Venom® – Extreme Potency Pre-Workout
What does it mean to be great? For some, it’s the number of trophies on the shelf from competing. For others. it’s the ability to dig deep to do what it truly takes to add slabs of lean muscle and drop body fat, smash lifting PRs and dominate every workout, day in and day out. Greatness is in all of us, and it courses through our veins. Sometimes, we simply need to flip that switch and tap into our true potential. That is why we created Venom®.
Formulated to be a no BS, high-intensity energy, and focus driving catalyst, Venom® leaves nothing to chance, addressing every angle of optimizing your performance potential. With high-intensity energy fueled by 375mg Caffeine Anhydrous & 50mg of Infinergy® (Dicaffeine Malate) and focus further driven by a synergistic combination of L-Tyrosine and Huperzine, you’ll be locked in to crush every workout.
Venom® also addresses two critical components: training endurance and blood flow. Not only are you getting a clinical dosage of beta-alanine for helping to maximize your training endurance, but we also include the research-proven ingredient Nitrosigine®.
Nitrosigine® work to maximize blood flow and vasodilation and maximize endogenous nitric oxide production, meaning that not only will you get better muscle pumps, but you’ll also increase nutrient delivery to your hard-working muscles and maximize your results.
Venom® is loaded with the most advanced and research-supported ingredients to give you more energy, mental focus and maximize your workout potential like you’ve never experienced before.
When it’s time to push the limits of what you are truly capable of, flip the switch with Dragon Pharma Venom®.
Assess your tolerance by taking 1 small scoop (4.9g) of your favorite Venom® with 8-10 oz of cold water and consume 20-30 minutes prior to training.
For advanced users and those looking to maximize energy, pumps, and focus you may use the 1 big scoop (9.8g).
** Do not exceed 1 large scoop in any 24-hour period. To avoid sleeplessness, do not take it within 4 hours of bedtime. Ɨ
VENOM® RESEARCH SUMMARY
A non-essential amino acid that makes up (along with the amino acid histidine) the complex amino acid carnosine; Maintains the pH balance in muscle tissue during exercise by removing excess hydrogen ions generated during training.
Research has shown that it supports boosts in muscular output and anaerobic training endurance1
Shown to reduce the perception of fatigue and delay the onset of volitional exhaustion during training2
Though the mechanisms are still under research, data suggest that beta-alanine can contribute to gains in lean muscle mass3
Also known as Alligator Pepper or Grains of Paradise; Used traditionally as a pungent spice and is botanically in the same family as ginger, sharing many of the same bioactive
Appears to possess some anti-diabetic and anti-obese mechanisms4,5
Show to increase metabolic rate and enhance calorie burning; Activates brown adipose tissue (BAT) and converts white adipose tissue into BAT6
A novel binding of arginine, inositol, and potassium silicate that combines to harness the coronary function-improving effects of both arginine and silicate in an inositol-stabilized form that delivers improved bioavailability of both the silicate and the arginine compared to traditional L-arginine alone
Research suggests that 1.5g of Nitrosigine® performs just as well, if not better than 8g of Citrulline Malate7
Works up to 500% more effectively than traditional Arginine HCL8
Significantly improves blood flow for muscle pumps via blood vessel relaxation9
Shown to improve the ability to perform complex cognitive tests requiring mental flexibility, processing speed, and executive functioning10
Promotes sustained muscle pumps and enhanced nutrient delivery11
Low dose blend of seven plant-based ingredients that increase endogenous nitric oxide production
Shown to increase bioavailable nitric oxide by 230% above baseline12
Naturally occurring amino acid found in the diet that is metabolized to produce catecholamines such as dopamine and adrenaline13
It seems to provide a ‘safety buffer’ of building blocks that can prolong the anti-stress effect of catecholamines by delaying depletion14
Shown to help decrease serotonin to dopamine ratio during exercise, decreasing the perception of fatigue15
Central nervous system stimulant of the methylxanthine class; World’s most widely consumed psychoactive drug
Works by blocking the action of adenosine receptors, preventing the onset of drowsiness16; Creates alertness and wakefulness via antagonizing the adenosine receptors in the brain17
Shown to increase anaerobic running (sprint) performance and increase muscular power output18,19
Decreases the sensation of fatigue and increases mental performance20
Supports elevated mood state21
Purine alkaloid found naturally in the Kucha leaf; Similar in chemical structure to TeaCrine®
Amplifies feelings of energy, mood, and cognitive focus via activation of dopamine receptors and inhibiting adenosine receptors
It doesn’t elevate heart rate or blood pressure.
An amino acid that is considered non-essential; Deemed non-dietary amino acid that is primarily supplemented
Research shows increases in Alpha brain waves with decreases in Beta brain waves; Indicates more mental alertness with relaxation but without causing sedation22
Shown to work well with stimulatory ingredients such as caffeine as it can ‘take the edge’ or anxiety aspect away when paired; Additionally, this combination is beneficial for improving performance on cognitively demanding tasks23
Naturally occurring alkaloid found in a tree native to western Africa – Can also be found in the plant Rauwolfia; Active alkaloid is Yohimbine.
Shown to possess stimulatory properties; Acts through the adrenergic system as an Alpha agonist and increases adrenaline and noradrenaline – potent CNS stimulants24
Areas of higher body fat tend to have more alpha-2 adrenergic receptors – Yohimbine binds to these receptors, which inhibits the regulatory process in fat cells that normally blunts fat burning25
Research has shown that it can aid in maintaining lean muscle while dropping body fat26
A compound extracted from the herbs of the Huperziceae family; Known as an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, meaning that it stops enzymes from breaking down acetylcholine (the leading neurotransmitter in the brain)27
Research indicates that it offers a neuroprotective effect; Has been shown to reverser or attenuate cognitive deficits28
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This product is intended for healthy adults 18 years of age or older. Consult a physician before using this or any other dietary supplement. Do not take this product if you are pregnant or nursing, if you have or suspect you may have a medical condition, or if you are taking any prescription or over-the-counter medications. Do not exceed recommended serving. Exceeding recommended serving may cause adverse health effects. This product contains 427mg of caffeine, the equivalent of approximately 4 cups of coffee, and may not be suitable for individuals sensitive to caffeine’s effects. Too much caffeine may cause nervousness, irritability, sleeplessness, and occasionally rapid heartbeat. Immediately discontinue use and consult a qualified medical professional if you experience any adverse effects. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.