Super NOS Pump (Body Fortress) – A Review
Here's a look at an L-Arginine supplement – the Super NOS Pump (Body Fortress). Body Fortress has a history of offering sports supplements at affordable prices and you can get their products easily at Walmart and elsewhere. The Super NOS Pump has been around for a few years now and there have been enough users for us to come to a conclusion about its effectiveness. Let's take a look at what the supplement facts and ratings have to say.
Body Fortress claims that Super NOS Pump is the ultimate vaso-flow booster and perfect for pre-workout, post-workout or intra-workout use. It claims to deliver dramatic blood flow increase during workouts and after workouts when the muscles need more amino acids and carbs for recovery. It is meant to be taken with other carb and amino-acid loaded recovery products. So let's take a look at the supplement facts and see if Super NOS Pump from Body Fortress does what it is claimed to do.
First of all, one serving of the supplement (3 tablets) will give the user a total of 15 calories from 1 gram of carbohydrates. It will also add 1 gram of dietary fiber, making up 4 percent of the daily fiber requirements for a 2000 calorie diet. It also gives you 20 grams of sodium.
Most importantly, 3 tablets will give you 3 grams of L-Arginine Alpha Ketoglutarate per serving, which delivers 1,950 mg of L-Arginine.
Since the product is an L-Arginine supplement, that's the prominent ingredient. All the rest are mostly mediums for delivering the drug into the system and pill coating commonly used in pharmaceutical products.
Cellulose (plant origin)
It contains less than 2% of the following:
Vegetable Magnesium Stearate
Vegetable Stearic Acid
The amino acid L-Arginine is of course well-known as a blood-flow booster, nitric oxide booster and human growth stimulant and has been well-researched in Nobel Prize-winning studies. It's commonly used in PWO formulas. This is what is expected to give Super NOS Pump its potency as a bodybuilding supplement.
We know that L-Arginine is a non-essential amino acid which has been used in treating a number of heart diseases and erectile dysfunction in men. There have been a few reported adverse reactions, but these are mostly limited to nausea and diarrhea in a rare number of cases. Higher doses could lead to hypotension or a bitter taste in the mouth. At the same time, studies have shown that it doesn't help increase exercise tolerance in people with heart problems, so users should make note of this. Also, while it is used commonly as a vaso-booster in bodybuilding products, the FDA hasn't evaluated the promoted claims.
Jar Sizes and Price Per Serving
Super NOS Pump is listed on bodybuilding.com and comes in a 90-tablet bottle containing 30 servings at 3 tablets per serving. It's also available in 180 and 360 tablet bottles on Amazon.com. The 90 tablet bottle costs between $12.99 (or $7.97 discounted price) on the bodybuilding.com store which puts the price of one serving at roughly between 26 and 45 cents. The same bottle comes for around $20 on Amazon.com though as far as I can tell, there is no difference in the product. The recommended dose is two servings a day pre and post workout, so you're effectively spending less than a dollar daily.
Super NOS Pump is listed on bodybuilding.com and has received an impressive rating of 8.2. It's also listed on supplementreviews.com, where it gets an overall score of 8.5. While I haven't used the product myself, looking through the reviews across these websites I've found that many people have felt a difference in pump and strength, though the experiences vary. It's also tasteless, which is a bonus.
If you're looking for a cheap Arginine pump that is free of any stimulants, then the Super NOS Pump might do the job well enough. Some people may not notice an increase in strength or energy, so it's up to you to try it to find out if this Arginine supplement works for you. Overall, it's hard to fault a nearly-pure Arginine supplement for what it is as far as products go.