Building Muscle on a Budget- Cost Conscious Supplements and Food

Building Muscle on a Budget- Cost Conscious Supplements

It’s hard to build muscle, or diet when you are on a tight budget. The key is to learn the tricks of the trade, and if you do it correctly, you will actually save money by getting a better body. Let’s look at some of my suggestions.


Budget Muscle- Food Edition:

Whether you are dieting or trying to add muscle, there are certain go to foods.

  • Chicken Breasts: Chicken breasts can be had for $1.99 a pound many times if you go directly to the butcher section at many grocery stores (Krogers), but if you buy the Tyson variety, you will be paying close to double.
  • Chicken Thighs: Fattier than chicken breasts, but much more economical, chicken thighs are a real value in the muscle department.
  • Eggs: I see our local ALDI advertising eggs for 59 cents a dozen all the time!
  • Yogurt and Cottage Cheese: Both very good sources of protein
  • Bulk almonds, peanuts, and cashews: Great healthy fats and proteins to snack on
  • 1st Phorm Level-1 Meal Replacement Shakes: Only 140 Calories, 24 grams of protein, and $1.66 for a complete meal, it is a must buy! Order here with free shipping!
  • Canned Tuna: Sometimes not the most appealing taste, but high quality protein for a low price!


Budget Muscle- Supplements Edition:

Whether you are dieting or trying to add muscle, there are certain go to supplements.

  • 1st Phorm Creatine: Creatine is safe for men and women and is one of the most researched and proven supplements ever. It builds muscle, helps in recovery, and is dirt cheap. Purchase 100 servings for less than 19 cents a serving with free shipping here! 
  • 1st Phorm Glutamine: Glutamine is another safe and proven supplement for men and women. Your muscles are full of glutamine and it is good for your immune system. Purchase today with free shipping for servings less than 32 cents a day!  
  • Hot Coffee (Black): Black coffee has antioxidants and caffeine that is great for weight loss. Especially if you don’t add the sweeteners. Try drinking this while fasting.
  • 1st Phorm M-Factor Multivitamins: M-Factor is dosed correctly with the right vitamins and minerals for women or men (you pick the men’s or the women’s version when ordering). They are tailor-made to help men and women who are active at working our or dieting that aren’t getting all the vitamins and minerals their body needs. Order M-Factor will free shipping here!



Quality foods and supplements don’t have to cost an arm and a leg, but they sure can make those arms and legs grow!


Questions and Comments?


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Dustin Holston

Personal Trainer/Sports Nutritionist

1st Phorm MasterBrain Review

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MasterBrain is a new supplement by 1st Phorm that is marketed to help improve concentration, fight mental fatigue, improve brain health, lower stress, enhance memory retention, and heighten learning ability. Nootropics are a supplement that helps the mind work better. Entrepreneurs, military, and CEO’s love nootropics. Sounds like a healthy Adderall alternative!

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What’s in MasterBrain? MasterBrain is a 2 part pack including MasterBrain AM and MasterBrain PM.


Serving Size: 3 Capsules per serving
Servings Per Container: 20
Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine hcl) 100 mg 500%
Vitamin B12 (as Methylcobalamin) 500mcg 8332%
Brain BlendTM: 1600mg +
[Siberian Ginseng .8% Eulethrosides, Acetyl L Carnitine, BACOGNIZE® Bacopa Monnieri Extract, Cordyceps Sinensis Extract, AlphaSize® Alpha-Glyceryl Phosphoryl, Choline (A-GPC), Glucuronolactone, SerinAid® 50% PhosphatidylSerine (PS)]
Awake MatrixTM: 295mg +
[Infinergy Di Caffeine Malate, L-Theanine, Caffeine Anhydrous, Huperzia Serrate 1% Huperzine A]
Stabilize BlendTM: 235mg +
[Rhodiola Rosea Extract 3% Rosavins, Vinpocetine]
Gelatin, silicone dioxide, and magnesium stearate.

+ Daily Value Not Yet Established
% Daily Value Based on 2000 Calorie Diet

Your Daily Values may be higher or lower based on your calorie needs.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

DIRECTIONS: As a dietary supplement, Take two (3) capsules of MasterBrain AM in the morning with food and a minimum of 16 ounces of water.

Warnings: KEEP PUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. Do not take if you are under 18 years of age, pregnant, nursing, or contemplating pregnancy. if you have any medical conditions or you are currently using prescription medications, consult your physician before using this or any dietary supplements.

