We come to another supplement with another ridiculous name. Does it have ridiculously good results, too?
The name aside, this product is designed to be a sleep and recovery support supplement (the ‘coma’ in its title presumably refers to the sleep aspect, while ‘anabolic’ refers to its recovery potential).
We like this kind of adjunct supplement because it gets to the heart of what a supplement should be: a helping hand to go with already-great lifestyle choices.
There’s a lot going on with this supplement so we’re going to take you on a little journey through what a sleep supplement should – and should not – be. Along the way, you’ll find out if this is the perfect product for you, or if it’s as bunk as its title.
About Anabolic Coma
This is a sleep support supplement that is designed to improve the quality of your rest, as well as how it contributes to recovery. This is important for performance and growth so, if it works as stated, it’s going to have some far-reaching benefits to mental and physical performance.
The point of this kind of product is to boost the already beneficial sleep process in ways that carry over to results. Since sleep deprivation/debt is already one of the most significant ways to hamstring your own exercise, diet (and mental) progress, this is likely to work if performed properly.
Obviously, the risk is that you’re not going to be able to supplement your way through a crap sleep schedule or bad habits. Poor sleep hygiene and planning is already a problem, so you need to make sure you’re not short-changing your sleep patterns first.
Before trying any supplement for sleep, we recommend doing your best to get your recommended sleep quality and quantity first. Sleep 8-9 hours a night in a dark, cool, quiet room. Once you’ve done this for a few weeks, you can start supplementing – but the sleep itself must be top priority!
Right, enough about that: what if you are sleeping perfectly and have great habits? What is in this product and what is it all about?
The Key Facts
There are 4 key blends in this product that offer different benefits and have different stated goals for your sleep/recovery:
- Vitamin and mineral content
- Deep REM inducing Matrix
- Growth Hormone Stimulation Matrix
- Adrenal Reset and Stress Relief System
Between them, these blends provide a total of 19 ingredients. Rather than breaking down each compound individually we’ll talk about the intended goal of the blends and how each compound does/doesn’t play into that goal.
Overall, the variety of this product may be beneficial – but it’s also possible that it’s poorly dosed due to the sheer quantity of ingredients. That’s yet to be seen: this product could be a huge win or a huge flop.
Here’s the ingredient list as you’ll find it on the label:
Quickly, it’s worth noting that this product comes in incredibly small scoops and provides very little in the way of actual substance. It’s a 330mg container and doesn’t provide a significant amount of overall product.
If, as we’re concerned, it’s a diluted mixture then you’re going to want to keep your eyes on the doses. It’s easy to take in too little of a product so that, even if it has amazing ingredient selection, you’re getting very little actual effect.
Directions for Use
We’re just going to defer to the manufacturer’s instructions on this one, since it’s hard to say how each of the doses lines up for absorption/ effect times. This suggests taking Coma 30 minutes before you go to bed “and 8 hours before you need to wake up”.
This is standard and it’s good to give yourself time to digest before bed. For best results, it probably also makes sense to get in a decent meal that is primarily stable carbohydrates and proteins 45-60 minutes before taking this product.
This is especially true of casein – or Oryzatein-rich – proteins which have a slower protein-accretion process. These are perfect for longer, sustainable muscle protein synthesis and thus better gains.
What Is in Anabolic Coma?
The ingredients will tell you what to expect and give some insight into if/ how it works before you buy it. It doesn’t have to be guesswork: performance nutrition has a load of scientific evidence on what does and doesn’t work!
We’re going to look at the big 4 matrices/systems they outline on this product’s label and discuss what they contain and how they work.
See the #1 Rated
– Natural Sleep Aid –
Recommended by Sports Doctors
Vitamin and Mineral Content
The vitamin and mineral content is a great place to start because we already know exactly how important these are for health and wellbeing. The good news is that the choice of vitamins and minerals in this product is great.
The key vitamins and minerals you’re going to get are Vitamin D, Chromium, Zinc, and Magnesium. Three of these are common deficiencies and closely tied to endocrine/ energy transfer health. Chromium, being the odd mineral out, is generally just useful for metabolism, so that’s nice.
We’d probably rather see something like Iron, Potassium, or Calcium than Chromium but it’s a decent choice.
