Jack3d 2015 Updates Released

USP Labs Jack3d 2015 Release

USPLabs has updated their much beloved pre workout, Jack3d, for 2015, revamping a majority of their ingredients and providing a smoother stim experience!

Not to be outdone by fellow big dogs Controlled Labs, Cellucor, and MusclePharm, USPLabs has revamped their well known pre workout, Jack3d Advanced for 2015.

There are some minor changes to the formula that we’re going to address, but first, note one major point: USPLabs is dropping the “Advanced” portion of the title, and going back to Jack3d as the main product name!

Why the change? We’re not really sure, but note right away that they are not bringing back the original formula with DMAA – this is more of a cleaner twist on the 2014 Advanced version.

The TL;DR

The changes are relatively small compared to the previous 2014 Jack3d Advanced version:

  • Replaced: Yohimbe (extracted for full spectrum alkaloids) now Yohimbe (standardized for yohimbine HCl)
  • Replaced: Advanced Creatine Ratio (Creatine [as Monohydrate, Anhydrous]) now BioCRE Matrix (Creatine [as Monohydrate, Anhydrous])
  • Reordered: Yohimbine HCl is now the last ingredient, which comes after Schisandra and Rhodiola. Previously, yohimbe was before those two.

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Jack3d Ingredients

USPLabs Jack3d 2015 Ingredients

The newest version of Jack3d Jack3d replaces full spectrum Yohimbe with Yohimbine HCl for a more potent and smoother energy kick.

The first thing you’ll notice is that USPLabs has dropped the “Advanced” portion of the title from their headline product. From now on, the pre workout will simply be known Jack3d.

A majority of the proprietary blend of ingredients from the “Advanced” version have been carried over, but there are a few changes, beginning with:

  • Yohimbe Extract

    Whereas in the “Advanced” version, we weren’t entirely sure what they were standardizing for, the 2015 release has been standardized for Yohimbine HCl. It is a naturally occurring alkaloid found in the Pausinystalia yohimbe tree.

    Yohimbine acts as an alpha-2-adrenoceptor antagonist, which significantly increases blood plasma levels of noradrenaline. This results in an increased rate of lipid (fat) mobilization,[1] as well as significant fat loss over time.[2] If that’s not enough, the increased noradrenaline levels will also provide a great boost in energy, helping to power you through early morning workouts!

    Another benefit to using to using Yohimbine over other Y extracts is that it provides a much “smoother” stimulatory effect. Many users have typically avoided supplements that contain lesser quality yohimbe extract due to adverse reactions. With Y HCl, the likelihood of these occurring is drastically reduced.

    Note that with straight yohimbine HCl, you need far less of it, so this has been moved to the end of the label.

  • Creatine BioCRE™ Matrix

    ModernCREATINE

    The BioCRE in this new Jack3d was originally designed for USPLabs’ Modern Creatine

    Here is our 2nd deviation from the 2014 Advanced version. Whereas the old formula contained the “Advanced Creatine” Matrix (monohydrate and anhydrous), the new formula brings in BioCRE™ from USPLabs Modern Creatine.

    This is a rather unique ingredient is pure, instantized creatine anhydrous. This version of creatine has had all of the water removed from it, as opposed to monohydrate, and contains 99-100% pure creatine per gram compared to 88% pure creatine in monohydrate. More bang per gram, without doubt.

    The tried and true form of creatine in the past has been monohydrate, as thousands of studies have been done on it, and proven its effectiveness as a muscle building and strength enhancer.[4,5]

    BioCRE™ is a novel ingredient but we have to wonder if the dose included in the 2015 Jack3d is really an efficacious dose and is it really any better than plain, old creatine monohydrate?

    Since this product is likely to be a two-scooper for most users, we’re pretty confident you’ll be getting very close to 3g of creatine (or more), but we can’t be 100% sure just yet.

    With all that said, we’re not sure of the exact differences between the previous version’s “Advanced Creatine” and this version’s BioCRE, since their constituents are in the same order.

  • NOCP

    The next ingredient blend is the nitric oxide boosting complex used in the latest version. NOCP is a combination of citrulline and Pinus Pinaster (Bark) Extract, a.k.a. Pine Tree Bark Extract. The original Jack3d Advanced formula from 2013 used Arginine Nitrate and the same Pine Bark Extract for its NO complex, but that’s been gone for quite a while.

    The swap of citrulline for arginine is a good one in our eyes, but there’s no doubt we’ll miss the nitrates that were in the original Advanced version. On the other hand, Citrulline has been shown to be absorbed much better than Arginine and increase plasma levels of arginine in the body better than supplementing with L-Arginine.[6]

    What does pine bark extract do?

    Pine Bark Extract can also increase nitric oxide on its own, by increasing expression of eNOS.[7] The combination of these two ingredients will result in a great pump for your muscles than the typical arginine based pump complexes, but we’ll need to see how well this hangs compared to when it was paired with the much-heralded arginine nitrate in the original Jack3d Advanced version released in 2013.

