Jack3d Buying Guide: The Dangers You Face

Jack3d Buying Guide review and Results:

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Anabolic steroids are popular because they really do work if you want to be stronger with bigger muscles. But they’re also banned because they can cause some really nasty side effects. As it turned out, you can say the same things about Jack3d as well.

What is Jack3d?

Jack3d is a powdered formula designed as a preworkout supplement. It is meant to help users become much more energetic for workout exercises, and more focused too. It became very popular back in 2008, and it soon thereafter became the most popular sports supplement in the UK. It’s made by UPSlabs that’s based in Dallas, though the product is actually manufactured in a plant in China.

The problem with Jack3d wasn’t about how it didn’t work. In fact, it worked when it came to helping people focus and giving athletes more energy. The problem was that it didn’t quite work safely.

First of all, people developed a tolerance for it. So if you’re going to take this, you’ll need more and more to get the same benefits, unless you “cycle off” every now and then. Others complained of serious itching, and for some it got so bad that it felt like ants were crawling all over their skin.

There were reports of migraines too, as well as really drag-down burnouts. A few people would crash so badly that they suddenly felt so tired and lethargic that they literally couldn’t make themselves move. Some crashes even involved lockjaw. Other side effects included lack of appetite and insomnia. Sometimes people may even wake up with their hearts racing wildly.

It was banned in several countries like the UK, Canada, and Australia because it contained DMAA. Technically, DMAA isn’t banned in the US though the US Justice Department arrested top UPSlabs officials because they said in their advertising that the ingredients were all natural. According to the US authorities, it instead contained a synthetic stimulant.


You may find some reviews here and there on Jack3d. It’s still available, and rumor has it that it now comes with a new non-lethal formula. On the other hand, UPSlabs could just have easily changed the name to avoid any confusion. Part of the indictment against the manufacturer alleged that the company tried to sell the product even after it became known that its DMAA ingredient may be causing serious side effects.

The problem with some reviews is that they may be written by sellers, so their “reviews” aren’t all that much different from advertising. The most compelling (and most seemingly legit) is the account published in the Guardian by a former user.

In this review, the reviewer attested that in just 30 minutes after taking the drink, he really felt pumped up. He was able to push himself like never before, and the motivation and focus were insane. It also helped that he didn’t feel any itching, migraines, or strange crashes at first.

However, his appetite disappeared after exercising, and he even found it difficult to consume a protein drink. Sleep was also an issue, and he learned not to take it less than 10 hours before he wanted to sleep.

He developed a tolerance and upped the dose, and suddenly he was feeling frequent bouts of heart palpitations. He also began undergoing much more serious burnouts, so much so that he even went through lockjaw.


Plenty of people report good results, though some are afraid to use it because of side effects. The user comments seem similar to how anabolic steroids are viewed by some in the industry—it works, but it’s dangerous.


This may or may not contain DMAA, and after this brouhaha it’s difficult to trust for sure what you’re actually getting in Jack3d. There’s no mention of DMAA in the label, but it does mention Schisandra Chinesis (Fruit) Extract. It’s supposed to be the geranium that provides the DMAA.

It also contains caffeine, by the way. While this is decidedly a lot safer compared to the potential hazards of DMAA, it has to be mentioned as well. With the DMAA and caffeine combo, it’s not surprising that Jack3d turns users into restless fireballs of energy.

However, the long list of serious side effects can also include serious liver damage and even death as a civil lawsuit alleges.

Where to Buy

It’s no longer available at the GNC site, but the official UPSlabs site still offers it at $24.99 for 45 servings. It’s also available at supplementwarehouse.com.au for AUD$59.95. Aussies can also enjoy lower prices by buying it for just $$54.95 at www.australiansportsnutrition.com.au, though currently it’s out of stock.


Are you sure you even want to consider this? The allegations about DMAA dangers and whether Jack3d contains DMAA may prove false, but do you really want to risk it?

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