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  August 14, 2017

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • No Dyes
  • Value
  • Ingredient Profile
  • Thermo Effect
  • Great Vascularity
  • Good Endurance
  • Intense Focus
  • Consistent
  • Great Strength
  • Increased Energy
  • Drinkable
  • Sediment Can Cause You Nausea
  • Mixability
  • Sweating Like A Pig

Introduction

Hello ladies and gentlemen. I bought this preworkout because i liked the ingredients profile and because it contains no dyes.

Ingredient Profile

Strength/Vascularity/Pumps
Citrulline DL-Malate 6000mg
AAKG 2000mg
Creapure Creatine Monohydrate 2000mg
Betaine HCL 1500mg

You got a clinical dose of Citruline Malate for Strength/Vascularity/Pumps along with AAKG which is great because i used to have good pumps with Arginine (old memories). Creapure and Betaine seems to be underdosed but they make a pretty good combo along with other strength ingredients like Citrull...

Introduction

Hello ladies and gentlemen. I bought this preworkout because i liked the ingredients profile and because it contains no dyes.

Ingredient Profile

Strength/Vascularity/Pumps
Citrulline DL-Malate 6000mg
AAKG 2000mg
Creapure Creatine Monohydrate 2000mg
Betaine HCL 1500mg

You got a clinical dose of Citruline Malate for Strength/Vascularity/Pumps along with AAKG which is great because i used to have good pumps with Arginine (old memories). Creapure and Betaine seems to be underdosed but they make a pretty good combo along with other strength ingredients like Citrulline, AAKG and BCAA's. They chose Betaine HCL (not Anhydrous) to help with digestion (temporarily) of this massive list of ingredients. Just make sure when you consume HCL you got some food on your stomach.

Strength/Endurance
BCAA 8:1:1 5000mg
Leucine 4000mg
Isoleucine 500mg
Valine 500mg
Beta Alanine 2000mg

Nice quantity of BCAA's on a 8:1:1 to help you with strength and endurance. Beta Alanine for endurance and cardio which is bit underdosed (clinical dose is 3.2 g).

Focus
L-Tyrosine 1000mg
Choline Bipatarte 500mg
Huperzine A 100mcg

Good quantity of Tyrosine (tends to be take in doses 500mg-2000mg) for Cognition, Stress, Subjective Well-Being and Focus. If you have a hyperactive thyroid you should be wary and avoid this just in case. They chose to play safe and instead of using DMAE they chose Choline which is a bit weaker than DMAE but possibly safer. Choline Bipatarte is for cognitive boosting properties which is a bit underdosed (1-2g is typically used) but i understand this because big doses may give the user a headache. Huperzine A is a acetylcholinesterase inhibitor and acetylcholine is known as the learning neurotransmitter on a good dosage (tends to be in the range of 50-200mcg daily). Overall nice dosages.

Energy
Caffeine Anhydrous 250mg
L-Carnitine Tartate 2000mg
Capsicum Annum Extract 1000mg
Synephrine 30mg

With 250mg of Caffeine some people would like more, some would like less but for me is pretty good quantity (i tend to avoid large dosages of Caffeine due to tolerance). Netherless for most this is a high quantity and if you are stim tolerant start with half scoop. I like the fact that they didn't just mop up this pre with Caffeine and other stims like most preworkouts on the market but they preferred the hard way and added some thermo effect ingredients on good dosages like Carnitine, Capsicum and Synephrine to increase heat and fat loss which they will give you some extra energy on your workout.

Anti-Cramping/Electrolytes
Taurine 1000mg
Sodium 250mg
Potassium 150mg

Taurine mostly reduces cramping caused by fat burners (see above) which is a good pick. Some electrolytes so you don't product way too much heat thanks to the thermo effect.

Lastly i like that this pre-workout doesn't contain any dyes but they prefer to have natural colors like Chlorophyll and Curcumin which is great! I would like more companies choose this way.

Taste/Mixability/Dosing

Pre Builds come only on one flavor which is Blue Raspberry (what a big surprise hehe). Don't try this on "bro" scoop it is too bitter and you will mostly throw up and don't take this on a completely empty stomach (eat some crackers lol). On a 500ml quantity of water it tastes pretty good, a bit bitter but i kinda like that bitterness and it gets addicting after some time. I have tried some really bad flavors so this is pretty good.

Now for the bad news and the reason for the title. Mixability is decent but no matter how much you shake this you will have some sediment on the bottom. When you drink this and reach the bottom (50ml remaining) ALWAYS and i mean ALWAYS add some water or else you will throw up due to the excessive bitterness.

Dosing was two scoops (one serving) before 15-20 minutes of working out.

Effectiveness

Strength (9.7/10)
By far compared to other pre-workout i have tried. Simply amazing strength and i am not even kidding. Not only i noticed a moderate to big increase in weight but also an increase in reps by 2-4 which is pretty good. Consistent every time and not once disappointed me. Consistency is pretty important on strength and i believe this truly helped me.

Focus (9.5/10)
The Focus which i like! Motivation to go to Gym, laser focus and not thinking anything else other than weights and cardio! When you lift everything else disappears and the only that exist in the room is you and the weights and nothing else! I wasn't fond of talking to others and i just wanted to lift.

Energy (9/10)
A bit inconsistent but overall pretty good. For example most of the days energy would be intense, wanting to smash the weights and do some cardio and some days it would be a bit less intense more like clean, calm energy but definitely still there to help you. Both types of energy were consistent during my workout and i liked both. The most consistent thing is the intense heat and you will sweat like a pig every time (too too too much sweat) when you workout and especially on cardio in the beginning which i don't like a lot but hey i got some great energy. After 30-40 minutes you won't sweat so much at least. I think in terms of fat loss it worked because i look somewhat more leaner and with better definition on the mirror and many people told me that i looked pretty jacked lol. Despite using this for over a month i don't think i got a big increase in tolerance.

