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Molecular Nutrition X-Factor 100 Gels
X-FACTOR is an arachidonic acid (ARA) supplement for bodybuilders and athletes. An Omega-6 fatty acid, arachidonic acid plays an important role in various aspects of cognitive, immune, and metabolic health. As a sports supplement, ARA is used to support increases in muscle size, strength, and power, as well as muscle preservation during fat loss. The ability of ARA to support these goals lies in its fundamental role within the body. ARA is essential for the initiation of muscle protein synthesis following exercise. Furthermore, regular exercise may lower ARA levels in the muscles. This makes X-FACTOR one of the most important supplements for supporting optimal muscle growth and athletic performance.
The effectiveness of X-FACTOR has been demonstrated in placebo-controlled trials at the University of Tampa. Thirty weight-training male subjects (age 20.4 ± 2.1 years) with a minimum of 1 year of resistance training experience were given six capsules of X-Factor per day (1,500mg ARA) or placebo for eight weeks. Subjects taking X-Factor noticed significantly greater improvements on all muscle size and performance variables tested, including an 88% greater increase in muscle size (thickness) measures. They also added an average of 110 lbs. to their combined bench press and leg press weight, gained about 4 lbs. of lean body mass (LBM), and noticed a 550% greater increase in average, and 275% increase in peak, muscle power output compared to placebo!
Molecular Nutrition X-Factor helps promote increased muscle mass and strength by making the body more anabolic. X-Factor has been clinically proven to improve bench press rep max, peak muscle power, average muscle power, and muscle endurance. This product has been formulated as a hypertrophic catalyst and designed to enhance your body’s ability to respond to strenuous exercise. X-Factor has been closely studied and examined and is rapidly becoming a top muscle building agent due to its proven ergogenic agents. This truly effective product centers around the relatively unknown active ingredient, arachidonic acid.
Arachidonic acid (ARA) is a long-chain omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid that can be integrated into membrane phospholipids and it is the primary substrate for COX-2 mediated biosynthesis of prostaglandins. Previous studies found that ARA could enhance power and tended to increase strength and hypertrophy. One study took place at the University of Tampa. Thirty college-aged men were recruited, with an average max bench press of 230 lbs. and leg press of 510lbs. They were randomized into two groups. The men in the first group were given 6 capsules of X-Factor daily, and the other an identical-looking placebo. All men followed a resistance-training program for 8 weeks, which focused on multi-joint movements such as bench press, leg press, and bent over rows. The results from various tests showed that users of ARA gained significant increases in lean body mass, muscle thickness, and total strength and power. From the studies, it shows that ARA supplementation can positively enhance adaptations in strength and skeletal muscle hypertrophy in resistance-trained men. Athletes and trainers looking to maximize their body composition, strength, and power should use ARA as an ergogenic aid.
Arachidonic acid increases the production of tissue-repairing prostaglandins during exercise. Prostaglandins, which are produced in the body from arachidonic acid, are the core mediators of skeletal muscle growth. They are formed during intense exercise, and are responsible for controlling protein breakdown and synthesis rates, promoting vasodilation (increasing nutrient availability to damaged muscles), enhancing androgen receptor concentrations (allowing testosterone to be more active in local tissues), and amplifying IGF-1 signaling. By sustaining higher levels of arachidonic acid in muscle tissue, supplementation with X-Factor has been reported to accelerate fast twitch muscle fiber growth, facilitate rapid strength and power increases, boost muscular endurance, and reduce fat mass. Since it contains a powerful but natural polyunsaturated fatty acid, is not banned (nor tested for) by competitive sport organizations.
- Increases muscle strength and size
- Enhances anaerobic endurance
- Promotes a probolic response
- Potent lipolysis agent
- Healthy weight loss agent
- 1 Softgel Daily: Regular Supplementation
- 2-3 Softgels Daily: Moderate Anabolic Support (Recommended use: 50 days on, 50+ days off)
- 4-6 Softgels Daily: Maximum Anabolic Support (Recommended use: 50 days on, 50+ days off)
Serving size: 1 softgel
Servings per container: 100
- Arachidonic Acid (ARASYN): 250 mg - ARASYN 40% Arachodonic Acid in a proprietary fatty acid/oil blend.
