Caffeine Anhydrous (350mg)
Each serving contains a heaping 350mg of the powerful stim — and that’s not the only form of caffeine.
Caffeine certainly is great for energy, but it also enhances focus, mood, alertness, and physical performance.[3,4] But don’t think this is the end of the stimulants in StimMax, it’s only the beginning.
Dynamine (methylliberine) is a caffeine derivative developed by Compound Solutions that’s touted to be a faster-acting theacrine (TeaCrine).
Dynamine™ (Methylliberine) is the newest “neuroactivating” ingredient from supplement pioneers, Compound Solutions. Billed as a faster-acting TeaCrine.
Dynamine is a methylurate that provides a “cognitive tickle” to your body without affecting your cardiovascular system. In other words,
Dynamine arouses your mind without jacking up your heart rate or blood pressure.
It’s fine on its own (as we experienced in our initial review), but when paired with caffeine and the host of other stimulants and nootropics in StimMax, you’ll experience a sense of heightened focus and mental clarity not really felt before.
N,N-Dimethylphenethylamine Citrate (250mg)
The enhanced form of PEA that we’ve come to know and love from nearly all of Performax Labs’ stimulant-based products.
N,N-Dimethylphenethylamine surfaced before DMHA, and given its GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status and basis in nature (thanks to eria jarensis), it seems to have outlived the other stim to
N-Phenethyldimethylamine is like a PEA molecule, but with an N,N’ Alkyl section that also prevents MAO from cleaving it.
This is euphoria-inducing, mood-enhancing compound that has a PEA backbone to give you that quick dopamine boost, but a couple of added structures to make it last longer.
What happens with molecules with this PEA backbone is that they mimic your brain’s own neurotransmitters, which release more dopamine for a feel-good rush once activated.
How to make PEA last longer!
The issue is that standard PEA molecules get ‘cleaved’ off nearly immediately, so they don’t last too long, and aren’t suitable for a workout supplement (outside of maybe motivating you to get out of your chair).
Two solutions that problem:
First, use a form of PEA with some additional structures that block the MAO enzyme from cleaving it off. That’s what N,N-Dimethylphenethylamine Citrate has here.
Second, add another ingredient that diminishes the effects of the MAO enzyme — ie a MAO inhibitor. That’s where the ingredient hordenine comes in later (and at a serious dose too!)
Given everything above, it’s a definite must that you do NOT mix this supplement with prescription drugs, especially SSRIs or other MAO inhibitors, and of course talk to your doctor before beginning any new diet or supplementation program.
It’s also obvious that with this stimulant load, you don’t mix it with any other stims – not even a cup of tea!
Di-Caffeine Malate (100mg)
As if 350mg of raw, instant energy wasn’t enough to get you going, Performax has included an additional 100mg di-caffeine malate, which provides an additional 73mg of caffeine bringing the grand total of caffeine in StimMax to right under 425mg per serving at 423mg caffeine.
Including this sustained-release form of caffeine helps prolong the energy of StimMax for hours on end, and side steps any nasty crash that could come from using only anhydrous.
As mentioned above, hordenine is a MAO inhibitor that keeps the MAO enzyme from too actively cleaving off your PEA molecules, letting that dopamine boost last longer.
This combination is why so many Performax Labs products put us in such a great mood – good vibes all afternoon!
On top of that, the ingredient is also a beta-2 adrenergic receptor agonist that helps free fatty acids to be used as energy. But use em or they re-attach!
Major dose alert!
Nearly every product out there containing hordenine doses it at 50mg, so this is 50% more – basically what you’d expect from a product named StimMax.
Higenamine activates beta-2 adrenoreceptors nearly as well as synephrine, but has less side effects.
Hordenine is found in citrus aurantium.
Like hordenine above, but perhaps in stronger fashion, higenamine (also known as norcoclaurine) is a beta-2 adrenergic receptor agonist that also frees up fatty acids acids for energy expenditure.
In addition to this, it may yield a bit more warmth, but more importantly, may make breathing easier too, as it’s a bronchodilator![6,7]
And like hordenine above, it’s often dosed at 50mg, but once again, 50% more than average is what we have in StimMax!
N-Phenylacetyl-L-prolylglycine ethyl ester (30mg)
One of the bigger surprises in StimMax, we can tell you that there are going to be some very happy consumers seeing this impressive nootropic added to the blend.
Noopept is one of the most serious memory-boosting nootropics you can use, just make sure to pair it with a source of choline to avoid brain fog.
While it’s not a stimulant like nearly everything else in here noopept is an amino acid analogue that behaves a bit similarly to another famous nootropic by the name of piracetam.
Noopept’s most impressive actions are on learning and memory. It’s been used to restore spacial memory and increase immunoreactivity, albeit in subjects with neurodegenerative diseases.
One way that it works is by increasing choline levels in the brain (unlike some other similar nootropics that deplete them). It’s also theorized to increase BDNF levels, or brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which influence new neuron and synapse production.
StimMax uses the preferred entire daily dose all in one shot at 30mg. We’ve seen a couple of occasions where it’s higher, but normally it comes in 10mg doses.
Sceletium Tortuosum (25mg)
Don’t settle for average weight loss. Use StimMax for long-lasting energy and MAXimum power workouts!
Sceletium tortuosum, also known as Kanna functions as a selective PDE-4 inhibitor, which increases cAMP, thus leading to increased energy. The study citing this information showed positive changes in mood and sleep as well.
Meanwhile, another study showed improved coping with stress and sleep.
So while there may be an energy boost, it’s more likely here for the improved mood activity. Because nobody wants to be moody while on their favorite stimulants!
Performax Labs advertises that this is standardized to NLT 0.5% alkaloids and 0.2% mesembrine.
Huperzine A (200mcg)
Finally, StimMax also includes the potent nootropic Huperzine A to prolong the enhanced focus you’ll get from the acetylcholine production generated by the choline bitartrate discussed above. And once again, they do it in a serious dose!
Huperzine inhibits acetylcholinesterase, the enzyme that degrades acetylcholine. Pairing it alongside choline bitartrate (or any other choline source) makes for an acetylcholine inducing tag-team that can’t be beat. Expect some loooong lasting focus here, stim-folks!
Huperzine also offers neuroprotective and neurogenerative (creates brain cells) benefits on top of its acetylcholinesterase-inhibiting qualities.[12,13]