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BSN Hyper FX in Brief

BSN® or Bio-Engineered Supplements and Nutrition are one of the leading sports and bodybuilding supplement companies in the world with award winning products such as Cellmass® and N.O. Xplode™. With a seeming explosion of interest in concentrated pre-workout formulations around the world, BSN have joined in the bandwagon and have brought out their latest creation; Hyper FX™. Has BSN come up with the goods again or have they just created a filler?

BSN Hyper FX - First Impressions

BSN Hyper FX comes in a small 325g or 11.5 ounce tub packaged in BSN’s well known red packaging. For those who are new to concentrated pre-workout supplements, although the tubs seem small, this is justified due to the smaller recommended serving sizes. Alongside a simple front cover with a brief look at the products innovations is an extremely detailed nutritional panel as well as a generous warning label cautioning against use by those under 18 or over 50 as well as other subgroups. A small scoop providing the recommended serving size is included within the fine particles of fruit scented white powder (flavour tested was Blue Raz).

BSN Hyper FX - Taste

BSN’s Hyper FX currently comes in two flavours; fruit punch and blue raz (blue raspberry). Both flavours taste pleasant with a personal preference geared towards fruit punch. As it is an effervescent powder, it could be described as a fizzy cordial with a bit of a salty, spicy kick coming from some of the ingredients (mentioned below). With a smooth mouth feel when mixed as directed, you might prefer a bigger flavour profile achieved by mixing with less liquid or with a carbohydrate drink such as Gatorade/Powerade or juice. Mixing with a carbohydrate drink will also help to provide a source of additional carbohydrates and thus energy for your workouts.

BSN Hyper FX - Mixability

BSN’s Hyper FX mixes very well when mixed as directed in 90-180 mL or 3-6 ounces of liquid per level scoop of powder. As the powder is effervescent, it should be stirred into the liquid rather than shaken to maintain effervescence. There is little residue, grittiness or clumps when mixed as directed, however the liquid will turn opaque and in the case of the blue raz flavour will turn blue, due to the presence of artificial colours.

BSN Hyper FX - Value

Currently BSN’s Hyper FX comes in a standard 30 servings (325g net) tub as well as individual 10.8g net sachets. While the recommended dose is 1 level scoop, one can have a suggested maximum daily dose of 2 scoops per 24 hour period. In terms of number of servings, this makes BSN’s Hyper FX slightly more expensive than other concentrated pre-workout formulations, however one should note that a standard serving of Hyper FX is twice that of most other concentrated pre-workout powders. Overall, in terms of cost and value, BSN’s Hyper FX does not differ significantly among other formulations in the same category, so it will really come down to the actual blend of ingredients themselves and how much benefit you will achieve from them (to be discussed in the following sections).

BSN Hyper FX - Pro's

By all definitions, BSN’s Hyper FX is an atypical pre-workout supplement. Devoid of creatine and with only one stimulant (caffeine), BSN has gone a whole new direction with this concentrated powder – fulfilling the definition of innovation. Hyper FX focuses more on alleviating fatigue and improving endurance over shocking your system with powerful stimulants. With 8 ingredients (beta-alanine, betaine, citric acid, sodium bicarbonate, malic acid, taurine, adenosine 5’ triphosphate disodium and caffeine) which have the capability of reducing fatigue and increasing endurance performance, Hyper FX certainly has this area covered. While some of the ingredients are still in initial phases of research, with so many within the one formulation, the possibility of potentiation (increasing the effect of one ingredient with the use of another) is extremely large.

One excellent addition to Hyper FX is Vitamin D in the form of cholecalciferol. Vitamin D deficiency is becoming increasingly common in today’s society and with associated issues such as muscle weakness, cardiovascular disease, reduced bone health and increased mortality, any product providing your daily dose of vitamin D is a great addition to your supplementation regime. Another great addition is D-aspartic acid, a supplement with increasing potential for helping to increase testosterone levels, one of the great anabolic hormones.

Four ingredients for potential improved mental performance (choline, caffeine, toothed clubmoss and lesser periwinkle) are helpful in helping you to achieve optimal focus and attention throughout your workouts. However it should be noted that one might benefit more from a longer term consumption pattern with some of these ingredients, especially toothed clubmoss and choline. The inclusion of thermogenic ingredients (red pepper, black pepper and bitter orange extract) to Hyper FX is a great decision by BSN and will mean not only a greater workout capacity in the gym, but also increased fat burning potential throughout the session and beyond.

