Beyond Raw is a well-respected sports nutrition brand that’s exclusively sold at GNC (online and in stores). The company was actually started by a former GNC employee who wanted to create a brand that was based on science, driven by obsession and elevated through innovation. Thus, the owner set out on a mission to formulate several supplements that featured proven ingredients dosed according to the latest research. Beyond Raw has made a commitment to their consumers that “If it’s on our labels, then it’s in our bottles.”
Last time Beyond RAW was featured on the PricePlow Blog, we covered Beyond Raw Pump, a stimulant-free pre-workout that delivered incredible pumps and performance! Considering that Beyond Raw Pump has the clinically-proven dose of Nitrosigine, one of PricePlow’s favorite nitric oxide boosters, it’s no surprise that this supplement works so well. Although Beyond Raw Pump is an incredible pre-workout, it’s not the company’s best-seller…
Beyond Raw Teams Up with Nutrition21 and Jolly Rancher!
As soon as Beyond Raw burst onto the sports nutrition industry, Beyond Raw LIT quickly became GNC’s best selling pre-workout. One of the things we appreciate most about Beyond Raw LIT is that it uses a fully transparent label, meaning that you know the exact dosages of each ingredient. Furthermore, they partnered with Nutrition21, one of the top ingredient suppliers in the supplement industry, to use the clinically-studied dose of Nitrosigine!
Nitrosigine is a patented ingredient. Several studies support their performance and cognitive-boosting benefits. It’s also currently one of the hottest ingredients in the sports nutrition industry and is used by multiple reputable companies.
Beyond Raw LIT is also available in several refreshing flavors, but they decided to take things a step further by releasing two licensed flavors in collaboration with Jolly Rancher! After trying both Jolly Rancher flavors — sour green apple and watermelon — we were blown away by how much they tasted like the actual hard candies! Beyond Raw LIT always had some pretty delicious flavors, but to get Jolly Rancher makes them stand out even more!
If you haven’t tried Beyond Raw LIT, we highly recommend picking up the licensed flavors because they’re just as good as they sound. Keep reading to find out more about Beyond Raw LIT and sign up for Beyond Raw news and deal alerts below!
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Beyond Raw LIT Ingredients
Beyond Raw LIT splits its supplement facts panel into two sections — Pump & N.O Support and Energy & Mental Intensity Blend. For example, Nitrosigine and L-citrulline promote nitric oxide products, leading to enhanced blood flow, nutrient/oxygen delivery, and muscular pumps.
On the other hand, ingredients such as beta-alanine, caffeine, and NeuroFactor heighten energy and mental focus. Overall, Beyond Raw LIT is a comprehensive pre-workout that increases several aspects of performance.
Beyond Raw recommends mixing one serving with eight ounces of cold water and consuming 20 to 30 minutes prior to your training session. If you need an extra energy boost on non-training days, you can also consume one serving.
Here’s what one serving (~14 grams) of Beyond Raw LIT delivers:
Pump & N.O Support – 4.5g
Nitrosigine (inositol-stabilized arginine silicate) – 1.5g
Nitrosigine has been getting a lot of buzz lately in the sports nutrition industry and for a good reason! Nitrosigine is a patented ingredient from Nutrition21, a leading ingredient supplier that’s also created several other cutting-edge dietary ingredients, such as nooLVL, Lepidamax, and Velositol. However, Nutrition21 is probably most well-known for Nitrosigine. It’s even starting to show up in other top-selling pre-workouts, like Beyond Raw Pump.
Nitrosigine is made up of three components — inositol, arginine, and silicate. They work synergistically to increase nitric oxide production. Arginine is an amino acid that was commonly used in pre-workouts a few years ago. It has since fallen out of favor because research shows that it has poor bioavailability due to the first-pass effect. This means that a large portion of arginine gets destroyed or metabolized before it can enter the bloodstream and boost nitric oxide production.
Fortunately, Nutrition21 solved the arginine dilemma by combining the molecule with inositol and binding it to silicate. Simply put, inositol and silicate act as arginine protectors by preventing the breakdown of arginine in the digestive tract. Arginine is then able to be absorbed into the bloodstream and utilized by the nitric oxide pathway. Thus, we like to say Nitrosigine is “the arginine we always wanted.”
