What is DSN Pre Workout?
Due to popular demand and increased media attention, our latest review is on one of the most talked about pre and post workout stacks this year. Formulated by DarkStorm Nutrition, DSN Pre Workout and DSN Post Workout are two products manufactured in the United States that are designed to increase energy, improve performance and build lean muscle mass.1
Recently featured in Inside Fitness and Muscle Insider Magazine, DarkStorm Nutrition was awarded the Top Product Seal and Supp Dawg award for delivering a simple, but effective nutritional profile that enhances both performance and strength.2,3
Hailed as the ‘Penny and Shaq’ of workout supplements, this DarkStorm one-two punch comes in convenient tablet and capsule formats designed for athletes on the go.2
Endorsed by athletes like Clay Upson; 1st place trophy winner at the ABBA Winter Open and Brandon Tovey; 10-time USA national record holder, 8-time world record holder and 2-time powerlifting world champion, the DarkStorm supplement stack appears to be one of the most fully loaded pre and post workout combinations on the market today.1
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Darkstorm Nutrition Ingredients
Ever wonder how pre workouts deliver energy and support muscle growth? With only 12 ingredients, Supplement Analyst breaks down the DSN Pre Workout nutritional profile to demonstrate how it helps increase strength and enhance pumps.
Creatine Monohydrate : 3000 mg – A naturally occurring molecule, creatine is able to quickly produce ATP (energy) within the body to support cell function.
Creatine is a well-researched ingredient proven to increase muscle mass and power output when combined with a resistance training program. During high-intensity activities, supplementing with creatine can improve strength, power and performance during short bouts of exercise.4,5
The dose of creatine monohydrate in DarkStorm Pre Workout is equivalent to scientifically-backed doses. Creatine monohydrate has been noted as the most affordable and effective form of creatine.4
Caffeine: 100 mg – As a powerful stimulant, caffeine is an ergogenic (performance-enhancing) aid that predominantly effects the central nervous system.6
L-Arginine: 75 mg – A naturally occurring amino acid, arginine is regularly found in proteins. In the body, arginine turns into nitric oxide, an agent that widens and opens the blood cells in a process known as vasodilation. This results in increased blood flow, muscle hypertrophy and activates muscle satellite cells that can regenerate in response to injury.7,8,9
Arginine also activates the body to produce protein. It has been studied for its abilities to treat wounds, erectile dysfunction and muscle wasting.7
Niacin: 16 mg – Niacin or niacinamide, are both forms of vitamin B3. In the body, vitamin B3 helps metabolize carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Niacinamide is essential for maintaining healthy cells and the proper function of sugars and fats.10
Emerging research shows niacinamide may improve joint flexibility and ease joint pain in people with osteoarthritis.10
Cayenne: 15 mg – Used in food and medicine for over 9,000 years, cayenne pepper is famously known for its hot and spicy taste. The benefits of cayenne pepper can be attributed to the substance that causes the spice, capsaicin.11
When taken orally, cayenne has been claimed to boost the metabolism and possibly suppress hunger. While cayenne is often studied in conjunction with other herbs, a Purdue study noted that consumption slightly increased core body temperature which could burn more calories.24
Calcium: 10 mg – As one of the most abundant minerals in the human body, calcium is important for the development and maintenance of strong bones. Calcium also maintains proper muscle contractions and helps nerves deliver messages between the brain and different body parts. Further, the mineral is used to release hormones and contribute to enzyme reactions that affect almost every part of the body.12
Vitamin C: 6 mg – Commonly found in dietary supplements, vitamin C is an essential vitamin required for maintaining overall good health. In the body, vitamin C is involved in protein synthesis; wound healing; and the biosynthesis of collagen, neurotransmitters and L-carnitine – a substance which helps convert fat into energy.13,14
Vitamin C also acts as an antioxidant in the body to protect the body against potentially damaging free radicals. 13,14
Vitamin B6: 2 mg – A generic name for six different compounds, all vitamin B6 compounds play an important role in over 100 enzyme reactions, but are predominantly involved in protein metabolism. Vitamin B6 also contributes to nerve function, hemoglobin production and helps regulate blood sugar levels. In the body, hemoglobin is responsible for transporting oxygen from red blood cells to the tissues.15,16
