Purus Labs Condense

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Sheena Jones
By Sheena Jones
February 27, 2013

“No Creatine. No Dye. No DMAA,” says the Purus Labs Condense bottle. Almost every pre-workout supplement contains creatine. And no wonder! Creatine has been tested numerous times.

However, not every exerciser wants a creatine-based supplement, so Purus Labs Condense presents itself as an alternative — a dye and DMAA free alternative.

Is Purus Labs Condense a worthwhile supplement? I researched the formula to see if it would give users the results they want. Here’s what I learned…

What Are the Ingredients?

Purus Labs Condense is supposed to boost energy, decrease lactic acid, and increase blood oxygen. During a workout, it should help you work out harder and longer, and recover faster.
Purus Labs Condense should also stimulate muscle growth to make workouts more productive. So, what are the ingredients it uses?

Betaine Anhydrous. Some researchers claim betaine anhydrous increases muscle power and enhances bench presses, squats, vertical jumps, etc.[1] But other researchers showed the ingredient is not an effective ergogenic aid — much less effective than creatine.[2] Betaine anhydrous does reduce homocysteine levels. However, this does not decrease disease risk as was originally thought.[3]

Beta Alanine. By increasing carnosine, beta alanine boosts strength, enhances endurance, and builds lean muscle. One study showed it significantly enhances performance and stamina during high-intensity exercise.[4] Another benefit of beta alanine is its ability to lower lactic acid levels and increase VO2 max.[5]

Nitratene™. This ingredient is “high molecular-yield nitrate.” Purus Labs claims it raises nitric oxide levels better than L-arginine. Research shows nitrate releases nitric oxide and provides benefits such as improved oxygen delivery, faster muscle recovery, and better pumps.[6] However, Purus Labs doesn’t produce evidence that nitrate is better than L-arginine.

Caffeine. During thermogenesis, calories are burned faster to create body heat and elevate energy. Studies show caffeine stimulates thermogenesis, which improves fat loss and workout performance.[7][8] The stimulant also heightens focus and brain function.

Chloride, Sodium, and Potassium. These electrolytes improve hydration, balance blood acidity, and enhance proper muscle movement. Electrolytes are released by sweating, which increases the risk for dehydration. So, people who exercise regularly need to be sure they are getting enough electrolytes.

Are the Recommended Dosages Used?

Each 6.3 g serving (1 scoop) contains these dosages:

• Betaine Anhydrous: 2,500 mg
• Beta Alanine: 2,000 mg
• Nitratene™: 480 mg
• Caffeine: 200 mg
• Chloride: 48 mg
• Sodium: 130 mg
• Potassium: 52 mg
• Undisclosed Ingredients: 890 mg

During studies, researchers typically use 1,000-6,000 mg betaine anhydrous. The recommended beta alanine dosage is around 5,400 mg. Nitratene™ (nitrate) studies generally use about 500 mL. It’s very difficult to convert milliliters to the milligrams Purus Labs Condense uses. Caffeine dosages between 100 and 400 mg are safe and effective.

One serving contains the recommended dosages for betaine anhydrous and caffeine. You must take 3 servings to get the full beta alanine dosages. However, I don’t recommend taking this much because the caffeine dosage becomes potentially unsafe.

Purus Labs Condense doesn’t have enough Nitratene™ because 500 mL is much more than 480 mg.

Are the Ingredients Safe?

DMAA is a popular stimulant that was banned by the FDA after causing serious health problems and a few deaths. The company excluded DMAA from this supplement to make it safer. But how safe are the remaining ingredients?

Betaine anhydrous is safe for most people, but may cause mild nausea, stomach upset, and diarrhea.

Beta alanine was safe during studies, but the long-term effects are unknown. It may cause flushing and tingling.

Most people can take Nitratene™ without problems.

