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Overall
Overall
8.0
Effectiveness
Effectiveness
8.5
Value
Value
7.5
Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
Thanks to Basic Supps for sending it out!
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  September 17, 2018

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Helped With Inflammation
  • Good Value
  • Good General Health Support
  • Joint And Skin Support
  • Basic Supps Was Not Easy To Find

Quick Summary

This is a straight forward supplement with turmeric and black pepper. Turmeric has many benefits and I used as an alternative to ibuprofen and did have some success. This is something that can help with the pain.

Introduction

I want to start with a thank you Basic Supps for letting me try the Turmeric. I have knee pain that is around almost daily, so I need something other than ibuprofen. It is not healthy for someone to take ibuprofen everyday, so we need to look for an alternative that is not as harmful. I have heard turmeric is a good substitute, so I ...

Quick Summary

This is a straight forward supplement with turmeric and black pepper. Turmeric has many benefits and I used as an alternative to ibuprofen and did have some success. This is something that can help with the pain.

Introduction

I want to start with a thank you Basic Supps for letting me try the Turmeric. I have knee pain that is around almost daily, so I need something other than ibuprofen. It is not healthy for someone to take ibuprofen everyday, so we need to look for an alternative that is not as harmful. I have heard turmeric is a good substitute, so I knew I needed to try it.

Ingredient Profile

The ingredients are straightforward. This has only two ingredients which are organic turmeric powder 700 mg and organic black powder 5 mg. Turmeric has many benefits and is a healthy natural ingredient. Granted this is not a large amount, but something that I just want to point it out. Turmeric or curcumin comes from the turmeric root. Curcumin is known as a spicy flavor but I did not have that issue. The benefits of curcumin or turmeric are high. These elements can help with inflammation, bowel, is an antioxidant, and lowers blood sugar to name a few. Turmeric has become readily available in many forms and is primarily used to help with inflammation. Black pepper is what we use on our foods, along with salt. Black powder also has many benefits which includes weight loss, digestive assistant, ulcers, and antioxidant to name a few. The purpose of the black pepper is that it helps the body to absorb the turmeric. These two elements work together, similar to why we use salt and pepper together. The ingredients are good, so I give this a good rating.

Taste/Mixability/Dosing

This was in pill form so no taste or mixability but it does look like a compressed orange or pumpkin. The directions say to take 1-2 pills per day and take anytime but recommends taking with meal. The one pill has 700 mg of turmeric. The amount of turmeric that can be taken in a day varies on how you consume it. The turmeric is in powder, pill, oil, etc... The recommended daily intake for a pill is 1000 - 1800 mg per day. If you take the 2 pills per day you are getting 1400 mg which is at the recommended rate. I give this a good rating.

Effectiveness

Turmeric has many benefits, but my soul purpose was to get relief in my knee pain. I started off taking 1 pill per day because I wanted it to last longer than 30 days, but it was not a pain reliever. Once I started taking 2 per day, I was able to better relief in my knee. I found turmeric a great alternative to ibuprofen. I do not want you to think that this was better or just as good as ibuprofen, because it was not. I needed to find something that was not a health risk and this was the best fit for me versus other things I have tried. I had knee surgery over 20 years ago so knee pain is a problem for me. I do not have pain every day or following every workout, but it is around a lot. While taking Basic Supps Turmeric, I get better relief and I only took ibuprofen twice during the 30 day. My wife also had knee pain and tried a few. She had the same results I did, so I believe this is a good product for just about everyone. The turmeric does not start working the minute you take it so give it 3-5 days to start working. The only thing I would change about this is having a dosage of 900 mg instead of 700 mg. That way you are at the 1000 mg and get as high as the 1800 mg per day. I give this a great rating as I found it effective.

Value

Turmeric itself is not hard to find at all since it is available with multiply supplement and health companies. But, it was hard to find this companies product and I only found it because the company website was on the tub. The tub comes with 60 pills so it depends on 1-2 servings per day. Since the recommended amount of turmeric is between 1000-1800 mg, I will figure the value of a 30-day supply. The Basic Supps Turmeric sells for $15 which is $0.50 per serving. There are other companies that list it for as cheap as $5.00 for 100 pills with 800 mg of turmeric per pill. If you add the black pepper, the price does go up. The main difference between these and the Basic Supps Turmeric is that its turmeric is organic. I found the organic turmeric going for $10-$35, so this style of organic turmeric is fairly priced. I give this a good rating because the price is right in the middle.

Side Effects

None

Conclusion

I give Basic Supps Turmeric a nice review. The ingredients are a good combination. The dosage is ok but not horrible. It was effective and I had no side effects. The value is good. I would recommend this to anyone looking for pain relief.



Overall
Overall
8.0
Effectiveness
Effectiveness
8.0
Value
Value
8.0
Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
Thanks to Redcon1 for sending it out!
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  September 15, 2018

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • 7g Creatine Per Dose
  • Builds Muscle
  • Good Ingredient Profile
  • Muscle Fullness
  • Awesome Recovery
  • Great Taste
  • A Little Expensive

Quick Summary

A solid creatine blend which has the normal creatine monohydrate and some extra creatine but you will pay more because of the other creatine ingredients included.

Introduction

Big shout out to the people at Redcon1. It is always good to get a product that I use daily and to get something different from the same old, same old. I have always enjoyed grape flavoring, so I thought this would be a good one to try. I have used Redcon1 in the past and it was effective so this one was a no brainier for me.

Ingredient Profile

Tango has a creatine blend of c...

Quick Summary

A solid creatine blend which has the normal creatine monohydrate and some extra creatine but you will pay more because of the other creatine ingredients included.

Introduction

Big shout out to the people at Redcon1. It is always good to get a product that I use daily and to get something different from the same old, same old. I have always enjoyed grape flavoring, so I thought this would be a good one to try. I have used Redcon1 in the past and it was effective so this one was a no brainier for me.

