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Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
Thanks to LabTech Nutraceuticals for sending it out!
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  February 21, 2018

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Quality Ingredients
  • Increased Energy
  • Endurance Elevations
  • Enhanced Focus
  • Better Mood
  • Strong
  • Not Suitable For Overly Stim Sensitive
  • Bit Expensive

Introduction

A special thanks to LabTech Nutraceuticals for their participation here on SR.com. Today, I discuss their pre workout Biometric Shock. After having a great experience with their other pre workout Full Spectrum, I was curious to try this one out. I consider myself pretty stim-tolerant and have tried some of the strongest pre workouts both available today and the ones of back in the day before strict stim regulations (such as the DMAA ban) were put into place. So I wasn't hesitant to give this a go, but of course I always play it safe and assess tolerance to each ind...

Introduction

A special thanks to LabTech Nutraceuticals for their participation here on SR.com. Today, I discuss their pre workout Biometric Shock. After having a great experience with their other pre workout Full Spectrum, I was curious to try this one out. I consider myself pretty stim-tolerant and have tried some of the strongest pre workouts both available today and the ones of back in the day before strict stim regulations (such as the DMAA ban) were put into place. So I wasn't hesitant to give this a go, but of course I always play it safe and assess tolerance to each individual product in the beginning.

Ingredient Profile

The profile is fully disclosed with no prop blends.

It begins with a dosage of vitamin B12 at 100mcg.

Following is the performance complex containing beta alanine at 3,700mg and black pepper fruit extract at 5mg.

Next is the Energy complex. Before I discuss the ingredients I'd like to note that this product contains three types of caffeine sources and a high stim concentration of other ingredients overall. If you are particularly stim sensitive, I would use significant caution with this product.

The complex contains caffeine anhydrous at 375mg, theobromine at 325mg, 2-aminoisoheptane at 175mg, caffeine citrate at 100mg, DiCaffeine Malate at 75mg, synephrine hydrochloride at 50mg, yohimbine hcl at 20mg, and huperzine-a at 50mcg.

Now as I said, the stim-sensitive should be very careful considering the stim amount concentrations in this product. Given the three sources of caffeine, it combines to a total of 550mg. However, as LabTech would describe, due to the chemical yield nature of caffeine citrate, realistically this product actually totals 475mg since citrate yields 50% of caffeine content. Still, that is an exuberant amount of caffeine in one hit. Of course, lets not forget the 2-aminoisoheptane (DMHA) which is also stimulant and the high dose of yohimbine hcl, which does have stimulative properties in it's own right. This is literally, not for the faint of heart.

Huperzine-a and theobromine have cognitive enhancement properties and synephrine hydrochloride can induce thermogenesis.

Moving along towards the end of the profile is the focus/mood complex containing taurine at 1,000mg, citicoline at 300mg, l-dopa at 250mg, hordenine hcl at 50mg, and noopept at 30mg. All of these ingredients can enhance focus to an optimal level and give a good boost in mood as well. I would like a little more taurine though.

Overall, an effective looking profile with the exception of the fact that with all the stimulants, this is clearly a stim-junkies dream come true. Again, those sensitive to stims, use caution.

Taste/Mixability/Dosing

I received the sour gummy candy flavor and I personally liked it. It was not too sweet, sour, or had any unpleasant chemical like taste or aroma.

It mixed well in water without any undissolved grit or sediment.

Dosing is what you would do with any other pre workout. After assessing my tolerance with half a scoop pre workout for the first few day, I took a full scoop mixed with water 20 minutes before my workout.

Please assess your tolerance with this product.

Effectiveness

I'm gonna resort to the category method for this one.

Energy (10/10): YIKES!!! Biometric shock lives up to its name in the sense that it will give you some hard hitting, consistent, clean, strong as hell energy. I felt like I was on meth with this stuff. I was bouncing off the walls, pumping iron after iron, each consecutive workouts with no crash. Be sure to ensure that you don't take this too close to bedtime if you happen to workout in the later evenings. Also as a side note, no I do not do drugs and never tried meth, it was merely a dramatization.

Endurance (8/10): I would say it was mostly in combination with the strong stim surge energy having a carry over effect, but I did get a very notable increase in my endurance on this product. I was able to expand rep ranges on several lifts, both isolation and compound, run for longer cardio intervals, and engage in my boxing more aggressively. Makes me wanna challenge Floyd Mayweather.

Focus/Mood (8/10): I got real good, razor sharp focus an better mood from Biometric shock. I had that characteristic "I'm gonna do this" aggression type mindset and I was far less distracted and more honed in on weight training objectives through my workouts. I also had an overall more positive persona among fellow gym peers.

Thermo Effect (5/10): I actually didn't get a significant thermo effect from Biometric shock alone, but I did sweat a little more and had a more "heated" feeling in my core at times. This occurred mostly during my cardio, boxing, and High volume weight training sets. Still, not the strongest thermo effect.

On a last note, since the product didn't have any pump ingredients, I compensated that by adding in some of Nutrabio's agmatine to the pre workout. This allowed it to have a pump effect.

Value

The cheapest I found Biometric shock was 44.99 for 30 servings. This does seem high, but given the phenomenal efficacy I'd say it is still a very good price for a product of this degree. Furthermore, if you only opt for a half a scoop, that increases the duration of the product by double, so that further improves the value.

Side Effects

gerves11, who reviewed this before me, noted that he experienced some significant side effects from this including jitters, rapid heartbeat, and nausea. I myself experienced no side effects, but as I noted, I am more stim tolerant. This further stresses my advisory on assessing your tolerance with half a scoop first and seeing how you react to it. Everyone will respond differently.

Conclusion

I will say it once more, please use caution with this product if you are sitm sensitive. Other than that, Biometric shock was an intensively effective pre workout that gave me powerful energy, great focus, improved mood, and elevated endurance. If you are more stim tolerant and wanna try a strong concoction that packs a punch in all areas, give Biometric Shock a go.

WARMACHINE OUT!!!

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IntraMax (Performax Labs)

Overall
Overall
8.0
Effectiveness
Effectiveness
8.5
Value
Value
6.8
Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
Thanks to Performax Labs for sending it out!
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  February 22, 2018

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Relief From DOMS
  • Taste Is Amazing
  • Helps Hydrate
  • A Little Pricey

Introduction

Thanks to Performax Labs for giving the SR Troops an opportunity to log Intramax. I thoroughly enjoyed the last product that I tried from Performax and this one was no different. Let's get into this and see how my experience unfolded.

Ingredient Profile

First and foremost you guys know that I love full disclosure of ingredients. I suppose you could consider this full disclosure although they seemingly have a few ingredients lumped together without actually saying it is a prop blend. Would be nice if they didn't do that but I'm not going to harp on it too bad...

Introduction

Thanks to Performax Labs for giving the SR Troops an opportunity to log Intramax. I thoroughly enjoyed the last product that I tried from Performax and this one was no different. Let's get into this and see how my experience unfolded.

Ingredient Profile

First and foremost you guys know that I love full disclosure of ingredients. I suppose you could consider this full disclosure although they seemingly have a few ingredients lumped together without actually saying it is a prop blend. Would be nice if they didn't do that but I'm not going to harp on it too badly.

Macro Breakdown

1 Scoop Serving (21g)
Calories: 25
Fat: 0g
Carbs: 0g
Protein: 5.5g

Ingredient Breakdown

Amino Acid - mTOR Activation

Whey Protein Hydrolysate - 6g
L-Leucine - 3g

Interesting to add actual hydrolyzed whey protein to a supplement aimed at being an intra workout drink. I was worried about it feeling heavy when drinking but I really didn't notice any profound difference between a straight BCAA supplement and Intramax

Power Strength Recovery

Creatine Monohydrate, Magnesium Creatine Chelate, Creatine Anhydrous - 3g
L-Glutamine, L-Alanine, L-alanyl-L-Glutamine - 2.5g

While I do like the inclusion of some various forms of creatine in the mix I don't like two things. One obviously being that they don't disclose how much of each, and two being that it isn't a clinically proven effective dose. I assume the bulk of the blend is good old monohydrate. If it is worth including then it should be worth including in an effective dose. But I'm not going to get too upset since it is really more of an added bonus anyway.

Hydration - Electrolytes

Taurine - 1.5g
GlycerPump - 1g
Sodium Phosphate - 200mg
Potassium Phosphate - 150mg

I love the inclusion of electrolytes and hydration partitioners in intra workout supplements. I sweat like crazy when I train so having something in the mix to help rehydrate is a nice touch.

Taste/Mixability/Dosing

I received the Orange Dream flavor and I was disappointed when I opened the box because I am not typically a fan of orange flavored anything really. But there was something incredibly delicious and refreshing about the taste of Intramax. If I'm being honest I actually drank a serving of this twice when I wasn't even working out because I just genuinely enjoyed the flavor. (Don't Judge Me!) It was like a liquid dreamsicle. It mixed pretty well with the exception of that little bit of Leucine that just never seems to want to mix all the way. Dosing is pretty simple. Are you working out? Well drink it then!

Effectiveness

The ultimate test of an intra workout for me is leg day. DOMS is always bad for me after leg day and I noticed a pretty profound difference while taking Intramax. DOMS was generally gone after a day whereas it usually at least last for two days and sometimes three. Don't know why but it just seemed to work a little better than straight BCAA's. And I have taken a LOT of BCAA supplements in my day.

Value

$38 is the best I could find for a tub of Intramax. There are certainly cheaper ways of getting BCAA's but the fact that I saw real results from taking Intramax in terms of relief of DOMS, and the inclusion of some other goodies keeps the value high for me. There are only 25 servings but since you don't lift every day (I hope you don't) you'll probably end up getting a little more than a month out of a tub. If you have the spare cash I would say pick up a tub and try for yourself. If it doesn't fit in the budget then I would say go ahead and skip this one.

Side Effects

The only side effect was that it tasted so good that I wanted to drink it every day.

Conclusion

This is my second offering from Performax Labs and I have to say that I am growing fond of the company. They generally disclose all ingredients and the results are pretty damn good. Intramax for whatever reason made a noticeable difference in DOMS after leg day and that makes it alright in my book. If you have the cash to give it a try I would suggest doing so.


Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
Thanks to Nature Restore for sending it out!
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  February 22, 2018

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Enhanced Pump Feel
  • Increase Supplement Absorption
  • Great Value
  • Amazing Value
  • Enhanced Effects
  • Great With High Protein
  • Astraption
  • Huge Dose Per Serving

    INTRODUCTION

    Thank you to Nature Restore for participating in the SR TROOP program and for SupplementReviews for making this connection possible. Nature Restore is an interesting brand because they base their supplements on organic plants. They have several interesting products that I've made reviews here at SupplementReviews and other products I haven't tried. Most of us take a lot of supplements and expect them to work. We flood our body with Aminoacids, Creatine, Glutamine, Protein, Joint Support, Multivitamins, Multiminerals and the list goes on. That's only including sup...

    INTRODUCTION

    Thank you to Nature Restore for participating in the SR TROOP program and for SupplementReviews for making this connection possible. Nature Restore is an interesting brand because they base their supplements on organic plants. They have several interesting products that I've made reviews here at SupplementReviews and other products I haven't tried. Most of us take a lot of supplements and expect them to work. We flood our body with Aminoacids, Creatine, Glutamine, Protein, Joint Support, Multivitamins, Multiminerals and the list goes on. That's only including supplements, we also have to include all the food we eat. So we expect them to work adequately but it's obvious our body is under a lot of work everyday to digest and use everything we take. So how can we increase the Effectiveness and Efficiency of what we consume? Here comes Astragin! Let's see how it worked...

    Btw, sorry for the delay writing this review. I was trying to see the difference with Astragin and without Astragin. And also I'll be honest, I've been reading lot of reviews, entering forum discussions, training, instead of writing my own reviews! lol.

    INGREDIENT PROFILE

    Only 1 ingredient: Astragin which is a combination of Astragalus Membracenous Root and Panax NotoGinseng Root. Other users have talked about Astragin already, there's also a "MFR's DESCRIPTION" at the product's page https://supplementreviews.com/nature-restore/astragin-200 (to the left). You can also read the page dedicated to Astragin here: https://nulivscience.com/astragin/ if you want to know more about Astragin.

    They also have a very simple YouTube video that explains in a very basic way what Astragin does: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=-vw9LIqMRsI The video says this: "90% of absorption occurs in the small intestine. Many nutrients we consume such as Turmeric or Calcium are either marginally or poorly absorbed by the body. Astragin enhances nutrient uptake by activating certain transporter molecules in your small intestine, allowing more nutrients to cross the intestinal movement and enter the bloodstream, for use by our organs, muscles and more."

    The product itself says: "Nutrient absorption in human bodies are not automatic but rather, regulated by specific transporters. Astragin increases nutrient absorption through nutrient transporters in the digestive tract." The website also has a 14 minute video with Michael Wang, President & CEO of NuLiv Science, discussing the Mechanism of Action of Astragin. AstraGin is NuLiv Science's exclusive absorption enhancing ingredient.

    So as you can see, you're fully covered here, lot of information to read if you want to know more about Astragin. NuLiv Science tells us the recommended daily dosage is 50mg. So how much Nature Restore Astragin 200 has? 75? 25? 100? NOOO! It has 200mg! BOOM! That's 4x more. Definitely a 10/10 here.

    TASTE/SIZE/TIMING

    No taste nor aftertaste.
    SIZE: 90 capsules, they are small and easy to swallow.
    TIMING: They suggest to take 1 capsule daily with a meal. Sometimes I took 1 capsule daily, other times I took 2 capsules daily, 1 with my largest meal and the other one with my Protein supplement or with my Preworkout.

    EFFECTIVENESS

    Astragin was most effective for me when I took it with a meal that had lot of Protein. "ASTRAPTION" was perfect here. No protein farts, stomach didn't feel heavy for a lot of time. Taking Astragin during the time I did (Christmas, New Year, etc) when there's a lot of Turkey and Protein sources was GREAT! :D That meant I had to keep training during those holidays though, so no rest for me... YOLO!!

    I also tried it with my preworkout. I could notice a few improvements but I expected a bit more here. I thought that with Astragin, the Citrulline Malate wasn't going to send me to the bathroom but it still did lol, that's why I expected a bit more. But yea, I think Astragin helped, the tingling sensation from Beta-Alanine could be felt more and I think it helped my preworkout worked better. I was taking Regicide Pre-Workout at the moment, which has a lot of ingredients and in high doses so increasing their absorption is a win-win situation.

    I also tried it with my Whey Protein supplement post-workout and the digestion was improved. No protein farts, no heavy feeling, especially when I took 2 scoops at the same time, which is when some of those side effects can happen more. I also think it helped with Calcium. I'm taking a cheap Calcium + Vitamin D supplement and Astragin made it feel less uncomfortable to digest, especially the cheap Calcium Carbonate in tablet form (nightmare).

    Overall, I'm very satisfied with Nature Restore Astragin and the way it worked. The 200mg dose is fantastic to enter into the ASTRAPTION mode! :D I suggest using it with your largest meal as that's the one that should have the most amount of protein, aminos, vitamins, etc. But feel free to use it with any other supplement to see if it improves it.

    VALUE

    Some supplements have 25mg, 50mg, 75mg and even 100mg but from what I know, no other supplement has this huge dose of 200mg per serving. Nature Restore sells this product for $24.95. Free shipping for orders over $25 lol, but check their other products, some of them are interesting. A 3 month product for $24.95. What else do you want? The price was $32-35 before, that's why the Value is not very high but right now, $24.95 is a bargain! Even with the $32-35 price, it's still a good price. So it deserves a 10. That $35 price would deserve like an 8. A 10 here means: "The best deal ever. I will spend my money on nothing else." A very small amount of products get a DESERVED 10 here.

    SIDE EFFECTS

    None.

    CONCLUSION

    Great product. Small capsules easy to swallow, perfect effectiveness with high protein foods, Highly effective with Protein supplements. Huge dose of 200mg per serving, only one available right now. I won't even add "Not widely available" to the "Cons" area because at that price, I don't care if it's not widely available lol. If the price increases to $35 in the future, then yes, Not widely available would be a Cons. But for this price, who cares!? I was taking too many supplements to fully determine the effectiveness of this pre-workout. I think it helped and improved my preworkout but can't absolutely conclude it was beyond placebo. Are you ready for ASTRAPTION!?



    GodMode (Boss Level Labs)
    Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
    Thanks to Boss Level Labs for sending it out!
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      February 22, 2018

     Pros:
     Cons:
      • Severely Under-Dosed
      • Filler Ingredients
      • Not Effective

      Introduction

      38 years old and I lift 4 days a week. To start, thank you to Boss Level and SR for the opportunity to try out and pass on my thoughts on this product. I have been reading about Nootropics for a while now, but have yet to truly try one. So with a name like God Mode for a Nootropic, I had to try it out. Lets see if this truly weaponized my mind or not. Also, if you did not understand the title or are too young, its part of an infamous cheat code from the popular Nintendo game Contra to give you unlimited lives aka god mode.

      Ingredient Profile

      We have a full...

      Introduction

      38 years old and I lift 4 days a week. To start, thank you to Boss Level and SR for the opportunity to try out and pass on my thoughts on this product. I have been reading about Nootropics for a while now, but have yet to truly try one. So with a name like God Mode for a Nootropic, I had to try it out. Lets see if this truly weaponized my mind or not. Also, if you did not understand the title or are too young, its part of an infamous cheat code from the popular Nintendo game Contra to give you unlimited lives aka god mode.

      Ingredient Profile

      We have a fully transparent profile here, which in my opinion is becoming the industry standard slowly. Good on Boss level labs for maintaining this standard. Since this is the first review on this product and I am new to Nootropics (we will learn together), we will break down the ingredients one by one, even though there are quite a few (this dosage is for 2 veggie capsules):

      Yamabushitake Powder (200mg): Known as the Lion's Mane Mushroom, is a dietary mushroom that can be a supplement. It appears to be a promising cognitive enhancer and immunomodulator (thought to stimulate or suppress inflammation depending on context). The only human study on this was 1,000mg three times a day and appeared to be effective. (Examine.com) So we are under dosed here if that is in fact the optimal dosage. Also it is recommended to take this with meals to help with absorption, which I did not do unfortunately.

      Theobromine (200mg): This is said to work similar to Caffeine to enhance mood, energy, and focus but research has yet to find any true nootropic benefits. 250 - 1000mg is the optimal dosage, so here we are well under dosed once again.

      Artichoke 4:1 Extract (contains naturally occurring Luteolin) (200mg): Artichoke Extract (Cynara scolymus) is an extract from the common bulb vegetable that appears to have the ability to stimulate bile secretion; this may underlie a weak reduction in cholesterol and improved fat digestion. A few doses have been used in human studies, including 6,000 mg of the basic extract (no concentrations) and also a 25-35:1 concentrated extract dosed at 1,800 mg. Both of these doses showed bioactivity, but there is no clear indication of which is the optimal dosage. It is unclear whether artichoke extract needs to be taken alongside a meal or not. (Examine.com) So again under dosed and not as potent of an extract.

      Bacosides A & B (From Bacopa 50% Extract) (200mg) (100mg): Bacopa monnieri is a nootropic herb that has been used in traditional medicine for longevity and cognitive enhancement. Supplementation can reduce anxiety and improve memory formation. In double-blind interventions, Bacopa tends to give upset stomachs much more than placebo. Would be advisable to take with food. Bacopa takes time to work. Studies that are too short tend to note either lesser or no effects, and studies that take multiple measures note that improvements are much better at 8-12 weeks than they are at 4-6 weeks. Anxiolytic effects might be acute though; its just the cognitive enhancement that seems to take time. The standard dose for Bacopa monnieri is 300mg, assuming that the total bacoside content (the active compound) is 55% of the extract, by weight. So we have a lower extract than recommended and under dosed. (Examine.com) This is a long term ingredient.

