The Infinergy found in Hardwire, also known as Di-Caffeine Malate is a combination of the caffeine we all know and love, and malic acid. Infinergy contains approximately 75% caffeine and 25% malic acid by weight. Interestingly, long before this ingredient was used in pre-workout or cognitive enhancing supplements, Di-Caffeine Malate was actually used by Coca-Cola as a replacement stimulant after cocaine became banned for use in consumer products.
Unfortunately, there is no clinical research to support that this type of caffeine has any real benefit over traditional caffeine. However, users report that the malic acid helps to ease the gastrointestinal distress commonly reported by users of normal caffeine. Likewise, malic acid plays an important role in the Kreb’s Cycle, which is the cellular process of energy production. As such, it is possible that Di-Caffeine Malate can sustain energy levels for longer periods of time without the typical crash most users experience from normal caffeine.
Like other forms of caffeine, Di-Caffeine Malte helps to increase physical and cognitive performance, reduce fatigue, decrease perceived fatigue and increase metabolism (Goldstein et al. 2010). However, unlike other forms of caffeine, Di-Caffeine Malate is great to take at higher doses or any time during the day (I.e. before a workout or meeting), as one should not experience any digestive stress after ingestion.
Although there is no current research to back any claims made about Di-Caffeine Malate, we cannot dismiss that caffeine and malic acid really do possess a lot of theoretical and synergistic opportunity for performance enhancement. In other words, the two together create a possible powerhouse of a supplement.
- William Wallace PhD(c)
Co-Founder of CreoDigm
Goldstein, E. R., Ziegenfuss, T., Kalman, D., Kreider, R., Campbell, B., Wilborn, C., ... & Wildman, R. (2010). International society of sports nutrition position stand: caffeine and performance. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 7(1), 5.