RA Ultra Sphinx Pre Workout Formula Information (Pre-workout)

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RA Anabolic Technology

Serving Size: 4 Capsules
Servings Per Container: 30

Other Ingredients: Maltodextrin, Magnesium Sterate, Gelatin, Titanium Dioxide, FD&C Red #40, FD&C Blue #1.

Ultra Sphinx contains Creatine MagnaPower - registered trademark of Albion Laboratories and covered by U.S. Patent 6,114,379.

This is the 4th bottle that is included with the RA Anabolic Pro Hormone Stack. And we were lucky enough to test this system with excellent results - 3 of us here at ProhormoneDB.com gained over 12+ pounds on average.

When taking this pre-workout, we weren't overly excited because we didn't get that synthetic "boost" we were looking for, however, this is much more of an extended, time-released pre-workout, and our sustained energy and strength was through the roof throughout our entire workout.

For those of you looking for a pre workout supplement that is light on the Jitters, then this is for you.

We liked that they continued to put D-Aspartic Acid in this formula too - great for muscle building, anti-estrogen, and recovery.

Great ingredient panel, and we enjoyed the results.

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Acacetin (5,7-Dihydroxy-4-methoxyflavone)

Acacetin is an anti-aromatase and estrogenic activity blocker that is derived from the Damiana Plant. Aromotase is the essential part to estrogen synthesis in the human body and Acacetin has been shown by researchers to be the most effective natural substance to block the synthesis.

Acacetin is used by body builders, athletes and weightlifters to control the amount of estrogen in their bodies when cycling with androgenic compounds to avoid complications due to a conflicting hormonal balance. It is also being considered as a relief agent for women with menopausal symptoms and as a preventative measure for women at risk for, but without developed hormone sensitive cancers of the breast, uterus and ovaries.

What Acacetin is used for:

Weight loss
Relief from menopause symptoms
Tumor growth prevention
Reduction of Estrogen synthesis

Acacetin is an effective weight loss measure has it blocks the estrogen synthesis in the body and forces the body to seek contractile protein from the synthesis of estrogen receptor fat cells. It acts upon the body through a natural suppression process but will not eliminate or permanently disrupt the ability to synthesize aromatase or estrogen. Upon cessation of the cycling routine, the body?s natural aromatase and estrogen activity will return to normal amounts. Acacetin is not a banned substance by most sporting bodies.

In one research study, Acacetin lowered aromatase synthesis by over 60%. There is no supported dosage amount for Acacetin however it is recommended that it is taken in as controlled a quality format as possible. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not take Acacetin as it may interfere with the sex hormone development process of the fetus. Anyone with a diagnoses hormone sensitive cancer should avoid taking the supplement as well.

Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)

Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) is an antioxidant made by the body and is found in every cell, where it helps turn glucose into energy. Unlike other antioxidants, which work only in water (such as vitamin C) or fatty tissues (such as vitamin E), ALA is both fat and water soluble.

In the cells of the body, ALA is converted into dihydrolipoic acid. ALA is not the same as alpha linolenic acid, which is an omega-3 fatty acid that may help heart health.

ALA has been proposed as a treatment for alcohol-related liver disease, but so far there is no evidence that it works. ALA has been administered by IV along with silymarin (milk thistle) to treat people who have eaten the poisonous mushroom Amanita, which causes liver damage.


Caffeine is a bitter, white crystalline xanthine alkaloid that acts as a stimulant drug. Caffeine is found in varying quantities in the seeds, leaves, and fruit of some plants, where it acts as a natural pesticide that paralyzes and kills certain insects feeding on the plants.

In humans, caffeine acts as a central nervous system stimulant. Caffeine is toxic at sufficiently high doses, but ordinary consumption poses few known health risks, even when carried on for years. There may be a modest protective effect against some diseases, including certain types of cancer.

Caffeine has diuretic properties when administered to people who are not used to it, but regular users develop a tolerance to this effect, and studies have generally failed to support the common notion that ordinary consumption contributes significantly to dehydration. With heavy use, strong tolerance develops rapidly and caffeine can produce clinically significant physical and mental dependence.

