Gen-tec Arginine AKG
GEN-TEC NUTRACEUTICALS source, blend and package 100% pure pharmaceutical grade Arginine Alpha Ketogluterate powder. Arginine Alpha Ketogluterate supplementation is ideal for individuals with a goal of increasing endogenous Nitric Oxide levels. Arginine is a conditionally essential amino acid for individuals engaging in intensive exercise as it supports endogenous production of Creatine Phosphate.
The benefits of increased NO production is an increase in vasodilation which increases the diameter of blood vessels (hoses). This in turn leads to an increase in blood flow by relaxing the vascular cells (bigger pipes) which leads to greater oxygen and nutrient transportation. Clinically, AAKG and Arg has been used to treat patients with cardiovascular problems and erectile dysfunction as the vasodilatory properties of Arg improve blood flow, regulate inflammation and can reduce proteins sticking the blood vessel walls, thus smoother flow of blood. Furthermore, Arginine is also converted to Ornithine which is an amino acid that works with Proline to improve collagen production (healthy joints) and wound healing.
Moreover, in exercising individuals Arginine is involved in the synthesis of Creatine which is an amino acid that increases strength and performance by up to 15% in most athletes. As Creatine is heavily used during high intensity exercises, the demand on creatine synthesis is much greater, therefore the supplementation of Arg will support continual production to meet demands. In addition, Arg supplementation during exercise leads to venous pooling (a pump). This sensation of a “pump” is heightened due to the improvement in blood vessel size. Moreover, the effects arginine has on growth hormone release has been documented in various population groups with the overall consensus being that arginine stimulates the posterior pituitary gland to release growth hormone, which may be of benefit for recovery and body composition depending on the individual.
A further crucial role that Arg plays in both health and in performance is its ability to firstly scavenge free radicals (eliminate bad toxins) and remove waste products that are metabolically created through intense exercise. Therefore the more arginine there is (within limits) the better your body can remove excess waste products, improve nutrient delivery and improve vascular function.