Thiamin: 2 mg – Thiamin, or vitamin B1 is a naturally occurring vitamin found in a variety of foods. All B vitamins help the body convert carbohydrates into glucose (fuel). Thiamine works to strengthen the immune system and enhance the body’s defenses against stress.17
This anti-stress vitamin is used for digestive problems, metabolic disorders, to improve learning abilities, combat memory loss and increase energy.17
Folic Acid: 100 mcg – Vitamin B9, or commonly known as folic acid, is a synthetic form of the water-soluble vitamin and is often used in supplements or fortified foods.18
Folic acid plays an important role in proper brain function, including emotional and mental health. It also assists in the synthesis of RNA and DNA and is critical during times when cells and tissues are growing rapidly, such as adolescence or infancy.18
In the body, vitamin B9 works with iron to produce red blood cells. It also works with vitamins B6 and B12 to regulate homocysteine, an amino acid that in high levels has been linked to heart disease.18
Vitamin D3: 10 mcg (400 IU) – Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that plays a critical role in maintaining strong bones and regulating cells in the immune system. Getting enough vitamin D aids with calcium absorption in the body.19
Emerging research is investing the connection between low levels of vitamin D and various diseases such as cancer, breast and colon cancer, obesity and high blood pressure.19
Vitamin B12: 10 mcg – In the body, vitamin B12 is required for proper red blood cell formulation, DNA synthesis and maintains nerve and blood cells. A deficiency in vitamin B12 may lead to anemia and make individuals feel tired, weak and affect sports performance.20
DSN Post Workout
Darkstorm Nutrition Post Workout includes six active ingredients to support muscle recovery. The nutritional profile includes: L-carnitine, L-glutamine, L-tyrosine, niacin, folic acid, and vitamin B12.
DSN Supplement Directions
For optimal results, adults should take three DarkStorm Nutrition Pre Workout tablets 45-90 minutes before exercise with water. Additionally, three DarkStorm Nutrition Post Workout tablets should be taken after exercising. It’s recommended to take both products for at least 4 weeks.
DarkStorm Nutrition Side Effects
While the ingredients used in DSN supplements have been scientifically observed and generally regarded as safe, minor side effects may still occur.
DSN Pre Workout contains three grams of creatine. In some users, this may cause stomach cramping, nausea, or diarrhea. Sometimes water retention can occur in the beginning of supplementation, which may lead to minor weight gain.4
Per serving, DSN Pre Workout also includes 100 mg of caffeine. Some individuals, particularly those that are caffeine sensitive may experience jitteriness, nervousness, increased heart rate, increased urination, or difficulty sleeping if taken shortly before going to sleep.
Both DSN products include Niacinamide which is associated with common a flushing sensation. This ‘niacin flush’ is a temporary side effect that might cause a mild tingling, itching or a mild burning sensation in the arms, face or chest. This effect is extremely common and goes away after 1-2 hours or when the body gets used to supplementation.
Users with impaired kidney function or stomach ulcers should consult with a health care practitioner prior to taking these products.
Based on the quantity of active ingredients, a review of current scientific studies, and consumer reviews, below are the projected results for DSN Pre Workout.
With 3 grams of strength-enhancing creatine monohydrate, users can expect increased power, strength, and performance in repetitive bouts of high-intensity exercise. Creatine will also promote the production of ATP, which should increase your pumps and boost testosterone levels. After consistent use, athletes should notice increased lean muscle mass, when used in combination with a resistance training program.
We like to see that DSN Nutrition formulated their product with a clinically effective dose of creatine monohydrate. According to several scientific studies, an optimal creatine dose during loading and maintenance phase should be range between 3-5 grams per day.21 DSN Pre Workout’s dosage of creatine meets both the loading phase and maintenance phase requirement.
In each serving, users receive 75 mg of L-arginine. In the gym, L-arginine increases blood flow and oxidation, which will enhance your pumps.
