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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!
(Show run details )
  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.


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Overall
Overall
8.5
Effectiveness
Effectiveness
8.2
Value
Value
9.0
  February 25, 2018

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Increased Energy
  • Good Value
  • Great Taste
  • Premium Bcaa
  • Citrulline Malate
  • Electrolyte Blend
  • Taste Gets Boring

Introduction

Greetings SR! This product is one of the most cost effective BCAA supplements out there. I use it two different ways, firstly as an intra-workout powder and then also in the mornings as soon as I get up and its effective for me both ways.

Ingredient Profile

Its exactly what it says it is with only a few added ingredients that I prefer.

7g of BCAAs - 2:1:1 Ratio
3.5g of Leucine
2.5g of L-Glutamine
1g of Citrulline Malate
NO Sugar
NO Carbs
NO Calories

So starting off, BCAAs are not going to have a huge direct impact that you see as soon as you take it, a l...

Introduction

Greetings SR! This product is one of the most cost effective BCAA supplements out there. I use it two different ways, firstly as an intra-workout powder and then also in the mornings as soon as I get up and its effective for me both ways.

Ingredient Profile

Its exactly what it says it is with only a few added ingredients that I prefer.

7g of BCAAs - 2:1:1 Ratio
3.5g of Leucine
2.5g of L-Glutamine
1g of Citrulline Malate
NO Sugar
NO Carbs
NO Calories

So starting off, BCAAs are not going to have a huge direct impact that you see as soon as you take it, a la pre-workouts, but they form a solid foundation of getting your muscles what they need. Having the dosage set at 7g instead of the normal 5g that you see in many BCAAs is a huge plus for me. I don't mind the addition of the glutamine (although I've seen studies going both ways on how necessary it is). Also included is an electrolyte blend, something I greatly appreciate because it replaces what I'm sweating out.

Taste/Mixability/Dosing

Taste for the fruit punch was pretty spot on for me. Its sweeter than I would have thought originally but I quickly got used to it and it makes it easier to drink quickly. The mixability is also no issue, I can throw it in just a regular water bottle and shake for 15-20 seconds and we're good to go. If i don't shake it immediately before finishing it, I do get just a bit of the grit of the powder at the bottom but a quick shake and its back up in the mix. One not though, it does froth a bit, although most BCAAs I have tried do as well.

Effectiveness

I noticed less soreness with this product if I took it during a workout. As a side effect of the taste, I definitely consumed more water while using this product than if i just had unflavored water so that probably helped out as well. When I took it in the morning, it was with the intent that I would be intermittently fasting throughout the day. When doing this 16/8 cycling, BCAAs are recommended so this fits the bill quite well.

Value

This area is where I think that Xtend shines. I purchased the 90 serving container through Amazon and its available on their subscribe and save program. For anyone who hasn't seen this from amazon, you order 5+ items regularly, you get 15% off the order. This put the price as just a bit under $39 for my 90 servings, 44 cents a serving. I can't find any other BCAA product that can minimize the price that well, especially when you factor you are getting 7g instead of the normal 5g and you get the glutamine, citrulline malate and extra electrolytes.

Side Effects

No side effects were noticed with this product.

Conclusion

If you are in the market for a BCAA powder, its hard to go wrong with Xtend. This is the 4th or 5th BCAA that I have taken and its become my go to. The solid 7g in the standard 2:1:1 ratio combined with the extra ingredients and a very low price point make this one of the best values out there right now.
Flavors:
  • Fruit Punch: 9/10


Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
(SR paid for product; Redcon1 did not participate)
(Show run details )
  February 24, 2018

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Increased Energy
  • Increased Sweat While Working Out
  • Great Value
  • Minor Fat Burning
  • Energy Crash
  • No Appetite Suppression

Introduction

38 years old and I lift 4 days a week. REDCON1 as a company has interested me so in November 2017 I ran a REDCON1 stack and tried about 8 or 9 of their products. There are of course a bunch I have not tried, one being Double Tap, so when this was offered up I had to try it out. Of note this was sent out by SR (Tommy and Clipper) so thank you to you guys for the opportunity to try this out. Lets see if my marksmanship is still on track and I can double tap the bodybuilding terrorist we call fat in the face.

Ingredient Profile

Like all REDCON1 products, th...

Introduction

38 years old and I lift 4 days a week. REDCON1 as a company has interested me so in November 2017 I ran a REDCON1 stack and tried about 8 or 9 of their products. There are of course a bunch I have not tried, one being Double Tap, so when this was offered up I had to try it out. Of note this was sent out by SR (Tommy and Clipper) so thank you to you guys for the opportunity to try this out. Lets see if my marksmanship is still on track and I can double tap the bodybuilding terrorist we call fat in the face.

Ingredient Profile

Like all REDCON1 products, this is a completely transparent profile, which is the way it should be these days especially when you are talking about a product with stims and exotic stims in it. I am going to cover the exotic ingredients and the ones you may not be familiar with. This is based off one dose, which is 3 Gelatin Capsules.

Acetyl L-Carnitine (1g): 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) So we have a nice dose here.

Theacrine (Teacrine) (100mg): Theacrine is an alkaloid structurally similar to caffeine, and preliminary evidence suggests that it activates similar signalling pathways. The preliminary evidence also suggests less tolerance with theacrine, but research is too sparse to draw any conclusions. (EXAMINE.com) Exact dosing of this is unknown, but Teacrine is a patent owned by Compound Solutions which is said to provide pure Theacrine.

2-Aminoisoheptaine (100mg): DMHA is the successor to the now banned DMAA and is a mostly synthetic compound that boosts energy levels, focus, concentration, and appetite suppression. Best dosage to take is 1mg per body weight up to 160mg, so the 100mg is a nice dose for everyone! As you may have noticed this is currently being phased out by REDCON1 and other companies, so this really did not last that long. Also of note, the formula for Double Tap has been changed, so this is no longer included in the pill form on the REDCON1 site.

Octopamine HCL (30mg): A metabolite of synephrine, Octopamine is a stimulant compound that is also thought to have minor fat burning effects. Banned by WADA due to its stimulatory properties, the direct fat burning claims may not be relevant and are effectively untested in humans. (EXAMINE.com) Exact dosing of this is unkown. This is also no longer in the re-formulated Double Tap.

We also have 500mg Green Tea Extract, 150mg Caffeine Anhydrous, and 150mg Di-Caffeine Malate. So this is some serious energy rolled up in here along with the exotic stims listed above. As I mentioned in some of the ingredients, this version of Double Tap Pills appears to be discontinued, as it is no longer available on the REDCON1 Website, but you can still find it on Amazon or other outlets. The company removed DMHA and Octopamine and replaced them with 100mg Theobroma Cocao Extract, so please bear that in mind. Pretty high on the stims here, so not for someone that cannot handle high stims, this works great as a PWO as well, which we will cover below.

Taste/Mixability/Dosing

Taste/Mixability: Nothing to report here as these are Gelatin pills. No weird smell or taste and easy to swallow.

Dosing: Some days I took this right before a workout as a PWO in conjunction with a Pump Product, and other days I took this mid-day after lunch to get through the rest of the day. I always dosed three pills at a time, and if you are unsure if you can handle this or not the directions recommend to take one pill, if your okay wait 4-6 hours take another and work up to 3 pills a day. I can handle high stims so dosing it at 3 pills at once was no issue. You will find on their site in the questions section for Double Tap they recommend 3 pills at once, even though it does not list that on the bottle instructions.

