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Reviews by kaka



  August 13, 2018

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Excellent Value
  • Vitamin Mineral Blend
  • Added Aminos
  • Creatine Matrix
  • Multiple Protein Sources
  • No Maltodextrin
  • Good Mixability
  • Great Digestion
  • Great Taste
  • Builds Muscle
  • No Fat
  • Calories Could Be Higher

Introduction

I did some research on Weight Gainers and Meal Replacements and i found this product. Liked the profile and price, so why not buy it.

Ingredient Profile

It's a Weight gainer but i mostly used it as Meal Replacement. Each serving is one scoop (50g).

Nutrition facts are based on 4 servings.
720 Calories
0 Fat
130 Carbs
16 Sugars
50.4 Protein

Carb Blend is made of (Rice Starch, Wheat Starch, Modified Corn Starch). No Maltodextrin, no Dextrose, no cheap carb sources which is great. Also i love the fact that sugars are relatively low to carb ratio.

Protein Ble...

Introduction

I did some research on Weight Gainers and Meal Replacements and i found this product. Liked the profile and price, so why not buy it.

Ingredient Profile

It's a Weight gainer but i mostly used it as Meal Replacement. Each serving is one scoop (50g).

Nutrition facts are based on 4 servings.
720 Calories
0 Fat
130 Carbs
16 Sugars
50.4 Protein

Carb Blend is made of (Rice Starch, Wheat Starch, Modified Corn Starch). No Maltodextrin, no Dextrose, no cheap carb sources which is great. Also i love the fact that sugars are relatively low to carb ratio.

Protein Blend consists of (Whey Concentrate (fast to medium digestion), Milk Protein Concentrate (80% slow digestion, 20% fast), Hydrolyzed Whey Peptides (fast digestion), Egg Albumin (medium digestion)). You got multiple protein sources with different digestion times which i really like. Despite the fact that protein type ratios are not disclosed i don't think that it's simply loaded on Concentrate. Usually i experience digestion problems with Concentrate but not on this product.

My only minor complaint is the lack of fat. I get it most people would like fat totally removed but i am a different case. I would like 10-15 grams of fat and some more calories.

8g Creatine Matrix (Creatine Monohydrate, Creatine HCL, Creatine Nitrate). Creatine Monohydrate is the most effective and studied type of Creatine, Creatine HCL is molecularly bound with hydrochloric acid to enchance it's solubility and overall absorption rates, Creatine nitrate is a form of creatine where the molecule is found to a nitrate group, it is more soluble than creatine monohydrate like other types of creatine but there are no studies that indicate that it's more effective. Overall Creatine Matrix is a good addition.

Next we got 8g of added amino acids (Leucine, Isoleucine, Valine, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, Tryptophan, Glutamine, Glycine). It's a positive thing that the 3 first amino acids are BCAA's which help with recovery and muscle building. The other 5 amino acids are EAA's which "compliment" and support the BCAA's. I believe that Glutamine helps somewhat with recovery despite the fact that studies don't support this. All these extra amino acids are a positive add.

Lastly a Vitamin/Mineral blend consisting of (Vitamin A, E, B1, B2, B3, Pantothenic Acid, B6, B12, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin K) mostly on a 120% daily value, except Vitamin B6 (308%) and B12 (320%). Basically a Basic Multi-Vitamin on a Weight Gainer. Solid addition.

Taste/Mixability/Dosing

I tried Chocolate Ice Cream and Vanilla. Both are great flavors with no chemical taste. Chocolate Ice Cream tastes like it's name (9/10). Vanilla tastes good also but it gets more boring than Chocolate (8/10).

I add 4 servings on a 500ml shaker. You need to shake it for 50-60 seconds (it's a weight gainer afterall).Mixes relatively well. Vanilla mixes somewhat easier than Chocolate.

Dosing depends on my needs. When working out in the gym i would take 4 servings (200g) after workout. On job i would take 4 servings in the morning and 4 scoops in the afternoon.

Effectiveness

I am using it mostly as Meal Replacement. Fills my macros with no digestive problems (no farts and diarrhea). Doesn't sit like a brick in my stomach. Fills me for about 2-3 hours. Great/excellent recovery after workout but that depends on many factors. Don't except drinking this and having great/excellent recovery while having a crap diet. It ain't going to happen. Like i said earlier i would like some fats to be more balanced but you can't have it all. Overall i am very satisfied.