Caffeine is used both recreationally and medically to reduce physical fatigue and to restore alertness when drowsiness occurs. It produces increased wakefulness, faster and clearer flow of thought, increased focus, and better general body coordination. The amount of caffeine needed to produce effects varies from person to person, depending on body size and degree of tolerance. Effects begin less than an hour after consumption, and a moderate dose usually wears off in about five hours.

Consumption of more than 250 mg per day can lead to a condition known as caffeinism, a combination of caffeine dependency with a wide range of unpleasant physical and mental conditions including nervousness, irritability, restlessness, insomnia, headaches, and heart palpitations after caffeine use.

Coffee consumption is associated with a lower overall risk of cancer. This is primarily due to a decrease in the risks of hepatocellular and endometrial cancer, but it may also have a modest effect on colorectal cancer. Heavy coffee consumption may increase the risk of bladder cancer. Caffeine has been shown to inhibit cellular DNA repair mechanisms. There is little or no evidence that caffeine consumption increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, and it may somewhat reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Drinking four or more cups of coffee per day does not affect the risk of hypertension compared to drinking little or no coffee. However those who drink 1-3 cups per day may be at a slightly increased risk. Caffeine increases intraocular pressure in those with glaucoma but does not appear to affect normal individuals. It may protect people from liver cirrhosis. Caffeine may increase the effectiveness of some medications including ones used to treat headaches.

D-Aspartic Acid (DAA)

Aspartic acid is a non-essential amino acid, meainingit can be synthesized by th body. Aspartic acid is found in:

Animal sources: luncheon meats, sausage meat, wild game

Vegetable sources: sprouting seeds, oat flakes, avocado, asparagus[citation needed], young sugarcane, and molasses from sugar beets.

Dietary supplements, either as aspartic acid itself or salts (such as magnesium aspartate)

The sweetener aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal, Canderel, etc.)

D-Aspartic Acid (DAA - one of the two form of Aspartic Acid) is present in neuroendocrine tissues of humans and plays a role in the synthesis of both LH (Luteinizing hormone, also known as lutropin) and testosterone.

Supplementation with 3 grams (3,000mg) per day resulted in a 33% testosterone increase of 33%. While this might seem impressive, a 33% increase is unlikely to provide any real training boost or visible results. Added to this is that the majority of supplement containg DAA and claiming to be the 'next best thing' typically have a much less than 3g dose.

The straight scoop seems to be that as far as a test booster, DAA isn't that great. You have to take a huge dose for a relatively small effect.

Evodia Extract

Evodia is a small tree native to China and Korea that is used heavily in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to treat a wide range of conditions. The Evodia Extract can be derived from the bitter fruit of the tree, its bark or roots. It has powerful anti-emetic qualities and is crossing over into Western medical applications for use in relieving nausea associated with certain cancer treatments.
Evodia Extract has been examined as a thermogenic agent but has poor results. It has a more positive influence on stimulating appetite while promoting water loss. Weight loss gained through the use of Evodia is from its diuretic qualities and not its thermogenic properties. Conversely, this is one of the reasons it is suggested in the treatment of obesity because it can promote fast weight loss and control stomach pains that may be associated with a new diet or exercise routine.

The anti-coagulant properties of Evodia Extract can induce menstrual flow and have often been used as a form of contraception in Asia.

Uses for Evodia Extract
  • diarrhea
  • dysentery
  • anti-emetic
  • abdominal pain
  • GERD
  • stomach ulcers
  • appetite stimulant
  • obesity
  • headache
  • high blood pressure
  • congestive heart failure (CHF)
  • viral infections
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Cancer
  • fluid retention
  • contraception
  • prompt menstruation
  • treat afterbirth bleeding
Evodia Extract is tolerated well by most and is very effective in the treatment of any kind of stomach distress. It can be taken orally or diluted with liquid to be swallowed without taste.

People who are taking any blood clotting medicine should avoid taking Evoida Extract.

Also, those with diabetes may want to consult their doctor before adding this supplement to their diet. The combined effects of decreasing fluid retention can result in a loss of electrolytes that can have an adverse effect on blood sugar management.

Higenamine HCL

Higenamine HCL is derived from a wide variety of plants and works on the body as a stimulant. It has the dual purpose of targeting muscle areas with companion effects, meaning it causes some muscles to slow down their contractions and others to speed up their rate. This means that for longer muscles, there can be more benefit from a workout because of the slower contraction cycle they are forced into, and Higenamine HCL specifically targets the heart muscle to speed up contractions, raising the heart rate.

