Gold Star Infrared – DMHA Fat Burner

Gold Star Infrared

Infrared, produced by Gold Star Performance, is the only fat burner on the market to include the 2016 headline stimulant DMHA, 2-aminoisoheptane.

Earlier this year we covered the breakthrough stimulant for 2016, 2-aminoisoheptane, a.k.a. DMHA. Following up on that blog post, we broke down the only pre workout currently sold that contains the fun new stim, Triple X from Gold Star Performance.

Today we’re going to cover the only fat burner on the market to contain the fun, new stimulant also produced by Gold Star. It used to be known as Viper, hence the snakehead pictured on the label, but now goes under the name Infrared.

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Infrared Ingredients

Infrared contains a handful of powerful ingredients widely known to help control cravings, boost mood, and, most important of all, kickstart fat loss. And trust us, if yIf you’ve been struggling to stick to your diet and shed those last few pounds

  • Infrared Proprietary Blend (665mg)

    • 2-Aminoisoheptane

      Gold Star Infrared Ingredients

      Infrared’s profile contains a number of compounds to boost mood, focus, and energy while stimulating fat loss.

      As we mentioned in the Triple X blog, we’re working under the assumption this is DMHA, or 2-amino-6-methylheptane, which Gold Star hypes as an ideal replacement for DMAA and AMP Citrate (and we agree with). While it may not be an exact 1:1 swap in terms of effects, DMHA does feel really, really good. We’ve been experimenting with different doses of Triple X and the mood and focus boost from it is top notch!

      DMHA is structurally similar to DMAA and AMP Citrate (DMBA), all of which are classified as “psychostimulants.”[1]

      DMHA has been shown to boost levels of various monoamines in the body, most notably dopamine and norepinephrine.[2,3] Once these two neurotransmitters get ramped up, you’ll experience pronounced increases in alertness, mood, and energy without feeling overly stimmed.[4]

      The issue is that we’re not 100% sure what “2-aminoisoheptane” means – there are two stimulants that it can be (2-amino-6-methylheptane and 2-amino-5-methylheptane). Chances are, it’s DMHA, or the ‘6’ version, which is lower cost and has more research behind it.

      We just wished we knew how much 2-amino was in there and which exact form is inside…

    • N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine

      Gold Star Infrared Box

      Infrared used to be known as Viper, hence the snakehead on the front of the box.

      Continuing on the focus and mood-boosting train is N-Acetyl-Tyrosine (NALT). It’s the more heat stable form of the amino acid, L-Tyrosine. Typically, tyrosine isn’t very soluble in water or all that bioavailable in the body. However, through acetylation, both the solubility and availability of tyrosine is greatly enhanced.

      In regards to effects, NALT increases the production of two critical neurotransmitters in the body, dopamine and noradrenaline. Elevated levels of these compounds further heighten mood and focus, while decreasing stress and anxiety.[5,6]

    • 1,3,7-Trimethylxanthine

      It can be found under a number of names, but at the end of the day, 1,3,7-Trimethylxanthine is good old caffeine, the backbone of any fat burner on the market. Little needs to be said about this staple ingredient, but it’s worth reminding everyone that it’s great for increasing energy, focus, and athletic performance.[7,8,9,10]

      Much like DMHA we have no clue how much is in here… so for your first dose you’re going to want to stick with one capsule to feel it for yourself.

    • White Willow

      2-Aminoisoheptane

      DMHA with 2D Structure with PEA Backbone Highlighted. Click the image to read more about it!

      White Willow Bark is the natural source of aspirin precursor, salicylic acid. Traditional medicines have used it as a means for natural pain relief. Clinical research demonstrates white willow bark helps alleviate low back pain and osteoarthritis.[11]

      Another study shows white willow bark functions as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.[12] While both are interesting features, we’re honestly not sure why it’s included in Infrared. Anecdotal accounts say that white willow may help to “extend” the effects of the caffeine and other stimulants, like DMHA, but we haven’t seen any conclusive research to prove this.

      Consider the old ephedra-based fat burners that used to have the ECA stack — ephedrine, caffeine, and aspirin. It’s likely that the white willow is meant to simulate the effects that aspirin brought to the table with those old ECA stacks.

    • 1-Hydroxypholedrine

      1-Hydroxypholedrine also can be found under the name oxilofrine, AKA real methylsynephrine.[13] It’s a mixed-adrenergic agonist with an ephedrine-like pharmacological profile.[14] The difference between regular synephrine and methylsynephrine is the addition of a methyl group which increases the compound’s affinity for beta-receptors.

      The major upside to methylsynephrine is its ability to activate beta receptors, particularly its beta-3 activity and an ability to induce lipolysis.[15] It’s also been proven safe in several human trials so there’s no need to worry with this stimulant of any serious complications.[16,17]

      Banned by WADA!

      Be warned though that this is on WADA’s banned substance list, so if you’re a drug-tested athlete, it’s best to avoid this ingredient (and product) altogether. But then again, if you’re a drug-tested athlete, you shouldn’t be using a product with 2-aminoisoheptane / DMHA inside anyway.

Dosing

To assess tolerance, consume one capsule upon waking. If you handle that fine and want some additional fat burning, you may dose a second capsule, but DO NOT take INFRARED too late in the day as it may cause sleep deprivation. Gold Star also recommends that individuals NOT exceed 2 capsules daily or use for more than 45 days consecutively.

These dosing instructions lead us to believe that there’s a pretty serious dose of caffeine and DMHA inside.

Takeaway

So, we’ve got our second product that’s currently available with DMHA. If you haven’t had a chance to try it yet, and looking for something new and cutting edge, Infrared is up your alley. The new stim feels good and give a great boost in mood and focus, both of which suffer when dieting.

Overall, the profile is decent, but severely lacking in the transparency department, something we hope is remedied in the future. As to whether or not Infrared will land on our Top 10 Fat Burner List, time will tell.

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