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----Introduction----

Revolutionary? I can't say, but this is without a doubt, one of the best "health" products that I've seen. Most of us stick with traditional bb type proteins found but there is a whole other market that I call healthy proteins for people who are looking for more "natural" eating choices. You know the type; people who shop in health food stores and brands like Garden of Life, Nature's Plus or SunWarrior. These proteins typically focus on whole food diets and are blended with a variety of plant and animal based products with other "healthy" additions such as spirullina or maca. In my opinion there's two major drawbacks with these products: Cost (they are fiendishly expensive per pound) and protein content (typically extremely low protein % per serving). So I was excited to try this when I looked at the label and saw 25g protein per 34g serving.
----Introduction----
Revolutionary? I can't say, but this is without a doubt, one of the best "health" products that I've seen. Most of us stick with traditional bb type proteins found but there is a whole other market that I call healthy proteins for people who are looking for more "natural" eating choices. You know the type; people who shop in health food stores and brands like Garden of Life, Nature's Plus or SunWarrior. These proteins typically focus on whole food diets and are blended with a variety of plant and animal based products with other "healthy" additions such as spirullina or maca. In my opinion there's two major drawbacks with these products: Cost (they are fiendishly expensive per pound) and protein content (typically extremely low protein % per serving). So I was excited to try this when I looked at the label and saw 25g protein per 34g serving.

----Ingredient Profile----
This is a blended product. The primary whey blend comes from grass fed concentrate and isolate. Next up is a mix of pea isolate, rice concentrate, spirulina and barley with a bunch of other additions such as enzymes, bacteria, green tea, flaxseed, and maca. There's also some maltodextrin but it's at the very end of the ingredient list so I'm not so concerned.

Overall it's 34g per serving: protein: 25g, carbs: 4g and fat 1.5g (thus less than 4g of additives/fillers) That's more than respectable and any clean advocate should have no issues with this. Like the label says, it's sugar free and gluten free, derived from non GMO grass fed whey (a topic I really don't have an opinion on except to say that I do buy into the glutathione argument).

----Taste/Mixability/Dosing----
For a pproduct that has plant based proteins in it,m this mixed up amazingly smooth; typically they tend to be gritty. Drinkability is a big plus for me, since it has to be palatable. What good is a product if you don't lok forward to taking it on a consistent basis? I had the vanilla latte and it had a nice full vanilla flavor with a touch of cinnamon - very nice. And unlike other proteins with spirulina - it didn't turn into pond water, lol.

I took this using either 1 or two scoops, at any time of the day. I found it to be a great breakfast alternative for me.

----Effectiveness----
Like any protein, the effectiveness is rather hard to judge except when it goes away or gives you terrible digestive issues. I had none of those with this product. Recovery was still excellent (although that's my diet and rest more than anything else). No major gas or stomach issues. So I found this to be a very excellent choice for me to through into my daily routine. I also found it to be a great base for making smoothies - just add in some fruit, cashew milk, kale or spinach and I was good to go.

Although anecdotal, I also felt that this provided a better sense of fullness and satiety - which is really great for trying to keep total caloric intake down a bit.

----Value----
ok, like all health proteins, this takes a hit on value simply from the $20/pound price tag. A 3# jug goes for $59.99. That's not cheap, although it is basically inline with what other grass fed whey products sell for. Maybe a bit higher since you can get New Zealand whey from True Nutrition for around $13/pound. But it is basically the same price as SunWarrior with more protein content. So value here comes down to what it's worth to you to switch to products that promise to support better overall health. I look at it a bitter differently - since I'll pay $12/pound for Muscle Feast, I merely ask is it worth the additional $8/pound for this product. And since it doesn't have to be an either/or proposition, I said sure, I'll give it a try and use both in combination since I always keep an MRP type protein on hand for during the day. But at the end of the day, this is a Cadillac product - value is going to be very subjective.


----Conclusion----
I'm all about making higher quality choices in my food and supplements. While this wouldn't be my go to post workout protein (Muscle Feast still holds that spot) this is seriously a wicked good choice for added protein intake during the day. If these kind of "healthy" products appeal to you, then I highlly recommend you give this a try over some of the more health store oriented brands. It's jsut as healthy (if not more) than those, better price and higher overall protein content.
 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Great Taste And Mixability
  • Better Overall Health Support
  • Decent Protein Content
  • Ideal For Anytime Of Day
  • High Cost
  July 29, 2015
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8.5

----Introduction----

I use BCAA energy type products in two ways - either as a pick me up during the day instead of the more sugar laden retail energy drinks out there, or as the base for my intra formula during a workout. I'll compare this to the more widely known ON Amino Energy.
----Introduction----
I use BCAA energy type products in two ways - either as a pick me up during the day instead of the more sugar laden retail energy drinks out there, or as the base for my intra formula during a workout. I'll compare this to the more widely known ON Amino Energy.

----Ingredient Profile----
Both EVL and ON have similiar 2 scoop serving sizing, both around 10g. Kudos to EVL for not using the crappy prop blend approach that ON uses (5g with the first 3 ingredients being taurine, glutamine and arginine, so who knows how much BCAA you actually get). With EVL you get 5g of BCAA in a 2:1:1 ratio, so solid win for EVL on profile.

----Taste/Mixability/Dosing----
Quite frankly I didn't think anyone could touch ON with their flavoring system but damnit, the EVL orange dream is just about the most freaking delicious orange dream sickle flavor that I've ever had. It mixes totally without residue and stays that way while you drink it. It's another win for EVL.

