Perhaps one of the most popular superheroes to ever inspire bodybuilders is the Hulk. Like seriously, you think of that hunk of green muscle each time you hear the name. It’s become a universal symbol for raw power and amazing physique.
Controlled Labs seems to want some of the greenness to rub off so they came out with Green Bulge. No, we’re not talking about that bulge folks. We’re all about solid gains and the sheer popularity of this creatine supplement had us wanting to see what the fuss was all about.
Check out our review on Controlled Labs Green Bulge and see if it’s the one creatine blend you’re looking for!
About Controlled Labs Green Bulge
The first thing you’ll notice about Green Bulge is how transparent it is. We’re not just talking about the label but the bottle as a whole. They really went all out on making sure they appear green from the inside. The best part is they didn’t make use of any colorants so kudos to that. Formula notes:
- Creatine Complex: Not your usual standalone. It combines two good forms of creatine known for their superior bioavailability to the typical creatine monohydrate.
- Capsulated Creatine: Encapsulating creatine (in caps, derp, versus as a free-flowing powder) helps to minimize bloating and maximize absorption.
- HyperBulge Complex™: It’s not the bulge in your pants but a complex of ingredients meant to add exercise perks to the product.
Controlled Labs Green Bulge Supplement Facts
|Serving Size: 5 Capsules
Servings Per Container: 30
|Ingredients||Amount Per Serving|
|Vitamin B6 (As Pyridoxal 5 Phosphate)||75mg|
|Vitamin B12 (As Methylcobalamin)||1,000mcg|
|Magnesium Creatine Chelate (2000mg), 2CM™ Dicreatine Malate (500mg)|
|Curcumin (95% Curcuminoids), Gymnema Sylvestre (Extracted For 25% Gymnemic Acid), Orotic Acid, L-Norvaline, And K-RALA|
|Other Ingredients: Maltodextrin, Gelatin, And Magnesium Stearate|
|Directions for use: Take 5 capsules 45-60 minutes prior to your workout and on non-workout days. If you weigh in excess of 225 pounds increase your dosage to 7 capsules.|
Don’t Judge The Dosage.
We’re used to thinking creatine should always come in at least 4-5 gram dosages that we forget the reason why you need that much: bioavailability.
We like creatine monohydrate but there is no reason why we shouldn’t consider other forms ‘specially when they help eliminate the absorption-barrier and that’s the approach Controlled Labs did with Green Bulge.
Let’s break down the ingredients in this formula:
- Premium B vitamins. We usually ignore this section of the supplement facts in our other reviews, but we gotta recognize efforts when we see them. Green Bulge’s B6 and B12 comes in P5P and Methylcobalamin respectively, two advanced, high-potency forms considered premium in their line. Dosage is really, really good for powering up your body’s metabolic functions, and both are good brain-boosting nootropics featured in mental dominance formulas.
- Magnesium Creatine Chelate. is the technical name of its premium counterpart Creatine Magnapower which possesses similar benefits to creatine monohydrate but with better absorption and reduced bloating.
- Dicreatine Malate as 2CM™. This is simply creatine bound to malic acid and being a form of creatine salt means it’s supposed to be gentler on your stomach and have better bioavailability than your typical monohydrate. This patent also claims it to “vastly improve ATP beyond the level of creatine monohydrate or any other creatine derivative.”
- Curcumin. Standardized to 95% Curcuminoids, this turmeric compound is a potent anti-inflammatory ingredient as well as a cholinergic amongst its other health benefits.
- Gymnema Sylvestre. Standardized to 25% Gymnemic acid, this plant is often used to reduce blood sugar and even control appetite. We’re guessing it’s here to help creatine penetrate cells better since optimal levels of insulin helps improve cell permeability. But that’s just us so don’t take our word for it.
- Orotic Acid. It’s known to be an ATP enhancer which could provide synergy to Creatine since Creatine regenerates and produces ATP.
