Well I had to write a post about this today because I’m a little ticked off at Jack3d right now, not because it’s not an effective pre-workout supplement, because it is, but the dang thing kept me up all night! Back in February or March, I can’t remember which one it is, I decided to stop taking pre-workout supplements all together for a while. I did so because I felt like my body was getting used to them, and they were becoming less effective. I had to take more just to feel the same jolt that I used to feel when I first began taking them. After trying many different pre-workout supplements, Jack3d and 1MR were the two that I thought were the best, so yesterday I had Melinda pick me up a bottle of Grape Jack3d so that I could get a little kick for my workouts again. In the back of my mind I kept hearing this little voice saying, “Don’t take it too late!”, but instead of listening to it, I decided that I was going to risk it and take it around 6 PM. Bad mistake. Thank you Jack3d, I have not really slept since then, and now it’s 8:30 in the morning and I’m writing about how much I don’t like you because I’m tired, but not tired, which might not make much sense, but that’s how I’m feeling right now. Because I don’t like you right now, I’ve decided to do some research and find out why you just got banned from the Canadian market. Interesting stuff that I’m going to share with you all now. Is Jack3d safe?
Apparently, there is an ingredient in Jack3d called 1,3 Dimethylamylamine, which is now a banned substance in Canada, so anything containing that ingredient has been pulled. Why it’s been banned, well, I’m not too sure and can’t find anything that really explains it. So, what I did is look up 1,3 Dimethylamylamine and see if I could find something out that way. What is it? It’s a mild stimulant derived from the geranium plant that increases resting heart rate, provides the user energy, focus, and improves mood. However, there is not much known about the ingredient other than that, including why it’s been banned from the World Anti-Doping Agency and why it wasn’t approved by the FDA. The only thing I could find was that it is emerging as an active ingredient in party pills in other countries, and maybe they fear that people will begin abusing the substance. Some side effects reported from the ingredient include headache, nausea, and even stroke.
Is Jacked safe or not, I can’t tell you, but I do know that it’s something that I’ve been using for a few years now and never really had too much of an issue with. The only side effects that I’ve really had was nausea, but that was when I was taking more than 1.5 scoops. When I lowered back down to 1.5 scoops, nausea was never really an issue. One other side effect that I have to mention is increased heart rate and sometimes heart palpitations, which did scare me a bit. My heart would randomly begin beating very fast, long after I took the supplement for the day. However, that only happened a few times.
When it all comes down to it, Jack3d is definitely an effective pre-workout supplement and will give you the boost you need to get in a great workout. Whether or not you take it is completely up to you, and I encourage you to do your own research and talk to a doctor before you do begin supplementing with it. Remember, though, if you are going to use it, make sure you don’t take in during the afternoon or you will never get to sleep that night! I’m going to have to think about whether or not I’m going to continue using it because I always work out in the evenings, and I don’t think I can have another night like last night.
(Update 2/15/13- After doing more research on Jack3d and the controversial ingredient, I stopped taking Jack3d a few years ago because of the risk of the ingredient being dangerous and I can no longer recommend it. For the past few years I have been using a new pre-workout supplement called E&E, which is made by Beachbody.)