----Effectiveness----
I found this to be exactly as I expected with 2 scoops providing me a solid pick me up and focus. It doesn't approach a pwo level of stims but it's the right amount for me to just help get dialed in. It's especially effective when I use a non-stim pwo and need just a touch of caffeine in my intra to give me a little boost. And the flavor, oh the flavor, lol. Seriously, I used this as the base for my Pepto-Pro intra and damn, if I didn't want to drink the whole thing in the first 15 minutes.

Now any of these energy amino drinks can be mixed with more scoops - EVL says up to 6, but that takes you through a tub at warp speed and the per cost serving just makes the value factor insanely low. So I don't see these as smart choices for a pwo. But to keep on hand during the day - it's off the charts effective when compared to a Monster Energy or Red Bull type drink, and that's the other way I used it. It was perfect for an afternoon drink to dial back in the focus at work.

----Value----
ok, so here's the one area that ON actually wins - right, wrong or indifferent. Sure the EVL is a superior profile, no questions asked, but $36 for 20 servings vs $35 for 65 servings is significant. Really significant. Especially since the energy function is pretty evenly matched between the two. (Although I did come across pricing on BB.com that lists 40 servings for $26.00 - which is more servings for less money on the same product page? This drives me batty!!!) So basically either 20 or 40 servings ranging in price from $26-$36.

But even so, let's not get too tied up in the BCAA quality aspect - if you are looking at the BCAA content, these products are all way too expensive when you compare them to a quality intra like IntraFlight that packs 16g of aminos (8g BCAA) into half the price. So you have to ask if the added energy is actually worth that much increase in price for any of these products. My opinion is no, it's not - you're better off sticking with a non-stim BCAA as an intra and getting the stim from a pwo. However, like I said earlier, if you're comparing it to the cost of a Red Bull, then it's a far better quality choice and a far better value, so with that in mind, I will say that it definitely has a place on my shelf as an anytime type energy drink.

Although, if the 40 servings for $26 is the standard price, then that's .65 per serving which I can absolutely live with. Overall I'll raise my value from 7 to 7.5 on this info, but like I said, these aren't the most value concious products on the market to begin with; definitely more of a commodity.


----Conclusion----
As I said above, as a pwo it's an outright value loser. As an intra, it's very pricey. As an alternative to energy drinks during the day, it's a winner. Between this an ON Amino Energy, I like this in every category except price - fortunately there seems to be many sales (like buy 2 get 3) that help soften the blow. So if you come across one of these sales, then by all means, pull the trigger - you won't be disappointed.
 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Effective Energy
  • No Prop Blend
  • Fantastic Taste
  • Great Energy Drink Replacement
  • Expensive
  July 28, 2015
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9.0

----Introduction----

Muscle Up is a non-stimulant offering in the pwo category. The marketing material touts it's base of 5 nootropics to stimulate growth hormone production and frankly, I'm pretty "meh" on that aspect. I understand that everyone wants dem dere gainz, but what Muscle Up delivered is simply one of the cleanest and most focused experiences that I've gotten from a pwo. On to the review.
----Introduction----
Muscle Up is a non-stimulant offering in the pwo category. The marketing material touts it's base of 5 nootropics to stimulate growth hormone production and frankly, I'm pretty "meh" on that aspect. I understand that everyone wants dem dere gainz, but what Muscle Up delivered is simply one of the cleanest and most focused experiences that I've gotten from a pwo. On to the review.

----Ingredient Profile----
Like I already said, this is a nootropic based formula

2500mg of cit mal - ok, but light
1250mg of betaine - nice
3350 - prop blend of creatine mono, alpha-GPC, bacopa monnieri extract, l-theanine and ALA.

Typically I'm not thinking of creatine as a nootropic, so I'm less than thrilled at it's inclusion in the prop blend because it adds a significant margin to what's actually in the damn blend - most of the high value ingredients are measured around 500mg and creatine around 5g, so you can hide a lot of sins with that variance. It's the things like the ALA and bacopa that I care about - am I getting 500mg? 750mg? Personally I'd like at least 600mg of each and let's add in 300mg of alpha-GPC. So do you see where I'm going here? Ditch the prop blend.

----Taste/Mixability/Dosing----
I actually found the fruit punch tobe very refreshing - nice and tart and not too sweet. Mixing was above average with some particles. Note: it's best to keep this in the freezer in my opinion as I got to the end, there was a decent amount of clumping and moisture.

Dosing was straight off the label so 1 scoop for 30 true servings.

----Effectiveness----
Ok, so I beat them up a little bit on the prop blend but at the end of the day I found this to be just fantastic. Maybe it's my old age but I simply do not respond to the high stim products in a positive way like I used to 10 years ago. I prefer something that puts me more "in the groove" than having my gills jacked up. This did exactly that. I can't speak to any muscle gain specific to this product but what it did provide was putting me in the proper mental state to lift some damn weights. End of story. I sound like a broken record but seriously, I look for products that support my training, not some goofy marketing blitz that promises gainz not painz. I'll handle the heavy lifting - I look to supps to handle getting me there. Mission accomplished. I also found that this provided an excellent mental focus during the afternoon at work - so it's an added bonus that I could use it pwo as well as for mental focus at work. Winning.

