October 6, 2012
Thermogenics, next to protein, are quite possibly the cornerstone of the supplement industry and the things most often marketed as the good old “magic pill” to get you lean in a snap. We all know it’s not quite that easy, but good thermos are out there and can be used to cut some unwanted fat. You just have to know where to look. And Alphamine is my new recommendation for anyone looking for a thermo. Hands down, this is my new favorite.
PES recently came out with Alphamine as their next step up from their first successful “selective” fat burner Alpha-T2. Since Alpha-T2 worked great for me, and PES is a damn good company, I snagged me some of this while it was on sale at nutraplanet.com.
I’ve never seen a powdered thermogenic before Alphamine, so I didn’t know what to expect. I read the product write up by PES and they market this as an innovative stimulant that includes hardening agents and has the ability to maintain lean body mass while cutting fat because it is a selective beta-agonist.
Sound to good to be true? It did to me too, but I saw some really positive initial reviews on Nutra Planet and I was in need of a thermo for my DTP routine because I wanted to focus on leaning out. I am beyond glad I ended up getting Alphamine for so many reasons, and you’ll hear about all of them below.
Dosing/Profile - 9
Let’s get some specs out of the way. The dosing protocol is the same as most capped thermos available today: 1 serving upon waking, 30 minutes before a meal, and 1 serving 6-8 hours later, also 30 minutes before a meal for the first week.
The recommendation on the bottle is that you may work up to 3 scoops/24 hours, but PES encourages you to split up the dosages any way you please. I find this flexibility to be really cool, you rarely find that in the supplement industry today where servings are so rigidly scheduled. I could’ve opted for 2 scoops in the AM and 1 in the PM, but I read kevinhy’s post “Alphamine FAQ” and he says another route could be splitting it up in reverse (1 AM, 2 PM) or even 1.5 for both servings. To quote the post “We want YOU to be in control with Alphamine.”
I ended up going with 1 scoop, 2 times a day for the first 2 weeks, followed by 1.5 scoops per day for the following 2 weeks.
Here’s the label for the 1 scoop serving:
1 scoop (3g)
Alphamine FIT Matrix (1567.5 mg)
Lean Performance System: Choline Bitartrate, Alpha-Hydroxy-Isocaproic Acid, Eucommia Ulmoides Leaf, Olea Europeae Leaf
Ergo-Thermogenic System: Caffeine Anhydrous, Higenamine HCl, Pausinystalia Yohimbe Bark (SA2-A), N-(2-hydroxy-2-p-methoxyphenylethyl) benzamide
N-Coumaroyldopamine (10 mg)
I can hear some of you calling me a hypocrite already… “Joe, why do you give the profile a 9 if it has prop blends and you’ve been bashing prop blends for years?” Honestly, the only reasons I’m rolling with it is a) other than caffeine, I have no clue what the efficacious doses are for anything in here and b) this sh*t works, point blank. I’m not going to question something this awesome.
I did recently look into the ingredients and I’ll share some of the more interesting things I found with you all. If you want to skip the scientific jibber-jabber that follows, by all means, go right ahead. Just know that each ingredient works, and works well.
- Choline Bitartrate accelerates lipid oxidation through increasing the uptake of fatty acids.
- Alpha-Hydroxy-Isocaproic Acid (a.k.a Leucic Acid) is a metabolite of the key muscle building amino Leucine. In lower doses than Leucine, Leucic Acid can combat catabolism and promote protein synthesis via the mTOR pathway.
- Eucommia Ulmoides Leaf is a cholinergic agent and is more concentrated than green coffee bean extract, which is a fat burning ingredient that is taking the market by storm lately. Studies have found that cholinergic agents in general increase lipolysis and decrease appetite.
- Olea Europeae Leaf is an olive leaf extract that increases thermogenesis at very small dosages. It increases noradrenaline and adrenaline secretion, and it also regulates your metabolism by boosting the thyroid hormone T3.
