REDCON1 Total War Supplement Review

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REDCON1 Total War Supplement Review

Product Overview

It was breaking news when Aaron Singerman, previous CEO to Supplement Company Blackstone Labs announced he was stepping down from the role to commence new business ventures. After much speculation and anticipation, we were introduced to Singerman’s new business direction and Supplement Company: REDCON1.

REDCON1 was created based on the premise that existing supplements available on the market today just aren’t cutting it. Singerman has specifically created each product within the REDCON1 line to serve a purpose. Whatever your background, whatever your goals may be; you’ll never have to question the efficacy of REDCON1. Aiming to deliver to you, the highest state of readiness and maximise your performance potential.

Supplement enthusiasts became excited once it was learned the types of products REDCON1 was to offer. Of all, it’s no surprise that their pre-workout generated much interest and excitement. Fans of Blackstone Labs possessed high expectations, with products like Blackstone Labs Dust v2 setting benchmarks and becoming one of the most popular pre-workouts available on supplement shelves. With big shoes to fill, REDCON1’s pre-workout, Total War, needed to be good. And we are proud to inform you, that it most certainly is.

REDCON1 Total War; a potent pre-workout supplement which ticks every box and is not for the faint-hearted. Insane energy? Nootropics? Skin splitting pumps? Users need not be doubtful. With impressive claims and an even more impressive nutritional panel, it becomes evident why many have turned to REDCON1 as their pre-workout of choice.

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Nutritional Information

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Given just how jam-packed this formula is, each serving of REDCON1 Total War yields a total of 14.5g. That’s practically double the standard serving size we see in other pre-workout supplements on the market. We would however expect this, as REDCON1 Total War markets itself as a ‘complete’ formula, and therefore contains efficacious dosages of ingredients which deliver energy, focus, endurance and muscle pumps. Of each 14.5g serve of REDCON1 Total War, 11.86g are devoted to active ingredients. This leaves an impressive 18.27% of each serve devoted to flavour and sweetening agents, considering it is common for alternate products to devote more than 50% of each serve to such! So you are truly getting bang for buck with REDCON1 Total War, getting exactly what you’re paying for. The other goods news, is that REDCON1 Total War use no artificial colours!

The first ingredient used in the formula of REDCON1 Total War is citrulline malate, which works to support muscle pumps, the transfer of nutrients and oxygen to working muscles and vascularity. Of all the nitric oxide inducing ingredients, citrulline malate has been shown to be the most powerful! It also supports endurance by acting as an intracellular buffer and assisting the production of ATP. citrulline malate is the preferred form of citrulline as it has shown to be far more effective, whilst also reducing post exercise muscle soreness, increasing grip strength, energy production and muscle explosiveness. This form has also been shown to be effectively immediately, whereas others have need to be loaded to carry out the same effects. The efficacious dose of citrulline malate is 6g, which is quite large and often not seen in most products on the market. REDCON1 Total War have included the entire 6g in their formula. This is impressive and guaranteed to give you the skin splitting muscle pumps and performance benefits that it delivers.

The next ingredient featured in the formula of REDCON1 Total War is beta-alanine, which works to increase the concentration of carnosine in muscles. Carnosine scavenges reactive oxygen species, acting as a potent buffer against fatigue toxin production in working muscles. Reduced fatigue toxin production allows muscles to perform more reps, more sets and do more work before fatiguing. beta-alanine therefore allows you to train harder, for longer, and stimulate more muscle growth. Beta-alanine can also help increase performance for high intensity cardiovascular events such as sprinting and cycling. The clinical dose for this ingredient is 3.2g and REDCON1 have again cut no corners and included the full dosage in each serve of REDCON1 Total War.

Next up in the REDCON1 Total War impressive, lengthy formula is Agmatine Sulfate. Agmatine Sulfate inhibits the enzyme that breaks down nitric oxide in your body, resulting in the maintenance of higher overall nitric oxide levels. Nitric oxide promotes enhanced blood flow to muscles by reducing the friction associated with blood flow. Enhanced blood flow encourages better "muscle pumps" and vascularity during and after your workouts, while also promoting more efficient nutrient and oxygen delivery to muscles. The efficacious dose of Agmatine Sulfate is 1000mg, and it’s no surprise that REDCON1 Total War contains the full clinical dose of this ingredient.

