DEFCON3 is a pre-workout supplement manufactured by Anabolic Warfare. It ranks 106 out of 1,765 pre-workout supplements and earned an overall thumbs-up recommendation based on seven factors including nutrition label transparency, ingredients, dosing, claims, research rating, and ranking.

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DEFCON3 earned a thumbs-up recommendation. This recommendation is based on the criteria listed below. To earn an overall thumbs-up recommendation, a product must earn a thumbs-up in at least four of the seven areas below. Click on a graded area for an in-depth analysis.

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Effectiveness Rating
Ingredients
Ingredient Dosing
Claims
Research Rating
Nutrition Label Transparency
Ranking Within Category
Overall Recommendation

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Table of Contents

  1. Simple Report
  2. Detailed Report
  3. Ranking Within Category
  4. Summary
  5. Comments

DEFCON3 Simple Report

  • Product Name: DEFCON3
  • Manufacturer: Anabolic Warfare
  • Manufacturer Website: Anabolic Warfare's Homepage
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  • Supplement Category: Pre-Workout Supplements
  • Serving Size: 1 scoop (30.2g)
  • Effectiveness Rating: 2.18 out of 3
  • Number of Ingredients: 13
  • Research Rating: 49 (above 60 indicates sufficient research)
  • Nutrition Label Transparency Score: 100%
  • Ranking within Pre-Workout Supplements: 106 out of 1,765 (top third within category)
  • Ranking within all Supplement Products: 557 out of 5,099 (top third of all products)

DEFCON3 Detailed Report

The detailed report provides an in-depth analysis of the product's rating. In addition to showing ratings for each area, this report also provides the required criteria for a thumbs-up in each section.

Effectiveness Rating

DEFCON3 earned a thumbs-up in this category because its effectiveness rating is 2.18. A product's effectiveness rating must be at least 1.5 to receive a thumbs-up in this area. This effectiveness rating means DEFCON3 is made up of a mix of both high and low-quality ingredients and may lead to some positive results.

This category illustrates how well a product works based on what the research says about its ingredients. Researchers conduct studies on supplement ingredients to gauge effectiveness. The database grades products on how effective their ingredients are. The effectiveness rating of supplement products is evaluated on a 3 point scale: 3.0 is the most effective, 1.0 is the least effective.

Ingredients

DEFCON3 earned a thumbs-up in this category because it contains 0% extremely and/or moderately effective ingredients. A product must contain at least 75% extremely and/or moderately effective ingredients to receive a thumbs-up in this area.

This category rates a product's ingredient makeup. A product should contain mostly extremely and/or moderately effective ingredients with little or no ineffective ones. The database categorizes ingredients as extremely, moderately, or ineffective based on conclusions from research articles.

DEFCON3 contains:

  • unrated ingredients: 1 (the database does not contain information on these ingredients)
  • total ingredients: 13

The following table lists all ingredients found in this product as well as their effectiveness ratings and amounts (if listed).

Ingredient Effectiveness Rating
Inositol Stabilized Arginine Silicate 1g 3 out of 3
Theobromine 200mg 3 out of 3
Casein Protein 254mg 2.8 out of 3
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 20mg 2.3 out of 3
Beta Alanine 5g 2 out of 3
Creatine Monohydrate 5g 2 out of 3
Alpha Glycerylphosphorylcholine 1.2g 2 out of 3
L-Theanine 500mg 2 out of 3
Caffeine 200mg 2 out of 3
Sodium 500mg 1.9 out of 3
Citrulline Malate 9g 1.6 out of 3
Betaine 5g 1.6 out of 3
Extended Release Caffeine* not rated
Product Effectiveness Rating 2.18

* These ingredients are not included in the Supplement Database.

Note: These ingredients are accurate as of February 12, 2024.

Ingredient Articles

Ingredient Dosing

DEFCON3 earned a thumbs-down in this category because 57% of its ingredients are dosed within the effective range. Seventy-five (75)% of product's ingredients must be dosed within the effective range to receive a thumbs-up in this area.

This category compares a product's ingredient dosing to effective doses found in research articles and doses used in other products. When researchers study the efficacy of supplement ingredients, they use specific doses. Manufacturers should create products with ingredient doses that fall within established effective ranges.

DEFCON3 Dosing Compared to Research

This section is a comparison of ingredient doses found in DEFCON3 to amounts used in research articles. The first column contains the name of the ingredient as well as the amount. The second column contains the range of effective doses for that ingredient. Note: not all ingredients in the database contain dosing information; only ingredients with scientific dosing information are included in this analysis.

A green checkmark is shown if the ingredient amount falls within the effective range.

A down arrow is shown if an ingredient amount is lower than the effective range.

Ingredient & Amount Effective Range
Citrulline Malate 9g 8g
Beta Alanine 5g 2.4g - 6g
Creatine Monohydrate 5g 2g - 30g
Alpha Glycerylphosphorylcholine 1.2g 0.5g - 1g
Inositol Stabilized Arginine Silicate 1g 1.5g
Casein Protein 0.254g 8g - 40g
Theobromine 0.2g 0.85g - 1g

DEFCON3 Dosing Compared to Other Products

This section is a comparison of ingredient doses found in DEFCON3 to amounts used in other products. The first column displays the ingredient and amount. The second column displays the average amount of the ingredient found across all products in the database. The final column displays the range found across all products in the database.

