Part of the Amino Acid group
Supports the immune system
What is it?
Glutamax-AKG is an advanced glutamine formula on the market, used to aid optimal recovery, muscle growth, performance and support health. While the body is able to synthesise its own Glutamine (conditionally essential amino acid), the extreme stress of intense training literally eats away at Glutamine stores, significantly exceeding the body′s capacity to produce the substance. If you train with weights 3 or 4 times a week, or perform frequent endurance exercise, your glutamine levels may be significantly compromised. L-Glutamine
is commonly used to help athletes optimise glutamine stores. However, Glutamax-AKG is designed to go beyond simple L-glutamine, with a unique matrix of ingredients including the glutamine precursor, Glutamine-alpha-Ketoglutarate, and a potent alkalising phosphate blend for amazing assimilation. Glutamine-AKG should be easier to enter directly in to the muscle environment for unbeatable cell volumising and benefits.
Sodium Bicarbonate 600mg
Potassium Bicarbonate 600mg
Who is it for?
Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in muscle tissue. It′s therefore no surprise that when you exercise intensely, Glutamine plays an important role in cell integrity. Unfortunately, this also means if you exercise 3 or 4 times per week, your glutamine levels can take a big hit, especially when you want to train frequently for maximum results. Essentially you are faced with a double edged sword ∼ you need to train to get results but depleting glutamine is likely to limit your success. Depleted Glutamine also puts hard training athletes at risk of infections and slower healing and recovery. As a result glutamine is recommended for all hard training athletes, especially those desiring optimal muscle size and strength. Furthermore it is essential in prolonged exercise, such as ultra-marathon and triathlons.
How does it work?
Glutamax-AKG is an advanced Glutamine delivery system that maximises the potent effects of Glutamine. Glutamine comprises approximately 60% of the total amino acid make-up of the human body. Because the body synthesises Glutamine in the liver, it is not considered an essential amino acid. However, because humans clearly cannot produce enough glutamine in the presence of intense exercise and chronic stress, many scientists agree that it should be termed essential for athletes. Supplementation is now widely recommended by leading clinicians to increase the body′s glutamine pool.
The beneficial effects of Glutamine have been known for some time by leading doctors. Glutamine is used to combat a range of problems including illness, injury and infections . Essentially, Glutamine is the fuel that powers several important immune cells. Thus, reducing this energy pool can significantly suppress immunity, which is detrimental to your training and well-being.
The big question is what happens to muscle growth when you′re deficient in Glutamine? Many professional bodybuilders have found that Glutamine can switch on protein synthesis. Therefore, if your training depletes Glutamine, muscle growth simply won′t happen until your body has adequately recovered. If you′re looking to build muscle then you should be aware that research has been conducted to show that strength trainers have lower Glutamine concentrations compared to endurance athletes . Furthermore, regular maximal exercise can reduce glutamine pools by a very significant 45% . If you need proof that Glutamine supplementation can help stimulates protein synthesis and muscle growth, then a clinical trial published in the Journal of Nutrition reported that Glutamine increases muscle growth by approximately 400%, compared to a dummy supplement . Glutamine will also make your muscles fuller and harder due to a cell volumising effect (like creatine
, glutamine draws water into cells). Essentially, the bigger your glutamine pool, the bigger your potential for maximising muscle growth.
Another benefit of Glutamine is as a Growth Hormone mediator ∼ GH is a potent simulator of fat loss, delivering the holy grail of lean muscle and definition. Individuals consuming just 2g of Glutamine were shown to increase growth hormone levels by 100% after just 30 minutes .
Glutamax-AKG contains the traditional nutrient used to boost Glutamine levels in athletes, L-glutamine. However, scientists believe that Glutamine levels may be maximised by also consuming the Glutamine pre-cursor, Glutamine-alpha-Ketoglutarate. Unlike L-glutamine, Glutamine-alpha-Ketoglutarate could bypass the gut, and work directly at cellular level. This combination provides a two factor matrix which boosts Glutamine concentration through independent pathways. This may make it superior to standalone L-glutamine supplements.
Sodium and Potassium Bicarbonate
Glutamax-AKG is designed to be the best absorbed Glutamine product on the market. This is achieved through a unique and exclusive high alkaline phosphate blend. Many Glutamine supplements could be made ineffective because the nutrient is destroyed by harsh acid digestion. Glutamax-AKG improves the digestive process and therefore potentially increasing more active glutamine to reach your muscles.
How do I use it?
For best results, consume 1 scoop (12g) in a drink of your choice, such as your favourite protein or energy beverage. Consume 1 serving daily. On training days, consume after your session.
What results can I expect?
Using Glutamax-AKG for several weeks should result in increased muscle hardness and volume. You will also notice increased recovery and the ability to perform frequent muscle and performance boosting training sessions. In the long-term, experts agree that Glutamine increases infection resistance, making it a great health and training aid.
What can it be combined with?
Glutamax-AKG is effective as a standalone product, when used in conjunction with a high protein diet and effective training programme. However, it stacks extremely well with a good quality whey protein
or a specialist carbohydrate or recovery beverage.
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