Power-Packed Pre-Workout

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Could be good, but take care

#Shatter SX-7 has a few clinically proven ingredients that should result in better workouts, but at the same time, it also has ingredients that lack sufficient clinical research to prove they are effective and safe. I think it might be worth trying a smaller bottle and starting with a smaller dose, just to see how your body responds to the ingredients.

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#Shatter SX-7 is turning heads with advertisements asserting it can lead to a “147% increase in muscle strength” and “subjects gained 8.8 lbs. of lean muscle in 12 weeks.”

Supposedly this creatine-free, pre-workout supplement delivers an unparalleled workout experience due to its cutting-edge, premium ingredients.

This sounds pretty impressive, but to see if #Shatter SX-7 could live up to the claims, I took a more in-depth look at the product.

Key Ingredients

#Shatter SX-7 is unique for a pre-workout formula because it boosts ATP levels without the use of creatine (which is known to cause bloating). Instead, #Shatter SX-7 features Peak ATP, a relatively new chemical which is being studied for its effects on physical performance.

In case you’re unfamiliar with #Shatter SX-7, here’s a quick overview of the ingredients:

Myristica Fragrans. Myristica fragrans, or nutmeg, contains the chemical myristicin which “contributes to the unique sensory experience,” or so advertisements say.

Unfortunately, I could find little information regarding this ingredient’s potential for weight loss or any effect on energy levels.

Preliminary evidence suggestions myristicin may be a unique nitrogen-free MAO inhibitor, so it may be an effective anti-depressant. [1]

Ecklonia Cava. Ecklonia cava is brown algae that contains polyphenols known as phlorotannins. Animal studies suggest this ingredient may have an anti-diabetic effect, improving insulin sensitivity.[2]

While this is promising, more research is needed to determine if the effect carries over to human studies and what amount would be most effective.

Holy Basil. Holy basil is advertised as an adaptogenic herb that contains oleanoic and ursolic acid. Studies show these acids may be effective in protecting the liver against injury, and they have been noted for their anti-tumor effects. [3]

While this might be helpful for improving overall health, I have not found any research supporting its use for weight loss or for improving exercise performance.

Beta-Alanine. Beta-alanine converts into carnosine, a chemical which is associated with better performance in short (1-2 minute) exercise sessions. Studies show subjects who took 2-4 g beta-alanine daily experienced a increased power output by 11.4%, leading researchers to believe it could be useful for sprint performance at the end of an exhaustive exercise.[4]

#Shatter SX-7 doesn’t have the studied amount, but if taken on a regular basis, the amount of beta-alanine in the product may improve exercise performance.

Grains of Paradise. Grains of paradise supply G-paradol, a compound an antioxidant which may a potential treatment for certain types of cancer. [5]

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any research validating grains of paradise for improving exercise performance.

Caffeine. Caffeine is a popular pre-workout ingredient due to its abilities to stimulate the central nervous system. Researchers found even small doses of caffeine can improve power output, and some speculate this is because it creates a favorable ionic environment in active muscle. [6]

Peak ATP. Peak ATP, or adenosine-5’-triphosphate, is gaining popularity due to a recent study published in a London journal. In the study, subjects were given 400 mg Peak ATP, and they experienced significant increases in total body strength, vertical jump power, and muscle thickness in just 12 weeks. [7]

#Shatter SX-7 does not contain as much Peak ATP as was used in the study, but it may still improve exercise performance.

Potential Side Effects

#Shatter SX-7 has some powerful ingredients, so those with medical conditions should probably ask a doctor before using the supplement.

For example, #Shatter SX-7 has 160 mg caffeine, about the caffeine-equivalent of 1.5 cups of coffee. This is enough to trigger headaches, nausea, insomnia, and irritability in caffeine-sensitive individuals.

Beta-alanine is known to cause tingling and flushing, and nutmeg is known to cause hallucinations and other mental side effects.

Recommended Use

For best results, take 2 servings (2 scoops) mixed with 8 to 12 oz. water. Take it 30 to 45 minutes before you work out.

Do not take more than 2 scoops in a 24 hour period.

Purchasing Options

As far as I can tell, the only site you can buy #Shatter SX-7 is GNC.com. A 195 g bottle costs about $47.99 while a 292 gram bottle costs $69.99.

It’s also available in the following flavors:

• Blue Raspberry
• Icy Pink Lemonade
• Watermelon Fusion
• Fruit Punch Blast

Final Thoughts

#Shatter SX-7 is too new to have many customer reviews, so it’s difficult to tell what effects it will have (good or bad). It has a few clinically proven ingredients that should result in better workouts, but at the same time, it also has ingredients that lack sufficient clinical research to prove they are effective and safe.

I think it might be worth trying a smaller bottle and starting with a smaller dose, just to see how your body responds to the ingredients. Then, if you like your results (or even if you don’t), share your experience in the comments below!

References

[1] Edward B. Truitt Jr.,Gilbert Duritz, Ethel M. Ebersberger. “Evidence of Monoamine Oxidase Inhibition by Myristicin and Nutmeg.”

[2] Seung-Hong Leea, You-Jin Jeon. “Anti-diabetic effects of brown algae derived phlorotannins, marine polyphenols through diverse mechanisms.” Fitoterapia. Volume 86, April 2013, Pages 129–136. Available from: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0367326X13000567

[3] Liu J. “Pharmacology of oleanolic acid and ursolic acid.” J Ethnopharmacol. 1995 Dec 1;49(2):57-68. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8847885

[4] Van Thienen R, Van Proeyen K, Vanden Eynde B, Puype J, Lefere T, Hespel P. “Beta-alanine improves sprint performance in endurance cycling.” Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2009 Apr;41(4):898-903. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e31818db708. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19276843

[5] Suresh, Manoharan S, Vijayaanand MA, Sugunadevi G. “Chemopreventive and antioxidant efficacy of (6)-paradol in 7,12-dimethylbenz(a)anthracene induced hamster buccal pouch carcinogenesis.” Pharmacol Rep. 2010 Nov-Dec;62(6):1178-85. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21273675

[6] Graham TE. “Caffeine and exercise: metabolism, endurance and performance.” Sports Med. 2001;31(11):785-807. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11583104

[7] Wilson JM, Joy JM, Lowery RP, Roberts MD, Lockwood CM, Manninen AH, Fuller JC, De Souza EO, Baier SM, Wilson SM, Rathmacher JA. “Effects of oral adenosine-5′-triphosphate supplementation on athletic performance, skeletal muscle hypertrophy and recovery in resistance-trained men.” Nutr Metab (Lond). 2013 Sep 22;10(1):57. doi: 10.1186/1743-7075-10-57. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24330670