      Acetyl L-Carnitine HCI (100mg): L-Carnitine is involved in energy metabolism and mitochondrial protection. It is made in the body, but can also be consumed through food. Supplementation of L-carnitine does not burn fat unless the individual is deficient in L-carnitine. The standard dose for L-carnitine is between 500-2,000mg, with ALCAR specifically being 630mg - 2.5g. (Examine.com) Again, under dosed.

      Theanine (100mg): L-Theanine is a relaxing and nondietary amino acid found pretty much exclusively in teas from Camellia sinensis (alongside green tea catechins and caffeine) and is known to promote relaxation without sedation. It appears to be effective at this as well as reducing stress at standard dosages. L-Theanine tends to be taken in the dosage of 100-200mg, usually alongside caffeine. (Examine.com) Here we finally have an ingredient at the minimal dosage.

      Beet Powder (contains naturally occurring Betalains) (100mg): Betalains themselves have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Beet Powder has multiple benefits such as improving performance to cancer protection. 1-3 teaspoons taken daily is said to have maximal effect for improving performance, but one teaspoons is roughly 5.7g so obviously this is not even close to a dosage to have any effect for us. This almost feels like a filler ingredient to sell the product.

      Citicoline Monosodium (CDP Choline) (100mg): CDP-choline (citicholine) is a nootropic compound that converts to both choline and cytidine upon ingestion, the latter of which converts into uridine in the body. It appears to confer cognitive-promoting properties as a prodrug for these two compounds. Standard dosing of CDP-choline is to take 500-2,000 mg in two divided doses (of 250-1,000 mg) usually separated by 8-12 hours, although a single daily dose is also sometimes used. A single dose of 4,000 mg does not appear to affect the blood any differently than 2,000 mg, and so it is not necessary to take such a high dose. (Examine.com) So you may start to see the trend here, under dosed.

      Pterostilbene 12:1 Extract(40mg): This has multiple cognitive properties but all studies done with success were at 1-2mg per kg of body weight. So depending on your weight this is likely under dosed as well, but a promising ingredient for sure.

      Coleus Forskohilii Extract (std to 10% Forskolin) (20mg): Coleus forskohlii is an herb used in traditional medicine that may boost testosterone and induce fat loss, particularly in men. To supplement Coleus forskohlii, take 250 mg of a supplement that contains 10% forskolin, twice a day, for a 500 mg total daily dose. (Examine.com) We have the right standard here, but way low on dosage. You mainly find this is Test Boost supplements, so again this feels like a filler ingredient for business purposes, and I really do not see why this is here.

      Lithium (as Lithium Orotate) (500mcg): Lithium orotate is a dietary supplement used for the treatment of many ailments and medical conditions by alternative healers. These disorders are Bipolar Disorder and have anti-suicidal effects to name a couple. Again, not real sure why this is in here.

      Huperzine A (Huperzia Serrata) (40mcg): Huperzine-A is a cognitive enhancer that inhibits an enzyme that degrades the learning neurotransmitter, acetylcholine; due to this, a relative increase occurs. It belongs to the cholinergics class of molecules, and may be useful in fighting cognitive decline in the elderly. May need to be cycled. Supplementation of huperzine-A tends to be in the range of 50-200mcg daily, and while this can be divided into multiple dosages throughout the day it tends to be taken at a single dose. Supplementation of huperzine-A does not require food to be coingested with it and can be taken in a fasted state. (Examine.com) You may be familiar with this as its found in a lot of PWO's and in my experience at the right dosage works very well for focus. Too low of a dose here.

      Other ingredients are 75mg Caffiene Anhydrous for a minor energy boost and 5mg Bioperine for absorption. In summary we have some ingredients that can just be taken out such as Beet Powder, Forskolin, and Lithium. All other ingredients are here for a purpose but are very under-dosed. A promising profile, that is under dosed, so needs more work. A few of the ingredients need to be taken with food, so moving forward this needs to state on the directions to take with food.

      Taste/Mixability/Dosing

      Taste/Mixability: Pill form, in veggie capsules, so nothing to report here. Easy to swallow and no weird taste.

      Dosing: Directions state to take 2 capsules once daily. I took 2 pills when I got home from work around 5pm or so.

      Effectiveness

      I was excited to try this with such a fantastic name, and really thought the first time I took this it was working. Turns out that was me wanting this to work because from dose 2 until the end, I realized this did nothing for me. I did have a minor boost, but that was thanks to the 75mg of Caffeine. Honestly, I had no extra concentration or anything here. When I analyze the ingredient profile i can see why, since its very under-dosed. I do appreciate the company not loading this up with caffeine to trick people into this working. I was expecting to be able to concentrate a little more after work on simple tasks like dinner prep, and gaming a little bit on the computer. I had no improvement in either. Its a shame because I have had PWO's with better cognitive properties such as pre-jym which is due to a simple 50mcg dose of Huperzine A. I really have nothing else to say on this, besides I had no god mode effects and was left disappointing in the end.

      Value

      The cheapest you can find this is on Amazon for $27.95 for a 30 day supply (60 pills). That comes out to 93 cents a day. This is cheaper than most Nootropics reviewed here on SR, but with no effect to me there is no value.

      Side Effects

      None Experienced.

      Conclusion

      In the end, I was very excited to see what a Nootropic could do for me since I do have a desk job now. I am left still wondering, because this had no effect on me whatsoever. Boss level labs needs to do some serious work on upping the dosages here and removing a couple of filler ingredients in order to maximize the effects of this product. I cannot recommend this, because outside of a 75mg Caffiene boost this was basically taking pills for no reason for a month. Appreciate the opportunity though!



      Genius Creatine (The Genius Brand)

      Overall
      Overall
      8.0
      Effectiveness
      Effectiveness
      8.0
      Value
      Value
      8.0
      Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
      Thanks to The Genius Brand for sending it out!
      (Show run details )
        February 22, 2018

       Pros:
       Cons:
      • Better Endurance
      • Helps Strength
      • High Quality Ingredients
      • Natural
      • Good Taste
      • Fully Disclosed
      • Expensive In Comparison To Bulk Monohydrate
      • Settling At Bottom Of Shaker

      Introduction

      This will be my second review from Genius as I have previously tried their protein blend and I have quickly become a fan of theirs. They are completely natural and use high quality ingredients in their products which I truly appreciate.

      Ingredient Profile

      One scoop contains 3 g of Creapure creatine mono, 1.6 g of CarnoSyn beta-alanine, 1.5 g of creatine HCl, 500 mg of creatine MagnaPower, and 25 mg of AstraGin. So you have three forms of arguably the most effective creatine, an endurance aid, and an absorption aid. Four out of the five active ingredients ...

      Introduction

      This will be my second review from Genius as I have previously tried their protein blend and I have quickly become a fan of theirs. They are completely natural and use high quality ingredients in their products which I truly appreciate.

      Ingredient Profile

      One scoop contains 3 g of Creapure creatine mono, 1.6 g of CarnoSyn beta-alanine, 1.5 g of creatine HCl, 500 mg of creatine MagnaPower, and 25 mg of AstraGin. So you have three forms of arguably the most effective creatine, an endurance aid, and an absorption aid. Four out of the five active ingredients are trademark so you know there are no impurities or fillers that are possible to ingest through lower quality ingredients. The fifth ingredient that is not trademarked (creatine HCl) does not even have a trademarked form to my knowledge, so no harm there. The ingredients alone are underdosed, but as a blend I thought they worked fine.

      As far as inactive ingredients, I really liked how they used Stevia and monk fruit as sweeteners, natural flavors, and avocado extract for a color. I have not seen avocado being used for color so I thought that was cool. Whenever a company goes the natural route, it usually earns big points with me.

      Taste/Mixability/Dosing

      Taste 10/10: I received the apple flavor and it was very good in my opinion. It was not too sweet or overpowering, but it was extremely refreshing. They nailed it, especially using natural ingredients. Normally when using Stevia it leads to a bitter aftertaste, but they masked that somehow. Great job here.

      Mixability 5/10: Unfortunately as great as the taste was, the mixability suffered. There was no foaming at all, but it left a heavy sediment at the bottom of the shaker bottle. The sediment was very gritty and slightly sweet, so I am guessing it was the CarnoSyn.

      Dosing 10/10: Recommended to take one scoop in 8 oz. of water anytime after your workout. Since I was not taking a pre-workout, I opted to take it before training since it contained beta-alanine and creatine obviously; so I used it as a non-stim pre-workout.

      Effectiveness

      Since I kept my supplements to a bare minimum these past couple months, I think I have a good understanding of how effective this product was. Although I was not necessarily strength training, I started bringing my numbers back up to close to where they were when I was in my best shape. I have been in a caloric deficit and have been fairly active yet I was improving in many areas strength wise. I was doing more circuit style training and a lot more supersets and felt like I had pretty good endurance. I never really noticed anything that improved my pumps, but I do not think creatine is best suited for that. I never received any crazy pumps from purely creatine. I also did not notice an increase in recovery, but since I did not try this out post-workout, I am not going to take off for that. I would really like to try this out with their pre-workout and see how effective that combo is.

      Value

      You can find this on Amazon for $30 for 25 servings. A bit expensive if you are judging it from a creatine standpoint, but the ingredients are high quality and it is a natural product. Each serving is $1.20, but you are getting a solid product.

      Side Effects

      None.

      Conclusion

      Really enjoyed this product and I have really become a fan of this company. I definitely recommend this product and I will look to try other products from them in the future. Thank you Genius for sending this out.
      Flavors:
      • Apple: 10/10



      SUPERIOR WHEY (International Protein)

      Overall
      Overall
      5.0
      Effectiveness
      Effectiveness
      8.0
      Value
      Value
      3.0
      Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
      Thanks to International Protein for sending it out!
      (Show run details )
        February 22, 2018

       Pros:
       Cons:
      • Reduction Of DOMS
      • Increase Recovery
      • Builds Muscle
      • Too Expensive
      • WAY TOO EXPENSIVE!!

      Introduction

      As with any opportunity I am grateful for the opportunity to try and give my thoughts on this product. Whey protein is something that we all use and most of us use it on a daily basis. While on the surface it would seem that they are all the same, there are factors that need to be examined to determine the quality of the product.