Ingredient Profile

Tango has a creatine blend of creatine monohydrate 5g, betaine anhydrous 2.5g, creatine HCL 1g, creatine magnapower 1g, taurine 1g, and L-Ornithine L-Aspartate 1g. Creatine can work to improve strength, lean muscle mass, and muscles recover. Due to the boost from creatine, it can increase energy. Creatine is like protein but it is known as a "non-protein" nitrogen. Creatine is in our bodies, is in food, and supplements. Creatine monohydrate has benefits of increased muscle levels of creatine, increased work capacity and improved training, and greater increases in lean body mass. Betaine is an amino acid that has many benefits. It can help with weight loss, muscle growth, fight heart disease, and define the body. This is a good product with positive benefits. Creatine HCL or creatine hydrochloride is believed by some the best creatine available. HCL helps break down the creatine into a salt and because of this it will dissolve better and be absorbed into the body more quickly. Magnesium creatine chelate or what that call Creatine MagnaPower has creatine that will bond to magnesium which is different from Creatine monohydrate that bonds the creatine to water. Taurine is commonly available in energy drinks. Taurine comes from meat, fish and dairy and it's benefits include helping brain, eyes, heart, and muscles. Taurine is a conditional amino acid. L-OrnithineLl-aspartate or LOLA is a salt non-essational amino acids. It is to fight off fat with the growth hormone. All the ingredients are fine, so I give this a good rating.

Taste/Mixability/Dosing

I was able to get this in grape which tastes like grape and the taste was good. Mixability was good and the product broke down well. It was one scoop with 10-12 ounces of water or favorite beverage immediately after workout. The only thing I found that I disagreed with is it recommended a double scoop for greatest benefit. The last thing I want to do is get into a war about how much creatine you should take in a day, but I believe the one scoop is plenty for me but I do understand there are different opinions. Also, two scoops will go faster so you will end up buying more product. That is a very minor issue and do not think it should impact the rating. It was just something I wanted to mention. Everything was good and had no issues, so I give it a good rating.

Effectiveness

For the most part, the Tango served its purpose of promoting lean mass, maximizes strength gains, and enhance recovery. I could not say that I had a huge gain in these 3 things, but do feel that creatine serves a purpose in weight lifting. I do feel that this was an effective creatine. I've had blends in the past and this was a great creatine blend. When using the different creatine together, I feel you are getting a more effective creatine. I also like the Tango because I like having a taste (instead of the no taste creatine) and it gives me water without having just plain, no taste water. I felt that my body was able to absorb the creatine and it gave me what I needed the creatine to do. I like having a creatine after a workout so this was a good product to try as Tango recommends doing it after a workout. This was a great creatine that was a very effective product.

Value

Tango tubs contain 30 servings, and I was able to find it for $21-$35. The $21 tub will be $0.70 per serving. I believe this is not to expensive because it is a creatine blend with more than just creatine monohydrate but it is considerably higher than the most commonly used creatine monohydrate which sells around $0.25-$0.35 per serving. The Tango has grams of creatine monohydrate and that is the normal serving amount in most of my tubs. This means you are paying an extra $0.45 per serving. The question to ask yourself is if these additional ingredients are worth the extra cost. I will give this a middle ranking because I would normally buy this but if money was tight, I would absolutely go after the plain creatine.

Side Effects

None

Conclusion

This is a great creatine product. It has multiple creatine which is good. The taste, mixability, and dosing were fine. It was effective. The cost on it was reasonable, but it is a little high compared to the creatine monohydrate only supplements. No side effects. This is a wonderful creatine and I would recommend and try it again.



Overall
Overall
8.5
Effectiveness
Effectiveness
8.3
Value
Value
9.0
Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
Thanks to Rexx Sports Nutrition for sending it out!
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  September 8, 2018

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Increased Energy
  • Builds Muscle
  • Great Value
  • Starts To Wear Off Around Serving 25

Quick Summary

This is a great stimulant pre-workout for those who use it every day and I recommend to those who only use a stimulant now and then.

Introduction

I wanted to give a big thanks to Rexxx Sports Nutrition for letting me try your Drive 2.0. I have used pre-workouts in the past but I have taken a break because I believe energy increased every day is not good. I saw Drive 2.0 available for review on SR (and as always, thank you SR) and it was going fast, so I decided to jump on it before it was gone. I now know why people wanted it. This is a good product to tr...

Quick Summary

This is a great stimulant pre-workout for those who use it every day and I recommend to those who only use a stimulant now and then.

Introduction

I wanted to give a big thanks to Rexxx Sports Nutrition for letting me try your Drive 2.0. I have used pre-workouts in the past but I have taken a break because I believe energy increased every day is not good. I saw Drive 2.0 available for review on SR (and as always, thank you SR) and it was going fast, so I decided to jump on it before it was gone. I now know why people wanted it. This is a good product to try.

Ingredient Profile

Some ingredients are found in other energy or pre-workout supplements, but as with other supplements, the ingredients and amount change. Here are the ingredients and amount.

Calories 5
Total carb 1 g
Vitamin B
Sodium 103 mg
Chloride 154 g
Potassium 100 mg
Creatine Monohydrate 2500 mg
HydroMax (Glycerol) 2000 mg
Beta-Alanine 1600 mg
Betaine Anhydrous 1500 mg
Citrulline 1500 mg
Armatine Sulfate 1000 mg
Caffeine Anhydrous 300 mg
N-Acetul L-Tyrosine 250 mg
Norvaline 50 mg
Yohimbe 20 mg
Mucuna Pruriens 17 mg