These add up to form some of the most commonly required nutrients and there’s never a bad time to buff up your intake. Magnesium is probably the most important compound here and you’re getting 125% of your RDA, so that’s a great boost. As a sleep aid, it helps to relax the nervous system to calm the body before sleep.
If anything, this is just a better version of the common sleep supplement ZMA. Not a bad place to start!
Deep REM inducing Matrix
This matrix starts out with one of our favorite compounds: Gamma Aminobutyric acid. This compound is well respected and continues to be researched as a therapeutic aid for the muscles and nerves.
GABA basically supports systematic relaxation and could be used to induce more effective sleep, as well as alleviating issues of insomnia and chronic excitability. The main problem is going to be the absorption through the brain barrier, which it’s pretty poor at.
However, it is better after resistance training for HGH and mental performance uptake. So that’s good – do your strength training.
We’re somewhat skeptical about the main supporting compound, Phenibut. It’s tremendously promising as a secondary compound but also has some dependence characteristics that make us cautious. It’s a good insomnia-relief compound but case studies show some dependence issues.
Hopefully, this is just an issue of dosage, as Coma seems to be fine and there are very few reported incidences. Issues of psychological damage are possible, however, so do not exceed the stated doses in any situation.
The rest of this matrix is made up of key amino acids (theanine and tryptophan), which are good for supporting mental performance and mood. Theanine is a mild stimulant but seems to be dosed low enough to be a non-issue (especially since its role is primarily as a stimulant-synergist). Theanine may reduce the negative effects of total caffeine intake on sleep, too, which is awesome.
Overall, this matrix seems promising and the focus on cutting-edge compounds is a quality choice. We’re impressed!
Growth Hormone Stimulation Matrix
This matrix is perhaps the let-down of the product. It’s not bad, it’s just a big claim to suggest that it would stimulate significant and effective differences in Human Growth Hormone (HGH) or analogues. The use of basic amino acids probably isn’t going to make a significant difference.
These are decent enough – the combination of Glycine, Lysine, Ornithine, and Arginine are okay – but not amazing. Arginine being entirely inferior to citrulline, while the others are mildly beneficial but not nearly at clinically effective doses.
Huperzia is an interesting choice since it has more benefit in the stimulation of Acetylcholine levels than HGH release. This is also useful and has some overlap, but seems like it’s playing second fiddle to Phenibut, and only works through serotonin and mood adjustments.
The GABA and Phenibut are probably the most effective HGH-boosting compounds. This is definitely a positive result, since Phenibut is also great for the absorption of these compounds, which is one of the most troublesome processes with GABA.
The HGH stimulation matrix is okay but isn’t as strong as the two blends we’ve already mentioned. Of course, the majority of your HGH is released through sleep so if the rest of this product can encourage better sleep, it may well have an indirect knock-on effect with HGH too.
Adrenal Reset and Stress Relief System
Our least favorite thing about this “system” is the name and the implication that your adrenal system needs resetting. Moreover, the compounds in other matrices are better for this than Ashwagandha, which takes center stage in this system.
Ashwagandha is one of the few maybe-testosterone-boosting compounds out there. The research isn’t particularly clear still, but it does have some possible benefits, which would support adrenal and hormonal health, theoretically.
Choline is cool because – as with Huperzine/ Huperzia – it supports mood and combats anxiety/stress. This is great for stress-relief, though adrenal reset would be the wrong description of these benefits.
Inositol could be useful for reducing anxiety, but the dosage here just isn’t enough to keep up with the clinical evidence. This micro-dosing could be useful but, obviously, it’s hard to say since studies on inositol typically showed benefits with 6-18g, and you’re getting 0.15g in this product.
We discussed phosphatidic acid, the final component of this matrix, when we reviewed RedCon1’s 11-Bravo supplement. If you want to get knee-deep in the science on this, we recommend reading that. As with Inositol, it’s an effective compound but the dose here is nowhere near enough for the big benefits!
Overall, this is a matrix that has some validity, but mostly because of other compounds in the supplement. The effects could be there, but the overall doses aren’t where we’d like to see them – an example of the dilution we talked about.
