Sma5h Compound 5 Reviews

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Sma5h Compound 5
By Derek Peterson
August 21, 2013

Axis Labs released its newest pre-workout supplement Sma5h Compound 5 to the weightlifting community. Advertisements claim it covers “all the bases” to save users money and enhance workout performance.

According to the company, Sma5h Compound 5’s formula is “based on 5 compound INFUSIONS which act reciprocal upon one another – Each INFUSION enhancing the potency and effectiveness of the other.”

This review takes a look at all there is to know about Sma5h Compound 5 to help you decide if this pre-workout supplement is worth trying.

How Expensive Is It?

Sma5h Compound 5’s price is affordable and competitive compared to the 45 servings it provides per container. Sma5h Compound 5 retails anywhere from $30.00 – $43.00. Although it is also available through the manufacturer website, AxisLabs.net, I found the best deal on BodyBuilding.com.

What Ingredients are In Sma5h Compound 5?

There are several ingredients in Sma5h Compound 5’s formula. One downside is the manufacturer doesn’t list ingredient doses, so it is hard to tell whether each ingredient is effective in Sma5h Compound 5. Instead, ingredients are clumped into 5 proprietary blends. Here is a look at some key ingredients found in Sma5h Compound 5’s infusion blends:

CarnoSyn
This ingredient is a patented beta alanine form shown to improve exercise performance by itself and in conjunction with creatine. Beta alanine increases carnosine content, which buffers lactic acid to prolong exercise endurance.

Research shows test subjects supplemented with 4.8 g beta alanine for 4-week experienced increased carnosine content and slight but significant fatigue attenuation during repeated bouts of exhaustive dynamic contractions. [1]

Another study analyzed beta alanine and creatine’s effects on neuromuscular fatigue threshold. Researchers divided test subjects into 4 groups and each group received one of the following treatments: placebo and 34 g dextrose; 5.25 g creatine monohydrate and 34 g dextrose; 1.6 beta alanine and 34 g dextrose; or 5.25 g creatine, 1.6 beta alanine, and 34 g dextrose.

Each treatment was ingested 4 times a day for 6 days, then 2 times per day for 22 subsequent days. Research reveals the adjusted mean posttest neuromuscular fatigue threshold values for the beta alanine and creatine group were greater than the placebo. However, researchers note “there appeared to be no additive or unique effects of [creatine monohydrate] vs. [beta alanine] alone.” [2]

Creatine HCL
This ingredient enhances energy output during exercise by offering an extra phosphocreatine for ATP production. Additionally, creatine HCL is touted as the most soluble creatine form. So, less creatine HCL is needed to produce similar creatine effects.

In one study, 36 collegiate volleyball players ages 19 – 26 years old were recruited into 1 of 2 groups during a 10-week training: a placebo or a creatine group.

The players in the creatine group ingested 20 g creatine for the first 4 days followed by a 5 g creatine maintenance dose. The placebo group consumed a glucose placebo pill. Researchers took measurements before and after treatment and noticed that although bench press increased in both groups, significantly greater improvements were seen in the creatine group compared to the placebo. Also, the creatine group had greater gains in body weight and lean body mass. [3]

L-Phenylethylamine
While I wasn’t able to find clinically-effective doses for this ingredient, it is shown to stimulate the central nervous system. Researchers believe phenylethylamine’s mechanism is action is by increasing serotonin and dopamine. [4]

Acetyl L-Carnitine HCL
According to health professionals, acetyl-L-carnitine enhances fatty acid movement to the mitochondria for energy. But, “There are no standard doses for acetyl-L-carnitine and lipolic acid supplements. [5]

Caffeine
Caffeine is a stimulant known to enhance both mental and physical function.

One study administered 5 mg/kg caffeine to 18 male athletes who underwent leg press, chest press, and Wingate test (anaerobic test performed on cycle ergometer).

Research shows athletes were able to lift more total weight during the chest press and obtained a greater peak power during the Wingate test with caffeine supplementation when compared to the placebo group. [6]

What Is the Best Way to Take Sma5h Compound 5?

The company advises users to take 1-2 scoops with 6-8 oz. water about 20-30 minutes prior to working out.

