Nutrex ALPHA PUMP: A Lower-Cost, Stackable Stim-Free Pump Chaser!

Nutrex Research has been on fire in 2019 – especially with the pre workouts. But it’s about to get better.

Nutrex Alpha Pump

Nutrex has announced Alpha Pump, a new lower-cost, stackable stimulant-free pre workout supplement!

As a quick 2019 recap, here’s what happened on the pre workout front alone from the powerhouse brand:

But that’s not enough, because now it’s time to go stim-free for the pumps:

Alpha Pump Announced by Nutrex Research!

Now here’s the latest and greatest addition to Nutrex’s pre workout family, Alpha Pump. The formula is live, and we can guarantee you that it’s far different than all of the other stim-free nitric oxide supplements out there.

We have some in-depth information about the unique new pump supplement below, but first, sign up for our Nutrex alerts because you’re going to want to get involved in our giveaways, reviews, and deals for this one!

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Meant to be stacked with your current pre workout, Alpha Pump will be lower cost and will not have the “same old same old” ingredients. They’re bringing at least one new ingredient to the market, and even the electrolyte blend is something to write home about too.

The Nutrex Alpha Pump Ingredients

Announced on August 1, 2019, Nutrex has now delivered on quite a unique, stackable stim-free pre workout. This is a relatively “small” label, utilizing only 5 ingredients. However, Nutrex isn’t pulling any punches – all 5 of them are either patented or trademarked clinically-tested ingredients! In other words, this entire label is “proven”, and the science backs it up!

Here’s what each 8.8g scoop, of which there are 20 in each container, delivers:

  • PeakO2 Cordyceps militaris (Cordyceps), Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi), Pleurotus eryngii (King Trumpet), Lentinula edodes (Shiitake), Hericium erinaceus (Lion’s Mane), and Trametes versicolor (Turkey Tail) – 1g

    Nutrex Alpha Pump Ingredients

    The Alpha Pump Ingredients bring a whole new spin on stim-free pumps and performance! Don’t sleep on that potassium dose!

    No matter where you turn these days, all-natural superfood ingredients and supplements are everywhere. Each (supposedly) serve their own specific purpose, and depending on your goals, may be of use to you. One of the most popular of these highly-touted superfoods are medicinal mushrooms, which carry some pretty convincing benefits. The reason why we see a bunch of them here, however, is due to their workout-enhancing abilities!

    PeakO2 a product from Compound Solutions that combines 6 of the most powerful medicinal mushrooms, is growing increasingly popular these days, and for good reason! Drawing much of its power from Cordyceps militaris (Cordyceps), this ingredient has been shown to maximize power output, improve oxygen uptake, and increase endurance!

    Improved aerobic performance

    These mushrooms have been around for ages, yet science has really only begun scratching the surface of the capabilities many have held true for many years. In 2016, scientists suggested that a mushroom blend lead by Cordyceps “may be an effective method for enhancing aerobic performance and delaying fatigue by improving oxygen uptake.”[1] This statement was made after a test group using this blend saw significant increases in VO2 max, endurance, and peak power output.[1] Considering that the mushroom blend used here actually was PeakO2, this study truly speaks to the potential of Alpha Pump!

    New study – even lower doses work!

    PeakO2 Benefits

    2g/day of PeakO2 helped bring blood lactate down for athletes after 4 weeks of supplementation

    The only issue with that previous study is the dosing used – subjects consumed 4g of PeakO2 daily for 3 weeks. That’s a lot of mushroom, and significantly more than what our industry has deemed practical. No need to worry, however – lower doses work just fine, too!

    Research in 2017 compared two different methods of PeakO2 supplementation. Trial 1 used 2g daily for 28 days, whereas Trial 2 used 12g daily for 7 days, with both groups being compared to placebo. The low-dose group saw significant decreases in time to fatigue, increases in VO2 max, and significant decrease in blood lactate levels.[2] The high-dose group saw all of these effects, as well, in addition to improved peak power.

    Therefore, it seems that PeakO2works at smaller doses, suggesting the effectiveness of a longer-term, chronic usage. While a loading phase may be an option for someone looking to really ramp up power production, perhaps for a powerlifting competition, the endurance benefits can be had at virtually any dose!

    Better endurance = better pumps!

