Top Rated Supplements

The reality that rings true for the fitness and supplement industry is that there will always be a trend. Whether it be the diet that promises to be the end-all for fitness goals or the supplement that promises to redefine a category, we are always searching for the latest and greatest. The most recent emergence as you are probably aware of by now is the ketogenic diet and actually combines both a diet trend and a whole category of supplements geared toward helping you live the ‘keto’ lifestyle.

For those that weren’t already aware, the ketogenic diet really isn’t new at all. It was originally devised when endocrinologist Rollin Woodyatt observed that three ketone bodies were produced by the liver as a result of starvation or a high fat/low carb diet. The observation then made it’s way into dietary practice and was introduced in the 1920’s as an alternative to non-mainstream fasting and therapy for epilepsy. It saw noteable success, howoever it started to be abandoned with the introduction of anticonvulsant therapies (1). It saw a minor resurgence in 1994 for the same type of treatment, but it wasn’t until the emergence of low carb dieting around 2007 that we saw the ketogenic diet and variations make a large comeback along with the widespread ‘carbophobia’ trend before once again, seeming to receed a bit. Now, that brings us to present day and the ketogenic diet is once again in the spotlight with many touting to live the ‘keto lifestyle’ and the supplements to go along with it.

MCT POWDERTraditionally, MCT oil was used after research in the 1970’s demonstrated that there were more ketones produced by MCT per unit of energy due to them being transported quickly to the liver via the hepatic portal vein, as opposed to the lymphatic system (2). These additional ketone bodies allow slightly more protein and carbohydrates to be included as MCTs are metabolized into ketones even in the presence of dietary carbohydrates.

These days, much like the MCT oil, BHB (β-hydroxybutyrate) salts have emerged onto the scene to play a part in the keto movement. These BHB salts are simply compounds consisting of sodium (Na+), potassium (K+), and the ketone body β-hydroxybutyrate. In products containing such BHB salts, the individual components are being held together by ionic bonds and when ingested, they are absorbed into the blood where it dissociates into free Na+, K+, and BHB, thus directly and immediately putting ketones into your blood.

What is the State of True Ketosis?

Now, with these things in mind, one misconception and marketing ploy is that those unfamiliar with the ketogenic diet may be lead to think that simply ingesting ketogenic products like BHB salts will put them in a ketogenic state, however that isn’t the case. True ketosis is a metabolic state in which dietary carbohydrates are in such low amounts that there is a reliance on almost exclusively ketone and fatty acid metabolism.

While it may sound relatively simple, a little background will help you understand the physiology behind it a little more. For brain function, it requires around 400 calories per day, running almost exclusively on glucose, meaning you need a minimum of 100g of glucose (carbohydrates) per day just to fuel it. The human body is an amazing machine that constantly adapts to the stresses placed up on it and carb restricted diets, which cut off the glucose supply to the brain, are one such stress. To counteract, the body combats by borrowing and/or converting sugars from other areas or sources within the body. As a safeguard in this event, it is supplied by the liver which stores glucose and can pump it into the blood to fuel the brain.

The liver can store around 100 grams of glucose, allowing you to run for about a day before the stores are depleted. If you run it this low, the next logical place you would think glucose could come from would of course be our skeletal muscle that can store 400-500 grams of glycogen. This is great in numbers, but it’s the equivalent of standing outside of a bank vault because there is the lack of the enzyme that can break down the glycogen and make it readily available to your brain.

Rest assured, your body has a solution for everything and in the absence of any more available glucose from carbohydrates, it once again relies on the liver to deliver. In this situation, the liver begins to produce the aforementioned ketone bodies to be released into the blood for use by your brain and other tissues for energy.

If you are unaware, this is critical because when one is ‘burning fat’, whether it is in the form of a calorie deficit or ketogenic state, what is really happening is a fatty acid molecule is undergoing a chemical change. Essentially, when you “burn fat,” you’re really taking a fatty acid molecule and converting it to something called acetyl CoA.

In the ketogenic state, the amount of fat that your liver is using for energy is so high, there is an excessive amount of this acetyl CoA that it starts converting it into the ketone bodies. As a result and due to the need for a new energy source, the body happily begins dumping these ketone bodies into the blood stream for energy. Once this process is underway, and the body is doing this continually, the body has officially reached a state of true ketosis.

No Magic Switch…

Superman Front Most MuscularNow that you know what ketosis is, here is a little insight for the process. It takes some time (up to 2 weeks for some) for the body to transition into a ketogenic state so you won’t even come close to achieving a true state of ketosis by cutting out carbs for a day or two. Anyone that has done a true keto diet understandably will get annoyed when someone says they are going to ‘try keto’ for a week as by they will most likely barely be getting into true ketosis by the time they end the experiment.

The same can be said for the supplements on the market such as the BHB salts or even MCT oil that has come back in to prominence. There’s no supplement that can make you go into a state of ketosis as this must be done through dietary manipulation, however it is easy for it to get misconstrued when people hear of products that discuss ketones and the like. Further supporting this misconception is that a common way of testing for the state of ketosis is the use of urine testing strips. While these strips do serve a helpful purpose, it must be remembered that simply having ketones present in urine doesn’t indicate the state of ketosis. By ingesting BHB salts or MCT oil, you are providing exogenous ketones that will of course show up in urine and cause a reading of false ketosis.