Effectiveness

To me this product was much more than a thermogenic, it was also an energy enhancer. I know most thermo's have caffeine included, this one stood out since it included DMHA. I will separate this by energy and fat burning, then talk about label claims.

Energy: By far the best part of the product, I had enough energy to get through a 90 minute workout session with no issues at all. Also when taken in the middle of the day it got me through the afternoon slump and I was full of energy and able to get tasks done easily. I did have a crash following this each time, and it was pretty horrid. I would say about 3-4 hours after taking this I would feel like I got hit by a truck and lost all my energy. That was the only downfall here, and I think including something like Theanine would really help out here.

Fat Burning: I had gotten my diet in order and was very strict on it for about two weeks before starting this run. I was averaging .4" off my gut per week at first, and taking this bumped it to .5" so a minor boost, but that is kind of what we expect. It is not the magic pill and really worked great to help me kick start the holiday fat melt off, and once my body plateaued out it helped to keep the fat off. My weight went from 246 to 241 while taking this, but I was also putting on lean muscle which made my weight stay the same, and my waist and fat were lower. So yeah this does an okay job here.

The label states "Body Fat literally melts off while dramatically improving energy even in a caloric deficit. Brain fog and mental clarity are profoundly increased." Yeah some fat did melt off, and energy was highly improved. As far as the cognitive properties, sure they were enhanced because of the caffeine and stims, but other than that there was not much help there. Maybe add in some Huperzine A and this would be a different story.

One thing this product did not aid me with was appetite suppression. My appetite never changed while on this, which was fine by me, but if you are taking this purely for the fat burning and wanted this to help you eat less, then this is not the product for you. To me this is almost a PWO or energy booster more than fat burning. The only time I felt a thermogenic effect was during workouts which I have found DMHA to make me sweat a lot. I never sweat or felt hot otherwise, which i am fine with. Overall, I enjoyed my run on this, just be careful of all the stims.

Value

It looks like you can still find this formula on Amazon for $25.49 for a 30 day supply (only 4 left in stock as of 24 Feb 18). That comes out to 85 cents a day. Not sure if they are just marking it down to sell out and get the new version, only time will tell. It also looks like I'll Pump you UP.com is selling this version as well but for $39.95. I say the Amazon price point is pretty decent considering the exotic stims included.

Side Effects

None Experienced.

Conclusion

So it appears this version of Double Tap pill form is phasing out, but it is still available to purchase on multiple sites. I am unsure how the new version will be, but this one was pretty fun to run. If it was not for that daily energy crash I really would have enjoyed this more. I think it does an okay job at fat burning, but I really liked using this in conjunction with a non stim pump product, to me that is its greatest use. Be careful when you dose this though, since it has so many stims in it, you prob will have a hard time going to sleep if taken to close to bed time. Thanks for allowing me to run this, it was pretty fun!



Overall
Overall
8.2
Effectiveness
Effectiveness
8.3
Value
Value
8.1
  February 24, 2018

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Great Energy
  • Reduced Fatigue

    Introduction

    I train 7 days a week normally around 5am - 7am, my training varies from low intensity cardio to hiit training and from body builder to an all out powerlifting setup- the variety works great for keeping me motivated and doing different things everyday- the only downside is the soreness and exhaustion. In order to help out I think for some caffeine and branch chain amino acids- branch chain amino acids they are designed to avoid muscle fatigue, tie in some caffeine; now you have breach ballistic and of course someone with the energy and endurance to lift for quite some ...

    Introduction

    I train 7 days a week normally around 5am - 7am, my training varies from low intensity cardio to hiit training and from body builder to an all out powerlifting setup- the variety works great for keeping me motivated and doing different things everyday- the only downside is the soreness and exhaustion. In order to help out I think for some caffeine and branch chain amino acids- branch chain amino acids they are designed to avoid muscle fatigue, tie in some caffeine; now you have breach ballistic and of course someone with the energy and endurance to lift for quite some time

    Ingredient Profile

    The ingredients match exactly what the product is- bcaas, some extra endurance factors, and caffine

    Bcaas - leucine, isoleucine and valine, dosing is there and you don't feel an immediate difference, but you are getting them. The breakout they have is a 2:1:1-
    Which is ideal for energy and fatigue , best when drinking during a workout which is when I use them.

    There are 2 forms of caffine and a similar complex. The caffine and teobromine hit your body with a quick jolt and for me last quite some time, which is a great resource to get long days.

    There's additional ingredients to help focus, redcon refers to them at nootropics, I don't notice a dramatic difference in focus- but I can say that I never lost focus

    Taste/Mixability/Dosing

    I tried blue lemonade and it tastes exactly as it's named- subtle lemonade, not too sweet, not too sugary or tart

    It mixes fairly well, stays a little grainy similar to other bcaas

    Lastly the dosing is on point for a full serving, sometimes I may only do half a serving and still be able to feel the effects.

    Effectiveness

    This product is very effective for bcaas with caffine, it builds strong endurance and energy levels for long days or intense lifts. I always view this as a silent supplement because it's seems minimal and you don't have the bitter taste like preworkouts or the itch/ heart racing feeling that high energy preworkouts give you, but you get great lasting energy.

    Fatigue and Soreness happens after and during the workout, when drinking breach ballistic it feels as though you can power through the fatigue and keep going.

    Value

    The pricing I have found has always been buy one get one, so for me it is a great value and the fact that I could take half doses makes it even more of a value- there are a lot of bcaa deals out there some as low as $6-$10 for a 30 day supply- with a bogo value still above $15 for breach ballistic it is the more pricey option, but if you are looking for the high energy levels it is a great value.

    Side Effects

    N/a

    Conclusion

    Overall if your are looking for bcaas and caffine, you will not find a better product out there- many people looking for aminos are looking for Argentine or pump support from their products, this product doesn't assist with a pump, but it does help with blood flow, endurance, and energy - if that's what you are looking for then this is strongly reccomended



    Muscle Marinade(New Version) (Purus Labs)

    Overall
    Overall
    7.0
    Effectiveness
    Effectiveness
    8.0
    Value
    Value
    6.0
      February 24, 2018

     Pros:
     Cons:
    • Builds Muscle
    • Solid Pump
    • Strength
    • Too Expensive

    Introduction

    Had a nice opportunity to get a container for a stupid cheap deal. I saw this as an opportunity to see how the new Muscle Marinade performs and take the lid off the rim since there were no reviews prior to this one.

    Ingredient Profile

    AminoBlast Premium Instantized 5:1:1 BCAAs 5g
    (L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, L-Valine)
    Creatine Monohydrate 4g

    Mind/Muscle Nootropic Blend 3.5g
    Choline Bitartrate 2.5g
    L-Tyrosine 400mg
    VitaShure Sustained Release Caffeine 250mg
    Caffeine Anhydrous 200mg
    Acetyl-L-Carnitine HCl 75mg
    N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine 75mg

    CarnoSyn Beta...

    Introduction

    Had a nice opportunity to get a container for a stupid cheap deal. I saw this as an opportunity to see how the new Muscle Marinade performs and take the lid off the rim since there were no reviews prior to this one.

