Body War Nutrition has long been one of our favourite supplement companies, thanks largely to excellent formulas, fully-transparent labels, and just some overall effective supplements. We use and recommend Pre War, Body Shred, Daily Greens, Wartropin and Alpha War on a daily basis, and so you can imagine our excitement when we get wind of a new release from Body War.
The newest Body War supplement on the Protein King shelves is Alpha Bolic – an ‘enhancement formula’. While the writing on the bottle is a little cagey, making claims like ‘powerful boosting’ and ‘muscular support’ – that’s because the ingredients in Alphabolic are not so mainstream that claims like ‘build muscle and burn fat’ can be used freely. It takes time, research and lots of money in registration fees before a product can make these claims. So for now, we’ll have to make our own assumptions about the effectiveness of Alpha Bolic. Let’s get into it…
- 20-Hydroxyecdysterone (500mg) – First ingredient, long name – let’s shorten it to the commonly-used ‘ecdy’. This ingredient is found naturally in a number of plants, including spinach (although at far lower doses), and is popular worldwide for its’ ability to provide anabolic effects (muscle growth), whilst having no effects on the body’s hormones (Parr 2015). This, in theory, produces some of the desired effects of anabolic steroids (muscle and strength gains), and reduces many of the potential hormonal side-effects (Lafont et al 2003).
- 5-Hydroxy-Laxogenin (220mg) – Next up is laxogenin, another plant steroid, much in the same vein as ecdy. Laxogenin has some similarly impressive research, although mainly in mice, showing strong effects in stimulating protein synthesis (new muscle growth), reducing muscle breakdown, and all with minimal androgenic side effects (Esposito et al 2011). This is one of those products that is a little too early in the piece to be a mainstream supplement, but with new research confirming these findings, we have no doubt it will be a staple bodybuilding supplement ingredient in the future.
- Epicatechin (200mg) – Epicatechin is a phenol/antioxidant, found commonly in tea, cocoa, beans and prunes. This is one of the more well-known ingredients on the Alpha Bolic panel, being one of the compounds responsible for the ‘dark chocolate is healthy’ buzz. In terms of a bodybuilding supplement, there’s some recent research showing that epicatechin can reduce some of the muscle-wasting effects of aging, thanks to its’ ability to inhibit myostatin (Gutierrez-Salmein et al 2014).
- Milk Thistle Extract (150mg) – Another more common ingredient, milk thistle, and its’ active ingredient silymarin, is used commonly to support liver function. Several research papers shows silymarin’s effectiveness at improving the function of the liver, and help to flush toxins from it (Vargas-Mendoza et al 2014) – which is ideal for anyone on an anabolic cycle, or using highly effective natural supplements such as Alpha Bolic.
Alpha Bolic comes in a 60-capsule bottle, which is a full 30-day cycle.
Thanks to clear labelling, we know that using Alpha Bolic at the recommended two capsules daily serving size delivers: ecdy 500mg, laxogenin 220mg, epicatechin 200mg, milk thistle extract 150mg and BioPerine 6mg. Unfortunately it’s a little difficult to dial in an exact effective dose for each ingredient. We’d recommend following Body War’s regimen of one capsule, twice daily with food. Cycle on and off Alpha Bolic every 4-6 weeks for best results.
- Effective, research-supported ingredients
- Clearly defined doses
- Full 30-day cycle
As far as natural muscle building supplements go, we’re extremely impressed with Body War Alpha Bolic. Combining effective, legal and natural ingredients with few (if any) side effects means that you can get the most from your training with a minimum of stress.
Esposito, Debora et al. “Anabolic Effect of Plant Brassinosteroid.” The FASEB Journal 25.10 (2011): 3708–3719. PMC. Web. 19 Sept. 2018.
Gutierrez-Salmean, Gabriela et al. “Effects of (−)-Epicatechin on Molecular Modulators of Skeletal Muscle Growth and Differentiation.” The Journal of nutritional biochemistry 25.1 (2014): 10.1016/j.jnutbio.2013.09.007. PMC. Web. 19 Sept. 2018.
Lafont, R., and L. Dinan. “Practical Uses for Ecdysteroids in Mammals Including Humans: An Update.” Journal of Insect Science 3 (2003): 7. Print.
Parr, MK et al. “Ecdysteroids: A Novel Class of Anabolic Agents?” Biology of Sport 32.2 (2015): 169–173. PMC. Web. 19 Sept. 2018.
Vargas-Mendoza, Nancy et al. “Hepatoprotective Effect of Silymarin.” World Journal of Hepatology 6.3 (2014): 144–149. PMC. Web. 19 Sept. 2018.