- Caffeine and Higenamine HCl (the main ingredient in Alpha-T2) go hand in hand just like Creatine and Beta Alanine. They both promote thermogenesis and when taken synergistically, their effects are enhanced and a tolerance to both ingredients is developed much more slowly.
- Pausinystalia Yohimbe Bark is a select extract of yohimbine. It is called a SA2-A extract because Pausinystalia alkaloids are “Selective Alpha-2 andrenergic antagonists”. Alpha Androceptors are most prevalent in “problem” fatty areas, and this yohimbine extract SA2-A has the ability to turn these receptors “off” for targeted fat loss.
- N-Courmaroyldopamine (NCD) is a selective beta-2 agonist that barely stimulates the cardiac system. Purported benefits include muscle hardening and sparing.
Sorry if that all bored you to death, but I find all of that to be incredibly cool. PES deserves a high profile grade just for making a thermo that also has lean muscle preserving agents. Truly innovative. But the literature provided in the product write-up makes me believe this is a top-of-the-charts profile, even if I may not be so familiar with some of the ingredients.
And another vote for rolling with a prop-blend this time around: as you can see by the literature, many of the ingredients are effective at low dosages, so I’m more at ease in trusting PES to have the proper dosages of everything in there.
Value - 9
Dosing it the way I did, the 84 servings in the tub will last you just over a month (~34 days). If you were to stick with the 2 scoops a day protocol, it would last you 6 full weeks. I find this awesome as well because supplements are usually packaged in 28-30 days worth of servings so you have to double up just to run the supplement for long enough. If you do 2 scoops a day for 6 weeks, you’ll reap all of the benefits, I just wanted to make sure of it so I upped my serving size (I’m also a well known stim fiend lol).
I got this on sale the week it came out for $39.99 at Nutra Planet. PES sells it direct for $59.99. Anywhere in between would be what you should expect Alphamine to cost in stores and at other various websites. Here’s how the value breaks down:
2 scoops/day @ Nutra Planet Price: $.95 per day and $.47 per serving
2 scoops/day @ PES Price: $1.43 per day and $.71 per serving
3 scoops/day @ Nutra Planet Price: $1.18 per day and $.59 per serving
3 scoops/day @ PES Price: $1.76 per day and $.88 per serving
So the value of a day on Alphamine ranges from $.95 to $1.76 depending on how you dose the stuff and where you buy it. For comparison’s sake, the #1 selling thermo on the market for some time now has been USP Labs Oxy Elite Pro, and the average daily value for that is about $1.06/day.
I’d consider Oxy to be pretty fairly valued, and if you play your cards right, you can get Alphamine for an even better value than Oxy Elite and most others because it is still at or below $39.99 on most websites. Hence the 9 rating for value.
Taste/Mixability – Eleventy Billion
I swear on sweet baby Jesus that this stuff will be the best tasting supplement that will ever touch your tongue. I don’t ever give 10’s for anything anymore, so eleventy billion is damn good!
The Raspberry-Lemonade flavor tastes EXACTLY like raspberry lemonade. No additional qualifiers for tastes, that’s it. Raspberry Lemonade. And I love the taste of raspberry lemonade.
I would be constantly checking the clock like a crack addict to see when I could get my next dose in. I was a fiend for this stuff because of how good it tastes. If taste is your deal breaker here, consider the deal broken.
The mixability is awesome too, no gritty texture when I mixed it with water. It’s also super convenient that the scooper is so little because you can throw a scoop right on your tongue and chase it with water and it will mix just fine if you swish it in your mouth for a few seconds.
And those will be an enjoyable few seconds, trust me. I really wonder what Fruit Punch tastes like, but if it’s anything like Raspberry Lemonade, it’s another winner.
Effectiveness – 9
A 9 is about the highest rating you can reach in the realm of natural supplements. I got damn good results in only 4 short weeks using this stuff. Granted, I was running the DTP program 4 days a week along with 3 days of HIIT sprints, which will both lend to the leaning effect. And also, I was supplementing with AD-3 during this routine, which is an estrogen inhibitor and therefore can have a leaning effect as well.