    Ingredient Profile

    AminoBlast Premium Instantized 5:1:1 BCAAs 5g
    (L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, L-Valine)
    Creatine Monohydrate 4g

    Mind/Muscle Nootropic Blend 3.5g
    Choline Bitartrate 2.5g
    L-Tyrosine 400mg
    VitaShure Sustained Release Caffeine 250mg
    Caffeine Anhydrous 200mg
    Acetyl-L-Carnitine HCl 75mg
    N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine 75mg

    CarnoSyn Beta Alanine 2g
    Taurine 1.5g
    Creatine MagnaPower (magnesium creatine chelate) 1g
    Betaine Anhydrous 1g

    Plasma NOX Blend
    NO3-T Sodium Nitrate 555mg
    VasoDrive-AP Hydrolyzed Casein Tri-Peptides 254mg
    NO3-T Betaine Nitrate 185mg

    Taste/Mixability/Dosing

    The bad thing about the taste is that it doesn't taste bad. It doesn't taste great, but it's not annoying or even memorable. This matters because you can mix it with anything else that's berry or fruit punch. My current carb powder is a berry flavor and you wouldn't know they were two separate flavors mixed. Just to get more water in for the creatine, I'll add something like Minute Maid Light and I'll get a full pint or so.

    This one mixes about normal, but I would recommend water close to room temperature. It will begin to settle if you let it sit, but it's not in immediate danger of settling right after you shake up. This is all given that you're using normal temp water. Cold water makes this more difficult with the creatine. One scoop or less based on tolerance. Also give this one no less than 45 minutes to take effect.

    Effectiveness

    One of the main features of either version of Muscle Marinade so far is a full dose of creatine (I'm saying creatine a lot in this review), which is in full effect. I was definitely able to enjoy some solid strength and power. There's not much after that though. The sustained ability move weight and feel like a rock (or maybe like THE Rock) doing it is the most profound effect, just don't be surprised when that's all you get.

    What I should do is give honorable mention to is the time-released caffeine though. The stim and focus doesn't do much of note if you're no stranger... but the secondary VitaShure caffeine will keep that same level with you for quite a while.

    Value

    This container was priced at $25 when I bought it at a brick & mortar store. You can find Muscle Marinade right now ranging from $25-$45 throughout the internet. It loses its worthiness above maybe $35, based on the effectiveness.

    Side Effects

    When that caffeine shifts from the initial dose to the time-release, they would occasionally overlap on me a few hours after taking it. So you might get a small rush that feels something like 200mg-300mg of caffeine.

    What is Missing

    My normal thing missing would be a glycerol variant like HydroMax or GlycerPump. But that would undercut the purpose of Purus' Noxygen. So in this case I understand that glycerol is left out for business reasons. This also may be the cause for the Plasma NOX blend not being as big as it should be.

    My real struggle is pairing a full 5g of creatine with only 1g of betaine. Although 1g of Creatine MagnaPower can help make up the difference for hydration and cell uptake, I still believe in 1.5g - 2.5g of betaine to go with this full day's dose of creatine.

    What's also missing is citrulline. The Plasma NOX blend is a different approach for vasodilation and vascularity, but the dosing on it just isn't big enough. However that kind of novelty could've been covered with a full dose of citrulline and maybe had an affect on cost.

    Conclusion

    I didn't have grand expectations for Muscle Marinade to be so disappointed. But now I understand why it hasn't received much attention outside of the Purus Truth-ers. The only comp that I can match with Muscle Marinade is VPX Bang Master Blaster in terms of both profile and effectiveness. Although this version acts as an up-to-date formula from the original Muscle Marinade, the stim is different and it's just too heavy on the creatine for my preference. I can only take so much creatine and anything higher than 3g-4g at one time could feel excessive for me. Other aspects may have had a chance to shine if their doses had been turned up, but the creatinous shadow belittles them for me.

    Thanks for taking the time.
    As usual: thoughts, comments, questions and critique are all welcome.
    Flavors:
    • Blackberry Cherry: 7/10



    STIMbae (Destine Nutrition)

    Overall
    Overall
    7.5
    Effectiveness
    Effectiveness
    8.0
    Value
    Value
    7.0
    Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
    Thanks to Destine Nutrition for sending it out!
    (Show run details )
      February 24, 2018

     Pros:
     Cons:
    • Increased Energy
    • Good Value
    • Not Widely Available

    Introduction

    I am a female powerlifter, and I usually don't buy supplements marketed for women, as in my experience, they're usually underdosed and overpriced.

    Alas, there are not a lot of female troopers here (yet), so when this pre-workout for women became available, I decided to give it a shot.

    Ingredient Profile

    STIMbae has a pretty small scoop size (3.7g). This is typical for stim-based pre-workouts.

    The product has:

    Beta Alanine 1.6g- BA is the building block of carnosine. It can reduce muscular fatigue and improve aerobic performance. It is not time dependent. ...

    Introduction

    I am a female powerlifter, and I usually don't buy supplements marketed for women, as in my experience, they're usually underdosed and overpriced.

    Alas, there are not a lot of female troopers here (yet), so when this pre-workout for women became available, I decided to give it a shot.

    Ingredient Profile

    STIMbae has a pretty small scoop size (3.7g). This is typical for stim-based pre-workouts.

    The product has:

    Beta Alanine 1.6g- BA is the building block of carnosine. It can reduce muscular fatigue and improve aerobic performance. It is not time dependent. 1.6g is a light dose. 3.2g/day is standard (it need not be taken all at once).

    Taurine 375mg- This is an organic acid that can reduce cramping and improve hydration. It may interfere with the absorption of beta alanine. The dose is light. Typically, taurine is dosed 500mg-2g.

    NALT 250mg- This is a modified version of tyrosine. It can reduce stress and improve mental performance. The dose is light. 350mg is standard.

    Caffeine 175mg- This is a light/moderate dose.

    DMHA 100mg- This is an exotic stimulant which became popular once the FDA started coming after DMAA. It's starting to be phased out. 100mg is a common dose.

    L-Theanine 100mg- This is an amino acid that is used to take the edge off caffeine.

    Theobromine 50mg- This is a stimulant that is similar to caffeine but is much weaker.

    Hordenine 25mg- This is a fat burner/nootropic.

    BioPerine 2.5mg- This is a trademarked form of black pepper extract. It can improve the absorbability of other supplements, e.g. curcumin.

    Yohimbine Extract 1.25mg- This is a stimulant/fat burner. It should be taken on an empty stomach.

    Taste/Mixability/Dosing

    I received Tropical Baebreeze. It was pretty good, 8/10. It was sweet without being cloyingly so, and it wasn't too strong of a taste. As expected, it has a fruity flavor.

    It dissolved pretty easily with a shaker cup, minimal residue.

    I dosed it one scoop at a time.

    Effectiveness

    I found this pre-workout to be pretty effective, 8/10. It's marketed as a stimulant pre-workout, and it delivered on the energy. It could have used more caffeine (I would have liked to see 200-250mg), but the DMHA and the yohimbine did the job.

    I had enough energy to get through a 1:30-2 hr workout, and I never had a crash at the end, which sometimes happens when I take DMHA pre-workouts. I also didn't have a tolerance problem if I took it multiple days in a row.

    I do, though, think the product could be improved. I would drop the beta-alanine and increase the taurine. They probably shouldn't be taken at the same time anyway, and since there's only 1.6g beta alanine, you need to take more of it during the day anyway to get a full dose.

