Behold the all NEW Power Shock -- powered by the world's most cutting edge anabolic discovery of all time called BCAA Nitrates! You heard it right! VPX has engineered Branched Chain Amino Acids fused to a nitrate moiety! This provides for far greater BCAA stability and transport across intestinal and muscle cell membranes. An exciting property of nitrates is their capability to act as permeation enhancers of intestinal absorption. Consequently, nitrate bound compounds effortlessly bypass the intestinal wall to be absorbed intact into the bloodstream.(1, 2) In fact, they are so effective that large polypeptides can even be absorbed intact if administered with a nitrate donor. This also greatly improves the absorption of all the ingredients like BCAA Nitrates and Beta-Alanine Nitrate in the Power Shock formula.(3)
The nitrate bound amino acids innovation is a novel science far superior to free form amino acids and even other chemical salts. One of the premier advantages of nitrates is rapid and potent vasodilation. This results in increased blood flow to radically enhance the distribution of nutrients to the muscles and other tissues. Myogenic Regulatory Factors are activated when the muscle is engorged with anabolic nutrient-dense blood.
Further, stamina, strength and recovery are enhanced.(4) While recent research has verified that arginine supplementation fails to increase blood Nitric Oxide levels, nitrates are scientifically proven to induce vasodilation via Nitric Oxide. Nitrates increase blood Nitric Oxide levels by exerting their vasodilating effect by releasing an NO2 or NO3 group. NO3 is reduced to NO2 in the blood vessels' epithelial cells where it reacts to yield Nitric Oxide.
While highly significant, BCAAs are just part of the Power Shock muscle cell splitting matrix. Scientific research has proven that EAAs (essential amino acids) are the key anabolic activators for muscle protein synthesis and are far superior to BCAAs alone.(5) Moreover, science has proven that adding non-essential amino acids such as glutamine does nothing to promote muscle mass in healthy, well-nourished humans.(6) Despite the promise of higher nitric oxide levels, six grams per day of arginine supplementation had no effect on nitric oxide production, lactate and ammonia metabolism and performance in intermittent anaerobic exercise in well-trained male athletes.(7)
So, if you see glutamine or arginine on the label, you're wasting your money. To further fuel lean muscle mass Power Shock contains Owoc's latest mind blowing muscle compounds: Anserine or Beta-Alanyl-1-Methylhistidine along with Beta-Alanine Nitrate and Citrulline Nitrate.
Flavor: Fruit Punch
First, the flavor of the fruit punch is way too sweet. I doubled the water content to 20oz and it was still awful and I like fruit punch flavors from BSN, Gaspari, ON and Muscle Pharm. About Power Shock, if this is "the most cutting edge anabolic discovery of all time" then we bodybuilders are in real trouble. Thankfully, it’s just another supplement company with an abundance of BS in their advertising.
Josh Cosker says:
Flavor: Lime Splash
This is a quality bcaa product. Great price for the servings you get with incredible mixability. The flavor is strong. It's like a limeade from Sonic but you may want to use more water than the container suggests unless you like very strong and sweet flavors. I highly recommend.
Flavor: Fruit Punch
Compare this product to all the other Amino Acid powders on the market. 9 Grams of total Amino Acid's per serving, for 30 servings at a low price. Mixes easily and tastes good. I take this product just before my workout.