Furthermore, for those utilizing the ketogenic diet for fat burning, if you are ingesting exogenous ketones or using MCT oil, it can actually hinder your fat burning as your body can use these ketones or MCTs as a readily available fuel source rather than the ones being released from your body to burn.

So What Value Do Exogenous Ketones Have?

Quest MCT OilWhen it comes to MCT oil and BHB salts, they both do indeed serve a helpful purpose, but it must be kept in context. MCT oil is a great source of energy and as stated before, produces more ketone bodies compared to other long chain fatty acids. They are easily used for energy, very similar to carbohydrates (via the ketone pathway) and have secondary benefits on metabolism (3) and blood sugar regulation (4).

As for the new BHB salts, they have been emerging as both a standalone product as well as being featured in products such as pre-workouts. They provide an instant and immediate source of ketones in the blood stream, translating to providing energy via the form of ketones. They are most promising from a performance standpoint, offering the potential for stimulating the metabolic shift away from glucose (5) and improving mental cognition (6) all while providing an immediate fuel source from ketones.

For both the MCT oil and BHB salts, they can help reduce the impact of carbohydrate intake on ketosis to some degree, but to what degree is still being examined. Among other items that are still being researched is that there may be the potential for BHB salts to increase exercise capacity via reducing oxygen consumption, and that will be some potentially exciting research in itself.

References

1. The ketogenic diet: one decade later. Freeman, JM and EH, Kossof. 3, March 2007, Pediatrics, Vol. 119, pp. 535-543.

2. Medium-chain triglycerides as a therapy for intractable childhood epilepsy. Huttenlocher, PR and Wilbourn, AJ. 11, November 1971, Neurology, Vol. 21, pp. 1097-1103.

3. Postprandial thermogenesis in lean and obese subjects after meals supplemented with medium-chain and long-chain triglycerides. Scalfi, L and Coltori, A. 5, May 1991, Vol. 53, pp. 1130-1133.

4. Medium Chain Triglyceride Oil Consumption as Part of a Weight Loss Diet Does Not Lead to an Adverse Metabolic Profile When Compared to Olive Oil. St-Onge, Marie-Pierre and Bosarge, Aubrey. 5, October 2008, J Am Coll Nutr, Vol. 27, pp. 547-552.

5. Ketones Suppress Brain Glucose Consumption. LaManna, Joseph and Salem, Nicolas. 2009, Adv Exp Med Biol, pp. 301-306. 645.

6. Effects of beta-hydroxybutyrate on cognition in memory-impaired adults. Reger, MA. 3, March 2004, Neurobiol Aging, Vol. 25, pp. 311-314.

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The scene is set. Picture it along with me, it’s primetime action set for a picture perfect Saturday night. It’s about an hour before game time and for some, the biggest game of these young men’s lives. The teammates move in silence but with a vibe of confidence and quiet, hard focus. They gather as a team on their folding chairs and listen intently to the coach as they cover the strategy one last time, running through the X’s and O’s for taking on their bitter rival. They eat as a team; ensuring proper nutrition and hydration aren’t taken lightly and then gather for one last pump up session to ensure everyone is on the same page and to not let the crowd rattle them before heading out to do battle.

Now, while this description may have sounded like the setting of a college football team preparing to hit the gridiron, in reality, it was helping you picture the scene before one of many competitive gaming showdowns. The popularity of video games and competitive gaming is at an all-time high and so are the stakes associated with the matches. Prize money, sponsorship dollars and endorsement deals, the level at which competitive gaming has grown is serious business. So, it only makes sense that just like other competitive events, the competitors would want to make sure they are performing optimally, and you can bet that supplements can indeed play a part. Let’s pick up the sticks, tune the headset and zone in on the Top Supplements for Gamers.

G Fuel by Gamma Labs

G Fuel Blue IceUnless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 10 years or so, chances are you’ve seen countless energy drinks come and go from the scene. Many are nothing but higher caffeine versions of soda, and provide little to no benefit, and the ‘energy’ that you’re getting is a sugar rush that is going to have you crashing down later.

Not to mention, the amount of artificial colors and non-sense fillers in many are just unneeded. Gamma Labs G Fuel was created to change all of that. With the gamer specifically in mind, G Fuel was created to be a convenient and healthier alternative to the traditional energy drink. Formulated to give you that “in the moment” focus, driven by a calm consistent energy without the imminent crash, G Fuel is one of the most versatile products out there. G Fuel comes in a variety of flavors that taste great, but G Fuel is water based and sugar free – which means that it’s better for you.

More than just a caffeine powder, G Fuel has a very modest amount of caffeine (150mg) compounded with 650mg worth of antioxidants deriving from 19 different fruits. The nutrients Vitamin C, B6 and B12 have been added to not only provide immense nutritional value to the energy supplement, but also to mesh with the antioxidants and provide unparalleled focus and concentration throughout your day.

Bang by VPX

Bang Sour Heads 12 PackThere’s so many energy drinks out there, it’s not even funny. The reality is that most of them are simply soda with caffeine added for the ‘energy’ aspect of it, but that doesn’t do you any good if you are crashing from all that sugar in short order. VPX has hit a homerun here with Bang, as it isn’t your stereotypical high sugar, life-sucking soda masquerading as an energy drink.

From weekend warriors, to average gym joes, to fitness competitors to hardcore gamers, Bang has been a huge hit ever since it came on the scene. It is powered by a hefty 300mg of caffeine per can and paired with Creatine & BCAAs (Branched Chain Amino Acids) for added benefits.