    This would also make room for a focus ingredient, like alpha gpc or citcholine. I did get some focus enhancement from the DMHA, but it could be further improved.

    There aren't any pump ingredients in this product, so if that's something you want to see, you have to stack it with something else. I often stacked this product with stim-free Quake of Hemavo2. Both were solid additions.

    Value

    One tub is $45, which is a lot, but there are 60 servings, which brings us down to $.75/serving. I think this is decent for a DMHA pre. Many of them cost more (but offer more ingredients).

    Side Effects

    None

    Conclusion

    I'm still not a fan of "Pre workouts for women" as I don't see anything about this product that makes it better for women than it is for men. I think that part is just a marketing gimmick, but this product is pretty solid. It's worth a look if you like DMHA.
    Flavors:
    • Tropical BaeBreeze: 8/10


    Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
    Thanks to Innotech Nutrition for sending it out!
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      February 24, 2018

     Pros:
     Cons:
    • Immunity Enhancement
    • Skin Health Support
    • Cardio System Support
    • Increased Energy
    • Too Expensive

    Introduction

    A special thanks to Innotech Nutrition for their participation here on SR.com an an apology for the slight tardiness of the review. Today, I discuss my experience with their cardio support supplement, Cardioflex Q10. The cardiovascular system is one of the most critical of biological systems in the living body. Therefore, keeping it healthy is very important for general health and wellbeing. Considering cardio problems thee days are among the most common of health problems and are seemingly on the rise for a number of reasons, it only makes keeping it healthy and w...

    Introduction

    A special thanks to Innotech Nutrition for their participation here on SR.com an an apology for the slight tardiness of the review. Today, I discuss my experience with their cardio support supplement, Cardioflex Q10. The cardiovascular system is one of the most critical of biological systems in the living body. Therefore, keeping it healthy is very important for general health and wellbeing. Considering cardio problems thee days are among the most common of health problems and are seemingly on the rise for a number of reasons, it only makes keeping it healthy and well functioning more critical.

    Ingredient Profile

    The profile is fully disclosed with plenty of ingredients known for their support in general health, but mostly targeted at the cardiovascular system.

    The profile includes L-Lysine at 2800mg, vitamin C at 2,000mg, L-Threonine at 500mg, potassium gluconate at 40mg, magnesium ascorbate at 33mg, Co-Q10 at 30mg, folic acid at 1,000mcg, selenium at 100 mcg, vitamin D at 500IU, vitamin E at 100 IU, L-Proline at 900mg, and L-glutamine at 500mg.

    The profile also contains chicory root extract as a prebiotic, but the amount is not given.

    All these ingredients combine to help support immune system function, connective tissue repair and formation, blood cell production, and electrolyte support. The one thin I don't like is the fact that the Co-Q10 is underdosed. The average daily dose is 90-200mg. This only contains a mere 30mg, so I would like more than that.

    Taste/Mixability/Dosing

    I received the orange flavor and it wasn't bad. It kind of reminded me of old school tang mix, but a little more tart.

    The mixability was a little gritty. Unless you used through utensil mixing you would sometimes get some undissolved sediment. Be sure to use enough liquid and stir with a utensil.

    Dosing timing can be anytime through the day since these ingredients don't primarily have a favorable time window. I took one serving a day usually in the morning about 10 minutes before breakfast. At sometimes I took it in the evening, but it didn't seem to make a difference.

    Effectiveness

    Now let me first say that thankfully, I have no heart problems, or any problems that would relate to the cardiovascular system. Of course, I'd like to keep it that way.

    When taking this supplement I will say that I never fell ill. I did "feel" healthier and I was not suffering from the typical cold weather symptoms I would often get when cold weather hits here in New England. These symptoms include a runny nose, sneezing, and feeling somewhat lethargic in the morning. In other words, your typical "it's chilly outside" symptoms that relate to a common cold even though you don't have one. With CardioFlex, I didn't have any nasal runniness or sneezing, and I was more energetic in the morning as opposed to lethargic for whatever reason. As I stated already, I also never got sick or got any other illnesses.

    My skin also looked healthier and some wounds that I had seemed to heal up a little quicker. Therefore, the connective tissue benefits seemed to be present. I also a little increase in my recovery from workouts, so my muscle tissue systems benefited a bit as well.

    Again, I don't have any heart issues, so it's hard to tell if I was getting those benefits.

    Overall, this did help boost my immunity and make by integumentary system healthier as well.

    Value

    This was pretty difficult to rate because at an average price of 45-49 dollars for 30 servings, clearly that is a hefty price tag for a product of this nature. At the same time though, one has to consider the efficacy and the fact that you are getting a properly dosed full spectrum cardio support product with added benefit to the immune system and skin. In contrast, the underdosing of the feature ingredient, the co-q10, doesn't do the value justice. For the price, one would find it cheaper to perhaps use a standard multivitamin with a standalone coq10 supplement in combination. Then again, with the added connective tissue supporting ingredients, you're still getting a lot from one product. To summarize the back and forth rambling, the value is not the greatest, but not the worst. I'd say that if you are someone who truly does need more critical cardio supplemental support, this would be worth the investment, especially if you can catch it on sale. Other than that, stick to multi-v, other coq10 supplements, and a healthy diet with exercise for more full spectrum cardio health support.

    Side Effects

    none

    Conclusion

    Cardioflex coq10 is a very good product that help support your immune system, give you better skin health, and help support a health cardio system. Problem is, you'll definitely want to trey and catch it on sale since the current retail price is a definite discouraging factor. Be sure you diet and exercise regimen are in check since these are the prime foundations to any healthy body.

    WARMACHINE OUT!!!

    GO BRUINS!!!
    Flavors:
    • Orange: 7/10



    Best Protein (BPI Sports)

    Overall
    Overall
    7.0
    Effectiveness
    Effectiveness
    8.0
    Value
    Value
    7.5
      February 23, 2018

     Pros:
     Cons:
    • Some Casein Protein Included
    • Builds Muscle
    • Good Value
    • Includes Artificial Flavors And Sweeteners
    • Contains Some Lactose
    • Lacks Flavor Options In Comparison To Other Brands

    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 picked up a couple tubs from BB.com a while back because they had a buy one get one free sale going on and I wanted to see how these compared to other brand's standard protein products. While I am not a big fan of most of BPI's products, after reading the label for this protein, I decided to give it a try. Personally I would compare this protein product to the ON Gold Whey in terms of ingredients and macros.

    ----Ingredient Pr...

    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 picked up a couple tubs from BB.com a while back because they had a buy one get one free sale going on and I wanted to see how these compared to other brand's standard protein products. While I am not a big fan of most of BPI's products, after reading the label for this protein, I decided to give it a try. Personally I would compare this protein product to the ON Gold Whey in terms of ingredients and macros.

    Ingredient Profile

    The ingredient profile varies slightly depending on flavor but all of them start off with the protein blend which includes MPI, WPC, WPI and whey protein hydrolysate. As you can see, this is not a pure whey protein product like ON because the MPI will contain some casein protein. The other ingredients include natural and artificial flavors, thickeners, artificial sweeteners along with lactase. For those unfamiliar with lactase, it is a digestive enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of lactose to glucose and galactose. Basically for those who may be sensitive to lactose, this is supposed to help a little bit with digestion and reducing gas and/or bloating.

