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White Flash is Controlled Labs’ Best Pre-Workout Yet!

Controlled Labs is on fire lately, and they’re not letting up now.

The creators of Purple Wraath recently pulled a major win against Marc Lobliner in the decade-long BCAA vs. EAA war and now they have one of the best nootropic powders we’ve ever tried in Orange Brainwash, and the Orange Triad multivitamin continues to pull consistent sales thanks to its added joint support.

Controlled Labs White Flash

Controlled Labs White Flood was one of our first ever pre workouts… but White Flash here takes the cake and then some!!

Needless to say, it always piques our interest when this brand drops new supplements, because they’re always very unique and ahead of the curve (sometimes 10 years ahead of the curve, as was their case with Purple Wraath).

But in this industry, it’s all about the pre workout, an area where Controlled Labs has always excelled, but never fully dominated.

That changed this spring, because the company has just released what is easily its best pre-workout ever!

Controlled Labs says it made White Flash with a single goal in mind: to create the ultimate pump product that competitors can’t touch.

They’re claiming that it’s with the best new novel compounds, and at proper dosages… and we’re not arguing. This label is ferocious.

Come for the L-citrulline and caffeine, stay for the VASO-6 and Lion’s Mane

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Consider Controlled Labs game 100x stepped up after reading about this and Orange Brainwash!

Utilizing a synergistic combination of ten ingredients to attack the pumps, focus, and stimulants… users may come for the L-Citrulline and caffeine (300mg), but they’re going to stay for the VASO-6 and Lion’s Mane.

Controlled Labs just upgraded their pre workout menu — and now they’re ready to upgrade your workout plan. We get into the ingredients below, but first, let’s take a look at the PricePlow prices and sign up for Controlled Labs news and deals:

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Promising to cover every angle of pump and performance, White Flash is this spring’s must-try pre workout, with some insane stats for nitric oxide production, blood flow enhancement, improved energy, and maddening cellular swelling, all while giving users optimized mental focus.

When a brand makes a statement like that, we head to the label and realize that they’re not kidding!

The Controlled Labs White Flash Ingredients

So, what makes White Flash worth considering as your next pre-workout? A single serving is just under 16g in a scoop — fairly large — but you’re going to get 20 of them in a tub. Before going any further, let’s re-emphasize that there’s 300mg caffeine per scoop, but if you’re caffeine-sensitive, even ⅔ scoop should provide some sick performance:

  • Vitamin B6 (10mg) and Vitamin B12 (250mcg)

    Controlled Labs White Flash Ingredients

    “Come for the L-Citrulline and Caffeine, stay for the VASO-6 and Lion’s Mane”

    Kicking off the label is a heavy dose of Vitamin B6 and a mega dose of Vitamin B12. This is 500% of your daily B6 “requirements” and 4167% of your daily recommended B12.

    Vitamin B6 is viewed as the superior B vitamin for brain health. It’s required for the creation of several neurotransmitters in the brain and supports our memory, ability to learn, and BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) expression.[1]

    Additionally, Vitamin B6 also works with Vitamin B12 to support the body’s production of red blood cells.

    Vitamin B12 (250mcg)

    Meanwhile, Vitamin B12 is necessary for nerve and red blood cell formation. B12 can be difficult to obtain for vegans and vegetarians, as it is only available from animal foods. Supplementing with Vitamin B12 for extended periods of time has been noted to enhance cognitive functions like memory performance.[2]

    Now that the vitamins are out of the way (we’ll get back to BDNF), let’s get this party started:

  • L-Citrulline (5g)

    Controlled Labs White Flash Review

    Controlled Labs has gotten more swole lately, probably thanks to beta testing this epic formula

    3g citrulline? Nah. 4g? Nope! We need 5g, a nice and heavy dose of straight L-citrulline. Right off the bat you know that Controlled Labs is serious about the blood flow and “nitric oxide pump” with White Flash! Arguably the most well-known nitric oxide booster at this point, this pre-workout starts off with a five gram bang… and let us warn you this isn’t even the NO booster we’re most excited about here!

    We know citrulline drives nitric oxide uptake during high-intensity exercise, but not everyone realizes it actually works by converting into L-arginine first. Supplementing L-arginine is yesterday’s news though, getting there with the L-citrulline-based nitric oxide pathway is a much more efficient means to accomplish that end,[3] instead of supplementing with arginine on its own.

    Now that we’ve got your attention…

  • Betaine Anhydrous (4g)

    Betaine has been trending upwards recently for pre-workout inclusion, especially as an alternative to creatine for muscle-building purposes. White Flash has 4g of Betaine Anhydrous, which is 1.5g higher than the clinically studied 2.5g.

    As an osmolyte, betaine helps with water transfer between cells, and the benefits of this ingredient are primarily to improve endurance and power output.[4] But at this dose, there’s a good chance that there will be pumps felt from it as well, so long as you are drinking enough water.

