Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals is a US supplements company based in Georgia. Their supplements are well known for being strong and at the cutting edge of bodybuilding and weight loss supplements but the company has been criticised for using potentially dangerous ingredients in their formulas. Off The Chain looks to be a typically strong example of what we have come to expect from a Hi-Tech supplement.
Hi-Tech Off The Chain is yet another Hi-Tech supplement with a crazy name that suggests that this supplement will see you going wild and “off the chain” as some people like to say. The powdered drink supplement includes banned stimulant DMAA in probably low quantities but this still could be dangerous for some people to use.
As is usual with Hi-Tech there is a lack of ingredients information regarding quantities and although we like the amino acid profile and can see the attraction of a health drink with a stimulant kick, we cannot go against common sense. All health advice is to avoid DMAA supplements so you should follow the advice of the FDA and avoid this one too.
Side effects may include tachycardia, irregular heartbeat, and increase in blood pressure, risk of stroke or heart attack. Less serious side effects may include, jitteriness, insomnia, headaches, nausea fatigue, and loss of coordination.
Off The Chain is not overly expensive. Each tub of powder contains 300g or 30 x 10 g servings and costs $34.95 if you buy from the official Hi-Tech product website.
However, if you use as recommended and take 2 scoops (20g) per serving, you only have sufficient amount for 15 days supply, making it suddenly much more pricy! Hi-Tech Off The Chain is available from a wide range of retailers so you can shop around for price.
Hi-Tech Off The Chain looked like a health supplement with a stimulant kick, and we can see the attraction of having this blue raspberry flavoured drink at your hand whenever you feel you need it.
However, the inclusion of DMAA makes it impossible for us to recommend this supplement. We cannot go against the advice of the FDA and authorities who have banned this ingredient. It is known for a range of potentially very dangerous side effects, including death, so there is no way that we would ever recommend anyone to use it. Going off the chain may sound like fun but if you end up in hospital with a heart attack, it looks like the joke may be on you.
Hi-Tech Off The Chain is a powdered supplement that you mix with water in order to make a Blue Raspberry flavoured drink. We have never heard of a blue raspberry (do they even exist?) but it’s a good name because it conveys the idea of a cooling refreshing and fruit flavoured drink.
Off The Chain is a combination of a powerful amino acid blend matched with some powerful stimulants. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and essential for health and muscle growth, so if you are trying to build muscle, it is essential to get these vital components into your diet.
Amino acids are not the same as protein. They are components of protein and although all amino acids have a similar structure, they are chemically different. They link together to form proteins and they influence how these proteins are used in the body for its many functions such as immunity, building muscles, maintaining muscles and internal organs and cell messaging.
Amino acids can be produced by the body but essential amino acids which are necessary for health are only obtainable by diet.
According to the directions you take 2 servings each time you use it.
Hi-Tech Off The Chain contains Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCCAs) which are especially efficient at creating muscle mass while on a calorie restricted diet. The name refers to the molecular structure and there are three different types, Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine, all present in this supplement.
Other amino acids include L glutamine, the most abundant amino acid in the body and produced by the muscles. The supplement also contains L Citruline, another non-essential amino that is made in body and is changed by the kidneys into nitric oxide and L arginine. Nitric oxide and Arginine relax the arteries and improve blood flow and oxygen through the body. Increasing nitric oxide can improve vascular health and is useful for both boosting exercise performance and helping erectile dysfunction.
Although the amino acid profile looks good, the stimulant side of this supplement is worrying. The Energy blend contains a chemical called Methylhexamine, similar to amphetamine and better known as DMAA (1, 3-dimethylamylamine) which the FDA is trying to clamp down on because of its proven links to heart attacks and stroke. Most reputable supplement companies have voluntarily removed products containing DMAA but Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals have not heeded the warnings.
Many Hi-Tech supplements still contain DMAA and although back in 2013, US Marshalls forcibly removed $3 million worth of DMAA supplements and the CEO of the company was arrested, this company continue in selling products containing this dangerous chemical. We don’t know how they manage to keep getting away with it.
We covered Hi-Tech Jack’d Up which also contains DMAA in a previous Muscle Watchdog review.
The product advertising explains the advantages of this supplement,
The product information explains the role of DMAA
“DMAA is a neurological stimulant which causes a rapid spike of energy similar to Caffeine and other classical stimulants but does so by different mechanisms in the brain. OFF THE CHAIN™ includes a low dose (about 1/3 of typical pre workout powders) to keep users of preworkout products from “crashing” but allowing continuous all day energy without causing sleeplessness.”
This product information does not mention the health risks of DMAA. Is it safe in low doses? We looked into this question but answers were not forthcoming.
The big question about Hi-Tech Off The Chain is one of safety. DMAA is banned in most countries and judging by the wealth of information about this substance, there does not seem to be a “safe” serving size. In addition, because we are all different it seems likely that effects will vary from person to person.
Apart from this one ingredient, Hi-Tech Off the Chain looks pretty good but although the amino acid profile may help muscle building, stamina and strength, the DMAA content makes it too dangerous to take.
Hi-Tech Off The Chain is a powder that you add to water in order to make a drink. The contents are masked as a proprietary blend which means that although the ingredients are named, quantities are not provided. Most ingredients are micronised, a process that reduces particle size for increased bioavailabity.
Serving size is equal to 1 scoop (10g).
Effects will vary depending on how much of this supplement you drink and your own personal make up. However, the major concerns are related to the DMAA content.
The principle Side effects to DMAA include;
Other side effects may include;
Methionine is linked to heart disease with prolonged supplement use.
Overdoing the BCAAS may cause;
Not suitable for individuals under 18. Avoid if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Consult your doctor if you have an underlying health condition or are taking prescription medication. Off The Chain could be potentially very dangerous for some users, especially those with concerns around heart health or blood pressure.
There are very few customer reviews available for Hi-Tech Off the Chain.
The few comments we found were all positive and included, this one, left by a man using it as an energy drink,
I really hate water, and I am trying to get away from pop (soda), so I have been drinking this bcaa during the day when I am thirsty. Tastes awesome and gives me a little pick me up throughout the entire day. I also take it intra workout. Go through a lot of it, but it’s cheap, so no worries there. While I don’t go Off the Chain, it’s probably cuz I only drink one scoop at a time.
Another man has been stacking Off The Chain with other Hi-Tech DMAA supplement Jack’d Up. We do not advise anyone to follow his example,
I was excited to try this product as I have been a long-time user of aminos and am a big fan of dmaa. First off, taste is pretty good. I initially took this product on its own because I was used to amino energy and was expecting a kick from the dmaa. I did not feel much of anything during my workout. I have since then used this as a stack to either a preworkout that I’d like to add aminos or dmaa too, or in combination with something involving caffeine. Stacking this product works great, and recently I have enjoyed stacking it with hi-tech’s jacked up and it has been a pretty solid combo.
Another customer writes,
I started this combo (OTC and Jacked Up) a while back when my friend purchased them. I like it in comparison to the original Jack3d. To me though, the DMAA with the PWO and then with the Aminos can be a bit much at times, especially on cardio days. But it is something I would recommend to friend looking for a good boost in the gym.
There is no money back guarantee for Hi-Tech Off The Chain.
Hi-Tech Off The Chain is available from a wide range of online outlets that specialise in bodybuilding supplements such as Lucky Vitamin, Best Price Nutrition, Price Flow and more.
You can also by Hi-Tech Off The Chain direct from the Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals website.
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