Creatine monohydrate has benefits of increased muscle levels, increased work capacity, improved training, and greater increases in lean body mass. Glycerol is for weight loss, improving exercise performance, replace water lost during exercise, and to keep from becoming dehydrated. Beta-Alanine is an amino acid that helps muscle fatigue. Betaine is an amino acid that can help with weight loss, muscle growth, fight heart disease, and define the body. L-Citrulline is an amino acid and becomes L-arginine in the kidneys that boosts nitric oxide. Agmatine sulfate breakdowns arginine and does many things that arginine should do, but is more effective. It can produce muscle pumps and more calories are shuttled towards muscle tissue and less are stored as fat. Caffeine is straight forward and is found in teas and coffee. Tyrosine is to help with brain function, increase focus, and can help performance, even during stress. Norvaline is a water-soluble amino acid which is a branched chain amino acid (it is associated with Valine) that will cause the blood vessels to stimulate nitric oxide production to muscles with oxygen. Norvaline is a booster to increase workout power and recovery, which may give you a pump when used with arginine. Yohimbe is bark from a tree in Africa and dilates the blood vessels. Mucuna Pruriens is legume and can help the brain and increases focus. These ingredients do work together to give you energy and a pump. All the ingredients seem fine, so I give it a good rating.

Taste/Mixability/Dosing

I was able to get this in pink lemonade which doesn't really taste like pink lemonade. The taste was enjoyable so no problems. Mixability was good and the product broke down well. I did have a problem with scooping. It was like play dough mixed with beach sand (may not make sense but the best way I can explain). It was not clumpy, but it was hard to scoop all into the scooper. I was not be able to fill the scooper up all the way so sometimes my scooper would over flow. One time I pressed down on it and it would fill up, but it was hard to get it out of the scooper. This is not the worst clumpy supplement I have had, so it was not a problem for me.
The dosing is one scoop that I mixed with 8 oz of water and I consumed it 30 minutes before workout. I had no problems with the taste, mixability, or dosing, so I give it a good review.

Effectiveness

Drive 2.0 says it will help with energy, strength, endurance, and pump. I felt it delivered on 3 of those 4 things. The Drive 2.0 did exactly what I was looking for. I would always have enough energy and focus to get me through a workout. The first week I felt the tingle in my body every now and then which is what you may feel like other pre-workouts. This is good for me because I do not like that feeling all the time. I did increase weights as I worked out and never a day of fewer weights. I really enjoyed the endurance needed to get through a long and hard workout. I never had an issue with not finishing the workout and I want to keep that energy going regardless if it is 30 minutes or 1.5 hours. The downfall with Drive 2.0 is when I got down to the last few servings, the energy did go down but I never got to a point where I would stop my workout. I just did not have as much energy on day 25 verses day 1, but I think that is a common issue with most pre-workout supplements. Effectiveness was great. The one issue I had was the claim of giving you a pump. I never did get that pump I was hoping for. For me, this is a minor issue because I was not taking Drive 2.0 for pump but more for energy. A big positive for me was I never dealt dehydrated and thirsty. I did make sure to have plenty of water for my workout but sometimes a pre-workout can leave you feeling dehydrated regardless of how much water you drink, so that was a fantastic. I give this a high rating for effectiveness.

Value

This was available on Amazon at $17 for 30 servings which is $.57 per servings. This price is wonderful because some pre-workouts can get high. Normally when taking a pre-workout, I get it for $1 per serving and this is almost half the cost, so I give it a great rating.

Side Effects

None

Conclusion

Drive 2.0 is a great pre-workout. I give this a high-ranking. The ingredients were good. The taste, mixability, and dosing were nice. It was effective but it did start to wear off about serving 25. The value is high due to the cost being lower than others. Side effects were not an issue. If the product stays at $17, they can have a great future and be a part of my daily workout.


  September 4, 2018

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Builds Muscle
  • Great Value
  • Some Not So Great Ingredients

Quick Summary

BPI Whey HD is a normal protein powder that can give you what you need if you are looking for a standard protein. The price is great.

Introduction

I was looking for a protein powder on the market with a high amount of servings and at a reasonable price. I was able to find this on the Wal-Mart website for $35 and it had 50 servings but it was only available in the cookie and milk flavor which is great for me. I am a fan of cookies and cream, so I knew this would be a good one to try. It was an easy choice.

Ingredient Profile

1 scoop

Calories 150
...

Quick Summary

BPI Whey HD is a normal protein powder that can give you what you need if you are looking for a standard protein. The price is great.

Introduction

I was looking for a protein powder on the market with a high amount of servings and at a reasonable price. I was able to find this on the Wal-Mart website for $35 and it had 50 servings but it was only available in the cookie and milk flavor which is great for me. I am a fan of cookies and cream, so I knew this would be a good one to try. It was an easy choice.

Ingredient Profile

1 scoop

Calories 150
Calories from fat 30
Fat 3.5 g
Saturated fat 2 g
Carbs 4 g
Sugar 3 g
Protein 25 g

This is a protein blend of whey protein concentrate, milk protein concentrate, whey protein isolate, and milk protein isolate. It also has flour, sugar, vegetable oil, 2 percent or less high fructose corn syrup and sucralose. It is a good protein blend but does contain some items I try to avoid. Still, the amount of protein is good with a normal calorie, carb and sugar amount like other protein powders. I give it a normal review.

Taste/Mixability/Dosing

I was only able to get this one flavor at the discount price but there are many options. I bought the milk and cookies flavor which was great. I would mix 1-2 scoop with 5 to 10 oz of liquid (depending on scoop amount) immediately following workout. I enjoyed the almond milk mix the most. The water mix was not as good. The one scoop was 25 grams of protein. As long as the mix was almond milk, I give it a great rating for taste, mixability, and dosing. The rating would drop to ok if mixed with water.

Effectiveness

The label says to use in conjunction with strength, muscle-building, nutrition, and weight loss programs. I do like how BPI Whey HD was upfront about what to expect from a whey protein. Sometimes you will find supplement products that make outrageous claims, but this one was on point. The straightforward answer is this was an effective protein since it is hard to rank with measurable elements. I had a good recovery after workouts. I was able to get the things that I needed with my protein. I would say it was effective, so I give it a high-ranking.

