PREWORKOUT/PUMP These products not only provide fuel for starving muscles during workouts, byt they give you a skin stretching pump with each set.
Arginine enhances nitric oxide(NO) production. This crucial compound helps improve blood flow to exercising muscles and therefore the delivery of nutrients, hormones and oxygen, which can help bodybuilders in their training and recovery. In clinical studies, arginine has also been found to significantly raise growth hormone (GH) levels at doses of 5 to 10 grams. Research data shows significant strength and muscle improvements in trained subjects taking arginine , and that it enhances bodyfat loss while concomitantly increasing muscle mass.
DOSE:3 to 10 grams of arginine or NO products three times per day , one dose 30 to 60 minutes preworkout and one dose 30 to 60 minutes before bed on an empty stomach.
CITRULLINE/ CITRULLINE MALATE
This amino acid is closely related to arginine and is readily concerted in to arginine in the body. In fact some scientists suggest that taking citrulline maintains arginine levels in the blood better than taking arginine itself. Because of this, most of the benefits you get with arginine (such as NO and GH production) you get with citrulline as well. It also helps prevent muscle fatigue by aiding in the removal of ammonia from the body , reabsorbing lactate for increased ATP resynthesis during high intensity workouts and boosting muscle protein synthesis via direct anaboli signalling . Taking citrulline malate (53.9% as L-citrulline bound to 46.1% as DL-mate) has been shown to elevate muscle ATP by 34%during exercise and incease the rate of creatine phosphate resynthesis by 20%
DOSE; 6 grams 30-60 minutes before workouts.
Pycnogenol is a trademarked antioxidant lavonoid extracted from the bark of the french maritine pine tree. Besides its antioxidant heakth benefits. It can help boost NO production by increasing the activity of notric oxide snthase, an enzme that catalyses the conversion of arginine to NO in the body .
DOSE: 50 TO 100mg when you take arginine-containing supplements
Large doses of bovine colostrum - the first milk produced by cows during the initial days after giving birth - have shown to improve immune function and increase levels of insulinlike growth factor 1, a powerful anabolic compound, Also, research indicates that the supplement may aid muscular endurance , helping bodybuilders pump out more reps per set. Gram per gram, the protein in colostrum is a bit more anabolic than that in whey.
DOSE: replace 5 to 10 grams of whey from your pre- and postworkout shakes with 5 to 10 grams of bovine colostrum as powder or capsules.
Enzmes are proteins that act as catalysts in the body , enabling metabolic processes to occur at lightning speed . They also break down the macronutrients - protein, carbs and fat - we eat. Of major importance to the bodybuilder are the protease enzmes that break down protein. Not only can supplementing with these enzmes help you better digest the protein you take in and therefore promote its absorption and muscle growth , but research shows they can also help accelerate muscle recovery after workouts as well as reduce swelling and speed the healing of certain injuries.
DOSE: 200 to 500mg of protease enzymes with meals as well as before and after workouts. Choose an enzme formula that contains some or all of the following: trypsin, chymotrypsin, pepsin, pancreatic enzymes, bromelain and papain.
This specialised lipid found in membranes and nervous tissue primarily maintains cell structure and function. Research shows PS can significantly blunt exercise- induced levels of adrenocorticotropin hormone and cortisol, the catabolic stress hormone, particularly postworkout when they sore. PS is especially effective at improving mental function and promote feelings of well - being.
DOSE:800mg immediately after workout.
VITARGO/ HIGH- MOLECULAR WEIGHT CARBS (HMCs)
Vitargo is a patented high-molecular- weight carb. Molecular weight refers to the mass of one molecule of a substance, and HMCs are made up of very large molecules that are very heavy compared to other molecules. Vitargo and the other HMCs are typically made from waxy maize starch (basically, corn) HMCs pass rapidly through the stomach to the intestines where they can be absorbed and enter the blood. This is important after exercise because research shows that consuming carbs particularly the fast digesting variety postworkout significantly blunts levels of cortisol, preventing muscle breakdown and encouraging growth . It also raises insulin level to help promote hypertrophy and replenish muscle glycogen levels. Swedish studies show that HMCs pass through the stomach at a rate of almost 100% faster than sports drinks.
DOSE; 60 to 100 grams of vitargo or other HMCs mixed in water immediately after workouts. Vitargo is available as a stand-alone HMC or mixed with creatin
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