    Controlled Labs Orange Brain Wash Banner

    Increased focus, energy, alertness, mood, and reaction time… Orange Brainwash is as good of a nootropic as White Flash is as a pre workout!

    One thing we don’t always talk about is how betaine even increases muscle protein synthesis!  Another benefit is that it can reduce soreness, which makes this ideal to add in conjunction with your pre-workout drink, to kickstart recovery before you thrash it![5]

    We love seeing a well-dosed product and this should excite anyone who wants to try White Flash. Consider your betaine needs done, even if you don’t even need a full scoop. Creatine still may be helpful, but you can get that in later.

  • L-Tyrosine (1.5g)

    Packing a whopping 1.5g of Tyrosine, Controlled Labs is clearly aimed at making a top shelf pre-workout!

    We have said before that L-Tyrosine is a more effective form of tyrosine compared to the oft-used N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine. At 1.5g per serving, we are glad Controlled Labs is giving such a powerful dose.

    Tyrosine aids in the production of important neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine.[6] With higher levels of these neurotransmitters, you will generally experience a much better focus and stronger concentration, and decreased level of stress and anxiety. This helps you generate your own “fight or flight” response, in which it’s time to tunnel down and focus onto the task at hand – manhandling the weights.

    L-Tyrosine

    For the best effects from tyrosine, choose the regular L-Tyrosine version!

    We are only three ingredients into this label, but White Flash is checking all the right boxes for users! 3/3 so far.

    But we’ve been playing “offense” lately, what about protecting some of our nitric oxide production? Time for defense:

  • Agmatine Sulfate (750mg)

    Yet another pump ingredient, Agmatine helps manage and control nitric oxide (NO) synthesis in our bodies, which in turn will lead to greater pumps. It does this by inhibiting nitric oxide synthase, which limits our bodies’ nitric oxide levels. Essentially, this helps limit factors that may hinder nitric oxide in our body and promotes increased blood flow and nutrient delivery!

    Agmatine also works as a neuromodulator and a neurotransmitter. In turn, this helps aid in the management of your Central Nervous System, which is a welcomed addition considering the amount of stress that weight lifting puts on the body.

    Agmatine is a time-tested ingredient and works very synergistically with the ingredients we have already listed. Citrulline (and VASO-6) for offense, agmatine for defense. Done and done.

    Next up is a seriously hot nootropic ingredient:

  • Hericium Erinaceus Mushroom Powder (Lion’s Mane Mushroom Powder) (500mg)

    Lion's Mane Nerve Cells

    Lion’s Mane is able to stimulate growth in brain cells.

    Commonly known as Lion’s Mane, Hericium Erinaceus is a mushroom with growing popularity. Anyone familiar with nootropics are aware of its benefits!

    Research is demonstrating that this mushroom can drive Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) in the brain as well as memory, recall, and cognitive function.[7,8,9]

    A single gram has been shown to a fairly substantial dose, so coming in at half a gram should offer some solid benefits. Unfortunately, we do not know how much Beta-glucans are present in this dose. Beta-glucans are the polysaccharides in mushroom which drive many of the nootropic benefits we have come to love.

    Even with a half-gram serving, you can expect to see a fair amount of nootropic effects when taking White Flash. This is typically our initial “starter dose”, which is perfect for pre workout purposes so that you get accustomed to it. It gains steam over time for many users, so know that if White Flash is making you feel better and better each time, you may want to do further research on the Lion’s Mane.

    Where can you get another 500mg, perhaps on the opposite end of your day? Look no further than Controlled Labs Orange Brainwash, the cognitive enhancing product mentioned in the intro of this article. We told you, this brand is on fire lately!

  • Caffeine Anhydrous (300mg)

    Caffeine D2 / D3 Receptor

    This graphic shows caffeine’s effects on wakefulness.

    Yes! Arguably the most proven performance enhancing ingredient, caffeine never needs much introduction to our readers on PricePlow. This is obviously the go-to for energy needs, both inside and outside the fitness industry. The benefits are time-tested and there’s a reason millions of people drink coffee in the morning!

    Caffeine can increase the bodies metabolic rate, provide an immediate source of energy. It can lead to more calories being burned and increased sports performance – not to mention it keeps you from falling asleep at work![10]

    With a 300mg dose, this is right on the borderline for people who have a sensitivity or intolerance to caffeine – but given how insanely dosed this product is, you can easily get away with ⅔ scoop and meter White Flash out to 30 servings.

    But you all know that we’re going in full scooper.

  • VASO-6 (300mg)

    VASO-6 Vasodilation

    Charts like this always make us put our skeptical hat on, but CJ is now a believer!

    And here it is, the next reason why White Flash is about to annihilate its competition.

    Trending as one of the most popular pre-workout additions in recent memory, VASO-6 is more than just a big buzzword in the sports supplement industry. This stuff is legit.