Value

I bought a "small" amount (just a little treat).... About 43.500g (43.5 kg) for 248 Euros. Price per 4 servings (200g) is 1.14 Euros (1.30 Dollars). If i use 8 servings it costs 2.28 Euros (2.60 Dollars). Excellent price for a weight gainer.

Conclusion

My favorite Weight Gainer so far. A quality product with great macros and taste, no digestion problems, filling and an excellent value. When i am done with my stockpile i am thinking buying another 20kg. I really like this product. Thanks for reading my review.


  August 8, 2018

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Increased Energy
  • Unique Delivery System
  • Increased Endurance
  • Time Released
  • Unique Energy Delivery
  • No Focus
  • No Pump
  • Side Effects
  • Full On Yohimbine
  • Too Expensive
  • Prop Blend
  • Bad Taste
  • Underdosed
  • Dyes

Introduction

I saw the high effectiveness ratings and i thought why not try this. Does this pre-workout deserves those ratings? Let's find out...

Ingredient Profile

Performix ION Preworkout Complex 3714 mg
CarnoSyn Beta-Alanine
Citrulline Malate 2:1
BetaPower Betaine Anhydrous
Creatine HCl
N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine
BioPerine Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) extract (fruit)[std. to 95% Piperine]
Rauwolscine (Rauvolfia canescens) Extract (bark)[std. to 90% Alpha Yohimbine HCl]
Caffeine 175 mg

A big prob blend (i hate them) with good ingredients but almost e...

Introduction

I saw the high effectiveness ratings and i thought why not try this. Does this pre-workout deserves those ratings? Let's find out...

Ingredient Profile

Performix ION Preworkout Complex 3714 mg
CarnoSyn Beta-Alanine
Citrulline Malate 2:1
BetaPower Betaine Anhydrous
Creatine HCl
N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine
BioPerine Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) extract (fruit)[std. to 95% Piperine]
Rauwolscine (Rauvolfia canescens) Extract (bark)[std. to 90% Alpha Yohimbine HCl]
Caffeine 175 mg

A big prob blend (i hate them) with good ingredients but almost everything is underdosed. Beta Alanine for endurance, Citrulline Malate for pumps/vascularity, Creatine HCL for strength, N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine for focus (supposedly a better form than Tyrosine), Alpha Yohimbine generates extra heat and makes you sweat, Caffeine for energy and Bioperine for extra absorption. This blend must contain a ton of Yohimbine...

"Every PERFORMIX supplement is driven by our TERRA Intelligent Dosing technology, utilizing best in class bioavailability enhancers and intelligent delivery to help maximize every single molecule's potentioal... period. To out perform, out last and out do. (When used in conjunction with a regular exercise program.)" I have tried their BCAA Iridium with those terra beads and i like it so far but i don't know if the extended release with do any good on this product.

Also you have a "small" amount of dyes and other crap.
Calcium Silicate , Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Natural & Artificial Flavors, Sucralose, Citric Acid, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Acesulfame Potassium, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Silica, Yellow Dye #5, Ethylcellulose, FD&C Yellow #6, FD&C Red Dye #40

Taste/Mixability/Dosing

I can't compare Blue Ice with anything (maybe tastes like Blue Blueberry but i am not sure). Tastes very chemical but it's not horrible.
If you shake it for some time the beads will be evenly dispersed.
Dosing was one scoop pre-workout. I have tried two which is a terrible idea.

Effectiveness + Side Effects

Based on 1 scoop:

Energy (7/10): Decent energy but nothing to write about. At least it lasted during my 60-90 minutes workout. Consider the fact that i am very tolerant to stimulants.

Focus (4/10): Very slightly focused during my workout at best. I was fairly distracted and i was anxious.

Endurance (7.5/10): The best aspect of this product. Felt somewhat less tired than before but nothing out of this world. Considerably reduced rest time between sets.

Pumps (4/10): Vascularity and pumps at minimum. My veins were about the same as without it. Haven't experienced anything.

Sweat (10/10): Extremely effective. Literally sweating like a pig. Felt so hot...If you want to sweat a lot this product is for you! It became extremely uncomfortable for me.

Felt slightly nauseous during some workouts but nothing to worry about. I am very surprised with the extremely high effectiveness ratings on the other reviews. Mediocre at best.

I have tried 2 scoops with almost the same results. The energy was slighty better but the side effects were much much worse than one scoop.
Felt extremely jittery, had some cold sweats and my hands were shaking from time to time. The nausea was unreal and i had to end my workout earlier. Visited the bathroom twice with diarrhea. It was impossible for me to keep going. I needed to sit down and relax. The side effects continued for some hours after and i had to take some aspirin. I have tried several times Yohimbine and i am certainly stim tolerant (caffeine consumption varies from 400mg to 700mg per day) but never felt so crappy. This must have a ton of it.

