Super DMZ Rx 4.0 by Iron Mag Labs – What is it?
First let’s break down this product, then we will answer the question as to whether this is the best version of Super DMZ to date. As in the past this product is designed to be “hardcore” in that it contains more than one prohormone (or designer steroid). Super DMZ 4.0 contains not one, not two, not three, but FOUR prohormones including one SARM and a “natural anabolic”.
Here’s the breakdown:
3b-enanthoxyandrost-1-en-17-one or “Super 1-Andro” – This prohormone is a good one and you have heard me talk about it more than once (listen to 1-Andro Study Episode #6). This is a great compound and the study I discussed in Episode #6 used 300 mg’s per day of free form 1-androsterone, it ultimately converts to the more powerful 1-testosterone.
Super DMZ 4.0 actually contains a different form of 1-Andro which is essentially 1-Androsterone with the enanthate ester (a fatty ester). It is referred to as enanthoxy because the ester is an enanthate ester attached to an oxygen atom. Primordial Performance (now a closed prohormone company), and ForeRunner Labs have previously used this form of 1-Andro. Both have since discontinued it and ForeRunner Labs now uses the free form 1-Andro. The benefits of adding the enanthate ester include preventing intestinal sulfation, potential lymphatic delivery (bypasses the liver), and overall improved bioavailability. Whether or not this works as described is up for some debate. In general when companies use the esterfied forms of these prohormones, it increases cost, and thus they provide lower doses of the active hormone.
3b-enanthoxyandrost-4-en-17-one or “Super 4-Andro” – Again this prohormone works very similar to 1-Andro except that it converts to testosterone instead of 1-testosterone. It is also known to convert to estrogen (just as testosterone would) to a greater degree than 1-Andro. Again Super DMZ 4.0 added the enanthate ester to try and increase bioavailability. 4-Andro is less popular than 1-Andro for pure gains, but is often used with 1-Andro to keep libido and energy levels high (1-andro can have the opposite effect).
3b-undecyloxy-5a-androstane-17-one or “Super Epi-Andro” – This is a prohormone to DHT normally referred to as epiandrosterone. Again I have talked about it in the following articles:
Similar to Super 1-Andro and 4-Andro, Super Epi-Andro has a fatty ester attached. Unlike the two before with enanthate esters it has what seems to be the undeconoate ester. This ester, as far as I am aware, has never been on the market before. Why they chose to do the undecanoate ester vs. continuing with the enanthate ester I am not sure. But in my opinion the undecanoate ester is more likely to be an improvement over the enanthate ester (at least when it comes to an oral prohormone, injectables are another story).
This prohormone happens to be one of my favorite that has survived the ban. It is great for energy, keeping you dry and hard, and an overall clean look. Guys typically use anywhere from 200 mg’s to 1 gram or more of epiandrosterone.
3-beta-hydroxyetioallochotan-5-ene-17-one or “Super 5-Andro” – For all the “super” compounds listed before this this one is simply known as DHEA. It’s hardly useful in the formula unless you are a woman, and you really shouldn’t be using the previously listed prohromones if you are in fact a woman. I think this was added for no other reason than it being a nice marketing tool by saying Super DMZ 4.0 contains 4 prohormones (DHEA is a prohormone, but arguably has little benefit to healthy men – click above on the Dermacrine article to read more on it’s uselessness).
6,7-dihydrogergamottin or DHB, or correctly spelled as 6,7-dihydroxybergamottin – This is simply a component of grapefruit juice and known to be potent cytochrome P450 3A (CYP3A) inhibitor. It is believed to improve the overall pharmocokinetics and potentially increase the half life, and bioavailability of prohormones. For more information check out this article with other supplements that were believed to contain DHB – FinaFlex 1-Andro and 1-Alpha Fail Label Test.
(2S)-3-(4-cyanophenoxy) -N- [4-cyano-3-(trifluoromethyl)phenyl] -2- methylpropanamide) or better known as the SARM Ostarine – I feel as if I have wasted my time preaching on this, but ostarine combine with other anabolics – COMPLETELY defeats the purpose of a SARM (Ostarine on Cycle is Stupid). But sure it might help the gains, but ostarine gains are mild at best. (learn about SARMs)
5a-Hydroxy Laxogenin or Laxogenin – This ingredient was something supplement companies tried in early 2010, after it failed miserably they brought it back last year. It has been sort of the “go to” for supplement companies that no longer want to sell prohormones. Unfortunately this stuff has very little research behind it (one study back in 1976 written in Russian). And most of the laxogenin on the market isnt testing as high quality (Read Andro-5A by LeCheek for more info). This really does nothing to excite me, nor should it for you.
Is this the best version of Super DMZ?
Simple Answer NO, definitely not.
Long Answer – The primary complaint I’ve seen thus far on this product is that they kept the name Super DMZ 4.0 when there is actually no DMZ (dimethazine) in the product. Clearly IML is trying to leverage the past success of Super DMZ by calling it the same name but without this powerhouse ingredient. I think it’s safe to say that IML doesn’t want the potential FDA/DEA pressure by selling what is largely considered a banned designer steroid (although it is not explicitly listed in DASCA the 2014 Prohormone Ban). I can’t really blame them for this, particularly because they have been able to build a successful supplement company over the years and can likely sustain a reasonable degree of success without designer steroids with an established brand name.
But there are other problems with this product outside of the face that it doesn’t contain Dimethazine. First it’s really expensive, I see retail prices around $75 right now. Second it only contains 60 capsules per bottle with only 263 mg’s of active ingredient per capsule. Unfortunately the 1-Andro, 4-Andro, and Epi-Andro in this product need much larger doses of active ingredient to provide much for gains. They also typically (unless mega dosed) do not provide the same level of gains as a strong designer steroid like dimethazine. I think it’s fairly safe to say this product would require at least 2 if not 3-5 bottles for a solid 4-6 prohormone cycle. And the $75 bottle price leaves this to guys who love to spend money.
Do the “Super” esters make up for the low dose? What about the SARM Ostarine, and the natural anabolic laxogenin?
The esterfied versions of these prohormones are a nice addition, unfortunately they don’t improve bioavailability enough to overcome what looks like a really low dose of active hormone. Ostarine is nice when you run it solo, off cycle. But in this case this is stacked with other prohormones that will suppress your natural testosterone levels. Finally laxogenin only waters down the entire formula further.
To conclude, this is perhaps the worst version of Super DMZ to date.
Check out Super DMZ 5.0.