    VASO-6 is a compound of six different green tea catechins, all designed to improve blood flow by dilating the blood vessels and enhancing nitric oxide production. Although there is not too much data on the Compound Solutions ingredient, there are certainly benefits known from green tea and its extractions.

    The patent helps guide the way, as we see that our old friend epicatechin is involved – specifically galloylated epicatechins.

    The resultant VASO-6 increases nitric oxide production, which should give users more efficient blood flow and drive ATP production and muscle recovery. A by-product of improved blood flow is better nutrient partitioning, which makes this another pre-workout benefit. But we’re here for the pumps.

    Another reason why this is such a great pre-workout ingredient, VASO-6 stimulates endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) enzyme which combats fatigue and improves strength & recovery.[11]

    We’re only scratching the surface on this ingredient — it packs serious punch and we haven’t found anyone try it and not like it (except for maybe its competitors!). Time will tell if it becomes a widely accepted addition to pre-workouts everywhere, but right here right now you have Controlled Labs ahead of the curve making it happen, and this is a serious way to try.

  • L-Theanine (100mg)

    Not done with the tea components just yet!

    Camelia Sinensis

    L-theanine comes from the camelia sinensis plant

    We jokingly refer to L-Theanine as caffeine’s nicer half. L-Theanine works synergistically with caffeine, reducing the jitters and anxiety associated with it. L-Theanine is the perfect ingredient to combine with a heavy dose, and that’s when there’s increased cognitive benefits.[12] The L-theanine and caffeine pairing is also one of the safest and recommended nootropic stacks we know of.

    But sometimes too much L-Theanine is too relaxing, which may be good before bed but not pre workout. So we prefer to see less Theanine than caffeine in a supplement, and White Flash delivers with a conservative 1:3 theanine to caffeine ratio. Perfect for what we’re doing here.

    This ratio is ideal for someone looking to avoid the cracked-out effects of caffeine but wants the energy that 300mg can provide!

  • AstraGin (50mg)

    AstraGin is the patented combination of panax notoginseng and astragalus membranaceus from NuLivScience. It’s designed to increase amino uptake,[13] specifically that of L-citrulline in our case here.

    What is AstraGin really amplifying here? We're not completely sure

    AstraGin is here for the L-Citrulline amplification… but maybe more!

    The effects of this ingredient combination have been shown to increase ATP production, boost energy metabolism, and even limit the death of cells in your body![14] Its benefits exceed simply the “performance” variety and has been used to decrease brain issues, by strengthening the protective effects on cerebral ischemia injury.[14] This could pair up well with Lion’s Mane, and Controlled Labs is the first we’ve seen put them together (in both White Flash here and Orange Brainwash).

    Increase amino uptake, ATP production, aids metabolism, and less cellular death? We were already sold at VASO-6, but sign us up!

  • Theobromine (20mg)

    At this point, we’re well into “why not?” territory, since we’re already rip roarin ready to dive in here.

    Theobromine is a secondary stimulant and can be found in coffee beans. It has a very similar structure to caffeine, but it’s far less strong in terms of its stimulatory effects. Theobromine can double as a fat burning agent, giving a smooth and less jittery experience as opposed to other stimulants.[15]

    This is a neat addition to White Flash, offering some promising fat burning effect go compliment the pump, energy, and nootropic benefits.

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What a formula! This all deserves a spinning White Flash:

White Flash Full Label

You know it’s for real when there’s an animated gif involved!

White Flash Flavors

White Flash is available in three different fruity flavors:

  • Cherry Lime
  • Strawberry Kiwi
  • Sour Green Apple

Nothing too crazy here, which is usually a good thing given Controlled Labs’ name and long-time customers who look for results, not unicorn cereal bowl flavors!

Takeaway: A must-try pre workout for 2018… and beyond

Taking a stroll down memory lane with Controlled Labs pre workouts, White Flood was the OG that made us love the brand, and this is the next pre workout to do it again!

White Flood Reborn had to deal with an era of ‘spiking’ and never took off, White Rapids was more of a “value” play, and there have been several other stim-free products such as White Blood, White Pump, and White Pipes.

White Flash is on a whole other level than all the others.

With their latest rendition here, Controlled Labs has made one of the more interesting pre-workouts we’ve seen in recent memory. Literally not a single complaint with this supplement.

Controlled Labs White Flash Label

The label calls for 12-16oz water, just where we like it!

Getting back to the claims in the intro, the label definitely backs it all up on paper, and we agree that White Flash is not only the best pre-workout from Controlled Labs, but it is pushing the limits of what a pre-workout can be in 2018.

Adding some heavy nootropic ingredients along with proven pump ingredients alongside the hot new dames in VASO-6 and Lion’s Mane, White Flash is no joke here.

Welcome back to the show, Controlled Labs. A highly-respected company needs to have a highly-respected pre workout, and they’ve done it and then some – without needing any ‘exotic’ stimulants.

We have no complaints and no further questions on this one. It’s simply time to dive in and try it.

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