Dark Shred is a pre-workout supplement manufactured by Alpha Neon. It ranks 1,041 out of 1,508 pre-workout supplements and earned an overall thumbs-down recommendation based on seven factors including nutrition label transparency, ingredients, dosing, claims, research rating, and ranking.


Dark Shred earned a thumbs-down 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
Ingredient Dosing
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

Dark Shred Simple Report

  • Product Name: Dark Shred
  • Manufacturer: Alpha Neon
  • Manufacturer Website: Alpha Neon's Homepage
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  • Supplement Category: Pre-Workout Supplements
  • Serving Size: 1 scoop (8g)
  • Effectiveness Rating: 1.84 out of 3
  • Number of Ingredients: 15
  • Research Rating: 27 (above 60 indicates sufficient research)
  • Nutrition Label Transparency Score: 100%
  • Ranking within Pre-Workout Supplements: 1,041 out of 1,508 (top third within category)
  • Ranking within all Supplement Products: 3,352 out of 4,597 (bottom third of all products)

Dark Shred 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

Dark Shred earned a thumbs-up in this category because its effectiveness rating is 1.84. A product's effectiveness rating must be at least 1.5 to receive a thumbs-up in this area. This effectiveness rating means Dark Shred 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.


Dark Shred earned a thumbs-down 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.

Dark Shred contains:

  • unrated ingredients: 5 (the database does not contain information on these ingredients)
  • total ingredients: 15

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

Ingredient Effectiveness Rating
L-Carnitine L-Tartrate 1.5g 2.4 out of 3
Grains Of Paradise (Aframomum Melegueta) 50mg 2.3 out of 3
Coleus Forskohlii Extract 200mg 2.1 out of 3
Caffeine 350mg 2 out of 3
L-Theanine 200mg 2 out of 3
Guarana 200mg 2 out of 3
Taurine 1.6g 1.9 out of 3
Vitamin C 200mg 1.3 out of 3
Cordyceps Sinensis 500mg 1.2 out of 3
Ginseng 75mg 1.2 out of 3
Kalonji* not rated
Equisetum Arvense* not rated
Parsley Extract* not rated
White Willow Bark Extract* not rated
Citrus Sinensis* not rated
Product Effectiveness Rating 1.84

* These ingredients are not included in the Supplement Database.

Note: These ingredients are accurate as of December 06, 2020.

Ingredient Articles

Ingredient Dosing

Dark Shred earned a thumbs-down in this category because 50% 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.

Dark Shred Dosing Compared to Research

This section is a comparison of ingredient doses found in Dark Shred 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
Taurine 1.6g 6g
L-Carnitine L-Tartrate 1.5g 2g
Cordyceps Sinensis 500mg 333mg
Coleus Forskohlii Extract 200mg 50mg - 100mg
Guarana 200mg 222mg
Grains Of Paradise (Aframomum Melegueta) 50mg 40mg - 99mg

Dark Shred Dosing Compared to Other Products

This section is a comparison of ingredient doses found in Dark Shred 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
Taurine 1.6g 1.1g 0g - 4.24g
L-Carnitine L-Tartrate 1.5g 0.91g 0g - 3g
Equisetum Arvense 500mg 260.93mg 1.3mg - 880mg
Parsley Extract 500mg 300mg 100mg - 500mg
Cordyceps Sinensis 0.5g 0.39g 0.03g - 1.6g
Caffeine 350mg 238.78mg 0.28mg - 700mg
L-Theanine 0.2g 0.17g 0g - 1g
White Willow Bark Extract 200mg 121.72mg 10mg - 300mg
Coleus Forskohlii Extract 0.2g 0.18g 0g - 7.5g
Guarana 0.2g 0.26g 0.01g - 3.95g
Vitamin C 0.2g 0.65g 0g - 250g
Ginseng 0.08g 0.19g 0.01g - 2.25g
Citrus Sinensis 50mg 182.6mg 25mg - 500mg
Grains Of Paradise (Aframomum Melegueta) 0.05g 0.27g 0.01g - 40g


Dark Shred earned a thumbs-down in this category because 71% 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

Dark Shred earned a thumbs-down in this category because its research rating is 27. A product's research rating must be at least 60 to receive a thumbs-up in this area.

A research rating of 27 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

Dark Shred 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.

Dark Shred contains:

  • total ingredients: 15
  • ingredients with amounts listed: 15
  • 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.

Dark Shred by Alpha Neon Product Label

Ranking Within Category

Dark Shred earned a thumbs-down in this category because it ranks 1,041 out of 1,508 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.

Dark Shred ranks 1,041 out of 1,508 in the Pre-Workout Supplements category and 3,352 out of 4,597 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
Dark Shred vs Pre Workout Ripped
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Dark Shred vs Iron Fit Pre-Workout
Dark Shred vs Stage-1 IGNT
Dark Shred vs External Force

Dark Shred vs Other Alpha Neon 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 Dark Shred against its sister products; products manufactured by Alpha Neon within the pre-workout supplements category.

Product Comparison
Dark Shred vs Darkside
Dark Shred vs Darkside Onslaught
Dark Shred vs Darkside Reload
Dark Shred vs Maximum Carnage

See more comparisons: Is Dark Shred the best pre-workout supplement?


Graded Area Reason
Effectiveness Rating rating is greater or equal to the required 1.5
Ingredients less than 75% of ingredients are rated as effective
Ingredient Dosing less than 75% of ingredients are dosed properly
Claims less 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 bottom third of category
Overall Recommendation received a thumbs down in the majority of areas

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