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X-Factor Advanced Review
July 2, 2012
1:10 pm
AndyJS6
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Just wanted to do a quick review on Molecular Nutritions X-Factor Advanced. It is a versatile supplement that doesn't always get the coverage that it deserves, despite the solid research and real world results backing it.

About Arachidnoic Acid

 

Arachidonic acid is an Omega-6 essential fatty acid. It is stored in muscle cells, and released when the muscles are stimulated from intense exercise or resistance training. It acts as a core regulator of muscle protein synthesis, and is responsible for increasing cellular sensitivity to primary anabolic hormones such as testosterone, insulin, growth hormone, and IGF-1 (Insulin-like Growth Factor 1). Because of its central role in the process of muscle growth, arachidonic acid is the single most effective anabolic nutrient available for supplementation, capable of supporting significantly faster and more profound increases in muscle size, strength, and lipolysis (fat loss).

 

Arachidonic acid is a clinically proven safe and effective performance-enhancing supplement. Placebo-controlled clinical trials published in 2006 demonstrated remarkable a 600% increase in peak muscle power, along with statistically strong trends of improvement bench press 1-rep max (44%), average muscle power (223%), muscle endurance (250%) when taken for 50 days by experienced weight training men. Subjects also noticed a reduction in inflammatory marker IL-6. Source: Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. 3 (1)S1-S29, 2006.

* Taken from Molecular Nutrition's website

What is in X-Factor Advanced?

 

Vitamin E (as d-alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin C, Magnesium (as Magnesium Oxide), Potassium (as Potassium Citrate), Selenium (as Selenium Selenate) , X-Factor Advanced Proprietary Anabolic Formula (825mg), ARASYNTM 40% Arachidonic Acid Oil in a Proprietary Fatty Acid/Oil Blend, Ultra Purified Omega-3 Concentrated Fish Oil Boswellia Serrata Resin 18%, X-Factor Advanced Other Ingredients: Kosher Gelatin, Kosher Glycerin, yellow beeswax, Soy Lecithin, Titanium Dioxide, Natural Caramel Color, Purified Water

 

What can it be used for?

X-Factor advanced is a highly versatile supplement which provides anabolic properties along with heightened fat loss due to increased protein synthesis. Therefore, X-Factor Advanced can be used to build lean muscle during bulking phases or as a tool to increase the rate of fat loss and maintain muscle during cutting phases. It is also noted for it's ability to increase strength in both caloric surplus and defecit environments.

Results : Pros

Having run X-Factor Advanced in both bulking and cutting phases, here are my noted positive effects. I dosed the X-Factor at 6 caps ~45 minutes pre-wo on training daysand none on off days:

* Strength increases – Evident whilst cutting and bulking. Increases do take time to become evident (usually 3-4 weeks) but are apparent and even managed to increase my bench from 97.5kg for 6 reps to 100kg for 6 reps and deadlift from 160kg for 6 reps to 165kg for 6 reps during quite a severe caloric defecit.

* Fuller muscles and pumps – Again, these effects took about 3-4 weeks to become evident but will make a difference when they do. The muscles remained fuller all day (perhaps a nutrient paritioning effect) aswell as the pumps in the gym increasing, along with increased vascularity.

* Leaning of the midsection – There was a rapid leaning of the midsection whilst both lean bulking and cutting, it was quite surprising during the bulking phase considering I was eating slightly above maintenance.

* Increase in LBM – My lbm increase by 5lbs when using during a bulking phase with minimal to no fat gain. What was more impressive was adding 2.5lbs to my LBM whilst cutting down my bodyfat% by ~6.5%. This was used in conjunction with PES Erase and Anabeta so hard to say how responsible it was but it certianly contributed.

Negs

* Slightly oily skin – Noticed an increase in the oil on my forehead during the first few weeks but this tended to subside and return to normal in the second month.

* DOMS – A definite increase in DOMS. It isn't as bad as some have reported, especially if you've been training for a long time but the increase in soreness is there and can require slightly more recovery to hit a muscle group again.

* Red skin – My skin seemed to go slightly redder at times during my X-Factor cycles and seemed more easily inflamed.

* Price – Perhaps the biggest downfall of this supplement at ~£80 for 200 caps. It does work out to be very expensive. However, there seems to be a lot of evidence that shows X-Factor is best does on workout days only rather than every day so you can extend the cycle a little longer by doing this. I went for 6 caps all pre-wo rather than 4 each day spread evenly. However, those who are a little smaller could perhaps just dose 4/5 pre-wo and the cycle would last upwards of 10 weeks depending on how often you train which wouldn't work out that expensive in comparison to some other supps.

Conclusion

A great supplement with many different uses. Don't let the price put you off as it is highly effective and can become more cost-effective when dosed in the protocols mentioned. Personally, if you are looking  to avoid pro-hormones but still want some significant results then X-Factor Advanced is the best option in its category.

 

July 2, 2012
3:12 pm
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Nice review – sounds v.good. Do you have to cycle this?

July 2, 2012
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Great review. Cool

July 2, 2012
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I agree AA is a great supplement although to save money X-Factor will be just as good, if not better than XFA which is mainly geared to resolving joint issues many experience with AA.

Are you sure the oily skin wasn't down to the Erase as it is a test booster?

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July 2, 2012
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seems like a product that is worth a go!!

skeptical about this bit though??

" a 600% increase in peak muscle power – if this was true i am sure i would have heard of it before now, "

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July 2, 2012
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DaveS – I would say like with the majority of supplements it is reccommended to cycle XF/XFA to allow your ArA stores to return to normal inbetween and also allow your joints to recover as some users do note dry joint issues from such products, although XFA does rectify this slightly with the addition of a small amount of Omega 3's (enough to combat the joint issue but in general, you are to avoid additional Omega 3 intake whilst during your cycle.

