If you're struggling during your workout, you might consider adding a supplement such as BSN N.O.-XPLODE. Taken before your workout, this supplement is supposed to improve your energy and end results, according to the BSN website. Consult your doctor before adding any dietary supplements to your diet.
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How to Take N.O.-XPLODE
The BSN website recommends that you take the supplement 20 to 30 minutes before your workout. Simply mix a scoop of the supplement in 4 to 6 ounces of water. The manufacturer recommends not to shake the supplement to mix but to stir it with a spoon. You should not take more than 2 scoops at a time or in a day.
What's in It
One scoop of BSN N.O.-XPLODE contains 30 calories and 7 grams of carbs. The supplement also contains a variety of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin D, thiamin, niacin, folic acid, vitamin B-12, vitamin B-6, pantothenic acid, calcium, potassium and magnesium. In addition, it contains a number of supplement blends that provide creatine, amino acids, herbs, caffeine and other nutrients.
How It Works
N.O.-XPLODE contains of number of ingredients purported to enhance energy and exercise performance. If you're feeling a big lift after taking the supplement, however, it may be due to the 200 milligrams of caffeine in each scoop. As a nervous system stimulant, caffeine is a known energy booster. For comparison, 1 cup of coffee has about 100 milligrams of caffeine.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says that ergogenic aids like N.O.-XPLODE are not well regulated or studied, and you should take them with caution. MedlinePlus advises a moderate amount of caffeine, which is about 500 milligrams, a day is safe for most adults. Getting too much caffeine in the diet may lead to anxiety, insomnia, restlessness, upset stomach or an increase in heart rate. If you're taking BSN N.O.-XPLODE, you may need to closely monitor your intake of other sources of caffeine, including energy drinks, tea, cola and chocolate, in addition to coffee.