Higenamine HCL is becoming an increasing popular "fat burner" because its effect on the heart rate increases the thermogenic effects of exercise and other supplements on the body. By making the heart work harder without companion exercise, the maximum heart rate required for fat burning is maintained longer.

The common dosage for Higenamine HCL is 30 to 40 mg taken 2 to 3 times a day with meals. It can cause nausea if taken on an empty stomach and because of its thermogenic properties can also create an unwanted calorie deficit if taken without food.

Benefits of Higenamine HCL
  • promote weight loss
  • relieve cough
  • relieve asthma
  • prevent heart failure
  • prevent erectile dysfunction
Higenamine HCL is considered to be very safe to take, although abnormally high doses should be avoided. There is some presumed risk with taking it orally from the unregulated nature of its production from a wide variety of plant sources. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not take Higenamine HCL as there is not enough data on its effect. People with an irregular heartbeat should avoid Higenamine HCL and you should also cease taking it 2 weeks before having any surgical procedures done as it can interfere with the anesthesia and monitoring of your heart rate.


L-Taurine is a conditional amino acid necessary to the body to properly synthesize proteins and to help ensure proper nerve and neurological functioning. As a conditional amino acid, the body can naturally produce its own L-Taurine, but for many people they cannot produce enough to meet the needs of their system. Athletes, bodybuilders and persons under highly stressful pressure may need an increase level of L-Taurine to protect the synapses and nerve endings during times of increased physical and mental stress.

It is important to note that although L-Taurine has been studied, it is not clear to scientists why it works or how taking it in supplement form or deriving it from an increased diet of meat and fish allows the body to metabolize it better. What is known is that it has shown to have an effect on many different cardiovascular functions of the body. Many athletes will choose to take a high level of Taurine to increase the blood flow and oxygen to their muscles and to increase their ability to focus during training as well.

L-Taurine acts as a diuretic on the body and the only known caution is for people who are taking the medication Lithium to avoid the supplement as it can interfere with how the body processes the Lithium leading to toxic levels or deficiencies.

Benefits of L-Taurine
  • Treat congestive heart failure (CHF)
  • reduce high blood pressure
  • treat liver disease
  • lower high cholesterol
  • treat cystic fibrosis
  • manage seizure disorders
  • help autism
  • manage attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder
  • treat disorders of the retina
  • manage diabetes
  • treat alcoholism
  • focus
  • antioxidant
Other names for L-Taurine
  • 2-Aminoethylsulfonic Acid
  • 2-Aminoethane Sulfonic Acid
  • Acide Aminoéthylsulfonique
  • Acide Kétoisocaproïque de Taurine
  • Acid Aminoethanesulfonate
  • Aminoethanesulfonate
  • Aminoéthylsulfonique
  • Éthyl Ester de Taurine
  • Taurina
  • Taurine Ethyl Ester
  • Taurine Ketoisocaproic Acid

Magnesium Aspartate (Magnesium)

Magnesium aspartate is the magnesium salt of aspartic acid and is used as a a mineral supplement for magnesium supplementation.

Magnesium is a vital component of a healthy human diet. Human magnesium deficiency is relatively common, with only 32% of the United States meeting the RDA-DRI. Low levels of magnesium in the body has been associated with the development of a number of human illnesses such as asthma, diabetes, and osteoporosis.

Intracellular magnesium is correlated with intracellular potassium. Magnesium is absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract, with more absorbed when status is lower. In humans, magnesium appears to facilitate calcium absorption. Low and high protein intake inhibit magnesium absorption, and other factors such as phosphate, phytate, and fat affect absorption.

Spices, nuts, cereals, coffee, cocoa, tea, and vegetables are rich sources of magnesium. Green leafy vegetables such as spinach are also rich in magnesium as they contain chlorophyll. Observations of reduced dietary magnesium intake in modern Western countries compared to earlier generations may be related to food refining and modern fertilizers that contain no magnesium.