Predator – I have used XFA twice, once with Erase and once without Erase or another test booster and noted the oily skin increase during the first few weeks both times. It's not anything significant like with some androgenic pro-hormones but I notice oily skin quite easily after struggling with acne so can be a little pedantic.

Other tips to make the ArA more effective is to take the caps with an amount of Glycerol Monostearate (Products such as Glycergrow and Hemavol) to help emulsify the ArA and draw it into the muscles more effectively.

July 4, 2012
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I enjoy the use of Arachidonic Acid and I've seen good gains both lean muscle wise and fat loss each and every time I've ran it, the only problem is that X Factor costs quite a bit. SNS have just released an ArA product named X-Gels which promises to be better value — this could increase the popularity of ArA by quite a bit!

July 4, 2012
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Great review. I've used X-Factor twice in the past, both times ran for 50 days. Great supplement for strength. I plan on running another PreWO only with TTA. I had originally thought to add MassPro Synthagen too but I might skip that.

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July 4, 2012
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So for strength/fat loss and not bothered about size gains, is it best to dose 6 caps pre workout only?

July 4, 2012
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Big Dave – It appears, based upon feedback and a few studies that dosing all of the X-Factor pre-workout is the best option for strength/fat loss and size gains as it is during your workout that you ustilise the effects of the renewed AA stores. If you give a quick google (I would give it you but it is on the forum/website of a competing store) about dosing this way it gives a pretty good article on why it is better.

 

Was looking at the X-Gels, does anybody know how much of the AA is in the prop blend of X-Factor? … On first instances it doesn't seem like X-Gels will be that much cheaper unfortunately.

July 4, 2012
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AndyJS6 said
Big Dave – It appears, based upon feedback and a few studies that dosing all of the X-Factor pre-workout is the best option for strength/fat loss and size gains as it is during your workout that you ustilise the effects of the renewed AA stores. If you give a quick google (I would give it you but it is on the forum/website of a competing store) about dosing this way it gives a pretty good article on why it is better.

 

Was looking at the X-Gels, does anybody know how much of the AA is in the prop blend of X-Factor? … On first instances it doesn't seem like X-Gels will be that much cheaper unfortunately.

Each gelcap contains 250mg of AA.

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July 4, 2012
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AndyJS6 said
Big Dave – It appears, based upon feedback and a few studies that dosing all of the X-Factor pre-workout is the best option for strength/fat loss and size gains as it is during your workout that you ustilise the effects of the renewed AA stores. If you give a quick google (I would give it you but it is on the forum/website of a competing store) about dosing this way it gives a pretty good article on why it is better.

 

Was looking at the X-Gels, does anybody know how much of the AA is in the prop blend of X-Factor? … On first instances it doesn't seem like X-Gels will be that much cheaper unfortunately.

 

Thanks, that's what I thought, seems to be the most popular dosing along with some Glycergrow or Hemavol. Also heard some just taking 1 cap everyday, not sure on how that would benefit.

July 17, 2012
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DinoT1985 said

AndyJS6 said
Big Dave – It appears, based upon feedback and a few studies that dosing all of the X-Factor pre-workout is the best option for strength/fat loss and size gains as it is during your workout that you ustilise the effects of the renewed AA stores. If you give a quick google (I would give it you but it is on the forum/website of a competing store) about dosing this way it gives a pretty good article on why it is better.

 

Was looking at the X-Gels, does anybody know how much of the AA is in the prop blend of X-Factor? … On first instances it doesn't seem like X-Gels will be that much cheaper unfortunately.

Each gelcap contains 250mg of AA.

 

For anyone still reading this thread the 250mg of ArA in X-Gels is standardised to 40% with 250mg being the total amount of oil.

100mg of active ArA is in there. This has been following a manufacturing error to which SNS have made public and they are issuing a free bottle for each bottle purchased.

This means that if you bought a bottle with the intent of having 250mg of ArA per cap you now get two bottles of 100mg ArA. This tallies up to being 80% of what the consumer was originally informed on the forums by SNS reps (SNS having intent of copying Molecular Nutrition's dosage).

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August 6, 2012
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i found a list of foods and supplements not to take whilst on x-factor advanced but i lost the link. maybe you can provide a list or a link?

August 6, 2012
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radley said
i found a list of foods and supplements not to take whilst on x-factor advanced but i lost the link. maybe you can provide a list or a link?

I do not have any list of foods on hand but I think it is simply a matter of trying to avoid foots that contain large amounts of Omega 3's, such as oily fish etc. and any additional fish oil supplements as these will compete and inhibit the effects of the ArA slightly. The same could also be said for avoiding any medicinal and/or natural anti-inflammatories whilst using X-Factor as this would negate the inflammatory effect of ArA, which is responsible for the anabolic effects noted. Hope that helps.

July 29, 2013
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Hey, there im looking for some advice. would like to try this stack: mass pro synthagen, xfactor advanced, and glycergrow. i know a lot of people would take xfa and glycergrow at the same time, but what about mass pro synthagen? i workout before lunch, so i take my breakfast 2hours before il start taking my XFA and glycergrow at the same time, dont know where i will insert mass pro synthagen with karbolyn, since rob advice to take it with tart cherry or some karbolyn, so i only have karbolyn. should i take it with after xfa and glycergrow and wait 30minutes and take mass pro? or any other method will you guys recommend?  hope i can hear from your advice guys, really appreciate it.Wink

August 4, 2013
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Hi Hulk

Mass Pro is best utilised before, during and after training.

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November 27, 2013
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Well I'm sure late to this thread, but just wanted to say thanks to Andy for taking the time to make this detailed review. I'm glad you enjoyed the benefits of arachidonic acid and X-Factor Advanced!

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