Are MuscleTech Products Just Junk? A Full Breakdown of Their Ingredients

Who is MuscleTech?

The rise and fall of MuscleTech Started in 1995 and was sold in GNC stores across the U.S. Their top-selling product, Hydroxycut, a weight loss product, was forced into reformulation when the FDA banned the key ingredient “ephedra.” After a series of reports in the medical literature of liver problems, including one death, the FDA warned consumers to stop using Hydroxycut. Hydroxycut’s ban led to stricter regulations for dietary supplements. MuscleTech has been in a series of scandals ever since; the Misrepresentation of ingredient labels and the pumping of nitrogen to artificially increase protein content. To learn more, we will go through their new products and labels.

Supplemental Facts Label

Supplemental facts label is a panel required by the FDA. It must list the names and the quantity of all the dietary ingredients contained per serving and their serving size. All Ingredients must be included either in the Supplemental facts panel or the ingredients list below. Herbal Extracts mentioned within the panel must be listed First by their Known name, then by Latin name (Botanical name), and then by the plant part extracted. Herbal Extracts,  Amino Acids,  Vitamins,  Live microbial, and minerals are all considered active ingredients.

Active and Inactive Ingredients

Active ingredients are the ingredients in supplements that have a physiological effect on the body. These are the ingredients that most health claims are based around like, More Pumps or Faster Recovery. You can usually find these ingredients in the Supplemental Facts panel if you cannot distinguish between the active and inactive ingredients.

Inactive Ingredients are everything else and have multiple functions from making the supplement taste better to helping your body absorb the product better. As there are many benefits, there are also many drawbacks because this is where we find junk like artificial sweeteners, fillers, and binders.

Proprietary blends

Proprietary blends are custom blends of ingredients that make their products unique. They give these blends a Custom name and place it on the label. Companies usually do not want the secret sauce of their products to be made public. To do this they must list the blend’s ingredients in the order of greatest content to the least and declare the total weight. Blends can consist of 99% of one ingredient and 1% of ten others and call it a proprietary blend so pay close attention to the first couple of ingredients on a list.

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* All Ingredients listed in Red are JUNK

Product List

MuscleTech Nitro-Tech Ingredients


IngredientDSLD Ingredient CategoriesAmount Per ServingAmount Per Serving Unit% Daily Value per Serving
Total Fatfat3Gram(s)4
Saturated Fatfat1.5Gram(s)8
Total Carbohydratessugar4Gram(s)1
Dietary Fiberfiber<1Gram(s)<4
Total Sugarssugar2Gram(s) 
Added Sugarssugar Gram(s) 
Nitro-Amino Matrixblend   
L-Leucineamino acid3.2Gram(s) 
L-Valineamino acid1.7Gram(s) 
Scientifically Studied Musclebuilderother   
Creatine Monohydratenon-nutrient/non-botanical3Gram(s) 


Other Ingredients 

Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC), Whey Protein Isolate (WPI), Whey Peptides, Cocoa, Soy Lecithin, Sunflower Lecithin, Sodium Chloride, Gum Blend (Carrageenan; Cellulose Gum; Xanthan Gum), Natural and Artificial flavors, Enzyplex (Amylase; Papain), Sucralose, Acesulfame Potassium

MuscleTech Test HD Ingredients


IngredientDSLD Ingredient CategoriesAmount Per ServingAmount Per Serving Unit% Daily Value per Serving
Total Carbohydratessugar<1Gram(s)<1
Vitamin Dvitamin25mcg125
Test Matrixblend   
KSM-66 Ashwagandha extractbotanical600mg 
Tribulus extractbotanical300mg 
Shilajit extractother200mg 
Boron Citratemineral200mg 
Maca extractbotanical200mg 
Stinging Nettle extractbotanical100mg 
Longjack extractbotanical100mg 


Other Ingredients:

Capsule (Gelatin), Magnesium Stearate, Silicon Dioxide (SiO2), Microcrystalline Cellulose

MuscleTech Cell-Tech Ingredients

Icy Rocket Freeze

IngredientDSLD Ingredient CategoriesAmount Per ServingAmount Per Serving Unit% Daily Value per Serving
Total Carbohydratessugar75Gram(s)25
Dietary Fiberfiber4Gram(s)16
Vitamin Cvitamin250mg417
Vitamin B6vitamin10.5mg525
Vitamin B12vitamin0.4mcg7
Muscle Growth and Strength Matrixblend   
Creatine Monohydratenon-nutrient/non-botanical5Gram(s) 
Creatine Citratenon-nutrient/non-botanical5Gram(s) 
Cell-Volumizing Amino Acid Matrixblend   
L-Alanineamino acid1Gram(s) 
BCAA Complexblend   
L-Leucineamino acid1Gram(s) 
L-Valineamino acid500mg 
L-Isoleucineamino acid500mg 
Alpha Lipoic Acidnon-nutrient/non-botanical200mg 

