What Is NO2 Boost?
NO2 Boost is a pre-workout supplement designed to boost energy levels and provide support for a strenuous workout. This supplement contains a number of natural, plant-based, herbal ingredients, most of which have been used in alternative medicine for years. Because the ingredients are all considered safe and mild, this supplement should be acceptable for use by all adult men without any pre-existing health conditions. Taken as directed, this supplement may supply a short-term burst of energy, but primarily works to promote greater strength and stamina. Since it may increase the frequency and quality of exercise, this supplement can lead to more muscle, less fat, and overall improved health.
This supplement is made in the United States and is currently only available online. Specifically, it is being offered as a 14-day trial that turns into a monthly automatic subscription at the end of the two weeks. The advantage of this is that customers who enjoy the benefits of this pre-workout supplement won’t need to worry about reordering every month. The disadvantage, however, is that some customers may be unpleasantly surprised to receive their first bill, especially if they haven’t reviewed the Terms and Conditions of the product as clearly listed on the website.
The manufacturer of NO2 Boost is Vital Health, LLC, a supplement supplier located in Utah, in the United States. There is little information available about Vital Health, LLC, other than the contact information that is provided on the supplement’s website. This contact information consists of a toll-free phone number, which may or may not go directly to the manufacturer, and a mailing address in American Fork, Utah. Unfortunately, there is no record of their incorporation and no evidence that they are in fact a legal Limited Liability Company at all.
On the plus side, there is also no evidence that this manufacturer is involved in any ongoing lawsuits or scandals. Vital Health, LLC. has no record with the Better Business Bureau, which is not uncommon for smaller supplement manufacturers, especially those who are new to the market. More unusually, there is no evidence that Vital Health, LLC has any social media presence at all, with no public accounts at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube. Customers should keep in my the obscurity of this manufacturer when making a decision about purchasing supplements from them.
How NO2 Boost Works?
Most of the ingredients in NO2 Boost work slowly, over time, to improve men’s health and maximize their fitness abilities. In other words, users should not necessarily expect major, immediate results from taking this pre-workout supplement. The one ingredient that may give a short-term energy boost is Tongkat Ali, which is part of the proprietary Flo-Viv MAX TEST Blend in this formula. It is unclear, however, exactly how much Tongkat Ali is in this supplement, so the short-term effects may be limited. Instead, users should expect the various herbs in this formula to improve strength and stamina over time, especially when used to encourage better and more frequent exercise.
Using NO2 Boost is easy, even for the busiest individual. Men simply taking one serving of two capsules about 20 or 30 minutes before working out, allowing enough time for the ingredients to be absorbed. While some men prefer to take this supplement along with a protein drink or other energy source to fuel their workout, no specific dietary changes are necessary. Men should see some results from this supplement within a week of taking it, although the full results may not be evident for up to a month.
Ingredients of NO2 Boost
The primary ingredient of NO2 Boost is actually 44.28 milligrams of Calcium Carbonate in each two-capsule serving. This mineral has been used as a Calcium supplement for years, and as such may work to improve bone density and prevent osteopathic problems. It is also frequently used as an antacid, although research suggests that too-frequent use of Calcium Carbonate may, in fact, cause greater problems with acid reflux. Calcium Carbonate also frequently acts as a filler in supplements and other products, including traditional blackboard chalk and many food products.
The other active ingredients in this supplement can be found in the 14.48 milligrams of a proprietary blend called Flo-Viv MAX TEST Blend. This blend includes Tongkat Ali, also known as Longjack, which is known for providing energy and increasing stamina. It also contains some amounts of Saw Palmetto, Sarsaparilla, and Horny Goat Weed, all of which are known anecdotally for their ability to improve men’s health, energy, and vitality.
Along with these active ingredients, this supplement contains a lot of inactive ingredients, including artificial colors. These inactive ingredients are Microcrystalline Cellulose, Stearic acid, Croscarmellose Sodium, Magnesium Stearate, Silicon Dioxide, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Polyethylene Glycol, Blue #1, Titanium Dioxide, and Talc. Most of these are fillers and preservatives, along with the artificial color Blue #1, which gives the supplement it’s attractive color.
