Whenever you exercise, metabolic stress is placed on your body in the form of increased production of waste by-products like lactic acid and ammonia.(1,2,3)
You’re probably familiar with lactic acid, which causes the “burning sensation” in your muscles and prevents you from getting those final few reps that are so important for muscle growth. Ammonia, on the other hand, is produced when your body breaks down the protein in your muscles.
These by-products take time to clear out of your system and contribute to fatigue and reduce your ability to use oxygen and produce energy.(4,5)
Not only that, but the longer they hang around, the slower your recovery is after the training session.
Therefore, one of the main goals we wanted to focus on was enhancing your body’s metabolic capacity to handle these by-products to not only improve energy production and blood flow to your muscles (ie. the “pump”) during the workout, but also to enhance your recovery from the session after the workout.
That’s exactly what The Metabolic Activation Blend focuses on, by supplying key nutrients that enable your cells to produce more energy in a healthier way, and assist your body in clearing out the harmful by-products.
Here’s what’s in The Metabolic Activation Blend:
THIAMINE (100 mg) - Thiamine, also known as vitamin B1, is crucial for your oxidative metabolism and is powerful for reducing your lactic acid and ammonia production.(6-12)
Because higher doses of this water-soluble vitamin stimulate the oxidative metabolism so well, it helps your cells produce more energy in a healthier way, resulting in less fatigue during the workout session.(13,14)
All of this is because thiamine helps your cells utilize glucose (carbohydrate) better, resulting in more energy and a better metabolic profile, which keeps your body functioning better during and after the workout.(13,15,16,17)
We chose a dosage of 100 mg, which is the dose used in most research studies.
L-CITRULLINE (6,000 mg) - L-Citrulline is an amino acid that has a powerful effect on increasing blood levels of nitric oxide (NO), which relaxes blood vessels and allows more blood flow to working muscles (the coveted “pump”).(18,19,20,21)
However, L-citrulline has another, lesser-known role: Reducing ammonia levels by stimulating the urea cycle (in fact, this is how it increases NO levels as well, by sparing the amino acid L-arginine).(22,23)
Since ammonia causes fatigue and decreases your cells’ ability to produce energy efficiently, L-citrulline has naturally been found to increase the number of reps you can perform, decrease your fatigue during the training session, and reduce how hard the workout feels (the “Rating of Perceived Exertion”, or “RPE” for short).(24-28)
This amino acid is so powerful that we included 6 grams of L-citrulline - the highest amount we could legally put into it.
BIOTIN (300 mcg) - Similar to thiamine, biotin (vitamin B7) plays an important role in healthy energy production, and similar to L-citrulline, it helps to clear out ammonia levels in your body.(29,30)
But not only does biotin add to the lactic acid-reducing and ammonia-reducing power of thiamine and L-citrulline, but it has also been shown to greatly enhance insulin sensitivity, even reversing type 2 diabetes in some studies.(31,32,33,34)
Because of this, adding biotin ensures that you not only get those powerful metabolic effects, but that you make better use of the carbs in your post-workout meal, aiding in even faster recovery from the workout session.
SIBERIAN GINSENG (Eleutherococcus Senticosus Root Extract) (300 mg) - While the other ingredients play a role in helping your body remove the harmful by-products created for exercise, Siberian Ginseng helps prevent them from being created in the first place by increasing your cells’ use of oxygen.(35,36)
And because your cells are also able to produce energy through better metabolic pathways, this also leads to an increase in work capacity and total work output, meaning you can workout harder, for longer.
Not only that, Siberian Ginseng has shown some very promising effects for increasing mental function, improving blood lipids, decreasing oxidative stress, and enhancing immunity, helping improve your health and recovery on many levels.(37-40)