Other Ingredients:

Multi-Stage Carb Blend (Cluster Dextrin; Dextrose; Glucose Polymers; ModCarb; Waxy Maize), soluble Corn Fiber, Silicon Dioxide (SiO2), Citric Acid, Natural & Artificial flavors, Salt, Sunflower Lecithin, Acesulfame-Potassium, Sucralose, FD&C Blue No. 1

MuscleTech Shatter Ingredients

Glacier Berry

IngredientDSLD Ingredient CategoriesAmount Per ServingAmount Per Serving Unit% Daily Value per Serving
Total Carbohydratessugar<1Gram(s)<1
8-Hour Nitric Oxide & Pump Intensifierblend   
L-Citrullineamino acid6Gram(s) 
Red Spinach extractbotanical1.2Gram(s) 
Hawthorn extractbotanical200mg 
Powerful Performance & Strength Amplifierblend   
Beta-Alanineamino acid3.2Gram(s) 
Betaine Anhydrousnon-nutrient/non-botanical2.5Gram(s) 
Intense Focus, Energy & Neurosensoryblend   
Choline Bitartratevitamin472mg 
Caffeine Anhydrousnon-nutrient/non-botanical350mg 
Zynamite Mango leaf extractbotanical50mg 
Alphasize Alpha-Glyceryl Phosphoryl Cholinenon-nutrient/non-botanical50mg 
Yohimbe extractbotanical20mg 


Other Ingredients:

Citric Acid, Silicon Dioxide (SiO2), Sucralose, Natural flavors, Acesulfame-Potassium, Fruit and Vegetable juice

MuscleTech Clear Muscle Ingredients


IngredientDSLD Ingredient CategoriesAmount Per ServingAmount Per Serving Unit% Daily Value per Serving

Other Ingredients:

Choline Chloride, Veggie Capsule (Hypromellose; Water), Silicon Dioxide (SiO2)

MuscleTech 100% Mass Gainer Ingredients

Fudge Brownie

IngredientDSLD Ingredient CategoriesAmount Per ServingAmount Per Serving Unit% Daily Value per Serving
Total Fatfat5Gram(s)6
Saturated Fatfat3Gram(s)15
Total Carbohydratessugar305Gram(s)111
Dietary Fiberfiber2Gram(s)7
Total Sugarssugar39Gram(s) 
Added Sugarssugar10Gram(s)20
L-Glutamine and Glutamine Precursornon-nutrient/non-botanical11.2Gram(s) 
Creatine Monohydratenon-nutrient/non-botanical5Gram(s) 
L-Leucineamino acid6.2Gram(s) 
L-Valineamino acid3.6Gram(s) 
L-Isoleucineamino acid3.3Gram(s) 
Total Fatfat4.5Gram(s)6
Saturated Fatfat2.5Gram(s)13
Total Carbohydratessugar280Gram(s)102
Dietary Fiberfiber2Gram(s)7
Total Sugarssugar15Gram(s) 
Added Sugarssugar10Gram(s)20
L-Glutamine and Glutamine Precursornon-nutrient/non-botanical7.5Gram(s) 
Creatine Monohydratenon-nutrient/non-botanical5Gram(s) 
L-Leucineamino acid4.6Gram(s) 
L-Valineamino acid2.5Gram(s) 
L-Isoleucineamino acid2.4Gram(s) 


Other Ingredients:

Complex Carb Blend (Maltodextrin; ModCarb; Palatinose), Protein blend (Calcium Caseinate; hydrolyzed Whey Protein isolate; Whey Protein concentrate; Whey Protein Isolate; Whey Protein isolate), Natural and Artificial flavors, Cocoa Extender (Carob powder; Coconut Oil; Corn Syrup, Solids; Diglycerides; Dipotassium Phosphate; Monoglycerides; Natural flavor; Silicon Dioxide; Sodium Caseinate), Cocoa, Calcium Carbonate (Ca Carbonate; CaCO3), Gum Blend (Carrageenan; Cellulose Gum; Xanthan Gum), Soy Lecithin, Sunflower Lecithin, Salt, Enzyplex (Amylase; Papain), Acesulfame-Potassium, Sucralose, Medium Chain Triglycerides

MuscleTech Muscle Builder Ingredients

Watermelon Candy

IngredientDSLD Ingredient CategoriesAmount Per ServingAmount Per Serving Unit% Daily Value per Serving
PEAK ATPnon-nutrient/non-botanical400mg 

Other Ingredients:

Microcrystalline Cellulose, Gelatin, Titanium Dioxide (TiO2), FD&C Blue No. 1, Magnesium Stearate (Mg Stearate), Silicon Dioxide (SiO2)