    As for the macros, those will also vary slightly depending on flavor. Per scoop, you are looking at around 120 calories, a few grams of fat, three grams or so of carbs and 24g of protein.

    Taste/Mixability/Dosing

    Taste >> The two flavors I picked up were chocolate brownie and s'mores. Honestly, they both pretty much tasted the same, which is not surprising since the ingredient labels are almost identical. Since they both contain cocoa, that is the overpowering flavor when drinking. They probably try to include some graham cracker and marshmallow flavors in the s'mores but they don't come through.

    Mixability >> No problems with mixability for these proteins that I experienced. The label suggests using 5-6 ounces of cold water per scoop. With that amount of water, the shake will be slightly thicker than a pure whey protein shake because of the casein you get from the MPI. If you don't like thick shakes, just add a few more ounces of water and you are good to go.

    Dosing >> As with any protein product, the dosing is going to left up to the consumer. The label recommends using after a workout or any strenuous activity. You can also use in the morning to add some protein to your breakfast or any other time of the day to fill your macros. Since this is relatively low in fat and carbs, it should not affect your other macros too much.

    Effectiveness

    As with dosing, the effectiveness of a protein product can only be determined by the individual using it. If the food you typically eat does not contain a lot of protein, this product will be effective at increasing your intake. Or if you are a person who has trouble consuming enough whole food to meet your goals, this product will be effective at allowing you to quickly consume some protein and calories without using up too much volume in your stomach.

    Value

    For the value section, I am going to compare this product to many of the other big name supplement companies that have their standard protein product. As mentioned in the title and within this review, a comparable protein that I think of for this product is ON Gold Whey. While this product is slightly different because it includes MPI versus being only whey; the size of the tubs, the macros and the price points are all very similar. In terms of price, a five pound tub will run you around the $50 mark, which is where Optimum's product ranges as well.

    Side Effects

    None experienced by myself. I am not lactose sensitive or trying to avoid artificial flavors and sweeteners. For those who can only drink WPI, this is probably not the product for you.

    Conclusion

    In conclusion, I enjoyed these tubs but there is nothing exceptional to report about the product or the brand in general. When it comes down to purchasing this or a product like ON's, my decision will likely come down to who has the best price and flavor options available. If you are a person who wants a little bit of casein protein in your shake, this is a good option compared to all whey. If you are someone who wants different and exotic flavors of protein, I would recommend looking elsewhere. With this product, you will only find the basics and those will not WOW you in the flavor department.

    Thank you for reading my review and let me know if you have any questions
    Flavors:
    • Chocolate Brownie: 7/10
    • S'mores: 7/10



    Amino Charger +Hydration (Nutrex)

    Overall
    Overall
    7.5
    Effectiveness
    Effectiveness
    7.5
    Value
    Value
    7.5
    Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
    Thanks to Nutrex for sending it out!
    (Show run details )
      February 23, 2018

     Pros:
     Cons:
    • Hydration Support
    • Improved Recovery
    • Intraworkout Stamina
    • Reduced DOMS
    • Amazing Taste

      Introduction

      What is going on guys? I've got another BCAA review coming at you live ( and who doesn't love BCAAs??) As always I'd like to thank all the amazing people working here at SR and Nutrex for making this review possible. Let's jump right in.

      Ingredient Profile

      6g of BCAA's: When looking at products like this, I'm usually looking for 5g of BCAAs minimum so this is just an added bonus. You'd be surprised how much every gram of BCAAs really helps you recover and decrease DOMs.
      1g Taurine: It's nice to see it on the label, but would like to see it dosed higher to re...

      Introduction

      What is going on guys? I've got another BCAA review coming at you live ( and who doesn't love BCAAs??) As always I'd like to thank all the amazing people working here at SR and Nutrex for making this review possible. Let's jump right in.

      Ingredient Profile

      6g of BCAA's: When looking at products like this, I'm usually looking for 5g of BCAAs minimum so this is just an added bonus. You'd be surprised how much every gram of BCAAs really helps you recover and decrease DOMs.
      1g Taurine: It's nice to see it on the label, but would like to see it dosed higher to really have an impact on the product.
      And then we have the rest of the electrolyte/hydration mix with things like coconut water powder. That's the stuff that really set this product part from me personally. Even on days that I drink a good amount of water sometimes, I'll start cramping mid-workout and that completely throws me out of rhythm. Any product that can aid in preventing that for happening is something that I'm going to be interested in.

      Taste/Mixability/Dosing

      Taste: Grape Apple may be the best supplement flavor that I've very had. There was just something about the after taste and the way that it flowed that was very smooth. I found it extremely appealing.
      Mixibility: Mixed great, give it a good 10-second shake in a blender bottle and you won't have any issues.
      Dosage: I used 1-2 servings pre or intra workout and found intra workout to be the most effective at decreasing DOMs for me.

      Effectiveness

      Muscle soreness was reduced a fair amount while using this product as opposed to not using any BCAA product. This is the main thing to look for when you're using any products similar to this because that's the whole point of BCAA's to 'enhance recovery'. The hydration mix and coconut powder definitely aided in my recovery process. This was a new wrinkle In my daily supplementation and it left me feeling more refreshed than I was before. My stamina was also lengthened slightly as a result of this product. (Like an extra few sets at the end of a workout).

      Value

      The lowest I could find this product was for $26.97 on bodybuilding.com. This comes out to 90 cents per serving and that puts it at a pretty competitive price compared to its competition.

      Side Effects

      None

      Conclusion

      This is a very solid BCAA supplement. It's not the greatest thing in the world, but it can definitely enhance your recovery process.



      Overall
      Overall
      9.6
      Effectiveness
      Effectiveness
      9.3
      Value
      Value
      9.8
        February 23, 2018

       Pros:
       Cons:
      • Increased Pump
      • Increased Focus
      • Increased Endurance
      • Increased Energy
      • Makes You Feel Sick
      • Bad Taste
      • Light Headed

      Introduction

      When I look for preworkouts I typically try to buy the strongest I can find. I've tried many different preworkouts and dmaa is still one of my favorites but those are not available anymore.

      Ingredient Profile

      It has 5 proprietary blends which I don't like because you cannot see the exact amount of each ingredient that you are consuming but a lot of preworkouts do it anyway. To start you have the Pump and Endurance Matrix which consists of 5 grams of L-Citrulline, 1 gram of Agmass Agmatine Sulfate, 1 gram of Pomegranate Powder Extract, and Vaso6 at 300mg. These...

      Introduction

      When I look for preworkouts I typically try to buy the strongest I can find. I've tried many different preworkouts and dmaa is still one of my favorites but those are not available anymore.

      Ingredient Profile

      It has 5 proprietary blends which I don't like because you cannot see the exact amount of each ingredient that you are consuming but a lot of preworkouts do it anyway. To start you have the Pump and Endurance Matrix which consists of 5 grams of L-Citrulline, 1 gram of Agmass Agmatine Sulfate, 1 gram of Pomegranate Powder Extract, and Vaso6 at 300mg. These ingredients are used to give you a pump during a lift. Next is the Energy Matrix which consists of 300mg of Caffeine Anhydrous, Eria Jarensis Extract, Julgans Regia Extract, and STIM-X. These ingredients are all used to give you a boost of and sustain energy during a lift. Following that you have the Focus Matrix with its only ingredient being Teacrine at 100mg which is for focus and sustained energy. After that you have Kanna Ease at 25mg which is used for stress relief and increased focus or cognition. And finally you have the Absorption Matrix which consists of 50mg of Astragin Blend which is used for increased absorption. I like that they try to hit all aspects of a good preworkout supplement but I don't like they don't fully disclose the amount of each ingredient.

