NO2-Max is a dietary supplement produced in the US by CrazyBulk. The company has been producing supplements since 2006 and has a good reputation, but CrazyBulk specializes in developing and manufacturing steroid subsitute products.
This product is a pre-workout formulation. It’s a depart from the norm for the people over at CrazyBulk, but with over 10 years of supplement manufacturing experience behind them it’s more than possible they may have come up with a pre-workout formulation that works.
- Massive strength gains
- Increased energy and endurance
- Maximum performance
- Amplified pumps
- Rapid recovery times
- Fast absorption rate
- Long lasting results with no crash
- Safe & legal pharmaceutical grade formula
How NO2-Max Works
NO2-Max is a nitric oxide booster.
Nitric oxide (NO) is a signalling molecule responsible for regulating numerous physiological and cellular processes in the body, and is known to boost the immune system and control cell death and motility. The benefits offered by nitric oxide have been incredibly well researched and thousands of research papers have been published on the subject.
Without getting overly technical, nitric oxide supplements have the ability to increase blood flow to the muscles, thereby increasing the amount of nutrients that are supplied (and are available for muscle growth). This can be especially beneficial when the muscles are under stress and many bodybuilders using nitric oxide-providing supplements state they can feel the difference while training because they get an increased pump.
The obvious—and well-researched—bodybuilding benefits of nitric oxide have resulted in it becoming a very popular inclusion in all manner of bodybuilding formulations; so CrazyBulk are certainly not the only company offering such a product, but some of the offerings presently available fall well short of the mark. Maybe NO2-Max will deliver on CrazyBulk’s promises and brush the competition aside. Let’s take a look at the formulation and see how it holds up.
NO2-Max contains only one ingredient, so it isn’t the most complex formulation on the market, but it’s a good ingredient and nobody said supplement manufacture had to be a numbers game.
L-Arginine Alpha Keto
L-arginine alpha keto (arginine alpha-ketoglutarate/AAKG/arginine) is a non-essential amino acid that is very essential for adequate nitric oxide levels because the liver is unable to produce nitric oxide without it.
Several studies have shown AAKG can stimulate protein synthesis and boost insulin levels by up to 30%, which then results in increased strength and improved muscle mass. All of this is due to its ability to increase nitric oxide production and widen the blood vessels to allow increased blood flow without an increase in blood pressure. Many athletes take AAKG supplements to enhance their performance levels, with great success, and it can also help the liver break down unwanted chemicals such as ammonia (a natural by-product of the exercise process).
In one double-blind placebo study, conducted at Baylor University (Texas) a group of experienced weight lifters were give 4g of AAKG three times a day, during an 8 week training regimen. A second group of experienced weightlifters followed the same daily routine, but were given a placebo. The group that received AAKG showed superior strength increases when compared to the placebo group, and the researchers concluded: “AAKG supplementation appeared to be safe and well tolerated, and positively influenced 1RM bench press and Wingate peak power performance.”
How to Use NO2-Max
Three capsules should be taken once each day, 60 minutes before the workout is commenced and CrazyBulk recommends supplementation be continued for at least 8 weeks.
Side Effects and Health Issues
AAKG can have a thinning effect on the blood, so anyone who is taking blood thinning medication should consult their doctor prior to taking NO2-Max. There is also some evidence that AAKG may not be suitable for people who suffer from herpes, as its use may produce virus symptoms.
Pregnant or nursing mothers should always consult a doctor before taking any form of dietary supplement. The same advice is offered to anyone who has any known or suspected medical issues.
Purchasing Options and Considerations
NO2-Max is only available from the CrazyBulk website, but the company ships worldwide (FREE for customer in the UK or USA). Customers who add multiple items to their orders are not charged for each 3rd item (item 3, 6, 9, etc.).
The Bottom Line
NO2-Max contains an active ingredient that has a proven ability to produce the kind of results CrazyBulk promises, so it’s a no-brainer that the formulation is going to work, and NO2-Max should be suitable for the majority of users.
Definitely one of the better nitric oxide boosters on the market.