Interestingly enough, a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Arkansas found that 1.5 grams of Nitrosigine increased blood flow and nitric oxide production to the same extent as 8 grams of citrulline malate — another potent nitric oxide booster. This doesn’t necessarily mean that Nitrosigine is superior to citrulline malate, but a gram-to-gram comparison demonstrates that Nitrosigine is stronger. Enhancing muscular pumps, blood flow, and performance aren’t the only things that Nitrosigine can do! Multiple clinical trials have shown that Nitrosigine increases mental energy, cognitive flexibility, and focus.[5-10]
In fact, a study published in the journal Nutrients found that Nitrosigine can mitigate cognitive decline that occurs from strenuous exercise.[8,9] There’s also some evidence to suggest that Nitrosigine decreases inflammation and muscular damage, thus boosting recovery. These are just some of the reasons why PricePlow is such a huge proponent of Nitrosigine and we’re glad to see that Beyond Raw LIT is using the clinically studied dose!
For more information on Nitrosigine, check out this blog post: Nitrosigine: The Nitric Oxide Booster That Enhances Brain Function and head over to Nitrosigine.com
L-Citrulline – 3g
To boost nitric oxide levels even further, Beyond Raw LIT uses 3 grams of L-citrulline, a non-proteinogenic amino acid. L-citrulline is by far the most common ingredient utilized in pre-workouts and pump products. Until Nitrosigine came onto the market, L-citrulline, along with citrulline malate, served as a superior alternative to arginine.In fact, a study from the Journal of Nutrition found that citrulline was more effective at increasing arginine levels than arginine supplementation itself. It turns out that L-citrulline isn’t impacted negatively by the first-pass effect, is readily absorbed into the bloodstream, and converted into arginine by various enzymes.After it’s converted to arginine, an enzyme called nitric oxide synthase converts arginine further into nitric oxide. Elevated levels of nitric oxide cause blood vessels to vasodilate, which delivers more blood flow, nutrients, and oxygen to working muscles.A study from the Journal of Strength and Conditioning found that following exercise, citrulline enhances anaerobic performance and decreases muscle soreness. Thus, by combining Nitrosigine and L-citrulline, Beyond Raw LIT delivers some skin-splitting pumps, boosts performance, and even promotes recovery.
Energy & Mental Intensity Blend – 5.2g
CarnoSyn Beta-Alanine – 3.2g
Instead of using a generic form of beta-alanine, Beyond Raw decided to use one of the only trademarked forms of beta-alanine in the industry — CarnoSyn. Beyond Raw LIT contains the clinically studied dose of beta-alanine, so don’t be alarmed if you start to feel a temporary itching/tingling sensation, also known as paraesthesia. Some people love this feeling, while others despise it, but nonetheless, the more you take beta-alanine, the less you’ll feel this side effect.
Beta-alanine is included in pre-workouts to boost muscular endurance. It’s well established that supplementing with beta-alanine is an effective way to boost carnosine levels within skeletal muscles. Carnosine is a dipeptide molecule that helps buffer lactic acid, meaning that it reduces lactic acid build-up that occurs during exercise.
With less lactic acid in the muscles, the better your body is able to regenerate adenosine triphosphate (the cells’ energy currency) and continue to train! According to a meta-analysis published in the journal Amino Acids, beta-alanine improves performance the most during activities that last between one and four minutes.
Micronized Creatine (Creatine Monohydrate) – 1.5g
One of the most researched ingredients in the dietary sports supplement industry is creatine monohydrate. We could write a massive blog post on just creatine alone, but for now, we’ll keep things short.
Beyond Raw specifically uses micronized creatine to improve its solubility in water (the compound sometimes settles at the bottom of the shaker bottle). Creatine is naturally found in animal products, most notably red meat. It’s also naturally produced in the body and primarily stored as phosphocreatine in skeletal muscle and brain.
By supplementing with creatine, you’re increasing your body’s creatine storage capacity, which is excellent for pumps and performance. The body has three main energy systems that generate ATP. The phosphocreatine energy system is one of them. Put simply, the phosphocreatine system regenerates ATP by donating a phosphate group to adenosine diphosphate (ADP), thus turning it back into ATP. So the more creatine you have in the muscle, the better you are at regenerating ATP and improving your performance.
A systematic review published in the International Society of Sports Nutrition found that creatine supplementation improves exercise performance, training adaptation, and may enhance post-exercise recovery. In terms of enhancing your pumps, creatine draws water into your muscle cells. Combine that with the increase in blood flow you get from Nitrosigine and L-citrulline, you’re almost guaranteed to get a good pump from Beyond Raw LIT.
Moreover, creatine is considered one of the most effective and safe ergogenic aids. It is important to note that the majority of research recommends supplementing with three to five grams of creatine per day in order to reach saturation levels and get the most benefits. Fortunately, creatine is one of the most affordable supplements and is easy to find.
Caffeine Anhydrous – 250mg
For most people, 250 milligrams of caffeine is considered moderate. It’s enough to power you through a workout but won’t leave you feeling too stimmed-out, anxious, or jittery. However, as with any pre-workout, PricePlow recommends starting with a half serving to assess your tolerance. But, if you’re someone who prefers more stimulants, check out Beyond Raw LIT AF!