----Value----
I can only find this direct from the manufacturer (even via Amazon) at $36.00. So that comes to a bit over a dollar a serving - seriously in the no sweat zone for per serving pricing.


----Conclusion----
I love it. End of story. If you're tired of the diminishing returns from all your stim heavy products, give this a try - even just as a break to let your system reset. I wasn't disappointed and I don't think you will be, either.
 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Fantastic Focus
  • Great Training Support
      June 18, 2015
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    8.0

    ----Introduction----

    This is the second protein snack that I've received from MyProtein via the ER program. I love having convenient sources of protein on hand for those occasions when I'm on the road or out in the field and keeping something cold is an issue. It's probably useful to keep in mind that I do not treat any of these products as a staple or foundation for daily nutrition; these are convenience products only. It appears that these are a private label product from Novo, albeit in a slightly smaller serving size.
    ----Introduction----
    This is the second protein snack that I've received from MyProtein via the ER program. I love having convenient sources of protein on hand for those occasions when I'm on the road or out in the field and keeping something cold is an issue. It's probably useful to keep in mind that I do not treat any of these products as a staple or foundation for daily nutrition; these are convenience products only. It appears that these are a private label product from Novo, albeit in a slightly smaller serving size.


    ----Ingredient Profile----

    Serving size: 1 bag (1.06 oz or 30g)
    Calories: 110
    Protein: 15g, Carbs: 9g, Fat: 2g

    Pretty solid macros. The first ingredient is the protein blend, which is a mix of soy isolate, whey concentrate and whey isolate. I could do without the soy, but it's not a deal breaker in a convenience product like this. I would not use a soy protein on a daily basis. The next ingredient is rice flour followed by all the flavorings - so it's a pretty simple mix and I like it.


    ----Taste/Mixability/Dosing----
    Ok, so this is where things get a little dicey. First off, these are quite dry; pretty sure you can't get through even half a bag without having to take a drink lest your mouth turn into a solid clump of sawdust-like particles. But again, this isn't a deal breaker for me since it's all about the extra protein for me. As such, I'm willing to sacrifice a little on the look & feel; however, I suspect most people will judge the texture more harshly as, like I said, it's quite dry. I had the char-grilled chicken flavor and it was pretty much exactly that. A bit freaky to have chicken flavored crisps, but there you have it. I'm sure those with more "sensitive" palates will certainly have plenty of negative things to say while they sip on their caramel-mocha Frappuchino and white hazelnut truffles.



    ----Effectiveness----
    As a protein based snack, this is effective. 1 bag delivers 15g of protein which is really the only reason I would buy these. There's really not much more to say. You could make a case for reduced effectiveness because the dry texture may turn you off so much that you don't use them, but for me, I went through these pretty damn quick.


    ----Value----
    These retail for $10.99 for 6 bags, which comes to roughly $1.85 per bag. So that's $1.85 for 15g of protein supplementation - significantly more pricey than the cost of an equal amount of whey. But this product's value is in it's convenience and as such, so is the expense. Compare it to my current snack staple, Quest Chips, which retail for around $2.10 per bag, but deliver 21g of protein in a slightly more palatable form. So again, as a 1:1 protein replacement for say chicken or whey, it's not a great value but compared to other convenience products like protein bars or protein chips, it holds it's own. It's also worth noting that these often go on sale and MyProtein has numerous discount codes so I think it would be rare to have to pay full retail for these.



    ----Conclusion----
    I'll recommend these. While not the "be-all, end-all" to gourmet protein decadency, it's a decent way for you to keep a bag in the truck or gym bag for those occasions that you need a protein fix. And really, that's the only reason that I would use these. All truffle jokes aside, they really aren't quite palatable enough to keep on hand for everyday use in my opinion.
     Pros:
     Cons:
    • Convenience Factor Is Quite High
    • Cost Is In-line With Competitors Products
    • Dry Texture
    • Not A Fan Of The Soy
      June 12, 2015
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    8.7

    ----Introduction----

    I love to have easy to use higher protein alternatives on hand for both snacking and convenience. Usually they don't come in cookie form - so I was excited to give this a go. Maybe not within the traditional mold of a high protein supplement because of the robust amount of other macros - perhaps a more "protein conscious" way to snack? And really, this shouldn't be used to make or break your nutritional strategy - more like a better way to sneak a little sin into the hermetic dietary practices that we force upon ourselves. But anyway, this should be a relatively short review since, you know, it's a freaking cookie, not rocket science, lol.
    ----Introduction----
    I love to have easy to use higher protein alternatives on hand for both snacking and convenience. Usually they don't come in cookie form - so I was excited to give this a go. Maybe not within the traditional mold of a high protein supplement because of the robust amount of other macros - perhaps a more "protein conscious" way to snack? And really, this shouldn't be used to make or break your nutritional strategy - more like a better way to sneak a little sin into the hermetic dietary practices that we force upon ourselves. But anyway, this should be a relatively short review since, you know, it's a freaking cookie, not rocket science, lol.

    ----Ingredient Profile----
    Serving Size: 1 cookie (75g)
    Calories: 320
    Protein: 37.5g
    Fat: 10g
    Carbs: 20g (1g fiber and 7g sugar)

    Like many people, my go to protein bar is Quest Nutrition. So right off the bat you'll notice that the calories are twice as much - not a terrible thing in and of itself, but worth noting since these are so delicious, it's literally impossible to settle for eating just half. Not even joking. And even though a Quest bar is close in total weight (60g), the carbs are primarily fiber based isomalto-oligosacchardies which allows the label to cancel out most of the carbs, whereas this uses oat flour as the primary carb. This also has twice the fat and almost twice the protein, although it's worth looking at the protein sources.

