Hi-Tech Off The Chain

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If you are looking for hard-core amino acids combined with some crazy energy enhancing stimulants, Hi-Tech Off The Chain looks like it will fit the bill! And with DMAA in the formula plus BCAAs and amino acids to elevate nitric oxide levels, this blue raspberry flavoured drink powder looks powerful. Is this a true impression and more importantly is Hi-Tech Off The Chain safe? We take an in depth look to find out.

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 Pros

  • Contains BCAAs

Hi-Tech Off The Chain Cons

  • Contains banned and dangerous ingredient DMAA
  • Inadequate ingredients profile
  • No guarantee
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What You Need To Know About Hi-Tech Off The Chain

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.

What Are The Side Effects Of Hi-Tech Off The Chain?

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.

How Much Does Hi-Tech Off The Chain Cost?

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.

Our Verdict On Hi-Tech Off The Chain

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 Review

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.

Hi-Tech Off The Chain Facts

  • Each tub of powder contains 10 x 3g servings
  • Contains DMAA a banned stimulant similar to amphetamine
  • Powdered supplement that you add to water to make a blue raspberry flavoured drink

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.

How to Take Hi-Tech Off The Chain

According to the directions you take 2 servings each time you use it.

  • Mix 2 scoops in 8-10 oz of cold water

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.

Hi-Tech Off The Chain Concerns:

  • The side effects to DMAA are well documented and potentially very dangerous
  • This supplement is easy to overuse if you drink it as a health drink
  • Although we have focused on DMAA, the amino acids may also cause side effects

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.

What Does Hi-Tech Off The Chain Claim To Do?

The product advertising explains the advantages of this supplement,

  • OFF THE CHAIN® Aminos is exactly what the name says it is – Hardcore Amino Acids. You take powerful Amino Acids and then tweak it with some cutting-edge energy technology so that it blasts you faster and lasts longer.
  • OFF THE CHAIN® Aminos is a Hi-Tech Muscle & Strength supplement designed to quench the “hard to please” athlete’s thirst!
  • OFF THE CHAIN® Aminos includes “rapid release” energy aids like DMAA and Caffeine and “extended release” energy components as well.
  • These two technologies are why OFF THE CHAIN® Aminos provides such an exceptionally quick, long-lasting, no-crash stimulant feeling, and is in a “league of its own” when it comes to Aminos with energy!

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.

Does Hi-Tech Off The Chain Work?

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.

What Are The Ingredients of Hi-Tech Off The Chain?

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).

  • Amino Blend: (5g)
  • Ajinomoto L Glutamine: Branded L Glutamine supplement from Ajinomoto Amino Acid Technologies a US company who manufacture in accordance with GMP (good manufacturing practice). Glutamine is a protein-building amino acid that is important for maintaining muscle as well as supporting immune and intestinal health. Maintenance of lean muscle is important to athletes and active individuals.
    Source: http://www.ajiaminoscience.com/products/manufactured_products/l-amino_acids/L-Glutamine.aspx
  • Micronised L Leucine, Micronised L Isoleucine, Micronised L Valine: The three BCAAs which are especially efficient at creating muscle mass while on a calorie restricted diet and available in food such as meat and eggs. Leucine plays an important role in muscle protein synthesis, while Isoleucine induces glucose uptake into cells. Valine is probably the least important but together these BCAAS may help supplement diet and benefit a training regime.
    Source: https://examine.com/supplements/branched-chain-amino-acids
  • Micronised L Taurine: Once touted as an energy enhancing amino acid (it is an ingredient in Red Bull) there is no real evidence that it will work as described. The Hi-Tech product info says Taurine is “the cheapest amino acid available in manufacturing and is why many companies load their products with it.” Including this one!
  • Micronised L Citruline: L Citruline is another non essential amino that is made in body and is changed by the kidneys into nitric oxide and L Arginine. Nitric oxide relaxes the arteries and improves 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.
  • L Tyrosine: An amino acid, which you can obtain through diet if you eat meat. It is believed to help training and is popular with body builders for this reason. L Tyrosine raises adrenaline levels and can make you feel too on edge to eat. Research suggests that taking 150mg will improve alertness after missing a night’s sleep for around three hours.
  • Micronised L Arginine: Amino acid produced in the kidneys that helps relax arteries increasing blood and oxygen flow.
  • Micronised L Histidine: Essential amino acid, which although the body produces in small quantities, must be obtainable through diet. Useful foe healing and the immune system.
    Source: http://aminoacidstudies.org/l-histidine
  • Micronised L Phenylalanine: Amino acid often referred to as PEA that may help the chemical messengers in the brain. Can cause a short lived high immediately after ingestion.
  • Micronised L Theorinine: Essential amino acid found in cottage cheese, poultry, fish, meat and lentils and used by the body to support connective tissue, the immune system and bone health.
    Source: http://www.xtend-life.com/information/ingredients/l-threonine
  • Micronised L Methionine: Amino acid that helps protect the liver.
  • Energy Blend (160mg)
  • Caffeine: The world’s most popular stimulant and ideal for giving a short lived energy boost. Health advice is not to exceed 400mg a day.
  • Methylhexamine: Also known by a variety of names including DMAA (1, 3-dimethylamylamine) this substance is sometimes claimed to be from geranium oil but is an amphetamine type compound, more usually created in the lab. The FDA has warned against use and the use of DMAA is illegal because of the risks to health and numerous dangerous side effects.
  • Green Tea Extract: We all love green tea! This antioxidant rich tea is good for health and may have multiple health benefits.

Does Hi-Tech Off The Chain Have Any Side Effects?

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;

  • Tachycardia
  • Irregular heart beat
  • Increase in blood pressure
  • Increased risk of stroke or heart attack

Other side effects may include;

  • Jitteriness
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Nausea

Methionine is linked to heart disease with prolonged supplement use.
Overdoing the BCAAS may cause;

  • Fatigue
  • Loss of coordination

Caution:
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.

Are There Any Customer Reviews For Hi-Tech Off The Chain?

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.

Does Hi-Tech Off The Chain Offer a Money-Back Guarantee?

There is no money back guarantee for Hi-Tech Off The Chain.

Where Can I Buy 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.

Summary: Hi-Tech Off The Chain


Hi-Tech Off The Chain

1.9 out of 5
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Muscle Watchdog rejects Hi-Tech Off The Chain.

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