Value

I was able to get this at a good price but I will review the normal tub. A 25 servings is $20 which is $0.80 pee serving and that is a great price for me. If I can get a good protein under $1.00 per serving, it is worth the money. I give this a great rating.

Side Effects

None

Conclusion

This is a good protein. I like the ingredients. The taste was wonderful. The mixability and dosing was nice. It was effective and the price is fantastic. I had no side effects. This is a great product and one I would use for my everyday use. At this price, it will be a go to.



Overall
Overall
6.0
Effectiveness
Effectiveness
8.0
Value
Value
4.0
Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
Thanks to TBN Labs for sending it out!
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  August 27, 2018

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Organic Whey
  • Clean Profile
  • Halal Approved
  • Sweetened With Stevia
  • Grass Fed Sources
  • Great Taste
  • Gluten Free
  • Easy On The Stomach
  • Pricey
  • Too Expensive
  • Fix Label Claims
  • Sketchy Label
  • Limited Availability
  • Lack Of Protein Source

Quick Summary

A grass-fed protein powder that does its job but very expensive.

Introduction

Thank you to the people at TBN Labs for letting me review your protein. I always like trying protein powders that are not the norm and a cage free-grass fed protein is a good on to try. TBN sometimes gets a bad rep but I believe it makes a good product so this was an easy choice.

Ingredient Profile

The nutrition is great with a good protein amount. The product is gluten-free, zero added sugar, GMO free organic, and zero added carbs.

Calories 117
Calories from fat 15
Total...

Quick Summary

A grass-fed protein powder that does its job but very expensive.

Introduction

Thank you to the people at TBN Labs for letting me review your protein. I always like trying protein powders that are not the norm and a cage free-grass fed protein is a good on to try. TBN sometimes gets a bad rep but I believe it makes a good product so this was an easy choice.

Ingredient Profile

The nutrition is great with a good protein amount. The product is gluten-free, zero added sugar, GMO free organic, and zero added carbs.

Calories 117
Calories from fat 15
Total fat 1.7 g
Sodium 48 mg
Potassium 152 mg
Carbs 2.1 g
Sugar 2.1 g
Protein 24 g

The Total GO Protein has a "100% natural cage free-grass fed protein". This is an Organic Whey Protein, which I think we all know what whey protein is. I know other reviews have stated that we do not know what protein this is so what are we to think it is. It does not say it is a or list the amount of whey protein isolate, whey concentrate, whey isolate peptides, casein, milk protein isolate, egg albumin, or any other protein powders that may be in it. This is a small issue for me so I will not say Total GO is something to avoid. I think this is ok, so I will still give it a good rating.

Taste/Mixability/Dosing

I was able to get this in chocolate cream. The taste was good but not the normal chocolate taste I'm used to. I did use it with almond milk which was easy to mix. The mixability was not a big issue as long as you used plenty of liquids. On a side note (which had no bearing on this review), the texture of the powder would be similar to dry white beach sand. Like I said, not a big deal but may be fun for your kids to play with. The dosing is to take one scoop after a workout but I typically average 1.5 scoops after a workout and it was no problem. The taste, mixability, and dosing were not an issue. I give this a good rating.

Effectiveness

The only downfall I found with this was the claims on the tub. If you have read a review on TBN or looked at the tub, they make some pretty outrageous claims that TBN tries to sell for what one tub can do for you. The downfall I find with these claims is that this is something that comes with protein over time. If you continue on with a good diet, a nice workout, and time, you can get those benefits. With that being said in other reviews, I want to focus on the effectiveness I received from this protein powder. Total GO will promotes rapid recovery and had the protein ingredients needed to get through a day. The effectiveness was nice and it is a protein powder that did its job. I do believe this was a good protein powder and I had no issues with its effectiveness. I give it a good rating.

Value

I was only able to find this on the TBN website. A 3 lb tub is 30 servings and the cost was $68 which is $2.67 per serving. I usually keep my protein powders around $1.25 per serving, which makes this an EXTREMELY high protein powder. This is a protein that is on the higher end of my normal price. The price hike is due to the 100% natural cage free-grass fed protein ingredients. Like I said in the ingredient section, we are not for sure about which proteins are used. For me, this is WAY too high for 30 servings, even if it is a natural grass-fed protein, so I give it a very low rating.

Side Effects

None

Conclusion

I believe this is a nice protein powder. The ingredients were good. The carbs, sugar, and calories were low. The Total GO Protein was effective. The price is way too high. I think this is a solid protein powder. If the price was around $30 - $35, I would buy it. At $68, I would not buy it.



Overall
Overall
0.1
Effectiveness
Effectiveness
0.1
Value
Value
0.1
Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
Thanks to Alpha Pro Labs for sending it out!
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  August 24, 2018

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Increased Energy
  • Headaches
  • Too Expensive
  • Bad Ingredients

Quick Summary

A thermogenic that has a lot of side effects and not be used.

Introduction

I want to start by thanking the people in the SR family. It took a while to get me the product from Alpha Pro Labs, but they did come through. I've tried thermogenic in the past and success with them, so I wanted to try this product. Unfortunately for me it was something I had to stop due to headaches and later found out that the ingredients can cause many side effects. I will explain more about the headaches in the effectiveness section.

Ingredient Profile

This has Thiami...

Quick Summary

A thermogenic that has a lot of side effects and not be used.

Introduction

I want to start by thanking the people in the SR family. It took a while to get me the product from Alpha Pro Labs, but they did come through. I've tried thermogenic in the past and success with them, so I wanted to try this product. Unfortunately for me it was something I had to stop due to headaches and later found out that the ingredients can cause many side effects. I will explain more about the headaches in the effectiveness section.

