Review: N.O.-Xplode 2.0
N.O.-Xplode 2.0’s claim is that your workout performance will explode. In reality it may just be a mixture that mostly consists of simple carbohydrates, amino acids, caffeine and creatine. Here is the review.
Type Of Product
Bio-Engineered Supplements and Nutrition, Inc. (website)
From the manufacturer’s website:
Taken during the crucial Pre-Training Supplement Timing Window™, N.O.-XPLODE™ 2.0 is designed to support muscular endurance, strength and resistance to muscular fatigue, muscle growth, mental alertness and focus, nitric oxide production, muscle fullness, pumps and vascularity, anaerobic working capacity of muscle tissue, oxygen delivery to muscle tissue, fat-burning, promotion of electrolyte and fluid balance
Price Per Serving
US: $0.62 – $2.19 ($7.44 – $26.28 / month)
EU: €0.78 – €5.19 ( €9.36 – €62.28 / month)
(Monthly cost calculated with a basis of three workout sessions per week)
Vitamin B6, vitamin B12, trace element mixture, maltodextrin, Beta-Alanine, Di-Creatine-Malic Acid Interfusion, Betaine HCL, Sodium Bicarbonate, Creatine-Sodium Phosphate Matrix, Creatinol-O-Phosphate-Malic Acid Interfusion, Glycocyamine, Creatine Ethyl Ester HCL, Guanidino Propionic Acid, Cinnamon Extract (Bark), Ketoisocaproate Potassium, Creatine-Alpha-Aminobutyric Acid Matrix,L-Tyrosine, Taurine, Glucuronolactone, Methylxanthine (caffeine), L-Tyrosine-Alpha Ketoglutaric Acid, MCT’s (Medium Chain Triglycerides), Lesser Periwinkle, L-Arginine-Alpha Ketoglutaric Acid, L-Citrulline-Malic Acid Interfusion, L-Citrulline-Alpha Ketoglutaric Acid, L-Histidine-Alpha Ketoglutaric Acid, NAD (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide), Gynostemma.
N.O.-Xplode 2.0 derives its name from nitric oxide, a chemical compound that in humans was shown to expand capillaries and pulmonaries. The effect allows for easier transportation of blood through the body, and is therefore used in the treatment of high blood pressure.
In the fitness industry, the argument goes that this will also let trainees last longer during workouts, as nutrients should be transported to the muscles more easily. Supplements that rely on the supposed effect, including N.O.-Explode, do not directly deliver nitric oxide to the user, but arginine, an amino acid that is one of its building blocks.
Yet when in studies arginine was supplemented by itself, there was no noticeable positive effect on fitness performance. Only when combined with other amino acids there was a significant difference.
N.O.-Xplode includes these amino acids as well, but they also are readily available in regular protein supplements. Any trainee using one of those most likely already has an elevated nitric oxide level and a further increase may not provide any added benefit.
BSN Inc. is probably aware of this and may have for this reason decided not to rely on a nitric oxide increase alone, but combine it with two ingredients that have solid scientific proof as performance enhancers: creatine and caffeine.
Right at the beginning of the ingredient list we also find “modified glucose polymers (maltodextrin).” In other words: simple carbohydrates, the muscles’ #1 energy source for demanding tasks. Maltodextrin is nothing but an artifically produced carbohydrate, that chemically looks like a complex, but is digested as fast as a simple carbohydrate.
Finally, and as in the review of of Animal Pak, the minor active ingredients in the form of roots and leaves (cinnamon extract, lesser periwinkle, gynostemma etc.) have effects with little scientific backing. Others are simply a metabolic precursor of the scientifically proven ingredients mentioned above (eg. glycocyamine is a precursor of creatine).
To anyone already using a protein supplement, the possible performance-enhancing effect of nitric oxide might not happen.
N.O.-Xplode’s other effective ingredients, simple carbohydrates, caffeine and creatine, can be had much cheaper in the form of fresh fruit and a cup of coffee 30 – 60 minutes before a workout and in a dedicated creatine supplement.
N.O.-Xplode 2.0 is available at Amazon US and Amazon DE.
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I know it’s a bit of a stretch to ask you to basically be a human guinea pig, but I think trying some of the products out for yourself would give the review a bit more personal touch, and if it’s something worthwhile using then I, myself, might be more inclined to try it out.
Again, I’m not assuming you’re made of money and are willing to test every product out on yourself, but perhaps every now and then?
I can understand where you are coming from, but me testing them on me would add little information, because if something works or works not for me could be down to dozens of things (changed training regime, an extra coffee before a workout, genetics etc.).
To truly test a supplement’s claim, you would need about forty people and form a test group and a control group. Both would have do the the same training and get the same nutrition, and only the first group gets the supplement as well.
It would, btw, for supplement manufacturers be rather easy to have a controlled test like that done, but apparently none are keen to have their products benchmarked that way.
I’m liking these supplement reviews, moar!
No worries! 🙂
I’m thinking of writing my undergrad senior thesis on substituting expensive protein/nitric oxide supplements with natural food or less expensive supplementation (caffeine pills). Was just wondering if you used any particular scholarly journals for your review, or if you just have any advice on the topic. Thanks for any input!
On Google Scholar, do a search for the titles of the studies I referenced here and then check the citations (“cited by…”) – usually they will provide a plethora of further reading on the subject.
Good luck on the thesis!
I take N.O Explode 2 & I can tell you It does NOT feel like I just had a cup of coffee & an apple LOL…(I drink a lot of coffee)
It gives me a rush like a hypo feeling plus tingling to face and hands.. like a blood rush feeling. I definately get a great workout & push harder! The reviews of this product SHOULD always come from someone who has tried it & there are plenty.. Science is not always the best angle.. Sure some may not be as sensitive to it.. but for me it’s awsome!
I am a revisited weight-lifting member. It has been over 15 years since I worked out, and I knew very little about nutrition back then. I have been doing my own research about supplements, nutrition, sleep, training exercises.
From what I gather, protein and creatine are proven supps.
Glutamine has conflicting information but scientific sources say there is no evidence to support body building gains.
I tried NO Xplode after a friend recommended it. We call it “go-go juice” because it makes you want to “go go go!”. As Renae pointed out, depending on your stomach state (empty/full) you will begin to feel tingling in your face/cheeks/lips maybe limbs, etc and feel super energized.
I am not one to waste ANY money, but I ran out of this stuff after 6 months (yes it lasted that long because I don’t take it every day…only on days that I feel lethargic or if I know I am going to be doing a longer/harder workout than normal.) and I will be buying it again.
Like Renae said “For me it’s awesome!” I agree. I would recommend it to try. See if any of your friends have some and ask to try it because it is a little pricey to buy a whole container to find out it is not for you!
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