iForce HemaVol Review
In the fitness world, each supplement claims to be a life-changer. But do you really need a plasma supplement on top of pre-workout supplements, protein shakes, diet pills, and muscle enhancers?
HemaVol is a pre-workout plasma volumizer that is hyped up to be the best. It swells muscle cells to make muscles bulge during workouts. So do you really need to add HemaVol to your list of necessary supplements?
Let's look into HemaVol's ingredients and purpose to see how necessary it is.
What Is A Plasma Volumizer?
A plasma volumizer basically pumps muscles and veins fuller than normal. When bodybuilders look extra muscly and veiny in competitions, they're likely boosted with a plasma volumizer. Basically, it makes muscle cells swell, which moves water, oxygen, and nutrients throughout the body quicker.
Plasma volumizers are intended to be taken as a pre-workout supplement. This is supposed to increase endurance, decrease muscle tearing, and allow users to build muscles faster. Can one supplement do all this, and are plasma volumizers even necessary? Let's delve deeper into HemaVol's science.
Since a product is only as good as its ingredients, I researched each ingredient to see if they could live up to HemaVol's promises.
Niacin: In bodybuilding, niacin is often used for vasodilation. It pumps up muscles and veins to make them look larger than normal, which is optimal for muscle competitions. Vasodilation is key in weight lifting because when muscles and veins are swollen to a larger size, it allows toxins to flush out faster. It also helps build muscles faster.
Vitamin B12: This vitamin is used in supplements because it metabolizes carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are quickly stored as fat if they aren't metabolized. Consequently, vitamin B12 reduces fat storage. With less fat under the skin, muscles will look more cut.
Hemodynamix Matrix (Proprietary):
Agmatine Sulfate: This is the main ingredient that increases nitric oxide production. Nitric oxide causes vasodilation, or the widening of blood vessels. Consequently, higher nitric oxide levels allow users to build muscle faster and have longer endurance.
Another agmatine sulfate benefit is that nerves are regenerated and healed more quickly. 
Citrulline Malate: Citrulline malate is added to pre-workout products because it prevents muscle break down. Studies show citrulline malate promotes aerobic energy production. When you reduce anaerobic energy production, you decrease lactic acid production. With less lactic acid you will decrease fatigue and promote energy in the muscles. 
The above mentioned study included 6,000 milligrams of citrulline malate per day. HemaVol only provides 5,000 milligrams, so it may be less effective. Because the dosages are close, though, it is likely that HemaVol provides enough citrulline malate to produce similar results.
Glycerol Monosterate: This is a fat added to supplements to increase endurance. It does this by regulating heartbeat. Studies show that drinking a supplement beverage with glycerol before a bike ride increases ride longevity and keeps heartbeats lower. 
Norvaline: Norvaline plays an important role in tissue restoration and muscle growth. It increases nitric oxide production by inhibiting arginase activity.
Clinical studies show that L-norvaline enhances nitric oxide production in damaged tissues. This can help you recover from intense workouts more quickly. 
NO2 Vasodilation Support Matrix (Proprietary):
Alpha-GPC:Alpha-GPC is the main ingredient in this proprietary mix. When taken as a supplement, it boosts growth hormones. This is especially ideal for people who are trying to gain size and muscle mass.
One study performed on young and old people proved that Alpha-GPC boosts growth hormone. The younger group saw a greater increase, though both groups saw a difference. More growth hormone rejuvenates the body and boosts muscle growth. 
Does It Work?
Because HemaVol is largely made up of proprietary blends, it's hard to know if it actually works. Proprietary blends mask the ingredient amounts in each serving. The ingredients are clinically proven effective, but it is unknown whether ingredient amounts in the studies match those used in HemaVol.
HemVol does list some ingredient amounts. It lists 5,000 milligrams of citrulline malate, but successful studies tested 6,000 milligrams. This means results with HemaVol are likely to be similar, but not as powerful.
Agmatine sulfate, on the other hand, is proven to boost nitric oxide production when 400 milligrams is administered daily. HemaVol provides 500 milligrams of agmatine sulfate. This means there's more than enough of this ingredient to be effective.
What Sets HemaVol Apart?
The main difference between HemaVol and other pre-workout supplements is that it is stimulant and caffeine free. This is a safer option for people who are sensitive to stimulants and those who are trying to wean off of them.
Who Makes HemaVol?
HemaVol is manufactured by iForce Nutrition, which is a company that sells many health supplements. This could indicate HemaVol comes from an experienced company, but there is no iForce Nutrition on the Better Business Bureau.
This is because iForceNutrition.com is actually owned by Tribravus Enterprises located in Vista, California. When a larger, anonymous company owns a supplement company it usually means they are trying to dilute a bad reputation.
HemaVol is generally a safe supplement. It is much safer than supplements that contain stimulants. It does not give users anxious feelings that caffeine-boosted stimulants do. Some ingredients have mild side effects that some people may experience:
Niacin side effects include nausea, redness of the face, and headaches.
Glycerol side effects include headaches, dizziness, and nausea.
Still, it is always best to consult with a doctor before starting a new supplement. It is especially important for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding to talk to a doctor before beginning any new supplement.
For extreme athletes or bodybuilders, a plasma volumizer can take your workout results to the next level.
But HemaVol is probably less powerful than other pre-workout supplements because it is stimulant and caffeine free. Some ingredients are clinically proven, but might not be in effective amounts. And since HemaVol manufacturers don't provide a money back guarantee, it might not be worth the risk.
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