There’s a lot of great research on creatine improving cognition and brain health, and paired with caffeine, it works synergistically to help you concentrate better, game harder and feel better. Topping it off, many note that Bang are the best tasting energy drink out there with top sellers being SourHeads, Cotton Candy and Black Cherry Vanilla.

DVST8 by Inspired

DVST8 White Cut ContainerNot for the faint of heart, Inspired Nutraceuticals DVST8 will help you do just that to your competition. Powered by the potent stimulant DMHA, DVST8 is an energy and focus powerhouse. It doesn’t stop with just focus either. Sporting an incredible profile from top to bottom, DVST8 has ingredients that will help you in the gaming chair and at the gym, promoting blood flow, cognition and endurance.

While anyone can take DVST8 and see great effects, we do want to mention that this may be for a more advanced stimulant user because it is pretty powerful. IF you’re newer to stimulant based products, simply consider starting with ½ a scoop to assess your tolerance before picking up the controller and getting the job done.

HyperAmino by Gaspari

Hyper Amino BottleWhen you’re working away in an intense game, hours can go by without even realizing it. You forget to eat and often drink and the end result is energy dropping, dehydration setting in, focus getting less sharp and overall, just not a good state for your body to be in. HyperAmino is a handy fix for addressing this!

Not only does it encourage hydration and provide electrolytes, but it has a nice little addition of caffeine for improving cognition and reaction time to keep you on top of your mental game. Lastly, sometimes it can be tough to get in as much food as your body needs when in a long gaming session, and that can mean a cascade of negative effects for your metabolism. HyperAmino provides amino acids which help prevent tissue breakdown and rebuild your body.

KOR Lipolytic by Inspired

Inspired Nutraceuticals KORRounding out our list, speaking of Inspired Nutraceuticals, they also have another product that can be used to bring your gaming up a level and help get you shredded up a little at the same time and that would be their product KOR Lipolytic Ignitor. This is quite the innovative formula and contains components that hit both fat loss and mental focus. While other products that claim to be ‘fat burners’ are out there, many are ineffective or contain little-to-no ingredients that actively seek out and destroy fat stores or help with the ‘good energy’ but rather just give you anxiety.

KOR is a much more intelligent approach because burning fat and improving focus isn’t just about overloading on stimulants. Rather than just jacking you up on stimulants, KOR contains effective nootropic elements featuring Alpha GPC and Bacopa Monnieri. These ingredients, among its many benefits, Alpha GPC have been shown to increase attention and focus, along with increasing power output during strenuous exercise. Bacopa Monnieri is an Ayurvedic herb that has been shown to increase memory and cognition and the great thing about Bacopa is, the longer you take it, the better it works.

Sometimes you have to outsmart your opponent, and KOR is definitely a product that can help you supplement your game and do just that.

Game On!

So, as you can see from this article, supplements aren’t for just gym rats. They can have a wide array of benefits for all and help you take your game to the next level by improving your focus, reaction time and overall health. Get in the game today and give some supplements a go!

best fat burners 2016

Another year has come and gone and that means that just like so many other things in our daily life, it’s time to discuss the ‘top’ products of the past year! This time we’ll be focusing specifically on the top fat burners of 2016! What a better category to discuss than fat buners at a time of year that many are starting weight loss resolutions and looking to better themselves. Now without further ado, here is a breakdown of some of the best products of the category from the past year on Suppz!

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Kor Lypolitic Ignitor – Inspired Nutraceuticals

Inspired Nutraceuticals KOR Lypolitic Ignitor re-released a new and better than ever version of this popular fat burner. It took it above and beyond with the new additions to the formulation and was designed to be more than just a high-stimulant fat burner like the other ones out there. Instead, the goal was to bring a next next-generation thermogenic that not only gave you energy, but enhanced your mental focus and cognition. Move beyond “just another fat burner” and step into KOR Lipolytic Ignitor for reaching your ultimate physique with the smarter approach.

Key Ingredients:

Aframomum Melegueta (as Pyroxidine®)
• Specialized extract of ‘Grains of Paradise’
• Stimulates loss of brown adipose (fat) tissue
• Can help increase energy expenditure

Synephrine
• Also known as bitter orange extract
• Known as a safe alternative to ephedra
• Helps facilitate utilization of energy substrates
• Helps stimulate metabolic processes and favors uptake of amino acids into muscle
• May help suppress appetite
• Stimulates fat loss and energy expenditure
• Doesn’t increase heart rate or blood pressure

Cocoabuterol (N –Coumaroyldopamine)
• Naturally occuring; found in the cocoa plant
• Acts as Beta-2 agonist; activates mTOR within the body
• Aids in sparing lean muscle tissue during fat burning

2-aminoisoheptane (DMHA)
• New age stimulant known more commonly as DMHA
• Classified as ‘psychostimulant’ and known to be the DMAA replacement
• Shown to have roughly 90% the strength of DMAA
• Enhances mental focus and cognition
• Shown to elevate dopamine and norepinephrine

N-phenylethyl Dimethylamine Citrate (Eria Jarensis Extract)
• Known more commonly as Eria Jarensis Extract
• Strong stimulatory and euphoric effects
• Has euphoric properties and increases mental cognition
• Has PEA attributes; Crosses blood-brain barrier to cause catecholamine release

Huperzine A
• Cognitive enhancer that inhibits acetylcholinesterase
• Shown to be useful in combating cognitive decline associated with aging