      Ingredient Profile

      Macro Breakdown

      Per Scoop
      160 calories
      3g Fat
      3g Carbs
      2g Sugar
      31g Protein

      They seem to buck the conventional serving size where you would typically see a scoop weighing in between 110-130 calories and ...

      Introduction

      As with any opportunity I am grateful for the opportunity to try and give my thoughts on this product. Whey protein is something that we all use and most of us use it on a daily basis. While on the surface it would seem that they are all the same, there are factors that need to be examined to determine the quality of the product.

      Ingredient Profile

      Macro Breakdown

      Per Scoop
      160 calories
      3g Fat
      3g Carbs
      2g Sugar
      31g Protein

      They seem to buck the conventional serving size where you would typically see a scoop weighing in between 110-130 calories and throw a little bigger scoop into the bag. Not a huge deal by any means but interesting. The macro breakdown is pretty good as the sugar and fat content is relatively low in comparison to the amount of protein per serving.

      Ingredients

      Superior Whey Blend (Whey Protein Concentrate, Whey Protein Isolate, Hydrolyzed Whey Protein Isolate), Natural & Artificial Flavors, L-Glutamine, Sucralose, Soy or Sunflower Lecithin

      So at the price point they are posing I would have expected pure isolate or even pure hydrolyzed isolate. But the first part of the blend is whey protein concentrate which is one of the cheapest whey proteins available. They make no mention of the process used in extracting the protein on the label so I'm honestly not sure what method they use. At the price point I sure as hell hope that it is all cold processed.

      All in all it is a pretty underwhelming profile for the price point. But more on that later.

      Taste/Mixability/Dosing

      I had the vanilla flavor and it was pleasant enough for just plain vanilla. I had no issues with clumping or foaming which is always nice. Mixed with water I would give it a 6/10 in the taste department and mixed with almond milk I would give it a 7/10. It has a more fine consistency almost like sugar and it really dissolved with just a little shaking. So I would give it high marks on the mixability factor.

      Effectiveness

      Versus not taking whey protein at all this product will definitely help you recover from a workout and fill in the gaps in your nutrition. Nothing special about this particular protein powder but I will say that I did not get any cramping or gas when taking it either. Cheap proteins generally upset my stomach and give me some pretty gnarly gas. I didn't have any issues with either of those things after taking

      Value

      Value and price are not synonymous terms. Something that delivers stellar results at a high price still holds good value. Adversely something that delivers poor to no results has no value no matter how cheap the price. The cheapest I could find Superior Whey was $52 for a 2lb bag. I'm really not sure what in their mind justifies this price point. I know that shipping from Australia isn't cheap but the fact that it comes from Australia doesn't add any value to me personally. At this price point I would expect to get a ultra filtered, cold processed, hydrolyzed whey protein. Not a blend of concentrate, isolate, and hydrolyzed. I could never justify $26 per pound for this product no matter how hard I tried. This product should be $30 at the most.

      Side Effects

      No adverse side effects to speak of while taking Superior Whey.

      Conclusion

      Just to be clear here. I know this whole review feels like a complete hatchet job but this is not a bad product. It is a ridiculously overpriced product. I would have zero qualms with recommending this product at the $30 (or less) price point. But there is no way I am going to recommend that someone lay their hard earned dollars down on Superior Whey when there are options that are just as good for half the price. Sorry but this one isn't getting my seal of approval.



      MVP-365™ (Millennium Sport Technologies)

      Overall
      Overall
      8.0
      Effectiveness
      Effectiveness
      8.0
      Value
      Value
      8.0
      Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
      Thanks to Millennium Sport Technologies for sending it out!
      (Show run details )
        February 22, 2018

       Pros:
       Cons:
      • Nice Extras
      • Complete Profile
      • Increased Energy
      • Good Value

        Introduction

        Big thanks to Millenium Sport Technology for sending over a bottle of MVP 365 to try. Multivitamins are an often overlooked staple in any supplement stack. Whether people just don't see the value and omit them completely or just buy a dirt cheap version it is an often neglected area of people's supplementation. MVP 365 is touted as a multivitamin

        Ingredient Profile

        Rather than make an attempt to run through the lengthy ingredient profile in its entirety it would probably be best to highlight what I like and what I thought could be done better. I will includ...

        Introduction

        Big thanks to Millenium Sport Technology for sending over a bottle of MVP 365 to try. Multivitamins are an often overlooked staple in any supplement stack. Whether people just don't see the value and omit them completely or just buy a dirt cheap version it is an often neglected area of people's supplementation. MVP 365 is touted as a multivitamin

        Ingredient Profile

        Rather than make an attempt to run through the lengthy ingredient profile in its entirety it would probably be best to highlight what I like and what I thought could be done better. I will include the complete profile as an image for anyone who is curious.

        They definitely packed a lot into this blend. All the standard fare in terms of vitamins are present in generous amounts, including a very complete B-Vitamin complex. I can tell you that they certainly didn't skimp on the Riboflavin by the glowing nature of my urine. I would have liked to see a little more in terms of minerals since the magnesium and calcium aren't present in very high doses. Worth noting that they don't use oxide form minerals which have been proven to have issues with being absorbed by your body.

        An interesting aspect of this product and one I have not seen in any other multivitamin is the inclusion of Krebs Cycle Intermediates. I haven't really seen any studies on whether or not taking these intermediates will have an enhanced effect on the actual function of the Krebs Cycle but an interesting inclusion nonetheless. If you are wondering what the hell the Krebs Cycle is you can check out this link.

        https://nutritionreview.org/2013/04/krebs-cycle-intermediates/

        Along with the aforementioned compounds there is a lengthy list of antioxidants included in the mix and also a delivery and absorption blend. Worth noting that with the exception of the delivery and absorption blend that there are no prop blends which is always nice. Rather than hide behind prop blends they do a damn good job of disclosing the amounts of every last ingredient.

        Taste/Mixability/Dosing

        A serving size is 4 capsules and I will say that I absolutely love the fact that this product is in capsule form rather than hard pressed pills. The recommended dosing protocol is to split the 4 capsules into 2 servings with lunch and dinner. A simple enough protocol for anyone to follow.

        Effectiveness

        Quantifying the results of a multivitamin can be pretty challenging since they have a less profound effect than other categories of supplements. I can say that my energy levels have remained pretty high even in the absence of stimulants. Probably thanks mostly to the B-Vitamin complex. You're probably not going to notice some massive jump in your sense of well being unless you are just completely vitamin deficient when you start taking a multivitamin. But based on everything I have seen in the ingredient profile and my day to day sense of well being I can safely say that this is one of the better multis out there.

        Value

        At four capsules per day you are looking at a months supply from each bottle. Best price I found was about $22. This may seem a little high to some people. Especially when you compare to a generic one a day multivitamin. But you have to look at what you're getting for your money. Think of it in terms of the food you buy. You can buy $100 worth of ramen noodles and eat for a long time or $100 worth of organic produce and eat for a few days. When it's all said and done the ramen being cheaper doesn't make it a better value to your overall health. I think that all in all $22 is a pretty damn good value in terms of what MVP 365 delivers. I honestly don't mind paying more for a quality product and less than $1 per day to ensure you're getting a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals isn't too bad.

        Side Effects

        Other than the Riboflavin turning my urine into glow stick liquid I can't say that I felt any negative side effects.

        Conclusion

        Making sure that you get the proper nutrition is a vital component to any athlete's daily regiment. Most of us are not going to hit our numbers every day on getting the RDA of all of our vitamins and minerals. To fill the gap you should be using a quality multivitamin and for me MVP 365 fits the bill and does so at a reasonable price point and includes some nice extras. I think I found my new go to for my multivitamin.



        Agmatine Sulfate Powder (NutraBio)

        Overall
        Overall
        8.0
        Effectiveness
        Effectiveness
        8.0
        Value
        Value
        8.0
        Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
        Thanks to NutraBio for sending it out!
        (Show run details )
          February 22, 2018

         Pros:
         Cons:
        • High Qualtiy
        • Increased Pump And Vascularity
        • Bad Taste
        • Not Widely Available

        Introduction

        I'm a competing powerlifter and I take supplements for general health and to improve my athletic performance. My supplement staples are pwo, creatine, fish oil, cissus, and curcumin.

        Ingredient Profile

        Here, we have a single ingredient product from Nutra Bio, agmatine. Agmatine is a metabolite of L-arginine and is often used as a pump enhancer or a glucose disposal agent. It can also alleviate neuropathic pain and may be helpful for cognitive health and treating drug addiction.

        It should not be taken with protein as protein can interfere with its absorptio...

        Introduction

        I'm a competing powerlifter and I take supplements for general health and to improve my athletic performance. My supplement staples are pwo, creatine, fish oil, cissus, and curcumin.

        Ingredient Profile

        Here, we have a single ingredient product from Nutra Bio, agmatine. Agmatine is a metabolite of L-arginine and is often used as a pump enhancer or a glucose disposal agent. It can also alleviate neuropathic pain and may be helpful for cognitive health and treating drug addiction.

        It should not be taken with protein as protein can interfere with its absorption. It also should not be taken with yohimbine/rauwolscine.

        Each scoop gives us 1g of agmatine, which is a pretty good serving size. It is usually dosed at .5-2g.

        Taste/Mixability/Dosing

        This product is unflavored, which makes it easy to add to flavored supplements. Unfortunately, agmatine tastes terrible. It has a strong, bitter taste which sometimes cuts through the flavored products I add to it.

        It dissolved fine in a shaker cup.

        I used 1 scoop at a time. On workout days, I would add it to my pre workout. On my off days, I would take it before a high carb meal.

        Effectiveness

        I've always responded well to agmatine, so my expectations were pretty high.

        With this product, I experienced better pumps and improved vascularity during my workouts. In particular, I noticed increased fullness in my shoulders on pressing days, and I was able to see my shoulder veins, which is new to me. I'm not very lean, so I don't expect much in terms of vascularity. Given the results I received, I would expect agmatine to work even better for leaner lifters.

