interested in giving it a try, particularly if you’re an older individual, as the science indicates that it would be more beneficial to you than someone my age. If you’re younger than 30 and want to try it out, you may want to wait for a special offer or sale, as it may leave you wanting more.
A solid product from a legitimate up-and-coming supplement company, which delivered positive results, albeit at a slightly unpredictable rate. Ingredients at top-notch potency, backed by promising, if unrefined, scientific data. This is worth serious consideration for those looking to excel in fitness, with the caveat that it would likely be more effective for someone 30 or older.
Thanks for reading, SR! Have a lovely day!
- Mostly Lives Up To Claims
- Potent Extracts
- Promising Science
- May Be Ineffective For Younger Users