Science Agrees: BCAAs Are Awesome

FO_BCAAsport_WatermelonAs experts in the supplement industry, we are intimately familiar with concerns and questions customers and the paying public may have about products.

Do they work? (To wildly varying degrees, yes – buy the good ones.) Are they safe? (Buy from reputable vendors like Nutrishop, and they couldn’t be safer – we don’t hesitate to yank inferior products off our shelves.) What exactly do they do?

We like to turn to science and study when it comes to answering all of those questions. ln recent years, what’s come to light specifically about one certain supplement is extremely encouraging. Not only do BCAAs stand up as an excellent product for fat loss and muscle gain in non-biased, scientific review, but they routinely make regular customers’ shopping lists each time they visit us. A lot of products will come and go – only the best ones stick around when the hype wears off and results are all that’s left. And at the end of the day, BCAAs are always left standing.

What makes Branched Chain Amino Acids such an effective supplement? For starters, BCAAs are incredibly versatile.  Typically, supplements can reasonably claim to address one or two goals – strength, muscle mass, fat loss, or athletic performance. BCAAs can help with all of them. 

A randomized, double-blind study, published in the Journal of International Society of Sports Nutrition, was performed to “evaluate the efficacy of consuming a supplement containing branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) during an eight-week resistance-training program.”  The conclusion:

Ingestion of a supplement containing BCAAs while following an 8-week resistance training program resulted in a greater decrease in percent body fat, an increase in lean mass, and 10-RM strength gains on the bench press and squat vs. ingestion of a whey supplement or a sports drink. In addition, the ingestion of a whey protein supplement resulted in greater lean mass gains than ingestion of a sports drink.

What does that mean? In short: Regular use of BCAAs as a supplement to your diet and training program make you leaner and stronger. Less fat, more muscle, more strength.

Benefits don’t stop there. In 2006, The Journal of Nutrition published a study that found BCAAs to play a role in reducing exercise fatigue – meaning that if you took BCAAs before and/or during your workouts, you could go more intensely, or longer, to get more out of your exercise. The same study found that “Branched-chain amino acids also positively influence the metabolic response of muscle to exercise.”

Translation: BCAAs slow your metabolism’s feast on your muscle tissue when you’re working out.

Even when you’re not training, though, BCAAs have the same effect. So if you’re taking a break, trying out anabolic fasting diets, going on vacation or suffering an injury that keeps you out of the gym, knocking back BCAAs regularly will help slow the muscle catabolism (your body using muscle for energy) or atrophy that would otherwise occur. That phenomenon was proven out in a study published in Nutrition Research in 2012.

It’s not snake oil, folks.

For years, the most-researched and trusted supplements in this industry were whey protein and creatine. Doubters cropped up all over the place at first, but as the scientific method consistently proved them wrong, these products clearly developed staying power. Well, it’s time to add BCAAs to that list. Study after study is showing that amino acids are not only just an emerging powerhouse supplement, but a must-have for all ranges of athletic ability – from elite athletes to first-day beginners.

More Natural, Vegan-Friendly: Trailhead Modern Source Protein is Here!

As the nutrition and supplementation industries continue to evolve, more and more fitness enthusiasts are considering vegetarian or vegan diets. While there are some interesting points to consider about making such a change, one thing is obvious: Traditionally produced whey protein products — key staples in the diets of bodybuilders, lifters and protein-conscious dieters — don’t fit the vegan lifestyle. Whey, obviously, counts as an animal byproduct.

This is why we’re happy to announce that we’re now carrying a great-tasting vegan protein with no artificial sweeteners, no gluten, no GMOs, no artificial colors, no artificial flavors and no allergens! Let us introduce Trailhead Nutrition Modern Source Protein.

This is a huge win for us, and for anyone who wants to go in a more “natural” direction with their diet. If you have been taking expensive veggie proteins like RAW, than you need to try this! It comes in Vanilla and Chocolate, and actually tastes good!

Here is the rundown from Trailhead:

MODERN SOURCE PROTEIN by Trailhead Nutrition offers a great alternate for consumers who are willing to give Rice and Pea Protein Isolates a try and see for themselves.

Comprised of not only these new isolates, but with the addition of two other proteins (Potato and Cranberry), this protein is sure to have consumers trading up or adding to their current protein regiment. MODERN SOURCE PROTEIN is a great alternative or addition to your current protein regiment.
Do not be fooled by inferior vegan protein supplements that utilize Pea Protein Concentrate or Rice Protein Concentrate as their sources of protein

Until recently, Whey and other Dairy based protein powders have been the preferred choice as far as protein supplements go, and one of the only options in the industry for helping athletes and fitness minded individuals get the extra protein they need.
This was true because for many years, one of the only other readily available alternatives to dairy based protein has been Soy, and with some of the more recent studies deterring consumers who may have soy allergies or are trying to eliminate soy from their diet, many have not had much of a choice.
Now, while these are still a great source of protein, and are without a doubt the most popular to date, they are not the only ones being used by consumers today. Two of the newest proteins to hit the market in recent years have been Rice Protein Isolate and Pea Protein Isolate. Some of the studies behind the combination of these two proteins have in many cases shown results similar to those who consume Whey and Dairy based protein powders. Plus, it is a great option for consumers who want to take a break every now and then from their current proteins to get away from any issues that may be experienced by those with dairy allergies. Modern Source Protein is made with NO artificial flavors, NO artificial sweeteners, NO artificial colors, and is Gluten free, Allergen free and NON-GMO.

