What is Eria Jarensis?
Eria Jarensis and Eria jarensis extract is an interesting ingredient that is tipped by many in the supplement industry as being the new replacement to DMAA and also many of the stronger stimulants that have since fallen by the wayside. It is still relatively new in the world of supplements, but is slowly finding its way into more and more pre workout supplements and fat burners.
Where does Eria Jarensis come from?
Eria jarensis extract is derived from a genus of the Orchid species known as Eria. There are over 500 species of Eria, which is distributed over a vast area including China, South East Asia, the Himalayas, New Guinea, Polynesia and Micronesia just to name a few.
Eria Jarensis Benefits
Very little research has been conducted on Eria jarensis. In fact, only one article from the obscure journal Acta Chemica Scandinavica has anything to say about it. In it, 10kg of fresh plant material was able to produce 50mg of N-methyl-phenethylamine and 5mg of N,N-dimethyl-phenethylamine. PEA or phenylethylamine or just phenethylamine is a well known stimulant and psychoactive, which helps to modulate noradrenaline and dopamine release. These naturally occurring hormones help with concentration, alertness and the reward system. As such, PEA is commonly used to support mood and focus throughout the day.
Eria Jarensis Benefits for Bodybuilding
As a source of PEA and N-phenethyl dimethylamine, Eria Jarensis has a whole host of important functions that would be crucial for bodybuilding and training. Phenethylamine and its derivatives can have a broad variety of functions. Besides assisting with mood and reward, PEA can also help to reduce appetite, act as bronchodilators and decrease anxiety just to name a few.
This is perhaps why it’s being touted as the new DMAA, thanks to its ability to act as a potent stimulant. However, Eria Jarensis has a plethora of possible uses besides pre workouts including fat burners, fat loss proteins and daily focus enhancers.
Eria Jarensis Side Effects, Safety & Negatives
Due to the absolute lack of human studies performed on Eria jarensis, it’s hard to say exactly how safe it is. Some supplements have put in at least 250mg per serve of Eria jarensis extract. Phenethylamines tends to have a short half life in the body (~5-10 minutes). That is, it’s cleared quite quickly from the body. It’s unsure whether the PEA derivatives in Eria Jarensis suffer the same issue, but early anecdotal reports of supplements containing Eria jarensis extract have been fairly positive regarding the length of its effects. Again, due to the lack of research, it’s hard to pinpoint any other safety and negative effects. As certain phenethylamine derivatives have a similar structure to amphetamines, supplements that carry Eria Jarensis might result in a false positive for amphetamines, however, at the time of writing, this is not a known issue. Regardless, to stay on the safe side, it is recommended that you avoid using any supplements containing Eria Jarensis if you are drug tested regularly. In addition, it's best not to take Eria Jarensis with any prescription drugs, as it can have interactions with certain drugs such as MAO inhibitors.
Eria Jarensis Recommended Dose & Ingredient Timing
No recommended therapeutic doses exists for Eria Jarensis extract, however as previously mentioned, certain supplements have included it to a level of 250mg per serve. Your best bet is to follow the dosage recommendations of the supplement in question.
Eria Jarensis Supplements
Eria jarensis extract is still an incredibly new ingredient in the supplement industry. At the time of writing, only two supplements have utilised it including Gaspari Nutrition’s new pre workout SP250 and APS Morph 3, the pre workout sequel to Mesomorph 2.0. However, no doubt if the ingredient proves popular we can expect to see it featured in a range of other pre workouts and fat burner supplements.
Stacking Eria Jarensis
There haven’t been any proven stackable ingredients to Eria Jarensis, however you could easily pair it with a protein powder or any other type of supplement really. As it is a fairly potent stimulant, it would be best to avoid having too many other stimulants or stimulant containing supplements if you’re using something with Era Jarensis extract already.
1. Hedman, K; Phenethylamines from Eria Jarensis Ames; Acta Chemica Scandinavica, Volume 23; 1969; Retrieved from http://actachemscand.org/pdf/acta_vol_23_p3261.pdf