Endurance (8/10)
Good endurance overall. Same recovery times between sets but don't forget that i raised the bar a lot on weights and reps so i think it did some work there. Also moderately better endurance on cardio. I just would like something more than that. Adding 1.5 g of Beta Alanine raised the score to 9/10. If they had included the clinical dosage of Beta Alanine this preworkout would be perfect for me.

Vascularity (9/10)
Substantially more and bigger veins almost all the times working out which is great. Citrulline and AKKG did it's job superbly.

Pumps (8.5/10)
I don't look for pumps in a workout at all (are you crazy? hm.....) but i included this for people that like them. Muscle fullness was on point after about 30-40 minutes of working out, i could feel my muscles fuller to the last minute of my workout and looking bigger. Good pumps most of the times but nothing that it will blow your socks off. This pre doesn't promise pumps so don't look out for the great pumps that will astonish you.

Value

I bought this on a offer. 20 servings for 20 Euros plus 450g of Lean Whey Protein you simply can't beat that. Amazing value for such an effective product so i bought 2 more containers.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a well rounded pwo this will do the trick. I got some Great Strength, Intense Focus, Increased Energy along with Thermo Effect, Good Endurance and Vascularity and an Amazing Value. This is my favorite pre-workout so far and it definitely worth it's money.


  August 5, 2017

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Extremely Light On Stomach
  • Excellent Value
  • Amazing Taste
  • Great Recovery
  • Good Texture
  • Amino Acid Profile
  • Excellent Mixability
  • No Percentage Of Hydrolyzation

Introduction

Hello ladies and gentlemen. I always wanted to try Whey Hydrolysate and see for myself if it is better in terms of recovery than the other types of Whey.

Ingredient Profile

One heaped scoop (30 grams) which it contains 24 grams of Whey Protein Hydrosylate, 100 calories, 0.5 grams of fat and 2 grams of Carbs. Pretty nice profile and you will have no problems to add this in your diet. Also it has an aminogram in which you can see it's full amino profile which is great.

Whey Hydrolysate is supposed to have a faster absorbsion time than other forms of Whey. The p...

Introduction

Hello ladies and gentlemen. I always wanted to try Whey Hydrolysate and see for myself if it is better in terms of recovery than the other types of Whey.

Ingredient Profile

One heaped scoop (30 grams) which it contains 24 grams of Whey Protein Hydrosylate, 100 calories, 0.5 grams of fat and 2 grams of Carbs. Pretty nice profile and you will have no problems to add this in your diet. Also it has an aminogram in which you can see it's full amino profile which is great.

Whey Hydrolysate is supposed to have a faster absorbsion time than other forms of Whey. The problem with Concentrate and Isolate is that they are composed of large peptide structures. Your stomach uses some enzymes to break those structures and transform them to smaller peptides that your body can use. Hydrolysate in theory can speed up this process because it contains smaller peptide structures thanks to hydrolyzation. Biggest Hydrolyzation per content equals smaller peptide structures. Unfortunatelly almost all products that contain Whey Hydrosylate doesn't reveal the percentage of Hydrolyzation. Also, the process of hydrolyzation can reduce the allergic potential of whey and milk protein, due to removing allergenic epitopes which is great if you are lactose intolerant. Sounds good but let's see in practice.

Taste/Mixability/Dosing

I bought the Chocolate flavor which is amazing. It's almost identical to Nesquik on cold water. If you add this on lukewarm water then it is transformed into Hot Chocolate which is the best for me. Texture is extremely light like dust which is pretty nice. 10/10

Excellent mixability by FAR compared to other forms of whey. It's amazing if you are lazy. You don't need to shake this for long if you add one scoop on a 500ml quantity of water. 5-10 seconds will do the work easily. I am used shaking my whey protein for a long time and i it really suprised me. Ofc if you add 2.5 scoops on 500ml of water you will have to shake this for much longer 30seconds which is pretty good again. I would be crazy to add 3 scoops on this quantity of water with a Whey Concetrate i won't manage to dissolve it lol. 10/10

I experimented a lot with doses again but i won't write a whole essay so you don't get bored and get sleepy. Best dosage for me is 2.5 scoops (60 grams Protein) after workout.

Effectiveness

I found this product to be more effective than Whey Concetrate. Whey Concetrate is my first love but i have to say that Hydrosylate is more effective in terms of Recovery. For example 1.7 scoops of Hydro was about the same in terms of recovery as 2.5 scoops of Concentrate. 2.5 scoops (Hydro) which i currently use is considerably more effective. Recovery is great with severely decreased DOMS and i don't feel bloated at all. It's incredible light on your stomach unlike Concetrate and lighter than Isolate. The one downside is that i would have less energy compared to it Concetrate. It helped me build some muscle and i am pretty satisfied with my choise.

Value

2.72 kilos (6 lbs) for 35 Euros (41.21 Dollars). It's amazing price for Hydrolysate and i bought 12lbs more.

Side Effects

Nothing at all. So light.....

Conclusion

If you are looking for some good protein powder this may be your choise. Great Recovery, Amazing Taste, Excellent Value and Extremely Light on Stomach way better than i expected to be. Whey Hydrosylate is now my favorite protein powder. The only problem for me is that it doesn't state the percentage of Hydrolyzation (like almost all other) but i will keep buying this.


  July 13, 2017

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Strength
  • Endurance
  • Vascularity
  • Betaine
  • Fruit Punch Is Bad
  • Not As Intra
  • Nausea
  • Dyes
  • Passion Fruit Is Horrible
  • Expensive

Introduction

I wanted to switch off from creatine for a bit. I needed to find one product with some ingredients for strength on it. So, i bought this because it contains betaine and some BCAA's on it. Good combo that works, at least for me. This is an intra workout product but i used it as pre. Even if i wanted to use it as intra i simply can't thanks to taste (tried all flavors)... If i am going to consume something during my exercise everyday i would like to taste at least decently.