But I firmly believe Alphamine can be pinned with most of my results during this 4 week period. The hard numbers first:
- Weight: 174 lbs to 170 lbs (-4 lbs)
- Waist: 33 ¾” to 32 ¼” (-1 ½”)
I’ve also managed to add at least 5 lbs to every single exercise in the DTP workouts over the course of 4 weeks, so every bit of strength is there and then some. This speaks volumes to the lean body mass preserving aspect of Alphamine, it’s not just a gimmick.
I’m also way leaner than I have ever been before, and it’s very visible. This is the first time in my entire life where I can almost fully see a 6 pack. I still have to flex… and be in the right angle in the mirror… but STILL! As someone who’s never had anything close to 6 pack abs before, this is a huge win. And it’s not just in the abs were I’ve noticed this effect. I can see way more striations and cuts in every muscle group while I’m working out. Everything is much more defined.
You heard the numbers, now here’s my personal experience. You can definitely feel the stim buzz on Alphamine, but it’s very controllable. 1 scoop will get you going and mentally acute, but I think 1.5 scoops is the perfect dose for people who are more tolerant to stims like me.
The way the doses are split up about 8 hours apart mean you’re getting constant energy all day. I’ve never once crashed from the Alphamine. Conversely, I’ve never felt like I was on meth after taking Alphamine, which can happen with some supps (like Endosurge or your first couple of tries of Jack3d or Oxy Elite).
Another beautiful thing about the Alphamine is that the experience never changed. From day 1 to day 34, I felt the same increase in energy and mental acuity. You can definitely notice the cholinergic agents working about 10-15 minutes after your dose.
Yet another thing that blew my mind was the appetite suppression. I didn’t think much of it at first because those effects were buried in the product description, but wow does this stuff knock the appetite right out of you. I planned on getting in 3000 calories a day while tracking my diet with the My Fitness Pal app. I went back through the logs to find out that I never even made it up to 3000 calories a single time over the past 4 weeks. I’ve come close at times, but it actually averaged out to around 2,300 calories a day.
There were literally times where I forgot to eat. That has never happened to me before, and I attribute that directly to this product. If you need to eat a ton and put on weight, this product obviously isn’t for you, and no thermo really is. But I was stunned to find that I had to force myself to eat a couple of times because I can honestly say, as a former fatty, this has never happened to me before Alphamine.
I could feel the thermogenic effects as well as the metabolic effects of Alphamine (slight warming after consuming) but it was never anything alarming. I did feel that I was able to put my dietary carbs “to better use” throughout the day, but that could also be because of the effects of the DTP/HIIT workouts. I think that combining the Alphamine with the workouts yielded that effect.
As far as the muscle hardening effect, it was nothing dramatic, but after I took a dose I did notice a little bit more vascularity and a slightly fuller look. That’s not the main intent of the product, so I didn’t expect a whole lot. But what it did give was better than nothing.
And as I mentioned earlier, the muscle preserving effects were obviously noticeable. I feel like that’s the key to this product. You work so hard while you’re cutting to lose weight, but a lot of that can end up being muscle mass if you don’t do it right. Alphamine takes some of the guess work out of it by including ingredients that preserve that hard earned lean mass while also amplifying your ability to lose that undesirable fatty weight. It truly is a win-win.
Overall – 9
PES Alphamine is literally a dream in a tiny tub. This will be the cornerstone thermo I resort to every time I want to cut or recomp from here on out until I find something that works better, which will be incredibly hard to do.
Just like I never stoop below the fabled “Xenergy Standard” for energy drinks, I won’t go below the high bar Alphamine has set when I know I can get some killer results by using Alphamine. If it ain’t broke…
Hopefully you enjoyed my dissertation on PES Alphamine lol. The amount of effort I put into describing this product should show you just how much I like this stuff. Open recommendation to everyone looking for a fat burner, a REAL FAT BURNER: get Alphamine, you won’t regret it.
Standing ovation for PES!
- Extraordinary Taste
- Preserves Lean Body Mass
- No Crash
- Never Built A Tolerance
- Increased Energy
- Good Value