    PeakO2 Benefits

    PeakO2 has several benefits for hard-training athletes, especially those who need a bump of endurance

    PeakO2 is a rather peculiar addition to a pump formula upon first glance – there’s no nitric oxide or vasodilation happening here. However, when you consider the chain reactions triggered by improved muscular endurance, it begins to make plenty of sense.

    Think about it – when do you really start to feel a solid pump during training? Typically, it’s when you’re completing high-rep sets, or performing sets with little rest in between. Either way, oxygenated blood rushes to the working muscles, and the pump begins to take hold. Endurance enhancement allows you to perform more sets, perform more reps in a set, and/or take less rest between sets! By boosting endurance through PeakO2, the inherent blood flow is a given!

    Alpha Pump kicks things off with a solid 1g dose of PeakO2. It’s most certainly not the greatest dose we’ve seen, but given the low-dosage potential we talked about, it’s by no means a bad dose, either. 1g will have you well on your way to endurance-linked pump benefits, thus making this Cordyceps-led inclusion a great find at the top of the label!

  • GlycerSize™️ Glycerol Powder (65%) – 1g

    While GlycerSize™️ may not look familiar, you’ve likely seen it before – this patented glycerol formula comes from Pinnacle Ingredients, and was just recently re-named! That’s right, what was formerly known as GlycerPump is now GlycerSize™️. Despite the name change, this ingredient still packs the same glycerol-powered punch we’ve all come to know and love!

    Name of the game = water retention

    GlycerSize

    GlycerPump has been renamed to GlycerSize! Same great high-yield glycerol though!

    Glycerol is an all-natural sugar alcohol that acts as an intermediate in the bodily processes of breaking down fats and carbohydrates.[3] It’s true abilities take center stage when combined with water, however – when glycerol is consumed with water, it enhances fluid retention and expands multiple bodily fluid spaces![4] Essentially, glycerol pumps water into your muscles, leading to a state of hyperhydration that actually can be quite beneficial. Research has found that glycerol can improve endurance by as much as 24%, increase aerobic power, and enhance exercise performance.[4]

    Water pump!

    Similarly to the first ingredient in Alpha Pump that we covered, glycerol takes an alternative route to pump-chasing, as well – water pumps! In pumping your muscles full of water, they’ll swell up in a state of hyperhydration. This not only leads to some obvious enduranceenhancing, hydration-related effects, but also brings about more space for blood to flow! While this pump is water-based, it’s still a pump, nonetheless!

    GlycerSize™️ is an excellent choice, too

    Alpha Pump

    Phantom Orange and Phantom Grape are the first two flavors!

    Given glycerol’s ability to hold water, some glycerol powders on the market tend to clump up within powders. This leads manufacturers to question its use, sometimes avoiding the ingredient altogether. If you’ve ever had one of these powders, you’ve no doubt experienced that unpleasant, grainy, chewy texture it yields.

    Pinnacle Ingredients doesn’t make second-rate products like that, however, and GlycerSize™️ is a perfect example. It’s only 65% glycerol, with the majority of the other 35% being silicon dioxide. This allows GlycerSize™️ to deliver the pump benefits of glycerol while remaining clump-free, thanks to the stability provided by silicon dioxide.

    Coming in here at 1g, GlycerSize™️ packs a solid hit of water-based pumps that’s unrivaled in most other pump formulas!

  • NooGandhaⓇ (organic ashwagandha root extract) – 300mg

    Ashwagandha is a powerful adaptogen, and is yet another substance that’s been held in high regard for centuries. Known as Withania somnifera, this root comes from Ayurvedic medicine, where it was used to promote balance between the “mind, body, and consciousness.”[5] Research has proven its worth, too – this root can:

    • Reduce cortisol,[6]
    • optimize hormones,[7]
    • improve strength,[7]
    • decrease fatigue,[8]
    • improve body composition,[9] and
    • improve cognition and mental state.[10,11]

    With such a wide range of capabilities, you’ve likely seen ashwagandha before. But, the patented form used here is relatively new, and is quite different than the rest!

    Novel delivery system in NooGandhaⓇ

    NooGandhaⓇ is a form of ashwagandha new to the game, and one that seems to be focused mainly on the nootropic aspects of ashwagandha. Formulated by experts at SpecNova Biotech, this organic extract utilizes liposomal delivery technology – bonding the ingredient to phospholipids to increase bioavailability and absorption rate. In addition, the presence of lipids also makes crossing the blood-brain barrier possible, which can make this extract more potent than others. As it turns out, this specific form of ashwagandha, thanks to its unique delivery system, actually may be more beneficial than other options out there.