Ingredient Profile

Personally i love the addition of Betaine. On 2 scoops, you got a whoop...

Introduction

I wanted to switch off from creatine for a bit. I needed to find one product with some ingredients for strength on it. So, i bought this because it contains betaine and some BCAA's on it. Good combo that works, at least for me. This is an intra workout product but i used it as pre. Even if i wanted to use it as intra i simply can't thanks to taste (tried all flavors)... If i am going to consume something during my exercise everyday i would like to taste at least decently.

Ingredient Profile

Personally i love the addition of Betaine. On 2 scoops, you got a whooping 8 grams of BCAA's on a 2:1:1 ratio and 3 grams of Betaine for strength/endurance/vascularity.
Next we have 800mg Glutamine, 1.2g L-Citrulline Malate along with 1g Alanine and 800mg Taurine which are very underdosed as standalone but netherless not bad as extras.

The bad news are Artificial Flavors, Sucralose, Silicon Dioxide, Acesulfame Potassium, FD&C Red #40.
Too much dyes for me. You can find protein powders without too much dyes, fillers etc. but when you search for some pre/intras (in my country at least) almost all products are filled with all these.....Despite this i will keep searching for products that contain NO Artificial Colors, Flavors, or Sweeteners.

Taste/Mixability/Dosing

Damn i thought this would taste at least decently. How wrong i was. When you first open the container of both flavors (Passion Fruit and Fruit Punch) you get a really overpowering chemical smell. At least it predisposes you that it will taste really bad.

It's name is Passion Fruit but not once i get a slight hint of Fruit, instead i got a very strong chemical taste, along with a chemical aftertaste. It's like drinking 100% alcohol along with some hints of Military Boot. Definitely one of the worst flavors i have ever had. 1/10

Next we have Fruit Punch which is also bad (not so as Passion Fruit). It's not your typical Fruit Punch, it's way worse than that. Chemical taste and aftertaste but at least you get some hints of Fruit Punch and not Military Boot LOL. It's the lesser evil but still pretty bad. 3/10

I know that taste is subjective but i think most people would absolutely hate both flavors. I am struggling to drink those before workout, imagine drinking this as intra all the time while working out. Absolutely no way! Sometimes i would literally vomit after some seconds of drinking this.

Mixing is fairly good with some foam on the top but nothing too much. Dosing was 2 scoops, 15-20 minutes before workout.

Effectiveness

The effects are similar to creatine in terms of strength, 1-2 more reps during my exercises. Nothing out of mind but still pretty good. Increased vascularity (not big but not small difference either) thanks to Betaine but no pumps which is pretty expectable. Endurance was decent with less time resting between sets and helped with cardio a bit. In terms of energy no change and no focus because it doesn't contain any focus ingredient.
Effectiveness is being hammered by side effects. I don't think i remember one workout without being nauseous all the time. If you are on the verge of vomiting (thankfully i didn't inside the gym), you will have a reduced perfomance overall.

Value

I bought 2 tubs for 35 Euros (39.87 Dollars). If you use 2 scoops like me (1.16 Euros per serving) then it's pretty expensive.

Conclusion

Some Strength, Endurance and Vascularity at the cost of really bad taste and being nauseous almost all the time. Simply you can't use this as intra due to taste. Unfortunately i am forced to stop using this. Personally i don't think it's worth the risk despite some positive benefits.



Overall
Overall
8.7
Effectiveness
Effectiveness
8.5
Value
Value
9.0
  June 19, 2017

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Good Value
  • Builds Muscle
  • Increased Focus
  • Increased Energy
  • Amino Acid Profile
  • Great Taste
  • Great Recovery
  • Easy On The Stomach
  • Poor Quality Pouches
  • Texture Is A Bit Off

Introduction

(About yourself, 1-3 sentences maximum)
Name is Kaka. I workout regularly 3-4 times a week. I stand at 6'1 and about 180 pounds and i am trying to bulk without gaining fat. I have tried many different supplements and i think i can give you my opinion about them. I ran out of Whey Concentrate and i decided to try Impact Whey Protein by MyProtein. My next review will be Hydro Matrix (Whey Hydrolysate).

Ingredient Profile

One scoop (25g) contains 103 calories, 21g Whey Concentrate, 1.9g Fat (of which 1.3g is Saturates), 1g Carbs (of which 1g is Sugar) and Emulsif...

Introduction

(About yourself, 1-3 sentences maximum)
Name is Kaka. I workout regularly 3-4 times a week. I stand at 6'1 and about 180 pounds and i am trying to bulk without gaining fat. I have tried many different supplements and i think i can give you my opinion about them. I ran out of Whey Concentrate and i decided to try Impact Whey Protein by MyProtein. My next review will be Hydro Matrix (Whey Hydrolysate).

Ingredient Profile

One scoop (25g) contains 103 calories, 21g Whey Concentrate, 1.9g Fat (of which 1.3g is Saturates), 1g Carbs (of which 1g is Sugar) and Emulsifier (Soy Lecithin). This ingredient profile is on unflavored version. I think this macro can fit on any diet with no problem. Also it contains a full amino acid profile which is great.

Flavored versions have between 91% to 96% protein compared to Unflavored Version and some contain extra preservatives than others (Acesulfame K, Anthocyanin etc) so before picking a flavor check out for the protein ratio and the additives on it. Personally i chose the Vanilla flavor for the 96% protein ratio and because it hasn't got a lot chemicals on it.