The absence of powerful stimulants such as 1,3 Dimethyamylamine (geranium, geranamine) means this product is suitable for all users; from recreational sports people to athletes to people working in the defence forces*.

BSN Hyper FX - Con's

The biggest downside to BSN’s Hyper FX is the absence of ingredient amounts, a common issue among concentrated pre-workout supplements. With so many great ingredients used, having the amounts would help with controlling dosages to maximise positive effects while decreasing the negative side effects. While the recommended dosing is around 10g, with the amount of ingredients in the product; it might work to your advantage by increasing the dose to 15 and even 20 g per serve as a sure fire way to get the beneficial amounts of those quality ingredients into your system. Although this might increase the cost of the product, one has to weigh up the substantial potential gains you will be obtaining.

Another potential con for the product is perhaps the lack of creatine, which as many of you may or may not be aware of, is one of the most well known ergogenic supplements out there. With that in mind, most pre-workout supplements don’t contain enough creatine per serve to achieve ergogenic results anyway, so the absence of creatine in Hyper FX isn’t such a huge issue, but rather just a factor to be aware of.

A smaller amount of potent vasodilators could mean that you may feel less of a ‘pump’ with Hyper FX, but with reduced fatigue and improved endurance, your workout capacity shouldn’t be detracted. The lack of flavours of Hyper FX is a possible drawback; especially compared with the variety of flavours in BSN’s other pre-workout supplement N.O. Xplode and other pre-workout powders, but not something to lose any sleep over.

BSN Hyper FX - Active Ingredients

There are three complexes contained within BSN’s Hyper FX proprietary blend. As such, this section will be divided into those 3 complexes with a close examination of all the ingredients listed in order within the separate complexes.

Myogenic Endura Infusion Complex

Ingredient

Function

1. Beta Alanine

· A naturally occurring beta amino acid and one of the two amino acids making up carnosine.

· Carnosine is an important compound in our muscles with high buffering capacity and thus able to protect against changes in pH levels – resulting in improved performance and less fatigue.

· The amount of beta-alanine is the primary determinant of how much carnosine we have. Several studies have shown ergogenic benefits with beta alanine supplementation1,2.

2. Betaine Anhydrous

· A dehydrated form of betaine, it is a natural compound so called because it was originally derived from sugar beets.

· It has received increased interest in the sports science community recently as being able to increase endurance levels3,4,5.

3. Citric Acid

· A weak acid found commonly in citrus fruits and often used as a preservative in certain products.

· It is also used to add a sour flavour to certain food and drink products.

· Recently, citric acid has been has been implicated to reducing stress and fatigue during exercise6.

4. Sodium Bicarbonate

· Commonly known as baking soda, it has a wide variety of culinary applications including as a leavening agent (to make baked goods rise), as a meat tenderiser and as a crisping agent when deep frying.

· In terms of sports nutrition, sodium bicarbonate has been used in small amounts since the early 90’s as a buffering agent for increased acid build up during high intensity exercise.

· Evidence for its use in sports and exercise is still inconclusive7,8,9. Furthermore, excess sodium bicarbonate supplementation has been implicated with gastrointestinal issues.

5. Malic Acid

· The acid responsible for the sourness of green apples, malic acid has been studied and found to be beneficial for increasing exercise tolerance and reducing fatigue in people suffering chronic fatigue symptoms10,11.

· Excess consumption can however lead to stomach cramps and discomfort.

6. Taurine

· One of the most abundant amino acids in our body, taurine has been implicated with reduction of fat and cholesterol12 to helping with stress13 to ergogenic effects such as reduction of fatigue and improvement in endurance performance14.

· Studies are still scarce but there is some potential for it as having more functions than just as an amino acid.

7. Adenosine 5’Triphosphate Disodium (PeakATP®)

· By far, one of the most interesting ingredients within Hyper FX, PeakATP® is a proprietary and patented product said to increase extracellular ATP levels via oral ingestion.

· Few studies have been conducted with orally ingested ATP and its effect on exercise and sports performance. Jordan et al (2004)15 were able to show an extremely small ergogenic effects (improved strength and endurance) within the group who took the supplement over their original baseline measures.

· It’s possible however that the small doses in that particular study might not have been enough to raise the levels due to poor oral bioavailability. More study is required for any conclusive statements, but this is definitely an interesting avenue for future supplement research.

 

Shock Force Spectrum Complex

Ingredient

Function

1. D-Aspartic Acid

· An amino acid which may have beneficial effects on male sex hormones, especially with production of testosterone.