      Taste/Mixability/Dosing

      I got two flavors. One was dragon's mist and the other was I see fury. Dragon's mist taste like a blue raspberry and I see fury tastes like a Gatorade. They both taste awful. The beginning is when you taste the flavor but that's only for two seconds. It has an awful chemical taste that stays in the mouth for a long time. Dragon's mist gets a 2/10 On taste and I see fury gets a 3/10.

      No problems with mixability. It had no clumps or leftovers in cup.

      It says take one or two scoops but one will do for most people and that's what I mostly took unless I had no energy that day.

      Effectiveness

      This stuff is not for beginners. I started with two scoops because I've had a lot of stimulants before and this stuff was almost too strong for me. I got great focus from this. The weights were all my mind was on. I normally listen to music at the gym but with this I did not even think about music. The pumps were really great. I was able to do more reps on my max weight. Strength stood the same though. The energy was intense. I felt like I could've been in the gym all day. I first took this in the afternoon and when I went to sleep it was nearly impossible. I took this in the morning after breakfast and I still had trouble sleeping. I felt very light headed after I finished working out with this. During my workout I felt really great but when I finished I would feel light headed for hours.

      Value

      I paid $45 at a1supplements for a bogo deal they had. That is $1.26 for two scoops or $0.63 for one scoop which is worth it in my opinion.

      Side Effects

      Can't sleep and being really light headed. I felt nausea if I took it on an empty stomach.

      Conclusion

      I would definitely say this is one of the best I've tried. If you are barely starting out on taking preworkouts then I would not recommend this. I would only recommend this for experienced users.



      Agmatine (PrimaForce)
      Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
      (SR paid for product; PrimaForce did not participate)
      (Show run details )
        February 23, 2018

       Pros:
       Cons:
      • Blood Flow
      • Pumps
      • Vasodilation
      • Slight DOMS Reduction
      • Slight Increase Appetite
      • Deeper Sleep
        What's going SR world! I would like to thank Clipper for sending me a tub of PrimaForce's Agmatine. We as gym rats love to watch our pumps in front of the mirror while doing arms. Therefore, we are always looking for that next Pump product to makes us feel and look like we can take on anyone in the street who just happens to walk on by. To me Agmatine has other applications other than just for pump; therefore, I decided to try this.

        Ingredient Profile

        There is only one ingredient in this, which is Agmatine. There is 750mg per servings, which you get 30 servings, and a smurf size s...
        What's going SR world! I would like to thank Clipper for sending me a tub of PrimaForce's Agmatine. We as gym rats love to watch our pumps in front of the mirror while doing arms. Therefore, we are always looking for that next Pump product to makes us feel and look like we can take on anyone in the street who just happens to walk on by. To me Agmatine has other applications other than just for pump; therefore, I decided to try this.

        Ingredient Profile

        There is only one ingredient in this, which is Agmatine. There is 750mg per servings, which you get 30 servings, and a smurf size scooper. There are some benefits, other than giving you a nice pump, which I will elaborate in the effectiveness section:

        I can assist with Glucose uptake
        Helps release Growth Hormone
        Assist with Depression/Anxiety

        Taste/Mixability/Dosing

        Taste - This has no taste, a little bitter with you only take it with water.

        Mix - This mixed very well, no residue at the bottom of the shaker cup.

        Dosing - I played with it, since my body response well at 1500mg; therefore, on some occasions I took two servings before bed, especially if I worked out that same evening.

        Effectiveness

        Agmatine is Agmatine, the pumps I go from this was spot on. Not like the last Agmatine product I reviewed, where despite taking almost 2 grams, the pumps were weak. I would had one scoop to the pre-workout I was using at the time, which I noticed it hit me faster than it normally takes. In addition, I made sure the pre-workout I was using did not have Agmatine as part of their pump matrix, so I can gauge the effect the Agmatine.

        As for some of the claims and additional benefits of using Agmatine, I do have to say, I did benefit from it. For example, on the days I would take two scoops, 30 mins before going to bed, I noticed that when I performed any workout that involves my shoulders, I notice the normal pain I get on my right shoulder was not as sharp. In addition, I noticed that I was sleeping more deeply than I do, and when I woke up the next day, my DOMS were not as bad. Now, on those nights taking 2 scoops, when I woke the next day, I felt hungrier than I normally do when I wake; some cases has shown Agmatine to increase appetite.

        Value

        For less than $15.00, you get a product that works and 30 servings; you cannot beat that!

        Side Effects

        None

        Conclusion

        What can I say; PrimaForce's Agmatine is an effective and very affordable supplement, which should be in everyone's supplement cabinet. Considering there are other applications than just a pump product, I really recommend you give this version of Agmatine a try.


        Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
        Thanks to VMI Sports for sending it out!
        (Show run details )
          February 23, 2018

         Pros:
         Cons:
        • Full Label Disclosure
        • Muscle Endurance
        • Increased Power
        • Builds Muscle
        • Great Taste
        • Needs Higher Overall Creatine Dosage
        • Needs To Increase Magnapower Dosage
        • Dyes

        Introduction

        I apologize to VMI for taking so long to review this. I doubly apologize on that note because I had a solid draft going at work on Friday and forgot to click save so I had to start anew today. Some background: I claimed this off TROOPs because I had always wanted to try a creatine blend and this looked like as good of a product as any. I'm a big believer in taking what is proven to work and not reinventing the wheel. Applied to creatine supplementation, I usually supplement with Creapure micronized creatine monohydrate at 5g a day - but I've recently made a switch to My...

        Introduction

        I apologize to VMI for taking so long to review this. I doubly apologize on that note because I had a solid draft going at work on Friday and forgot to click save so I had to start anew today. Some background: I claimed this off TROOPs because I had always wanted to try a creatine blend and this looked like as good of a product as any. I'm a big believer in taking what is proven to work and not reinventing the wheel. Applied to creatine supplementation, I usually supplement with Creapure micronized creatine monohydrate at 5g a day - but I've recently made a switch to Myprotein Creatine Gluconate - because I trust that it is actually working how it supposed to and requires rather little additional thought or research on my part. That being said, I have always been curious as to whether creatine blends really work any better or really reduce bloating by a significant amount (I don't bloat too much from creatine to begin with though) and so I wanted to compare the results (with creatine monohydrate being my baseline) for myself.

        Ingredient Profile

        7.5/10
        SMART uses a blend of three different forms of creatine - creatine pyruvate, creatine citrate, Magnapower magnesium creatine-chelate, each dosed at 1.2g (total of 3.6g), and 200mg of sodium (NaCl). The blend is supposed to negate the need to load and reduce water retention/bloating. The sodium is apparently included for "skin tearing muscle swells" (i.e. pumps) which sounds both cool and troublesome at the same time. I'm fine with it being in the ingredient profile but if you want to promote "skin tearing muscle swells" then you're going to need something stronger than sodium. Agmatine, L-citrulline, or a nitrate would have been a much better choice. This part of the profile wins no points from me and just falls flat. However, this far from the most important part of the profile. For all I care, if the creatine part is solid then a small flaw like this is maybe a 0.5 or 1.0 deduction tops.