The first thing i notice is that many people rate the quality of the protein only based on purity (less carbs, less fat = more quality product) which is somewhat wrong. Purity certainly plays a role but it's not the only factor to determine that. I will give you an example: Soy Protein is 90% pure and contains less carbs and fat than Whey Concentrate (80% pure). Does that make Soy Protein a more quality product than Whey Concentrate? Short answer: No. Long Answer: Hell, No. Why not? Excluding the potential health risks from Soy, the main reason is because Whey Concentrate amino acid profile contains 60% more Leucine, 60% more Isoleucine and 40% more Valine than Soy Protein on a 100g pure Protein basis (comparing Impact Whey and Soy Protein Isolate from MyProtein). These amino acids are our favorite and beloved BCAAs which help with Muscle Building and Recovery (Leucine especially is the most important amino acid for Muscle Building). Of course if you are on a diet you won't pick one product which contains 40-50% protein but when we are talking about somewhat small difference on ratio (example: 80% and 90% ratios) the first thing i look is the amino acid profile of the protein. Let's be fair here 1-2 g more carbs and fat won't ruin your diet.

Both Whey Isolate and Whey Concentrate have some benefits against each other.

It's a fact that Isolate has a slightly faster digestion time than Concentrate (not always and not significant), it's better for moderate to severe lactose intolerant people (lactose is removed) and it contains less fat and carbs.
Concentrates have some benefits compared to Isolates like far higher levels growth factors such as IGF-1, TGF-1, and TGF-2 (in the fat content), phospholipids and immunoglobulins for immunity, intestinal health.

You need to weight the advantages of each. I will respectfully disagree with the vast majority of the reviewers in SR, from my point of view if you are digest lactose fairly like me and you don't think that 2-3 grams of fat and carbs will derail your diet out of tracks Whey Concentrate is better. Isolates have a faster digestion time but not sufficient enough to outweigh the advantages of Concentrate. I will compare Whey Hydrolysate to Isolate, Concentrate on my next review.

Taste/Mixability/Dosing

I got Vanilla flavor because you really can't destroy a Vanilla flavor, you need to try really hard to achieve that. When you open the bag you get an amazing smell just like the vanilla ice cream i was eating when i was a small child. Oh the memories it smells really wonderful.
Taste is on the lighter side but still pretty good, not artificial at all and tastes exactly like vanilla. No aftertaste to talk about.

Mixability is decent but not the best, you need to shake this for a bit and some occasional small clumps. Texture is a bit off for my likings (slimy texture) and curds floating around but still you can drink this easily. Definitely not as good as Hydrolysate.

I would like to warn you about the Pouches. If you open them you won't manage to reseal them, it's practically impossible. You will have to pour this protein on empty containers which can be annoying but absolutely necessary. MyProtein must change these bags immediately or they will start to lose customers and quite understandably.

I experimented a lot with doses, 1 scoop postworkout, 1.5 scoops postworkout, 2 scoops postworkout + 1 scoop after 6 hours and 1 scoop preworkout (40 minutes before workout) + 2 scoops postworkout.

Effectiveness

I first began safe with 1 scoop postworkout to see if i will have any digestion problems. No gas, no bloating nothing. Recovery was decent, i would still have some DOMS but nothing severe compared as without it. On 1.5 scoops post recovery was slightly enchanted compared to 1 scoop and again no side effects. Realizing that my stomach digested well this Protein i increased to 2 scoops post workout and recovery was considerable better than my previous dosages. DOMS were still there but considerably reduced and my energy levels were slightly increased during the day.

The most effective dosage for me was 1 scoop pre workout and 2 scoops post totally 60g of protein (Vanilla contains 1g less protein than Unflavored).

Pre-Workout:

Energy: Protein pre workout? Are you totally out of your mind? Under the right conditions it's feasible, i workout fasted after 1 hour of walking up and that single scoop increased my energy levels. I can definitely understand this because i stopped taking 200mg of caffeine for about 1-2 weeks and i was dragging a bit on my workout, but with one scoop pre workout my energy levels were compared to this pill of caffeine and this effect continued for about one month until this day which i didn't expect at all.

Focus: Usually before working out i take the minimum dosage of Tyrosine for Focus (500 mg) and i am somewhat more focused. But with this scoop extra before workout i feel significantly more focused than before. Does Whey protein make you more focused before workout? The answer is yes. Why? Due to the fact that one scoop contains 520mg of Tyrosine! Considering the fact that Tyrosine is effective for me this extra amount really helped me being more focused and mostly thinking about my next set.

Strength: I felt the lighter weights even more lighter and i could easily increase the reps. On more heavier weights i felt no difference at all. I had no digestive problems, bloat, farts etc. Nothing else to write about.

Post-Workout:

Recovery/Digestion/Muscle Building: Overall Recovery was great and better than only 2 scoops post workout. DOMS were severely reduced and my energy levels were definetely increased during the day. I could feel my stomach a bit fuller but without being bloated, no digestive problems or farts and helped me reach my macros easily and conveniently. Also it helped me build more muscle and helped me maintain my strength and form better.

Value

I bought 5 kilos for about 58 Euros (64.66 Dollars). Each serving costs 0.29 Euros which is a great price. Even if you use 3 scoops like me it's a great offer.

Conclusion

If you are not moderate to high lactose intolerant i think this protein won't cause you digestion problems. Great Recovery and Taste, some Focus and Energy as Pre-Workout, Annoying Poor Quality Pouches and Texture is a bit Off. Overall a good product which helped me reaching my goals.