        Unfortunately, I did not find agmatine to be an effective GDA. I didn't notice any benefit to taking before high carb meals (e.g. reduced bloating, reduced blood sugar), and I would not recommend using it as a stand alone GDA. It may be beneficial, however, used alongside a comprehensive GDA product (or alongside other bulk ingredients).

        Value

        1 tub is $33 and has 90g, which gives us $.37/serving. I think this price is pretty reasonable. Other agmatine powder products ranged from $.32/serving to $.53/serving, so there are cheaper options, but Nutra Bio is cheaper than many.

        Side Effects

        None

        Conclusion

        I like agmatine and I would recommend it to anyone who wants improved pumps and vascularity. I would, though, suggest you have a strong tasting product to mix it into (or put it into gel caps). The taste is blech!



        Micellar Casein (MyProtein)

        Overall
        Overall
        9.5
        Effectiveness
        Effectiveness
        9.5
        Value
        Value
        10.0
          February 21, 2018

         Pros:
         Cons:
        • Builds Muscle
        • Good Value
        • Always On Sale
        • Slow Digesting
        • Difficult Mixability When Not Using A Shaker
        • Possible Bloating Andor Cramping

        Introduction

        Hello all! Full intro on myself can be found on the forum here: https://supplementreviews.com/forum/index.php?topic=35432.0

        A little background on how I came to find out about MyProtein a few years back. I initially learned of them thanks to the website Stack3d.com. They made a post about this UK company starting to enter the US market. After checking out their website, I began to see they had a wide selection of products and killer prices for bulk purchases of protein powder. Along with the protein powder, they had some unique items like the FlavDrops that I have revi...

        Introduction

        Hello all! Full intro on myself can be found on the forum here: https://supplementreviews.com/forum/index.php?topic=35432.0

        A little background on how I came to find out about MyProtein a few years back. I initially learned of them thanks to the website Stack3d.com. They made a post about this UK company starting to enter the US market. After checking out their website, I began to see they had a wide selection of products and killer prices for bulk purchases of protein powder. Along with the protein powder, they had some unique items like the FlavDrops that I have reviewed on here along with some different protein based food items.

        Once it came time to purchase some new casein protein powder, I was amazed at the price point that MyProtein was able to offer when purchasing large bags compared to the tubs from other name brand companies.

        And for those who have read many of my other reviews on the site, I actually paid for this protein (not full price, more on that later)! :)

        Ingredient Profile

        When it comes to the ingredients for this micellar casein, MyProtein does not get fancy with flavors and add a bunch of fillers into the protein. You can actually go onto the website and see the entire list of ingredients for each flavor including the percentage of the casein included. As an example, the chocolate flavors have around 91% protein and 9% flavoring, sweeteners and emulsifiers. The other flavors contain about 95% protein, which is far better than any of the big name protein companies that I have found. Your money is being spent on actual protein instead of a product loaded with fillers The downside to that is there are no exotic flavors to choose from. You get your basic chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, banana and even an unflavored version, which is listed at almost 100% protein with only soy lecithin added in.

        For the unflavored version, a 30g scoop gives you 24g of protein, 0.5g fat and 1g of carbs for 110 calories. Those macros will vary slightly depending on the flavor you choose.

        Taste/Mixability/Dosing

        Taste >> As I mentioned, you will not find any exotic flavors with this protein. I have personally had the banana and vanilla flavors. I enjoyed the banana much more than I did the vanilla. The banana I ordered was the natural version and delivered as promised. A nice sweet true banana flavor with no aftertaste or anything odd to report. The natural vanilla flavor was not bad, just not as good as the banana in my opinion. The vanilla flavor was quite faint, almost an unflavored version.

        Mixability >> As anyone who has used casein before, you know how difficult mixing the powder can be. What is odd to me is the powder in the bag is very fluffy and will get all over the place, which is what I would most commonly associate with a whey protein isolate. However, once water touches this protein you quickly realize this is a micellar casein. The globs start to form and it quickly becomes thick. You better move fast or you are going to have a mess on your hands (and in your shaker). Blender ball definitely required when mixing this protein in a shaker cup.

        Dosing >> As with any protein supplement, the dosing is at the discretion of each individual. Most people commonly use micellar casein before bed because it digests slower than whey and will keep them full throughout the night. Others may be a believer of using a protein blend post workout by mixing this with whey for a combination of slow and fast digesting protein. Either way, this is a pretty pure protein supplement that can be used to fill your macros without having to worry too much about fat or carbs.

        Effectiveness

        Much like dosing, the effectiveness of a casein protein product is left up to the individual. We all know we need protein to survive and this powdered form is an easy and quick way to get some grams of protein in your system by just adding water. If you are a person who gets hungry in the middle of the night, then a slow digesting casein protein like this would be perfect for you. If you are a person who has trouble gaining weight, you can use this at night to keep aminos flowing through your system and preventing muscle breakdown. If you want to make your own protein blend with whey and casein, here is half of your product ready to go. This protein has also been effective at satiating a person who may be dieting and does not have many macros to eat. Since casein takes longer to digest, it stays in your system longer and helps give you that full feeling.

        Value

        This is where MyProtein really shines when it comes to this product and many others on their website. They always have sales going on, so you should never have to pay the retail price listed. Sometimes they have huge sales on specific flavors and/or sizes of this protein. If you don't mind having the same flavor of casein protein for a while, the 11 pound bags are the best value. The retail price is $95, which on its own is a good deal. A well known major protein brand that sells a 100% casein in four pound tubs retails for about $54. That works out to be just over $13 per pound. Compared to MyProtein casein in the mid $8 per pound price range.

        Don't forget the numbers listed above are at retail for MyProtein before discounts. I have had times where I was able to purchase an 11 pound bag of this casein in the low $60 range (under $6 per pound). I have not and probably never will find a deal like that from any of the major protein manufacturers that we are all familiar with.

        Side Effects

        I personally have had no side effects using this casein protein. For those who have not had casein before, you may experience some cramping or bloating since this sits in your stomach longer. Start with a smaller dose and work your way up if you are concerned.

        Conclusion

        In conclusion, this product is the best deal I have found for a casein protein. The ingredients list is one of the cleanest I have seen for casein where you are not paying for fillers. Yes, the best deals require you to purchase a large quantity of the same flavor but the savings is worth it to me. There are also no exotic flavors to choose from but I am ok with that. I found ones that taste good to me and I am happy. If you are looking to save some money on your casein protein purchases and can look past having limited flavor choices; the MyProtein version is definitely worth a look. I will not buy casein from any other company now because it just doesn't make sense.

        Thank you for reading my review and let me know if you have any questions
        Flavors:
        • Banana: 8/10
        • Vanilla: 6/10



        Aminogex Ultra (VMI Sports)

        Overall
        Overall
        7.5
        Effectiveness
        Effectiveness
        6.5
        Value
        Value
        7.7
        Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
        Thanks to VMI Sports for sending it out!
        (Show run details )
          February 21, 2018

         Pros:
         Cons:
        • Improved Recovery
        • Improved Hydration
        • Magnesium Glycinate Glutamine Chelate
        • Endurance
        • Fully Disclosed
        • Not Widely Available
        • Weak Taste

        Introduction

        Even with a hurt leg and being 40 year old I still try to push myself everyday in the gym and with everyday life. VMI tried to help by making a bcaa built to help with all these issues.

        Ingredient Profile

        Everyone has spelled out the profile.
        The thing's I will point out is a solid dose of bcaa at 7 grams.
        400mg MGG is included and TRAACs electrolytes by Albion to assist with hydration.
        Zero sugars and aspartame free.
        Enhanced B vitamins.
        All this together dose make up a solid profile.

        Taste/Mixability/Dosing

        I had pink lemonade, and several here ...

        Introduction

        Even with a hurt leg and being 40 year old I still try to push myself everyday in the gym and with everyday life. VMI tried to help by making a bcaa built to help with all these issues.

        Ingredient Profile

        Everyone has spelled out the profile.
        The thing's I will point out is a solid dose of bcaa at 7 grams.
        400mg MGG is included and TRAACs electrolytes by Albion to assist with hydration.
        Zero sugars and aspartame free.
        Enhanced B vitamins.
        All this together dose make up a solid profile.

        Taste/Mixability/Dosing

        I had pink lemonade, and several here liked it but I was highly disappointed from it. No matter how little water or scoops I put in. I just seemed weak to me. I like some bite to my lemonade and this just did not have it for me.
        The mixing was great, never an issue.
        I used this some as a intra and it worked okay, I also used this as a midday bcaa .

        Effectiveness

        Even with a great profile I just never did feel the standard benefit's I typically feel with this one. I did not lose any strength or gain strength for that matter on this. Even during the day I did not feel the normal pick me up during the day like some give me.
        As a intra I had normal recovery, nothing out of this world. I did not feel like I was super hydrated . I know some may say I did not drink enough water but I know that is not the problem.
        Not much more to say. I just feel like this one did not work well with me.

        Value

        It is not a bad by, and still a decent bcaa . Finding this at around 24 bucks is a good deal, but I will stick with my xtend or other's that have always worked well for me.

        Side Effects

        zero

        Conclusion

        VMI, thank you for letting me try this. I am sorry I was just not blown away with this one. Still not a bad product. Just not one that I will search out for.
        Flavors:
        • Pink Lemonade: 5/10



        L-Lysine (Sundown Naturals)
          February 21, 2018

         Pros:
         Cons:
        • Good Value

          Introduction

          Hello guys, I am back with a single ingredient review. I know it seems kind of boring, but I am a pretty regular user of L-lysine and I tried this and wanted to show my results. If I have a cut or a cold sore I have found that adding L-lysine helps me heal faster. I am a 45 year old guy, stressing my body with loosing weight and staying strong. Currently working out 5 to 7 days a week. Unfortunately when your stressed and family gets sick, I can get cold sores. So how did it work?

          Ingredient Profile

          L-Lysine @ 500mg: This is a simple profile (L-Lysin...