Per serving, DSN Pre Workout contains 100 mg of caffeine – equivalent to an 8-oz. brewed coffee. Compared to other pre workout products we’ve seen, this product contains slightly less caffeine per serving, but this dose should still increase mental alertness and focus. This dose may be useful for athletes that are caffeine sensitive or train in the evenings, but are still looking for a noticeable energy boost.
Featured in the 2016 June/July issue of Muscle Insider, DSN Pre Workout was acclaimed for their scientifically-backed ingredient profile, which is produced in a good manufacturing practice (GMP) facility and contributes to improved performance and supporting muscle gains.
Overall, we agree with the experts at Muscle Insider and love to see that DarkStorm Nutrition has used a simple, yet effective formula.
With 50 mg of glutamine, DSN Post Workout should help users replenish glutamine stores within the skeletal muscles, boost protein production and heal exercise-induced damage.22
As the most abundant amino acid in the body, glutamine helps build protein within the body. During or after physical stress, your body needs increased levels of glutamine to make protein and remove the surplus of ammonia from the body.22
Per serving, DSN Post Workout contains one gram of L-Carnitine, which helps restore energy levels in the body.23
At a cellular level, carnitine moves long-chain fatty acids into the mitochondria to be oxidized, or ‘burned,’ producing energy for the body. Carnitine is important for both cardiac and skeletal muscles and fatty acids are used to fuel them.23
In both DarkStorm supplements, no crazy or unnecessary ingredients are included. Unlike most pre workout formulas on the market, DSN supplement products don’t contain any artificial colors, flavors, dyes or sweeteners.
Manufacturing & Recalls
Below is where you’ll find the latest news about DarkStorm Nutrition testing procedures, product recalls or government actions. Once DSN becomes Supplement Analyst Registered, this information will be updated.
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Where to Buy Darkstorm Nutrition and Price
Darkstorm Nutrition Pre Workout and Darkstorm Nutrition Post Workout are both exclusively available online.
Beyond offering their advanced supplement stack, DSN offers a convenient 30-day supply trial offer for first-time buyers. For just the cost of shipping and handling, this flexible option allows new users to try DSN Pre and Post Workout for 14 days.
Where to Buy DSN Pre Workout Trial
DSN Pre Workout is available exclusively from Darkstorm Nutrition approved online retailers. If you’re thinking of trying DSN supplements – don’t wait. Click here to take advantage of DarkStorm Nutrition’s convenient 30-day supply trial offer for first-time buyers for only the cost of shipping. With a limited number of trial products available, it is recommended to take advantage of this discounted price, instead of paying the full product price upfront.
Where to Buy DSN Post Workout
DSN Post Workout is also exclusively available from Darkstorm Nutrition approved online retailers. First time buyers have the option to take advantage of DarkStorm Nutrition’s convenient 30-day supply trial offer, for just the price of shipping and handling.
Although we highly recommend stacking these products together, for consistency our final review is based on DSN Pre Workout’s scores.
For being a straight forward non proprietary blend, leaving out unnecessary herbs and ineffective ingredients, having a great trial offer and using no artificial dyes, flavors, colors or sweeteners (very unique for a pre workout formula), DarkStorm Nutrition gets a final rating of 9.6/10.
With a host of effective ingredients, a clinically proven dose of creatine monohydrate and pump-inducing arginine, we gave DarkStorm Pre Workout major points for having a simple, but effective nutritional profile. Points were also given for the product being free of banned substances.
Per serving, DSN Pre Workout contains 100mg of caffeine which should be enough for new users to experience benefits, but may be a low dose for more experienced supplement users. For this reason, we deducted minor points.
In terms of taste and mixability, we like that DSN comes in a convenient, easy to take tablet format. Both products are coated to make them easy to take. DarkStorm products would be beneficial for busy, on the go athletes considering there is no mess, compared to mixing messy powder into liquids.
DSN supplements lost minor points in the value category as they are only available online and some readers may like to see the physical product before purchasing. We also deducted minor points for DSN’s limited availability. As a quickly growing sports nutrition brand, DarkStorm Nutrition only offers a limited amount of trial products each day. As quantities are limited, acting too slow on this deal could mean products are not available, which could be frustrating for potential customers.
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