  May 18, 2017

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Cheap
  • Considerable Energy Boost
  • Small Endurance Boost
  • No Side Effects
  • Capsules Easy On Stomach

    Introduction

    Name is Kaka. I workout regularly 3-4 times a week. I stand at 6'1 and about 180 pounds and i am trying to bulk without gaining fat. I have tried many different supplements and i think i can give you my opinion about them. I saw some reviews about AstraGin 200 containing Astragalus and Panax notoginseng and out of pure curiosity and because it was cheap i decided to try this product (but without containing notoginserg). My next review will be Impact Whey Protein from MyProtein (Vanilla Flavor).

    Ingredient Profile

    It contains 100 capsules which each of them cont...

    Introduction

    Name is Kaka. I workout regularly 3-4 times a week. I stand at 6'1 and about 180 pounds and i am trying to bulk without gaining fat. I have tried many different supplements and i think i can give you my opinion about them. I saw some reviews about AstraGin 200 containing Astragalus and Panax notoginseng and out of pure curiosity and because it was cheap i decided to try this product (but without containing notoginserg). My next review will be Impact Whey Protein from MyProtein (Vanilla Flavor).

    Ingredient Profile

    It contains 100 capsules which each of them contain 470 mg of Astragalus membranaceus.

    Astragalus membranaceus is an anti-inflammatory agent, has cardioprotective effects, has notable benefits for kidney protection and improves general immune function. All these benefits are great but what about working out? It is supposed to have nitric oxide boosting properties providing pumps and increases glucose uptake into the muscles thus providing energy.

    Taste/Mixability/Dosing

    Medium sized pills which are easy to swallow. The taste of the pills is neutral with a hint of wood resin but it won't activate your gag reflex. No mixability to talk about. Dosing is one capsule along with my pre-workout 20 minutes before exercise. I don't think you need two pills, one pill it's enough to help you.

    Effectiveness

    Before trying this i was a bit pessimistic and didn't expect nothing at all (maybe some pumps) for my workout but i was wrong. The first noticeable change is my energy. I usually take 200 mg of Caffeine, first 30-40 minutes are decent in terms of energy but after those minutes my energy plummets suddenly and i become somewhat sleepy for the rest of my workout struggling to finish due to the lack of energy. When i began supplementing Astragalus my energy levels for those first minutes were up one level, felt more awaken than usual and with more energy (not a big difference but not a small either). The best is that energy stayed consistent during my workout (i usually workout for 1.5 hours to 2 hours) and i wasn't feeling sleepy towards the end. It isn't a huge boost but it certainly helped me considerably.

    Endurance was slightly increased and i felt a bit less tired between sets. The combination of increased energy and endurance helped me with cardio at the end of my workout, i wasn't so tired and i could push more than normal without struggling. Strength, Vascularity and Recovery were the same as without it but i have no complaints because this product doesn't make any claims for exercise induced benefits.

    Value

    Very cheap and affordable. It costs $3.49 on swanson vitamins website which is a great price (0.03 Dollars per serving). You can't beat that price. Personally i bought them for 6 Euros which again is a good price (0.06 Euros per serving).

    Side Effects

    Easy on Stomach. No side effects at all.

    Conclusion

    I was skeptical at first but fortunately it gave me some benefits. Cheap, Considerable Energy Boost, Small Endurance Boost and Easy On Stomach. I will probably buy this again.


      May 10, 2017

     Pros:
     Cons:
    • Great Recovery Boost
    • Great Strength Boost
    • Decent Endurance
    • Good Value
    • Minimal Energy

    Introduction

    (About yourself, 1-3 sentences maximum)
    Name is Kaka. I workout regularly 3-4 times a week. I stand at 6'1 and about 180 pounds and i am trying to bulk without gaining fat. I have tried many different supplements and i think i can give you my opinion about them. I wanted try a BCAA product with my own pre workout and i bought this.

    Ingredient Profile

    Before i begin with the ingredient profile, i would like to begin with my stack.

    My Own Preworkout:
    L- Citrulline: 6000 mg
    Beta Alanine: 3500 mg
    Magnesium Creatine Chelate: 2500 mg
    Dicreatine Malate: 2500 mg
    Bet...

    Introduction

    (About yourself, 1-3 sentences maximum)
    Name is Kaka. I workout regularly 3-4 times a week. I stand at 6'1 and about 180 pounds and i am trying to bulk without gaining fat. I have tried many different supplements and i think i can give you my opinion about them. I wanted try a BCAA product with my own pre workout and i bought this.

    Ingredient Profile

    Before i begin with the ingredient profile, i would like to begin with my stack.

    My Own Preworkout:
    L- Citrulline: 6000 mg
    Beta Alanine: 3500 mg
    Magnesium Creatine Chelate: 2500 mg
    Dicreatine Malate: 2500 mg
    Betaine Anhydrous: 2000 mg
    L- Taurine: 2000 mg
    L- Tyrosine: 500 mg
    Caffeine : 200 mg

    Intra Workout: one scoop Xtend (7 grams of BCAA's 2:1:1 ratio, 2.5 grams of Glutamine, 1 gram of Citruline Malate and 1.14 gram of Electrolyte Blend).
    Post Workout: 100% Real Whey Protein (20.60 grams of Whey Concetrate).
    After 3-4 hours: half scoop Xtend.

    So, i wanted something to help me with energy so i thought i could try some BCAA's with my own preworkout instead adding them on Xtend. I workout early in the morning fasted. My energy levels are not bad but they definitely need some improvement.

    This product contains 5 grams of BCAA's per serving on a 2:1:1 ratio which is the best for me especially before and during my workout. They will help you mostly with endurance, recovery and surprisingly with strength (more information on effectiveness sector). Post workout i would prefer pure leucine for maximum protein synthesis and i am going to try it some day.

    Taste/Mixability/Dosing

    I bought the Unflavored flavor which is bad on it's own, quite acidic taste which is somewhat expectable so if you are going to try BCAA's as standalone pick some flavor. When i mixed this with my own preworkout it didn't changed the flavor and it mixed fairly, you will have some foam due to leucine but nothing worrying at all and a bit of clumps but after a good shake they don't exist. Dosing was one scoop along with my own preworkout 20 minutes before working out.