BETABOL Stacking Options

unnamedOne of the best things about BETABOL is that it is a “one-size-fits-all” supplement — it can be taken with virtually ANY supplement stack!

The most important key to success with BETABOL is a high-protein diet. Also, research shows that HMB combined with creatine-based supplements produces greater results than either HMB or creatine alone. HMB should be taken in combination with a balanced diet containing a daily protein intake of about a gram per pound of body weight, especially if you are actively exercising. If your diet isn’t balanced or your protein intake is low, then HMB should be combined with the appropriate vitamin, mineral, protein or energy supplement to balance your diet.

Remember, HMB is also produced naturally from within as your body breaks down the amino acid leucine. You can bolster the production of this muscle-building compound, then, by taking in more leucine — in the form of BCAAs and additional protein, which contains a full spectrum of specific-ratio aminos. Additionally, a creatine supplement taken pre-workout will boost strength and size, supplementing the gains you’d get from BETABOL alone.

Recommended Protein Supplements: PRO7EIN SYNTHESIS, FORZA PRO, PRO 5, PRO5 HERS, MASS COMPLEX, PROTEIN SYNTHESIS GAINER or PRO MRP.

Recommended Creatine Supplements: HEMOVEX, N’SANE, VASOCOR, PREWORK, FUZION K-AKG3, N’FUZE or KRE-ALKALYN COMPLEX.

Supplements for More Than Physique Athletes

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At NUTRISHOP, much of our reputation for helping people achieve higher levels of fitness comes from our physique competitors — bodybuilders, bikini contestants and the like. It’s true that we do love helping these athletes hone their craft and shape their bodies. But we help with much more than simply how an athlete looks!

The body is all about movement and function — what can it do for us, and how can we help it perform better? Even those who don’t necessarily compete or exercise, who just want to feel better and be healthier in their day-to-day lives, make up a big part of our clientele.

To that end, we’ve come up with a list of the best products to use for athletes, specifically in endurance-dependent sports, those who might not be interested in getting on a stage to show off their muscular development but who would rather put their gains to functional use in competition, like races or athletics. We’ll be going through them with this running blog this week, two at a time.

The first two on our list are old standbys — frankly, they’d be great supplements for anybody.

1. PRO7EIN SYNTHESIS/FORZA PRO. Anyone who’s depending on muscle development and maintenance will find a need for protein in their diet; the problem is that it’s awfully tough to fill in with lean sources of protein throughout the day without loading up on calories. That’s where protein powders come in. PRO7 and FORZAPRO are some of the best-tasting, highest protein-to-calorie ratio supplements you can invest in.

How it helps the athlete: Aside from inherently adding more lean muscle mass, an increased protein intake has myriad benefits, including body fat loss. When you’re moving your body around in athletics, every pound has to pull its weight, especially if you’re competing in a weight class! Muscle recovery and optimization are key for any athlete.

2. BCAA SPORT. Further broken down, proteins, at their base level, are essentially made up of branched-chain amino acids. Your body can and will use these for energy, and finds them from food and even within the body — many distance runners, for example, appear to be very skinny and lean because while their metabolisms attack fat stores for energy, they also will turn to muscle and the amino acids in them for fuel. Supplementing with BCAAs provides a buffer of sorts, as well as helping maintain and even build the muscle in the body.

How it helps the athlete: On top of protecting the lean muscle mass the athlete has achieved or is working to improve upon, BCAA SPORT is unique in that it also includes an electrolyte blend that keeps cells hydrated, crucial for any endurance athlete. What makes it stand out from other supplements is that BCAAs are metabolized in the muscle, not the liver, for faster uptake — this makes it perfect before, during or after a grueling workout. Some studies have indicated that BCAAs help fight fatigue as well!

betabol3. BETABOL. Featuring HMB,  a naturally occurring compound produced when our bodies metabolize the amino acid leucine, BETABOL is an excellent choice for endurance athletes who need recovery. HMB’s main role has been found to be the repair, growth and preservation of muscle tissue, as well as the capacity to burn fat. The body spends precious resources with muscle repair — each rep you do results in microscopic muscle-fiber tears; the regrowth of these tears puts a huge energy strain on the body. Leucine is the only essential amino acid with the capacity to stimulate muscle protein synthesis, but it is essentially used primarily to repair muscle damage incurred while lifting. When it is metabolized, HMB is produced as a natural byproduct and aids in recovery.