    The protein comes from milk protein, hydrolyzed gelatin and soy; I'm not a fan of gelatin or soy based proteins and in general, they are not as useful to us as whey. So you've got to consider that when selecting these - now I don't have a huge issue with their inclusion, but I wouldn't use either gelatin or soy on a daily basis as my primary protein. So compare that to Quest, which uses whey protein isolate and milk protein isolate as the primary protein sources.

    To me, this fits the bill more as a meal replacement type product instead of a protein bar replacement product. It's a better choice than the typical candy-bar replacement protein bars that you get in the grocery store, for sure. It's also a more natural meal replacement that sports a pretty well balanced macro profile and uses relatively natural ingredients. So there's pluses and minuses on both sides. Perhaps it would be better to approach this for what it really is - and that's a cookie.

    ----Taste/Mixability/Dosing----
    Like I said, 1 cookie=1 serving. It's is extremely moist and chewy - no surprise there with the higher fat content. And while these are baked, it's not quite the same texture and crunch as a normal cookie - more like (as in exactly like) a flattened and baked version of a Chocolate Quest bar. I had the double chocolate chip flavor and it was extremely chocolaty - exactly the right flavors. (There's no mystery that I burned through this box in record time - 12 cookies in 12 days, lol.) So you have to consider that as well - what good is a protein supplement if you don't look forward to eating it? I loved this. I ate this. I want more of this.

    ----Effectiveness----
    It's food - no more, no less. Since I loved eating it, I would rate it very effective. And I speculate that it delivered it's nutrients exactly as desired. There's no magic here, no special gainzzzzzz, just a great way to get a bit more protein in a pleasing cookie context. Mission accomplished!

    One thing I would disagree with is that these are not really a great way to increase protein in your diet due to the other macros that come along with it. Granted, you do get 37g of protein, but I can get that from a scoop and a half of whey and almost none of the fat or carbs - so just keep that in mind. But if you can alter a meal to include one of these delicious little devils, well, then it's game on Skippy!

    ----Value----
    These normally sell for $24.99 for 12 cookies. Right now they're on sale for $17.49. Either way, they still are a relatively solid value coming in between $1.50-$2.00 per cookie, which is right in line with the higher quality protein bars that I purchase. Any higher and you're into what I call "YouBar" land where for $3.00 a bar you can get all natural hand made protein bars shipped fresh, which is really hard to beat for quality and effectiveness if price is not an issue. But overall, I think that the ability to fit a little pleasure into your diet and still get decent macros as well as taste and texture is quite high in value beyond the actual cost. I'd have no problem using one of these as my occasional dessert or cheat meal. Plus, these tended to fill me up, so there's also the added value that you may well find yourself eating a bit less due to the high satiety factor - not a trivial thing to consider and way more value than choking down glasses of fiber. (Although this isn't a high fiber snack.)


    ----Conclusion----
    I think most people can go either way on these - the protein snobs/purists will not give it a go due to the soy and gelatin proteins. The OCD physique audience will never accept the high fat and carbs. But for normal recreational lifters, I think this is a totally acceptable addition to your food choices. Higher protein, great taste and texture, fair price, max convenience. That's a win in my book.
     Pros:
     Cons:
    • Great Taste
    • Soft And Chewy
    • Nailed The Flavor
    • A Bit Pricey
    • Soy And Gelatin Proteins
      June 4, 2015
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    7.0

    ----Introduction----

    I was sent this along with another product and would not have requested it due to my previous history with PDE5 inhibitors. However, it arrived so I decided to give it a try on several occasions. ProSolution is an herbal alternative to male ED drugs. Please note that I attempted to use these on half a dozen occasions, all with the same consistent side effects - so technically I did not finish the entire box, however, I do feel that the side effects were consistent enough to be able to judge product effectiveness (read below for explanation).
    ----Introduction----
    I was sent this along with another product and would not have requested it due to my previous history with PDE5 inhibitors. However, it arrived so I decided to give it a try on several occasions. ProSolution is an herbal alternative to male ED drugs. Please note that I attempted to use these on half a dozen occasions, all with the same consistent side effects - so technically I did not finish the entire box, however, I do feel that the side effects were consistent enough to be able to judge product effectiveness (read below for explanation).

    ----Ingredient Profile----

    Asphaltum - ok, so I was like, wth? Asphalt? But no, this is another name for shilajit, a thivk tar-like substance used in ayurvedic medicine. It is usually very hard (and expensive) to find reputable and quality sources for this. It is a great anti-oxident and anti-inflammatory.

    Tribulus Terrestis - ok, "meh" but reportedly great for libido.

    Mucuna Puriens - a great source for L-Dopa, although purity is not listed, but I've used it in other products with good effectiveness.

    Withania Somnifera (ashwagandha) - common herbal ingredient for blood flow

    Curculigo Orchioides - libido

    Asparagus Adscendens - increase sperm count

    All of these are actually pretty common herbal remedies, although probably not in the same product before. Unfortunately we don't know the real clinical amounts or dosing (although we can compare them to amounts used in studies) , and there probably isn't a consistent baseline to begin with. However,all are listed individually, which is very nice - big plus.