Caffeine
• Potent CNS stimulant that antagonizes adenosine receptors
• Enhances mental focus and energy
• Increase cognition and reaction time
• Contributes to fat loss by helping release more fat cells and reduces fat storage

core burn

Core Burn – Core Nutritionals

With all the talk, seemingly every day, about how the next ‘revolutionary’ fat burner is hitting the market with the ‘miracle’ compound, it’s easy to get a bit numb to the flood products out there. Core Nutritionals understands that the body is complex machine and it takes more than one single ingredient to effectively aid in fat loss and muscle retention. They set out with the goal of dropping the ‘kitchen sink’ approach of stuffing a bunch of the hot ingredients in a capsule, and instead focus in on the specific metabolic pathways that the body uses to burn fat. The result is a scientifically backed, efficacious product that helps increase metabolism, release stubborn body fat and reduce appetite for an all-round, fantastic thermogenic formula!

Key Ingredients:

Acetyl-L- Carnitine
• Unique form of carnitine that can cross the blood-brain barrier
• Helps reduce mental fatigue and improve mood
• Increases nitric oxide levels
• Works in tandem with caffeine to enhance lipolysis
• Synergistically works with choline to increase acetylcholine synthesis

Green Tea Extract
• Shown to aid in inducing lipolysis (fat breakdown)
• High polyphenol and catechin content offer numerous health benefits
• Effects further amplified when combined with caffeine

Olive Leaf Extract

• Extracted from the plant leaf; distinct from olive oil
• Contains phenolics such as oleuropein
• Has protective effects against LDL oxidation
• Benefits of aiding glucose metabolism and skin health

Caffeine Anhydrous
• Potent CNS stimulant that antagonizes adenosine receptors
• Enhances mental focus and energy
• Increase cognition and reaction time
• Contributes to fat loss by helping release more fat cells and reduces fat storage

Theobromine
• Derived from cacao seeds; structurally similar to caffeine
• Exerts effects similar to caffeine; Known to have smoother, less intense effects

Bacopa Monnieri
• Nootropic herb used in traditional medicine for longevity and cognitive enhancement
• Supplementation can reduce anxiety and improve memory formation
• Has secondary effects as thyroid booster; works synergistically with Bauhinia Purpurea

Coleus Forskohlli Extract
• May enhance fat loss via elevating cAMP activity
• Can help memory formation and retention

Yohimbe Extract
• Increases adrenaline levels in the body
• Stimulates Alpha receptors to help trigger fat loss
• May help reduce body fat in ‘trouble areas’
• Reduces hunger sensation

Synephrine (Advantra Z)
• Also known as bitter orange extract
• Known as a safe alternative to ephedra
• Helps facilitate utilization of energy substrates
• Helps stimulate metabolic processes and favors uptake of amino acids into muscle
• May help suppress appetite
• Stimulates fat loss and energy expenditure
• Doesn’t increase heart rate or blood pressure”

dexaprine fat burner

Dexaprine – iForce

iForce Dexaprine is one of THE legendary fat burners that will forever bring memories of the good old days when thermos still had kickass stimulants. The kind that made dieting effortless, your focus laser sharp and you felt as good on the inside as you looked on the outside from being shredded. Sadly, however, Dexaprine disappeared for a while, leaving fans wanting their favorite thermo to once again grace their supplement stash and deliver the powerful effects they had come to know and love.
Well, the wait is officially over and the layoff was well worth the anticipation with the relaunch of iForce Dexaprine, powered by the legendary, hard hitting DMAA! Packing 65mg of DMAA and 250mg of caffeine per caplet, Dexaprine is back, bad and meaner than ever in your war against shedding excess body fat. Make no mistake iForce Dexaprine is no joke and will have you focused and feeling better than ever before on a diet!

Key Ingredients:

Citrus Aurantium
• Also known as bitter orange extract
• Known as a safe alternative to ephedra
• Helps facilitate utilization of energy substrates
• Helps stimulate metabolic processes and favors uptake of amino acids into muscle
• May help suppress appetite
• Stimulates fat loss and energy expenditure
• Doesn’t increase heart rate or blood pressure

DMAA (1,3 Dimethylamylamine)
• Powerful neural stimulant with structure similar to ephedrine and adrenaline
• Classified as sympathomimetic amine extracted from Geranium
• Triggers the release of norepinephrine – Creates ‘euphoric’ sensation
• May also provide appetite suppression effects

Caffeine Anhydrous
• Potent CNS stimulant that antagonizes adenosine receptors
• Enhances mental focus and energy
• Increase cognition and reaction time
• Contributes to fat loss by helping release more fat cells and reduces fat storage

Theophylline (Standardized from Green Tea Extract)
• Also known as 1,3-dimethylxanthine
• Methylxanthine compound in same chemical family as caffeine and theobromine
• Non-selective adenosine receptor agonist; Stimulates A1, A2 and A3 receptors
• Increases heart rate and blood pressure via CNS stimulation
• Strong phosphodiesterase (PDE) inhibitor; increases intracellular cAMP and reduces inflammation in the body

3,3’ Diiodo L-Thyronine – 200mcg & 3,5 Diiodo L-Thyronine
• T2 Thyroid hormone metabolites
• Naturally occurring and plays vital role in physiological functions
• Work synergistically to increase metabolic rate and reduce appetite
• Doesn’t affect heart rate or blood pressure

hydroxyelite fat burner

HydroxyElite Pro- Hi-Tech

Known as one of the greatest fat burners of all time, USPLabs OxyElite Pro was a hard hitting, energy packed powerhouse that quickly became a favorite. However, due to the nature of the supplement industry and an ever changing landscape, the once popular OxyElite Pro no longer is available and has left many searching for a suitable replacement. That’s where Hi Tech Pharmaceuticals steps in with their recreated and IMPROVED HydroxyElite. Powered by the legendary DMAA, Hi Tech HydroxyElite is everything you remembered about the great OxyElite Pro and then some.

