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Why do this? Because studies show that BCAA’s enhances recovery & help prevent muscle breakdown during intensity/overload training.
In the never-ending battle to stay lean, strong, and increase athletic performance, your body can be your own worst enemy. Through a completely natural process called catabolism, our bodies actually start breaking down the muscle that you’ve worked – especially during the times when you need it most.
All Pain, No Gain: Are Your Workouts Backfiring?
You see, since our bodies can only get Branch Chain Amino Acids (the building blocks of protein which make up 1/3 of our muscles and lean mass) from diet or supplementation, when our bodies don’t have enough of them in our bloodstream, we enter what’s called a catabolic state. This means that our bodies actually start stripping amino acids and protein from our lean muscle mass to free up adequate amounts of amino acids in our bloodstream for fuel.
Most often, this is the result of dieting, intense workouts, or inadequate nutrition – times when we either have lower dietary levels of BCAAs or have used much of our BCAA reserves through exercise.
So even if you’re working hard at the gym and staying disciplined in the kitchen, your hard earned gains may simply be wasting away.
Ensure that your body has the building blocks it needs for quick growth and recovery
While this is obviously a “lose-lose” scenario, by supplementing with BCAAs before and after your workouts, you may prevent much of this muscle breakdown and even increase the amount of fat that’s burned while exercising. Furthermore, with more BCAAs available in your bloodstream, you’ll have more of the raw materials you need for muscle repair and recovery even after you’re finished exercising for the day.4*
As an added bonus, some studies show that BCAA supplementation may even activate the primary muscle growth pathway in your muscle tissue and while increasing protein synthesis.3
A High Potency Formula
NutraKey BCAA is a high potency formula with a specific ratio of branched chain amino acids designed to help enhance absorption and muscle tissue recovery. Each serving of NutraKey ultra-micronized BCAA provides the three free form branched chain amino acids; L-Luecine, L-Valine and L-Isoleucine in the proper 2:1:1 ratio and is available in either pure powder or capsules.
In short, adding BCAAs to your supplement and nutrition regime may help ensure that you the muscle and lean body mass that you’ve worked so hard for stays that way.5
- Drummond MJ, et al Rapamycin administration in humans blocks the contraction-induced increase in skeletal muscle protein synthesis. J Physiol. (2009)
- Blomstrand E, et al Branched-chain amino acids activate key enzymes in protein synthesis after physical exercise. J Nutr. (2006)
- Blomstrand E, et al Administration of branched-chain amino acids during sustained exercise--effects on performance and on plasma concentration of some amino acids. Eur J Appl Physiol Occup Physiol. (1991)_
The Most Efficient Creatine Formula: Naturally increase your strength, endurance, and muscle tone without water retention, cramps, or slow absorption of other creatine formulas.*1,4,7
As a precursor to the energy dense chemical that powers all your muscle movements and body functions (ATP), creatine is an essential component of every workout you’ve ever had and is largely responsible for when you get tired, how much you can lift, and how fast your body recovers.3
Simply put, the more creatine in your muscles, the more physical effort and work your body will be able to perform.
While our bodies naturally produce creatine phosphate, it’s most present in muscles that have been conditioned for performance over years of intense training. While not everyone has the patience to wait that long (us included!), supplementing with creatine can provide nearly all of the benefits of increased muscle creatine levels without the need for years of professional training.
More Energy = Better, Longer Workouts
From professional athletes to body builders, there’s good reason why creatine has been one of the most widely used and effective supplements to date.
By increasing the amount and speed of ATP production, supplementing with creatine allows you to workout longer, grow faster, and maximize the effect of each and every minute you spend in the gym.3,2
Creatine also buffers lactic acid production and can reduce the “burn” you feel after extended periods of exercise.2 This not only works to reduce the wasteful byproducts of exercise, but will help your body maintain the healthy pH levels that are required for optimized cellular and muscle functioning.3
Increase Muscle Size; Not Water Weight
While regular creatine monohydrate often results in some undesirable effects – bloating, cramps, and digestive issues among others – NutraKey’s Creatine Ethyl Ester has been specially formulated for rapid transportation across cell membranes and for maximum absorption.1,5,7,8
Once your body has absorbed it, Creatine Ethyl Ester then reverts back into a useable form of creatine.8 The efficiency and speed of this process means that you can potentially take smaller doses and experience greater benefits than traditional creatine supplements. Creatine Ethyl Ester is also thought to have a much longer period of usability inside your body (half-life).8
In other words, creatine ethyl ester is thought to be absorbed better and active in the body for a longer period of time than most other creatine formulas.
