Bodybuilders who have been around a little while are very familiar with Jack3d. Even through its previous reformulations, the Jack3d that we used to know and love was stripped from us. The FDA basically banned sales of Jack3d because it included the ingredient 1,3 dimethylamylamine. After the FDA announced it was looking into the safety of 1,3 dimethylamylamine, it sent letters to several companies including USP Labs to discontinue production and sale of products containing the 1,3 dimethylamylamine. The creation of Jack3d Micro came out soon after the FDA announced it had sent the letters to many companies.
The major difference between Jack3D and Jack3D Micro is that Jack3D Micro is made with 1,3 dimethylamylamine, but Jack3D Micro is using an extremely different formula. Creatine, Beta-Alanine and Schizandrol A are gone from the formula. Of course Beta-Alanine is responsible from that tingling feeling that we all love. I have to say that this part does not affect me as I already use Creatine and Beta-Alanine in my pre workout beverage, so it makes it easier to monitor the intake of these supplements.
Jack3d Micro includes what USP abs calls two systems, the eNOS Super Performance System and the CNS Contractile Stimulant System. The eNOS Super Performance System is responsible for boosting nitric oxide (NO) levels and expanding blood vessels. The NO boost comes from the amino acids L-Citruline, Arginine Nitrate, Agmatine Sulfate and Grape Seed Extract. The CNS Contractile Stimulant System will also boost energy levels by its use of Caffeine, Norcoclaurine HCI and 3,4 Dihydroxycinnamic Acid.
The golden question is how does Jack3D Micro stand up to Jack3D. As you would imagine, the newest formula does not give quite the boost that the old formula did.
The fruit punch flavor is very tolerable. Some might even call it quite tasty. As I like to add other amino acids and supplements to my pre workout beverage (some of which are not very tasty), having a strong flavored supplements helps out that much more. Jack3D Micro’s fruit punch flavor takes control of my mixture and makes the beverage rather enjoyable. To me, taste is only a small portion of a supplement’s importance because we take these supplements for their effects, not their taste. Jack3D Micro gets the easy nod here because Jack3D was never a great tasting formula.
Jack3D Micro’s mix-ability is very nice as well. The grains do not clump together once mixed and consumed quickly.
As far as the benefit of Jack3D Micro goes, it is much less powerful as a pre workout supplement. My trick is to use two scoops to make it a decent product, but using twice the recommended product also means that you are only get half of the servings.
Overall, Jack3D Micro is not bad, but there are other pre workout supplements out there that are far and away better.