          Introduction

          Hello guys, I am back with a single ingredient review. I know it seems kind of boring, but I am a pretty regular user of L-lysine and I tried this and wanted to show my results. If I have a cut or a cold sore I have found that adding L-lysine helps me heal faster. I am a 45 year old guy, stressing my body with loosing weight and staying strong. Currently working out 5 to 7 days a week. Unfortunately when your stressed and family gets sick, I can get cold sores. So how did it work?

          Ingredient Profile

          L-Lysine @ 500mg: This is a simple profile (L-Lysine Hydrochloride). Normally for cold sores for me I use 1000mg 3 to 4 times a day. For normal use I use 1000mg once per day. I normally use 1000mg pills but the store was out and these where on sale.

          ----Taste/Mix-ability/Dosing----

          These are pills and have no taste and no need to mix. The dosing is really dependent on what you are doing. They suggest 1 tablet 2 times per day on an empty stomach. As I stated above I have used it differently and haven't had any issues. If you need it you can figure it out.

          Effectiveness

          This stuff works for me, I heal faster and recover from cold sores (sometimes before the blister shows up). However, these are coated pills.... The problem I found out was that sometimes part of the tablet ended up in the toilet. I guess my stomach wasn't able to eat through the coating. Which would explain why these didn't work as well as the normal uncoated ones that I use. Here is some more reading on the benefits of L-Lysine.

          https://examine.com/supplements/lysine/

          https://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-237-lysine.aspx?activeingredientid=237&activeingredientname=lysine

          Value

          So here is the kicker, this stuff is cheap. I bought it on sale, and it fits into my plans easily. Besides if you are single, you don't have time for cold sores. If your married (like me) you still don't like them, as they hurt and are a pain in the butt.

          As of 2/21/2018 I found the following prices. I bought mine at Walgreens last time as they where on sale then as well.

          https://www.walmart.com/ip/Sundown-L-Lysine-500-mg-Tablets-100-Tablets/44932722

          https://www.walgreens.com/store/c/sundown-naturals-l-lysine-500-mg-dietary-supplement-tablets/ID=prod6021594-product
          The walgreens 2 for one really makes it cheap.

          Side Effects

          Funny white tablets in my toilet........

          Conclusion

          So here is the deal, for me this is a MEH> why? They didn't dissolve as well as other products that I used. I will admit that they where way easier to swallow. Also being smaller, they are more versatile for more people. I would say that at the price I have found them that you should try them. If they work, great, you found a cheap fix to an annoying problem. If you check the toilet and see some partial tablets, you might be like me and need to use the uncoated versions. Either way, this stuff is very useful. As stated above I use it for Cold Sores (mega dose) and for healing of cuts and scraps. Also bloody noses if you tend to get a dry nose, it helps heal that as well. Bottom line is this was effective (even with not getting it all in) and has a high value, only reason it gets a meh is for me I get more from the uncoated versions.


          Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
          Thanks to NutraBio for sending it out!
          (Show run details )
            February 21, 2018

           Pros:
           Cons:
          • Vasodiolation
          • Increased Pump And Vascularity
          • No Additives
          • High Qualtiy
          • VEINS
          • The Bottle Never Ends
          • Gh Release
          • Good Pump
          • Not As Good Of A Value
          • Value Depends On Amount Of Servings Used

          Introduction

          First off I want to thank Nutrabio for letting us troopers have the chance to give this product a try. This has been another product from then that I have been hoping and waiting would show up on the trooper list. After using many of their products so far and most everything being pretty good I figured this would another good product from them. I have never really been that much into using single ingredient products like this beta alanine, and citrulline type products until recently. Being able to add products like this so you can get a little more out of it I have foun...

          Introduction

          First off I want to thank Nutrabio for letting us troopers have the chance to give this product a try. This has been another product from then that I have been hoping and waiting would show up on the trooper list. After using many of their products so far and most everything being pretty good I figured this would another good product from them. I have never really been that much into using single ingredient products like this beta alanine, and citrulline type products until recently. Being able to add products like this so you can get a little more out of it I have found to be rather helpful. For someone like me who has a hard time noticing pumps this product really helped me a lot with that.

          Ingredient Profile

          This is made up of one ingredient only 1g pure agmatine sulfate. For other ingredients there are absolutely none it says on label which I like no extra fillers.

          I found on their website some good info I wanted to share they have about what agmatine is and does and the benefits of using it. I think they do a really good job of explaining way more in depth just what is agamatine and what all it does.

          Benefits of agmatine
          Increase Muscular Pumps
          Enhances Nitric Oxide (NO) Production
          Improves Nutrient Delivery to Muscle Cells
          Improves Muscle Cell Insulin Sensitivity
          Boosts Endurance and Decreases Recovery Time
          HPLC Tested by an Independent Lab

          Agmatine, the next generation "Super Arginine" for ultimate Muscle Pumps:

          Agmatine is the next generation arginine and is often referred to as "Super Arginine" because of its ability to give explosive increases in Nitric Oxide synthesis. Increased nitric oxide results in vasodilation, which increases blood flow, nutrient delivery to skeletal muscle, and oxygen transport. Increased blood for ultimate muscle pumps. It acts as a neurotransmitter, a precursor to the polyamines and has many other key biological functions within the body.

          The Science and Research behind Agmatine:

          Agmatine is a metabolic byproduct of Arginine. It is formed within the body after L-Arginine interacts with the enzyme arginine decarboxylase. Agmatine is basically Arginine with the carboxylic acid end removed. Agmatine produces the byproducts guanidino-butyladehyde and the polyamines putruscene, spermine, and spermidine which are involved in cell growth. Agmatine is found in tissues throughout the body and is synthesized and stored astrocytes, glial cells in the brain and spinal cord, which provide structural and metabolic support to the nervous system. Agmatine acts as a neurotransmitter and neuromodulator with a vast array of actions in the body. Agmatine is an imidazoline receptor agonist. Imidazoline receptors have several functions: regulation of insulin secretion, pain modulation, and neuroprotection/neuromodulation. Clonidine, another imidazoline receptor agonist, has been noted to stimulate the release of luteinizing hormone (LH). Researchers conducted tests on agmatine and found that it can also modulate the release of LH from its interaction with hypothalamic tissues. The modulation of imidazoline receptors by agmatine has also been shown to improve insulin sensitivity.

          Taste/Mixability/Dosing

          This is unflavored. If you mix this with straight water it will have a very bitter taste to it which is not very good. I would highly recommend you mix this with either your pre-workout or some kind of flavored drink. When I mixed this with my pre-workout I never really noticed it at all.

          No issues at all with it mixing. No clumps or anything like that. Dosing is going to vary a bit. I did between 1-3 scoops depending on the day and what body part I was working that day.

          Effectiveness

          The main reason I got this was to help me with more pumps and more vascularity. I am someone that has a really hard time noticing pumps unless I have a really high amount of pump ingredients I am taking and doing a lot of high volume training and taking very little time between sets to help keep that blood flow pumping more. I felt after using this product that this really works good maybe even better than I thought it would.

          Like I said above I would do 1-3 scoops depending on the day and what body part I was working. I started out with 1-2 scoops at first just to test it out and see how that would work and if needed I would go up to 3 scoops. I would not do more than 3 scoops and don't recommend you doing so and I will explain why. Doing the 1-2 scoops was not to bad depending on what body part I was working that day. At 1 scoops the pumps I got were not to bad but would have liked a little more so I started doing 2 scoops instead. On certain days 2 scoops felt really good. I felt I got a good decent pump and then sometimes it was almost to much to handle but not nearly as bad as 3 scoops was. After awhile I thought I would try 3 scoops and see how that would work. When I did the 3 scoops boy did I notice it a lot more. Depending on what body part I was working that day when I did the 3 scoops I could really feel the pumps and it was to much. The pumps I would get from 3 scoops was way to much and very painful. It was so painful that when I was trying to go heavier on weight I could not do it and had to back off a bit on the heavier weight and some of the other stuff I was doing. After trying the three 3 scoops and finding out how painful that was on pumps I went back to using 2 scoops for most of the time.

          The days when I had to be really careful how much I used was leg day. That is the day I seemed to really notice the pumps way more so than any other day I would workout. I made the mistake of doing 2 scoops a couple of times on leg day and should not have done that. The pumps it gave me in my legs where so painful I could hardly go very heavy as I would normally do and it made it a lot harder for me to get through my leg workout. After doing that I was either going to not use this on leg day or take no more than 1 scoop at most. I decided lets see how 1 scoop is on leg day and if that was still to much I would not use this on leg day. 1 scoop was not to bad but if I started to increase my leg workout a little more and go heavier then I would start to feel it a little more and had to be a little more careful so I did not over do it. On certain body parts I would work this gave me some pumps that felt really good and then some body parts it always seemed to hurt a little more instead of just giving me a nice decent pump.

          The thing I liked about doing the higher dosage was the vascularity this would give me. That part of it I really liked a lot at a higher dosage but not so much for the pump part. At a higher dose this gave me really good vascularity to where I was seeing a lot more veins popping and showing up in places I don't usually see them. I think overall this does a really good job at helping to open up your blood vessels more and get that blood flowing better so you can feel those pumps and more vascularity a lot better. I do a lot of higher volume training and I feel that this really helped me a lot more at getting those pumps than I normally did before.

          This I found to be good at helping reduce some DOMs I may have. It was nothing real outstanding but did help some and any kind of extra recovery I can get is always nice to have. I never knew agmatine helped with recovery I thought it was more for giving you pumps but I was happy when I found this out. Also I found out after I used this that it can help at night with GH levels and boost your REM sleep a little which I did not know. If I would have know that I would have used it at night to see if it would have helped any.

          Value

          The cheapest I could find anywhere was $32.99 for 90 servings. If you can get by with one scoop then it's not so bad a deal. For most people they will want to use 2-3 scoops and that starts to really bring the value down a lot. Even at one scoop the price is maybe just a little high but not horrible. I know there are some better deals out there. I think because of the name and what all they go through to make this is part of the reason the price is a little higher. So even at the $32.99 value I still think it is worth it because I know your getting a solid product that does work.