    Effectiveness

    8.5/10

    Energy (5/10): I bought this mostly for energy but i didn't expected a lot in terms of it (only a slight increase of energy). Unfortunately it didn't helped me much and my energy levels were about the same as without it. But i wasn't disappointed overall because the other categories definitely saved the day. I won't rate energy harshly overall on effectiveness score because you shouldn't expect much from BCAA's in terms of energy.

    Strength (9/10): I could feel that i could push more on reps from the first day (about 2 reps). So, i increased the weights by 5 kilos (11 Lbs) on the majority of my sets (arms, legs, chest, back) which is a pretty good result for these humble ingredients. Not only my strength was increased but it was consistent throughout my workout (it didn't lasted for 30-40 minutes and then bye bye). Big Difference when you add some BCAA's on your pre workout in terms of strength.

    Endurance (8/10):
    Slightly less recovery time between sets but nothing out of mind. It helped a bit with hydration because i didn't had much the need to drink my intra workout. The big difference was on my cardio as it increased my time and i couldn't feel much tired while running. Overall i have no complaints.

    Recovery (9/10):
    Xtend as standalone deals with the majority of my DOMS but with this product my recovery was enchanted even more, i could feel substantially less tired after my workout and my DOMS were hardly present on the next day which is great because it allows you to workout more days.

    Value

    9/10
    You can find a 100 grams bag on Prozis website for 7 Euros (20 servings). It doesn't get a 10 because you can find cheaper BCAA's on MyProtein website. Nonetheless it's a great offer.

    Side Effects

    Nothing at all.

    Conclusion

    Great Recovery Boost and Strength, Decent Endurance and Good Value but Minimal Energy which doesn't ruin this product at all. Remember i tried this before my workout. Don't expect this as standalone to help you much. I will definitely buy again some BCAA's to add them on my preworkout
    maybe from MyProtein because you can find them cheaper.


      April 24, 2017

     Pros:
     Cons:
    • Great Pumps
    • Not A Bad Choice For Beginners
    • Consistent Pumps
    • Excellent Mixability
    • Good Taste
    • Creatine
    • Dyes
    • Expensive
    • No Endurance
    • No Focus
    • Low Energy
    • Strength Could Be Better
    • Mostly Underdosed

    Introduction

    (About yourself, 1-3 sentences maximum)
    Name is Kaka. I workout regularly 3-4 times a week. I stand at 6'3 and about 180 pounds and i am trying to bulk without gaining fat. I have tried many different supplements and i think i can give you my opinion about them. I bought something else and i got this as a present.

    Ingredient Profile

    It contains Creatine Monohydrate (2 grams) for Strength which some people including me would like our pre-workout doesn't contain it for various reasons (cycle off and because you can simply add it). Next we have Beta-Alanine for E...

    Introduction

    (About yourself, 1-3 sentences maximum)
    Name is Kaka. I workout regularly 3-4 times a week. I stand at 6'3 and about 180 pounds and i am trying to bulk without gaining fat. I have tried many different supplements and i think i can give you my opinion about them. I bought something else and i got this as a present.

    Ingredient Profile

    It contains Creatine Monohydrate (2 grams) for Strength which some people including me would like our pre-workout doesn't contain it for various reasons (cycle off and because you can simply add it). Next we have Beta-Alanine for Endurance (1.25 grams) which is heavily underdosed but not so bad if you hate tingles. L- Citruline Malate (2 grams), AAKG (1.75 grams) and Agmatine Sulfate (750 mg) for Pumps which unfortunately is again underdosed on each ingredient (maybe except Agmatine) but together they make a decent combo. Taurine (500 mg) and Caffeine Anhydrous (125 mg) for Energy which isn't a bad option if you are very stim intolerant but if you are "mid-tier" on Stimulants like me it's inefficient. Lastly this product has L-Glutamine (500 mg) for your intestines health and N, N-dimethylglycine (125 mg) for energy but these claims have been refuted by human and animal studies.

    Taste/Mixability/Dosing

    I got Fruit Punch flavor which is pretty good (not like the "typical" fruit punch) quite refreshing with a very slight chemical aftertaste which doesn't ruin it at all but with considerable dyes on it. Mixability was excellent with no clumps or grittiness. Dosing was one scoop before my workout for 2 months.

    Effectiveness

    6/10

    ULift claims that it will provide you with 3 Dimensions of Pumps, Dynamic Energy Formula, Focus, Strength and Endurance. Personally i think they are over-extended claims...

    Strength (7/10): When i begun working out i had a decent strength boost about 2 reps more than usual and i increased the bench press weight by 5 kilos (11 Lbs) which is not bad at all but the downside is that it lasted only for 30-45 minutes and then faded. If this effect lasted during my entire workout it would be great but unfortunately did not.

    Endurance (4/10): Exactly the same as without it. Nothing changed at all.

    Energy (6/10): I was expecting with this low caffeine quantity that i would feel a small energy boost at best and i was right. A very slight energy boost at the beginning of the workout and that's it. My energy levels were about the same as without it during my workout after this.

    Focus (4/10): There is not one focus ingredient on the label (ok, maybe Taurine but it's too underdosed to be any effective) and quite expectably i didn't notice any increase on focus.

    Pumps (9/10): The best part of this product by far from other claims. Good and consistent pumps throughout my workout along with increased vascularity. Sometimes on the end of my workout pumps were pretty painful (i would consider them somewhat skin-ripping). I am a good responder to Agmatine and Citruline and they didn't disappoint me.

