Pre-workout supplements claim to increase performance in workouts, providing more energy, mental focus, and endurance … but what do they really do? How do they work?And what are the real risks and benefits of consuming them?
I have a guest article today for you from Logan Christopher and the Super Man Herbs team on this topic – it’s a REALLY interesting read, especially if you’ve tried some of these supplements in the past, and have had less-than-desirable results.
Throw Away Your Pre-Workout Supplements
from Logan Christopher and the Super Man Herbs Team
Have you heard of Jack3d? It promises to “boost pumps“ and have “bloat-free micro technology”. I’m not even sure what that last statement means nor how it takes technology to not cause bloating.
I just took a look at some of the Amazon reviews for this product. The comments are shocking.
“This stuff will jack you up alright and not in a good way!”
“Buyer beware. following multiple deaths and hundreds of people sickened, including solders dropping dead in their 20′s after taking jack3d, the FDA banned DMAA. this company illegally continued to use it in their formulation for over a year, until the FDA was forced to seize the product.”
“Immediately after taking this, I began feeling weird. The first day, about an hour after my workout, I thought I was having a stroke.”
I’m not saying that this stuff doesn’t work. There are lots of positive reviews on there as well. But do you really want to take something created to jack you up?
The question is what is this doing for your health? Is it improving it or degrading it?
My guess is that with the “CNS Contractile Stimulant System™” (Yes, that is listed on the nutrition label), you may be doing much more harm then good.
Add in a bunch of fake flavorings and artificial flavors and who knows what you’re really ingesting?
The Center for Science in the Public Interest released a report in 2010 discussing food dyes. Here’s a few excerpts:
Blue 2 cannot be considered safe given the statistically significant incidence of tumors, particularly brain gliomas, in male rats. It should not be used in foods.
Red 40, the most-widely used dye, may accelerate the appearance of immune-system tumors in mice.
Yellow 5 causes sometimes-severe hypersensitivity reactions in a small number of people and might trigger hyperactivity and other behavioral effects in children.
Posing some risks, while serving no nutritional or safety purpose, Yellow 5 should not be allowed in foods.
And there’s much more. Lest, you think this is alarmist information, the fact is that the FDA had a split decision on requiring side effects labels on food products containing these. It was narrowly defeated which is amazing when you consider the industry ties the FDA has with chemical producing corporations.
Look no further than European countries where many of these chemicals are illegal to use.
When it comes to artificial flavors (and natural flavors are pretty much the exact same thing) have been reports to contribute to allergies, cancer, nervous system depression, dizziness, headaches, fatigue, brain damage, seizures, nausea, and much more.
So on top of the “who really knows what it is” main ingredients you have these addons that make most of these supplements pure junk.
Even if they do give you results in the gym, at what cost do they come?
On the flip side, I understand the desire to have better workouts. I’m always looking for an edge. If I can take a supplement and I do one to two percent better in my workout I am quite happy with that result.
But I also want to put my health first.
That’s why I’m excited to tell you about the Hercules Pre-Workout Formula from Super Man Herbs.
It includes Polyrhachis Ant Extract. This tonic herb from China has a great reputation for providing instant energy and being great for workouts.
It has absorbable ATP to directly fuel your cells. It is known as a greater qi tonic than even the much better known ginseng. In the Chinese Medicine system of three treasures its a qi tonic is one that provides usable everyday energy. This is critical for working out for obvious reasons.
It’s the highest concentration of zinc from any food, a necessary nutrient needed for muscle contraction, about 300 enzymatic reactions, a large component of the creation of semen in men, and much more.
Secondly is a yang jing herb called cistanche. This herbs is sometimes called “cistanche in your pants” as it is said to not only help in the bedroom but even be good for size. That yang energy needed for performance in the sack is the same as for working out.
The next herb is something that would support the body in recovery after the workout was over. For that there is little better than maral root. Although few people in the west are aware of this herb it has a fairly extensive history in Russia and the surrounding areas.
It was even prescribed to Russian athletes to help recover from hard workouts. It also contains novel plant steroids said to help build lean muscle mass, increase work capacity as well as a host of other benefits.
Those three herbs alone would make this great. And in addition is a little niacin (vitamin B3) which acts as a delivery system, delivering whatever you take it with into the cells quicker and better, than when taken alone.
This blend is a mix of herbs with the right amount of niacin. No fake colors, no added flavors. Nothing else.
For this reason it doesn’t taste great, but then powerful herbs seldom do.
Not only will Hercules Pre-Workout Formula help your workouts but you’ll likely discover lots of side effects…beneficial ones. These herbs increase antioxidant capabilities, modulate the immune system, support anti-gaining and so much more. They‘re also packed with nutrition.
You can read more about it and what it can do for you here:
– Logan Christopher and the Super Man Herbs Team
Forest here again –
Being a personal user of various pre-workout formulas for years … and then actually trying the Hercules Pre-Workout Formula myself … I can tell you, you’ll get some awesome energy, AND speed up your recovery with the stuff.
That being said – as mentioned in the article above, it does NOT taste great – BUT it’s well worth it in my opinion! Just mix it with a bit of fruit juice and you’ll be good to go
Now is a GREAT time to try the Hercules Pre-Workout Formula – and some other herbs while you’re at it as well – as Super Man Herbs is having a sale right now where they’re taking 15% off EVERYTHING in the store.
Check it out and place your order now at the link below: