workout supplements are one of the most used supplements for bodybuilders and
athletes for good reasons:
increase blood flow and circulation to the muscles for more endurance and power.
Boost stamina and improve
energy levels and combat fatigue.
natural growth hormones.
lean muscle mass.
flow and help transport muscle building nutrients to your muscle cells.
pre workout supplements will give you the "pump effect" resulting in
a more intense workout as your performance goes through the roof.
are two categories of pre workout supplements:
Those which use 100% wholefood ingredients like
ginseng root extract
Yohimbe bark extract
Green tea leaf extract
Cinnamon bark powder
Those which use mostly ingredients like
Malate - This critical ingredient in a pre workout is converted to L-Arginine
by your kidneys which in turn is converted into nitric oxide, a chemical which
can improve blood flow by widening your blood vessels. This has the benefit of
increasing oxygen uptake to your muscles during exercise for enhanced energy,
endurance, strength, improved performance and a more intense workout.
Both these type of supplements deliver results although people who go through
more hardcore workouts will find ingredients like L-Citrulline Malate and Creatine
Monohydrate more effective but whichever you prefer, it's also mostly a matter
of taste. One of the major concerns many people have about pre workout supplements
is the use of sucralose also known as splenda. Sucralose is a semisynthetic artificial
sweetener and is about 600 times sweeter than table sugar. Since the bulk of ingested
sucralose is not broken down by the body, it's non-caloric but that's not necessarily
a good thing because although sucralose is derived from real sugar, it's not natural
as it has undergone a multi-step patented chemical process whereby sucrose has
been chemically modified by replacing three hydrogen-oxygen groups with three
chlorine atoms. This will result in boosting the sweetening power, this is why
it's so much sweeter than table sugar. Some people use it as a sugar substitute
as it's non-caloric but is it healthy after all? Sucralose makes your pre workout
drink more palatable, this is why it's added but it's questionable for health
as to its long term use effects.
Some side effects of sucralose include
you at risk of digestive issues
insulin and glucose levels
Weakens gut health
and impairs the GI tract
produce toxic compounds when heated
is why nowadays you have pre workout supplements without sucralose for those who
are health-conscious. Instead, natural sweeteners like stevia, erythritol, xylitol
and luo han guo are used or no sweetener at all. Stevia is actually a herb and
the sweetener is extracted from its leaves whereas erythritol is obtained by fermenting
corn's natural sugar and xylitol a naturally occurring sugar alcohol found in
many fruits and vegetables and fibrous plant material like sugarcane bagasse or
corn husks. As for luo han guo, it's an exotic fruit also known as monk fruit.
These are some of the best natural sugar substitutes as far as health is concerned.
is my list of the top 11 pre workout without artificial sweeteners like sucralose:
The Genius Brand, Genius Pre, Grape Limeade, 11.92 oz (338 g) - contains
natural flavors, organic stevia leaf extract, beet root powder, a clinical dose
of 6 grams of L-Citrulline Malate 2:1 per 1 scoop
really great all-natural, stim-free, nootropics based pre workout with scientifically
proven clean ingredients. Experience better muscle pumps, faster recovery, better
focus and endurance and improved strength.
Artificial Flavors, Colors or Dyes
Pre Workout Powerhouse
Naturally Flavored and Sweetened
TypeZero, Clean Pre Workout, Fruit Punch, 11.3 oz (319 g) - contains
a whopping 5 grams of L-Citrulline Malate 2:1 per serving, this all natural pre
workout recently gained my attention. If you want a high-quality pre workout which
delivers, TypeZero is a must try. Also contains 2 grams of Arginine AKG 2:1, 1.5
grams of Betaine Anhydrous, 1 gram of Beet Root Extract (2% Nitrate), 600 mg of
Apple Cider Vinegar Extract, 500 mg of N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine, 400 mg of Beta-Alanine,
200 mg of Organic Caffeine, 5 mg of Bioperine® (Black Pepper (Fruit) Extract),
500 mg of Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid) and 1 gram of GABA. GABA also known as
Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid has been shown to boost the release of your body's growth
hormones and increased growth hormone levels can have a major impact on muscle
building and fat loss. In addition, TypeZero is free from artificial sweeteners
and use stevia as natural sweetener. Other ingredients include Beet root powder
(for color), natural flavors, calcium silicate and silica.
RSP Nutrition, AminoLean Max Pre-Workout Energy, Strawberry Lemonade, 9.85 oz
(279 g) - contains stevia
pump performance & matrix with 1.6 grams of Beta Alanine and 1.5 grams of
Nitrosigine® for peak performance. Promote muscle strength and endurance as
well as boosting nitric oxide production for increased blood flow and muscle pumps.
Energy & Nootropic Focus Matrix with natural caffeine from green coffee beans
along with brain boosting nutrients to improve mind-to-muscle connection.
EAA + BCAA matrix with BCAA 2:1:1 (Instantized) 1.5 grams. High-quality, vegan,
fermented EAA + BCAA blend will provide the energy needed to attain peak performance
and promote faster recovery.
sweetened with stevia and also contains natural flavors and beet root powder.
Bluebonnet Nutrition, Pre Workout, Lemon, 0.66 lbs (300 g) - contains
stevia extract and erythritol
Blend with beta-alanine, caffeine anhydrous, L-taurine, and L-tyrosine, green
tea leaf extract, cocoa bean extract totalling 1.325 grams.
Pump Blend with creatine monohydrate, L-leucine, L-isoleucine and L-valine, creatine
malate, disodium phosphate totalling 2 grams.
Oxide Blend with L-arginine, L-arginine alpha ketoglutarate, L-citrulline malate,
and L-lysine HCl totalling 1.12 grams.
sweetened with stevia extract, erythritol and 2 grams of added sugars and also
Twinlab, Sport Preworkout, Caffeine Free, Sour Strawberry, 10 oz (287.5 g) - contains
stevia leaf extract
Beta Alanine 2.4 g.
Rhodiola Root Extract
with Green Coffee Bean Extract, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Turmeric Root Extract,
Sour Cherry Fruit Powder, Blueberry Fruit Powder, Broccoli Head Powder, Collards
sweetened with stevia leaf extract, fructose and 5 grams of added sugar. Also
contains natural flavors and annatto seed powder.
MRM, Driven, Pre-Workout Boost, Strawberry Kiwi, 12.3 oz (350 g) - contains
stevia and monk fruit extract
pre-workout with natural strawberry-kiwi flavor, stevia leaf extract, monk fruit
extract, red beet powder. Increase energy, stamina and endurance.
Blend - 4,200 mg consisting of Trehalose 3,100 mg, Betaine Anhydrous 625 mg,
N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine (NAC) 375 mg, Pine Bark Extract (95% Proanthocyanidins) 100
Blend - 3,750 mg consisting of Arginine Alpha Keto-Glutarate 1,125 mg, Creatine
Monohydrate 1,125 mg, CarnoSyn® Beta-Alanine 1000 mg, Citrulline Malate 500
Blend - 1,225 mg consisting of Acetyl-L-Carnitine Hydrochloride 500 mg, N-Acetyl-Tyrosine
375 mg, Schizandra Berry Extract (2% Schizandrins) 193 mg, InnovaTea® Natural
Caffeine (from Tea)(yielding 125 mg Caffeine) 132 mg, Peak ATP® 25 mg.
Garden of Life, Sport, Organic Plant-Based Energy + Focus, Pre-Workout, Blackberry
Cherry, 8.1 oz (231 g) - contains organic stevia leaf extract
and organic erythritol
MRM, Organic Pre-Workout, Island Fusion, 8.5 oz (240 g) - contains
organic stevia leaf extract and organic monk fruit extract
Zhou Nutrition, Lite Up, Non-Stimulant Pre-Workout, Berry Lemonade, 7.5 oz (213
g) - contains stevia leaf extract and natural mixed
berry lemon flavor
EVLution Nutrition, BeetMode, Concentrated Beet Crystal, Black Cherry, 6.9 oz
(195 g) - contains stevia
Beet Root Powder(4 grams), Organic Fermented Beet Root Powder(1 gram), Malic Acid,
Natural Flavor, Stevia Leaf Extract. This is a great natural pre-workout made
from concentrated beet crystals to enhance performance, boost nitric oxide levels
and increase endurance. Beets
are an excellent vegetable as they are loaded with valuable nutrients like vitamins,
minerals and nitrates which offer numerous health benefits. This
cutting-edge pre workout promotes healthy nitric oxide levels thanks to the high
nitrate content in beets thereby ensuring effective oxygen uptake and blood flow
to your muscles which helps improve exercise endurance, boost energy levels without
the jitters, reduce fatigue and foster athletic performance.
Onnit, Total Nitric Oxide, with Citrulline, Arginine & Beet, Harvest Fruit,
8.32 oz (236 g) - contains organic stevia
Root, OxyPhyte® Grape Seed Extract, OxyPhyte® Apple Extract, Acerola Cherry
Extract 5.87 g
DL-Malate 3 g
Nitrate (as NO3-T®) 1.4 g
Mango Fruit Powder 100 mg