Next to creatine, caffeine is the most studied ingredient in the sports nutrition industry. It’s been shown time and again to be safe and extremely effective at elevating focus, energy, mood, and overall performance in both aerobic and anaerobic activities. Caffeine is even capable of increasing pain tolerance, which is very helpful when you’re pushing your body to the limit. Caffeine expresses its ergogenic effects through two primary mechanisms:
- Inhibits adenosine by binding to its receptor
- Reduces the breakdown of cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) by inhibiting phosphodiesterase
Adenosine is a nucleoside that decreases neural activity, whereas phosphodiesterase negatively affects ATP production by breaking down cAMP, a secondary messenger involved in energy substrate metabolism. Caffeine readily crosses the blood-brain barrier, and caffeine anhydrous, in particular, works within minutes of ingestion. A meta-analysis published by the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition found that caffeine significantly improved subjects’ muscular strength and power, which is exactly what PricePlow readers love to hear!
elevATP (ancient peat & apple extract) – 150mg
The third trademarked ingredient in Beyond Raw LIT is one that we don’t see very often — elevATP. This ingredient was developed by FutureCeutical and consists of ancient peat and apple extract. It’s a fairly new ingredient in the dietary supplement industry, but it’s becoming more common as people start to experience its performance-enhancing effects.
A recent study published by Applied Physiology Nutrition and Metabolism found that elevATP was capable of increasing ATP levels, which as we discussed earlier, is essential for sustaining exercise performance. Decreased levels of ATP are the primary cause of fatigue, so the longer we can keep ATP levels elevated, the better we can perform.
One study has shown that supplementing with 150 milligrams of elevATP significantly increased one-repetition maxes in both the squat and deadlift. Participants also saw an increase in their vertical jump peak power and velocity. With the combination of beta-alanine, elevATP, and creatine monohydrate, your ATP regeneration capabilities should be firing on all cylinders!
NeuroFactor (Coffea arabica) (fruit extract) – 100mg
The fourth trademarked ingredient included in Beyond Raw LIT is another innovative ingredient from FutureCeuticals — NeuroFactor!
NeuroFactor is a Coffea arabica fruit extract that’s known for its ability to boost focus, mental energy, and cognition. NeuroFactor can be found in a variety of sports nutrition supplements, such as nootropics, pre-workouts, and even energy drinks. NeuroFactor works synergistically with caffeine to get you in the zone to crush a workout.
Beyond increasing your performance in the gym, NeuroFactor has other unique health benefits. A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that 100 milligrams of NeuroFactor were capable of increasing levels of neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in the brain. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor is a protein that’s highly concentrated in the brain and plays an important role in the development, maintenance, and growth of new neurons.[19,20]
Neurotrophic factor also possesses neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory, and immunomodulatory properties.[19,20] NeuroFactor is one of the few dietary supplements that’s been shown to increase BDNF, which is why it’s gained in popularity over the last few years.
Beyond Raw LIT Flavors
By teaming up with Jolly Rancher, Beyond Raw has brought some intense flavors to the Beyond Raw LIT flavor menu, and we hope that more licensed flavors are on the way. Beyond Raw is one of the few sports nutrition brands to use officially licensed flavors. So you know if a brand like Jolly Rancher is going to place their logo on a pre-workout, they must believe in the product.
Here’s an updated list of all Beyond Raw LIT flavor variations:
Beyond Raw LIT: Satisfy your Sweet Tooth and Crush your Workout
With the new Jolly Rancher flavor licensing deal, Beyond Raw LIT gives you the best of both worlds — it satisfies your sweet craving and fires you up to conquer a big training session. PricePlow is glad to see that Beyond Raw is continuing to innovate and improve by partnering with cutting-edge ingredient suppliers, like Nutrition21, and Jolly Rancher, a popular brand completely outside of the sports nutrition industry.
Not only do these partnerships bring more legitimacy to the dietary supplement scene, but they also get more people excited about exercising and improving their health. Being able to drink a sugar-free, zero-calorie pre-workout with that tastes like a Jolly Rancher is much better than eating a bag of candy.
Beyond Raw also offers several other well-formulated sports performance supplements, such as Beyond Raw LIT AF, Precision BCAA, and a Beyond Raw LIT ready-to-drink. We would like to see Beyond Raw carry over the exclusive Jolly Rancher flavors to these products as well. GNC is also getting involved with licensed flavor collaborations. They recently partnered with Girl Scouts to create a line of products, including protein bars, protein powders, and ready-to-drink shakes, in flavors made popular by classic Girl Scout Cookies!
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