        Creatine pyruvate is a creatine bonded with a pyruvic acid group and is dosed at 1.2g. Creatine pyruvate is noted for producing higher plasma levels of creatine compared to creatine monohydrate (note: these studies used a dose of around 7g). However, the study that discovered this also found no difference in absorption or excretion values. I had time to review one study that compared creatine pyruvate and creatine citrate with a placebo (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2276184/). Creatine pyruvate increased mean power, force output, and relaxation speed at all intervals as well as oxygen consumption and blood flow during rest. Hence, creatine pyruvate might be a bit more beneficial for endurance. As promising as this study is, the dosage was 5g a day so this would be significantly underdosed in comparison. Additionally, for all the good creatine pyruvate is supposed to do, most of the results have not been found to be much different than those experienced with creatine monohydrate supplementation.

        Creatine citrate is a creatine bonded with a citric acid group and is dosed at 1.2g. Creatine citrate is noted for being more water soluble than creatine monohydrate but this does not appear to affect absorption. In the aforementioned study (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2276184/) improvements in force and power output gained from creatine citrate supplementation decreased and became insignificant at later intervals. It also did not seem to have the positive effects on oxygen consumption and blood flow that were associated with creatine pyruvate consumption. For what it is worth, the study also used 5g of creatine citrate so to replicate those less-than promising results this would be underdosed - a double whammy. Furthermore, like with creatine pyruvate, there has not been any significant difference in results associated with creatine citrate supplementation when compared to creatine monohydrate supplementation.

        Magnesium creatine-chelate is a creatine with a magnesium chelated group and is dosed at 1.2g. Magnesium creatine-chelate is noted for providing creatine monohydrate like benefits without the water gain (i.e. bloat). The magnesium chelated group is included because magnesium is used in carbohydrate and creatine metabolism (particularly in the ATP cycle) and the thought is that this provides the "full package" and allows one to take greater advantage of the creatine. Some studies have shown statistically insignificant improvements over creatine monohydrate. One study that I found (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15142029) showed an improvement over placebo with a 2.5g dose of magnesium creatine chelate but it was insignificantly different from the improvements experienced with a 2.5g dose of standard creatine (I assume monohydrate was used here). That being said, I am a big supporter of using patented ingredients and the inclusion of Magnapower here is very much welcomed - even if the base ingredient isn't as useful as thought.

        While I may have dug into the science a bit, I'm not necessarily deducting because the profile includes creatine types that are not monohydrate. In other words, I'm not a creatine purist. I came into this knowing that the studies would likely show creatine monohydrate to produce equal or near-equal results. The problem is, however, that the studies I could find used around 5-7g of each type of creatine listed here. 1.2g of any of these forms is clearly underdosed in comparison. Additionally, I am a believer in the 5g a day maintenance dose so I would have liked to have seen at least 5g of cumulative creatine since if one assumes that, at worst, each form works no better than creatine monohydrate then (excusing ratios - creatine citrate and creatine pyruvate are about 65% and 60% creatine respectively in the study cited) at least that threshold is met. Now, I have seen some data showing that 2-3g is sufficient for a maintenance dose, and that would make this 3.6g more than an acceptable dose. Still, I would rather play it safe and use the 5g threshold.

        Finally, my last take on this profile is that there is an excessive amount of green dye used. In all honesty, this would have been an 8/10 profile if it wasn't for the dyes. I can see some logical arguments here and there that would mitigate some of the concerns I raised above and so I mitigated most of the deductions I would have made. Yet, the dyes are part of the profile and were rather repulsive at times so it has to affect this score as well.

        Taste/Mixability/Dosing

        8/10
        I received the lemon lime flavor and it tasted pretty good. It wasn't too sweet or tart but it also wasn't Gatorade-esque either. I don't think I've had anything that tasted quite like this take on lemon lime so I can't give a comparison but it wasn't bad. Mixability was perfect as there was no clumping or residue leftover which can be a problem with some creatine forms. Dosing was relatively simple. The container recommendation is 1-2 scoops pre, intra, or post workout. I typically dosed this at 1 scoop. I took two scoops for the first few days and I would occasionally take two scoops if I had missed a dose (rare). I usually tried to take my dose sometime pre-workout but I was not as consistent with this as I would have liked to been. The nice thing about a creatine supplement is that my inconsistent dosing times didn't matter - as long as I got my dose in each day. My main qualm in this section is the excessive use of artificial dyes. I think dyes in general (i.e. even natural) should be used sparingly but I'll accept a moderate level of dyes in most mainstream supplements as a fact-of-life. This was just a bit absurd to me though. I could see excess dye kind of just swirling in my cup and it just made me feel "gross" for lack of a better word. I generally had to drink this in a colored shaker cup so I didn't have to look at it. In my mind, this psychological effect affects the final taste rating and seeing the excessive dye kind of just swirling about (think like a snake) in the cup affects the final mixability rating. I took a point off for each.

        Effectiveness

        8/10
        I've used creatine monohydrate a fair amount so I have a baseline for what to expect from an effective creatine supplement. Since creatine monohydrate is also the gold standard of sorts I can also use my personal comparisons to judge how SMART compares to the cheaper and more studied form that it is supposed to be better than.

        Unlike with creatine monohydrate, there is no suggested or designated loading period with SMART. I still erred on the side of caution and took two scoops for the first few days. Even with this extra dose, I experienced no bloating. I don't bloat much with creatine monohydrate but I've noticed there is always a little bit so it was nice to not have any this time around. While this is nice, I have and can suffer through some bloating if it means improved performance and progress in the gym so its not a huge issue for me but at least SMART lives up the no-bloat claim.

        I noticed after about two weeks of use that I could push and pull a little more weight in the gym. It was only about 5-10lbs on most lifts but every little bit helps build more muscle so it is very much welcomed. This was about what I experience from creatine monohydrate, albeit at loading dosages. I also noticed that my muscles felt a little fuller just walking around throughout the day. It wasn't like a perpetual pump but more that everything just felt a little heavier. This is from the increased cellular hydration so the creatine was definitely working to some extent. Yet, it wasn't anything radically different from when I've used monohydrate. There was less bloat so in a way I didn't feel as full but being the bad kind of "full" it was for the better. Again, since I don't typically bloat that much it wasn't anything extreme.

        I also noticed a slight bit more endurance in my workouts. I usually use a subjective measure of my objective cardio times to sort of balance out how I rate endurance but I am diverging from that a bit with this review because what stuck out to me was my endurance in the lifting portions of my workout. Almost habitually, I was squeezing out a few extra reps and sometimes practically another set. Sometimes I'll be feeling myself and think I can squeeze out more than is actually possible and then have to shamefully admit defeat and lower the weight or rest a bit more. I found myself doing that a bit less than usual about two weeks into taking SMART. This was also about on par with what I've experienced with creatine monohydrate supplementation but I will note than the reduced bloat made it noticeably easier to squeeze out more on the movements where mobility is more of a factor (deadlifts, squats, etc.). For example, I was able to squeeze out an extra five reps on deadlifts (much to my surprise) during one of my last workouts with SMART compared to what I had projected in my journal for the day. I can't say my form was pristine for those last few reps but what I am trying to get across is that I had the endurance or the "energy" to do so.

