BLAST and the Anti-Doping Code
Q I’m very much interested in BLAST. Could you please let me know whether this product is forbidden by the anti-doping code of the Olympic Committee? I understand that caffeine at a level higher than 12 mg/ml is forbidden.
I’m curious: if BLAST can help me—I’m a tennis player—how often could I use it on a daily basis, at what level, and for how long?
PETER, Mödling, Austria
A Although the World Anti-Doping Code does indeed restrict caffeine levels to 12 mg/ml, BLAST’s amount per serving is only 80 mg per 9-oz serving, or 0.30 mg/ml, i.e., 2.5% of the permissible level. As far as the other ingredients are concerned—including the amino acid phenylalanine, which is a constituent of a normal diet at about twice the amount of the upper range of suggested intake of 1–4 servings per day of BLAST—none even appear on the anti-doping radar screen.
So on to your second question, about personal usage. You could use 1–4 servings per day continuously without any concerns whatever, but, as with a stimulant such as coffee or tea, you might want to restrict your usage to morning and afternoon hours, lest it interfere with normal sleep patterns. BLAST is very likely to improve your game by giving you more of the normal and necessary ingredients your brain needs to produce more of the normal and necessary neuromodulators and neurotransmitters to be a better athlete.