Ultimate Nutrition is a respected supplement company that’s always ahead of the curve. Its president, Gerard Dente, has more than 15 years of experience in bodybuilding and nutrition, and he’s a former top-ranked competitor, which means he’s very in touch with the in-the-trenches requirements of those seeking more muscle. He’s also a nutritional consultant to many professional athletes and bodybuilders. That experience alone should give you confidence in Ultimate Nutrition’s products, but in addition, the company’s supplements are based on sound science. Just have a look at three U.N. innovations that are synergistically effective in the muscle-building process.
ArgiNOne. Fueled by a compound called L-arginine alpha-ketoglutarate, this supplement boosts nitric oxide levels in skeletal muscle. Arginine alpha-ketoglutarate, composed of two arginine molecules attached to one alpha-ketoglutarate, is a precursor of the amino acid glutamine. Research shows that L-arginine, also an amino acid, increases growth hormone levels and drives NO synthesis. Studies also show that taking arginine in supplement form appears to enhance NO production during wound healing and oxidative stress.
Your body requires nitric oxide for key physiological processes. The fact that NO increases blood flow makes it of interest to bodybuilders, who need more nutrients delivered to their muscles so they will become larger when under workout stress. Also important is the fact that nitric oxide reduces inflammation and the pain associated with extreme muscle stress.
ArgiNOne’s formulation is unique. It combines arginine alpha-ketoglutarate and Ultimate Nutrition’s GlutaPure L-glutamine with L-citrulline and L-malic acid. Those last two substances power production of ATP, a major energy source for muscles, and eliminate metabolic pollutants such as lactic acid and ammonia from the blood.
Citrulline stimulates energy, boosts the immune system and metabolizes as L-arginine, thus regulating nitric oxide production and detoxifying ammonia, which damages living cells. While the citrulline increases NO and eliminates performance-inhibiting metabolic toxins, malic acid keeps the body’s energy cycle going.
Citrulline and malic acid aid muscle recovery by stimulating phosphocreatine production. The more of that substance your muscles have, the stronger they’ll be. Creatine phosphate levels go down after exercise, and it takes some time for them to come up again. By boosting postexercise phosphocreatine recovery, citrulline and malic acid promote faster recuperation between workouts and create muscles that are primed for growth and ready for your next training session.
In addition, Citrulline and malic acid:
‘Help the body eliminate amino acid by-products of protein metabolism.
‘Help eliminate the burn associated with lactic acid buildup.
‘Reduce the negative effects that ammonia and bacterial endotoxins have on performance. ‘Increase aerobic energy production.
L-glutamine is the most abundant free-form amino acid in muscle tissue. Like other aminos, it plays a vital role in protein metabolism and muscle recovery. It’s used not only by muscle tissue but also, in large quantities, by both the immune and digestive systems. During periods of intense training its levels can decline, and your body may not be able to make enough of it. Depleted L-glutamine levels in the muscles lead to muscle-tissue breakdown.
F-16: The fifth-generation creatine supplement. This supplement’s new formula combines Ultimate Nutrition’s B-Power and V-Power formulations with 100 percent pure creatine monohydrate in a delicious, easy-to-use drink.
B-Power contains a proprietary blend of carnosine, along with beta alanine and L-histidine, the two precursors of carnosine. High carnosine levels are associated with heightened athletic performance, especially anaerobic performance. Exercise produces lactic acid in muscle tissue, which creates an acidic condition called acidosis that causes muscle loss. Carnosine, which is found in human skeletal muscle, directly influences muscle strength by buffering lactic acid buildup. ALL Since creatine only works within a very limited pH range, carnosine’s powerful buffering action facilitates optimum creatine effectiveness. Carnosine also aids in the volumizing effect of creatine, creating fuller muscles, and it enhances the calcium response in muscle cells, particularly in the the heart, which enables the heart to contract more efficiently.