Ingredient Profile

This has Thiamin 1.5 mg and it has 3 different types of blends. The energy and focus blend 365 mg which has caffeine, phenylethylamin HCI, tyrosine and theobromine. The next blend is thermogenic blend 40 mg which is green tea extract and raspberry ketones. The last is lipogenic blend 6.07 mg which is synephrine HCI, three types of yohimdine bark, and rauwolfia root. I have had caffeine, tyrosine, green tea, raspberry ketones, and rauwolfia in the past and had no issues. These ingredients do not seem as a problem. Caffeine is straight forward and is found in teas and coffee. Tyrosine is to help with brain function, increase focus, and helps performance, even during stress. Theobromine widens the blood vessel, a diuretic, and is a heart stimulant. Green Tea is similar to caffeine and will help increase energy. Raspberry Ketones have been around for a while and will break down the fats in cells for fat loss. Rauwolfia vomitoria can lower blood pressure.

The other ingredients have many side effects and is why I recommend avoiding. Synephrine HCI is linked to ephedrine and is a stimulant. Synephrine has many side effects which includes burning, stinging, pain, increased redness of the eye, tearing or blurred vision, headache, tremor, nausea, sweating, nervousness, dizziness, drowsiness, dryness in the nose, runny nose, and sneezing. Synephrine is banned in Canada. Yohimbe can cause dilation of peripheral blood vessels along with central nervous system stimulation. Therefore, the drug is being investigated for erectile dysfunction. Phenylethylamin HCI is a stimulant that affects the central nervous system which can increase energy and focus. Phenethylamine is similar to amphetamine and has side effects of rapid heart rate, anxiety, or agitation. Theobromine can to treat high blood pressure. Theobromine is tested in rats and with too much it has caused death (granted they are smaller than humans so this effect may not happen on humans). The side effects are nervousness, increased urination, sleeplessness, and a fast heartbeat. It can also cause allergic skin reactions, constipation, and might trigger migraine headaches.

I know when we take supplements, many contain side effects and when we take them, we are taking a chance to have some side effects. I have not taken a supplement that had this many side effects and due to the increase in headaches, I had to dig deeper into it and list the known side effects. I give this the lowest rating possible.

Taste/Mixability/Dosing

Taste the mixability don't apply here as this comes in capsule form. The directions state to take one capsule per day but do not exceed more than 2 in a 24-hour period. This tub came with a 60 serving supply which will last you for 1-2 months. Due to the ingredients, I also have to rate this the lowest possible.

Effectiveness

As far as it goes with effectiveness, it claims it is an extreme fat burner, increased energy, and metabolism booster. I was able to get the burn that you get from other thermogenic which resulted in some sweating and increase energy. I believe this is a product that may produce those 3 claims. The problem I ran into with this is the headaches which caused me to stop taking. I was only able to take this for 2 weeks because of the headaches. I'm not here to say that everyone will get headaches and I'm not for sure which ingredients caused it. I am different and more sensitive to headaches but have not had this problem with thermogenic or with caffeine before. The big thing here is I suffered a brain hemorrhage in November 2014 and I've had it a lot of headaches since then. Sometimes it happens really bad but it I do have them every day but it's not something that I don't tolerate. I had to take a lot of pain medicine for a while with this, so I knew it was the point where I needed to stop. The reason continued taking X-Slim Plus was I thought maybe my body would be accumulating to it and getting better but that was something that never happen. Once I reviewed the ingredients and saw the side effects, I was very grateful I stopped. Especially when I saw that it can cause seizures and since the brain hemorrhage, I have had to take medication to not have any more seizure and thankfully I have not had one in almost two years. I have had weight loss with thermogenic supplements before and did not have these problems. I have had tyrosine, rauwolfia, caffeine, and green tea before and did not have headaches, so I can only say it was another ingredient. I did lose 2 pounds in two weeks so at least I did get that benefits. Again, due to the side effects, I have to give this another lowest rating possible.

Value

The only place I was able to find this was at bolt health supplements. It sells for $88 for a 60-day supply. This works out to a $1.50 per day or serving. The value on this continues to be low.

Side Effects

I would get headaches shortly after taking X-Slim and it would last for hours.

Conclusion

When you're not able to finish a product it's really hard to give it a rating overall. Remember that my rating is only after 2 weeks of trying the X slim plus. I know I am betting a dead horse on this, but I would not recommend this to anyone.



Overall
Overall
8.5
Effectiveness
Effectiveness
8.5
Value
Value
8.5
Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
Thanks to High T for sending it out!
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  August 9, 2018

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Effective
  • Increased Energy
  • Did Not Have Enough To Last Longer Than 30 Days

Quick Summary

A 30-day supply for a good testosterone booster.

Introduction

Thank you to the KFM Brands for letting me try your HighT Testosterone Booster. I have tried many boosters and usually wind up with the same outcome, no boost at all. The HightT was finally one that actually did something. It was definitely one to try to I am glad I didn't stop trying.

Ingredient Profile

Most testosterone boosters contain the same ingredients, which is usually vitamins such as E, B6, B12, and zinc. They also include some same ingredients but this one was a change to oth...

Quick Summary

A 30-day supply for a good testosterone booster.

Introduction

Thank you to the KFM Brands for letting me try your HighT Testosterone Booster. I have tried many boosters and usually wind up with the same outcome, no boost at all. The HightT was finally one that actually did something. It was definitely one to try to I am glad I didn't stop trying.