Kosher gelatin, kosher glycerin, natural caramel color, purified water
WARNINGS & SIDE EFFECTS
Consult with your healthcare physician before taking. Do not take if you are nursing, pregnant, or may become pregnant. Contains soy.
Warning review by Michael on 5/12/2016
This supp works by increasing inflammation in your body.
The recommended dosage varies between 1-1.5g per training day, taken before a workout. That is 4-6 caps, run usually for 50 or so doses (which you'd need 3 bottles for).
Having taken the upper limit (6 caps per day), I am cautious to take it again. No idea if the strength gains experienced would be because of this, or because my diet has been pretty on point, but I do know that my knees were killing me towards the end, and a shoulder injury I hadn't had for about a year reappeared during the cycle.
I was following the bulgarian method for squats (basically squatting every day), and my quads KILLED right where they inserted into the knee. Even if strength was up, performance was down because of newly reduced mobility.
If I was to try it again I would go with a smaller dose, for a shorter period. But as it stands, take this as a warning. Longevity is better than quick results. Especially when those results are insignificantly quicker.
One of the few supps that truly work! review by Matti on 6/7/2015
I dose 4 pills 45-50 minits pre workout on empty stomach, no GI issues, but that means I hit the gym with no added fuel.
I only take it on heavy days, either heavy volume, or heavy weight.
If you push yourself beyond your comfort zone and stop just shy of failure on you last set, you will feel it. DOMS can be amplified but are bearable.
I have taken it before on a everyday protocol and truly feel that there isn't for me a benefit. As well I've heard that that protocol starts to get at your joints.
For me, this is an absolute must have.
Pump factor is high, leaving the gym feeling tight and awoken is what we shoot for.
Also, using X-Factor the way I do, one 100ct bottle will get you 25 fiber damaging workouts, and some time on the real solid days I may take 2 pills post workout just to prolong the inflammatory response.
Absolutely worth the money at BPN!!!!
Elsewhere you would pay 48-52$$.
Hands down great working product. review by Bubba on 5/31/2015
Hands down a great working product. In my opinion Molecular Nutrition X Factor is in the top 3 supplements that actually make a distinct and apparent difference in your physique that is non hormonal. I most definitely put on lean mass while taking this for the 50 days i ran this product. After a few weeks this stuff began putting a whooping on me. I began to have sore joints and my muscles were sore as hell the next day or two after training. Nothing intolerable but definitely noticeable. This is something i would recommend to anyone looking for a real supplement to put on lean muscle mass.
Good review by Marc on 12/20/2014
Its good for me
good review by JOSE on 9/7/2014
Natural Muscle Protein Synthesis Promoting Agent review by KDD on 4/14/2014
This is a classic at this point in the world of bodybuilding supplements. This product is ArA (arachidonic acid) which is an omega-6 fatty acid that is needed to trigger a healthy inflammation response for muscle cells in order to start the repairing process.
What does that mean in layman's terms? Increased healthy inflammation response starts a series of events that ultimately means more optimal muscle repair. Increased muscle repair signalling ultimately leads to aiding in the building of muscle. It is one of the reasons people get DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) and the depletion of ArA in our bodies (through vigorous training, as that causes one to deplete ArA stores faster than we can replenish them through normal diet) is one of the reasons why things like DOMS eventually lessen or go away and muscle/strength gains starts to slow down as we progress. Supplementing with ArA helps get our ArA levels back up in order to induce a better and more optimal healthy inflammation response from training.
If you purchase this product, go with 2 bottles and run them straight through back to back. This product is also non-hormonal so no need to worry about things like PCT and what not.