Value

Bought it for 30 euros (35 dollars) for 45 servings. 0.77 dollars per serving. Pretty cheap but considering the side effects and the lack of effectiveness it doesn't worth it.

Conclusion

There are much better pre-workouts out there. Focus, Pumps, Vascularity were non-existent. The only positive aspects are the decent energy and endurance with some side effects even on one scoop. Yeah it's cheap but still doesn't worth it. Better consume some caffeine pills.


  June 10, 2018

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Increased Energy
  • Increased Endurance
  • Tastes Good
  • No Focus
  • No Pump
  • Nausea

Introduction

I wanted to try this pre-workout for some time. Saw that it was on the bounty list, so i bought it. Thanks for the opportunity.

Ingredient Profile

4000mg L-Citrulline: Increases blood flow which helps with pumps and vascualarity. Dosage is solid.

2500mg Beta Alanine (CarnoSyn): Personally i haven't noticed a difference so far between plain beta alanine and the patented version. Helps with endurance. Higher dosages usually cause me some nausea, so the dosage is fine here.

1000mg Taurine: Anti-cramping.

750mg N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine: N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine is a m...

Introduction

I wanted to try this pre-workout for some time. Saw that it was on the bounty list, so i bought it. Thanks for the opportunity.

Ingredient Profile

4000mg L-Citrulline: Increases blood flow which helps with pumps and vascualarity. Dosage is solid.

2500mg Beta Alanine (CarnoSyn): Personally i haven't noticed a difference so far between plain beta alanine and the patented version. Helps with endurance. Higher dosages usually cause me some nausea, so the dosage is fine here.

1000mg Taurine: Anti-cramping.

750mg N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine: N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine is a more soluble form of L-Tyrosine and is used to produce noradrenaline and dopamine.

500mg Choline Bitartrate: Increases focus. This amount is good because higher dosages may cause side effects.

470mg Stim Crazy Caffeine Complex (Caffeine Anhydrous, Dicaffeine Malate, Green Tea, Yerba Mate, Guarana Extract, Green Coffee Bean): Multiple sources for extended release so you don't crush. Yields totally 400mg Caffeine.

Taste/Mixability/Dosing

Green Apple has a bit chemical taste but it's drinkable. Mixability was good with no major sediment on the bottom. Dosing was one serving before working out.

Effectiveness

Energy (7.5/10): Expected more with this amount of caffeine. Energy was smooth and lasted during my workout but not as intense as i would like. The last review mentioned that it lasted for for about 5 hours. Nothing like that. After 30 minutes ending my workout it was pretty much gone.

Focus (6.5/10): Slight improvement in focus. I wasn't really focused during my workout and i got distracted rather easy.

Endurance (7.5/10): Some endurance increase but nothing extraordinary. Felt slightly less tired between my sets.

Pump + Vascularity (5/10): Very small improvement at best. No pumps or increased vascularity to mention. Maybe the caffeine amount affects this in a negative way. I think one ingredient that is missing and could help is Glycerol. Usually i get pretty good pumps with it and L-Citrulline.

Value

Bought it for 36 dollars for 30 servings. Not a terrible value.

Side Effects

Sometimes i experienced nausea during my workout.

Conclusion

Overall a so-so product. Some energy and endurance but lacking in focus and pump. Netherless you can find better products. Thanks for reading my review. Bye.



Overall
Overall
9.0
Effectiveness
Effectiveness
9.0
Value
Value
9.0
  May 2, 2018

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Deep Restful Sleep
  • Relaxed
  • Deep Rem Sleep
  • No Sleep Hangover
  • Great Value
  • Slight Residue

Introduction

I wanted something to help with my sleep. DaSlaya suggested me Resurrect Pm (thanks for the suggestion Chris), so i bought this. It turned to be an excellent choice.

Ingredient Profile

DaSlaya did a great job explaining us each ingredient, so i will focus only on the highlights.

1000mg Mucuna pruriens extract (leaf): It is a good source of L-DOPA. L-DOPA is used as a test booster and as nootropic because it increases dopamine levels in the body. Examine suggests that a 5000mg dosage is a good starting point for fertifility. On the contrary nootriment.com su...

Introduction

I wanted something to help with my sleep. DaSlaya suggested me Resurrect Pm (thanks for the suggestion Chris), so i bought this. It turned to be an excellent choice.