    Value

    6/10
    It costs 29.99 Dollars for 30 servings on their website. It's pretty expensive unless you are super crazy about the pumps (1 Dollar per serving).

    Side Effects

    Nothing at all.

    Conclusion

    6/10
    I would consider this more like a pump product than a based stimulant as company advertises. Great Pumps but No Focus and Low Energy. Strength was Good but it briefly lasted and Endurance remained the same as without it. Price is expensive for me and you can find better products out there with less the price. Nevertheless is not a bad product if you are a beginner on stim based products and you mostly care about pumps.



    Overall
    Overall
    9.0
    Effectiveness
    Effectiveness
    9.0
    Value
    Value
    9.0
      April 22, 2017

     Pros:
     Cons:
    • Great Value
    • Immunity Boost
    • One Pill
    • Slightly Better Digestion

      Introduction

      (About yourself, 1-3 sentences maximum)
      Name is Kaka. I workout regularly 3-4 times a week. I stand at 6'1 and about 180 pounds and i am trying to bulk without gaining fat. I have tried many different supplements and i think i can give you my opinion about them. I was looking for a basic multivitamin and i tried this.

      Ingredient Profile

      Contains 100 capsules consisting of some Basic Vitamins (A,C,D,E) being on 100%-125% daily value along with Vitamin B Complex (Thiamine= B1, Riboflavin= B2, Niacin= B3, Pyrixoxine HCL= B6, Biotin= B7, Folic acid= B9 and Cyanoc...

      Introduction

      (About yourself, 1-3 sentences maximum)
      Name is Kaka. I workout regularly 3-4 times a week. I stand at 6'1 and about 180 pounds and i am trying to bulk without gaining fat. I have tried many different supplements and i think i can give you my opinion about them. I was looking for a basic multivitamin and i tried this.

      Ingredient Profile

      Contains 100 capsules consisting of some Basic Vitamins (A,C,D,E) being on 100%-125% daily value along with Vitamin B Complex (Thiamine= B1, Riboflavin= B2, Niacin= B3, Pyrixoxine HCL= B6, Biotin= B7, Folic acid= B9 and Cyanocobalamin= B12) between 100% and 416% daily value expect Biotin on 17%. Next we have Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Copper and Selenium (8%-51% Daily Value). All these ingredients are great mainly for boosting your immune system and cover up any deficiency you may have. I have posted on this review a photo which you can look each ingredient you like.

      Taste/Mixability/Dosing

      When you open the container you got a wonderful smell literally like Strawberry Yogurt, i would like to try this on whey protein lol. Tablets are tasteless (neutral) and small-sized. Very easy to swallow. No mixabily to mention because they are tablets. Dosing is just one tablet with a meal. I think that's great because many multivitamins suggest too many pills per serving. Just one and you are done.

      Effectiveness

      9/10
      Why 9 on Effectiveness mister Kaka? Because while on this supplement i haven't got sick despite all my close relatives on home being. This is not the only reason i give this high rating. I was taking this while my town was on a transition from March to April with big temperature differences (10-15 Celsius to 20-25 Celsius pretty fast) and this was one of the most dangerous times to get sick for me because i usually get a flew on Spring and so far i haven't got sick. Another benefit is a slightly better digestion which is certainly a plus from a product which it's main purpose is to boost your immune system but don't expect this to give you energy it's just a basic multivitamin, which is suitable if you take this on the night. Just remember to take this with a good meal not just a small snack because your stomach will rumble.

      Value

      9/10
      I bought this for 8 Euros (8.55 Dollars). It's a great value (0.08 Euros per serving).

      Conclusion

      If you are looking a basic multivitamin this will do the trick for you. It provided me with a Immunity Boost, Slightly better digestion and has a Great Value. I am going to buy this again except i find something cheaper. My next reviews probably will be some products from MyProtein (Glucosamine Sulphate, Super Omega 3, Electrolyte Powder and some other stuff) along with Maltodextrin from Prozis.



      Overall
      Overall
      0.0
      Effectiveness
      Effectiveness
      0.0
      Value
      Value
      0.0
        April 19, 2017

       Pros:
       Cons:
        • Made Me Vomit
        • Utterly Disgusting Taste
        • Horrible Side Effects
        • Dyes

        Introduction

        (About yourself, 1-3 sentences maximum)
        Name is Kaka. I workout regularly 3-4 times a week. I stand at 6'1 and about 180 pounds and i am trying to bulk without gaining fat. I have tried many different supplements and i think i can give you my opinion about them. I was looking for a BCAA product to add this on my preworkout and i tried this. I didn't bought this instead i got it free because i bought many products from one retail seller.

        Ingredient Profile

        It's a pretty simple profile. Good choise for adding this on your preworkout. Each 6.5 grams scoop contain...

        Introduction

        (About yourself, 1-3 sentences maximum)
        Name is Kaka. I workout regularly 3-4 times a week. I stand at 6'1 and about 180 pounds and i am trying to bulk without gaining fat. I have tried many different supplements and i think i can give you my opinion about them. I was looking for a BCAA product to add this on my preworkout and i tried this. I didn't bought this instead i got it free because i bought many products from one retail seller.

        Ingredient Profile

        It's a pretty simple profile. Good choise for adding this on your preworkout. Each 6.5 grams scoop contains 4 grams of BCAA on a 2:1:1 ratio to help you with energy, endurance, recovery and 1 gram L-Glutamine for your immune system and intestinal health.

        This is where it gets really ugly, other ingredients are Citric Acid, Maltodextrin, Natural & Artificial Flavors, Malic Acid, Sucralose, Silica, Acesulfame Potassium, FD&C Red #40, FD&C Blue #1. Ridiculous amounts of Dyes for a simple product like this, with some serious side effects more details on Effectiveness sector.

