Vitamax Sport SX-7 Black Onyx Reviews
Vitamax Sport SX-7 Black Onyx is a Multi-Vitamin manufactured by MuscleTech. It is designed to help provide the body with a wide array of micro nutrients that are vital for optimal health. It could be described as an 'insurance policy' to ensure that you're getting all of your vitamins and minerals but it is still crucial to eat a balanced diet.
IntroductionI was looking for a good multi vitamin for some overall health benefits and some general support while balancing working out with a busy job and kids. I have tried some in the past. Noticed a BOGO deal on Muscletech Black Onyx and decided to give it a try. At forehand I was a little bit sceptical. Most products of the Muscletech brands did not live up to expectations, except Creactor which is actually one of my favourite products.
Ingredient ProfileThe ingredients are too numerous to go through as with most multi vitamins. With Black Onyx the ingredients consist of five main categories; main vitamins, power and performance blend, SX-7 support matrix, adaptogen and enzyme plus.
Most regular and common vitamins are dosed at 100% of the recommended daily value, with the exception of magnesium and calcium. Most of the ingredients in the other categories mentioned do not differ that much from other popular multi vitamins. The adaptogen category is somewhat different with Rhodiola Rosea and Choline. The dose of Rhodiola is the absolute minimum amount at which some effects could be expected (50mg). The daily dose of Choline (50mg) is 1/5th of a dose that could provide benefits. Fairly underdosed. The power and performance blend consists of elevATP and Arjuna extract. ElevATP is a patented "unique, clinically studied combination of ancient fossilized peat minerals and a polyphenol-rich apple extract provides your cells with the edge they need to help you set a new personal best" Some studies do provide some positive results, but the research is fairly outdated (2013-2014) and doesn't look very trustworthy. If the benefits are that real, where is more recent research?
Taste/Mixability/DosingNo taste, just 4 pills a day. No aftertaste
EffectivenessOn effectiveness, black Onyx was really disappointing. The effectiveness of a product as a multi vitamin obviously is hard to measure. Expected is some effects with regard to fatigue, some increase in overall resistance and a slight increased overall wellbeing. It is hard to assess these subjective components. It is however fair to compare a multi with other multi vitamins. I have run some different multi's before (Optimen and orange triad) and to be perfectly honest they all seemed better then Black Onyx. While on black onyx I was feeling tired and actually got sick. Why doesn't my pee light up I the dark, maybe because of the poor quality of the ingredients?
Of course one should not expect a multi to prevent sickness, it's not a miracle potion. But when I finished the Black Onyx and went back to Optimen from Optimum Nutrition I felt a lot better overall. Price wise, black onyx on a BOGO deal is cheaper than the other mentioned multi's, but if they don't deliver it's a waste of money. As the ingredient profile does not differ that much from other multi vitamins my honest opinion is that the quality of the ingredients is inferior.