An orange up or down arrow is shown if the ingredient amount is higher or lower than the average.

An equal sign is shown if the ingredient amount is equal to the average.

Ingredient & Amount Average Range
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 20mg 11.85mg 0mg - 250mg
Sodium 0.5g 0.19g 0g - 45g
Citrulline Malate 9g 4.35g 0.08g - 10.3g
Beta Alanine 5g 2.42g 0g - 6.4g
Betaine 5g 1.76g 0g - 5g
Creatine Monohydrate 5g 2.85g 0.19g - 6g
Alpha Glycerylphosphorylcholine 1.2g 0.34g 0g - 1.2g
Inositol Stabilized Arginine Silicate 1g 1.03g 0.03g - 2g
L-Theanine 0.5g 0.16g 0g - 1g
Casein Protein 0.25g 0.39g 0.05g - 6g
Theobromine 200mg 99.29mg 1.4mg - 500mg
Caffeine 200mg 237.85mg 0.28mg - 700mg
Extended Release Caffeine 25mg 73.2mg 25mg - 150mg

Claims

DEFCON3 earned a thumbs-up in this category because 88% of its claims are rated as either extremely or moderately effective. Seventy-five (75)% of a product's claims must be rated as extremely or moderately effective to receive a thumbs-up in this area.

The product’s effectiveness rating is an overall picture of how well a product does or doesn't work. Individual studies research an ingredient's effects on certain claims. For example: does creatine monohydrate increase strength, or does beta alanine improve running performance?

The Supplement Database compiles the conclusions of these studies, and based on a product's ingredient makeup, calculates how well a product does on various claims. The claims below are organized by effectiveness (extremely, moderately, ineffective).

Research Rating

DEFCON3 earned a thumbs-down in this category because its research rating is 49. A product's research rating must be at least 60 to receive a thumbs-up in this area.

A research rating of 49 means there is an insufficient amount of research on the product's ingredients to ensure its effectiveness rating is valid.

The research rating is a measure of how much research has been conducted on a product's ingredient makeup. Manufacturers often rely on ingredients without adequate research backing. They may do this to compete with other products that are already using poorly researched ingredients. They may also only use a very small amount of cherry-picked research as a poor justification to use certain ingredients.

The amount of research contained in the database on a product's ingredients determines its research rating. Products with higher ratings are made up of thoroughly researched ingredients.

Nutrition Label and Ingredient Transparency

DEFCON3 earned a thumbs-up in this category because its discloses 100% of its ingredient amounts. A product must disclose all ingredient amounts to receive a thumbs-up in this area.

Nutrition label transparency refers to how many ingredients are listed with amounts on the product label. Many supplement manufacturers hide ingredient amounts under the guise of great-sounding proprietary blends such as "Maximum Muscular Size Enhancer" or "Anabolic Cell Strength Matrix."

When manufacturers use proprietary blends, they can hide ingredient amounts making it difficult for consumers to know whether a product is effective.

DEFCON3 contains:

  • total ingredients: 13
  • ingredients with amounts listed: 13
  • ingredients without amounts listed: 0
  • percent of ingredient amounts disclosed: 100%

Product Label

The label below was generated from the information contained in the database about the product's ingredients and amounts. Actual product labels may differ in appearance.

DEFCON3 by Anabolic Warfare Product Label

Ranking Within Category

DEFCON3 earned a thumbs-up in this category because it ranks 106 out of 1,765 in the pre-workout supplement category (top third). A product must be ranked in the top two-thirds of its category to receive a thumbs-up in this area.

DEFCON3 ranks 106 out of 1,765 in the Pre-Workout Supplements category and 557 out of 5,099 in the entire database. The table below lists comparisons with similarly ranked pre-workout supplement. Click on a link for an in-depth comparison between the two.

Product Comparison
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DEFCON3 vs Other Anabolic Warfare Pre-Workout Supplements

Manufacturers often create multiple products within the same category. These products are sometimes similar but marketed to different consumers with varying prices. The following table allows you to compare DEFCON3 against its sister products; products manufactured by Anabolic Warfare within the pre-workout supplements category.

Product Comparison
DEFCON3 vs DEFCON1
DEFCON3 vs Maniac
DEFCON3 vs Nuclear Armageddon
DEFCON3 vs Stim Lord
DEFCON3 vs Stim Lord Fully Loaded
DEFCON3 vs Stim Lord Numero Dos

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Summary

Graded Area Reason
Effectiveness Rating rating is greater or equal to the required 1.5
Ingredients more than 75% of ingredients are rated as effective
Ingredient Dosing less than 75% of ingredients are dosed properly
Claims more than 75% of claims are rated as effective
Research Rating research rating is lower than the required 60
Nutrition Label Transparency discloses all ingredient amounts on label
Ranking Within Category ranks in the top two thirds of category
Overall Recommendation received a thumbs up in the majority of areas

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