        Taste/Mixability/Dosing

        One would expect with all those dyes at least they could make a drinkable flavor. I don't really care a lot about flavor pre workout if the product is effective but the taste is really horrible. I had the Raspberry taste, which is literally the WORST flavor i have tried on my entire life not just on supplements. I can't even describe how utterly disgusting is the flavor. It's like full of chemicals and toxical raspberries. I believe this would be an effective chemical weapon against any enemy. Aftertaste haunted me for about 2 hours. I hated every single slip of drinking this, i even had to close my nose to drink this. Supposing 10 is the perfect taste, this flavor gets -8/10.

        Mixability is really bad also, i shook this for about 2 minutes and i would see many clumps and some grittiness on my shaker.
        Dosing was one scoop before my workout.

        Effectiveness

        0/10
        All these dyes i have mentioned on ingredient sector will mess you up...After 10 seconds of drinking this, i had a strong feeling that i would throw up and i did that almost instantly (i couldn't control it at all). I didn't even manage to go to the bathroom so i vomited on the floor on my room (fortunately alone). You must be really irresponsible company to cause these side effects to your clients. I mean at least they could try this product before they give this to the public. It's really dangerous considering the fact that i have pretty resilient stomach because i am used to eat a lot of crap and i don't even remember the last time i vomited, maybe before 10-12 years. This gets 0/10 because it only caused harm and it simply can't be used on your workouts.

        Value

        0/10
        BCAA Blast costs 19 dollars on Bodybuilding.com for 38 Servings. If you want something bad for your health and to throw up it's cheap.

        Conclusion

        I am warning you, seriously stay away from this product. Vile Taste and Horrible Side Effects. I wouldn't give this even to a Tasmanian Devil (maybe to some really bad people hehehe) and i won't try this again even if they paid me to do so. Buy something else, they are many BCAA products out there. I don't think that there is something worse than this.


          April 14, 2017

         Pros:
         Cons:
        • Temporarily Pain Suppression
        • Sketchy Science Behind Its Mechanism Of Action
        • Did Nothing To Relive My Joint Pains
        • Pricey
        • No Results
        • Bad Taste

        Introduction

        (About yourself, 1-3 sentences maximum)
        Name is Kaka. I workout regularly 3-4 times a week. I stand at 6'1 and about 180 pounds and i am trying to bulk without gaining fat. I have tried many different supplements and i think i can give you my opinion about them. I was looking for a joint support product and i tried this.

        Ingredient Profile

        It contains 150 capsules, each of them contain 800mg of Cissus Quadrangularis Extract. Cissus Quadrangularis is a traditional medicine which suppose to increase bone mass or accelerating fracture healing rates and pain relie...

        Introduction

        (About yourself, 1-3 sentences maximum)
        Name is Kaka. I workout regularly 3-4 times a week. I stand at 6'1 and about 180 pounds and i am trying to bulk without gaining fat. I have tried many different supplements and i think i can give you my opinion about them. I was looking for a joint support product and i tried this.

        Ingredient Profile

        It contains 150 capsules, each of them contain 800mg of Cissus Quadrangularis Extract. Cissus Quadrangularis is a traditional medicine which suppose to increase bone mass or accelerating fracture healing rates and pain relieving properties. It appears to be a very effective pain killer in rodent studies, but at this moment in time only one preliminary study has been conducted in humans; while it showed promise in athletes who experienced joint pain due to exercise (by reducing overall joint symptoms by about a third) it was still a lone study. In regards to bone health, there are limited human reports of increased fracture healing rate which are poor quality of evidence due to not disclosing adequate methodlogy (ie. how they did the study) and not disclosing the source of the compound. Animal studies do show a great deal of promise in promoting bone growth, but this traditional claim also needs to be assessed in greater detail. You can learn even more on https://examine.com/supplements/cissus-quadrangularis/.

        The conclusion is that human research on Cissus Quadrangularis is very limited, so take everything with a pinch of salt. Rest of the ingredients are Gelatine, Magnesium Stearate, Silicon Dioxide, Corn Starch and Titanium Dioxide Color for the capsule.

        Taste/Mixability/Dosing

        Usually with pill products i don't rate taste but when you open the container you got a very weird, neutral, bad smell like wood resin and it made me cough. This applies to the capsules when you put them on your mouth also. At least they medium sized and pretty easy to swallow. No mixability because they are pills. One serving is one capsule with breakfast and one capsule with dinner.

        Effectiveness

        3.5/10
        I suffer from joint pain (mostly minor discomfort) on shoulders so i needed something to help me with that. I first started with half serving per day but later i increased to full serving (the effects are the same). I will start with the only benefit i got with this product. After 30-45 minutes of swallowing this capsule, my joint pain was slightly reduced for about 30 minutes. Now for the bad news, after those minutes the joint discomfort and inflammation returned as it used to be as without it. I am using this for about 20-25 days and i haven't seen any better improvement on my joints. This product is like morphine (way way less effective on pain of course), it will give a temporarily minor suppression of pain but it won't solve your problem. I wish i could write some positive things about this product but unfortunately i didn't notice anything more than that.

        I was also negatively surprised with the nightmares i got with this, i currently take panthothenic acid which causes some vivid dreams (mostly not bad dreams) but when i combine it with Cissus Quadrangularis most of my dreams are nightmares. Maybe this is a placebo effect, but on the other hand it happened almost every time i consumed this.

        Value

        2/10
        I bought this for about 30 Euros (31.83 Dollars) for 75 servings. Bad value because it doesn't work for me at least (0.40 Euros per serving).

        Conclusion

        There are some positive reviews about this product. Maybe it doesn't work for some people like myself i don't know. It did nothing to relieve my joint pains and i was disappointed to spend my money on this. There are better joint products out there, for example omega-3 fatty acids are more effective on my joints. I am not going to buy this again.




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