See the #1 Rated
– Natural Sleep Aid –
Recommended by Sports Doctors
Anabolic Coma Formula Analysis
Does Anabolic Coma Actually Work?
As much as the name is cringey, this product is about as legit as we could have hoped for. The compounds in this product overlap nicely and the overall impression we get is of clever, science-driven ingredient choice.
As we feared, there are some concerns for dosages. It’s a product that is somewhat diluted by the sheer amount of stuff going on and we’d really have liked to see less of the amino acids in the Growth Hormone Complex, but far more of the compounds in the Stress-Relief matrix.
There’s a good chance these more-useful compounds are just more expensive to make/ use. However, this is perhaps our only gripe with a product that offers some interesting ingredients and amazing potential.
Anabolic Coma Benefits
We like this product. There’s a lot to say about it and we can only simplify it down to “it probably works at a lot of important things” – or this article would be 10 times as long.
We love the attitude and effort that went into selecting the compounds and – if we could get better doses – this would look like a perfect sleep supplement. Combine it with a good evening meal and it could really work.
Try and get the includes the full 8-9 hours of sleep you’re going to need to make the most of this product! This sleep is even more important for those with intense training or physique goals, which require more recovery.
We really do think this product could be a useful addition to the life of a lot of people. If you want better results in the gym, it’s got some clout there but better sleep, equally, improves mental performance.
Even if it’s something as simple as keeping your mind and body healthy during a rough patch in life, this kind of support is beneficial. Get your sleep together first, then see if this product can offer even more advantages.
What you eat and how you sleep affect you more than you know. The realm of sleep-supplements bridges the gap here and can improve your life in a variety of ways for relatively little cost.
Who Takes It?
In most English-speaking countries, serious sleep deprivation affects around 1 in 5-6 people – with many more sub-clinical cases. As a result, we’re going to go ahead and say that around 75% of people can benefit from using Anabolic Coma as instructed.
Any Potential Side Effects with Anabolic Coma?
This could be where the biggest flaw of Anabolic Coma pops up. Phenibut and Aminobutanoic acid are the real lingering questions because we just don’t know enough to make a definitive statement.
Phenibut is known to demonstrate low-level addictive properties in larger doses – significantly larger than you’ll find in this product. We don’t know how micro-dosing works, but we do know that it has some pronounced benefits as an ingredient.
Overall, this seems like a non-issue for healthy people. However, we recommend avoiding this product out of sheer caution if you have a history of substance abuse or addiction. It’s probably nothing, but we wouldn’t feel comfortable recommending this product without the added caveat that it won’t be for everyone!
Equally, if you have any concerns about pre-existing conditions or prescription medicines, ask your doctor. If you ever have any significant concerns, contact your doctor. We will never stop emphasizing this because it’s important.
Anabolic Coma Summary
- Great ingredient choices
- Some fantastic supplementary doses for primary ingredients
- Synergistic compounds like GABA and Phenibut to support better performance
- A great approach to supplements and effective in supporting the body’s restitutive processes
- Some under-dosed ingredients due to the variety of compounds
- Expensive at an absolute level – though better than other products of a comparable price!
See the #1 Rated
– Natural Sleep Aid –
Recommended by Sports Doctors
Anabolic Coma Price & Buying Info
This container costs $49.99 which provides around 30 servings, which isn’t amazing. However, the actual benefits of this supplement seem to be more justified than some of its competitors on the market.
This makes it a decent choice for the money, but its price tag is noticeable. If you’ve got the cash, there’s no better investment than sleep and its knock-on effects to mental and physical performance.
Anabolic Coma Review: Final Word
This is a great product and really surprised us. We come into supplement reviews with a skeptical approach because there are some real bunk products on the market. This isn’t one of them: Coma has a great setup and provides significant benefits across most of the key sleep-supporting compounds we could think of (and then some).
The dilution of ingredients isn’t a huge issue with the active ingredients, and we’d rather see underdosed secondary ingredients than none. The overall result is very little filler, but a slightly weaker product than we’d like.
Obviously, the problem is that a powerful, perfectly dosed version of this supplement would cost hundreds of dollars. As a result, we think this product does as much as we could ask of it for the market-competitive price tag.