APS Morph 3: Pre Workout Stimulant Powerhouse!

Update: Morph3 has only been released in Australia so far. Those down under may need to check their local stores. North Americans can sign up for notifications on this page, but we’re not sure if it will ever be released in the US.

APS Morph 3

Morph 3 is the newest incarnation of Mesomorph, a very powerful pre workout from APS.

APS Nutrition has released an alternative version of APS Mesomorph, their well-known (and very powerful DMAA-based) pre workout, with the all new Morph 3™.

According to APS, Morph 3 is “one of the most advanced, all-purpose energy, focus, hydration and exercise performance drinks ever created.”

We’ve got the ingredient label to see if it meets claims, and they certainly seem to be going with the “more ingredients is better” mentality – this stuff is LOADED with stimulants – including a new one that’s been getting a ton of attention lately.

It’s not yet available in any of PricePlow’s US-based stores, but trust us, we’re keeping an eye out for it!

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Morph 3 Ingredients

Each scoop of Morph 3 is a whopping 15.5g, and those 15.5g are PACKED with a ton of ingredients. They’ve opted for a mostly prop blend, only revealing the actual amounts of 3 ingredients (caffeine, taurine, and gluconolactone).

Although we don’t like proprietary blends, we do at least appreciate how much caffeine is in there so we can adjust our first dose.

Morph 3 is now the 3rd product we’ve seen lately to use Eria Jarensis as part of its stim blend. Which is where we’ll start our analysis:

  • Eria Jarensis Extract

    One of newer ingredients in Morph 3 that’s being promoted as a possible replacement to the infamous DMAA is Eria Jarensis Extract. It’s also in the hot new SP250, where Gaspari is calling it “the first truly effective stimulant used in the sports supplements industry as a substitute for the now-banned DMAA.”

    What’s in this stuff?

    However, there’s next to no research on this, which makes it hard to speculate on its effectiveness.

    Regarding what’s inside, though, we believe that three of the potential constituents are the PEA-based ingredients, N-methyl-PEA and N,N-dimethyl-PEA, but more importantly, a source of the hot new N-phenethyl dimethylamine.[26] This information can be found in the archived volumes of Acta Chemica Scandinavica, dating back to a journal in 1969, so it’s nearly a half century old.[27] We’ll be on the lookout for more information, but until then, that’s what we have.

    Update: Since creating this anslysis, we’ve performed far more research on this ingredient. You can get the in-depth research in our post, Eria Jarensis Extract / N-phenethyl dimethylamine: The Next Big Thing?

    N-Phenethyldimethylamine 2D Receptor with Protection Highlighted

    N-Phenethyldimethylamine is like a PEA molecule, but with an N,N’ Alkyl section that also prevents MAO from cleaving it… although not as well as DMAA’s mechanism. Click the image to read more.

    How does it feel?

    In our currently limited uses of SP250, there is clearly a “euphoric” feeling here that lasts longer than PEA typically does (PEA is broken down extremely fast – say 5-10 minutes – by your MAO enzymes). That’s purely anecdotal, but so far, so good with the ingredient.

    Anyway, we have no idea how this extract affects metabolic rate, energy expenditure, or any type of athletic parameter, so the jury will be out until some studies surfact. But it’s exciting to hear about this, since many of us did enjoy DMAA supplements when they were around.

  • Synthenox-Carnosine / Nitric Oxide Complex

    APS Morph 3 Ingredients

    Morph 3 is the latest supplement to make use of the untested, but much anticipated, Eria Jarensis Extract.

    Morph 3’s first prop blend of ingredients contains a mix of effective and not-so effective endurance and pump aids, starting with:

    • Beta-alanine

      The non-protein amino acid that is the building block of muscular carnosine. It helps boost endurance, strength, endurance, and delay fatigue across a wide range of sports and fitness applications.[1,2,3,4] Since this is part of a prop blend, you may want to add some bulk BA to help meet the usual daily dose of 3.2g.

    • L-citrulline

      Citrulline has now replaced the much beloved Arginine as everyone’s favorite pump, endurance, and even recovery booster. It has a higher bioavailability than Arginine and increases levels of arginine in the body more so than supplementing with regular L-Arginine.[5]This results in higher nitric oxide (NO) production in the body, thereby increasing blood flow to the muscles and yielding a significantly bigger and stronger PUMP for your muscles.

    • Arginine & 2-oxoPentanedioic acid

      If this chemical name looks strange to you, don’t worry, you’ve seen this N.O. booster before under the more common name, AKG. When combined with arginine, you get Arginine-Alpha Ketoglutarate (AAKG).If citrulline wasn’t enough, (or if not enough is included), APS has added AAKG to it’s NO-boosting complex.

      The results to date on AAKG are mixed, but it may help as a pump enhancer.[6] One other study has shown that it may increase bench press power and strength.[7] But the subjects in that trial were given a 4g dose of AAKG, which we doubt is dosed that high in Morph 3.

  • Meso Swell-Cell Volumizing ATP Matrix

    This is one of those products whose pump blends is frustrating, since we don’t have the dosing, but still promising, since there are so many different ingredients that can induce nitric oxide and hydration pumps using several different pathways. It also has a couple creatine-based ingredients:

    • DL-creatine malate

      Here we have a combination of creatine and malic acid. Creatine malate claims to offer all the strength and body composition benefits of creatine supplementation[8,9] with none of the “bloat” that’s typically attributed to monohydrate use.The addition of malic acid should help removing lactic acid and ammonia build up in the body which increases your ATP production, and therefore your endurance and ATP production.[10,11]

    • Taurine (1500mg)

      Taurine is one of the most abundant amino acids in the body. It’s mainly stored muscles, brain, and heart. It’s considered “conditionally” essential, meaning that during periods of intense exercise, the body can’t produce enough to keep up with its needs.Taurine helps pull nutrients and water into muscle cells.[12] This should help with pumps and reducing delayed onset muscle soreness when exercising.[13]

  • Creatine Nitrate

    Creatine Solubility

    Many think creatine nitrate is better than monohydrate due to its higher solubility, but there are no studies validating its effectiveness over mono.