          Side Effects

          Depending on how may scoops you use and what body part you are working the pumps you can get at times can be really painful and you may need to back off the amount of servings you take.

          Conclusion

          Overall I thought this was a really good product maybe even better than I thought it would be. For someone like me that has a really hard time noticing pumps and then giving me great pumps like it did I have to say is a very solid product to use. If your someone that is looking for either a decent pump, good pump, or painful type pumps this will really help you with that a lot. Also the vascularity this will give you is very good and very noticeable. This is a product I would highly recommend using but would like to see the price on this lowered a little because there are some better deals out there. If you are willing to spend the little extra on this at least it will be worth it because you are getting a very solid product that does work. I will say this will be a product I would be more than happy to use again. Again I want to give a big shout out to Nutrabio for making this product and letting me have the chance to give it a try.


            February 21, 2018

           Pros:
           Cons:
          • Good On Joints
          • Faster Recovery
          • Builds Muscle
          • Not Much Size Increase

          Introduction

          I was looking for the best laxogenin product for a while before finding this. I heard they don't absorb very well which would not give good results but this one had cyclosome delivery which is supposed to make you absorb most of it.

          Ingredient Profile

          Laxogenin 50mg
          Comes from a plant that is supposed to be a natural plant based steroid. It is supposed to give results similar to anavar. It increases protein synthesis while decreasing protein breakdown.

          Other Ingredients: Cyclosome delivery (microcrystalline cellulose, phosphatidylcholine, hydroxypropyl beta ...

          Introduction

          I was looking for the best laxogenin product for a while before finding this. I heard they don't absorb very well which would not give good results but this one had cyclosome delivery which is supposed to make you absorb most of it.

          Ingredient Profile

          Laxogenin 50mg
          Comes from a plant that is supposed to be a natural plant based steroid. It is supposed to give results similar to anavar. It increases protein synthesis while decreasing protein breakdown.

          Other Ingredients: Cyclosome delivery (microcrystalline cellulose, phosphatidylcholine, hydroxypropyl beta cyclodextrin, phytosterols, stearic acid, magnesium steartate and silica.
          This is cyclosome delivery that makes it go into the body better than others do. It works by going straight into the liver and skipping the digestive process which could break it down and give you a lot less of the product than what is said.

          Taste/Mixability/Dosing

          These are dry white capsules you swallow so no taste. It might be hard to swallow if you've never had a dry capsule. These a slightly bigger than average size. You take 1 capsule two times a day spread throughout the day. I took one in the morning and one before going to the gym. On week ends I did one in the morning and one at night.

          Effectiveness

          It claims to increase strength and size gains, increase protein synthesis and lean muscle and recovery.

          I lift weights 5 days a week and mix cardio in two or three days a week. I train a different body part each day.

          I noticed that after my first week my joints were feeling a lot better and were not feeling dry any more and I wasn't taking a joint supplement. After my third week I was increasing my weight on each machine every week. I did not gain any size any where but my chest but that was a very slight increase. I was able to take a shorter break between sets after my first bottle. When I continued onto my second bottle nothing really changed.

          Value

          I paid $45 for two bottles at a1supplements which is $0.75 a day or $0.38 a capsule.

          Side Effects

          None

          Conclusion

          I think this is good for someone who wants to be natural or is new to taking strength supplements. If you want to grow but want to be safe then this is the product to take.


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            February 20, 2018

           Pros:
           Cons:
          • Joint And Muscle Relief
          • Different Kind Of Relief
          • Strong Cooling
          • Strong Smell
          • Expensive

          Introduction

          What's up SR- BCTut here, wrapping up my Tour de CBDs from Wildflower's product line. As it is with (I'd assume) anyone that has been working in the weight room for 15+ years or was competitive in their sport at a relatively high level, I have daily pains that flare up from time to time... or never go away. For me, my shoulders are always suspect along with my left knee and lower back. I had a few minor injuries while using this, so I guess the silver lining to that was that I really got to put it to the test.

          Ingredient Profile

          The active ingredient in Wil...

          Introduction

          What's up SR- BCTut here, wrapping up my Tour de CBDs from Wildflower's product line. As it is with (I'd assume) anyone that has been working in the weight room for 15+ years or was competitive in their sport at a relatively high level, I have daily pains that flare up from time to time... or never go away. For me, my shoulders are always suspect along with my left knee and lower back. I had a few minor injuries while using this, so I guess the silver lining to that was that I really got to put it to the test.

          Ingredient Profile

          The active ingredient in Wildflower's CBD+ Cool Stick are the CBDs themselves. The product contains 300mg of CBD total, but also contains coconut oil, hemp oil, shea butter, beeswax, ecosoya (soy wax), Vitamin E, CBD oil, Peppermint essential oil, and menthol crystals.

          Through this type of application, CBD should have an anti-inflammatory effect locally-- only around the area where it's applied. In other applications like ingesting the oil through pills or on food, or by smoking or vaporizing the plant or a liquid/oil, you should notice a more liberal effect throughout the body.

          Taste/Mixability/Dosing

          I wouldn't recommend tasting OR mixing this. It's not food and it won't dissolve. I didn't try... but just a hunch. I suppose you could eat it when looking at the ingredients... but you could probably eat a lot of things you don't want to.

          As for dosing, the effects are very quick and just get better as you workout. I'd usually apply this to problem areas before I worked out and started my warm-up. They usually hurt already anyway. There were plenty of times though that I noticed pains mid-workout and applied it while I was already sweating too. Besides just being kind of gross feeling to rub wax on yourself while you're all sweaty, I didn't notice any change in the effectiveness through either method. However, applying to hot skin did seem to use significantly more of the wax then applying to when cool.

          This is applied just like deodorant basically. It has a very strong, very long lasting cooling sensation. What it does not have is a heat component to it. I was able to apply this to my hip flexor with no issue. If you've ever done that with Icy Hot... I'm sure you regretted it. This wasn't uncomfortable at all.

          The scent is so strong that it will sting your eyes a bit though. It either fades after a few minutes or you get acclimated, but it's definitely going to cause some eye watering if you apply it high up close to your head.

          After applying you will be pretty greasy around the area. It takes quite a while to absorb and there will be a film until you shower off that isn't really bothersome, but is noticeable. I didn't have any issue with it transferring to my clothes either.

          Effectiveness

          The Cool Stick was really effective at taking the edge off of reoccurring pain areas. At no point would the pain be gone entirely, but I never had to worry about my lift being cut short due to soreness. I definitely overwork my lower back with the way I lift, as well as my shoulders, so that's where I used this the most.

          The occasions in which I forgot to apply the cool stick at first are probably the best indicators of its effectiveness since I got to see immediate before/after effects from one set to the next. One of the exercises I've been doing a lot of lately are hip hinges with kettlebells and a band around my waist that's anchored low on a rack behind me. One day I was doing these and really struggled on the first set with pain that was around a 6 out of 10. I did a set of 5 or 6, then remembered I had my cool stick on me. I went and applied it, waited maybe a minute, and hit my next set with the same weights. While I could still feel that there was some soreness, it was totally night and day when it came to the movement itself. I was able to shift my focus back to establishing the mind muscle connection instead of being distracted by pain; and the pain itself dropped to about a 3 or 4 out of 10. I was then able to go on to doing 3 sets of 15 reps on the same weight, then increased it for 2 more sets of 15 again. It was no problem, pain-wise, after applying the cool stick.

          Another exercise I've been doing a lot of lately are hanging ab workouts like windshield wipers on the bar, or just straight leg raises, and these always cause me some shoulder pain that feels very deep an achy. More often than not, if I bail on this workout it's because of my shoulders and not because I've tired out my core. One day I had the same thing-- probably 7 of 10 pain on my first set during a warm up. I applied the cool stick, waited a minute, and did my next set. I was then able to continue with a circuit of various hanging core lifts with almost no shoulder pain until my grip started to fail. It seemed that the cool stick was particularly effective at combating the shoulder pain.

          The last place I tried to use this was on my sprained AC joint, thanks to my way-too-serious flag football league. It distracted me, but when I tried to engage on the line while playing defense, I quickly saw the limits of this product. Who's seen The Program? Cool Stick reinforces that part where they say if you're hurt you can play; if you're injured you can't. My AC joint is an injury (albeit minor) and the Cool Stick isn't going to help me with that.

          Last thing... I was curious about the bio-availability of trans-dermal CBD application. I found this: "Measurement of plasma CBD concentration provided by transdermal absorption revealed linearity with 0.6-6.2 mg/day doses. Transdermal CBD gel significantly reduced joint swelling, limb posture scores as a rating of spontaneous pain, immune cell infiltration and thickening of the synovial membrane in a dose-dependent manner." (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4851925/) With Cool Stick you'll likely be getting about 1.5-2mg per application, depending on how heavily you apply it.

          Value

          So Cool Stick gets a ding here, but it's worth mentioning the high price tag is the result of (unnecessary) government regulations on the cannabis/hemp industry as opposed to Wildflower being greedy. In order to be legally allowed to ship their product across state lines Wildflower needs to order their active ingredients from Europe. Domestically grown hemp/cannabis can't cross state lines.

          The CBD+ Cool Stick costs about $60 and is currently only available on Wildflower's website. As steep as that price tag is, I'm actually writing this review early and haven't even come close to finishing. I've been using the product liberally & generously for 40 days and it's not even 50% gone. So while you might be shelling out significantly more money than you'd pay for similar products: a) It will last you a long time; and, b) There really aren't any true comps out there to look at it CBD v. CBD.

          If you can afford it- buy it.

          Side Effects

          Eye watering aroma if applied to heavily or close to the head, and some invisible but greasy-feeling residue on the application site.

          Conclusion

          If this product is in your budget and you have nagging pains that could use a little bit of help, try this. If you already use something like bengay, icy hot, or tiger balm regularly I bet you'll be impressed with the anti-inflammatory effects of the CBDs. Other than that, I guess just vote for changes to the policies on cannabis whenever you have a chance to and hope that manufacturing can be moved stateside to make this more affordable someday soon. Thanks to Wildflower for not only letting me try almost all of their product line, but for pioneering something long overdue for consumers.


