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Odin’s Blood Pre-Workout: An Evidence-Based Review

Odin’s Blood is a pre-workout by Norsepower Supplements which carries with it the tagline “Consume. Conquer. Repeat.”  Well, before we blindly obey this command, let’s take a look at the formula and see what we’re working with here…

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Claims

Odin’s Blood comes with the same list of claims attached to most pre-workout supplements.  It promises:

  • Better Strength
  • “Majestic Pumps”
  • “God-like Focus”

Some of those adjectives may be a little ambiguous, but you get the point…

Odin’s Blood Ingredients

Odin’s Blood contains several well-established performance enhancing ingredients (like Creatine and Beta-Alanine) as well as some not-so effective “would-be” performance enhancing ingredients…

Creatine Monohydrate

Creatine Monohydrate is the most heavily-researched form of Creatine and, at this point, it is undoubtedly just as effective as any other form…even the “designer” forms.  Hundreds of studies have been conducted at this point, all indicating that Creatine:

  • Inceases Strength/Power
  • Enhances Muscular Endurance
  • Improves Recovery
  • Increases Muscle Mass

Creatine primary works by increasing cellular ATP, effectively providing your muscles with more energy for producing contractions.  Additionally, Creatine increases  the amount of water inside cells which actaully increases the size of muscle.

Odin’s Blood contains 3g of Creatine Monohydrate per serving, about the lowest dose that can still be considered effective if used on a daily basis.  If you’re not taking Odin’s Blood everyday, you’ll need additional Creatine to make sure you’re hitting that 3-5g/day range.

L-Arginine AKG

L-Arginine AKG is a so-called “designer form” of Arginine, an amino acid that directly increases Nitric Oxide production.  Supplemental Arginine, though popular in the early days of bodybuilding, has actually proved pretty ineffective in studies.  This is most likely because Arginine is subject to breakdown by the enzyme Arginase whereas precursors like Citrulline are not and are therefore more effective.

Still, supplement companies in general seem to keep rolling out alternative forms of Arginine in their products, claiming better absorption than ordinary L-Arginine.

Arginine AKG isn’t anything new.  In fact, it has been studied and appears to be just as ineffective as L-Arginine, maybe even less effective!  Odin’s Blood contains an undisclosed amount of Argininne AKG, but it doens’t really matter.  Arginine AKG just sucks…period.

L-Ornithine AKG

Ornithine is an amino acid used alongside Arginine and Citrulline in the Urea Cycle, the process by which Ammonia is metabolized into the harmless substance Urea. Prolonged exercise generally brings about increases in Ammonia, which causes fatigue in the working muscle after enough has built up.

As evidenced in a 2010 study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, supplemental Ornithine, at a dose of 100mg/kg, has failed to influence fatigue in short duration exercise.

However, a 2008 study from “Nutrition Research” noted a significant reduction in fatigue during prolonged exercise in healthy volunteers who consumed 2g Ornithine daily for 6 days and 6g prior to testing.

Ultimately, we’d rather see Citrulline used in place of either Arginine or Ornithine, but Ornithine is atleast somewhat effective.

Taurine

Taurine is a unique amino acid which possesses antioxidant properties.  These properties give Taurine a wide range of potential applications.

In the context of Odin’s Blood, it serves as a recovery-aid, having been shown to reduce exericise-induced oxidative damage.

Odin’s Blood contains atleast 1200mg of Taurine, but probably more, placing it well within the clinical range.

N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine

Tyrosine is precursor to the neutransmitters Dopamine and Noradrenaline which are both heavily involved in cognitive function, focus, reaction time, and mood.  While not capable of increasing levels of these neurotransmitters via supplementation, Tyrosine can serve as substrate for their production when they become depleted.

Ultimately, Tyrosine may help preserve cognitive function during long-duration, mentally fatiguing exercise.

Odin’s Blood contains an unknown does of N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine, a form of Tyrosine that is allegedly more bioavailable (not much evidence of that).

Beta-Alanine

Beta-Alanine is precursor to Carnosine, a dipeptide produced through a combination of Beta-Alanine and Histidine (Beta-Alanine is the rate limiting factor, so it’s all that is needed).  Study after study has demonstrated that Beta-Alanine can increase muscle Carnosine levels with daily supplementation, leading to better muscular endurance over time.

Carnosine works by reducing Lactic Acid build-up in working muscle tissue, so it requires daily supplementation or large doses on a non-daily basis.  The clinical range is 3-6g/day with 1.6g/day being the absolute lowest dose shown to still increase Carnosine levels over time.

Odin’s Blood contains 1.5g of Beta-Alanine per serving, not exactly what can be considered a “clinical dose”.

Caffeine

Caffeine triggers the release of neurotransmitters such as Dopamine and Noradrenaline (remember, the chemical messengers in the brain responsible for focus, energy, mood, etc.).  By increasing levels of these neurotransmitters, Caffeine elicits a state of alertness and focus and can increase strength and muscular endurance.

We discuss Caffeine’s role as an exercise-aid in our article: 3 Supplements That Actually Enhance Muscular Endurance.

Odin’s Blood contains 275mg of Caffeine per serving, a moderate dose.

Odin’s Blood Ingredient Takeaway

Odin’s Blood contains a pretty standard blend of ingredients, most of which can be found in many other pre-workout supplements.  The main issue is one of balance.  Since many of the non-stimulant ingredients are under-dosed, but it contains a lot of Caffeine, users can’t really double-dose.  This makes it impossible to get effective doses of non-stimulant ingredients which greatly limits the potential of the formula.

The energy and focus may be there, but the muscular endurance and strength aspect is definitely lacking.

Is Odin’s Blood Safe?

Odin’s Blood is perfectly safe, assuming you don’t have some sort of pre-existing medical condition.  The only stimulant is Caffeine and 275mg is well within the safe range.

Where To Buy

Odin’s Blood is available at:

…and that’s it.

The Bottom Line

Odin’s Blood is nothing special in terms of perfomance and strength enhancement.  In terms of energy, it may pack a decent punch but the same can be said for any other pre-workout with 250+ mg of Caffeine.  Sorry, but there are much better pre-workouts out there…

If you’re still not sure which pre-workout is right for you, check out our Top 10 Pre-Workout Supplements list.

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