Smaller serving sizes also tend to result in drastically lower cases of stomach and digestive discomfort, which can sometime arise from consuming large amounts of creatine monohydrate.4
So whether you’re looking to compete at the highest levels or simply want an extra edge, Creatine Ethyl Ester by NutraKey is one of the best performing supplements on the market and a must have for any serious fitness regimen.
- Powers, M. E., et al. Creatine supplementation increases total body water without altering fluid distribution. Journal of Athletic Training 38(1):44-50, 2003.
- Jäger R, et al Comparison of new forms of creatine in raising plasma creatine levels. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. (2007)
- Häussinger D, et al Cellular hydration state: an important determinant of protein catabolism in health and disease. Lancet. (1993)
- McMorris T, et al Creatine supplementation, sleep deprivation, cortisol, melatonin and behavior. Physiol Behav. (2007)
- Spillane, Mike; Schoch, Ryan; Cooke, Matt; Harvey, Travis; Greenwood, Mike; Kreider, Richard; Willoughby, Darryn S (2009). "The effects of creatine ethyl ester supplementation combined with heavy resistance training on body composition, muscle performance, and serum and muscle creatine levels". Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 6: 6.doi:10.1186/1550-2783-6-6. PMC 2649889. PMID 19228401
- 11. Giese MW, Lecher CS. Non-enzymatic cyclization of creatine ethyl ester to creatinine. Biochem Biophys Res Commun 2009;388(2):252-5.
More of what your muscles need, less of what they don't: Prevent muscle breakdown, enhance growth and speed up recovery1
As the most abundant non-essential amino acids in your body, Glutamine (glutamic acid) is a crucial component of cell growth, protein synthesis, and muscle/tissue repair.1
Studies have shown that even moderate amounts of exercise can quickly deplete the free glutamine levels throughout your body and muscle tissue to critical levels. When this happens, your body has no choice but to enter a catabolic state - breaking down muscle tissue in order to free the glutamine and BCAAs it needs to function and operate at increased levels of exertion.2
Low Glutamine levels are especially harmful when dieting or training hard, and it may result in significant muscle breakdown and increased recovery time and soreness.1
As one of the most used and studied anti-catabolic agents on the market (15+ years of research and clinical studies), Glutamine is thought to prevent muscle breakdown by assisting BCAAs in fueling muscle contractions and repair.
In addition to reducing catabolism during workouts, Glutamine is directly involved in DNA synthesis and general healing and growth throughout the body. In fact, Glutamine is often used by the medical community as an effective supplement to help heal wounds and illnesses – including cuts, trauma, burns, and the treatment-related side effects of cancer and AIDS.1
Select studies have even shown that Glutamine may result in positive boosts to growth hormone levels – further enhancing growth and reducing the catabolism of muscle tissue.3
If it isn't absorbed, there's no reason to take it
Glutamine powder by NutraKey has been specially formulated for maximum absorption and bioavailability throughout your body. This means that scoop-for-scoop, more of the glutamine you consume will actually be processed and used by your body to help protect muscle and increase growth.
So, if you’re looking to boost your gains, improve recovery time, and use your energy more efficiently, there may not be a better place to start than with glutamine supplementation by NutraKey.
Main Benefits Include:
- Promotes lean muscle mass
- Minimizes muscle breakdown
- Assists in muscle repair and recovery
- Supports immune system health
Stay anabolic. Build Muscle.
HMB works with Strength & Recovery. Promotes lean muscle mass. Minimize muscle breakdown. Enhance protein synthesis. Metabolite of essential L-Leucine. Enhances muscle recovery. Promotes lean muscle mass. Helps prevent muscle breakdown. Assists muscle repair & recovery. Supports immune system health. Effective for muscle bulking & cutting. Increase lean muscle & strength. Research published in the journal of applied physiology and other peer reviewed publications has suggested that HMB may have an effect on increasing muscle weight and strength. Assists in protein synthesis.
Why do this? Because studies show that BCAA’s enhances recovery & help prevent muscle breakdown during intensity/overload training.
HMB (beta-hydroxy beta-methlbutyrate) is a metabolite of the branched chain amino acid, Leucine and plays a role in protein synthesis (muscle building). Due to it’s properties, HMB would be an effective supplement to use while bulking, but even more powerful when one is cutting with decreased calories and needs to preserve lean mass.
Why not just take leucine? HMB is produced by the liver enzyme -ketoisocaproate (KIC) oxygenase and this enzyme only accounts for 5% of leucine oxidation. Therefore one would not get enough HMB to obtain the positive effects seen in studies. An increase in leucine consumption would no doubt increase the amount of HMB produced, though it does not guarantee targeted amount will be created due to limited enzyme activity. Combine HMB with BCAA’s. Why do this? Because studies show that BCAA’s enhances recovery & helps prevent muscle breakdown during intensity/overload training.