  • Schisandra Chinensis Extract

    Also known as the Chinese Magnolia Vine, Schisandra Chinensis has traditionally been used in Chinese medicine for the treating respiratory ailments. Schisandra Fruit Extract has also been studied for its ability to act as an adaptogen.[8] These are a class of compounds that help your body combat stress and anxiety when in less than desirable situations (i.e. max rep deadlifts).

    Another potential benefit is its ability to behave as a vasodilator and thereby increase blood flow in the body.[9] This leads to greater NO availability in the body which results in better pumps and oxygen delivery to muscles.

    As a final note, this ingredient was also seen in the ORIGINAL Jack3d formula, but hasn’t been seen in many other pre workouts since then, with one exception being PreGains by the HodgeTwins.

  • Rhodiola Rosea Extract

    Rhodiola Rosea Vikings (Amon Amarth)

    Unconfirmed folklore states that back in the day, the Vikings used Rhodiola Rosea to stay cool (like these guys)

    Here is our final variation from the Advanced version. Rhodiola Rosea is the plant this extract is derived from and is also known as Arctic Root, Orpin Root, or Golden Root. It is without doubt our favorite herb out there.

    Similar to the previous ingredient, Rhodiola rosea extract is well regarded for its ability to act as an adaptogen and cognition booster.[10] Additionally, it also helps reduce fatigue brought on by prolonged stressful situations (i.e. endurance or high volume workouts).[11]

    While this wasn’t in the original Jack3d Advanced version, it was in the 2014 Advanced version — a very much welcomed addition.

  • Beta Alanine (as CarnoSyn™)

    Our last ingredient, beta alanine, is a carryover from the Advanced formula and for good reason. This amino acid acts as a lactic acid buffer in the body by raising levels of carnosine in the muscle.[12]

    Additionally, it helps to boost power, strength, endurance, and recovery[13,14,15,16] not only in weightlifting, but also football, sprinting, and boxing. A truly versatile and valuable supplement to have no matter what!

    The only problem here is that it’s part of a prop blend and the typically recommended dose is 3.2g. So, to be on the safe side you will want to add some bulk BA to either your pre or post workout drink to make sure you get in your daily needs of this potent ergogenic.

  • Caffeine

    USPLabs Jack3d 2015 Flavors

    The newest version of Jack3d will be available in 5 delicious flavors including: Fruit Punch, Blue Raspberry,
    Watermelon, Pink Lemonade, & Dragonberry!

    Just like its Advanced counterpart, the 2015 formulation of Jack3d has 100mg of caffeine per scoop. This combined with the Y HCl should make for the perfect amount of stimulation without feeling too jittery or having a serious crash in the hours after your workout.

    This is the same caffeine dose in their fat burner, EpiBURN Pro, which has reviewed well for USPLabs. But it’s important to note that they’ve definitely gotten away from the higher-stimulant products of ~2010 that were in the DMAA-based Jack3d and OxyELITE Pro. So don’t expect that kind of intensity. This is 100mg caffeine with a nice edge from the other stims.

  • What’s Missing?

    Jack3d (and Jack3d Advanced) has changed a lot over the years.

    Since its inception in 2013, the 2015 version of Jack3d has since done away with three ingredients: Arginine Nitrate, Norcoclaurine HCl (Higenamine), and Swertia chirayita. We’re huge fans of any nitrate-based product, so it will be missed, and we hope pine bark extract is enough to amplify the citrulline like studies say it does to keep the long-lasting pumps coming.

    As for the other two, both of these herbal extracts helped provide the stimulatory effect that many enjoyed with Jack3d Advanced, but the combination of caffeine and Y HCl will provide plenty of stimulation for all the two-scoop users out there. It really all comes down to how well the yohimbe is extracted, and in what dose – something that we don’t know until trying.

    Jack3d Advanced 2013 vs. Jack3d Advanced 2014

    To get an idea of the changes that have occurred over time, here are the labels:

    Jack3d Advanced Ingredients

    The original 2013 Jack3d Advanced Ingredients

    The 2014 Jack3d Advanced Ingredients

    The 2014 Jack3d Advanced Ingredients

    …and now, the 2015 Jack3d:
    Jack3d 2015 Ingredients

    Jack3d 2015

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Flavors

USPLabs is talking some serious flavor game. Whereas back in the original Jack3d days, users merely tolerated the flavors… they’re claiming to have a new flavor system that is built around the active ingredients. This means you get unique flavors that don’t need as much filler to “mask” the actives, which is what most companies do.

Of the flavors:

  • Fruit Punch
  • Blue Raspberry
  • Watermelon
  • Pink Lemonade
  • Dragonberry

We just got a tub of dragonberry in hand, and will be testing it out ASAP to see if USP is for real on this flavor business!

Takeaway

Jack3d’s 2015 formulation adds a few interesting twists to one of the best known pre workouts on the market. With the changes in ingredients and likely need for two scoop, we’re hoping for great prices. Historically, price has always been on the consumer’s side with Jack3d, so we’re excited to beat those prices down over time.

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References

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