Product is Gluten Free and Manufactured in an FDA Inspected Facility


Serving Size: 3 Capsules per serving
Servings Per Container: 20
Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Brain Fuel BlendTM: 1825mg +
[GABA, Ashwagandha Root Powder, Rhodiola Rosea Extract, Mucuna Puriens 98% L-DOPA, 5 HTP, Alpha GPC]
Sleep BlendTM: 255mg +
[Valerian Root, Mugwort Extract, Melatonin]
Gelatin, silicone dioxide, and magnesium stearate.

– Daily Value Not Yet Established
% Daily Value Based on 2000 Calorie Diet

Your Daily Values may be higher or lower based on your calorie needs.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Warnings: KEEP PUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. Do not take if you are under 18 years of age, pregnant, nursing, or contemplating pregnancy. if you have any medical conditions or you are currently using prescription medications, consult your physician before using this or any dietary supplements. Be sure that you have at least eight (8) hours to devote to deep, restful sleep.

Product is Gluten Free and Manufactured in an FDA Inspected Facility

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Dustin Holston

Personal Trainer and Sports Nutritionist

Level-1 Protein 1st Phorm Review


Level-1 Protein by 1st Phorm is one of the highest quality proteins in the world because of it’s whey protein isolates, whey protein concentrate, milk proteins, egg proteins, and casein. It provides a great protein that mixes the ultra availability of whey with the sustaining protein of casein. This keeps your fuller longer!


Level-1 Protein is great for meal replacement. It keeps you full longer and only has 138.5 calories when mixed in water. It also tastes great. It also includes 5 grams of BCAA’s. I like to drink this for my breakfast (Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Flavor). I also like the fact that it only has 5 grams of carbs, where 1 of those grams are fiber. 4 net carbs is low carb in my opinion, so I can drink it when I’m cutting. Below is a picture of me last year while cutting.


You can purchase Level-1 Protein here with free shipping! 

My favorite flavors:

  1. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup (Tastes like a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup)
  2. Milk Chocolate (A smooth milk chocolate taste)
  3. Ice Cream Sandwich (Blend this with some ice and it is an amazing smoothie).

From 1st Phorm:

Delivers Sustained Assimilation, Prevents Muscle Break-Down, Promotes Muscle Repair and Growth
Just try it once! That’s all it takes to understand what makes Level-1® the world’s best protein. Level-1 is so delicious that you’ll wonder how you ever got by using anything else. Level-1 was designed from the ground up to be one thing: THE BEST.
Our goal was to create the best tasting, best mixing and most importantly highest-quality protein on the market BAR NONE! A year and over a hundred denied versions later: Mission Accomplished.
Level-1 is comprised of the Level-1 Matrix which is an ultra bio-available, sustained assimilation protein formula consisting of Cross-Flow Micro-Filtrated Whey Protein Isolate, Low Temperature Micro-Filtrated Whey Protein Concentrate, Low Temperature Processed Milk Protein Concentrate, Pure Egg Whites and Sodium Caseinate. The Level-1 Matrix is specifically formulated to deliver the highest quality, premium proteins in a sustained release which mimics the protein assimilation rates of whole food. Level-1 uses only proteins that have been low-temperature processed to take extra precaution to not denature or damage delicate protein fractions.
Level-1 contains among the highest levels of glutamine and glutamine peptides available in a protein supplement at over 4 grams per serving! Glutamine makes up roughly 61% of the amino acid pool in muscle tissue, which quite simply translates into an improved ability of your muscle to deal with stress and the daily beat down you put your muscles through. Level-1 is also rich in the Branched Chain Amino Acids, the “do-everything” amino acids so important to muscle. They are anti-catabolic, which means they help prevent too much breakdown of muscle while also being THE triggers which turn on muscle growth while also being available as a valuable fuel source for your muscles in times of need. Level-1 has over 5 grams of BCAA per scoop!
Level-1: Just try it once. That’s all it takes. No bloat, no gas, no burps, no stomach discomfort, no funky aftertasteUltra High BioavailabilityTrue Low Temperature Processed proteins build more muscle, while keeping the fat offUltra Smooth & Creamy TextureSustained release designed to mimic the protein assimilation of whole food*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This products is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Phormula-1 Protein 1st Phorm Review


Phormula-1 is the most premium protein marketed and created by 1st Phorm. What separates this product from the other proteins on the market?


Phormula-1 Review

Phormula-1 is one of the purest and most premium proteins in the world. Phormula-1 includes 5 grams of BCAA’s, 1 gram of carbs (0 sugar), 0 fat, and 23 grams of Low Temperature Processed Cross-Flow Micro-Filtrated Whey Protein Isolate with 100% Hydrolyzed Isolated Whey Peptide Fractions. This means that you are getting easily digestible muscle post workout. The best part is that it is under 100 calories, and tastes amazing. It mixes extremely easy. You will not find a protein that is as high of quality and tastes as good as this one. It is literally muscle in a bottle.


