What You Should Know
A company like GNC should know better than to offer a supplement without an ingredient list. Amplified N.O. Load is listed on the official website, but it contains four proprietary blends. The ingredients in each blend are not listed so the bodybuilder or athlete just has to trust GNC is not steering them wrong. With hundreds of supplement manufacturers waiting to earn that same dollar, we are not seeing why anyone would choose this supplement.
We have a small idea of what each blend is supposed to do for the athlete, but our idea is based on the name of the blend alone. If GNC is using proven ingredients, we would have no idea of knowing or giving the company credit for those ingredients. After searching around for a while, we found a picture of the product label. This picture offers details about each of the blends.
List of Ingredients
Tri-MG Accelerator: Betaine, Beta-Alanine, Branched Chain Amino Acid Blend (L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine and L-Valine.)
N.O. Charge Blend: L-Arginine, L-Citrulline Malate, Yohimbe Bark Powder, MegaNatural BP Grape Seed Extract.
Creatine Matrix Blend: DiCreatine Malate, Creatine Ethyl Ester HCL, Guanidinoacetate, Creatine AKG, L-Arginine, L-Glycine, L-Methionine.
EFAM: Caffeine Anhydrous, Medium Chain Triglycerides, L-Carnitine.
After finally being able to find the details of the proprietary blends, we were less than thrilled. It looks like GNC took four different supplements and combined them into one formula. The Tri-MG Accelerator contains BCAA, branched chain amino acids. These are commonly included in protein powders.
The N.O. Charge Blend contains arginine. Arginine supports nitric oxide production and vasodilation. Nothing spectacular about this blend other than the fact that GNC does not tell the bodybuilder how much of each ingredient is included in the formula.
The Creatine Matrix contains three types of creatine. Again, we have no idea how much creatine GNC adds. Anything more than 5 grams during the maintenance phase is too much because the body cannot store it.
The final blend contains caffeine. The total amount is not listed, but another product in the Amplified series contains 400 mg of caffeine, so this product could contain just as much.
- Ingredients are listed online – though hard to find.
- Available for sale from GNC.
- Could contain too much caffeine and creatine.
- Very specific supplement that can only be used during the bulking phase.
GNC dropped the ball with Amplified N.O. Loaded. The supplement contains more ingredients than it needs to include. It almost looks like GNC chose to add all of the common bodybuilding supplements into one large formula. That means the formula can only be used during specific phases of bodybuilding.