Focus XT vs G Force

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G Fuel vs Focus XT

G Fuel and Focus XT are both products aimed at increasing reflexes, brain function, productivity and performance through unique blends of nootropics and energy providing ingredients; however which product packs the biggest punch? That answer can be found in the ingredient panel. So let’s take a look at both and discern which product will provide the greatest focus at the cheapest price.

A look at G Fuel by Gamma Labs

So first let’s take a look at G fuel. A 7 gram total serving divided into 4 main components – carbohydrate, energy, Focus and anti-oxidant
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A look at Focus XT by Serious Nutrition Solutions

Of most importance here is the Focus XT blend which constitutes the bulk of the ~10 gram serving size.
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So let’s compare G Fuel with Focus XT.

A side by side comparison

Nutritional facts labels present ingredients in order from highest contributor to lowest contributor when reading from either left to right or top to bottom. Reading a label in this way allows us to determine if the ingredients in the blend are capable of reaching their studied dosages in the order they are presented.

So let’s first look at G Fuel. In the first blend “Energy Complex”, the total blend equals 1.85 grams or 1850 milligrams. As caffeine’s amount is listed within this prop blend, we can determine that all ingredients below caffeine must be equal to or less than 150 milligrams due to labelling laws. Moving on we can see that Taurine is listed first. Although this sits in this blend, it doesn’t actually contribute any energy to the user, and in fact it may actually reduce the effect of caffeine on performance through activation of GABA receptors (Energy drink ingredients. Contribution of caffeine and taurine to performance outcomes). It’s inclusion however, may also be to reduce the “jittery feeling” that can accompany caffeine use.

Next on the list in L-Citrulline Malate. Put in there to increase blood flow, the dose used is rather perplexing. Given that most studies on Citrulline Malate indicate that a dose of 6-9 grams produced ergogenic benefit. Even if we eliminate the last 3 ingredients from the blend, the maximum dose of

L-Citrulline Malate is 850 milligrams – and that’s assuming Taurine and Citrulline Malate are in the blend equally. This is a far cry from any dose considered adequate.

The amount of caffeine listed in the blend is a fine amount. 150 milligrams is almost double what you would find in any 250 ml can on Red Bull, so we can’t complain with that.

As mentioned before, we now know that all the ingredients following the caffeine are either equal to or less than 150 milligrams. While it’s most likely they get progressively smaller toward the end of the blend, this is only an assumption. Either way, his is somewhat disappointing given all of the ingredients below caffeine require amounts greater than the 150 milligrams maximum to contribute anything significant to the product. Glucuronolactone generally requires 500mg +, Acetyl-L-Carnitine requiring between 630 milligrams to 2500 milligrams (the higher end is preferred for cognitive benefits). The last ingredient, macuna pruriens, would be dosed reasonably well if all ingredients below caffeine were equal to 150 milligrams. However it can be ventured that it would be closer to 100 milligrams.

In the next blend, known as the “Focus Complex”, the total blend equals 1.2 grams. The Tyrosine in this blend is likely inadequate for its purpose given that the average dose for cognitive benefits lies between 1000 milligrams – 2000 milligrams. The presence of N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine in the blend is there to offset the smaller dose by using a form that is better able to penetrate the blood brain barrier, however studies suggest that a large portion of it is actually excreted unchanged in urine and only roughly 20% of it is actually converted to its parent molecule L-Tyrosine. Given it takes longer for its conversion into Tyrosine, it likely has a prolonged effect on concentration even if the dose is somewhat smaller than optimal.

The next ingredient, Choline Bitartrate, requires a multi gram dose when used primarily for enhancing brain function. As the entire blend of 7 ingredients fits into a 1.2 gram blend, it simply is not possible this is dosed anywhere near high enough. The next point of interest is the Toothed Clubmoss Aerial Parts Extract and Bacopa. The first ingredient contains naturally occurring Huperzine A. Given that the amount required is only between 50mcg -100mcg, it’s hard to not have enough of it. However it is interesting that what it is extracted for isn’t disclosed, however it is likely that it is extracted for Huperzine A. The last ingredient, Bacopa is however, likely not dosed well as it requires 300 milligrams for it to sit at a good dose. As Vinpocetine requires only a small 15-60 milligram dose, having this above Bacopa means the dosage for Bacopa must be less than 60mg or that the dose of vinpocetine is way too high.

The last complex, the Antioxidant Complex, is there primarily to optimise energy release into the brain.