        I didn't really see much in the way of enhanced recovery but I've never gotten that from creatine monohydrate or even creatine gluconate supplementation either. That being said, I wouldn't be surprised if at some cellular level I was recovering quicker but I couldn't feel it. I think it is a bit overplayed marketing but still worth noting since it is a label claim.

        In short, I experienced really similar effects to creatine monohydrate. This seemed to kick in a little bit earlier and with much less creatine (due to lack of loading phases) required. Is it better than creatine monohydrate in terms of effectiveness? Only insofar that there's no bloating, that you can take less, and you may feel it a little earlier. Other than that it was on par and certainly not worse.

        Value

        7.75/10
        I found this on a few sites for around $20 for a 30 serving container. Given that this is a true one-scoop serving, or at least close to it, this is not a terrible deal. That's about $0.67 a serving/day. That might sound like a bit much for just creatine at first but this is supplement is a creatine blend, including one patented form (also a huge plus), and it is also flavored. Taking all of that into consideration, this is a pretty good deal. However, I can't give it above an 7.75/10 for a few reasons. First, creatine monohydrate (the gold standard for creatine supplements) would cost you about $0.10 a day at maintenance levels and about $0.40 at loading levels. If I'm paying $0.57 more a day for different forms of creatine, I would like at least one of them to be efficaciously dosed as opposed to the overall blend meeting that threshold (I believe there is a difference). Additionally, I think that this would be a better value if it met the old recommended maintenance dose of 5g. Even if some newer studies have shown that 2-3g is enough for maintenance, I still subscribe to the "better to be safe than sorry" doctrine which in this case is also "the more the better" doctrine. Finally, when I compared SMART Creatine to some competitors, I noticed similar price-points and a handful of "extras" like betaine anhydrous, L-taurine, L-tyrosine, electrolytes, cinnamon bark extract, banaba leaf extract, and beta alanine to name a few. While no competitor had all of these "extras," most had at least one. For this to really break past an 8/10 there would have to be some "extras," or if it was to remain a pure creatine product then the price per serving would have to decrease. I would suggest perhaps using non-patented forms of creatine but I like to see patented forms and actually took that into consideration with rating this section so it is a bit of a double-edged sword. In short, this is a decent deal. There are certainly better deals to be had but you won't feel ripped off if you purchased this. If you find this on sale and like/want to try a creatine blend then it would likely be worth it to pull the trigger despite its shortcomings.

        Side Effects

        10/10
        I experienced no side effects while taking this product. As promised, I did not experience any creatine bloat. I will note, however, that like with all creatine products this made me pretty thirsty or dehydrated if I didn't drink enough water. Aim for a gallon of water a day if possible while taking this. I don't deduct for this because it is to be expected with creatine supplementation.

        Conclusion

        7.7/10
        Overall, this is a decent creatine blend to try. I would caution everyone that the dyes are pretty bad so if that bothers you than look elsewhere. If you can find this on sale then it is probably worth pulling the trigger but at normal price its really at that indecisive point where it wouldn't be a great nor terrible purchase. I would probably recommend this to a friend with the caveat that I would warn them about the dyes and probably suggest an alternative to look at and compare SMART to as well. I came to a 7.7 rating after averaging the Ingredient Profile, Effectiveness, and Value sections since those were most important in this review to get a 7.75 rating. I then rounded down to the 7.7 for the overall score as a way to take the Taste/Mixability/Dosing score into consideration (i.e. dyes).


        Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
        Thanks to LabTech Nutraceuticals for sending it out!
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          February 23, 2018

         Pros:
         Cons:
        • Clinically Dosed
        • Excellent Pump
        • Insane Ingredient Profile
        • No Proprietary Blends
        • Great Energy And Focus
        • Energy
        • Can Be A Bit Expensive Without Deals

        Introduction

        Thanks again SR and THANK YOU Lab Tech! Full Spectrum Rx was pure money! I almost wet myself waiting for my chance to snatch this product up after reading the profile. I had been waiting for a new solid looking pre to pop-up to give a try after not so much luck with the last one I tested.

        Ingredient Profile

        Like I felt in the gym, the ingredients just keep going and going with 33 of pure bliss! Fully disclosed which is standard for me. No prop blends here.
        Vitamin B1,2,3,6,12,5 to start off. Pump Matrix includes 8000mg of citrulline Malate, 3500mg of beta...

        Introduction

        Thanks again SR and THANK YOU Lab Tech! Full Spectrum Rx was pure money! I almost wet myself waiting for my chance to snatch this product up after reading the profile. I had been waiting for a new solid looking pre to pop-up to give a try after not so much luck with the last one I tested.

        Ingredient Profile

        Like I felt in the gym, the ingredients just keep going and going with 33 of pure bliss! Fully disclosed which is standard for me. No prop blends here.
        Vitamin B1,2,3,6,12,5 to start off. Pump Matrix includes 8000mg of citrulline Malate, 3500mg of beta alanine, 2250mg of l-taurine, 1500mg of agmatine sulfate, 1250mg of aakg, and 1000mg of beat root extract.
        Energy/Focus Matrix starts with 350mg of Caffeine Anhydrous, 250mg of L-Dopa, 250mg of N-aceetyl l-tyrosine, 200mg of L-theanine, 175mg of 2-aminoisoheptane, 100mg of l-norvaline, 50mg ofdendroblum nobile extract/higenamine hydrochloride/naringin/phenylethylamine hydrochloride, 30mg of octopamine hydrochloride, 25mg of n-methyl tyramine hydrochloride, 20mg of synephrine hydrocholoride, 10mg of rutaecarpine/huperzine a 1% and 1mcg of alpha yohimbine.
        Mood/Absorption has 5mg of black pepper fruit extract and 5mg of 6 7-dihydroxybergamottin.
        Wow my fingers hurt from just typing all that up.

        Taste/Mixability/Dosing

        I received the Black Cherry Lemonade. Right off the bat, the smell reminded me of the original NO-Xplode. Did not taste the same obviously, but I was very pleased with the taste. Like most pre's, it left a few grains in the bottom of my cup when taking so it would take a second swig to get it all down. Dosing is 1 level scoop with 8-12 ounces of water about 20 minutes before your workout. The 20 minute is just about spot on.

        Effectiveness

        I loved the effectiveness of Full Spectrum Rx. By the time I walk out on the gym floor, I can feel the tingles kicking in letting me know its game time. Not too intense, just the right amount. My energy is kicked up a notch and it allowed me to stay focused throughout my entire workout. The days I lifted on my own, I was in my own world like no one else was in the gym with me. Another great feature is I always achieved a nice pump with each workout no matter the muscle group. At the end of each workout, I felt like I smashed my workout and if I had more time I could have done a little more before I had to get back to work. Another great feature was zero crash for me.

        Value

        Right at $50 for 30 servings, it does seem a little steep. However, with all the ingredients it's not a bad deal. I did not see any deals on this currently, but doesn't mean they don't have them. Overall, it seems like a pretty fair price to me. If I saw this for $45 I'd snatch it right up.

        Side Effects

        Zero side effects other than an awesome workout.

        Conclusion

        In conclusion, Full Spectrum by Lab Tech is a top tier pre-workout. If you want to go into the gym each day without any "off" days, then this is for you because the focus is amazing. I'm hoping this shows up in my local Vitamin Shoppe.


        Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
        Thanks to Nature Restore for sending it out!
        (Show run details )
          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!
          (Show run details )
            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.
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            • Apple: 10/10



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