Numerous magnesium dietary supplements are available. Magnesium oxide, one of the most common because it has high magnesium content per weight, has been reported to be the least bioavailable. Magnesium citrate has been reported as more bioavailable than oxide or amino-acid chelate forms.

Excess magnesium in the blood is filtered at the kidneys, and for this reason it is difficult to overdose on magnesium from dietary sources alone. With supplements, overdose is possible, however, particularly in people with poor renal function.

Alcoholism can produce a magnesium deficiency, which is easily reversed by oral or parenteral administration, depending on the degree of deficiency.


Piperine is the alkaloid responsible for the pungency of black pepper and long pepper, along with chavicine (an isomer of piperine). It has also been used in some forms of traditional medicine and as an insecticide.

Piperine has been found to inhibit human CYP3A4 and P-glycoprotein, enzymes important for the metabolism and transport of xenobiotics and metabolites. In animal studies, piperine also inhibited other enzymes important in drug metabolism. By inhibiting drug metabolism, piperine may increase the bioavailability of various compounds and alter the effectiveness of some medications.

Piperine may also have some harmful side effects. Preliminary evidence shows it may be toxic in some circumstances, and may even interfere with reproductive processes, including negative effects on sperm. Piperine at doses higher than 15 mg daily may affect the metabolism of a wide range of drugs. Even lower doses may affect the bodys metabolism of some drugs.

Piperine may also form cancer-causing substances when eaten with nitrates. Experts suggest that people who take piperine supplements should be careful when also eating food that contains nitrates as a preservative.

Not enough human studies have been done to determine the side effects of chronic supplementation with piperine. For the time being, it is a good idea to take 2 days off a week, and one full week off each month from the use of a piperine supplement. It is quite likely that the small amounts of piperine could provide health benefits while larger amounts could be toxic or damaging to the liver or other organs.

Vanadyl Sulfate

Vanadyl Sulfate is the most popular and common form of vanadium, an element in the body that is found in foods such as pepper, dill, radishes, eggs, vegetable oils, buckwheat, and oats.

The physiological role of vanadium in humans is unknown, but it seems that the substance is needed for normal growth and development. Recently, a great deal of attention has been paid to vanadium because of its supposed insulin-mimicking activities. The precise mechanism by which vanadium mimics the effects of insulin is uncertain. The most popular view has been that vanadium works as a cofactor that alters the concentration and effectiveness of several enzymes that are involved in the breakdown and distribution of glucose molecules and amino acids.

The lack of research into the specific methodology and structure of vanadium has left much up to speculation. Workout supplement suppliers have taken advantage of this condition by making bold claims.

Unfortunately, vanadyl sulfate doesn't live up to its claims. The theoretical benefits of increased amounts of insulin were extrapolated from the role of insulin after a large meal. During exercise, the role of insulin in the body is diminished. Insulin is no longer the primary regulator of glucose uptake. During exercise, more glucose is made available to the muscle cell due to an increased blood flow. The rapidly moving blood transports the glucose molecules and enables the rapidly consumed supply to be replenished as needed. An increase in insulin is simply not necessary.

In addition to overestimating the potential benefits of increased insulin like activity through vanadyl sulfate, it also appears that proponents of the supplement also overlooked some of the potential dangers. Insulin does much more than enable glucose and amino acid uptake in muscle cells; it is one of the body's primary regulatory hormones. In addition, insulin also helps to synthesize both protein and fat molecules.

In December of 1996, a research team at the School of Pharmacy at the University of Otago in New Zealand performed a study on the effects of oral vanadyl sulfate on body composition and athletic performance. In the twelve week, double-blind placebo controlled test, the results were astounding. To test the strength gains of the subjects, a strength baseline was established at the beginning of the study. In addition, subjects were measured for body fat percentage and overall lean body mass. At the beginning of the study, the strength of all participants was assessed using the 1 and 10 repetition maximum for bench press and leg press. Throughout the twelve week period, subjects worked out with a partner. One subject took vanadyl sulfate (.5mg/day) and the other took a placebo. At the end of the double-blind study, the researchers concluded that with regard to side effects, oral vanadyl sulfate appeared to be well tolerated, however, they also concluded that "oral vanadyl sulfate was ineffective in changing body composition in weight -training athletes".

Specifically, both groups gained (.07%) body fat and had almost identical strength gains.