- L-Norvaline. Boosts nitric oxide and promotes vasodilation. You know, for bodybuilding pumps in Bros who are so inclined.
- K-RALA. No, that’s not a battlecry. K-RALA stands for Potassium R-Alpha Lipoic Acid and is a form of ALA bound to potassium to make it more soluble. It’s known to improve cell energy metabolism which should help you power through your workouts.
Our dietary supplement reviews in the sports nutrition category already include another color from Controlled Labs: Blue Up — which is a decent testosterone booster.
Green Bulge is a continuation of the formula style we see in Blue Up, which makes us pause a give a thumbs-up to Controlled Labs. Good job, guys.
Green Bulge capitalizes on a few formulation angles that may max out your bodybuilding results:
- Advanced creatine absorption
- A novel standardized herb-driven support complex
- Possibly some testosterone benefits
- Formula focus on strength, stamina, pumps & recovery
Its creatine matrix is a good example of the types of creatine you want in a capsule. Granted, it makes the formula much more expensive than using normal monohydrate, if it’ll help penetrate cells more then we think it’s worth the extra cash. Dosage-wise, it’s a bit on the low end, but nowhere near the lowest.
- If you’re on the maintenance phase, and since the Green Bulge complex is supposed to be highly bioavailable, 2.5 g should be good enough.
The rest of the ingredients are all for support. We like the idea of having lots of curcumin to diminish muscle pain as well as the angle they took on using Orotic acid. Norvaline is usually a good addition provided the dose is there but we don’t see it especially since it’ll be competing with K-RALA. We’re on the fence with Gymnema Sylvestre but it’s nice to have anyway whether it benefits creatine absorption or not.
Whether it has support ingredients or not, one thing is for certain: Green Bulge is an effective creatine blend.
It’s not the best since we think it needs a few tweaks here and there to bring about its full potential but as it stands, it’s a good product we would recommend to long-time creatine users.
Controlled Labs Green Bulge Benefits
It has the cell volumizer benefits as well as ATP producing benefits of most creatine supplements, but what separates Green Bulge from the rest of the herd is how it’s formulated to be absorbed rapidly. This on top of its secondary perks particularly on recovery and fatigue.
Who Takes It?
It’s good for users who are tired of measuring and stirring lumpy creatine powder. It’s also highly marketed towards users who don’t like the taste of creatine powder but also dislike the idea of using flavors. Basically, if you’re into bodybuilding and want to experience Hulk like super strength, massive pumps, and anabolic results in a more convenient form, Green Bulge is one to consider when you’re ready to buy.
Any Side Effects?
It should have reduced the odds users feeling bloated, but your experience is as unique as you are, you special little snowflake. We do like that this is a stim-free formula, so no worries about those raging caffeinated man-beast side effects.
Controlled Labs Green Bulge Summary
- Quality ingredients. Even the small stuff is premium.
- Bioavailability. Small dose is compensated by rapid absorption.
- Support ingredients. The second blend is synergistic.
- Capsules. Look ma, no lumps!
- What bloating? No seriously, what bloating?
- Convenient. Pocket-friendly.
- No stimulants. No crashing or jitters.
- Clean. No extra additives and fluff added.
- No stimulants. Some users might miss it.
- Not that stackable. Others are stack-friendlier than this.
- Short lifespan. Specially for users weighing more than 225 lbs.
- Underdosed. Some might need to double up to feel anything.
- Expensive. Costs twice the amount of powder.
Pricing & Buying Info
- 1 bottle (150 capsules): $24.96
- Available online and in retail stores, prices may vary
Final Word on Controlled Labs Green Bulge
Controlled Labs Green Bulge is the kind of creatine blend that focused on speed and absorption and we give it good points on those two categories. Its only fault is it may have sacrificed dosing to compensate for the price of not just using capsuled but also using two pricey creatine powders. Still, it’s not a bad blend at all and we think some users will actually benefit from it.
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