Natural Anabolic Growth Optimizer
The Genius Brand has built quite a reputation for making unique, innovative products.
This is a company that never seems to slow down and that trend continues with their brand new, newly released Genius Muscle Builder.
This hardcore product has only 4 ingredients - but these are 4 powerful ingredients (well, 3 really, as MyoeDge includes the Vitamin D that’s separately listed on the label) designed to work together to stimulate some serious muscle growth.
It has 30 1-scoop servings per container and is initially coming in just one flavor - Strawberry Vanilla Ice Cream.
Overall, this looks like one more innovative product that should do well in the marketplace.
With 3 branded, clinically proven ingredients, Muscle Builder should be very effective.
The label is fully disclosed and every ingredient is trademarked, insuring premium quality and clinical dosing.
Pricing is a bit high but understandably so as the ingredients are expensive.
Available through Amazon and their website.
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Genius is probably best known for their effective nootropic formulas, even though they have products that cover a wide range - from bodybuilding to general health to fat loss and of course, nootropics.
With some already serious muscle building formulas such as Genius BCAA, Genius PRE, Genus Creatine and Genius Test, they are driving the bodybuilding market hard with their new, bold offering.
What else would you call a product that proclaims “Muscle Builder” in big letters right on the label?
PeakO2 is a trademarked ingredient made by a company called Compound Solutions - a name you may not know, but one that’s behind quite a few of the most popular supplement ingredients on the market, such as Teacrine, Dynamine, goBHB, and VASO6.
When you use an ingredient from Compound Solutions, it will be backed with clinical research and be the most bioavailable version of that ingredient on the market.
With all that said, PeakO2 is an organic-certified combination of six Ayurvedic mushrooms that are powerful adaptogens - which means they allow your body to “adapt” to both physical and mental stress.
This does a number of things, first of all, it’s anti-catabolic because the destructive hormone cortisol is released in response to high levels of stress, by helping the body deal with stress the effects of cortisol are minimized.
PeakO2 also improves performance and endurance by increasing your body’s ability to uptake oxygen and use it more efficiently.
This means you’ll be stronger and you’ll be able to get in some more reps and sets - which should lead to more size.
So PeakO2 is more of an indirect muscle builder but it does look very promising (1).
The suggested clinical dose is 1g per day, and Genius blows that away with a huge 2g dose - that’s the way to do it!
Mediator Phosphatidic Acid (1.5g)
This is an ingredient that’s been around for several years but never really took off.
This version of PA is branded and patented with clinical research that supports its role in stimulating protein synthesis through the mTOR pathway.
Simply put, protein synthesis leads directly to new muscle growth, as long as you are taking in enough protein and working out hard.
Mediator supplies 50% PA, which is 750 mg, the dosed used in clinical studies.
This is another ingredient that shows a lot of potential, and the industry has not given up on it, even though it does not seem to be a big seller.
Genius has faith, however, and PA is one of their keys to new muscle growth.
MyoeDge (HMB 1.5g and Vitamin D 1,000IU)
This is a new ingredient manufactured by MTI, the company responsible for bringing HMB to the market.
HMB, also known as calcium beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate, is a byproduct of leucine metabolism.
HMB supports muscle growth by stimulating protein synthesis and reducing muscle protein breakdown, making it both anabolic and anti-catabolic.
You build new muscle if protein synthesis is greater than protein breakdown and HMB tips the scale in favor of protein synthesis (4).
Vitamin D is very well known as an important vitamin for such things as bone health.
In recent years, it has become known for other benefits, such as cardiovascular health as well as immune system health, to name a couple of examples.
Recently, Vitamin D has been shown to have a strong effect on muscle function (5).
To get the most out of HMB, you should be getting enough Vitamin D.
A one year year study using elderly adult test subjects that were given an HMB cocktail found increased lean mass and showed increased strength in those test subjects taking it enough Vitamin D (6).
Genius Muscle Builder is one of a very few products to use this impressive ingredient.
So, What Do We Think Of Genius Muscle Builder?
The potential of this product is huge and there’s a lot of buzz surrounding this product.
While we’d like to see some real world results, we think Genius has another winner on their hands.
Although it's on the high end of pricing, Genius Muscle Builder will be well worth a try or two.
(1. Hirsch, K. R., Smith-Ryan, A. E., Roelofs, E. J., Trexler, E. T., & Mock, M. G. (n.d.). Cordyceps militaris Improves Tolerance to High-Intensity Exercise After Acute and Chronic Supplementation. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27408987)
(2. D., R., R., S., M., M., . . . J. (2014, June 16). Phosphatidic acid enhances mTOR signaling and resistance exercise induced hypertrophy. Retrieved from https://nutritionandmetabolism.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1743-7075-11-29)
(3. J., J., D., A., M., G., . . . R. (2012, October 05). Efficacy of phosphatidic acid ingestion on lean body mass, muscle thickness and strength gains in resistance-trained men. Retrieved from https://jissn.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1550-2783-9-47)
(4. Wilkinson, D. J., Hossain, T., Limb, M. C., Phillips, B. E., Lund, J., Williams, J. P., . . . Atherton, P. J. (n.d.). Impact of the calcium form of β-hydroxy-β-methylbutyrate upon human skeletal muscle protein metabolism. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29097038)
(5. Larson-Meyer, D. E., & Willis, K. S. (n.d.). Vitamin D and athletes. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20622540).