Ingredient Profile

DaSlaya did a great job explaining us each ingredient, so i will focus only on the highlights.

1000mg Mucuna pruriens extract (leaf): It is a good source of L-DOPA. L-DOPA is used as a test booster and as nootropic because it increases dopamine levels in the body. Examine suggests that a 5000mg dosage is a good starting point for fertifility. On the contrary nootriment.com suggests a 500mg-1000mg dosage because "dosages above 1 gram per day are unnecessary and can lead to side effects. These include sweating, heart palpitations, high blood pressure, and nausea". I lean towards the second website because even with this dosage i experienced some libido boost during my run especially on my first days. You got some Arginine also, so better keep it at 1 gram just in case.

500mg GABA: Reduces stress and may improve sleep but more research is needed. Dosage is between 250mg-5000mg. We got here 500mg which isn't too bad, considering we have some Phenibut.

500mg Phenibut: Stimulates GABA receptors, supports sleep and cognitive function. Alleviates stress and anxious thoughts. Recommended dosage range is between 250mg to 1000mg.

500mg Theanine: I have tried Theanine numerous times. Doesn't induces sedation (cause sleep) but relaxes you so you can get in the mood.

1,500mg ActiveTR Time Release Leucine + 500mg Leucine (InstAminos): Leucine increases muscle protein synthesis and helps with recovery. I don't expecting much from the InstAminos on a sleep product but i think the time released Leucine (despite it's low dosage) definitely helps you rest. This inclusion makes Resurrect differ from other sleep aids. Nonetheless, i would like to see a bigger quantity.

Lastly we have our typical ZMA blend that aids in recovery consisting of Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Sulfate and Vitamin B-6. I like the exclusion of Melatonin and i believe is the main reasons that i haven't experienced any grogginess in the morning.

Taste/Mixability/Dosing

Cherry Limeade tastes pretty good. Very easy to drink. Mixability is fairly decent too, just small seditement on the bottom but nothing to worry about. Dosing was 1 serving before sleep.

Effectiveness

Don't expect a knockout effect. It doesn't advertises that. Instead you will get a calming effect that will help you get in the mood. Sleep was deep and restful. Usually i experience some vivid dreams but while on Resurrect i didn't remember at least most of them which was great. The best thing was the absence of grogginess in the morning. I woke up pretty easily when i got 7-8 hours of sleep. User DaSlaya describes it exactly as it was "The alarm would go off, I would open my eyes, and be like yup, LETS DO THIS, and pop out of bed, and get ready to hit the early morning lift". This is great for me because many times i wake up groggy and feeling like crap in the morning. But not this time! Even when i managed to get only 5hours of sleep due to work i woke up more easily than i used to. Sure, i felt a little grogginess but once i got out of the bed i was ready to go. Without it i would wake up very bad. The first times i took Resurrect i had some intense boners. Maybe it helps with test boosting. It subsided during my run.

Value

I bought it for 24 euros (28.79 dollars) for 25 servings. Definitely worths it. Pretty good price for it's effectiveness.

Side Effects

Out of 25 servings, i experienced some nausea on 1-2. Nothing horrible.

Conclusion

If you are looking for improved sleep with no grogginess in the morning, Resurrect might do the work for you. Definitely worth trying.


  April 9, 2018

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Clinically Dosed
  • No Proprietary Blends
  • Tastes Good
  • Great Strength
  • Excellent Endurance
  • Great Energy And Focus
  • Excellent Pump
  • No Crash
  • Dehydrated
  • Dry Mouth

Introduction

I wanted to try Kraken for some time.

Ingredient Profile

It's profile is somewhat different than the old US Version. One serving = 2 scoops.

4g L-Citrulline for pumps and vascularity. It's pure Citrulline and not Malate so more than enough to help you. 2 grams Glycerol Hydromax contains 65% glycerol thereby increasing its potency and function compared to just glycerol monostearate. During your workout it will help your muscles retain more water, providing you with a better pump. Just drink a lot of water because it has a dehydrating effect. 1 gram Taurine wh...

Introduction

I wanted to try Kraken for some time.

Ingredient Profile

It's profile is somewhat different than the old US Version. One serving = 2 scoops.

4g L-Citrulline for pumps and vascularity. It's pure Citrulline and not Malate so more than enough to help you. 2 grams Glycerol Hydromax contains 65% glycerol thereby increasing its potency and function compared to just glycerol monostearate. During your workout it will help your muscles retain more water, providing you with a better pump. Just drink a lot of water because it has a dehydrating effect. 1 gram Taurine which will prevent potential muscle cramps and improving blood flow. The last pump ingredient is 100mg Norvaline which dilates blood vessels and thereby increasing blood flow leading to increased pumps. No complaints here.

2g Beta Alanine for endurance. US Version uses 3.2g and it's patented CarnoSyn. This dosage is perfect for me because i workout fasted and sometimes i get stomach problems when i consume more than 2.5g Beta Alanine.

500mg N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine for focus. 250mg Eria Jarensis extract for positive/good mood. 200mg K. Africana Extract (Aka DMHA) also provides you with that feeling of euphoria and gives you some extra energy and focus. The dosage of this ingredient is higher than what people are recommending. Lastly 300mg total Caffeine from 6 sources (Caffeine Anhydrous, Dicaffeine Malate, Green Tea, Yerba Mate, Guarana Extract, Green Coffee). Each source provides 50mg Caffeine. Time Released so you don't get a bad crash and it should last you for your entire workout. At least it did for me.

Compared to that, Us old Version contained 200mg Caffeine Anhydrous. European Version doesn't contain Agmatine but i think it has more than enough pump ingredients, so definitely not a disaster. Overall the ingredient profile covers all workout aspects. It could contain some Creatine but some people don't want that in their pre-workout so it's ok. Me neither because i consume creatine from other sources.

Taste/Mixability/Dosing

Watermelon Rancher tastes like a Watermelon with a slight chemical taste. Nothing overpowering. Decent taste. Bombsicle is much better. Tastes like fruit punch (not your typical lol). Very smooth taste. Mixability is not the best but it isn't terrible either. Just a few good shakes and most of it dissolves. Slight sediment on the bottom. Dosing was 1 serving before workout. If you are stim tolerant begin with 1 scoop (half serving) just in case.

Effectiveness

Energy (9/10): It was sufficient to wake me up for good and motivate me. I am a stim junkie and it's pretty difficult for a pre-workout to wake me like that in the early morning. It was somewhat intense and lasted during the workout but without feeling like a crackhead. No jitters to mention and my heart heart didn't pounded out of my chest. Never felt that i lacked in energy.

Focus (9.5/10): Great mind-muscle connection. When i was starting my reps i was totally locked in without thinking anything else, just the exercise. Sometimes daily requirements bother you but not this time. Laser Focus. I didn't experienced any euphoria from Eria Jarensis and DMHA (maybe only the first times) but nothing to complain about it as long it puts me in the zone.

Endurance (9.5/10): I was far less winded between sets and i wasn't feeling tired. Finished each exercise and went to another with no problem at all. Less time between sets. I felt that i could push even more. Helped with cardio too, improving my time. Sure i am currently using an intra supplement but i used it before Kraken too and my endurance was way worse as without Kraken.

Pumps (10/10): I do a lot of hypertrophy work and pumps were excellent. From the first/two exercises my pumps were full. I was looking bigger than i used to. Maybe the best pumps i have ever experienced. Vascuality was excellent too with more and bigger veins popping out. I don't think i can go far beyond that.

Strength (9.5/10): Not only it helped me substantially increase weight on all my exercises but my reps were increased too. Big difference, especially if you are doing a lot hypertrophy work. I have used other pre-workouts which helped me with strength but definitely not that much. It was great to say the least. The only con is that during the end of my workout (i workout about for 2 hours), pumps were beginning to hurt and my strength wasn't that great. The first time that i will say reduce the pump lol. Netherless excellent strength.

Value

I found it for 34.90 euro (42.94 Dollars) for 20 servings. About 1.5 euro (2 dollars) per serving. On the expensive side but i think it's justified due to the perfomance. I wouldn't mind paying that amount. In matter of fact i bought some extra tubs.

Side Effects

No crash to mention but dry mouth and felt dehydrated. After drinking a ton of water it subsidized. Make sure you drink a lot water.

Conclusion

My new favorite pre-workout. High Energy, Laser Focus, Excellent Endurance, Great Strength and Pumps. Pretty much covers everything. The price might seem expensive but you are getting a high effective and quality product.



Overall
Overall
8.8
Effectiveness
Effectiveness
9.0
Value
Value
8.6
Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
Thanks to Neurella Labs, INC. for sending it out!
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  March 22, 2018

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Focus
  • Great For The Workplace
  • Mental Clarity
  • No Dependence
  • No Sides
  • Good Value

    Introduction

    Many thanks to Neurella Labs and the TROOPs program for giving me the opportunity to try this!