Ingredient Profile

Most testosterone boosters contain the same ingredients, which is usually vitamins such as E, B6, B12, and zinc. They also include some same ingredients but this one was a change to others because I was able to see a change. The HighT has a blend called HighT Test Boost Compound with 950 mg. The blend is Fenugreek Sterols Trigonella-Foenum gracum Saponins, Arginine-Alphaketoglutarate 2:1 (A-AKG), Eurycoma Longifolia Extract 4:1, and Rhodiola Rosea. Unfortunately, I do not know how much each ingredient is making up the 950 mg. Fenugreek Saponins (or known as Trigonella Foenum Graecum). Fenugreek is a herb found in the Eastern countries. The health benefits of fenugreek are extensive which include relief from anemia, loss of taste, fever, dandruff, stomach disorders, biliousness, respiratory disorders, mouth ulcers, sore throat, diabetes, inflammations, wounds, and insomnia. Fenugreek seeds also have minerals such as iron, potassium, calcium, selenium, copper, zinc, manganese, and magnesium. The benefits of Fenugreek for men have been known to help with treating arthritis, sexual arousal and dysfunction, increase testosterone, and enhance athletic performance. Arginine-Alpha Ketoglutarate is an amino acid found in other supplements. It is used for kidney disease, bacterial infections, liver problems and yeast infections. It is also used to process protein. Eurycoma Longifolia Extract is from a shrub-tree found in the rainforest. Eastern men claim that tea from this shrub-tree help with sex and virility. The plant is in high demand so now a protected species. Eurycoma has a large amount of evidence to support its claims and has also shown an anti-estrogen and pro-erectile benefit. This plant can also give you more energy, help with fatigue and enhance overall physical and sensual performance. Evidence has also shown to elevate testosterone and increase muscle strength in men. Rhodiola Rosea Extract salidrosides is a flowering plant grown in Europe, Asia, and North America. Rhodiola is a Chinese medicinal herb which is to help with physical/cognitive vitality. It claims to cut fatigue and exhaustion. This product does not have a lot of research to prove it works. These ingredients seem fine, so I give it a good rating.

Taste/Mixability/Dosing

Taste and mixability do not apply here since it is capsules. You are to take two capsules per day with water and you can take them anytime. The dosing was fine, so I give it a good rating.

Effectiveness

The product claims to improve sex drive & libido, strength & stamina, and energy & vitality. What I can tell you are the effectiveness for me. I was able to feel better, workouts, and felt a little younger. I did not need as much sleep or downtime as I normally have. I was able to stay focused and felt like I could do more. I felt younger but I lack the scientific evidence to say HighT was the reason and I did not have more blood work done to show if a spike in testosterone. I do know that testosterone boosters do take a while to start but once it does, you can feel better if an effective product. I have tried a few testosterone boosters in the past and did use them for at least 2 months with no real results but I do believe this can happen with HighT. I can say a lot of testosterone boosters are out there that do not boost your testosterone as it says it will. For me, good testosterone boosters are hard to find. HighT, I feel, was a good testosterone booster because I did start to feel better but it did take about 2-3 weeks. All the ingredients do seem to help boost testosterone, with evidence and testing to help support its claims. Like I said, no way to prove I was better. All I can tell you was I felt better and a little younger.

Value

The average price is $40 but it did go higher on other sites. With the normal price of $40 for 60 capsules or 30 days, this works out to $1.33 per day. I believe this is well within the norm for effective testosterone boosters on the market. It may seem a little high, but if you need to boost your testosterone without the injections, it's worth the money. I have tried other effective boosters, which as I said earlier that are hard to find. The effective boosters can go as high as $100 for 30 day supply, so I find this a good priced effective testosterone booster.

Side Effects

None

Conclusion

This is one of the hard to find effective testosterone boosters I have taken. It does come with good ingredients that I believe help the boost. I have tried several in the past and I found only one other effective testosterone booster and it was HighT black. I do not have a low amount of testosterone for my age but I do not have the same amount as when I was in my early 20s. I would like to say that my whole life changed for the better because of HighT, but other than the testosterone shots, I have not found much like HighT as effective. HighT does take some time to get you feeling like you should, but once it does, I did feel better. This is a great product for anyone looking to get their testosterone up.


Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
Thanks to VMI Sports for sending it out!
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  August 8, 2018

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Builds Muscle
  • Good Digestion
  • Natural Protein
  • Bad Taste
  • Incredibly Foamy
  • Little High In Cost

Quick Summary

A good natural protein isolate that will be a foamy protein shake.

Introduction

Thanks again to the people at VMI. I wanted to try this for two reasons. First, it was a 100% whey isolate which I prefer. Second, it was a natural protein powder. I have only tried two natural protein powders, so I wanted to give it a chance. I have done several reviews on the VMI products and this is the only one that I have an issue with and that is mixability.

Ingredient Profile

Nutrition Facts
1 scoop
100 calories
Total fat 0g
Potassium 166 mg
Carbs <1g
Sugar 0g...

Quick Summary

A good natural protein isolate that will be a foamy protein shake.

Introduction

Thanks again to the people at VMI. I wanted to try this for two reasons. First, it was a 100% whey isolate which I prefer. Second, it was a natural protein powder. I have only tried two natural protein powders, so I wanted to give it a chance. I have done several reviews on the VMI products and this is the only one that I have an issue with and that is mixability.

Ingredient Profile

Nutrition Facts
1 scoop
100 calories
Total fat 0g
Potassium 166 mg
Carbs <1g
Sugar 0g
Protein 23

The nutrition was fantastic. I watch my calories, carbs, and sugar. To get less than 1 mg or 0 mg is outstanding! I have used protein powders in the past that were low but not this low. I give that a very high-ranking. This is a 100% whey isolate. It is naturally sweetened, non-GMO protein, lactose, and gluten-free. It does contain xanthan gum, stevia, and enzyme blend. This is a nice natural isolate protein. I think the ingredients and nutrients are wonderful, so I give this a high-ranking.

Taste/Mixability/Dosing

I was able to get the vanilla cake batter which was not bad but not great either. The mixability was a problem. The protein would break down but there was a ton of foam that was like a cappuccino extreme foam. The directions say dosing was to take 1 scoop within 30 minutes of workout or could be used during the day as a meal replacement. I would not say it was enough for a meal replacement but was good for workouts. One scoop would be 23 grams of protein. I would mix one before and after a workout. The directions say to mix one scoop with non-fat milk or liquid. I would use it with a non-fat almond milk. Overall, the taste was middle ranking, mixability was low ranking, and dosing was good. With the natural ingredients, the foam will probably not go away but it is normal to have some foam with a natural whey protein. The foam was the only downfall I had with this protein powder.