    Ashwagandha Strength Gains

    This wasn’t done on NooGandha itself, but these are some serious strength gains on the big lifts from ashwagandha!

    Recent research has shed some light on the potency of NooGandhaⓇ. Focused almost exclusively on the extract’s impact on cognitive performance and mental state, subjects were administered either 225mg or 400mg of the extract daily, and compared to placebo. Here’s what they found after 15 days of treatment:

    • Improved cognitive flexibility in both groups, with the 225mg group performing better after 30 days, as well![12] Cognitive flexibility relates to the ability to switch tasks, make decisions, attention, and impulse control.
    • Enhanced visual memory in the 400mg group.[12] This refers to the ability to remember/recall events, images, instructions, etc.
    • Improved psychomotor speed and executive functioning in the 225mg group, with the 400mg group testing better in overall reaction time.[12] This, again, relates to focus and attention!

    These powerful effects are no doubt a combination of two things here – the high content of withanolides (the working compound in ashwagandha) and the efficient delivery system of NooGandhaⓇ!

    Clearly, ashwagandha is a do-it-all adaptogen – we’ve seen it used in recovery, hormonal support, and even nootropic formulas. So, what’s it doing in a pump pre-workout?

    Ashwagandha complements the pumps in Alpha Pump

    Nutrex Research Outlift Gummy Bear

    Perfect to stack with our favorite flavor of Outlift Gummy Bear!

    While Alpha Pump is primarily a formula tailor-made for you pump-chasers out there, it’s not solely concerned with promoting pumps. This formula is also looking to be easily stackable, and in some cases, that means it needs to be a bit more versatile. Ashwagandha, via its cognitive-boosting effects, helps pack a bit of euphoria into your pre-workout. This enhanced mental state can help push away outside distractions while training, allowing you to zone in on the task at hand.

    300mg is in the range we typically like to see with ashwagandha, with the above research on NooGandhaⓇ specifically suggesting it’s an awesome dose. With enhanced cognition, you can stay focused on your workout – which may even mean wasting less time between sets, which can further push the pump to new heights!

  • Green Tea Extract (leaf) (as VASO6Ⓡ) – 300mg

    If you were starting to wonder where the nitric oxide (NO) production boosts were in Alpha Pump, don’t worry – Nutrex didn’t forget about them! VASO6Ⓡ from Compound Solutions is an extract composed of 6 different compounds found in green tea leaves, and may just be one of the best, most intense NO boosters we have!

    Sure enough, research shows that VASO6Ⓡ significantly enhances blood flow, in addition to even improving glucose uptake and muscle protein synthesis, as well![13,14] What truly separates it, however, is how it vasodilates – it does so via interactions with nitric oxide synthase, the protein that naturally creates NO within the body.[13] There’s nothing artificial about this NO production – it operates in natural pathways, and is completely legitimate!

    VASO-6 Vasodilation

    Charts like this always make us put our skeptical hat on, but after enough use, we’re believers in VASO6!

    If that’s not enough for you, there’s more! Due to the high content of epicatechins within green tea leaves, VASO6Ⓡ also boasts the effects of these powerful constituents. Research suggests that these compounds may improve relaxation of the vasculature by as much as 15%.[15] In other words, that means these constituents may encourage an environment conducive to massive increases in blood flow!

    300mg is right where we like to see VASO6Ⓡ, as well. Nutrex definitely needed to address NO production here, and in VASO6Ⓡ, they have went above and beyond the normal expectations!

  • S7™️ (Green Coffee Bean Extract, Green Tea Extract, Turmeric Extract, Tart Cherry, Blueberry, Broccoli, Kale) – 50mg

    Last but not least, S7™️ from FutureCeuticals is another NO production enhancer, doing so via a comprehensive blend of natural extracts, fruits, and vegetables. After an initial study found upwards of a 230% increase in natural NO production,[16] this patented ingredient definitely caught the eye of many across the industry.

    That being said, this nitrate-free means of NO production is relatively new, as well. With that initial test being the only published research out there at the time of writing, it’s all we have to assess S7™️, making properly doing so a bit difficult.

    Nutrex surely believes in the natural NO boost of S7™️, as do we at PricePlow. While we excitedly await new studies and tests, feel free to take a look at the attached PDFs we have on S7™️,[17,18] courtesy of Future Ceuticals!

