Turn Your Pains Into Gains: Reduce muscle inflammation and soreness, burn more fat, and recover faster*
While BCAAs alone is a great way to prevent muscle catabolism, increase strength, prioritize fat utilization, and enhance your ability to recover1,2, NutraKey’s Optima formula enhances these properties with the protective ingredient of taurine and the quick recovery effects of glutamine.
This means that not only will your body have the essential building blocks it needs to create lean mass (BCAAs), but that you’ll be minimizing the muscle damage and stress that takes place during all of your workouts.2,3
Are you sore two days after your workouts?
Known as “delayed onset muscle soreness” (DOMS), microscopic tears in your muscles and connective tissues inflame the surrounding tissue and make nerves much more sensitive than they would normally be. 5,6
While the tears in your muscles resulting from workouts do promote hypertrophy (expanding of muscle cell size) and hyperplasia (growth in the number of muscle cells), the resulting pain and inflammation behind your soreness are believed to significantly decrease both short-term strength and endurance.7
While certainly not permanent, the results of these short-term losses can diminish the productiveness of workouts over the following days and weeks – increasing the chance of net strength and muscle loss.7
This effect is even more pronounced due to dieting, intense workouts, or inadequate nutrition – times when we either have lower dietary levels of BCAAs or have used much of our BCAA and glutamine reserves.4,5,7
Promote Muscle Growth & Recovery, Not Muscle Inflammation*
While BCAAs and glutamine are thought to boost recovery by flooding your body with the key building blocks of protein and muscle, taurine has been shown in recent studies to protect and inhibit the cytokines that directly cause the damage and inflammation in muscle cells.6,8
When supplemented together, your muscles are still able benefit from the muscle tears they need to grow, but the negative side effects that slow growth and reduce comfort can be drastically diminished.8
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’s BCAA Optima is a high potency formula with a specific ratio of BCAAs, taurine, and glutamine that have been dosed to maximize absorption and muscle availability. Each serving of NutraKey ultra-micronized BCAA Optima provides the three free form branched-chain amino acids; l-luecine, l-valine and l-isoleucine in the proper 2:1:1 ratio, along with 1.9 grams of taurine and 2.6 grams of glutamine.
In short, adding BCAA Optima to your supplement and nutrition regimen may help ensure that you the muscle and lean body mass that you’ve worked so hard for keeps on performing at the highest levels.5
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2. Blomstrand E, et al Branched-chain amino acids activate key enzymes protein synthesis after physical exercise. J Nutr. (2006)
3. Blomstrand E, et al Administration of branched-chain amino during sustained exercise–effects on performance and on plasma concentration of some amino acids. Eur J Appl Physiol Occup Physiol. (1991)_
6. Brad J. Schoenfeld and Bret Contreras, “Is Postexercise Muscle Soreness a Valid Indicator of Muscular Adaptations?” Strength and Conditioning Journal, vol. 35 No. 5 pp. 16-21
7. Brad J. Schoenfeld “The Mechanisms for Muscle Hypertrophy, and Their Application to Resistance Training” Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, vol. 24(10)
8. Dawson R, Jr., Biasetti M, Messina S, Dominy J. The cytoprotective role of taurine in exercise-induced muscle injury. Amino Acids.2002 Jun;22(4):309-24.
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