    ----Taste/Mixability/Dosing----
    I took two tablets a day, with food. Occasionally I would try an additional tablet before sexual activity.

    ----Effectiveness----
    Based on side effects, which were massive (lol), I've got to rate this as effective. I've always had terrible side effects on any occasion that I've tried PDE5 type inhibitors - may skin becomes quite flushed, I get brutal pressure in my head and I get irregular heart beat. Onset is usually within 30 minutes and that was the case with this. Since this is consistent with attempts to use Viagra, I feel confident that this is certainly not some sugar pill. Seriously, the side effects were exactly to the degree and scale of prescription medication. So while not scientific by any means, form a purely anecdotal perspective, I feel that these have quality ingredients that work equally effective to other more common products on the market.

    And this does produce wood - sometimes painfully so. Although again, that's not something I have an issue with so I may not be the best judge on this.

    ----Value----
    These are available directly from the vendor through a subscription service which drives me absolutely batty. However, it was easier to find pricing for this product - 1 month is $69.95. Packages are available up to 6 months for $299.95, which reduces monthly price down to $49.95. I'm going to rate this a middle of the road value - very similar in pricing to Men's Advantage from Muscle Feast, another effective herbal product. These types of men's products aren't cheap to begin with, especially for the ones that have been proven effective. Since I don't suffer from ED issues, value would be low for me, but for someone with these issues, I wouldn't think that even $70 a month would be a hardship to improve your sex life.


    ----Side Effects----
    (see above) - skin flushing, headache/head pressure, irregular heart beat.

    ----Conclusion----
    This one is interesting - since I never actually was able to make an informed decision on it's sexual potency (and frankly it's not an issue for me in the first place), I can only comment on what I perceived the potential to be. So, based on comparisons to other effective products that I've taken, I've got to say that this holds promise. Try it for yourself and decide. I'll rate it as a yes with the caveat only if you have ED issues to begin with.
     Pros:
     Cons:
      • Side Effects
        May 27, 2015
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      9.5

      ----Introduction----

      What can I say, I'm a pwo junkie so I was excited to give this a try.

      ----Ingredient Profile----

      Others have done a great job of detailing all the ingredients so I'll take a slight detour and just highlight what I think stands out, and without a doubt, it's the energy/focus elements that makes this a stellar choice. LGI has combined multiple stimulant and nootropic type ingredients to provide one of the smoothest, most consistent focus and energy products that I've ever used. I especially like the inclusion of pikatropin, arecoline hydrobromide, alpha-GPC and B-PEA. I've used these all befoire, but together with the stim elements provide a really fantastic energy/focus combo. The stims are based on AMP Citrate, something that I do not typically respond to; however, perhaps the addition of caffeine and the nootropics delivered a totally different, and effective, stim package.
      ----Introduction----
      What can I say, I'm a pwo junkie so I was excited to give this a try.


      ----Ingredient Profile----
      Others have done a great job of detailing all the ingredients so I'll take a slight detour and just highlight what I think stands out, and without a doubt, it's the energy/focus elements that makes this a stellar choice. LGI has combined multiple stimulant and nootropic type ingredients to provide one of the smoothest, most consistent focus and energy products that I've ever used. I especially like the inclusion of pikatropin, arecoline hydrobromide, alpha-GPC and B-PEA. I've used these all befoire, but together with the stim elements provide a really fantastic energy/focus combo. The stims are based on AMP Citrate, something that I do not typically respond to; however, perhaps the addition of caffeine and the nootropics delivered a totally different, and effective, stim package.

      I also like the pump elements. Now, I'm not going to be replacing PES High Volume anytime soon, but the GMS, GPLC and agmatine provide a great NO base to really help get the blood flowing - nothing too flashy and like I said, nothing that approaches other pump-only products, but a very solid addition none the less. And combined with using High Volume as my intra, man, the results were fantastic.

      And of course, I can not minimize how great it is to get 100% full disclosure on the label. +++++++++

      ----Taste/Mixability/Dosing----
      I received the Tiger's Blood flavor. Most anyone who lives in the south has tried Tiger's Blood at the local fairground - it's a strawberry/fruit punch/coconut flavor that most snow-cone vendors offer. This was exactly what was expected; perhaps a touch too little coconut for my taste, but all good. Mixing resulted in a moderate amount of flakes floating on the top and a minor amount of residue left behind; nothing too terrible.

      This is a true 1 scoop pwo. End of story, lol.

      ----Effectiveness----
      Like I said, this provided the best smooth energy/focus combo that I've ever had - very stable and consistent. It never left me jacked up or jittery not did I develop a tolerance to it at any point during the entire container. In addition, the effects remained constant throughout my entire workout. What else can I say? It's exactly what I turn to a pwo product to get.

      ----Value----
      Given the top notch ingredients at effective levels, the fact that you can get this for as little as $28.00 is just insane. Seriously, every other pwo vendor needs to take notice at what can be provided at such a reasonable cost. And frankly, I'm hard pressed to think of a reason to justify some of the $2.00+ per serving pwo products when you can get this for under $1.00 per serving (30 true servings per tub.)