Creatine itself not only improves physical performance but also reduces mental fatigue and improves mental performance. It helps make more ‘fuel’ available to the muscle in the form of ATP, and the extra energy supply ensures that the muscle works faster and longer and recovers faster after intense exercise or sustained physical activity.
Creatine is more than just an ergogenic nutrient, though. It makes muscle look larger’the volumizing effect discussed above. More important, it improves muscular strength and energy for high-intensity training.
V-Power contains taurine, a conditionally essential amino acid. When you subject yourself to increased effort or stress, taurine becomes essential in maintaining your body’s healthy functioning. Because exercise significantly reduces taurine levels in skeletal muscles, supplemental taurine improves exercise performance and muscle’s electrical and contractile properties.
Taurine is vital for the body’s proper use of sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium. It works a little like creatine in that it helps muscle cells hold more water, thus increasing cell volume. For a hardcore weightlifter or bodybuilder, that’s significant because hydrated muscle cells can result in a higher rate of protein synthesis.
ATP is the body’s energy source for the relaxation-contraction cycle of muscle. Since the body produces it as long as oxygen is present in the cycle, optimizing oxygen use can enhance ATP production.
That’s where the other component of V-Power plays its most important role. Inositol hexaphosphate appears to improve tissue oxygenation by changing the dynamics of hemoglobin, which delivers oxygen to the working muscles. IP-6 may also enhance the amount of phosphate taken up by a muscle cell, helping creatine form the high-energy compound creatine phosphate. It’s the only antioxidant that both chelates iron and other heavy metals and incorporates itself into red blood cells.
IP-6 enhances the oxygen binding and releasing ability of hemoglobin, thus controlling both oxygen and iron radicals and making more oxygen available to the tissues. When oxygen-rich blood can be readily released to the tissues, the heart is less stressed.
The Stack: ArgiNOne and F-16. Every athlete knows it’s important to protect the body before, during and after a workout. Stacking ArgiNOne and F-16 can offer benefits for each of those stages. Here’s what you get with that stack:
‘Creatine turbocharger. High levels of carnosine are linked to an increase in physical performance, especially anaerobic performance. Carnosine helps you realize creatine’s full potential by buffering lactic acid.
‘More muscle fuel. The creatine in F-16 helps make more ATP so your muscles work faster and longer and recover more quickly after intense exercise. ‘More stamina. The inositol hexaphosphate in F-16 appears to improve tissue oxygenation by changing the dynamics of hemoglobin, which delivers oxygen to muscles.
‘GH and NO potentiation. L-arginine’s potential to increase growth hormone levels is well known. Arginine, in the form found in ArgiNOne (arginine alpha-ketoglutarate), also plays a key role in the production of nitric oxide. NO creates an anabolic environment in your body by increasing blood flow to promote muscle growth, increase strength and more easily deliver needed nutrients.
‘Detoxification. The L-citrulline and L-malic acid in ArgiNOne power ATP production and eliminate metabolic pollutants such as lactic acid and ammonia from the blood. Citrulline stimulates energy and boosts the immune system. It metabolizes to form L-arginine, regulating nitric oxide production and detoxifying ammonia in the body.
Muscle fullness. Taurine, found in F-16, regulates the body’s sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium levels. Like creatine it helps muscle cells hold more water and increase in volume, resulting in a higher rate of protein synthesis.
Are you tired of getting ripped off by supplement companies that have big advertisements and even bigger claims for products that don’t work? Ultimate Nutrition’s ArgiNOne and F-16 are coming on the market only after eight years of tireless research and development. Within the next few weeks they will be available everywhere and will enable you to achieve the results you dream of.
In addition, if you’re looking for a protein product to go along with this stack, please consider Ultimate Nutrition’s Muscle Juice 2544, now available in four amazing-tasting flavors. visit www.ultimate
nutrition.com for more information on ArgiNOne, F-16 and Muscle Juice 2544. These products are also available from Home Gym Warehouse, (800) 447-0008 or visit www.home-gym.com. IM