My favorite flavors: 

  1. CTC (Cinnamon Toast Crunch)
  2. Loop D Fruit (Mix between Fruit Loops and Fruity Pebbles)
  3. Watermelon

When to use: In my opinion, Phormula-1 is best to be used directly after workout to help repair and build muscle while your body is in its anabolic state. Buy the Post Workout Stack and save money. Ignition feeds your muscles to get bigger!

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From 1st Phorm:

Maximum Assimilation and Amino Acid Retention Speeds-Up Muscle Repair and Growth
Phormula-1® is the industry's leading whey protein isolate. In addition to the ultra-premium protein sources used, Phormula-1 is by far the best tasting, best mixing isolated protein on the market. Not only will you taste the difference, you will actually feel the difference immediately when you use it!
The key to Phormula-1 is it's purity: The Phormula-1 Matrix utilizes only the highest quality hydrolyzed and predigested whey protein fractions with Low-Temperature Processed Cross-Flow Micro-Filtrated Whey Protein Isolate for maximum assimilation speed and amino acid retention. It is virtually void of carbohydrates, making it an ideal protein if you are on a low-carb diet or preparing for your next contest or show. Phormula-1 provides an ultra bio-available, rapid assimilation protein source that is ideal for proper post-workout nutrition.
Pure whey protein isolates that are hydrolyzed and predigested are an essential part of any training and supplementation program. Phormula-1 makes an especially strong impact when used post-workout! The materials that you provide your body with post-workout determines not only the quality of muscle built, but also the rate at which that repair and growth occurs. Phormula-1 was formulated specifically to work in tandem with 1st Phorm®'s Ignition™ for ideal recovery and muscle tissue repair after periods of moderate or intense training. Phormula-1's rapid assimilation qualities are also ideal to use first thing in the morning to give your body a quick hit of essential amino acids to promote muscle growth.
While Phormula-1's rapid assimilation is ideal post workout or first thing in the morning upon waking, throughout the day you should be sure to keep a steady flow of amino acids to your muscles by utilizing the ultra bio-available sustained release protein source, Level-1™.
Make the switch and feel the difference with Phormula-1!*

Male and Female Body Types- What are you?

BannerBlissMale and Female Body Types

There are three main body types for males and females. These are: Ectomorph, Mesomorph, and Endomorph. Knowing which body type you have can help you design a diet and training program to help you optimize results.

Note: Use the following calculator to calculate your BMR. 


Ectomorph: Skinny, lanky, and lean muscle.

Ectomorphs are characterized as skinny, lean, and lanky body types. They typically have narrow shoulders and narrow waists. They have a hard time putting muscle on, but typically have naturally lower body fat percentages.

To Gain Muscle: Ectomorphs should eat several meals a day (6+) with high protein and high carbohydrates. Cardio isn’t as important for this body type. Heavy weights should be used to help build muscle. Eat 500+ calories more than your BMR.

To Lose Fat: Ectomorphs should eat several meals a day (6+) with high protein, but low carbohydrates. You want to eat several meals to help preserve muscle and burn fat. High Intensity Interval Training for cardio should be used to help shred the fat and retain as much muscle as possible. Heavy/moderate weights should be used to build muscle. Try to eat around your BMR.

Ectomorph Examples: Skinny Girls and Me!

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Mesomorphs: Wide shoulders, big chest, and muscular.

Mesomorphs are just born with muscle. Typically have body styles that include wider shoulders, bigger chest, and gain muscle very easy. Mesomorphs also gain fat easier than ectomorphs. This style typically does well in physical sports and bodybuilding.

To Gain Muscle: Eat several high protein, low-moderate carbohydrate meals a day (+6).  Moderate/Heavy weights should be used to build muscle. Eat 300-500 calories more than your BMR.

To Lose Fat: Eat several high protein, low carbohydrate meals a day (4-6). High Intensity Interval Training and extended cardio several times a week.  Moderate/Heavy weights should be used to build/maintain muscle. Try to eat 300-500 calories less than your BMR.

Mesomorph Examples: Christina Holston and Phil Heath

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Endomorphs: Wide hips, wide shoulders, and gains fat very easy.

Endomorphs are “big boned people”. Typically hold much more fat than the other two body styles. Endomorphs have problems losing fat but can gain muscle pretty easily. Endomorphs do very well in powerlifting and strength activities.

To Gain Muscle: Eat high protein, low carbohydrate meals several times a day (6+). Heavy/moderate weights with little as possible rest between sets to keep heart rate up. Finish workouts with 15-30 minutes of cardio 3-5 times a week to prevent fat gain. Stay around your BMR and slowly increase it week to week until you see optimal gains.

