It is common knowledge that in order to be healthy, a person must exercise. Many experts suggest a fitness regimen of three to five days per week, for thirty to sixty minutes at a time. While exercise is important, it is only a piece of the puzzle. The majority of our days are spent doing things that do not involve exercise so it’s important we take care of ourselves accordingly. One way to do this is by watching the foods we eat, and supplementing your diet with adequate vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
AminoGrow For During or Post Workout Recovery
During exercise, muscles begin to breakdown and start attempting to absorb as many nutrients as possible. While this is happening it is important to provide the body with high quality nutrients to help it fully recover, and it is the optimum time to take any vitamins or amino acids during this spongelike state.
The following nutrients in AminoGrow are essential to athletic recovery and improved muscle performance:
Vitamin A. Studies indicate vitamin A is essential to the production of testosterone. A study was conducted on 102 teenage boys with delayed puberty. The boys were separated into groups and given testosterone supplements, vitamin A and iron, or testosterone and nutrient supplements. Researchers discovered that growth acceleration in the vitamin A group was similar to the growth in the testosterone treated group.1
B vitamins. B vitamins are composed of several vitamins grouped together because of their similar properties. (Niacin is a B vitamin as well.) The main benefits of these vitamins include the following:
- Help the body repair muscle tears
- Improved cardiovascular system health
- Increased nervous system health
- Energy production
- Mental well-being
A study published in Industrial Health found that treating rats with supplements with vitamin B6 helped prevent muscle damage and promoted muscle repair. The same study also notes that consuming B vitamins helps cells produce useable injury which enables muscles cells to have the fuel needed to repair cells.2
Vitamin C. Vitamin C is required for the growth and repair of tissue, collagen, tendons, and blood vessels. It also helps keep testosterone levels high in men.
A study at the University of Helsinki suggests vitamin C may reduce exercise induced asthma by up to 50%.3
Vitamin D3. Increased blood levels of vitamin D may increase the rate of muscle recovery after intensive exercise. A study performed by researchers in Utah believe that maintaining levels of vitamin D could help diminish muscular weakness after intense exercise.4
Vitamin E. In a study published in the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine, researchers cite evidence showing that vitamin E is needed in the repair of the plasma membrane of cells, and a lack of the vitamin can inhibit muscle repair and recovery after workouts.5
Vitamin K. Vitamin K is essential for blood clotting, cell growth, and the bone mineralization process. (The K comes from the German word “koagulation.”) Vitamin K works well with vitamin D as they both improve bone health.
Pantothenic acid (B5.) Pantothenic acid is important for muscle recovery because it has the ability to prevent or reduce lactic acid during exercise. Lactic acid accumulates in muscles during exercise, which may cause discomfort and force a person to decrease the intensity of the activity or stop altogether.6
Amino acids are essential for building muscle and increasing strength. They are also considered the building blocks of protein and muscle tissue. There are 21 different amino acids in total, with three of them deserving special attention: L-Lucine, L-Isoleucine and L-Valine. Also known as branched chain amino acids (BCAA’s,) they are used by athletes to improve exercise performance and reduce muscle protein and breakdown during intense exercise.
Branched Chain Amino Acids
Studies indicate BCAA’s help improve muscle recovery and the immune system.
- A study in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition cites evidence that muscle soreness was less in subjects who were given branched chain amino acids versus those given a placebo.7
- Studies conducted at the University of Michigan found that BCAA’s helped prevent muscle loss at higher altitudes, prolonged endurance in the heat, and improved exercise induced declines in mental functioning.8
Other amino acids that are included in the AminoGrow Workout Recovery Supplement include the following:
L-Taurine. L-Taurine is an essential amino acid that helps improve cardiovascular health and maintain energy levels.
Threonine. Threonine is an essential amino acid that helps to create collagen. Threonine also helps athletes by expediting wound healing, injury recovery and improving the digestion of fat.
L-Alanine. A recent study suggests taking L-alanine before and during prolonged exercise lasting 180 minutes may conserve carbohydrates and enhance protein metabolism.9
Methionine. Methionine supplies sulfur and other compounds to the body. The result is it helps to balance the metabolism and growth in the body.
Phenylalanine. Phenylalanine has several functions on a person’s mental state: mood enhancement, anxiety relief, increased focus and concentration, and improved motivation are all affected by phenylalanine.
Getting nutritional needs met is essential for athletic performance and general health and wellbeing. AminoGrow is specifically designed to help consumers get the nutrients that they may be missing.
Jeff White is a certified personal trainer, author and wellness coach. He believes a strong mind and body go hand in hand, and both are needed for optimum performance. Jeff is the author of the award winning and Amazon Best Seller The 3 Pillars of Strength: Increasing Your Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Fitness.