· In fact, one study was able to show a 42% increase with 3g per day of DAA for 12 days in men with low testosterone16.

2. Magnesium Oxide

· Magnesium is a mineral necessary for proper human function and is involved in energy metabolism. It is also an important component of several enzymes in our body.

· While excessive or strenuous exercise can easily lead to magnesium deficiency, supplementation with the oxide form may not be the best as it is less absorbable than other forms such as magnesium sulphate.

3. Calcium D-Glucarate

· This compound is a combination of calcium with glutaric acid, a common acid found in certain fruits.

· Little research has been conducted with this compound, however, complimentary medicine bodies suggest use of it as a prevention strategy against several cancers, however any current claims are unsubstantiated.

4. Red Pepper Fruit (2% Capsaicinoids)

· Capsaicinoids such as capsaicin are chemical compounds found in chilli’s and other peppers which have been studied extensively over the past few years and is a known ingredient which may aid with fat loss and blood glucose control17.

5. Black Pepper Fruit (95% Piperine)

· Piperine, the main compound found in black peppercorns has potential protective effects against both high fat and high carbohydrate diets as shown in several animal studies18,19,20.

· With regards to human models, the heat produced from eating black pepper may be able to increase thermogenesis similar to that of capsacin and thus help with energy metabolism, however, evidence is yet to be conclusive.

6. Cholecalciferol

· A form of vitamin D and a common ingredient used in the fortification of foods to provide vitamin D.

· Lack of vitamin D has been shown to negatively impact muscular strength21, bone health22, cancer risk23, cardiovascular disease risk24 and mortality25 among other problems.

· An average intake for an adult aged between 19-50 years is 200IU (International Units), in which Hyper FX provides more than double the amount of26.

 

Neuro Power Composite Complex

Ingredient

Function

1. Choline Bitartrate

· Choline is a compound involved in fat metabolism and deficiency of choline can lead to an accumulation of fat in the liver27.

· Choline is also a necessary component of acetylcholine which considered an important and necessary compound for signalling both the peripheral and central nervous systems and to affect mental function including focus, mood and memory28.

2. Caffeine Anhydrous

· A natural stimulant found in teas, coffees and energy drinks which has the ability to help aid with fat loss and weight management as well as endurance performance.

· Caffeine is believed to help with sparing carbohydrates by increasing the utilisation of fat as a fuel29.

Bitter Orange Extract Fruit (30% Synephrine)

· Bitter orange is a species of plant of which the fruits extracts have been investigated for its potential as a weight loss ingredient.

· A 2006 review article30 was able to show weight loss of between 1 and 3.5kg with 2-8 weeks of supplementation. However, the evidence in human trials is still lacking and further research is required.

· One should be aware that bitter orange may have interactive effects with certain drugs such as statins (lipid lowering drugs) and other drugs.

4. Niacin

· Also known as Vitamin B3, niacin has been used historically as a way to help improve cholesterol levels, especially levels of HDL (the good type of cholesterol).

· Furthermore, acute niacin intake is associated with vasodilation31 of blood vessels, which basically means improved blood flow throughout the body.

5. Toothed Clubmoss (1% Huperzine A)

· Toothed Clubmoss is a plant which has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for blood related disorders, swelling and brain related issues.

· The chemical compound Huperzine A has been researched recently as being an effective treatment for Alzheimers32, dementia and even improving memory.

· Huperzine A has inhibitory properties against a compound acetylcholinesterase33, a compound which degrades acetylcholine; an important neurotransmitter.

6. Lesser Periwinkle (95% vinpocetine, 98% vincamine, 98% vinburnine)

· The plant species periwinkle contains several compounds; vinpocetine, vincamine and vinburnine, which have all been researched and implicated to help improve cerebral vascular flow34 and acting as a natural vasodilator.

· That is, it has the potential to increase blood supply to the brain helping to increase mental performance and focus as well as blood supply around the body to help deliver essential nutrients for optimum performance.

 

BSN Hyper FX - Conclusion

BSN’s Hyper FX is the latest addition to BSN’s immense range of well known products. Overall, Hyper FX is a great pre workout supplement to aid with mental and physical fatigue and improving endurance. It also has worthy fat burning potential. Its relative lack of stimulants makes it a great option for person’s cycling off a heavy stimulated pre-workout supplement. An easy to mix and well flavoured product,  BSN’s Hyper FX should be used by person’s working at extremely high intensities or for those working out for longer durations, greater than 1.5 hrs.

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