Main Benefits Include:
- Preserve lean muscle tissue
- Supplies energy under extreme stress (such as during your workout sessions)
- Helps maintain muscle glycogen levels
- Maintains nitrogen balance
- Helps initialize protein synthesis and muscle recovery
Of all the amino acids that you take in on a daily basis, L-Leucine may just be the most beneficial. Leucine is an essential branched chain amino acid, which means your body cannot make it and you have to get Leucine from your daily diet. Leucine can be found in foods like nuts, wheat pasta/bread, and brown rice and whey protein powder.
L-Leucine is important for both general health as well as athletic performance. If you are trying to transform your body by burning fat and building strong, lean muscle, Leucine will make a great addition to your supplement stack. Leucine stimulates muscle protein synthesis and may be the major fuel involved in anabolic (tissue building) reactions. This makes Leucine especially important for body builders and other athletes in sports that demand explosive strength.
In order to see the best intended benefits from L-Leucine, you want to take L-Leucine with other amino acids. Getting a full amino acid profile is going to be key for building lean muscle mass and getting toned. L-Leucine stacks well with L-Valine and L-Isoleucine, the other BCAAs - branched chain amino acids. A good ratio to go for is 2:2:1 - Leucine, Valine, Isoleucine. Many products already blend the BCAAs in this ratio.
L-Leucine also stacks well with whey protein or other protein powders, other muscle building products or other fat loss products. L-Leucine is a great product to stack with just about anything!
The Minerals you've Been Missing: Sleep deeper, recover faster, and increase muscle mass*
While NutraKey’s Z-Optima is just a simple mineral formula, supplementing with zinc and magnesium have long been known as on the most effective ways to increase lean muscle mass, speed up recovery, and boost testosterone.1,2,3,4 From professional athletes to amateur bodybuilders, the Z-Optima formula is one of the least-contested and most effective supplements on the market.
Sleep Deep, Recover Faster
Primarily used to help promote recovery and growth while sleeping, Z-Optima does far more than provide your body with the necessary ingredients for muscle repair and a good night’s rest.
By stimulating the activity of enzymes throughout the body, zinc has been found to be a critical component of protein synthesis and the recovery/growth process of muscle and connective tissue damaged or stressed by intense exercise.1,4,5 The addition of magnesium – an essential mineral involved in virtually all functions and areas of the body – is believed to further increase muscle size, strength, fat loss, and overall health.2,3
Studies have also demonstrated the ability of magnesium to normalize and extend stage 3 and stage 4 slow-wave sleep.2,3 This not only results in better-perceived quality of sleep, but extends the period of time when growth hormone is thought to be released at the fastest rate.
An Anabolic Powerhouse
While the ingredients in Z-Optima are not meant to directly promote testosterone and hormone production, athletes supplementing with this formula have experienced as much as a 30% increases in testosterone levels and a 5% increase in insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) over several weeks of use.1 Athletes taking a placebo actually saw these hormone levels decrease by 10% and 20%, respectively, over the same time period.1
Furthermore, during the same study, those taking the Z-Optima formula experienced nearly 2.5x more strength gains and reported much better sleep than those taking a placebo.1
Take Your Workouts To New Heights
With the added metabolic benefits of vitamin B6, magnesium and zinc supplementation is important and effective for healthy growth in both athletes and bodybuilders alike. NutraKey’s Z-Optima formula has been clinically proven to significantly increase anabolic hormone levels, increase both free and total testosterone, boost muscle strength, and promote deep, replenishing sleep.
- Brilla, L. R. and Conte, V. Effects of a Novel Zinc-Magnesium Formulation on Hormones and Strength. Journal of Exercise Physiology online. 3 (4): 2000.
- Brilla, L. R. and Haley, T. F. Effect of magnesium supplementation on strength training in humans. J Am Coll Nutr. 1992 Jun;11(3):326-9.
- Cinar, V., et al. Effects of magnesium supplementation on blood parameters of athletes at rest and after exercise. Biol Trace Elem Res. 2007 Mar;115(3):205-12.
- Kilic, M., et al. The effect of exhaustion exercise on thyroid hormones and testosterone levels of elite athletes receiving oral zinc. Neuro Endocrinol Lett. 2006 Feb-Apr;27(1-2):247-52.
- Mocchegiani, E., et al. Zinc, metallothioneins, and longevity—effect of zinc supplementation: zincage study. Ann NY Acad Sci. 2007 Nov;1119:129-46.