Effectiveness

The straightforward answer is this was an effective protein since it is hard to rank with measurable elements. The nice thing is that it was not only whey isolate but a natural whey isolate. I had good muscle recovery and had the energy that I would need during the workout. I usually take a protein shake before workout and after the workout. Sometimes protein shakes can make her stomach a bit upset but that was never an issue with Protolyte. I was able to get the things that I needed with my protein. I would say it was effective, so I give it a good ranking.

Value

The price ranges from $40 - $50 which $1.33 per serving for 30 servings. Price is a little high. If you are into natural whey, the price is good. For me, I am more into a good whey for $30 for 30 servings. Value for me is low but for natural it is good.

Side Effects

None

Conclusion

I feel that this was a productive protein powder. The ingredients were good, especially since it natural. The nutrition was outstanding. The taste was OK. The mixability with the foam was a downfall. The dosing was good. The effectiveness was right. The price was a little high for me but it does come with some natural ingredients so that makes it worth the money. I give this a good rating overall and would recommend it to people looking for a natural protein powder.



Overall
Overall
7.0
Effectiveness
Effectiveness
8.0
Value
Value
6.5
Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
Thanks to TBN Labs for sending it out!
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  August 6, 2018

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Increased Energy
  • Builds Muscle
  • Outrageous Claims
  • Price Is High

Quick Summary

A decent creatine with a bad rep and the cost is high.

Introduction

Thank you to TBN for the review of CEE Bullet. I usually stick with a creatine flavored powder because I like flavored water (normal water is boring after drinking it all day long) or I want to mix it in with my protein. This was a capsule creatine, so I thought I would give it a try. I have read the other 3 reviews done by the SR gang before mine and all have been bad. I had no problems so it is good to get another review. Since the other reviews break down the ingredients, I am going to...

Quick Summary

A decent creatine with a bad rep and the cost is high.

Introduction

Thank you to TBN for the review of CEE Bullet. I usually stick with a creatine flavored powder because I like flavored water (normal water is boring after drinking it all day long) or I want to mix it in with my protein. This was a capsule creatine, so I thought I would give it a try. I have read the other 3 reviews done by the SR gang before mine and all have been bad. I had no problems so it is good to get another review. Since the other reviews break down the ingredients, I am going to do it from another side.

Ingredient Profile

CEE Bullet has what they call an "Advanced Creatine Matrix" that is Creatine Ethyl HCL 2100 mg, Pro-Octane Proprietary Blend 440 mg, and Advance Proprietary Blend 152 mg. The core ingredient is the Creatine Ethyl HCL. Creatine can work to improve strength, lean muscle mass, and muscles recover. Due to the boost in creatine, it can increase energy. Creatine is like protein but it is known as a "non-protein" nitrogen. Creatine is in our bodies, is in food, and supplements. Since the other reviews get into good detail about the ingredients and its benefits, I wanted to focus on the creatine ethyl vs other creatine used in supplements. There are several types of creatine on the market. Creatine monohydrate is the most commonly used creatine and has benefits of increased muscle levels of creatine, increased work capacity and improved training, and greater increases in lean body mass. Creatine ethyl ester is creatine monohydrate with an ester attached. Attachment of an ester is significant because esters are found in the fat tissue of animals. Creatine citrate combination of creatine with citric acid to boost the workout so athletes will use this creatine. In this form of combining 2 elements, it has few side effects. Creatine pyruvate is a form of creatine used to absorb into the body better instead of the traditional creatine called creatine monohydrate. Creatine pyruvate is 60% creatine and 40% pyruvate. Magnesium creatine chelate has creatine that will bond to magnesium which is different from creatine monohydrate that bonds the creatine to water. Di-Creatine Malate is easily absorbed into the body. With boosting nitric oxide being absorbed quickly into the body the blood vessels dilate, blood and oxygen flow to the muscles, and a workout is productive. Creatine anhydrous removes water from the creatine so you are getting 100% creatine by weight because monohydrate is 90% by weight. Crea-Trona works with the pH-value in the muscles for better workout capacity and faster recovery. Creatine Gluconate reduces bloating and gastric distress that are found in creatine supplements. Creatine optimizer is an ingredient that works to support the different types of creatine. Tri-creatine malate is a compound made from creatine monohydrate and malic acid. The substance is named because the compound is from three creatine molecules attached to one molecule of malic acid. Buffered creatine is a patented product that combines creatine and magnesium. Micronized creatine causes your body to keep water in your skeletal muscles. This water retention will leave your muscles looking bigger and fuller, but may also leave you more susceptible to dehydration. Liquid Creatine does not need loading and has no water retention. Conjugated creatine is a creatine combined with something else. This combination can be anything from a protein to an amino acid or anything else a manufacturer wants to combine the creatine with. This is just a few different types of creatine on the market and what other companies combine creatine with. Each one has benefits and side effects so the preference is up to the consumer. When you get down to the core of each creatine, it is all still creatine. Just like protein powder, there are different forms of protein but protein is still protein. I find no problems with the creatine ethyl HCL, so I give it a good review.

Taste/Mixability/Dosing

CEE was in capsule form so taste and mixability are not included. Dosing suggests consuming 4 capsules (which is 1 serving) before and after training with at least 1-2 glasses of water per serving. The CEE Bullet comes with 240 capsules while taking 8 capsules per day it is a 30-day supply. The dosing was not an issue, so I give it a good rating.