To Lose Fat: Eat high protein, very low carbohydrate meals several times a day (6+). Keep healthy fats moderate, and eliminate as much non-healthy fats. 30+ minutes of cardio 5 times a week. Lift moderate weights with as little rest between sets as possible. Try to eat 500+ calories less than your BMR.

Endomorph Examples: Eddie Hall and girl below

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Other Body Types:

These are the three most common body types. There are people who fit multiple body types. We call them Ecto-Mesomorphs and Meso-Endmorphs.

Ecto-Mesomorphs: Very lean, lots of muscle.

Ecto-Mesomorphs have the best body style in my opinion. They typically are lean year round but hold a ton of muscle. They typically have average shoulder width with a ton of muscle. Typically keeps fat levels low year round.

Ecto-Mesomorph Examples: Dana Linn Bailey and Sadik Hadzovic

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Meso-Endomorphs: Huge, lots of muscle, and wide.

Meso-Endomorphs are born big and muscular. Typically have wider waist and shoulders, retain some fat, but have lots of muscle.

Meso-Endomorphs Examples: Markus Ruhl and Valerie Adams

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Stay healthy my friends,
Dustin Holston
Personal Trainer/Sports Nutritionist

Encyclopedia of Supplements, Vitamins, and Minerals

Encyclopedia of Supplements, Vitamins, and Minerals

Summary: I found a link of fitness, diet, bodybuilding, and other vitamins and supplements on the examiner page. I decided to utilize their list (most of the links below to their page), and include some of my articles. This list should give you enough information on a variety of supplements.


  • 1,3-Dimethylamylamine(aka 4-methylhexan-2-amine,DMAA,Dimethylamylamine,1,3-DMAA,Geranamine,Methylhexaneamine,1,3-Dimethylpentylamine,Forthane)
  • 2,4-Dinitrophenol(aka Dinitrophenol, DNP, 2,4-DNP, Dinitro, Dinosan, Dnoc, Nitrophen, Chemox, Aldifen, Mitcal)
  • 5-HTP(aka 5-hydroxytryptophan, serotonin precursor)
  • 7,8-Dihydroxyflavone(aka 7,8-DHF)
  • 7-Keto DHEA(aka 7-ketodehydroepiandrosterone, 7-oxodehydroepiandrosterone, 7-ketoDHEA, 7-oxoDHEA, 7-oxo, 7-keto)


  • Acorus calamus(aka Sweet Flag, Golomi, Ugragandha, Vacha, Vekhanda, Bach, Calamus Oil)
  • Adrafinil(aka Olmifon, CRL-40028)
  • Aframomum melegueta(aka Grains of Paradise, melegueta pepper, alligator pepper, Guinea pepper, Guinea grain)
  • Agmatine(aka Clonidine-displacing substance,4-(aminobutyl)guanidine,Decarboxylated arginine)
  • Alanine
  • Alanylglutamine(aka L-Alanyl-L-Glutamine, Alanyl-Glutamine, Sustamine (brand name))
  • Alcohol(aka Ethanol, Drinking alcohol, Beer, Gin, Vodka, Wine, Jager)
  • Aloe vera(aka _Aloe Barbadensis_)
  • Alpha-GPC(aka Alpha-glycerylphosphorylcholine, L-alpha-glycerophosphocholin, glycerophosphocholine, L-alpha-glyceryl-phosphorylcholine, Choline Alphoscerate)
  • Alpha-Lipoic Acid(aka ALA, thioctic acid, 1,2-dithiolane-3-pentanoic acid, ala, Tiolepta)
  • Anacyclus pyrethrum(aka Akarkara, Vajikaran Rasayana, Pellitory Root, Spanish Chamomile, pyrethrin)
  • Anatabine(aka Anatabloc (Brand Name))
  • Andrographis paniculata(aka Chiretta, King of Bitters, Kalmegh, Creat, Chuanxinlian, Yijianxi, Lanhelian, Indian Echinacea)
  • Anethum graveolens(aka Dill, Lao coriander, Pakchee Lao)
  • Angelica gigas(aka Dang Gui, Korean Dang Gui, Cham-Dang-Gui)
  • Aniracetam(aka 1-p-anisoyl-2-pyrrilidinone, Ro 13-5057, CAS 72432-10-1, 1(4-methoxybenzoyl)-2-pyrrolidinone)
  • Apigenin(aka 4′,5,7,-trihydroxyflavone, biapigenin (a dimer found in nature))
  • Apocynum venetum(aka Luobuma, Dogbane, Chinse Dogbane, Herbal for Relief of Famines, Rafuma)
  • Arachidonic acid
  • Arginine(aka L-Arginine)
  • Aronia melanocarpa(aka Chokeberry, Black Apple Berry, RowanBerry (hybrids with Aronia), Aronox (Brand Name))
  • Artemisia iwayomogi(aka Haninjin,Mugwort (refers to the family of Artemisia))
  • Artichoke Extract(aka Artichoke)
  • Ascophyllum nodosum(aka Kelp (one of many species), Egg Wrack, Rockweed)
  • Ashwagandha(aka _Withania Somnifera_, Indian Ginseng, Smell of Horse, Winter Cherry, Dunal, _Solanaceae_)
  • Asparagus racemosus(aka Asparagus, Asparagus Extract, Shatavari)
  • Astaxanthin(aka Cardax (Disodium Disuccinate Astaxanthin), 3,3′-dihydroxy-b,b-carotene-4,4′-dione)
  • Asteracantha longifolia(aka Hygrophila longifolia, Barleria auriculata, Barleria spinosa, Ikshura, Ikshugandha, Hygrophila spinosa, Hygrophila auriculata, Kokilaaksha, Talimakhana, gokulakanta, marsh barbel)
  • Astragalus membranaceus(aka Astragalus, _huangqi_, (A component of) Danggui buxue tang (DBT), membranous milk-vetch root, ogi, Huang Qi, TA-65, TAT2)


