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MAR-APR 2018

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36 INSIDER March/April 2018 Research has shown that to increase muscle mass, stress must be put on the body, leading to increased hormone release and increased fl ow of nutrients into the muscle and, with rest, muscles will grow. In other words, training beats the body up so it will adapt and become stronger. However, if a recovery plan is not in place during this process, the body will break down. Muscles and other tissues are broken down, and the body is in a fatigued state. It is necessary to refuel to rebuild and strengthen muscle, repair tissues and prepare for the next challenge. Ingredients proven to assist in recovery play an important role in energy production, hemoglobin synthesis, immune function and protection from oxidative damage. They also assist with synthesis and repair of muscle tissue during recovery from exercise. Therefore, it is important that athletes consume adequate amounts of these nutrients to promote their efforts for optimal performance and health. Citrulline malate has made some waves in the gym and athletic arena. It is a salt of the amino acid citrulline and the organic acid, malic acid. One of its biggest benefi ts is it helps remove endotoxins such as lactic acid and ammonia from the body. These endotoxins are produced by all the hallmarks of training: intense physical activity, protein metabolism and catabolic states. Endotoxins damage living cells and impair performance. 1 Citrulline malate also works in recovery by enhancing the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Directly after working out when supplies are low, citrulline supplementation helps bring ATP levels back to normal. In addition, citrulline malate is an effi cient promotor of nitric oxide (NO) synthesis, even more so than arginine, which improves blood fl ow, essential during any high-intensity physical training. 2 Arginine is a vasodilator, especially in combination with citrulline. Both increase blood fl ow so the heart can pump blood more effi ciently, which can promote cardiovascular and muscular performance. L-arginine's ability to improve blood fl ow and circulation occurs because of its conversion into NO. L-arginine supports the healthy detoxifi cation of ammonia, which is a byproduct of high-intensity training. It can also stimulate the release of growth hormones and insulin, which support lean muscle mass and energy production from glucose. This improved utilization of glucose can be used for increased growth and energy demands. 3 Beta-alanine is a precursor of carnosine, which has been shown to play a signifi cant role in balancing muscle pH. It can reduce muscular acidity, which aids in muscular performance. It acts as an acid buffer, which delays the onset of fatigue and muscular failure. In recovery, stabilizing the acid/base balance reduces the potential for damage to tissue and muscle that occurs during exertion. It has also shown to have several performance- enhancing functions that include regulation of calcium and antioxidant properties. 4 Vitamin B2 (ribofl avin) supports healthy recovery from intense training sessions more quickly. Ribofl avin is necessary for energy production and cellular regulation. Vitamin B2 is involved in energy production in three areas: glucose metabolism, oxidation of fatty acids and the shuttling of hydrogen ions through the Krebs cycle. The Krebs cycle is responsible for the production of ATP, which is the way cells produce energy. In addition, vitamin B2 supports protein metabolism, making it important to the development and protection of lean body mass. 5 The Vital Role Recovery Nutrients Play in Athletic Performance by Jack Grogan THE INNOVATIVE MICELLAR CASEIN for VERY HIGH PROTEIN BEVERAGES LEARN EVERYTHING ABOUT PRODIET FLUIDĀ® & VISIT OUR WEBSITE PRODIET FLUIDĀ® is a brand of Ingredia WWW.PRODIET-FLUID.COM RICH IN PROTEIN HIGHLY FLUID HEALTHY & TASTY For optimal muscle recovery Sports Nutrition: Recovery

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