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MAR-APR 2018

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naturalproductsinsider . com 37 Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) is essential to the metabolism of proteins. It supports healthy energy production, and can aid in muscle recovery and reduce fatigue. It plays a vital role in promoting healthy red blood cell formation. This is important for energy production and resistance to stress by making iron in the diet more bioavailable to the tissues of the body. This allows hemoglobin to increase the amount of oxygen available for the working muscles. It also supports a more effi cient utilization of carbohydrates by the mitochondria for energy production. 6 Protein metabolism, muscular growth and adaptation, and carbohydrate utilization are all supported by optimal amounts of vitamin B6. In fact, it's the only vitamin directly tied to protein intake, meaning the more protein that is ingested, the more vitamin B6 is needed, making it an important factor in the building and repair of muscle and lean body mass. 7 Dimethylglycine (DMG) is an amino acid that helps the body cope with physical stress by promoting oxygen utilization to improve the rate of muscle recovery after strenuous exercise. Studies show it speeds up the removal of lactic acid from the body, which allows for faster recovery, fewer aches and pains, and optimal training performance. 8,9 Leucine, isoleucine and valine are the branched chain amino acids (BCAAs). These amino acids, especially leucine, stimulate protein synthesis 10 and help reduce the harmful effects of stress on the body. During intense physical training, over 70 percent of amino acids used by muscles are BCAAs. They need to be replaced before, during and after training to support optimal recovery from high-intensity training. 10 Glutamine is a conditionally essential amino acid that helps activate protein synthesis. It also promotes brain health, muscular energy and recovery. Glutamine supports the healthy balance between muscular growth and repair, and muscular breakdown. This is known known as the anabolic/catabolic ratio. As this ratio increases, lean mass and muscular development increase. Glutamine also supports mental function by supplying a direct source of energy to the brain, as well as healthy digestive function. 11 Taurine reduces the effects of training stress and helps prevent muscle breakdown. It also supports healthy energy production, stress response and recovery, and healthy fat metabolism. Taurine promotes healthy cardiac and muscular adaptation to high-intensity activity. It maintains a healthy balance of the electrolytes calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium in the heart muscle. Taurine also reduces the negative effects of high-intensity training on the nervous system. 12 Jack Grogan is chief science offi cer for Uckele Health & Nutrition ( He is a recognized expert in hair mineral analysis, a valuable tool in determining the causes of nutritional imbalances or defi ciencies. NATURE'S MOST POWERFUL RECOVERY AID 15X more concentrated in key anthocyanins compared to competition; made from 100% whole U.S. grown Montmorency tart cherries Whole tart cherries are shown to: ◗ Boost antioxidant activity* ◗ Promote a healthy infl ammatory response in connection with exercise* ◗ Relieve post-workout muscle and joint soreness and reduce muscle damage for a faster recovery* 888-452-6853 | *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Sports Nutrition: Recovery For a list of references, email

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