  • Natural minerals

    Keto Diet Sodium Potassium Balance

    It’s all about the potassium sodium BALANCE. This is where Nutrex brings sodium-heavy dieters back into the black

    That’s not quite it here, however. Alpha Pump delivers two natural minerals, as well – potassium (530mg) and sodium (110mg). While your diet or multivitamin hopefully ensures you’re getting enough of these two essential nutrients daily, they actually may play a larger role on this label. The two electrolytes are interlinked – research has shown that they can balance hydration and regulate muscle contractions,[19,20] with potassium specifically showing the ability to reduce blood pressure.[21]

    These electrolytes are extremely important in terms of general health, let alone as exercise is concerned. However, doses as great as what we have here (seriously, 530mg of potassium is insane!) deserve to be mentioned.

    One major thing we’ve noticed — especially in the low-carb community — is the lack of potassium going around. Sodium is easy to come by, but potassium isn’t always. Those who are a bit low on that special “K” are going to love this, and it’s going to be an unsung hero for stimulant-free energy for an important subset of users who don’t even realize they’re low.

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Prepare to stack!

The flavors available

As you can see from the video images above and below, Nutrex is entering with a bit of a “change” in their branding / flavor message, going for the phantom feel:

    Stackability – the sky’s the limit!

    Alpha Pump’s extraordinarily unique label makes etches out its own, singular place in the supplement industry. By utilizing 5 ingredients, each of which are stimulant-free and are natural ingredients, Nutrex has created an incredibly stackable! With each ingredient here being somewhat uncommon inclusions in the pre-workout market – sure, some other formulas have VASO6Ⓡ, but most certainly not all of them – Alpha Pump can be stacked with virtually any other product. Not your same old citrulline product here — we already have that in Outlift after all!

    Mike and Ben’s Alpha Pump Pre-Review: Ben couldn’t scratch his neck!

    We both got one serving to play with.

    I’m really enjoying the direction Nutrex took with this product. Since the ingredients are not the traditional pump ingredients, it makes it a perfect standalone or addition to a preworkout without overdoing the citrulline, etc.

    During my time using it my arms pumped incredibly quickly and I left the gym unable to fully use them for at least an hour — I wasn’t able to scratch my own neck after arm day!!

    — Ben Kane, PricePlow Co-Host

    Mike’s analysis: Not only did this give me an excellent pump, it seemed to bring endurance too — which added more pumps itself!

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    For example, a set of 20 pushups easily turned into a set of 25. It “flowed” really well, if that makes any sense. Sometimes pumps seem to hurt those last few reps. This was the total opposite.

    I’m really interested in how people are going to use this one. Nutrex zigged when everyone else is zagging and we always appreciate fresh takes on a category.

    Nutrex is hyped internally

    The gang down in Florida has been lucky enough to have more than one serving, and it’s growing even more with time:

    “The more our staff here uses the product the more they love it. We are definitely excited for this launch.”

    — Paul Blakey, Nutrex VP of Sales and Generally Kickass Dude

    Nutrex enters the stim-free game with style

    Nutrex Alpha Pump Phantom Orange

    Are you Phantom Orange… Or Phantom Grape?!

    The team at Nutrex Research prides themselves on their ability to formulate honest and effective products. Time after time, no matter what we’ve seen from them, that’s remained true – their products work, they work better over time, and they work better than most!

    Sure, there’s Outlift Stim-Free, but Nutrex didn’t really have a stim-free pump powder. So when a brand this big does it, they have to do it different, and they sure did that here.

    Nutrex came into 2019 looking to set the industry ablaze, and Alpha Pump is the latest bit of gasoline poured onto that fire. This unique, one-of-a-kind formula is the perfect complement to your current supplement regimen. Throwing these powerful, clinically-demonstrated ingredients into your training has the potential to either start yielding gains, or amplify the progress you’re currently making. The compounds within Alpha Pump take aim at vasodilation via different angles, take cognition to new heights, and raise other supplements up a notch!

    So get ready to get pumped – Alpha Pump’d!

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    Aburto, Nancy J et al; “Effect of increased potassium intake on cardiovascular risk factors and disease: systematic review and meta-analyses.”; BMJ (Clinical research ed.); vol. 346 f1378; 3 Apr. 2013; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4816263/

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