My Supplements Direct Energy Gel Plus + Review
My Supplements Direct Energy Gel Plus + Review First Look:
I went out with a few bro’s after work for burgers ad beers.
I was quite conscious to not drink too much as I had work in the morning and there is nothing worse than being at work hungover, and, Murphy’s law always states that when you are at your lowest ebb at work, everyone needs something from you.
Murphy as not wrong.
Upon walking through the office door there was a IT network issue to sort out, not something I could ever be arsed to deal with after 10 beers the night previous.
I also had the evening to myself; therefore I continued with a bit of decorating around the house and took the opportunity to hit the deadlifts again this week to try and increase my lifts after some time off.
Before I had even got home I was in the grocery store and noticed these energy gels from Supplement Direct in and amongst the supplements section.
It was cheap enough so I thought I would buy one and give it a go.
The sachets are small, easy enough to fit in a gym bag, car glovebox or locker. They’re also convenient enough to have at half time during sport.
Salt (sodium) – An essential mineral; its consumption is critical to our health. However, Americans plus a lot of Western countries do consume double the recommended daily intake.
Excess sodium may not raise blood pressure, but it is associated with other health issues, such as kidney damage and an increased risk of cognitive decline.
Caffeine – It stimulates the central nervous system (CNS), heart, muscles, and the centers that control blood pressure to give you an extra boost and hit that PB.
Caffeine Anhydrous is the purest form of caffeine so always look out for it.
This is found in 4 Gauge which is the best pre-workout.
It is also found in Instant Knockout which is the best fat burner available at present.
Potassium – An electrolyte that helps your nerves function and muscles contract.
Magnesium – Research into magnesium supplementation also increased testosterone production in men.
Calcium – Results show that training results in increased testosterone levels in athletes and that the increase is greater if accompanied by calcium supplementation.
However, calcium supplements are also known to increase artery plaque which in the long term can cause cardiovascular problems.
Read more about that, here.
100mg of ingredients as part of a gel liquid..
This does not compare very well to many of the best pre workout supplements which will offer over 15,000mg.
The flavor was cola, and, it seemed quite palatable if I am honest. I would happily have sone of these during or before sport.
Benefits & Effects:
This does not offer many ingredients, but those that are included are good.
We are looking at:
- Calcium – Increases testosterone levels
- Sodium – Replaces essential lost salts through perspiration
- Caffeine – Stimulates the central nervous system
- Potassium – Great to prevent cramp
- Magnesium – Another good mineral found in testosterone boosters
So, while there may not be many, they are certainly useful.
These ingredients feature in some of the best pre workout supplements available on the market.
It is convenient, and the gel is a nice way to get some fluid and helps if you have a dry mouth, plus it is not heavy on the stomach and does prevent that ‘sloshing’ feeling you can get after drinking a load of water, pre workout or sports drink before hitting the field.
How Did It Feel?
Very limited benefits. Basically nothing.
This is down to the very low amount of each ingredient included.
So, with that number, albeit small, of effective and beneficial ingredients, what could possibly go wrong?
Well, the doses for each one is very small.
Especially when you consider all we have here is 60mg of Caffeine.
The stronger, more beneficial pre workout supplements will have in excess of 200mg.
So, when you combine a low number of ingredients with a low dose you get a low effect.
I didn’t feel like I had much energy to do anything extra.
I did not feel like I could push myself any further than if I had not taken anything, and physically, I probably would have felt more benefit by having an espresso prior to training.
My Supplements Direct Energy Gel Plus + Review Conclusion:
My favorite part about this supplement is the convenience factor, I also like that it offers a method of getting a hit of vitamins and minerals without the need to drink loads of fluid which can create stomach discomfort.
You could potentially have a load of these in your locker, car or gym bag just before you hit the field and hopefully get that surge of energy to get you through the game.
Yet, apart from the convenience factor, it does not capitalize on it very well.
That is because it lacks lots of effect and beneficial ingredients that could have made this a worthwhile supplement.
However, the overall dose is low, the number of ingredients is low and this does not materialize as any performance benefit.
It also omits many proven ingredients that are present in many of the best pre workout supplements.
This was absolutely clear when I tested it for my gym session I felt no effects at all. Absolutely nothing.
Due to the limited effects,the fact that it is missing the following ingredients and not being dosed adequately I would not suggest that this energy gel from Supplements Direct is worth investing in:
- Coconut water
- B vitamins
There is a better product than this that will get you fired up and cause hell in your chosen sport.