The main advantage of this supplement is that it is easy to use and easy to remember to take. Men don’t need to take it every day, and they don’t need to take it at the same time every day. Instead, it only needs to be taken about 30 minutes before working out, so men can take the supplement before heading to the gym and have it absorbed by the time they pick of their first weight. Since it is easy to take, it is more likely that men will use it consistently, which builds confidence and self-esteem. The automatic monthly subscription also means that customers will never have to worry about running out of this supplement, as they will receive a monthly supply with no further effort.
The other advantage of this supplement is that the active ingredients are mostly natural and plant-based. The herbs used in this formula have all been used for years, and some for centuries, especially in alternative medicine, and they have been proven safe for consumption by healthy men, as long as they are not taken in extreme doses. NO2 Boost also does not contain any caffeine or artificial stimulants, which could lead to an upset stomach, jitters, or an energy crash. Unfortunately, the inactive ingredients also contain artificial colors and some chemical fillers.
NO2 Boost offers no certifications and does not claim to be verified, approved, or monitored by any independent agency. There is no evidence that their facilities have ever been inspected by anyone and no evidence that the ingredients that they use are organic, pure, or even of high quality. This may be because NO2 Boost is a new supplement, and its manufacturer, Vital Health, LLC, is not new to supplement manufacturing. However, the absolute indifference to proving their quality does not promote confidence in the value of their product.
The only assurance of any quality that this supplement offers is the fact that it is presumably made in the United States of America, since that it where the manufacturer and distributor are located. Supplements made in the U.S. are under the jurisdiction of the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA). While the FDA does not guarantee the validity or usefulness of any supplement, it does work to ensure the safety of products sold within the United States. It is also responsible for ensuring that dangerous supplements are not sold and that any ingredients used in supplement blends are all legitimate and safe for human use. There is no evidence of any action taken by the FDA or any other agency against Vital Health, LLC, so presumably, this supplement is considered acceptable by their standards.
Frank R. from New Jersey, USA, writes:
I just ordered my first bottle of NO2 Boost and am hoping it will help me out. I used to lift regularly, but I’ve been tired since I started a new job. Now I’m going back to the gym and I’m going to get ripped again. I plan to take this supplement pretty much every day before I work out and see if it makes a difference. Ordering was easy.
Gavin L. from New York, USA, writes:
I started taking NO2 Boost a week ago and I have not noticed any difference. It is easy to take and the capsules aren’t too big. I take two with a protein shake a little bit before I go to the gym. I don’t feel like I have any more energy, though. I don’t think I’m going to keep taking it. At least there are no side effects.
Tony D. from Boston, USA, writes:
A friend of mine recommended that I try this stuff when I said I was too tired to work out anymore. He said he knew a guy that took it and it gave him a lot more energy to lift. So I ordered it too and am going to give it a try. I think the ingredient list looks pretty good and I like that it has a bunch of different herbs in it.
Rick W. from New York, USA, writes:
I got my free trial bottle of NO2 Boost two weeks ago and have taken it almost every day since then before working out. I don’t notice any difference in how I feel except maybe I get a little bit of a stomachache after I take them. I’m going to cancel the subscription but it’s been hard to get someone at customer support. I don’t think I can recommend this product at all.
Awards & Media Coverage
This supplement is very new and is only sold online, so it is not surprising that it has not won any awards as of yet. There has been no mainstream media coverage of this supplement either, presumably for the same reasons. However, there has been a good deal of coverage online of NO2 Boost, mostly in the form of reviews and blog postings, especially of users’ personal experiences with the supplement. These reviews have not been very good, with many writers expressing skepticism about the amount of each ingredient provided by the proprietary blend.
Other writers have expressed concern about the many additives and artificial inactive ingredients, including multiple fillers and the artificial color Blue #1. Serious articles about the dangers of artificial colors have been published by Fox News, Mother Earth News, and Forbes magazine, casting doubt on the healthfulness of this ingredient. There have also been recent articles about the potential dangers of Magnesium Stearate, which found in this supplement, in publications including the Daily News, Natural Foods Magazine, and the Globe and Mail. On the other hand, the active ingredients in this supplement have received a good deal of positive media coverage from a variety of sources, including Men’s Health, Muscle and Fitness, and USA Today. Many of these herbal ingredients, such as Tongkat Ali and Saw Palmetto, have also been studied scientifically, and the findings have been published in peer-reviewed journals that can be found online through PubMed.
