According to most of the online dictionaries we checked, “vex” means making (someone) feel annoyed, frustrated, or worried. As in “the memory of the conversation still vexed him”.
Annoyed by this supplement? Frustrated by it? Worried about it? Yes, indeed – that’s three out of three. But why should VEX vex us so much? Keep reading to find out why.
Well, everything, really – but whoever Alpha Pro Nutrition might be, they’re really tight-lipped about themselves. Not so much about the product, though. It contains three, maybe four different amino acids (depending on whether you count taurine as a real amino acid or not).
There’s none of the standard information we’ve come to expect, like who’s behind VEX, caution notices, quality statements – none of that.
So you need to know a lot more about VEX and Alpha Pro Nutrition than the little tiny bit they’ve been prepared to tell us.
And even though there are reviews on Amazon dating from early 2016, the website still tells us VEX will be, “launching soon”.
Need we say more?
In general, if the ingredient information is to be believed, we’d be looking at the possibility of digestion problems, sleep problems, nervousness, headaches, inflammation in the digestive system, and potential interaction with other medications.
There’s always the Alpha Pro Nutrition online shop, where you can purchase VEX for $31.00 plus free US shipping, but we’re also invited to click on the Amazon link on that web page, in order to buy it there as well.
And since we regularly visit Amazon to check out the product reviews there, we did just that. There, we found the supplement facts panel which appeared to have disappeared from the VEX website – if it had ever been there in the first place.
We also discovered Alpha Pro Nutrition was selling VEX on Amazon at $23.99 (a saving of just over $7.00 on their website price) which made us wonder why anyone would want to buy it from the official website in the first place.
Unfortunately, it’s hard to get a clear image of Alpha Pro Nutrition VEX, as we don’t know who they are. We don’t know anything about the company behind the product, and that makes us a little suspicious.
We don’t want to have anything to do with companies like that. Or their products. So overall, we do not recommend Alpha Pro Nutrition VEX.
OK, so maybe we sounded a little harsh when we rejected VEX, but wouldn’t you rather know at least one or two facts about a company you’re giving money to, so you can put their products inside you – facts like who they are and how to contact them if you need to? We would.
So we’re not going to apologize for that harshness because good business is about credibility and transparency, and there’s no evidence of either here.
Have these people just come up with a formula that sounds like it would sell, and paid a factory to mix it all up and package it? Furthermore, apparently the VEX container is more than just a little bit too big for its contents.
We can’t help thinking Alpha Pro Nutrition are leaving us to figure out how much VEX to take and how often, because there’s no kind of dosage instructions we’ve managed to find so far.
Then again, since it’s a pre-workout supplement it doesn’t take a genius to figure out you need to take it before working out and that since you’re provided with a convenient scoop with which to scoop out a scoopful, an educated guess would be that’s how much you’re supposed to take before starting that workout.
But there’s always the problem of what to do with the scoopful you’ve scooped out, however it’s probably safe to assume you mix it with some kind of liquid.
It’s not like Alpha Pro are making it easy for their customers … you could say their customers might be a tad vexed about it all.
It’s way easier to create a supplement like that than you might think: not only have we reviewed products from other companies that fall into that “sort-of-home-made-supplement” category, but we’ve also often traced those products back to the factories where those supplements are created. At least one factory we’ve tracked down is outside the USA, and therefore exempt from US manufacturing standard enforcement. Perhaps the same could be said for this particular supplement.
Then again, there’s always the possibility the people behind VEX have something to hide.
Apparently VEX “creates insane energy, focus and concentration”.
We’ve quoted the definition of “vex” before, and now we’ve got “insane”, defined by several online dictionaries as “in a state of mind which prevents normal perception, behavior, or social interaction; seriously mentally ill”.
This review hasn’t driven us completely insane yet, but we’re getting very close to “seriously vexed”.
Well, it certainly does what the label says, as in how close we are to “seriously vexed”.
On the basis that there’s enough caffeine and other stimulants in VEX to keep you going longer than the famous Duracell bunny, yes, it ought to work. But there’s more to VEX than just all that caffeine in all its different forms. According to the promotional text VEX not only raises energy levels with all that caffeine, but also creates the fuel muscle cells need to keep going throughout your caffeine-induced workout.
We can’t say whether Alpha Pro Nutrition VEX does or doesn’t work, however going by the customer reviews it seems that it doesn’t achieve what it claims to do.
We seem to have three proprietary blends in VEX, even if Alpha Pro Nutrition prefers to call two of them a Matrix and the third a Compound.
VEX Glucogenic ATP Amino Acid Matrix: 2.7 g
VEX Explosive Energy Matrix: 522 mg
VEX Stimulant-Decellerator Compound: 100 mg
Caffeine’s side effects can include dizziness, emotional problems, digestion problems, heart problems and of course, keeping a person awake nights. Add to those side effects the potential for headaches, chest pain, ringing in the ears, changes in blood sugar and blood pressure and it’s no surprise that we’re a little wary of the amount of caffeine in VEX.
As far as the amino acid matrix is concerned, there shouldn’t be any problems, but then again, WebMD says “no adverse effects have been reported because of proper L-alanine use” and few side effects will occur as a result of Glutamine consumption “as long as suggested serving sizes are adhered to”.
Since we don’t know how much of either L-alanine and Glutamine that matrix contains, we can’t help being a little bit wary.
N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine can bring on side effects which include nausea, headache, fatigue, heartburn, and joint pain.
The Stimulant Decellerator Compound contains theobromine which can cause the same sort of side-effects as caffeine, plus the need to visit the bathroom more often.
Naringen (no matter how you spell it) has the potential to interfere with medications and so seriously reduce the amount of them reaching the bloodstream.
Well, we’ve got an allergen warning that tells us VEX is, “Manufactured on equipment which also process products containing milk, egg, soy and wheat”, but other than that, not a peep.
On Amazon, though, we found: “Legal Disclaimer Do not exceed recommended dosage of one scoop a day”.
Strangely enough, there are none on the Alpha Pro website. We think that’s a first, because normally we find the most enthusiastic pro-product reviews on the websites selling those products.
However, Amazon is always a rich source of not-quite-so-biased reviews, and ones we found there included,
With Vex, I can’t say that I ever felt “amped up” “focused” or anything of the like, just the fatigue as if I was running a dry (no supplement) workout.
mehhhhhhhhhhh tastes good so it’s not a one star and it gives energy but once you learn about prop blends and proper dosages this is nothing more than a nice package and cool marketing.
does what it’s supposed ot do but the flavor is a little hard to take so I mix it with a little bit of a mango BCAA that I have, just to get it down.
Dont really feel the rush… of anysort… the next day i feel extremly dehydrated…. wont be buying it again
Gave noticeable energy and focus the first few times of taking it, but then didn’t notice any extra energy after taking regularly.
That last review makes us think the reviewer had developed a tolerance to all the caffeine in VEX, but we hope that’s not the case.
There are, of course, more favorable reviews to be found on Amazon, but every now and then we find it interesting to visit review sites that review Amazon reviews – sites with algorithms to detect whether those reviews are genuine or just planted there.
This time, we visited reviewmeta.com which, when analyzing VEX reviews an Amazon, came up with a great big red FAIL notice, for a number of reasons including the fact that all but three of those leaving glowing reviews for the product were flagged up as “unverified purchases”.
Not that we can find on the website. It’s possible other retailers might offer one if you ask them nicely. It’s also possible they might not.
Alpha Pro Nutrition VEX can be purchased from the official website, or via Amazon.
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