      ----Conclusion----
      This just flat out works. Seriously, I do not need to get overly wordy; just go buy a tub and try it for yourself. I don't think I've ever rated a pwo this high on value and effectiveness before, so believe me, it's worth trying.
       Pros:
       Cons:
      • No Proprietary Blend
      • Reputable
      • Increased Energy
      • Excellent Workouts Everytime Without Crash
      • Outstanding Ingredient Profile
      • Great Value
      • Minor Flaking And Grit
        May 22, 2015
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      5.5

      ----Introduction----

      ok, so a bunch of male enhancement products came through the ER and we each decided to take one for the team and check out if these products lived up to their claims. This particular product makes some pretty bold claims:
      ----Introduction----
      ok, so a bunch of male enhancement products came through the ER and we each decided to take one for the team and check out if these products lived up to their claims. This particular product makes some pretty bold claims:

      "Finish Like a Porn Star"
      "Shoot Massive Loads of Cum"
      "Unlimited Sex"
      "Bigger, harder erections"
      "Mind blowing orgasms"
      "Increase distance and arc in ejaculate"
      "Double the volume (up to 500% over 3 months)"

      "With Volume Pills™ we guarantee you'll experience orgasms that measure at the TOP of the richter scale -- earthshaking orgasms of seismic proportions that will rock your world in ways you've never experienced before.

      Yeah, you'll enjoy the ego boost that comes when she's begging for more.

      Because when you man up with erections that are rock hard... and when you're filling her with cum and letting her ride the wave of your orgasms, she'll be eager to please and play... again and again."

      Pretty bold claims - how did it do? Well......


      ----Ingredient Profile----
      The ingredients are all natural and herbal based. The main ingredients are:

      Zinc: enhances sperm quantity and testosterone production.
      Amla: (Indian Gooseberry) is packed with Vitamin C; enhances blood flow and claims harder erections.
      Apigenin: A bioflavanoid that some claim enhances erection.
      Cordyceps: A mushroom that adds to the production of testosterone and improves libido as well as a natural aphrodisiac.
      Drillizen: NO type ingredient to increase blood flow
      Solidilin: Impacts dopamine.

      Like many other "health" type supplements, there are just so many variables such as where they source their raws from or manufacturing standards that you simply have no way to comment on anything other than brief comments. It's even a crap-shoot as to whether or not what's on the label is what's in the pill. That's just the nature of the beast - not saying that about this product specifically, only commenting on this particular segment of the industry. Without any regulation, it can get shady.

      ----Taste/Mixability/Dosing----
      The pills are a bit on the large size and you take 2 tabs daily. And additional 2 tabs can be taken prior to "activity". Max of 6 per day. Must be taken daily with max effectiveness over time. It's recommended that best results occur after 45 days, so I couldn't test that as I only had 1 box/ 30 servings.

      ----Effectiveness----
      ok, so all BS aside, how'd they do? Now it's important to note that for best results they advise you refrain from sex/masturbation for a least 7 days. Now I've just got to say, that if I refrain from sex for 7 days, I don't need pills to explode like an Old Faithful. So, like WTF? No way that was ever going to happen so I can only comment on my experience which was pretty much that I just started taking them without the 7 day "I'll just play my XBox" kick start.

      I'll cut to the chase - at no point in the first 30 days did I ever think of myself as Peter North. I didn't worry about drowning my gf in a pool of semen, nor did I ever attempt to drive a six inch nail through a 2 x 4 with my penis. So I've got to say that (and no surprise here) the outlandish claims fell far short. However, what I did receive was slightly more powerful orgasms, not earthshaking, but certainly stronger and a minor increase in fluid volume. So I've got to think that the NO claims weren't all fabricated and I did see an improvement from the normal baseline. Kinda cool. Now it's important to say that like that line from Eddie Murphy "I get hard when the wind blows" so I can't comment on wanting to have sex more frequently or getting hard more often - that's natural for me anyway. But I certainly didn't see any less frequency. I saw no change to distance or arc of ejaculate and certainly couldn't attempt to paint my name on my gf's rack with my jizz.

      ----Value----
      I am almost embarrassed to say that I could not find a damn price for these things without actually starting the "sign up for your trial now" process, something that even for SR, I refuse to subject myself to. Even all the "unbiased" review sites only contained referrer links to the trial website. So again, WTF, man. These trial subscription sites are the bane of the supplement industry and I despise them. I found some site in the UK where they sold for around $60 dollars, and many similar product are in the $45-65 range so I guess I'll go with that. If the price is available and I'm just too challenged to find it, I apologize. It does offer a 67 day money back guarantee. Seriously, 67? Why not go with 69; at least that would be funny.


      ----Conclusion----
      Look, I got some results so that was a plus, but I can not ever recommend buying supplements through one of these subscription service sites. Historically they are a royal pain to deal with and you have almost no recourse if you try and get money back, 67 day guarantee or not. Sorry, but I've got to advise you look elsewhere due to the outlandish claims and subscription service.
       Pros:
       Cons:
      • Mild Increase In Semen Volume
      • Slightly Stronger Orgasm
      • Subscription Site
      • Wtf Is The Real Price
        May 20, 2015
      Verified Full-Container Use Through SR TROOPs

      9.0

      ----Introduction----

      I've never taken a health/wellness supplement marketed specifically for heart health. The makers say that it's designed to reduce all markers of metabolic syndrome - high blood pressure, high lipids, high blood sugar, excess abdominal weight - all things which increase the risk of heart disease, stroke or diabetes. Given that I've already got a blood disease and medical treatments that puts me at risk, I thought I'd be more than happy to give this a try.
      ----Introduction----
      I've never taken a health/wellness supplement marketed specifically for heart health. The makers say that it's designed to reduce all markers of metabolic syndrome - high blood pressure, high lipids, high blood sugar, excess abdominal weight - all things which increase the risk of heart disease, stroke or diabetes. Given that I've already got a blood disease and medical treatments that puts me at risk, I thought I'd be more than happy to give this a try.