Key Ingredients:

Bauhinia Purpurea L. (Leaf And Pod) Extract
• Shown to possibly have thyroid boosting effects
• Converts thyroid hormones into fat burning beneficial ratios; acts to convert T4 to T3
• Possibly increases T4 by 37%; Boost T3 by 83%
• Shown to counteract declining T3/T4 levels

Bacopa Monnieri
• Nootropic herb used in traditional medicine for longevity and cognitive enhancement
• Supplementation can reduce anxiety and improve memory formation
• Has secondary effects as thyroid booster; works synergistically with Bauhinia Purpurea

DMAA (1,3 Dimethylamylamine)
• Powerful neural stimulant with structure similar to ephedrine and adrenaline
• Classified as sympathomimetic amine extracted from Geranium
• Triggers the release of norepinephrine – Creates ‘euphoric’ sensation
• May also provide appetite suppression effects

Cirsium Oligophyllum (Whole Plant) Extract
• Helps the body burn fat by exciting beta-adrenergic receptors
• Boosts energy expenditure by increasing action of uncoupling proteins (UCP1)
• Stimulates release epinephrine; increases lipolysis
• Helps mobilization of brown fat tissue

Rauwolscine – 5mg
• More commonly known as alpha-yohimbine
• Powerful Alpha-2 agonist; prevents fat storage and encourages fat mobilization
• Potent stimulatory effects

Garcinia Cambogia Extract (fruit rind)
• Fruit known to enhance culinary experience of foods
• Enhances satiety from meals
• Believe mechanism for lipolysis is the Hydroxycitric acid works by inhibiting citric acid lipase

synadrene fat burner

Synadrene – Hi Tech

For years, one of the most legendary fat burners and energy products on the market has been Metabolic Nutrition Synedrex. This high energy, hard hitting powerhouse fat burner was known for its hardcore power and serious results for those looking for that extra edge in their weight loss journey.

 

However, with changes in the market and reformulations, this same legendary was since taken off of the market and left users searching for the remaining stock or a similar replacement, all to no avail. That changes now with the introduction of Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals Synadrene.

 

They have re-engineered the one-time best seller into something even more powerful and better than the original and with a similar name, leave no doubt about the powerful effects of Synadrene.

Synadrene was designed to embody everything that users loved about the original Synedrex, and with improvements through slight modifications of the ingredients, it will be more powerful than ever.

Key Ingredients:

Methylxanthine (Caffeine)
• Potent CNS stimulant that antagonizes adenosine receptors
• Enhances mental focus and energy
• Increase cognition and reaction time
• Contributes to fat loss by helping release more fat cells and reduces fat storage

DMAA (1,3-Dimethylamylamine)
• Powerful neural stimulant with structure similar to ephedrine and adrenaline
• Classified as sympathomimetic amine extracted from Geranium
• Triggers the release of norepinephrine – Creates ‘euphoric’ sensation
• May also provide appetite suppression effects

Green Tea Extract
• Shown to aid in inducing lipolysis (fat breakdown)
• High polyphenol and catechin content offer numerous health benefits
• Effects further amplified when combined with caffeine
• Synadrene’s green tea content: 45% EGCG/75% total catechins/95% polyphenols

Yohimbine Extract
• Increases adrenaline levels in the body
• Stimulates Alpha receptors to help trigger fat loss
• May help reduce body fat in ‘trouble areas’
• Reduces hunger sensation

Sulbutamine
• Synthetic molecule consisting of two Thiamine (Vitamin B1) molecules
• May help alleviate feelings of fatigue
• Promotes mental clarity and cognitive focus
• Aids in countering mental fog from dieting
Sandalwood Extract
• Source of pterostilbene
• Shown to have anti-diabetic properties; aids in glucose disposal
• May help improve memory and cognition

Poly Thyronine
• Naturally occurring metabolite of the thyroid hormone T2
• Elevates basal metabolic rate for more calorie burning
• Acts as appetite suppressant
• Shown to not affect heart rate or blood pressure

Alpha Lipoic Acid
• Mitochondrial fatty acid involved in energy metabolism
• Synthesized in the body naturally; beneficial against inflammation and oxidation
• Shown to be protective against heart disease, diabetes and neurological disease
• Potent anti-oxidant compound properties

Get Burning!

As you can see just from this sampling of our top 5 fat burners of 2016, there have been some great products introduced to the market with more coming each day! Stay tuned to Suppz for the latest and greatest and be ahead of all the game for all of your supplementation information and orders!

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Pictured: NutraBio athlete Brett Hart

Aside from protein and thermogenics (fat burners), pre-workouts are easily the most popular category of supplements. From the early days when they came to the forefront with the emergence of BSN N.O. Xplode to the evolution of the ‘concentrated’ pre-workout when USPLabs Jack3d burst onto the scene, pre-workouts have come a long ways.

