I have bashed supplements companies for using caffeine in their preworkout supplements. Supplement companies use it to give you that “wired” feeling so you think the supplement is “working”. Its a marketing trick. But this is counter-productive to building muscle mass as [clickToTweet tweet=”Caffeine releases cortisol in the body. Cortisol is a catabolic hormone that decreases muscle mass.” quote=”Caffeine releases cortisol in the body. Cortisol is a catabolic hormone that decreases muscle mass.”]
I have some more evidence that most supplement companies are ran by wanna-be experts that just want to take your money by selling you their low quality supplements. This evidence is when supplement companies will add caffeine to their nitric oxide products or “pump” products.
Here is a fact, caffeine is a vasoconstrictor. Meaning that it restricts blow flow. Wait? Aren’t NO supplements supposed to help support increased blood flow..isn’t that the whole point? Yes you’re right, that is the whole point. But again, most supplement companies put in the caffeine as a marketing trick to make you think that it is working because you “FEEL” it.
Caffeine acts as a vasoconstrictor and will have the direct opposite effects when trying to get a pump from supplements and other energy drinks.
When buying N.O. supplements make sure it does not have caffeine. If it does it most likely won’t work.
Here are some top N.O. supplements that have caffeine in them…..
- [easyazon_link identifier=”B002FK37M6″ locale=”US” tag=”bp025-20″]BSN N.O.-XPLODE 2.0 – Fruit Punch, 2.48 lb (50 Servings)[/easyazon_link]
- [easyazon_link identifier=”B01186YCTO” locale=”US” tag=”bp025-20″]Controlled Labs White Rapids Powder, Furious Fruit Punch, 13.76 Ounce[/easyazon_link]
- [easyazon_link identifier=”B00FAYLDXY” locale=”US” tag=”bp025-20″]Muscle Pharm Arnold Schwarzenegger Series Iron Pump, Raspberry Lemonade, 30 servings, 6.35oz[/easyazon_link]
- [easyazon_link identifier=”B009AOI87E” locale=”US” tag=”bp025-20″]Optimum Nutrition Platinum, Pre- Raspberry Lemonade 30 servings 8.45 Ounce[/easyazon_link]
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Alex Rogers is a supplement manufacturing expert. He has been formulating, consulting, & manufacturing dietary supplements since 1998. Alex invented protein customization in 1998 & was the first company to allow consumers to create their own protein blends. He helped create the first supplement to contain natural follistatin, invented whey protein with egg lecithin, & recently imported the world’s first 100% hydrolyzed whey.