    Ingredient Profile

    Huperzine-A (100mcg): Is a cognitive enhancer and may be useful in fighting cognitive decline. Dosage tends to be in the range of 50-200mcg daily. Here we got 100mcg which is a good dose.

    Citicoline (100mg): Citicoline is a nootropic that converts to both choline and cytidine upon ingestion (Examine). Uses the patented version Cognizin. Standard dosing of Citicoline is to take 500-2,000 mg.

    Ashwagandha root & leaf extract (125mg): It provides ...

    Introduction

    Many thanks to Neurella Labs and the TROOPs program for giving me the opportunity to try this!

    Ingredient Profile

    Huperzine-A (100mcg): Is a cognitive enhancer and may be useful in fighting cognitive decline. Dosage tends to be in the range of 50-200mcg daily. Here we got 100mcg which is a good dose.

    Citicoline (100mg): Citicoline is a nootropic that converts to both choline and cytidine upon ingestion (Examine). Uses the patented version Cognizin. Standard dosing of Citicoline is to take 500-2,000 mg.

    Ashwagandha root & leaf extract (125mg): It provides neuroprotection, anti-cancer effects, increased power output and helps with anxiety. Again a patented version Sensoril. The lowest effective dose for acute usage of ashwagandha is 300mg to 500mg. Severely underdosed.

    Coenzyme Q10 (50mg): Mostly used for energy. The standard dose for CoQ10 is generally 90mg for a low dose and 200mg for the higher dose. Significally underdosed.

    N-acetyl cysteine (300mg): Provides antioxidative effects. Properly dosed. Dosage is between 200 - 1500 mg per day.

    Turmeric Root Extract (125mg): Curcumin C3 Complex patented version which contains Bioperine for extra absorption. Helps with inflammation.

    Dimethylglycine (150mg): Helps with nervous system function, liver function, the body's use of oxygen and athletic performance. Dosage depends on many factors.

    Grape skin extract (50mg): Appears to exert anti-estrogenic effects and may enhance blood flow.

    Bacopa monnieri (160mg): Reduces anxiety and improves memory function. Taking it on an empty stomach may cause side effects like nausea, cramping, bloating, and diarrhea. The standard dose for Bacopa monnieri is 300mg. We have a little more than half here.

    Rhodiola rosea (150mg): It appears to reduce fatigue and exhaustion in prolonged stressful situations. Acute usage of rhodiola for fatigue and anti-stress has been noted to be taken in the 288-680mg range.

    Green tea leaf extract (40mg): Green tea is cardioprotective and neuroprotective. Helps with fat burning but on high doses (400-500mg).

    Some of the ingredients are underdosed here but maybe their combination will have some effect.

    Taste/Mixability/Dosing

    Medium sized capsules. Easy to swallow. One serving is 2 capsules, best taken with a meal in the morning.

    Effectiveness

    I took them on the morning with meal as instructions suggest. Haven't tried it in gym. I immediately noticed some energy increase. It was smooth and calming, definitely not feeling like a crack-head. Lasted for 2-3 hours. Sometimes i have morning grogginess and it was significantly reduced. Not totally disappeared but way better as without Neurella. My alertness increased. No laser focus but good nonetheless. I haven't noticed any side effects.

    Value

    $50 for 60 servings. I used only one serving so the price is 0.83 dollars per serving. Pretty good price for what it offers you.

    Conclusion

    If you want a good nootropic this might do the job. Thanks for reading my review.


    Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
    Thanks to NuLivScience for sending it out!
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      March 17, 2018

     Pros:
     Cons:
    • Increased Endurance
    • GRAS
    • Informed Choice
    • A Bit Pricey If All You Do Is Lift

    Introduction

    Thanks to Troops Program and NuLivScience for sending this.

    Ingredient Profile

    Each serving is one pill (100mg Actigin).
    ActiGin is made from Panax NotoGinsing root and Rosa roxburghii fruit. We don't know the exact dosage of these 2 ingredients.
    Supposedly can reduce inflammation, improve recovery and endurance. Also this product is GRAS affirmed and Informed-Choice Certified.

    Taste/Mixability/Dosing

    Small pills which are pretty easy to swallow. Dosing was one pill before workout and some days after workout.

    Effectiveness

    Endurance was bett...

    Introduction

    Thanks to Troops Program and NuLivScience for sending this.

