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"DID You Know"
Nitric oxide (NO) is present only briefly when a muscle contracts and blood vessel dilates. What it does is increases blood flow. When you exercise, nitric oxide is released causing blood surges, what you experience is called the "pump"!

Arginine Alpha-Ketoglutarate

What is Arginine Alpha-Ketoglutarate?

AAKG (arginine alpha-ketoglutarate) is a salt of the amino acid arginine and alpha-ketoglutaric acid. AAKG is sustained release formula of L-Arginine which is pH buffered to ensure maximum absorption. Arginine released into the bloodstream which is thought to dramatically increase nitric oxide production. An increase in nitric oxide may lead to the following benefits: extended and enhanced "muscle pump" after training, improved endurance and recovery time, improved workout capacity, and increased sexual vigor.

Who needs it and what are some symptoms of deficiency?

Both arginine and alpha-ketoglutaric acid are precursors to nitric oxide (NO) production. The rate-limiting step of amino acid uptake into skeletal muscle is the transportation of the amino acids through the blood to the skeletal muscle, which is governed by blood flow (Wolfe 2004). NO vasodilates blood vessels, thereby increasing blood flow. This increase when combined with exercises means greater blood flow and greater amino acid deliver and uptake in the working skeletal muscle. Exercise itself results in an increase in NO production, and the increased blood flow created by exercise is believed to be linked to the increase in protein synthesis post workout (Douglas et al. 2004).

Arginine is a precursor for NO production. Supplementing with exogenous Arginine increases NO production and therefore blood vessel dilation and blood flow, which will also for great nutrient deliver (i.e. amino acids) to skeletal muscle. Arginine is also involved in hormone secretion, wound healing, and immune system functioning (Tong & Barbul 2004).

Alpha-ketoglutaric acid is a vital intermediate in the Kreb's energy cycle, used in the formation of amino acids, and a nitrogen/ammonia transporter. The combination of alpha-ketoglutaric acid's benefits with arginine's benefits give AAGK a clear edge over standard L-arginine.

How much should be taken? Are there side effects?

Alway follow manufactures guide line when taking their products. As general guide line most doses of AAKG range from 750mg - 1000mg with some going as high as 1500mg.

Recent Studies

AAKG is a new supplement and studies are ongoing as this is being written.

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