With popularity and success comes expansion, innovation and imitation. This can be both good and bad when companies start competing with each other as better and better formulas are created, but obviously when it comes to a somewhat saturated market, some products are just another small fish in a very big lake. While some pre-workouts are released and kill it with popularity, effects and ingredient profile, the majority never get anywhere, just ending up falling into the abyss of the ‘pre-workout’ section.

With that being said, some pre-workouts have answered the bell and then some, rising to the top, rocking solid formulas and resulting in more crushed workouts than ever before. In light of this, we are here to bring you the top pre-workouts of 2016!

Top Overall Pre-Workouts

1. Inspired Nutraceuticals DVST8 

Inspired DVST8
DVST8 will really knock your socks off with the amount of energy and focus it brings. It really does everything well, which lands it the #1 spot on our list.

Right out of the gate, we have Inspired Nutraceuticals DVST8 White Cut. The original version of DVST8 was nothing short of a major success upon its release, but after a slight reformulation, Inspired nutraceuticals took good and made it great. Featuring a fully disclosed ingredient profile and a straight forward approach, DVST8 packs a lot of hard hitting ingredients into each serving at doses that mean business.

Not for the faint of heart, the shining stars of the stimulant component of DVST8 include the DMAA cousin 2-aminoisoheptane, also known as DMHA, synephrine and alpha yohimbe. This trio has become increasingly popular in the pre-workout realm and will hit hard with a nice euphoric energy feeling. For those that were fans of DMAA, think of DMHA as a slightly toned down version. In regards to performance, you won’t be disappointed either as each serving has 4g of the arginine pre-cursor Citrulline, 2g of Betaine for recovery, 1.6g beta alanine for endurance and lactic acid buffering and 1g of taurine for cognitive performance and optimal hydration.

Last but not least, on top of a great, hard hitting profile, the feedback for the flavoring of DVST8 has been nothing short of consistently positive. This is a huge plus as you can have the best ingredient profile in the world, but if you have to choke the product down, it takes away from the experience a bit. All in all, even if the flavor wasn’t as good, it would still be tough to beat the focus and performance of DVST8 White Cut.

2. NutraBio Pre Extreme

Nutrabio Pre Extreme Bottle
Pre Extreme has the most complete profile of any pre-workout on the market. 

NutraBio has an outstanding reputation for making some of the best full-dosed, fully-disclosed and effective products in the industry, and their Pre Extreme is no different. While the trend for a fully disclosed ingredient profile has been growing over the last year or so, NutraBio has been long ahead of the game. From day 1, they have always been full-disclosure labels and prided themselves on no excipients, fillers or under-dosing.

Pre Extreme lives up to the high bar that NutraBio has set for itself and in some ways outdone itself with the ingredient profile. It tackles all areas of a complete pre-workout with 1g of agmatine and 750mg of Nitrosigine for pumps, 15g of the designer carb cyclic dextrin for glycogen and muscle endurance, an ATP/power complex of full dosed creatine, leucine, beta alanine and betaine and a hydration matrix for optimal hydration. Rounding out the ingredient profile is a solid stimulant and cognition profile that will get you amped up and focused without overstimulating.

From top to bottom, NutraBio is one of the most complete pre-workouts on the market today. Anyone looking for an all in one pre-workout formula for pumps, power, endurance and energy with no filler should give NutraBio Pre Extreme a look.

3. APS Mesomorph

aps mesomorph bottle
Mesomorph brings back legendary DMAA (1,3 Dimethylamine), the secret ingredient in the original Jack3d. Currently Hi Tech and it’s subsidiaries (such as APS) are the only brands allowed to use this powerful stimulant.

Headlined by the legendary DMAA as the driving stimulant force behind it, APS Mesomorph was created to be a hard hitting pre-workout. We all remember the days when Jack3d stormed onto the market and changed the way we craved stimulatory effects in pre-workouts, and for a while we thought those days were gone. APS Mesomorph brings the legendary DMAA back into the game and doesn’t stop with just stimulatory effects. It was designed to not only amp you up, but be a complete pre-workout, powered by full-dosed, clinically backed ingredients.

Aside from the hard hitting, legendary DMAA as the stimulant base, Mesomorph also has the pumps covered with a hefty agmatine and Citrulline dose and the performance aspect of muscle endurance and power with creatine nitrate and beta alanine. From top to bottom, all at research backed doses, if you want a hard hitting, stimulant driven pre-workout that brings nice pumps and performance, APS Mesomorph is a top choice.

4. Kaged Muscle Pre-Kaged

Pre Kaged Bottle
Pre Kaged has the most “branded” ingredients of any pre-workout here ensuring it’s quality along with a full disclosure label.

Pre-Kaged is yet another one of the top performing pre-workouts on the market to feature a full-disclosure label. It boasts an impressive ingredient profile that features efficacious doses, no banned substances, no artificial colors or flavors and features multiple patented, research backed ingredients.

Designed to pack everything you need and then some in your pre-workout, Pre Kage’s massive 32g serving size contains full doses of Citrulline for pumps, clinical ratio BCAA matrix for anabolism, beta alanine for endurance, betaine for recovery and the outstanding CapsiMax branded pepper extract for metabolism support. Rounding out the ingredient profile, the stimulant complex features ingredients for cognitive focus and includes PurCaf which is a premium, organic certified, 90% pure caffeine extract derived from water extracted green coffee beans for unpolluted plant-based energy.