    Ingredient Profile

    Each serving is one pill (100mg Actigin).
    ActiGin is made from Panax NotoGinsing root and Rosa roxburghii fruit. We don't know the exact dosage of these 2 ingredients.
    Supposedly can reduce inflammation, improve recovery and endurance. Also this product is GRAS affirmed and Informed-Choice Certified.

    Taste/Mixability/Dosing

    Small pills which are pretty easy to swallow. Dosing was one pill before workout and some days after workout.

    Effectiveness

    Endurance was better, especially on cardio. I felt less winded between sets. On cardio i could push a little more than usual. Not a huge difference but noticeable. In terms of recovery, i think it helped me slightly. I was a bit less tired after my workout but i felt no significant change in Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). Taking this pre-workout helped me the most compared to post. Haven't experienced any other benefit.

    Value

    45 dollars on Amazon. 0.75 dollars per serving. Expensive for the benefits it provides. Yes i had better endurance (mostly on cardio) but it wasn't much better as without it.

    Side Effects

    None.

    Conclusion

    If you do mostly cardio on your workout, this might worth giving this a try. Not a bad product overall.



    Overall
    Overall
    7.6
    Effectiveness
    Effectiveness
    7.6
    Value
    Value
    7.6
      March 12, 2018

     Pros:
     Cons:
    • Good Taste
    • No Proprietary Blends
    • Great Pumps
    • Good Strength
    • Good Value
    • Increased Energy
    • Increased Vascularity
    • No Focus
    • Nausea
    • Laxative Effect

    Introduction

    I wanted to try this pre-workout.

    Ingredient Profile

    1.5 serving (that's my dosage):
    4500mg Beta Alanine
    4500mg Citruline Malate
    4500mg AAKG
    1800mg Taurine
    1500mg Tyrosine
    450mg Caffeine Anhydrous

    Beta Alanine for endurance. Citrulline and Arginine Alpha-ketoglurate for pumps/vascularity. Taurine as an anti-cramping. Tyrosine for focus. Caffeine for energy. I used 1.5 serving for the caffeine amount. Not going to lie i have a bad addiction with caffeine and 300mg doesn't do much. I love the addition of AAKG for pumps. Used to have pretty solid pumps with Ar...

    Introduction

    I wanted to try this pre-workout.

    Ingredient Profile

    1.5 serving (that's my dosage):
    4500mg Beta Alanine
    4500mg Citruline Malate
    4500mg AAKG
    1800mg Taurine
    1500mg Tyrosine
    450mg Caffeine Anhydrous

    Beta Alanine for endurance. Citrulline and Arginine Alpha-ketoglurate for pumps/vascularity. Taurine as an anti-cramping. Tyrosine for focus. Caffeine for energy. I used 1.5 serving for the caffeine amount. Not going to lie i have a bad addiction with caffeine and 300mg doesn't do much. I love the addition of AAKG for pumps. Used to have pretty solid pumps with Arginine.

    Taste/Mixability/Dosing

    Apple and Cherry flavor (Aka Cherry). I don't mind the taste a lot in pre-workouts (unless it tastes like crap) but it was pretty good. 8/10
    Mixability was decent without sediment on the bottom. 7/10
    Dosing was 1.5 serving (=3 scoops) before working out.

    Effectiveness

    Strength (8/10): Increased some weight and reps on several exercises but i had better experience with other products. I can figure it out pretty easily because i wasn't using any pre-workout for several weeks. It was good but it could be better. The missing part is creatine.

    Energy (8.5/10): Definitely woke me up and motivated me. Consistent throughout my workout. Not the strongest but pretty close. If you are not stim junkie you will probably experience more intense energy than i did. The other aspect that pretty much suprised me was the thermo effect. Doesn't contain any themo ingredient but it made me sweat a lot in the beginning. I think the combination of the ingredients (Beta Alanine + Caffeine). Tingles were pretty intense too. Thermo effect subsided afterwards due to the Electrolytes i consume.

    Endurance (7/10): Endurance was decent but i expected a lot more. My recovery time between sets was reduced by a slight margin.

    Pumps + Vascularity (9.5/10): Muscle fullness was on point after my first exercises, i could feel my muscles fuller to the last minute of my workout and looking bigger. Probably one of the best pumps i have experienced. Vascularity was great too with veins being bigger and more pronounced. The best aspect of this pre. AAKG plus Citrulline Malate= happy face.

    Focus (4/10): Didn't do anything. I wasn't focused at all on my workout. I began talking with some people all the time.