By now, it should be evident that REDCON1 Total War is already superior in its provision of muscle pumps and muscular endurance. Up next is taurine, which has been shown to contain properties that assist in the regulation of muscular contraction and force during strength and aerobic activity. In particular, taurine acts to increase muscle force production and enhance fatigue resistance from severe high-intensity exercise by increasing the efficiency of the heart (stroke volume) and maintaining cell volume (osmoregulation). It has been suggested in studies that the combination of taurine and caffeine offers significant improvements in mental performance, which is beneficial during times of physical activity. The efficacious dosage of taurine ranges between 500-2000 mg, and REDCON1 Total War have included a full gram in their formula, which is acceptable and within the recommended range.

Speaking of caffeine, let’s take a look into what sources of stimulants REDCON1 Total War have used in their formula. First up is caffeine anhydrous, a frequently used source of caffeine which is derived by removing the water molecules from caffeine. The results are similar to that of standard caffeine, which works to stimulate the central nervous system, boost mental alertness and increase energy. It is frequently used prior to training due to increased energy and alertness having positive effects on one’s performance. REDCON1 Total War contains 250mg of caffeine anhydrous, which is a pretty standard dose when compared with other pre-workouts on the market. However, there are other sources of stimulants included in the formula which gives this product it’s hard-hitting reputation.

The next two ingredients devoted to maximising energy and stimulating the central nervous system have recently emerged and gained much popularity in the supplement industry. N-Phenethyl Dimethylamine Citrate, otherwise known as Eria Jarensis Extract acts as a neuromodulator on the central nervous system, yielding a myriad of attractive benefits for cognitive function. It provides mood boosting effects due to its ability to increase levels of dopamine and noradrenaline in the body. Dopamine is the hormone responsible for increased feelings of wellbeing, hence Eria Jarensis Extract provides quite a pleasant euphoric effect, while also reducing feelings of anxiety. Dopamine and noradrenaline are also associated with enhancing concentration levels, mental alertness and mental focus. To a lesser extent, Eria Jarensis also curbs appetite and acts as a bronchodilator, decreasing resistance in respiratory airways and increasing airflow to the lungs. Due to these effects, Eria Jarensis Extract is becoming a popular ingredient for use in performance enhancing pre-workout supplements and thermogenic fat loss supplements. The most efficacious dose of Eria Jarensis Extract is reported to be between 125mg - 150mg, and REDCON1 Total War contains 125mg which is efficacious.

Next up is 2 Aminoisoheptane, otherwise known as DMHA or Octodrine, which is a psychoactive central nervous system stimulant with a similar molecular structure to a number of illegal stimulants including AMP Citrate (DMBA), ephedrine, and the ever popular DMAA. DMHA carries out a variety of similar functions to other psychoactive central nervous system stimulants, including enhancing energy levels, enhancing cognitive function, decreasing appetite and improving bronchodilation. DMHA has also been shown to increase levels of dopamine and noradrenaline; two hormones responsible for making you "feel good" and allowing you to perform in stressful situations. In addition, users of DMHA have reported a higher pain threshold and a decreased rate of perceived exertion, thus allowing workouts to extend beyond the point of fatigue. The combination of effects experienced when using DMHA provide the ultimate support for workouts, hence its increased inclusion in a variety of performance based supplements on the market. While limited studies have been collected to determine the efficaious dose, 75mg-100mg has become widely accepted. REDCON1 have included 100mg which so far makes the stimulant proportion of this formula incredibly potent.