From top to bottom, Kaged Muscle Pre-Kaged is a very solid, full dosed pre-workout for those looking to pick up a scientifically backed formula that uses high end, patented ingredients.

5. Divided Labs Previde

Previde Bottle
Really great profile on Previde and they only stimulant based pre-workout on this list which contains Hydromax.

Last but not least, rounding out the top 5 overall pre-workouts of 2016 is Divided Labs Previde. Previde is a transparently dosed, full spectrum pre workout that packs everything you’d expect from a premium pre workout and covers all the bases from stimulants, to pumps to performance and strength. With that being said, the only real flaw we see with Divided Labs Previde is that it’s a “two-scooper” formula. In other words, you need two scoops of Previde to get the ideal amount of the ingredients, translating to the 30 serving container really only being 15. When you look at the ingredient profile, you can see this is NOT a cheap product to produce as it feature a number of patented, very effective ingredients, therefore somewhat warranting the higher cost for the product.

With that aside, the ingredient profile for Previde is very impressive and fully disclosed, warranting a high ranking for completeness in the pre-workout category. It features a great strength and power matrix highlighted by betaine and the patented AlphaSize GPLC and elevATP. For pumps it has a killer profile including HydroMax glycerol, AgmaPure agmatine, and the tried and true Citrulline. Last but not least, the stimulant and focus profile is on point featuring a good dose of caffeine paired with numerous cognitive enhancement ingredients such as hordenine, halostachine and Higenamine.

From beginning to finish, Previde is a very, very solid product. If you can get past the higher cost since you need 2 scoops to get the full, clinical dose, the quality and performance of the formula will more than blow you away.

Best for Beginners

1. NutraBio Pre 

Nutrabio Pre Bottle
NutraBio Pre is a super effective, well dosed fomula with one of the best profiles around.

NutraBio makes some of the cleanest and research backed formulas in the industry. They have pioneered the full-disclosure, clinical dosage ingredient labels from their start in 1996 and continue to lead the pack for what all supplement companies should be doing to create a trusted, transparent industry.

With the outstanding reputation NutraBio has built, a consumer new to the pre-workout realm can rest assured that Pre is everything a pre-workout should be. Featuring a scientifically backed ingredient profile with no fillers and no nonsense, NutraBio Pre is a great foundational pre-workout. It features a strength and power complex with full dosed creatine monohydrate, betaine and l-leucine, a hydration matrix for optimal muscle performance and fluid balance and beta alanine for maximum endurance and lactic acid buffering.

NutraBio Pre is rounded out with a solid stimulant and cognition profile that will get the job done without ‘cracking out’ the consumer, yet giving them great energy and a state of well being. A fantastic beginner’s pre-workout from start to finish; this is a product that both new and experienced pre-workout users will find solid.

2. Purus Labs Condense 

Purus Condense Bottle
Condense is great for anyone getting into pre-workouts. Limited ingredients with no B.S. 

Another great pre-workout that is great for beginners is Purus Labs Condense. In an industry saturated with pre-workouts and a flooded market that has everyone trying to one up each other, sometimes simplicity can be a refreshing concept. Don’t let Purus Labs Condense fool you though, even if it may be somewhat simple in ingredients, it certainly is still unique.

The profile is headlined by their Nitratene, which has been shown to be a powerful aerobic and anaerobic enhancing ingredient that reduces the oxygen cost of training and also reduces blood lactate. It also covers aspects of strength and recovery with full dose beta alanine and betaine anhydrous and addresses the stimulant portion with 200mg of caffeine per serving.

Simplicity reigns supreme here with a very effective, and beginner effective formula that covers all the basics with science backed ingredients, rounded out with a caffeine amount that won’t wire you and a variety of delicious flavors. For those new to the pre-workout game, Condense is certainly a solid introduction.

3. MTS Nutrition Clash

MTS Clash Bottle
Clash keeps it real with a simple, but effective formula. All ingredients are very well dosed.

 BOOM! Pre-workouts are not a game! Marc Lobliner designed Clash as part of his MTS Nutrition line to address the issue of under-dosed and pixie-dusted pre-workouts. For too long, there have been pre-workouts that may look good on paper because of all the ingredients, but the reality is that they are all under-dosed. Clash hits this head on with a full disclosure profile that packs clinical doses of proven ingredients.

Featuring proven ingredients for strength including CreaPure creatine, CarnoSyn beta alanine for lactic acid buffering, and betaine for recovery, Clash doesn’t mess around and gets the job done. Marc also addressed the focus and energy aspect with a 125mg caffeine (per scoop) dose of caffeine and a hefty dose of l-tyrosine for healthy neurotransmitter function. You really can’t get more basic, yet proven when it comes to a beginner pre-workout, so if you want a solid, research backed formula without the ‘extras’ MTS Clash is the way to go.

4. Core Nutraceuticals Core Fury Extreme

CORE Fury Bottle
Fury is a very well rounded pre-workout. Not super high-stim, but doesn’t lack anywhere else.

Doug Miller created Core Fury Extreme to be one of the best on the market. With the initial success of their original Core Fury, he wanted to take good and make it great and with this version, he did just that. Featuring a full dose of every ingredient, a full-disclosure label and a profile that has strong research backing, Core Fury Extreme is a great pre-workout.