  • Bacopa monnieri(aka Brahmi, Aindri, _Lysimachia monnieri L. Cent._, _Graticola monnieri L._, _Herpestis monniera L. Kunth._, Water hyssop, Thyme-leafed gratiola, Indian Pennywort, Jalabrahmi)
  • Banaba Leaf(aka Crape Myrtle, Crepe Myrtle, Lagerstroemia, Banaba)
  • Basella alba(aka Indian Spinach, Malabar spinach, Red vine spinach, Creeping Spinach)
  • Beet Root(aka Beetroot juice, Beet, Beetroot, beetroot)
  • Benfotiamine(aka S-{(Z)-2-{(4-amino-2-methylpyrimidin-5-yl) methyl-formylamino}-5-phosphonooxypent-2-en-3-yl} benzenecarbothioate)
  • Berberine
  • Beta-Alanine(aka b-alanine,β-alanine,carnosine precursor)
  • Betalains(aka Beet pigments, Betalain, betanin, betanidin, phyllocactin, indicaxanthin, hylocerenin, 2′,O-Apiosylphyllocactin,)
  • Biotin(aka Vitamin B7,Vitamin H)
  • Black Cohosh(aka Cimicifuga racemosa, Bugbane, Bugroot, Snakeroot, Rattleroot, Blackroot, Black Snake Root)
  • Black Pepper(aka Piper Nigrum, Piperaceae, Piperine)
  • Bladderwrack(aka _Fucus Vesiculosis_)
  • Blueberry(aka Blueberries, Blue berries)
  • Boerhaavia diffusa(aka Punarnava)
  • Boron
  • Boswellia serrata(aka Indian Frankincense, Salai, Salai Guggul, Gajabhakshya)
  • Branched Chain Amino Acids(aka BCAAs,BCAA)
  • Brassaiopsis glomerulata
  • Brassinosteroids
  • Bromelain(aka Pineapple extract)
  • Bryonia laciniosa(aka Shivlingi, Diplocyclos Palmatus, Byrony Root)
  • Bulbine natalensis(aka ibhucu,rooiwortel,ingcelwane)
  • Butea monosperma(aka Butea frondosa, Erythrina monosperma, Plaso monosperma, The Treasurer of the Gods and of Sacrifice, kimsuk, muriku, moduga, Bastard Teak, Dhak, Palash, Flame of the Forest, Palăśa)
  • Butea superba(aka Red Kwao Krua)


Coffee (aka Liquid gold)

