Workout support supplements can make workouts more energetic and more effective let it be muscle building or fat burning. They can improve hypertrophy and nutrient provision in muscles.
Nitric Oxide Boosters
Nitric oxide is a gas which is produced in the body and plays role in the communication between cells. It is produced by various enzymes via the destruction of arginine amino acids. Thanks to the fact that nitric oxide widens veins, it helps muscles to get nutrients easily and to delay fatigue.
Taurine is a non-proteinogenic amino acid, which is built up from sulfur-containing amino acids (cysteine and methionine) through enzymatic oxidation, according to the needs of the body. For this reason, deficiency diseases are not typical. It has a role in regulating plasma membrane calcium flux, and in the proper function of certain tissues. Similarly to insulin, it helps glucose flux into the cells; consequently, there is a rise in physical performance capacity and a decrease in blood glucose level. It stabilizes the level of various neurotransmitters; it reduces the number of seizures in case of epilepsy. Taurine- and other amino acid content of muscles decrease under constant load, so after a while glucose and calcium cannot reach muscle cells and thus muscle spasm may occur. Taurine has antioxidant effect, too.
ALCAR (Acetyl-L-carnitine) is an acetylated ester of L-carnitine. In this form, the new substance is much more effective than L-carnitine. In the human body, only 10% of the consumed L-carnitine is converted into acetyl-L-carnitine. ALCAR increases the level of acetyl coenzyme which is an important building block of another enzyme, called carnitine acetyltransferase. The previously mentioned enzyme is essential for the production of neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Acetylcholine stimulates the brain via which ALCAR has effect on another neurotransmitter, called dopamine. Dopamine is a very important hormone of the brain which helps increase the level of natural testosterone. Besides, ALCAR is able to reduce the level of cortisol, so it has anticatabolic effect.
Manufacturers’ dosing recommendation: daily 2×250-500mg
Arginine is one of the most common proteinogenic natural amino acids. Arginine increases the production of growth hormone, insulin, and creatinolfosfate, which has beneficial effects on increasing muscle mass, fat burning, concentration level and which strengthens the immune system. Moreover, it widens the veins, improves blood circulation, and boosts aerobic performance.
Manufacturers’ dosing recommendation: daily 3-15g
Citrulline malate is a unique combination of citrullin amino acid and organic sodium-chloride malate, which delays the feeling of exhaustion, blocks acidification, and speeds up regeneration. In addition, it is responsible for enhanced oxygen- and nutrient delivery. It has an especially significant role in the improvement of stamina. HMB is a metabolite of the essential amino acid leucine and is synthesized in the human body. It originates from leucine via alpha-ketoisocaproic acid; the majority of HMB is converted into HMG and in the form of HMG-CoA it can directly join the biosynthesis of cholesterol. Its anti-catabolic and aerobic performance boosting effects are known.
Manufacturers’ dosing recommendation: daily 2×2-3g
Caffeine is a bitter, white crystalline xanthine compound. Caffeine enhances performance, increases power and the amount of usable energy. Its stimulating effect increases concentration and energy level. Furthermore, it helps int he mobilization of stored fat and in the utilization of fat as an energy source.