            February 20, 2018

           Pros:
           Cons:
          • Proven Test Boosting Ingredients
          • Increased Energy
          • Builds Muscle
          • Not For The Stim Free Person
          • Too Expensive

          Introduction

          Hello all! Full intro on myself can be found on the forum here: https://supplementreviews.com/forum/index.php?topic=35432.0

          I was able to pick up this supplement soon after it released on Amazon because of a Facebook ad that provided a hell of a discount. After taking a quick peek at the label, I decided it was a product that was worth a try.

          Ingredient Profile

          The great thing about this product and what seems like all products from this company is the label is full disclosure and a good portion of the ingredients are the trademarked/registered versions. For...

          Introduction

          Hello all! Full intro on myself can be found on the forum here: https://supplementreviews.com/forum/index.php?topic=35432.0

          I was able to pick up this supplement soon after it released on Amazon because of a Facebook ad that provided a hell of a discount. After taking a quick peek at the label, I decided it was a product that was worth a try.

          Ingredient Profile

          The great thing about this product and what seems like all products from this company is the label is full disclosure and a good portion of the ingredients are the trademarked/registered versions. For those who are unaware, when an ingredient has been trademarked/registered, it typically signifies that the ingredient has been proven in scientific studies to be effective at its intended purpose. While that is great, the down side is the cost of the product typically goes up.

          Fenugreek Seed Extract (500mg) - It helps in increasing* the levels of your testosterone and boost* your libido for improved* sexual performance.
          KSM-66 Ashwagandha Root Extract (300mg) - It enhances* your power output at the gym.
          Citicoline (150mg) - It is responsible for boosting your cognitive function to ensure that you remain active throughout the day.
          Natural Caffeine - It increases* your thermogenic process to help in burning of fats stored in your body for weight reduction*.
          LJ100 Eurycoma Longifoli (100mg) - It raises your libido to ensure that you enjoy sex and achieve improved* pleasure.
          DIM (Diindolylmethane) (100mg) - It prevents the conversion of testosterone to estrogen.
          Forslean (Coleus forskohlii) (50mg) - It is used to increase* the levels of testosterone and help in fat loss for a better living person.
          TeaCrine (50mg)- It is known to act as a stimulant.

          Taste/Mixability/Dosing

          Taste >> None, product is in pill form

          Mixability >> None, product is in pill form

          Dosing >> The bottle states to start off with one capsule once a day with a meal, preferably breakfast to access tolerance. You can then work up to two capsules twice a day. The recommended dose is one capsule twice a day with a meal. You can also take two capsules before a workout as an alternative. It also says to avoid taking on an empty stomach or less than four hours before bed.

          Effectiveness

          As you can see from the dosing section, there are multiple ways that a person can use this product. I tried a few different ones and got a nice boost in energy, strength and focus with all of them. I first started using this in the morning after I woke up to give me a boost in energy and focus to get my day started. Even though the label states to not take this on an empty stomach, I did a few times and had no negative effects from it. I experimented with one and two capsule doses during the morning intake and while the two capsule did provide extra energy and focus by comparison; one capsule was enough on most days.

          The other time I used this product was before workouts, which normally occur in the early afternoon. While this is not a stand alone pre-workout product, it does provide a nice addition to any other product that you may be taking before your workout. The extra caffeine, TeaCrine and focus was fantastic! Especially on the days where I was dragging a$$ and really didn't want to lift weights. I would also feel a nice power boost after everything digested and got into my system. Not sure if that is from the increase in test, the KSM-66 or a mixture of both. Do be cautious of stacking this with another stim product for your pre-workout as it may put you over the edge.

          Value

          Currently this product is listed on Amazon for $59.99 per bottle which is 30 servings. If you follow the brand on social media, there is a good chance you will come upon a promotion. I have seen these promotions range from 30-50% off the listed price. If you are hesitant to give this a try and have patience, wait for a promotion then jump on it. Otherwise, at regular retail price this product would be a nice addition if you have money to spare and all your other supplements are taken care of.

          Side Effects

          I did not experience any side effects while taking this product. Since the label is transparent, you are able to see each ingredient included in case you are trying to avoid a specific one because of bad reactions in the past. Do take into account this contains caffeine and TeaCrine, so be cautious of the time of day you consume it and your sleep schedule.

          Conclusion

          In conclusion, this is a nice well rounded product that provides more than just a test boosting claim. It provides energy and strength increases while making your body more efficient. The use of patented ingredients should give you confidence that the claims made by this company are not pie in the sky statements. The place it loses the most points for me is when it comes to the retail price and value to the consumer. As I mentioned, if you have everything else squared away, looking to try something new to the market and have some spare cash to spend; this is definitely worth a look.

          Thank you for reading my review and let me know if you have any questions.



          Overall
          Overall
          7.5
          Effectiveness
          Effectiveness
          7.5
          Value
          Value
          7.0
            February 20, 2018

           Pros:
           Cons:
          • Increased Energy
          • Increased Amino Intake
          • No Fat Or Sugar
          • Average Value Depending On What You Currently Use
          • Very Fine Powder
          • Limited Flavor Choices

          Introduction

          Hello all! Full intro on myself can be found on the forum here: https://supplementreviews.com/forum/index.php?topic=35432.0

          For this product, I won a contest run by MAN Sports and the prize was a full tub of their new ISO-Amino coffee creamer. While I am not a big coffee drinker, I figured I could use this product in other ways outside of coffee and was happy to give it a try. Plus who wouldn't want to replace the normal coffee creamer products that a full of fat and sugar with some aminos?

          Ingredient Profile

          The ingredient profile for this product is pretty...

          Introduction

          Hello all! Full intro on myself can be found on the forum here: https://supplementreviews.com/forum/index.php?topic=35432.0

          For this product, I won a contest run by MAN Sports and the prize was a full tub of their new ISO-Amino coffee creamer. While I am not a big coffee drinker, I figured I could use this product in other ways outside of coffee and was happy to give it a try. Plus who wouldn't want to replace the normal coffee creamer products that a full of fat and sugar with some aminos?

          Ingredient Profile

          The ingredient profile for this product is pretty simple. Each scoop is seven grams, which includes five grams of 2:1:1 BCAAs. It also has between 100mg and 140mg of sodium along with the normal natural and artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, Maltodextrin and Silicone Dioxide. Nothing more to report here. The only thing that changes between the three flavors available is the sodium content. The pumpkin spice flavor I chose was in the middle with 112mg.

          Taste/Mixability/Dosing

          Taste >> As mentioned, I chose the pumpkin spice flavor for my tub. While I am not normally a pumpkin spice fan, this flavor was better than most. In coffee, it was sometimes hard to get the true flavor because it contrasted with the natural flavor of the brew. I did use it with other food products though and was able to get a more true flavor. I would mix this in with plain yogurt and plain oatmeal to add some flavor without having to add sugar, fat or carbs.

          Mixability >> There were no issues with mixability no matter how I used this product. It would dissolve in hot or cold liquids without issue. When I used it for food products, a simple stir and it was mixed into whatever I was eating. Much easier to fix in food than a whey protein, likely because of the extremely fine powder that this product comes in. Be careful when mixing because this powder can go everywhere with one wrong move.

          Dosing >> For me, I never needed more than one scoop of this product for anything that I wanted to use it on. There are no stimulants or any other active ingredients outside of the BCAAs in this product, so it can be used at any time of the day.

          Effectiveness

          The effectiveness of this product in the eyes of a weight lifter or bodybuilder is up for debate in my eyes. This is purely a BCAA product with coffee style flavoring added. Are you someone who thinks BCAAs are vital and help with your training and recovery? If so, then this product will be effective for you. Are you someone who is closely tracking your calories/macros and are tired of wasting some carbs and fat by using the standard Coffee Mate liquid creamers? If so, then this product would be effective for you by allowing those macros to be saved for future meals and replaced with more beneficial BCAAs.

          On the other side, are you a person who thinks BCAAs are useless and a complete waste of money? If so, then this product will have no effectiveness for you. Are you someone who does not track their calories/macros too closely and are ok with the carbs and fat in Coffee Mate? If so, this product will have little use or benefit to you plus it will cost more.

          For me, it was effective in saving me some macros for future meals and increasing my BCAA intake. It was effective at being a new flavor choice to add to unflavored foods to make them easier and more enjoyable to eat.

          Value

          From what I can find on the web, a 30 serving tub will run you in the $20 range. While this is much more expensive than the Coffee Mate bottle liquids you can find at the store, ISO-Amino is also a much healthier option. The lower cost of the other products comes with a trade-off of having sugar and fat compared to pure aminos. If coffee is a huge part of your day, then you are the type of person who may find great value in a product like this. If you are a person who only drinks one cup of coffee a day, then this product likely has less appeal and value to you.

          Side Effects

          None to report. Purely BCAAs other than the flavoring and sweeteners. If you have a reaction to sucralose or Ace-K, then stay away from this product.

          Conclusion

          In conclusion, this product is a nice change of pace to what you would normally buy in the store plus it can be used with other food products as well. Each individual will have to make a decision on whether this product has value to them based on their personal lifestyle, love of coffee and how else they may choose to use this. Since I decided to use it for more than coffee, it was a great supplement to have and I will continue to use it.

          Thank you for reading my review and let me know if you have any questions.
          Flavors:
          • Pumpkin Spice: 8/10



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          Re: Search for my old belt, recomp for all. Wis3guy
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          Re: Kaka's Log
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          For any members of the JYM ARMY, looks like MASS JYM has made it to the GNC website. Same protein blend...
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          Redcon1 MRE Lite
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          Re: its a DaSlaya Life Log....Lets get Fired up!!
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          Re: Any gun fanatics?
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          Re: Nitric oxide boosters do they work?
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          Dymatize Pre W.O. Who has tried this Pre Workout ???
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          RSPNutrition.com has a great selection of supplements. Have you been on lately?
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          www.rspnutrition.com has an incredible line of supplements.  Their entire line can cover almost...
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          Re: Nutraplanet clearance
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          Re: AntM's Lean Bulk and Everything Else This Summer Log
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