  • Cold Exposure(aka Non-shivering thermogenesis, Shivering)
  • Coleus forskohlii(aka Forskolin,Coleonol,7beta-acetoxy-1alpha,6beta,9alpha-trihydroxy-8,13-epoxy-labd-14-en-11-one)
  • Colostrum(aka First Milk, Bovine colostrum)
  • Coluracetam(aka MKC-231, BCI-540, 2-(2-oxopyrrolidin-1-yl)-N-(2,3-dimethyl-5,6,7,8-tetrahydrofuro2,3-b quinolin-4-yl)acetoamide)
  • Conjugated Linoleic Acid(aka CLA,Rumenic Acid)
  • Convolvulus pluricaulis(aka Shankhapushpi)
  • Copper
  • Cordyceps(aka Cordyceps Sinensis,Cordyceps Militaris,Caterpillar Fungus,Cetepiller Mushroom,Summer grass-winter worm,Totsu kasu,Yarchakunbu,Aweto)
  • Crataegus pinnatifida(aka Chinese Hawthorn, Shanzha, Shanlihong, Yixintong (tablets))
  • Creatine(aka a-methylguanidinoacetic acid,creatine monohydrate,creatine 2-oxopropanoate)
  • Creatinol O-Phosphate(aka COP, Creatinolphosphate, Aplodan)
  • Cucurbita pepo(aka Pumpkin extract, pumpkin seed oil)
  • Curcumin(aka Turmeric extract,Curry Extract,Curcuma,Diferuloylmethane,JiangHuang,Curcuma Longa,1,7-bis-{3-methoxy-4-hydroxyphenyl}-1,6-heptadiene-3,5-dione)
  • Cyanidin(aka Cyanidin-3-Glucoside, C3G, Cyanidin-3-Rutinoside)



  • ECA (aka Ephedrine/Caffeine/Aspirin, ECA Stack, EC Stack)


  • Fadogia agrestis(aka bakin gagai, black aphrodisiac)
  • Fennel Essential Oil(aka Fennel, fennel, Foeniculum vulgare)
  • Fenugreek(aka Trigonella foecum-graecum, fenugreek seeds)
  • Ferula asafoetida(aka Asant, Food of the gods, Jowani badian, Stinking gum, Devil’s dung, Giant fennel, Hing, Mvuje, Anghuzeh, Stinkasant)
  • Feverfew(aka Tanacetum parthenium, Wild Chamomile, Featherfew, Chrysanthemum parthenium, Matricaria parthenium, Pyrenthrum parthenium, Leucanthemum parthenium, mutterroot, midsummer daisy, nosebleed, Medieval Aspirin, 18th century Aspirin)
  • Fish Oil(aka Eicosapentaenoic Acid,EPA,Docosahexaenoic Acid,DHA,Omega-3 fatty acids,Omega-3,Omega 3,N-3 Fatty Acids)
  • Fucoxanthin(aka Seaweed Extract,Undaria Pinnatifida,fuco,fucothin)



  • HMB(aka Hydroxy-MethylButyrate, beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate)
  • Harpagophytum procumbens(aka Devil’s Claw, Grapple plant, Duiwelsklou, Wood Spider)
  • Hederagenin
  • Hemp Protein(aka Hemp, _Cannabis sativa_, Hempseed meal)
  • Hesperidin(aka 5,7,3′-trihydroxy-4′-methoxyflavanone, hesperitin-7-O-rutinoside, Hesperitin glycoside, glucosyl hesperidin, Vitamin P, hesperitin, G-hesperidin,)
  • Hibiscus macranthus
  • Hibiscus rosasinensis(aka China rose, Rose mallow, Chinese hibiscus, Jasun, Badsha pasant, Gurhal, Ghorawal)
  • Hibiscus sabdariffa(aka Roselle, Isakpa, Krachiap daeng, Sour Tea)
  • Higenamine(aka Norcoclaurine, 1-[(4-hydroxyphenyl)methyl\]-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquinoline-6,7-diol)
  • Holy Basil(aka _Ocimum sanctum_, Green Tulsi, Sacred Basil, Tulsi, _Ocimum tenuiflorum_)
  • Hoodia gordonii(aka Hoodia, Veldkos, Slimming cactus, _Trichocaulon gordonii_, _Stapelia gordonii_)
  • Hordenine(aka N,N-dimethyltyramine)
  • Horny Goat Weed(aka _Epidemium_, _Herba Epimdii_, Icariin, Yinyanghuo, Fairy Wings, Rowdy Lamb Herb)
  • Horse Chestnut(aka Aesculus hippocastanum, Conker tree, Rosskastanie, venostasin)
  • Hovenia dulcis(aka Japanese Raisin Tree)
  • Huperzine-A(aka _ (1R,9S,13E)-1-amino-13-ethylidene-11-methyl-6-azatricyclo- [ 2,7 ]trideca-2(7),3,10-trien-5-on_,Qian Ceng Ta (_Huperzia Serrata_))
  • Hypericum perforatum(aka St. John’s Wort)




  • Kaempferia parviflora(aka Krachai Dum, Black Turmeric, Black Galingale, Thai Ginseng)
  • Kaempferol
  • Kava(aka Piper methysticum, Kava Pepper, Ava Pepper, Kava Kava, Intoxicating Pepper, Awa, rauschpfeffer, sakau, tonga, wurzelstock, yangona)
  • King Oyster(aka Pleurotus eryngii, Eringi, King Brown)
  • Kombucha(aka Fungal tea, Mushroom tea)
  • Krill Oil(aka Euphausiacea superba)


