Cellucor CN3 – Nitrate Powered Creatine!

Cellucor CN3

CN3 is the latest addition to Cellucor’s G4 Chrome series of supplements geared towards its advanced users. Are you ready for the pumps?

Today, Cellucor has just revealed their latest product that will join the G4 Chrome Series. This is Cellucor’s “graduate” line of products specifically designed for those individuals who really want to push the envelope and eek every ounce of anabolic potential from their workouts.

Until now, only heavily pixelated versions of the supplement have been floating around the net. All that ends now, as we have our hands on Cellucor’s newest product, CN3!

What is it and where does it fit into the brand’s all star line up?

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CN3 Ingredients

Cellucor CN3 Ingredients

CN3 keeps a sleek ingredient panel with only 2 ingredients, but they are sure to pack one hell of a pump!

CN3 is pretty straightforward when it comes to the ingredient panels. There are only 2 active ingredients that comprise CN3’s formula (one of which you can probably guess) and they are both transparently dosed beginning with:

  • Creatine Nitrate (3g)

    Longtime users of Cellucor’s famous pre workout , C4, are no strangers to creatine nitrate. It’s been in every iteration of the product and is still a prominent player in the G4 Chrome Series edition as well.

    Creatine Nitrate is a 2-in-1 product that combines the anabolic enhancing benefits of creatine with the pump inducing perks of nitrates. This is quite a hefty dose of CN as well, as the latest version of C4 only contains 1.5g of the compound.

    Creatine has long been known as one of the most well-researched and effective natural compounds any lifter or athlete could use. It increases lean body mass, power, and strength, while reducing soreness and fatigue.[1,2,3,4,5]

    Now, most of those studies are all on creatine monohydrate. Very few studies have utilized these newer forms of creatine. However, research done at Texas A&M clearly demonstrates CN’s effectiveness with athletes improving power and total work volume,[6] when using creatine nitrate.

    Let’s not forget about the second half of this 2-in-1 ingredient, the nitrates!

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    Nitrates have become increasingly popular in pre workout products in recent years for a few reasons. First and foremost, nitrates are potent vasodilators in the body[7,8] leading to increased blood flow to your muscles. This increased blood flow translates into bigger, badder, and longer lasting pumps!

    Secondly, nitrate supplementation exerts some cardiovascular benefits in terms of lowering blood pressure.[9] As if that’s not enough, nitrates also enhance your athletic performance by decreasing the body’s consumption of oxygen during bouts of intense exercise.[10]

    Lowering the oxygen “cost” of exercise can lead to improved energy efficiency during the long workouts and increasing the time until you succumb to fatigue.[11]

    NO3-T Creatine Nitrate

    NO3-T

    Cellucor / Nutrabolt is legally licensing this ingredient from ThermoLife International[14]

    Note that this is a legally-licensed form of creatine nitrate named NO3-T. ThermoLife International holds (and strictly enforces) the patents to this compound.[14]

    You can rest assured that Cellucor is “playing by the rules” and using the real deal with this product, so it shouldn’t ever have to disappear from the market for legal reasons.

  • Vitamin C (500mg)

    CN3’s second ingredient is everyone’s favorite antioxidant, Vitamin C. Coming in at a hefty 500mg dose, this vitamin is usually thought to be more of a preventative measure when looking to avoid a cold. However, Vitamin C can actually boost your mid workout pumps. The common vitamin can elevate nitric oxide (N.O.) levels in the body,[12,13] and is frequently used alongside nitrates to enhance their processes. Coupled with creatine nitrate, you should be in for one heck of a pump during your workout!

Flavors Available

Cellucor CN3 Cherry Limeade

Cherry Limeade is one of two confirmed flavor options for CN3. We got our hands on one and can’t wait to give it a go.

So far, all that’s confirmed for CN3 is Cherry Limeade, Fruit Punch and Unflavored options. Each tub of CN3 contains 45 servings. Users are advised to not exceed more than 1 scoop per day, lest you experience skin-tearing pumps that will land you on the sidelines.

Stacking Warning!!!

Due to the high nitrate content in CN3, it would be best advised to NOT stack this with C4 or any other pre workout that contains nitrates as part of their respective formulas. Taking in too many nitrates can lead to a drop in blood pressure, dizziness, headaches, nausea, etc.

So, be smart and check any and all labels you use when mixing up your pre workout cocktail!

Wrap Up

Cellucor is stepping up its pre workout game by adding a simple, no nonsense product to their ever-expanding G4 Chrome Series of products. We’re big fans of nitrates here at PricePlow both for their pump-inducing effects as well as their ergogenic benefits. We were lucky enough to get our hands on a tub of CN3 and will be back with an in-depth review once we’ve put it through the paces.

As always, the success of a product comes down to effectiveness, price point, and brand recognition (which Cellucor has no problem with).

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References

  1. Bemben, M; The effects of supplementation with creatine and protein on muscle strength following a traditional resistance training program in middle-aged and older men.; Neuromuscular Lab, Dept. Health & Exercise Science, U. Oklahoma; 2010
  2. Chilibeck, P; Effect of creatine ingestion after exercise on muscle thickness in males and females.; College of Kinesiology, University of Saskatchewan; 2004
  3. Hoffman, J; Effect of creatine and beta-alanine supplementation on performance and endocrine responses in strength/power athletes.; Dept. of Health and Exercise Science, The College of New Jersey; 2006
  4. Anomasiri, W; Low dose creatine supplementation enhances sprint phase of 400 meters swimming performance.; Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University; 2004
  5. Effect of short-term creatine supplementation on markers of skeletal muscle damage after strenuous contractile activity.
  6. http://www.exerciseandsportnutritionlab.com/Portals/70/ISSN%202015%20Galvan%20Woodbolt%204%20Poster%2006-08-15b%20%282%29.pdf
  7. Cardiology. 1987;74 Suppl 1:12-9.
  8. Nat Med. 2003 Dec;9(12):1498-505. Epub 2003 Nov 2.
  9. Nutr J. 2012 Dec 11;11:106. doi: 10.1186/1475-2891-11-106.
  10. Acta Physiol (Oxf). 2007 Sep;191(1):59-66. Epub 2007 Jul 17.
  11. J Appl Physiol. 2011 Mar;110(3):591-600. doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.01070.2010. Epub 2010 Nov 11.
  12. Heller R, et al; L-Ascorbic acid potentiates nitric oxide synthesis in endothelial cells . J Biol Chem. (1999)
  13. Heller R, et al; L-ascorbic acid potentiates endothelial nitric oxide synthesis via a chemical stabilization of tetrahydrobiopterin . J Biol Chem. (2001)
  14. Kramer, R; Amino Acid Compounds; US Patent and Trademark Office; US 7777074 B2; Retrieved from https://www.google.com/patents/US7777074
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