Your Pre-Workout Is DAMAGING Your Brain?! (NEW RESEARCH!)

My regular viewers likely know that while I have no issue with taking supplements, generally-speaking, I am opposed to the myriad of pre-workout blends that have flooded the market for years. Plus, there are many supplements available that are, quite frankly, utter shit, and a complete waste of money.

But, pre-workout blends, specifically, are usually over-priced, under-dosed, and their claims are not always supported by any human research at all.

In many cases you’re just paying exorbitant prices for a blend of stimulants with added creatine, just to line the pockets of some drugged-out crook who is peddling false promises.

But, people THINK they work because they “feel” something when they take them.

Yeah, that’s likely just your CNS being over-tweaked by a mega-dose of caffeine all at once.

You could get the same effect from drinking 4-5 cups of strong coffee. Because that’s generally how much caffeine you’re getting in one serving of these products.

But, it get’s worse than that!

A 2019 study being published in the journal “Toxicology in Vitro” found that the popular ingredient L-norvaline, typically touted to promote muscle pumps, not only reduces cell viability, but also induces necrotic cell death!

Norvaline, for the unaware, is a non-proteinogenic amino acid derived from the branched-chain amino acid valine. And, as far as we are aware, is not present in our diet.

Researchers in the study had placed brain cells in petri dishes, more specifically SH-SY5Y cells, which are pictured on the left, and exposed them to norvaline. They found that the norvaline KILLED the brain cells, and that the longer the norvaline exposure lasted, the more lethal the norvaline became to said cells.

The researchers theorize that norvaline sabotages the energy supply of the cells.

Pretty fucked up, right?

A lot of bodybuilders come across as pretty fucking retarded to begin with, so what a great way to exacerbate such a stunning attribute!

Especially when you consider that a 2011 study found that steroid abuse may facilitate the onset or progression of neurodegenerative diseases. More specifically the abuse of testosterone, nandrolone and methandrostenolone.

And, yes, I am aware that no one is dumping pre-workout powders directly onto their brain, but given norvaline’s effects in the lab, why the hell would you even want to put it… or a product containing it… into your body at all?!

And based on current ingredient lists, popular products such as ProSupps’ “Dr Jekyll”, both Rich Piana’s “Full as F*ck” and “Kill It”, Primeval Labs’ “Vasogorge”, and AllMax Nutrition’s “Hemanovol” all contain norvaline!

And that’s just naming some of the more popular products, as there are MANY more products containing norvaline sold on Amazon, for instance, including stand-alone, bulk norvaline powders.

Anyway, if you guys want to know what I currently consume pre-workout… I just mix a tablespoon of pure beetroot powder with 5 grams of creatine monohydrate in 16 oz. of filtered water.

And during my workout, I sip a serving of a powdered electrolyte blend in another 16 oz. of filtered water. Sometimes I toss in an additional 5 grams of creatine monohydrate with the electrolytes.

And I’ve linked to some specific products that I use in the description below. Feel free to check those out, if you like.

It’s been a long time since I’ve touched any of those big-name pre-workout blends.

Anyway, leave your thoughts and comments below.


Beet Root Powder by BulkSupplements

Creatine Monohydrate Powder Micronized by BulkSupplements

Ultima Hydrating Electrolyte Powder

Norvaline kills brain cells –

Cytotoxicity and mitochondrial dysfunction caused by the dietary supplement l-norvaline

Neurotoxic properties of the anabolic androgenic steroids nandrolone and methandrostenolone in primary neuronal cultures.

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