Caffeine is usually safe, but some people are more sensitive to its effects. Also, one Purus Labs Condense serving contains as much caffeine as 2 cups of coffee. If you are sensitive to large caffeine dosages, you may experience jitteriness, headaches, insomnia, and anxiety.

How to Get the Best Results

Take 1-2 scoops a day; either separately or at the same time. Purus Labs Condense kicks in fast, so take it 10 minutes before a workout.

Mix each scoop with 6-8 oz. of water. Consumers say the powder mixes well and completely.

Purus Labs Condense can be used before cardiovascular and resistance exercise. For best results, exercise at least 4 days a week while using the supplement. This is what users who got the best results generally did.

Buying Purus Labs Condense

There are many stores where you can buy Purus Labs Condense. Visit the Purus Labs official website and click the “Distributors & Retailers” tab to see the full list. These are also a few places to buy the supplement online:

• PurusLabs.net: $50.95
• eSupplements.com: $40.95
• Supplementing.com: $31.99

As you can see, the official website is not the best place to get a discount. It charges the full MSRP and the return policy is limited, so there’s not much incentive to pay full price.

Each bottle holds 40 servings (8.9 oz. powder). The flavors are Melonberry Cooler and Crisp Apple.

Returning Purus Labs Condense

“At Purus Labs, your complete satisfaction is our ultimate goal,” says the official website. So, if you’re unhappy with Purus Labs Condense, you have 30 days to return it for an exchange. Here’s the return address:

Purus Labs
11370 Pagemill Road
Dallas, TX 75243

Sealed products can be returned to eSupplements.com and Supplementing.com for 90 days. Contact the sites’ customer service for return instructions, so you can get a full refund.

• eSupplements.com: 1-888-908-8463
• Supplementing.com: 1-877-313-1055

Summary

Purus Labs Condense contains a few effective performance-enhancing ingredients. Beta alanine, Nitratene™, and caffeine increase energy, decrease lactic acid, and promote gains and fast recovery. I’m concerned though because Purus Labs Condense doesn’t contain all the recommended dosages.

The Purus Labs Condense ingredients are safe for most people. But there is a chance the supplement will cause mild side effects such as bloating, stomach upset, and cramping. The side effects were reported in some user reviews.

Purus Labs Condense is better than the average pre-workout supplement. However, if you want a top-rated product, I suggest you keep looking.

References

[1] Hoffman, JR, NA Ratamess, et al. “Effect of betaine supplementation on power performance and fatigue.” Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. 6.7 (2009).

[2] Del Favero, S, and G Roschel. “Creatine but not betaine supplementation increases muscle phosphorylcreatine content and strength performance.” Amino Acids. 42.6 (2012): 2299-305.

[3] Schwab, U, A Torronen, et al. “Orally administered betaine has an acute and dose-dependent effect on serum betaine and plasma homocysteine concentrations in healthy humans.” Journal of Nutrition. 136.1 (2006): 34-8.

[4] Ghiasvand, R, G Askari, et al. “Effects of Six Weeks of beta-alanine Administration on VO(2) max, Time to Exhaustion and Lactate Concentrations in Physical Education Students.” International Journal of Preventative Medicine. 3.8 (2012): 559-63.

[5] Smith, AE, AA Walter, et al. “Effects of beta-alanine supplementation and high-intensity interval training on endurance performance and body composition in men; a double-blind trial.” Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. 6.5 (2009).

[6] Lansley, KE, PG Winyard, et al. “Acute dietary nitrate supplementation improves cycling time trial performance.” Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 43.6 (2011): 1125-31.

[7] Davis, JK, JM Green. “Caffeine and anaerobic performance: ergogenic value and mechanisms of action.” Sports Medicine. 39.10 (2009): 813-32.

[8] Astrup, A, S Toubro, et al. “Caffeine: a double-blind, placebo-controlled study of its thermogenic, metabolic, and cardiovascular effects in healthy volunteers.” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 51.5 (1990): 759-767.

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