With all supplements, it is suggested users start with smaller doses to assess tolerance. After tolerance is assessed, users can increase their dose as seen fit. The company advises users not to exceed 2 level scoops before a workout.

Users should adjust water amounts to obtain preferred taste and sweetness.

Also, Sma5h Compound 5’s ingredients may work differently depending on users. Some people may need to take Sma5h Compound 5 only a couple minutes before going to the gym while others may need to wait longer time periods for its benefits to take effect.

Is Sma5h Compound 5 Safe to Take?

The company doesn’t specify if there are side effects associated with Sma5h Compound 5.

Due to its caffeine inclusion, users may experience side effects associated with this ingredient. They include restlessness, insomnia, nervousness, nausea, and stomach irritation. [7]

Also, creatine is considered “likely safe” by one medical profession, though side effects associated with use include stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, and muscle cramping. [8]

What Is the Supplement Community Saying?

Sma5h Compound 5 user reviews are limited to BodyBuilding.com, a sports supplement, workout, and health forum and third party retailer. User reviews are favorable. Out of 7 reviews, Sma5h Compound 5 received an overall 10 out of 10 rating, which is impressive. Here is a look at what users are saying:

“Holy Energy!,” “Not JITTERY!” and “DEE-LISH!!” are just some of the ways Laurelle82 describes her experience with Sma5h Compound 5. “After taking Sma5h, I felt stronger, had more endurance, and had one of the best workouts I have ever had!”

CaliGurl29 says, “Amazing! No crazy stim jitters … kept me super focused without that stim anxiety feeling.”

“This product is great! I was anxiously anticipating it and it was well worth the wait. Taste is amazing and it gives me the energy I needed,” says IAmCSmith.

“Products this epic don’t come around often. It is the demon spawn of Craze, Body Octant, Hemodraulix and joint support in one wicked scoop. The taste is spot on. And at $30 for 45 servings, what else could you ask for?” says Vitamin_G.

Pick It Or Pitch It?

Sma5h Compound 5’s user reviews, price, and ingredient profile convince me it is an effective pre-workout supplement. Rarely do I see a product with such conclusive, favorable feedback.

One bummer is the individual ingredient amounts are not provided. But, Sma5h Compound 5 seems to produce benefits in several users.

However, Sma5h Compound 5 may not be for everyone, especially for those caffeine-intolerant people. But, if you are looking for a pre-workout to enhance physical performance, ameliorate focus, and prolong fatigue, Sma5h Compound 5 may be something to look into.

References

[1] Derave W, et al. “beta-Alanine supplementation augments muscle carnosine content and attenuates fatigue during repeated isokinetic contraction bouts in trained sprinters.” J Appl Physiol. 2007 Nov;103(5):1736-43. Epub 2007 Aug 9. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17690198

[2] Stout JR, Cramer JT, Mielke M, et al. Effects of twenty-eight days of beta-alanine and creatine monohydrate supplementation on the physical working capacity at neuromuscular fatigue threshold. J Strength Cond Res 2006;20:928-31.

[3] Jon YeanSub Lim. “Effects of Creatine Supplementation on Body Composition, Strength, and Power of Female Volleyball Players.” Abstract. United States Sports Academy. The Sport Journal. Available from: http://www.thesportjournal.org/article/effects-creatine-supplementation-body-composition

[4] Glen R Hanson, Peter J. Venturelli, Annette E. Fleckenstein. “Drugs and Society.” Ninth Edition. Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

[5] “Acetyl-L-Carnitine/-Lipoic Acid Supplements.” 5080-50-2 / 62-46-4. Available from: http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/ntp/htdocs/Chem_Background/ExSumPdf/CARNLIPOSUPP_508.pdf

[6] Woolf K, Bidwell WK, Carlson AG. “The effect of caffeine as an ergogenic aid in anaerobic exercise.” Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2008 Aug;18(4):412-29. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18708685

[7] “Caffeine.” WebMD. Available from: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-979-CAFFEINE.aspx?activeIngredientId=979&activeIngredientName=CAFFEINE

[8] “Creatine.” WebMD. Available from: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-873-creatine.aspx?activeIngredientId=873&activeIngredientName=creatine&source=1

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