A Look at Focus XT

So if we now look at Focus XT, we note that it shares a similar ingredient profile (except the addition of DMAE) however the blend contains half the amount of ingredients at 3 times the scoop size. This automatically shows us that the multi gram dosed ingredients (Choline, Acetyl –L-Carnitine, and L-Tyrosine) are dosed, not only adequately, but optimally for cognitive function benefits. If we ventured a guess at the upper end and placed Choline Bitartrate at 3 grams, L-Tyrosine at 2 grams, and ALCAR at 2 grams, that totals 7 grams for the multi grams ingredients and still leaves 2.8 grams in the blend for the smaller dosed ingredients. In fact, the amount left over is almost the size of the entire G Fuel product which contains 13 active ingredients. It goes without saying that the doses, particularly for Choline and L-Tyrosine are higher than my conservative estimates, however I cannot

say for certain. However because of the ingredient dosage discrepancies, you might be wondering if the price varies greatly between the two, well let’s take a look at cost per serve.

G Fuel and Focus XT cost per serve

For a fair comparison, i’m going to use a supplement price comparison engine to work out the average cost of the product for sale that is available at many only retailers.

The average cost of G Fuel sits at roughly $25 for a 40 serving tub. The cheapest I can find it for is $21.84 and the most expensive is $33.99. That puts the cost per serve at roughly $0.62 cents per scoop. It is likely that you will need two scoops to reach anywhere near effective dosages of some ingredients which may potentially put the cost per day to $1.25 if this is the goal you seek. This reduces the number of days of use from 40 to 20.

The average cost of Focus XT sits at roughly $22.50 for a 30 serving tub. The cheapest I can find this for is $19.89 and the most expensive is $26.95. The average cost per serve is $0.75, however one scoop is all you will need.

The final word

When it comes down to cost and amount of effective ingredients and dosages, Focus XT takes the cake cleanly here. A huge blend of focus enhancing nootropics and 200mg of caffeine makes this an energy and brain optimisation powerhouse. Has triple the scoop size in half the amount of ingredients – this alone is enough to tell you that it cannot be beaten in this category for price and effectiveness.
 
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Dang Danes, you must have taken a scoop or two of FXT before writing that up!. I always thought Gamma Labs was kind of a joke though.
 
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Focus XT for the win!
 
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Could probably just posted a thread saying Focus XT > G-Fuel and there would have been zero objections or further questions asked lol.
 
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Hahaah :D good to see you around buddy !
Haha bodies firing on most cylinders finally so getting back into it slowly.

Great write up by the way, wouldn't even know english was your second language.
 
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Haha bodies firing on most cylinders finally so getting back into it slowly.

Great write up by the way, wouldn't even know english was your second language.
Glad to hear you are recovering well! :)
I bet you will be back at your best soon :)
 
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Could probably just posted a thread saying Focus XT > G-Fuel and there would have been zero objections or further questions asked lol.
Haha this is so true.
 

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Could probably just posted a thread saying Focus XT > G-Fuel and there would have been zero objections or further questions asked lol.
Pretty much this :p

G-Fuel's prop blend is structured such that it's impossible for all of the ingredients to be dosed properly
 
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Great comparison. Thanks for doing this, brother!
 
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Sorry for bumping this but it was recently linked from another thread. Just wanna say excellent write-up Danes . FXT is in my top 5 supps now easily. I'm going to be recommending it to friends who are students, gamers, professionals etc.

I know a ton of energy drink fiends, but I'm going to start recommending FXT to them. It's more cost effective per serving and they can work up to the 200mg of caff, giving the tub even more value bc the product is well dosed even at half a scoop.

FXT is for reals yo!
 

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The components of G force's formula are GREAT, the problem is the propriety blend and more so the total amount of each blend, which further confirms that the single ingredients of each blend is far below the clinical/effective dose. If the same compounds where listed out at proper dosages it would defiantly be on my Christmas list.

All that being said SNS's Focus Xt formula is also listed in a proprietary blend, BUT the total amount of the blend is over 9grams which allows you to at the very least estimate that the 6 compounds that make up the blend, if you know anything about the effective dosages of those exact compounds, are dosed effectively.

SOOOO ill say SNS Focus XT for the win...also I happen to be using at this exact time! (;

Side Note: SNS PLEASE COME OUT WITH MORE FLAVORS FOR THE CAFFIENE FREE VERSION OF FOCUS XT OR AT LEAST 1 MORE FLAVOR LIKE BLUE RHASP...THE ONLY THING STOPPING ME FROM PURCHASING THE PRODUCT IS THE FLAVOR...FRUIT PUNCH SUCKS! THANKS...
 

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