N.O. XT is a pump product made by Jacked Factory. It is formulated to promote “enhanced blood flow” to the muscle, enhance pumps, boost strength and reduce fatigue.
The N.O. XT formula features four ingredients: L-citrulline, inositol-stabilized arginine silicate (as Nitrosigine®), L-glutathione and black pepper fruit extract (as BioPerine®).
L-citrulline and arginine are said to boost nitric oxide, blood flow and enhance muscle pumps. These ingredients could also reduce delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). In addition, L-glutathione is said to help maintain nitric oxide levels in the body.
There are 90 capsules (30 daily servings) in each bottle of N.O. XT.
Pump product in a pill form
Many companies in the industry today are producing new stim free pump products in powder form. Jacked Factory did something similar with this product but they put it in pill form for easy consumption and transport. In the spirit of full disclosure, I received this product as part of a beta test program from the company and purchased through Amazon. The list price is $24.99 and I received it for $1.49.
Thank you to Jacked Factory for a fully transparent label on this product. The ingredient profile is pretty simple. Each three capsule serving has 1.5g of L-Cirtrulline, 500mg of Nitrosigine, 200mg of L-Glutathione and 5mg of BioPerine black pepper extract. Many of us are likely familiar with the first ingredient of L-Citrulline as it is in many pre-workouts today along with the stand-alone pump products that are all over the market. Some of the best products have 4g-6g of this ingredient in them, so this product is under-dosed based on that comparison. The Nitrosigine dose is also on the lower end in my opinion. I have pre’s and pump products with this ingredient dosed at 1g-1.5g. L-Glutathione is an ingredient that I have not seen before in any of my products and I have no idea what is does. After doing a Google search, I was able to find this “Glutathione acts as a powerful antioxidant and detoxifier that protects cells from free radicals and oxidative stress and boosts the immune system.” How this relates to providing a pump is beyond me. The last ingredient of BioPerine is likely another that many people in this industry is familiar with as it helps with absorption of the other active ingredients.
Taste >> Since this comes in pill form, no taste review to provide for this product. Mixability >> Like taste, since this product is pill form, no mixing is required. Dosing is where I have the main issue with this product. As a stand-along pump supplement for anyone over 150 pounds, the three capsule dose with the ingredients listed is likely not going to produce any noticeable effect. For a person who is on the smaller side, the regular three capsule dose may be perfect for you. Personally at 6’3″ tall and approximately 230 pounds, these dosages by themselves are not nearly enough for me.
As mentioned in the dosing section, it took some experimenting with this product to find the correct number of capsules to take to give me the desired effect I was looking for. After trying the three capsule dose for a couple of workouts and feeling nothing different, I contacted the company and asked for some guidance. They said for most people, the three capsule serving works well but that I could bump up the dosing as needed to reach the desired effect and that there would be no side effects by using more. For each of the following workouts, I kept bumping the dose up by one capsule each time. I finally found me sweet spot at five capsules for all workouts except leg day. Keep in mind, I almost never took this product as a stand alone. It was almost always stacked with a pre-workout that contained the same or other pump ingredients. I initially thought this was going to be a great addition to my workouts and the pumps would be unbelievable when stacked with my pre at the suggested serving. Sadly, it did not work out that way.
For the value, I think I will divide my answer up into two sections. The first is the value for me based on the effectiveness and how I had to use it. The current retail price at $24.99 for 30 servings of three capsules. Since I had to use five capsules each time, the number of servings per bottle dropped down to 18. At that point, I can not see myself paying retail price for this product because it is over $1 per serving just for an addition to the workout. I believe there are better dosed pump products on the market at this price point per serving. Now I will speak to the value for a person who is able to use this product at the standard three capsule serving and receive the intended benefits. With 30 servings for this person at $24.99, this product can be a nice addition to your supplement stack if you have some extra money to spend every month or two. Depending on the number of workouts per week, this bottle could last you a month or more. Especially on upper body days, this product can make you feel like superman with the extra pump, blood flow and vascularity.
No side effects experienced with this product, even at almost double the serving size.
At the beta test price of $1.49, I figured I couldn’t go wrong at least giving this product a try. It did not live up to my expectations at the suggested dose; therefore it doesn’t provide me with a good value at retail price. I can not recommend this to a person over 150 pounds unless you are sure the dosing provided with the three capsules is going to have a noticeable effect on your body. Unless you absolutely must have your pump product in pill form, give something else a shot before this. To end with a positive note, if you purchase this product on Amazon and are not happy with it, the company provides a money back guarantee. I have not used that feature with them before, so I do not know how easy and/or quick the process is. If you have any questions, leave me a comment and I will get back to you.