There is no specific money-back guarantee offered by NO2 Boost or their manufacturer, Vital Health, LLC. Instead, they offer a trial period of 14 days, allowing customers to, in theory, try the supplement risk-free before committing to a full-price purchase. This trial initially costs $4.95, which covers the cost of shipping and handling, and customers will be automatically charged an additional $89.95 14 days after the initial purchase. Customers should be able to cancel this automatic subscription charge if they reach a customer service agent within the 14 day period and cancel the subscription. However, as customers are held liable for any supplements that have been sent to them, they may find that they are billed for bottles that they don’t want, even if they call to cancel in time.
Returning any unwanted bottles is not convenient, and refunds are only considered on a case-by-case basis. To get a refund, customers must first call customer service and receive a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number, which they must clearly write on the outside of the returned package. Customers are responsible for the cost of shipping back the bottle, and returns must be received within 30 days of purchase to be considered. If a refund is allowed, it will be credited back to the original method of payment, minus the cost of shipping and handling as well as a $19.95 restocking fee.
Shipping is currently only available within the United States, but it is available to every address therein, including P.O. Boxes. The cost of shipping and handling is a flat rate of $4.95. For the free trial, customers initially pay just this shipping rate. After the automatic monthly subscription begins, customers will pay the $4.95 for shipping in addition to the full price of $89.95. The cost of shipping and handling is never refundable, even in the case of approved returns.
Shipments are typically sent out without one day of the order being placed, although this may exclude weekends and holidays. Delivery is made using standard First Class shipping from the United States Postal Service (USPS). Delivery usually takes 3-5 business days, although Vital Health, LLC is not responsible for any delays in transit. Since delivery time is included in the 14 day trial period, customers should be sure to contact a customer service representative if they have not received their trial within one week of ordering.
Customers have limited means of contacting Vital Health, LLC, the manufacturer of NO2 Boost. Primarily, they are directed to use a toll-free phone number that is provided on the product’s website. This customer service phone number is staffed during regular business hours, specifically 9 am to 5 pm, Mountain Standard Time (MST), Monday through Friday, although a customer service agent may also not be available on some holidays. This phone number should be used for all communication, including the cancellation of the automatic monthly subscription and questions about deliveries or returns.
The only alternative way to attempt to contact a customer service representative is through the mailing address that is listed on the website. This address, in American Fork, UT, is actually a P.O. Box and its main purpose is to receive returned merchandise. It is unclear how frequently mail sent to this address is collected, so this is not considered a reliable method of communication. Unfortunately, the manufacturer does not appear to have any official social media accounts that could be used to reach a representative.
Safe & Secure Checkout
The NO2 Boost website claims that it offers safe and secure checkout, but currently its checkout page lacks any of the necessary protection for online shopping. The page is not encrypted, which means that customer information can be accessed by outside observers. The certification is out of date, so customers should not enter their credit card information into the online form as it stands. In fact, the only protection shoppers would have when buying this supplement would be provided by the credit card company. As it stands, customers are advised to avoid entering any personal information into this website, including their address and financial information, unless they are comfortable with it being made public.
Pricing & Free Trial
At this time, customers are offered a 14-day trial of NO2 Boost at the initial cost of $4.95, which covers the expense of shipping and handling. For this price, customers will receive a 30-day supply of the supplement. After the 14 day trial period is over, customers’ credit cards are then charged the full price of $89.95 for the bottle. Then, at the end of the first month, customers are charged another $94.90, which is the cost of the bottle plus the cost of shipping and handling. Customers will continue to be charged another $94.90 every 30 days in perpetuity, until or unless the monthly subscription is canceled.
Excluding the cost of shipping and handling, the cost of this supplement works out to just under three dollars per day. Per capsule, this supplement costs approximately $1.50. This is a high price for a pre-workout supplement that is mostly made of Calcium Carbonate and herbs, especially since the quantities for each herb are unspecified. For customers who choose to continue the automatic monthly subscription, this supplement will cost a total of $1079.40 per year, plus the cost of shipping and handling.