      ----Ingredient Profile----
      The ingredient profile has a few things that I'm familiar with and have used in the past. Berberine HCL and Banaba are popular ingredients in supplements such as Recompadrol and used to help with glucose/insulin management. I've used them frequently in the past and find them to be effective. And I like that the berberine HCL is at 500mg - exactly the same dose that's in my favorite berberine supplement, Glycosolve.

      The other ingredients are niancin, pantethine, nattokinase and white willow bark. I don't know a whole lot about these, but the pantethine helps reduce total and LDL choleserol along with the niancin which reduces LDL particle size and lipoproteins. Nattokinase is a natural blood thinner - obviously helping to reduce blood pressure. White willow bark is typically used as an anti-inflammatory, something that interested me since my resting CK levels are >1000. I was a bit concerned about adding another thinner alongside my prescription meds but it didn't seem to be an issue as bruising didn't increase and platelets stayed equally pathetic, lol.

      ----Taste/Mixability/Dosing----
      These are capsules and it is recommended that you take 2 in the AM and 2 in the PM. As I've said, I'm already on other medications and as a result, I simply could not take more than 1 cap in the AM - I'll explain why in the section on side effects, so I had to either split the first dose into 1 in the AM and 1 at lunch or just take both caps at lunch. Towards the end, I actually just took 3 caps per day and found it to be effective.


      ----Effectiveness----
      ok, the bottom line here will be blood tests and that's what I'll review. Really there's almost nothing else to add other than to show you the numbers:

      Prior to medical treatments:
      CHL: 120
      LDL: 78
      HDL: 42
      Glucose: 75
      BP: 115/70

      During treatments:
      CHL: 153
      LDL: 131
      HDL: 21
      Glucose: 102
      BP: 157/88

      During Heart-Pro:
      CHL: 136
      LDL: 111
      HDL: 25
      Glucose: 84
      BP: 135/77

      So it's clear to see that I did achieve a reduction in pertinent blood work. Perhaps not quite as significant as some of the studies quoted in the NutraClipse marketing, but no joking matter all the same. Especially for me personally since I prefer to not take statin drugs due to the lethargy I get. So seeing a 15% reduction in lipids is a big deal for me. I can only hope that additional bottles will continue the trend-line. Now my blood sugar has never gotten terribly out of a normal range but it saw a 12 point reduction, which is similar to what I see when using GlycoSolve, so kudos on the berberine/banaba combo here. Finally blood pressure went down as well, so all across the board I saw positive effects. And while I didn't post the values, I ever saw a reduction in my CK down to about 880 - added as an FYI, not necessarily correlated but who knows.


      ----Value----
      This can be found online for around $40. That's at least 30-45 days depending on how you dose it, so that's a bit over a dollar per day. The real question is what it's worth to you to avoid the use of prescription medications (or in mind case in combination with). I have a degenerative disease and without steroids, I function at a very poor level. Unfortunately, the drugs the docs give me to save me also tend to slowly kill me, lol. So for me, this is an extremely high value as it clearly helped me mitigate the side effects of my treatments without having to resort to other prescription drugs. (Did I mention my liver enzyme values, lol?) But all joking aside, if you are at risk, I would think that the value for something that works is immense at almost any cost.

      ----Side Effects----
      Due to other BP and blood thinner meds, if I took both caps in the AM, I would get severe, and I do mean severe, redness and flushing (I assume from the niancin and nattokinase). It was like paresthesia from hell. I'm not exaggerating when I say it was extreme and highly noticeable - I turned red like a lobster. Interestingly enough though, I did not receive this side effect when I took two caps in the afternoon so I'm going to assume it was due to my other medications and altering my dosage pattern easily rectified this.

      ----Conclusion----
      If you are at risk for increased blood pressure, lipids or blood sugar, either from physiological or pharmaceutical reasons, then I recommend you give this a serious look. I can't speak to it's effectiveness for normal healthy adults, but as my blood-work numbers show, it certainly impacted my out of range values as advertised. So is it of value for the rest of us? I can't speak to that. But for me, it is certainly something that I'll continue to buy - and that is the "Lava is a cheapskate" seal of approval when I spend my own money on a supplement.
       Pros:
       Cons:
      • Decreased LDL
      • Decreased BP
      • Decreased Glucose

        ----Introduction----

        As in said in my review of their BCAA product, I really was interested in the time released aspect of Performix products. Plus, I'm a pwo junkie, so it never hurts to try another one. Just to put this in context, typically you hear of PWO products such as S-Line Incite, Stimul8 or Hyper MD talked about as the big boys on the block for stim power; well guys, move over, there's a new kid on the block...
        ----Introduction----
        As in said in my review of their BCAA product, I really was interested in the time released aspect of Performix products. Plus, I'm a pwo junkie, so it never hurts to try another one. Just to put this in context, typically you hear of PWO products such as S-Line Incite, Stimul8 or Hyper MD talked about as the big boys on the block for stim power; well guys, move over, there's a new kid on the block...