 

It all starts with a full, clinical dose of 5g creatine monohydrate for strength, addresses pumps with a 3g dosage of Citrulline, promotes recovery with 2.5g betaine and covers your pumps and then some with a 1g dose of agmatine. Rounding out the formula, it has a plethora of goodies for energy, focus and cognition including PurEnergy caffeine, Advantra Z bitter orange extract and hordenine, there is little left to be desired. All aspects are covered with full doses of performance ingredients and the stimulant amounts won’t put a more stimulant sensitive user on the moon.

5. Cellucor C4

Cellucor C4 Bottle
C4 is a great beginner pre-workout. It won’t overwhelm but is great if this is your first rodeo.

Perhaps the most famous pre-workout of all time, Cellucor C4 has been around awhile. While it won’t win any awards for being innovative or novel, it is widely available, very affordable for those looking to try a pre-workout on a budget and the flavors are widely received as being good.

It’s very basic in nature when it comes to ingredients, featuring caffeine for focus, creatine nitrate for pumps and strength and tyrosine for mental focus. The latest Gen4 version also has the inclusion of Teacrine, a non-adaptive stimulant so the effects will hit consistently and prevent adaptation. While it’s nothing crazy in terms of formula or stimulants, it is a good beginner pre-workout to get your feet wet before moving onto other pre-workouts.

 

Best Non-Stim Pre-Workouts

1. Metabolic Nutrition P.S.P.

psp metabolic bottle
PSP is a full spectrum non-stim pre-workout that will get you a great pump in the gym and improve focus.

Metabolic Nutrition P.S.P. was designed to be the most effective, nitric-oxide boosting, fast-acting non-stimulant pre-workout on the market. It will help deliver great pumps, increase strength and endurance and support muscle recovery and endurance.

Featuring key ingredients like beta alanine for endurance and lactic acid buffering, arginine silicate for pumps and vascularity, creatine monohydrate for strength and power, and tyrosine for mental focus, P.S.P. is an all in one solution for getting the most out of your workouts without the use of stimulants.

2. CORE Pump

CORE Nutritionals PUMP Bottle
CORE Pump is a super high dosed non-stim pre-workout with a fully disclosed label.

Core Nutraceuticals Core Pump is one of the most loaded ingredient profiles we have come across for a non-stimulant pre-workout. It features a full-dosed ingredient profile that has carefully chosen, verified by science, backed by clinical research benefits and have been shown to increased bloodflow through a number of independent mechanisms.

The loaded ingredient profile includes 1g of agmatine for pumps, 2g of the high quality HydroMax which is the best glycerol on the market for hydration and cell volumization,1.5g of the patented arginine silicate Nitrosigine for blood flow and vascularity, 3g of l-citrulline for nitric oxide production and a dose of vitamin c for anti-oxidant benefits. The simplicity paired with full doses of patented, proven ingredients make Core Pump a winner.

3. Plasmajet

Plasmajet Box
Plasmajet is the only capsule based non-stim pre workout to make our list.

Gaspari Nutrition Plasma Jet, while technically not stimulant free (contains 40mg caffeine), is a great alternative to the mainstream pre-workouts for those looking primarily for pumps rather than energy/focus. It is a unique product by nature, featuring unique pathways for increasing the pump with the main mechanism of action being arginase inhibitors to pair with more traditional pump ingredients.

The highlights of the ingredients are the unique arginase inhibitors N(omega)-hydroxy-nor-L-Arginine & Boron amino acid chelate. They work by inhibiting the enzyme arginase, which is directly responsible for breaking down the amino acid arginine. By inhibiting arginase, we preserve arginine in the body which is directly tied to nitric oxide production. With this addressed, the inclusion of traditional, proven ingredients like Citrulline and glycerol paired with newer, novel ingredients such as Citrulline silicate will increase pumps and cell volume very nicely, creating a wicked pump formula.

4. Purus Labs Noxygen (Tie With Vasky)

Purus Noxygen
Noxygen is a “best buy” for N.O. boosters easily added into your pre-workout.

Purus Labs created Noxygen to compliment any preworkout or intraworkout beverages, giving you expanded strength, endurance and hydration. It features the renowned HydroMax which is a high molecular weight, water soluble glycerol inclusion. It yields the highest pure glycerol content of any other form available. It acts as an osmotic compound, much like the amino acids creatine and taurine, drawing and retaining water within muscle cells, hence volumizing them. More intramuscular water volume increases muscle size immediately, aids in mechanical advantage (lifting more weight), enhances hydration and helps prevent injury.

It also has their patented Nitratene which support your body’s ability to synthesize ATP (muscular energy) by using less oxygen during the process, thereby creating an oxygen sparing environment for your cell. The 1-2 combination of Nitratene and HydroMax are a fantastic, stimulant free combination that can be used by itself or with other pre-workouts to maximize pumps and performance.

4. MTS Nutrition Vasky (Tie With Noxygen)

MTS Vasky
Vasky is a potent pump product easily added to your pre-workout.

Marc Lobliner created Vasky to be a pleasant-tasting, yet unflavored non-stimulant pump enhancer that makes every preworkout better. It works to very simply, yet effectively improves blood flow to the muscle and promotes saturation of the muscles.

Driven, much like Purus Labs Noxygen, it has 2g of HydroMax per serving for cell volumization and pumps. It also features the patented arginine silicate Nitrosigine which is great for long lasting pumps, vascularity and increased blood flow. This potent combination will deliver some of the best pumps you can experience, and the plus side is that since it’s stimulant free, you can use it as a standalone pre-workout or combine it with your favorite pre-workout to enhance it’s effects.

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