    Here we have another creatine hybrid that further helps with pumps due to its nitrate component. Many believe it to be a superior form of creatine due to its increased water solubility, which would lead to better absorption by the body. However, there are no current studies on creatine nitrate being superior to creatine mono in terms of exercise performance or strength.

    Although the dose included here is probably much less than needed to be considered efficacious (we like at least 3g of total creatine each and every day), we can add it to the creatine malate dose above.

    • Creatinol-O-Phosphate

      Creatinol-O-Phosphate (COP) functions similar to beta alanine in that it acts as a lactic acid buffer. It also aids in prolonging anaerobic glycolysis.Additionally, COP donates a phosphate back to the ATP process in the body, thereby increasing creatine’s effects. There just isn’t a whole lot of research expounding the benefits of COP currently, but hope that changes as more and more supplements seem to be using this stamina enhancer. Some users even report better pumps with it.

    • Agmatine Sulfate

      Agmatine sulfate is another well-known nitric oxide booster that works by inhibiting the breakdown of NO in the body. The usual dose in a pre workout is 500mg, but yet again we have no clue how much is in Morph 3. However, in combination with Citrulline, Creatine Nitrate, Taurine, and AAKG, you should get some decent pumps in each workout.

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  • Neuromorph-Neuro Energized Stimulant Matrix

    • Glucuronolactone (1200mg)

      Here is another ingredient that really makes us wonder why it’s in so many supplements, given the limited research on it. Just about every energy drink available has it, so it seems to be safe, but WHY include it, especially at this dosage, if the research backing it is mixed at best.It may help with energy, but the jury is still out on this one…

    • Caffeine Anhydrous (300mg)

      Now we come to a REAL energy and metabolism booster, in a hefty dose as well. 300mg seems to be the “gold standard” with most new pre workouts hitting the market. This is will drive whether you choose to use a ½ scoop or go for a full scoop and get a serious boost of energy.We won’t take up too much space expounding on caffeine’s long been established history in boosting mood, focus, endurance and performance.[14,15] We’ve still got a few more ingredients to go in this beast.

    • Grapefruit Extract

      Grapefruits have gained the spotlight recently as being beneficial for diabetics,[18] and for helping lower blood pressure.[19]There is some thought that it may aid with weight loss also, but the research is conflicting at best. So enjoy some of the BP lowering effects you may exhibit, but don’t count on it for helping oxidize fat too much.

    • Erythropalum Scandens Extract

      Erythropalum Scandens

      Erythropalum Scandens is another novel ingredient in Morph 3 that contains a host of various PEA substances that will have a longer lasting and strong stim kick than regular PEA.

      Erythropalum Scandens is a plant native to Southern Asia, which uses its herb for a number of medicinal purposes. When analyzed, there are close to 40 bio-active compounds in its leaves,[20] some of which may be useful in boosting energy levels.

      Some of these include N–Benzyl–2-phenethylamine, 2-Phenylethylamine, and N,N-Diethyl-2-Phenylethylamine which will have a longer half-life than regular PEA and provide a better, and longer lasting stim kick.[21]

      So, as if the eria jarensis above wasn’t enough, we get even more possibilities here. This is going to be one extremely unique (and strong!) feeling supplement, to say the least. We recommend starting at less than one scoop because of this.

    • Citrus Aurantium Extract

      Citrus aurantium (bitter orange) is a safe, proven, substitute for the now excommunicated ephedra.[22,23] It’s also sometimes referred to as synephrine, and has a chemical structure similar to ephedraSynephrine acts on the Beta-2 and Beta-3 receptors in your body.[24,25] This triggers the release of triglycerides (lipolysis), which allows your body to “burn” fat as fuel. We just not sure what specifically they’re standardizing for. It could be synephrine, but we’re not entirely certain.

    • Theobroma Cocoa Extract

      Theobroma Cocoa Extract comes from cocoa and is usually associated with the “feel-good” sensation you may experience when consuming chocolate. It also possesses a mild stimulatory effect, similar to caffeine, but has a smoother more prolonged effect.[17]When it’s used with caffeine, it helps smooth out any crash that may be experienced when using higher doses of caffeine. So you can stay energized longer and not have to worry about bottoming out in the aftermath of your workout.

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Available Flavors

Morph 3 from APS is available in four flavors:

  • Frozen Margarita
  • Strawberry Kiwi
  • Tropical Punch, and
  • Watermelon

We haven’t seen too many pre workouts with a “Margarita” flavoring, so this should be quite interesting!

Availability

Frozen Margarita

Frozen Margarita is a unique flavor that we can’t wait to try once Morph is available in the US!

As of writing, Morph3 is only available overseas – not in any of PricePlow’s US stores. We’re not sure if it will come to America, but if it does, you can get notified by signing up for our alerts below! Otherwise, if you’re in the US, the closest thing to this is going to be Gaspari’s SP250 (and you can always compare prices on APS Mesomorph with PricePlow too).

Wrap Up

APS certainly pulled out all the tools when creating this concoction of ingredients! Currently it only appears to be available to our friends in Australia and New Zealand. The rest of us will have to keep using Mesomorph V2 until we get a domestic release, which we hope is sooner rather than later.

We do like the inclusion of Eria Jarensis, which just may possibly be the next “big thing” in terms of stims going into new pre workouts and fat burners. Keep your eyes peeled and ears open when this hits the market and for any other products that may start using this novel ingredient!

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