        ----Ingredient Profile----
        Unfortunately all the ingredients are provided in one mega prop blend (which, you know, I hate), so it's impossible to tell how much of each is provided. And given that the first 4 ingredients are beta alanine, cit mal, betaine and creatine HCL, it would not be surprising to see a blend with these exceed the total 3.7g total, especially since my typical dose of beta alanine is 3 grams on its own. So when I first looked at this I thought that I was in 2 scoop land for sure. BIGGGGG mistake, lol. Whether or not these seem under-dosed by current clinical standards is largely irrelevant because they deliver a huge punch in the amounts provided here; I'll discuss that more in the section on effectiveness.

        The stim blend has Advantra Z (bitter orange) which provides a whole slew of things like synephrine, n-methyltyramine, hordenine , tyramine, and octopamine plus bioperine for absorption and rauwolscine (yohimbe bark). If I had seen the yohimbe first, I would have rethought things since yohimbe usually messes up my stomach, but I missed it. Fortunately I didn't get the normal stomach discomfort from this. However, i would be remiss if I didn't point it out as some people have side effects from yohimbe based products.

        I won't rehash the marketing on Terra Beads; suffice it to say that I believe they are an effective method of phased delivery. And whether or not there's any clinical evidence to back it up isn't a big deal for me - there is an obvious and non-trivial second wave of energy delivered with this product.

        ----Taste/Mixability/Dosing----
        I had the blue ice, which is your pretty standard blue razz kind of flavoring - quite acceptable and no issues. Maybe even a bit better than standard. To be honest, I don't really care one way or the other about the taste of a pwo beyond a certain point - just don't suck and I'm fine. But heck, even if you do suck, I'm fine if you work like the cat's meow. Mixing was clean with no residue. Overall, very acceptable across the board.

        Dosing; well dosing was a learning experience, lol. Like I said, I started with 2 scoops out of the gate and when that second wave hit me about 45 minutes in, I was like, whoa Nellie..... So I'm very confident that a single scoop will work for all but the most stim tolerant.

        ----Effectiveness----
        This was your typical high end pwo after the first dose - very solid. I got a good energy and focus through the first part of my training. Where this blindsided me, literally, was about 45 minutes in when the time release elements kicked in full blast. And more specifically, the yohimbe aspects kicked in so for me, that's a really intense mental push that I wasn't at all ready for with the accompanying dizziness and cold sweats (please note that I DID NOT get these side effects when dosed appropriately - aka, when i read the label, lol). I typically only train for 60-90 minutes so I was at the end of my training and like, seriously all jacked up, lol. Needles to say I altered my dosing and started taking this 30 minutes pre training side of things instead of 15 minutes like before. I also reduced down to a heavy single scoop. The result was excellent energy for my 0530 training. Mentally, it provided no jitters and adequate (not spectacular) focus elements. No real pump aspects to speak of and no real beta tingles.

        ----Value----
        I briefly mentioned this in comments on another Performix review, but I base value on regular pricing, not sales pricing. That's the way I do things because the value when it's on BOGO may not be the value when someone reads this review - get over it. (Although technically I'm still a bit confused whether Performix prefers me to not mention price or only mention price when it's sale. I know, I'm kind of a dick sometimes) And at regular pricing of $49.99 for 45 servings, this rocks. I mean it is totally worth it. Value isn't solely about the price per serving, but also about how it compares to other products that deliver the same results and for this, I'm not sure there is another product that can deliver the same results. So if we judge it solely on delivering an energy fueled workout experience without all on it's own, then I also find it to be almost unparalleled. There's a fine line between jacked up to the gills and solid, workable energy that lends itself to productive training. If this has a fault, it may be how closely it straddles that line; but believe me, cutting back on the dosing is all it took to find the sweet spot, and for me, that sweet spot was sweet indeed. So I'm going to rate this high as I feel results more than justify the high price tag. However, like I mentioned above, it happens to be on a BOGO deal at bb.com so that's 2 tubs for $59.99 which is an insanely good value.


        ----Conclusion----
        As history has shown, I'm the last person to be impressed by marketing copy. And while the science and innovation behind products is more glamorous to some of us more than others, what impresses me, like all my ER brethren, is performance. And as such, I've got no qualms saying that pound for pound, dollar for dollar, this is a pure mean machine. It's not going to give you the pumps or the focus that vertical pump products or nootropics excel at, but what it does provide is the mother of all clean energy and decent focus and alertness. And let's be honest here - for most of us, that's a fantastic benefit. The industry has gotten into a Swiss-Army knife approach where a pwo has to be all things to all people and I think most products fail at that. I used this as an old-school energy focused pwo; end of story. So if you train first thing in the AM like I do, or for extended periods of time, then I cannot recommend this more highly. It stands toe to toe with my previous energy champ, S-Line Incite.

        All joking aside, and I've used some humor in this review due to the higher tensions that some other Performix reviews have generated; but this is an excellent product. Remember, you take the good with the bad and not every company hits a home-run with every product. In fact, even some of the very best companies have had some outright failures. If SR has a small role to play, it's in the fact that we can offer independent opinions that can help any company offer better products - and we all benefit from that. These are just my personal opinions and I hope as such that readers can appreciate the time put into it regardless of the scores given. If not, there's a variety of feminine hygiene product review websites that I can recommend (from personal experience, lol).
         Pros:
         Cons:
        • Time Released
        • Increased Endurance
        • Unique Delivery System
        • Increased Energy
        • Unique Energy Delivery



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