athletes power supplement

It’s been a long time since I’ve taken any supplement that claims to improve athletic performance. Most everything I take has some specific benefit, but Athlete’s Power, well, it “promotes athletic energy.”

The full tagline is: “Promotes Athletic Energy, Endurance & Stamina”

That’s a little more specific, but I still think it’s funny. It’s even funnier when you look at the ingredients and suggested use. It’s just a list of a few herbs, without any amounts specified, and the dosage is measured in “drops” rather than milligrams.

Which reminds me, this is a liquid supplement, which is great. I find it much easier to take a liquid supplement than mix up a powder or swallow some pills.

However, the supplement has to work, for any of that to matter!

Let’s look at this proprietary extract blend:

  • Sarsaparilla root (Smilax regelii)
  • Saw Palmetto berry (Serenoa repens)
  • Eleuthero root (Eleutherococcus senticosus)
  • Gotu Kola herb (Centella asiatica)

I barely recognize the names, let alone know if any of these have any real benefit.

This is even worse than Amacari in terms of vague benefits!

With nothing else to go from, I began researching…

What My Research Discovered

I looked into each of the four active ingredients.

Sarsaparilla root (Smilax regelii)

Thanks to Wikipedia, I discovered this is a vine native to Central America, and Native Americans believed it to have medicinal properties.

And that was about it. I don’t think there’s any modern, reputable research to draw from! There are some supplement companies that sell this stuff based on claims it will boost your Testosterone, but claims from supplement manufacturers are far less credible than even Wikipedia!

There has apparently been some research into using this to help kidney problems, psoriasis, gonorrhea, and syphilis, but there’s not sufficient evidence to support that. So there’s definitely not sufficient evidence to say this could provide any athletic benefit.

Saw Palmetto berry (Serenoa repens)

This is interesting because it’s a concoction of fatty acids extracted from a fruit. Even more interesting, it has been touted for its abilities to increase Testosterone.

But most interesting of all, is that the research studies show it’s not effective for that! Ha! Sounds like the same situation as with Sarsaparilla root.

It could be useful if you have trouble urinating, though!

Eleuthero root (Eleutherococcus senticosus)

This one is commonly known as Siberian ginseng, which probably rings a bell. It’s used in a lot of stuff.

It’s an adaptogen, so it may increase your work capacity during intense aerobic activity, reduce stress, and boost your immune system. That’s all good news. I’ve had good luck with adaptogens in the past.

The standard dose is 300-1,200mg, though as high as 2-4g has been recommended.

If you get into the finer details though, the research is inconclusive. Basically, the better the findings, the worse the methodology used in the study. But hey, there’s a chance.

Gotu Kola herb (Centella asiatica)

This one will be familiar if you’ve read my stuff on nootropics (i.e. brain power supplements.)

Gotu Kola is a traditional medicine, but one that has received a lot of accolades and has some research to back it up. It’s similar to Bacopa monnieri. Both are heralded for their cognitive enhancing properties. The only downside is that it takes a few weeks before you’ll feel the effects.

Doses as low as 500mg per day have been shown to reduce anxiety, but for the cognitive enhancement, studies suggest 2-4g is a good range.

So… of the four herbs, there are only two that have a hint of evidence to back them up. One may improve physical performance, one may improve mental performance. Let’s see what happens.

Testing Protocol and Results

Here’s what I’m going on:

Suggested Use:
Take up to 40 drops in 2 oz. of water or juice, two to four times per day.
Best taken between meals.

That’s it!

The label was no help, because it doesn’t even list the dosage of any of the herbs. So my research was all for naught.

Not knowing anything about how this works, I decided to just start taking it. So, during July and August, I took it according to their suggestions and waited to see if anything kicked in.

athletes power supplement drops

The first thing I did was figure out a way to not count out 40 drops each time! Fortunately, I found that 1 full dropper is 30-40 drops (by my estimation at least.) So I could take one dropper full, twice daily.

The taste is noticeable, but not bad. The experience is sort of like swallowing a brushy wildflower. Not quite like taking a shot of Fireball, but there is a distinct burn going down!

athletes power drink

What I ended up doing was mixing the drops in 1oz water for a quicker chug, then followed with 1oz plain water to wash the flavor away. That was preferable to mixing it in 2oz water!

My performances ranged from excellent to depressing and everything in between.

There was one Friday night bike ride where I felt excellent. I even took a KOM on Strava by doing a climb in 4:19 – a climb that took me 5:33 to complete in May. Quite the improvement!

I’m not saying Athlete’s Power gets all the credit, but at the same time, I can’t prove otherwise.

Then there was the Monday night ride where my legs felt like Jello. And a decently paced trail run where I felt great… but needed a two hour nap when I finished! Apparently this potion is no substitute for proper rest and recovery!

Much like when I tested the Amacari supplement, there are always multiple variables coming into play. For example, my best workout days were either when I felt super motivated or when temps were 75 degrees. Days where it was 85-90 degrees, my performance suffered, despite still taking the Athlete’s Power drops.

In the end, I used Athlete’s Power for 17 days. If you’re more consistent with the higher dosages, plan for a 1oz bottle to last 2 weeks. (The 1oz bottle costs $12.80; a 4oz bottle is $48.60.)

Once I finished the bottle, and went a week without it, I still noticed no difference.

My final verdict is…

I guess it’s possible that Athlete’s Power provided some benefit in the way of athletic energy, power, endurance, focus, or stamina. But there was nothing obvious or conclusive.

If you’re already in good shape, and using basic supplements, and you think this sounds cool, then go for it, I’m not stopping you. But I wouldn’t go rushing out to try this when there are other supplements that are proven to provide benefits.

Official website: www.Herb-Pharm.com

Buy online: www.Amazon.com


Product Review Details
Company: Herb Pharm
Product: Athlete’s Power
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 1.0 out of 5
Date last updated: 2014-08-23
Obtained Product: Free sample from company.
CoachLevi.com Advertiser: No.

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2 Comments
  1. I don’t take supplements but recently did add one to my diet: tart cherry juice. A friend sent me a link to a study about it and I figured it was worth a shot. http://www.choosecherries.com/press-material/new-study-demonstrates-impact-of-montmorency-tart-cherries-on-inflammation-and-oxidative-stress-after-high-intensity-cycling/ Like you mention, really hard to qualify the exact results. I buy it at Amazon in the concentrated liquid form.

  2. @Bryant

    I’m a fan of that stuff too. Modestly priced and tastes great – if there’s a performance boost, that’s just icing on the cake!

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