  • L-Carnitine(aka Acetyl-L-Carnitine, ALCAR, Acetylcarnitine, L-Carnitine, L-Carnitine-L-Tartrate, LCLT, Glycine Propionyl-L-Carnitine, GPLC, Levocarnitine, Levacecarnine, L-3-hydroxytrimethylamminobutanoate)
  • L-DOPA(aka Levodopa, L-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine)
  • L-Threonate(aka L-Threonic Acid)
  • L-Tyrosine
  • Lactobacillus casei(aka Yakult)
  • Lactobacillus reuteri(aka ATCC PTA 6475, ATCC 55730, DSM 17938, NCIMB 30242)
  • Lavender
  • Leucic Acid(aka Alpha-Hydroxy-isocaproic acid, DL-alpha-Hydroxy-isocaproic acid, HICA)
  • Leucine(aka L-Leucine)
  • Licorice(aka Licorice, Liquorice, Yashtimadhu, Glycyrrhiza, Glycyrrhiza Uralensis, Glycyrrhiza Glabra)
  • Ligandrol (aka LGD-4033)
  • Light Therapy(aka Light, Sunlight)
  • Limonene(aka Lemon Extract, D-Limonene)
  • Lutein


  • Maca(aka Lepidium meyenii, Maca root, Peruvian Ginseng)
  • Magnesium
  • Magnolia officinalis(aka Saiboku-to, Magnolia Bark Extract, Honokiol, Magnolol)
  • Manganese
  • Mangifera indica(aka Common Mango)
  • Marijuana(aka _Cannabis Sativa_,Weed,Medical Marijuana,Marihuana,dope,ganja,hashish,Dronabinol (medical THC),)
  • Massularia acuminata(aka Pako Ijebu, Orin Ijebu)
  • Melatonin(aka N-Acetyl-5-Methoxytryptamine, Melatonine, Melovine, Melatol, Melatonex, Circadin)
  • Melissa officinalis(aka Lemon Balm, Melissengeist, Bee balm, Garden Balm, Melissa, Erva-cidreira)
  • Methylsulfonylmethane(aka MSM,dimethyl sulfone,dimethylsulfone)
  • Microlactin(aka Hyperimmune Milk)
  • Milk Protein
  • Milk Thistle(aka Marian thistle,Mary thistle,St Mary’s thistle,Our Lady’s thistle,Holy thistle,Sow thistle,Blessed Virgin thistle,Christ’s crown,Venue thistle,Heal thistle,Variegated Thistle,Wild Artichoke,Carduus Marianus,Silybum marianum)
  • Minoxidil(aka Rogaine)
  • MitoQ(aka {10-(4,5-dimethoxy-2-methyl-3,6-dioxo-1,4-cycloheexadienlyl) decyl triphenylphosphonium methanesulfonate}, mitoquinone mesylate)
  • Modafinil(aka 2-\[(Diphenylmethyl) sulfinyl\]acetamide, Provigil, Modalert, Modapro, Alertex)
  • Molybdenum
  • Moringa oleifera(aka Moringa pterygosperma,Ben Oil Tree,Horse Radish Tree,Tree of Life,Miracle Tree,Drumstick Tree,Jiksna gandha,Akshiva,Mochak,Sahijan,Zogale)
  • Morus alba(aka White Mulberry, Karayamaguwa, Sohakuhi, Sang-Bai-Pi, Ramulus Mori)
  • Mucuna pruriens(aka Velvet Bean, Cowitch, Werepe, Karara, Agbara)
  • Muira puama(aka Potency Wood)
  • Music(aka Audio)
  • Myricetin(aka 3,3′,4′,5,5′,7-hexahydroxyflavone)


  • N-Acetylcysteine(aka N-Acetyl Cysteine,NAC,N-Ac)
  • Nardostachys jatamansi(aka Spikenard, Jatamansi, Muskroot, _Nardostachys grandiflora_ (synonym))
  • Nattokinase(aka Natto extract, subtilisin NAT, Orokinase, NSK-SD)
  • Nefiracetam(aka DM-9384, N-(2,6-dimethylphenyl)-2-(2-oxopyrrolidine-1-yl)-acetamide)
  • Nelumbo nucifera(aka Sacred Lotus, Indian Lotus, Bean of India)
  • Nicotine
  • Nigella sativa(aka _Nigella cretica_, Black cumin, Black seeds, Roman coriander, Nutmeg flower, Fennel flower, Ajaji)
  • Nitrate(aka Beetroot extract)
  • Noopept(aka N-phenylacetyl-L-prolylglycine ethyl ester, Noopeptide, Ноопепт, GVS-111)
  • Nutmeg(aka Myristica Fragrans)




