Glossary

CREATINE

  • Creatine is a naturally occurring compound in muscle tissues.
  • Creatine is one of the few supplements that actually produces rapid results
  • Studies suggest that creatine may benefit in increasing muscle mass and enhancing athletic performance.
  • It functions as an energy reservoir to maintain optimal levels of energy production during intense exercise. It also helps rebuild lean muscle mass.
  • Creatine is especially useful for those doing short-term, intense exercise.

AMINO ACIDS

  • Amino acids are the main body building blocks of proteins.
  • Amino acids make up 75% of the human body. They are essential to nearly every bodily function.
  • A total of 20 different kinds of amino acids form proteins. Most common branches are Non-Essential Amino acids and Essential Amino acids & Branched Chain Amino Acids=BCAA.
  • Essential amino acids cannot be made by the body. You must get them from complete protein foods and vegetable/grains foods.
  • ¬†There are 9 essential amino acids: histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, tryptophan, and valine.
  • ¬†Essential Amino Acids helps induce normal sleep; helps reduce anxiety, depression, and artery spasm risk; and helps produce a stronger immune system.
  • Studies have shown amino acids (especially BCAA) play a vital role in building lean muscles.
  • The essential branched chain amino acids (BCAA’s) are of special importance for athletes because they are metabolized in the muscle, rather than in the liver.
  • The essential amino acids must be ingested every day. The human body simply does not store amino acids for later use, as it does with fats and starches.

NITRIC OXIDE (NO-2)

  • Nitric Oxide (NO2) producers open up (expand) blood vessels for up to 24 hours.
  • With your blood vessels expanded, more blood flows to your muscles, making you look fuller, shapelier and bigger.
  • More blood flow allows for more nutrients (protein, creatine etc.), anabolic hormones, and growth factors to be shuttled into your muscle, encouraging your muscles to grow bigger and stronger.

GLUTAMINE (also known as L-Glutamine)

  • Glutamine is highly in demand throughout the body as it is used in immune system extensively to maintain optimal performance.
  • L-glutamine plays a very important role in protein metabolism, and it appears to be very important for body builders.
  • Research shows that after intense workout, glutamine levels in the body are reduced by as much as 50%, so scientific studies have shown that glutamine supplementation can minimize the breakdown of muscle tissue and improve protein metabolism.
  • Studies also suggest that glutamine may also help improve mental function, stomach dis-orders and nitrogen balance in body.

PROTEINS

  • Protein is one of the most important and essential foods our bodies need on a daily basis.
  • After water, it is the next most-abundant substance in the body. Without it our bodies cannot produce or store energy.
  • Bodybuilders require as much as one to two grams of protein for each pound of body weight each day.
  • The body cannot synthesize more than 30 grams of protein at one sitting; therefore it is necessary to eat five to six meals each day, with each meal providing approx. 20 grams of good-quality protein.

PROTEIN POWDERS

  • Bodybuilders have long relied upon protein powders to ensure they are getting high enough levels of amino acids that are necessary to build and repair muscle.
  • Protein powders are an easy and convenient substitute for food sources of protein.
  • Consuming protein powder everyday can also boost immune system health, healing of wounds after surgery or injury, and promote healthy skin.
  • They are generally made from five basic sources: whey, casein, egg, soy and rice.
  • Even if you are not a bodybuilder or athlete, starting your day with a protein shake can stabilize your blood sugar levels throughout the day, making it easier to control bodyweight.
  • Active individuals should consume 1 to 1.5 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight daily.