Biotech USA Black Blood NOX+ review

Value

Biotech USA Black Blood NOX+ Pre-Workout is available in 34 servings. At the time of writing, our best offer is £16.95. If we break this down by size (330g), this works out at £5.14 per 100g of powder. This is average for pre-workout powders, so during this review we will explore whether the product is average, or whether you’re getting a good product at a great price.

 

Taste

Most pre-workout powders contain ingredients that pack a powerful flavour upon consumption, to wake you up and make you feel alive. Biotech USA Black Blood NOX+ Pre-Workout comes in 3 flavours: Blood Orange, Blueberry Lime and Tropical Fruit.

For this review, we only tried one flavour: Blueberry Lime. This does have the sourness you would expect from a pre-workout powder, but the flavour is refreshing and easy to sip. Surprisingly, the blueberry goes very well with the lime flavour, as the lime is not too strong and complements the blueberry.

Overall, we are happy with the flavour. If we go by the flavour we tested, all 3 flavours will be delicious. We have a good feeling about Blood Orange, as we presume this is a slightly darker, yet sweeter flavour than regular orange. Tropical Fruit also sounds like a good flavour, but again we have not tested this, so we are unable to say whether it is, or not!

 

Mixability

Pre-workout powders are usually very thin and fine, however they can clump up in the packaging if left exposed.

We mixed 1 serving (19g) in 350ml of water. We would not recommend using any other liquid. Milk is too thick (but would curve the edge of the flavour if you are sensitive to the taste!) – however, you could mix this with an isotonic sports drink, just be wary of the sugar! We actually found that 350ml was too much water and it diluted the taste, so 250-300ml could be better, but again this is down to your preferences.

We stirred it and shook it and experienced no bits or floaters. Remember, the amount of liquid will change the taste – less liquid will mean it is slightly thicker with a stronger flavour, but more liquid will mean it is slightly thinner with a weaker flavour.

We would also recommend sipping on this pre-workout over the course of 15-30 minutes for it to have a better effect. Maybe try drinking it slowly whilst you’re driving (or walking) to the gym.

For even better results, you could invest in a blender. We use the NutriBullet 900W blender. It could provide better results for your pre-workout drink, and if you want to add extra ingredients such as oats, this will be the best way to get it done.

 

Effectiveness

This is where it gets interesting. Every pre-workout is different; flavours, sizes, but also the ingredients and how good they are at getting you amped for your workout.

First off, we’ll explore the nutritional information. Per serving, we are getting a lot of different ingredients, which include (but are not limited to): 5.25g of NOX complex (2g of L-Arginine AKG, 1.25g of L-Citrulline Malate, 2g of Beta-Alanine; this complex will help with the production of Nitric Oxide, pushing water, nutrients and blood in to muscles, therefore increasing pump and reducing fatigue), 300mg of Caffeine (for additional energy), 2.6g of Creatine complex, 1.5g of additional Creatine, 300mg L-Tyrosine (improving alertness, attention and focus), and over 500mg of Vitamin C, B1 and B6. We also have 5mg of Niacin, for bodily function and brain function.

Secondly, we’ll look at the ingredients. Based on the Blood Orange flavour, we have anti-caking agents. These are not a massive problem as you will find them in a lot of products, as they are used to help the packaging process. But over-consumption of this can cause long-term health issues. We also identified artificial flavourings, sweeteners and colours. Again, these are found in a lot of pre-workout products, and it shouldn’t be something you base your purchasing decision on.

Finally, we’ll look at the macronutrient profile. Per serving, we are getting 3 calories. The nutritional information states that we have less than 0.5g of fat, carbs and protein per serving, so it’s very minimal. There is also 0.2mg of salt per serving, which again is virtually nothing.

We experienced a big spike in focus and alertness after using this pre-workout powder. However, with this product, there is a bigger focus on the creatine, and not the short-term effect that larger doses of L-Citrulline Malate and Beta-Alanine would have. If there were larger doses of these compounds, we think we would see better results in terms of focus and pump. But the creatine is a bonus and is often not found in pre-workouts, especially in such a high dosage.

Overall, this is a good pre-workout powder that delivers a range of important compounds for a good pump and athletic performance.

 

Where to buy

There are only a few places to grab Biotech products. However, we’ve narrowed down the best suppliers, with their best offers, and you can take your pick from the ones below. The prices shown are for a 330g tub, and there are different sizes & flavours available.

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