The stimulants don’t end there, however. REDCON1 have included Di-Caffeine Malate (commonly known as Infinergy) in their formula as well, which describes caffeine and malic acid bonded together. This form of caffeine still yields the existing benefits that standard caffeine provides, The Malic Acid in Infinergy works to buffer the salts in caffeine, allowing for improved digestion whilst also replenishing the energy produced by caffeine, which helps to minimise the dreaded post-caffeine energy ‘crash’. Infinergy helps to reduce fatigue, improve concentration, increase physical performance & boost thermogenesis. In particular, it reduces sedation and relaxation by inhibiting the production of adenosine, a chemical associated with sleep. This results in an increase in wakefulness, focus, better body coordination and an increase in performance in cardiovascular and anaerobic exercise. The efficacious dose of Di-Caffeine Malate is between 300-400mg as it yields 75% caffeine. However in conjunction with the 250mg of caffeine already contained with REDCON1 Total War, the 100mg dose is acceptable, as it gives us a running total of 325mg caffeine so far.


The second to last feature of the REDCON1 Total War Formula is Theobroma Cocao Extract, otherwise known as theobromine, which is a naturally occurring alkaloid that is structurally is similar to caffeine. It is therefore used to enhance energy and is also considered a natural dietetic. Theobromine works to affect beta-2 adrenoceptors in the body which trigger both fat loss and muscle growth. Theobroma Cocao Extract also causes significant increments in the levels of mTOR that become activated within the body which will regulate and maintain growth, protein synthesis and overall muscular hypertrophy. Theobromine has also been shown to dilate blood vessels and have a positive effect on nitric oxide synthesis in the body.Therefore, Theobroma Cocao Extract will enhance your exercise performance and obtained results when combined with sensible dieting and training. The efficacious dose for this compound ranges between 100mg up to 500mg, with the upward end of the range for medical purposes only. Therefore, 100mg is sufficient for the purposes and role it intends to fulfil in REDCON1 Total War.

The final feature in the REDCON1 Total War formula is Higenamine, which is a beta 2 adrenergic receptor antagonist, which mimics neurotransmitter activity in the body. It has been shown to increase energy levels, enhance focus and mental clarity and even has shown to be beneficial for weight loss. It does this by stimulating the enzymes that boost fat burning in the body and the activity of chemical messengers involved in the metabolic process of burning stored body fat. It also works to increase lung capacity, increase heart rate and force of heart contractions, which works to support increased blood flow around the body and nutrient delivery into working muscles. While there is no clear-cut information available as to the appropriate dosage, it is most frequently seen in a dosage between 20-30mg.Therefore, 25mg as included in REDCON1 Total War is sufficient.

Taste & Mixability

REDCON1 Total War Is available at MassiveJoes.com in the following flavours:

  • Blue Raspberry
  • Strawberry Kiwi
  • Sour Gummy Bear

From looking at the nutritional panel alone, with only 18% of each serve devoted to flavouring agents and with such high doses of the active ingredients, it can be easy to assume that the taste of this product may not be up to scratch. We were very surprised that the flavours available in REDCON1 Total War were actually quite pleasant, given just how many ingredients it needs to mask the taste of. Flavour is certainly not one of the best characteristics this product offers, but it’s reassuring to know such a complete, potent and effective pre-workout  can be consumed rather enjoyably.

REDCON1 Total War also mixes with extreme ease, therefore it is not necessary to use a TMJ Elite Shaker, as this product will dissolve with ease simply in a glass and being stirred with a spoon.

Effects

With such a nutritionally sound, extensive and highly dosed formula, expectations for this product is high. It ticks the boxes of long lasting energy, razor sharp focus and concentration, mood enhancement, thermogenesis, muscle pumps and muscular endurance. While many may stack multiple supplements to achieve these results and obtain the clinical dosage of key ingredients responsible for bringing the above-listed benefits, REDCON1 Total War can be relied upon on its own.

REDCON1 Total War is strong. When you consider all the caffeine sources together in addition to the other contained stimulants in the formula, it is evident that this is indeed a hard-hitting pre-workout and REDCON1 Total War promises to get you through whatever challenge that lies ahead of you. The potent combination of unique nootropics also make this pre-workout a standout in the market, and is appropriate for a diverse range of users with a diverse range of goals. Just when you were growing tired of the current pre-workout offerings and were looking for the next big thing, REDCON1 Total War has made a timely appearance.

So if it’s a real kick you're after, without the crash, with noteworthy mental focus, muscle pumps and endurance, REDCON1 Total War is for you. Get excited, REDCON1 Total War is the next big thing. Do yourself and your goals a favour, and give it a try today.

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