Effectiveness

For the most part, the CEE Bullet served its purpose. Again, with the other reviews saying that the claims are not possible with just a 30-day supply you get from CEE Bullet, I am putting that to the side for this review, so I can tell you how I feel personally. I did not have a problem with CEE Bullet. Creatine is found in some foods like meat and fish. When we lose creatine, energy can shut down and our muscles are no longer able to produce force. Increased creatine in the muscle will increase performance. Creatine is a well-researched supplement. I felt that my body was able to absorb the creatine better and it gave me what I needed the creatine to do. I like having a creatine before and after a workout so this was a good product to try. There are different debates on exactly how much creatine the body should take in a day and when to take it but I think with the creatine ethyl HCL 2100 mg before and after a workout is right where I would like. I would say this was effective from a normal creatine supplement, but it will not meet the claims it suggests. Overall, I give it a good rating.

Value

The CEE Bullet runs for around $30 which is $1 per serving. I usually stick with Creatine Monohydrate for two reasons. First, it is an effective creatine. Two, it is very cheap. I usually spend about $15 for 80 servings which is $.20 per serving and that is much less per serving. The question is if creatine ethyl is worth that much money. I am not willing to spend that much money on a different type of creatine when I feel that creatine monohydrate is fine. I will give this a low ranking.

Side Effects

I did not have any side effects but other reviews have said they had bad side effects so you will need to be careful with it. Everybody is different but it is still something worth talking about. I had no issues, so I give this a middle ranking.

Conclusion

I find CEE Bullet to be a normal, good creatine supplement. I had no problems so the ingredients were fine. The dosing was a good amount. The CEE Bullet was effective. The value is low because the cost is too high for me. If CEE Bullet could lower its price and fix the claims it suggests it will do, I would use it again. As of now, I would not use it again.



Overall
Overall
8.6
Effectiveness
Effectiveness
8.4
Value
Value
6.5
Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
Thanks to Thin Fit Line for sending it out!
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  August 1, 2018

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Left Me Filling Great And Ready For The Day
  • Increased Energy
  • Builds Muscle
  • Too Expensive

Quick Summary

A multi-purpose product that does more than just vitamins.

Introduction

Thank you, Thin Fit Line for letting me try this product. This is definitely one of the best vitamin pack products I have tried. Other ones that try to do the same don't cover everything this one does. The Heroes Pack should have everything you are looking for in a top line supplement you take in the morning for a multivitamin and then some.

Ingredient Profile

The ingredient list is LONG. I can not cover every single item and its benefits, so I have taken a picture for you to...

Quick Summary

A multi-purpose product that does more than just vitamins.

Introduction

Thank you, Thin Fit Line for letting me try this product. This is definitely one of the best vitamin pack products I have tried. Other ones that try to do the same don't cover everything this one does. The Heroes Pack should have everything you are looking for in a top line supplement you take in the morning for a multivitamin and then some.

Ingredient Profile

The ingredient list is LONG. I can not cover every single item and its benefits, so I have taken a picture for you to check. What I will do is cover areas so you can get a fill of what it is and what it does. Allergy warning, this has soy and shellfish.

Multivitamins are well covered. I checked on a few vitamins (like I said, it's a long list) and all met the least amount recommended by medical field. Heroes Pack also includes 42 fruits and vegetables with 105 mg when combined. Antioxidants, joint pain, and allergy fighters are Quercetin, Cordyceps extract, Spirulina, Citrus bioflavonoids, Gotu kola, Green tea, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Panax ginseng, Echinacea purpurea, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Eleutherococcus senticosus, Stinging nettle, Bromelain, and Holy basil. Asian medicine is Feverfew and Butterbur to relieve headaches (I have headaches every day since my brain hemorrhage, so I will say that this did not help). The ingredients that help you stay focused are Pine bark extract, Gingko biloba, Phosphatidylserine, Bacopa monnieri, Vinpocetine, Huperzine-A, Choline, Inositol, Gotu kola, Eleutherococcus senticosus, and Rhodiola rosea. The items that will help you feel better emotionally are Safflower, Ashwagandha, and L-tyrosine. As far as increase energy, L-Citrulline, L-Arginine, Phosphatidylserine, Spirulina, and MSM. I have seen some of these items in pre-workouts, testosterone boosters, estrogen blockers, and other health improvements supplements. Most of the natural ingredients cover these items. Some ingredients are found in BCAA's. Altogether these seemingly healthy ingredients are great, they may cause side effects. Given the natural ingredients, multivitamins, fruit, vegetables, and BCAA's, I give it a very high rating.

Taste/Mixability/Dosing

This is several pills you take so taste and mixability are not mentioned. A tub comes with 30 servings. The dosing is to take 5 pills in the morning and is not an issue but be ready to drink some water if you can only take one pill at a time. I take pills every morning, so I was able to take all at one time. I give it a good rating.

Effectiveness

For me, this was a very effective product. These items may or may not be noticeable. This is a hard item to track all the functions claimed to do. What I can tell you is how I felt. This was something that gave me what I need for multivitamins, and I was able to stop taking my normal ones for 30 days. During the time of using it, I did not have allergy problems nor did I get sick. I did have some minor pain relief in my knee but that may have been due to other things. I did not feel any less stressful. I was more focused like a pre-workout might do, but I did not have the pump or jitters you would get from that. I did have more energy in the mornings similar to a cup of coffee. I believe this was very effective. Like I said, it was a good replacement for my multivitamins, but I did get some extra benefits from it.

Value

The only place I was able to find this was one of the company website and it sells for $40 which is $1.33 per day. That price is really high when compared to a multivitamin but this one covers a lot more, so I understand the price. When compared to other vitamin packs (some are as low as $15 but as high as $100) similar to it, it's a little high. The one I would compare it to is Animal Pak (but understand there is a difference) and that sells for $29. Due to the comparison, I will give it a low ranking. If they can get the price down to $30, I would try it again.

Side Effects

None

Conclusion

I thought this was a great product. I know this was not a long review which you might expect given all the ingredients contained in Heroe's Pack but I tried to high light the main areas and their benefits. The ingredients are wonderful and it is fully loaded. It was effective and did what I expected it to do. The price is too high for me. I believe this product is worth the try, but I will not get it until the price is at $30 or less.




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