    Value

    22.64 Dollars for 25 servings. I used 1.5 serving so 1.36 dollars per serving. Pretty decent price for what you get.

    Side Effects

    Laxative effect after 5-10 minutes drinking this. Some nausea during workout (especially in the beginning). I workout fasted so that makes things worse.

    Conclusion

    I missed the focus aspect. Good Strength and Energy. Pumps were pretty good. There are better choices out there but netherless a decent pre-workout.



    Overall
    Overall
    8.3
    Effectiveness
    Effectiveness
    8.3
    Value
    Value
    8.3
    Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
    Thanks to Nature Restore for sending it out!
    (Show run details )
      March 9, 2018

     Pros:
     Cons:
    • Increase Supplement Absorption
    • Good Value
    • Improved Recovery
    • Some Endurance Increase

      Introduction

      First of all many thanks to the Troops Program and to NuLiv Science for giving me the chance to try this. Saw some of the reviews here, so i figured why not try some Astragin?

      Ingredient Profile

      90 capsules which are 100% plant based. Each contains 200mg Astragin. Astragin is an absorption enhancing ingredient according to NuLiv Science website. Astragin is a combination of Astragalus membranaceus and panax notoginseng root. Both of them are used in traditional chinese medicine.

      Taste/Mixability/Dosing

      My dosing was 1 capsule with pre-workout. Fairl...

      Introduction

      First of all many thanks to the Troops Program and to NuLiv Science for giving me the chance to try this. Saw some of the reviews here, so i figured why not try some Astragin?

      Ingredient Profile

      90 capsules which are 100% plant based. Each contains 200mg Astragin. Astragin is an absorption enhancing ingredient according to NuLiv Science website. Astragin is a combination of Astragalus membranaceus and panax notoginseng root. Both of them are used in traditional chinese medicine.

      Taste/Mixability/Dosing

      My dosing was 1 capsule with pre-workout. Fairly easy to swallow. No taste to mention.

      Effectiveness

      The only benefits i have experienced were increased endurance, tingles were more pronounced and better recovery. Was my endurance way better than i used to as without it? Definitely not, but i felt less winded and the time between sets was somewhat reduced. Not a huge difference but still noticable. Recovery was better and i felt a bit less tired after working out. I haven't experienced any increase in energy or a boost in strength. Pumps remained the same. Overall a good experience.

      Value

      Costs $25 for 90 capsules. Not a bad price overall.

      Side Effects

      None.

      Conclusion

      If you are looking something to enchance your workout this product might worth a try. Some endurance increase along with better recovery at a good price. Not bad at all.



      Overall
      Overall
      8.0
      Effectiveness
      Effectiveness
      9.0
      Value
      Value
      7.0
      Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
      Thanks to NutraBio for sending it out!
      (Show run details )
        February 19, 2018

       Pros:
       Cons:
      • Good Pump
      • Vasodiolation
      • VEINS
      • Increased Pump And Vascularity
      • No Additives
      • Not As Good Of A Value

      Introduction

      I wanted to try some Agmatine, so i figured why not claim this.

      Ingredient Profile

      Simple profile. 90 grams Agmatine Sulfate which helps with pumps and vascularity. Also it doesn't contain any additives, fillers or excipients according to Nutrabio's website.

      Taste/Mixability/Dosing

      Tastes bitter on it's own. Combining this with Green Mag, bitterness scales down a bit. Mixes good with no sediment. Dosing was one serving (1 gram) before working out.

      Effectiveness

      Provided some great pumps along with increased vascularity. More and bigger veins...

      Introduction

      I wanted to try some Agmatine, so i figured why not claim this.

      Ingredient Profile

      Simple profile. 90 grams Agmatine Sulfate which helps with pumps and vascularity. Also it doesn't contain any additives, fillers or excipients according to Nutrabio's website.

      Taste/Mixability/Dosing

      Tastes bitter on it's own. Combining this with Green Mag, bitterness scales down a bit. Mixes good with no sediment. Dosing was one serving (1 gram) before working out.

      Effectiveness

      Provided some great pumps along with increased vascularity. More and bigger veins. Pumps usually came up pretty quickly which was good. Lasted throughout my workout. Haven't noticed any strength increase or endurance improvement due to Agmatine Sulfate.

      Value

      Costs 33 dollars for 90 grams. 0.36 dollars per serving. Nutrabio is a quality company but there are cheaper choices. For example, you can find Bulk Supplements Agmatine (100 grams) for 13.96 dollars.

      Side Effects

      None.

      Conclusion

      Overall a good product but the price needs to go down a bit.




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