  • Quercetin(aka Apple extract, 3,4,5,7-pentahydroxylflavone)





  • Uncaria rhynchophylla(aka Uncariae uncis cum ramulus, Choto-ko, Choto-san, pulvis uncariae, Diao-teng-san, Gou-teng,)
  • Uncaria tomentosa(aka Cat’s Claw, Vincaria)
  • Uridine(aka UDP, UMP)
  • Ursolic Acid(aka Apple peel extract)
  • Uva ursi(aka Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, bearberry, bear’s grape, foxberry, crowberry, kinnikinnick, tinnick)


  • Valeriana officinalis(aka Valerian)
  • Valine
  • Vanadium
  • Velvet Antler(aka Deer Velvet Antler, Deer Antler, Elk Velvet Antler, Cervus, Lu Jiao Pan)
  • Vinpocetine(aka Vincamine, _Vinca Minor_, Periwinkle Extract, Cavinton (Brand Name), ethyl apovincaminate)
  • Vitamin A(aka tretinoin, retinol, retinoic acid)
  • Vitamin B12(aka Cyanocobalamin, cobalamin, methylcobalamin, 5-deoxyadenosylcobalamin, adenosylcobalamin, cobamamide, dibencozide, hydroxocobalamin)
  • Vitamin B2(aka Riboflavin)
  • Vitamin B3(aka Niacin)
  • Vitamin B6(aka pyridoxine, pyridoxamine, pyridoxal, pyridoxal phosphate, pyridoxal-5′-phosphate, PLP)
  • Vitamin C(aka Ascorbic Acid, Ascorbate, 2-oxo-L-threo-hexono-1,4-lactone-2,3-enediol, L-ascorbic acid)
  • Vitamin D(aka Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3), Ergocalciferol (Vitamin D2))
  • Vitamin E(aka Tocopherols, Tocotrienols)
  • Vitamin K(aka Phylloquinone, Menaquinone, MK-4, MK-7, Menatetrenone, Phytonadione)
  • Vitex agnus castus(aka Chaste Tree, VAC, Chasteberry)



  • Yacon(aka Smallanthus sonchifolius, Yacon Syrup, Aicama, Jicama, Diet potato, yacon potato, yacon strawberry)
  • Yamabushitake(aka Hericium erinaceus, Lion’s Mane, Monkey’s Head, Houtou (infrequent), Igelstachelbart, Pom Pom Blanc, Hedgehog Mushroom, Satyr’s Beard)
  • Yerba mate(aka Ilex paraguariensis, Mate plant, St. Hilaire, Aquifoliaceae)
  • Yohimbine(aka Yohimbe,Corynanthe Yohimbe,Yohimbe Bark,Pausinystalia Yohimbe)


  • ZMA (aka Zinc Magnesium Aspartate)

Arecoline may cause cancer, why is it in Kai Greene’s “Savage Roar” and DLB’s “EWP” preworkouts?

Arecoline may cause premature births, cancer, and thyroid issues. Why is it in Dana Linn Bailey’s and Kai Greene’s preworkout?


I am a huge Kai Greene and Dana Linn Bailey fan, but I do not recommend Kai’s Pre-Workout “Savage Roar” or DLB’s “EWP” to anyone. A review of the ingredients show that Arecoline is an active ingredient. I originally learned about this substance from Evan Centopani (Bodybuilder) on the Muscular Development Forums.

Here is some information on the ingredient:

In summary: can cause hypothyroidism, cancer, premature births, and other horrible side effects. (Graphic Photo below of mouth cancer caused by active ingredient)

Arecoline is probably “safe” in small dosages and for short periods of time (take this preworkout for a few months, then switch to another one), but who would chance it? It isn’t going to make you bigger, more ripped, or better. Although I feel that Kai and Dana have almost nothing to do with their products (shocker), I think this is a horrible business move by the company that creates their products. Why put something in your products that will probably be struck down by FDA regulation? You will lose money by pulling it off the shelves. Of course I could be wrong, every kid in America but be buying this because of the face on the product. Money > Health of Customers.

Need a good preworkout? I like MegaWatt HD by 1st Phorm

It has creatine, it has beta-alanine, it has caffeine, it has yohimbine, and it has other stimulants to help you get jacked for the gym. 60 servings explosive servings for less than $45.

Note: Please read the ingredients label of your favorite supplements and make sure that you understand what each ingredient does to your body. The FDA doesn’t regulate supplements like prescription medication and many times supplements hold ingredients that can cause dire consequences.

Lift Heavy My Friends,
Dustin Holston
Personal Trainer/Sports Nutritionist