How it helps the athlete: What if you could “free up” the leucine in your body to stimulate muscle protein synthesis to develop NEW muscle, instead of merely repairing the damaged tissue? That is precisely where an HMB supplement like BETABOL comes in. An increase in HMB is designed to allow essential leucine to build new muscle tissue, in turn burning more fat.

4. KARBOLYN.  A full dose of double patent-pending X-R3 Enhancement is designed to take your lean muscle gains to new heights by creating the proper anabolic environment for explosive power, strength, performance and muscle endurance as well as accelerating post-workout muscle recovery when used in conjunction with proper nutrition and a regular exercise program.

How it helps the athlete: The delivery of complex carbohydrates and Kre-Alkalyn (creatine) means more energy (via glucose and increased ATP), strength and power, on top of accelerated post-workout recovery. For someone needing sustained energy AND to promote muscle gain, like an endurance athlete, KARBOLYN is another solid choice.

5. GLUTAMINE. Glutamine’s properties as a recovery supplement help it target broken-down areas of muscle. This applies to weight lifters and athletes as a tool to reduce soreness by speeding up the process of muscle recovery. It is the presence of glutamine ITSELF in muscle tissue that is responsible for how sore you are after an intense workout. Even bed-ridden patients in hospitals are given excess glutamine to make sure their muscles don’t waste away while they’re off their feet. So, the more glutamine that’s available, theoretically, the less sore you will be.

How it helps the athlete: Any athlete who has been through the rigors of training and competition will tell you the value of feeling fresh and strong; it’s another thing entirely to have your immune system and muscles recovering at full optimization. Glutamine’s reparative properties make it a must-have for anyone who consistently exercises at demanding levels.

6. NATURE’S FUEL. On top of the main purpose of actually getting what you pay for, NATURE’S FUEL stands apart from knock-off or cheap versions of a daily multivitamin with other blends that make it a powerful addition to anybody’s supplementation schedule. For one, it contains amino acids — we know amino acids are building blocks of protein, and we know that you can rarely have too many of them. Their role in NATURE’S FUEL is to provide your body with a little extra recovery ability, joining forces with the many vitamins and minerals that aid in the same process.

How it helps the athlete: With an amino acid blend, greens blend and antioxidant blend, NATURE’S FUEL is a complete multivitamin designed to cater to the competitive athlete. Immune function, energy and digestion all are important facets of physical health.

More of What Makes KARBOLYN X-R3 Amazing

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We’ve gotten a good look at the Karbolyn blend that makes NUTRISHOP’s newest supplement, KARBOLYN X-R3, so amazing. But it’s far from being the only one. KARBOLYN also features one of the best buffered creatines on the market and is designed to be ultra bioavailable for fast, effective results.

While creatine is a fantastic supplement, its most basic form, creatine monohydrate (that’s the white chalky stuff you can find on the cheap almost anywhere), has a major drawback: It breaks down into creatinin, a toxic byproduct of creatine, very quickly once ingested. This is why many people who have tried creatine have reported bloating, gas or other problems, not to mention them not getting the exact results they’re looking for.

Kre-Alkalyn is a patented buffered creatine formula that allows it to reach muscle cells in its maximum strength and purity. This patented pH-buffered formula is stable throughout the GI tract, which may prevent its breakdown into the by-product creatinine, in turn allowing the creatine to enter the muscle tissue fully potent. In a double blind clinical study with skilled, experienced weight lifters comparing Kre-Alkalyn to standard creatine monohydrate, after only 60 days the Kre-Alkalyn group experienced an overall average strength increase of 28.25% above those in the creatine monohydrate group.

Kre-Alkalyn, the buffered creatine found in KARBOLYN, addresses this problem with a creatine product that provides a buffer between the creatine itself and your system, meaning you get nearly 100 percent of the creatine you’re taking without the bloating effects of monohydrate. The bottom line: You get more pure creatine to your muscles, to maximize strength, mass and endurance gains in the muscle without having to take ungodly doses of it.

Amino-Zorb: A scientifically engineered form of BCAAs that holds up in the harsh acidic environment of the stomach and are delivered to the blood stream intact. The patent pending process utilizes an enzymatic fermentation process which allows for a very clean material that is highly bioavailable.

On top of those three patented blends, KARBOLYN also includes:

L-Glycine: Athletes have found glycine to aid in the slowing of muscle breakdown and lactic acid build-up as well as promote healing after intense exercise. During times of rapid muscle growth, the body’s demand for glycine is heightened and some studies indicate an increase in overall strength, perhaps attributed to its effect on GH levels and/or cell volumization. Glycine is a non-essential amino acid, produced in the body, that helps with the synthesis of proteins. It also has been shown, in some studies, to be key in the absorption of dietary proteins and amino acids.

Cissus Quadrangularis: A plant that has been used as an herbal remedy in India for hundreds of years to help support tendon, bone and muscle health while providing tremendous anti-oxidant benefits. More recently, clinical studies on CQ have supported the claims of decreased body fat, total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and fasting blood glucose levels.

4-Hydroxyisoleucine: An amino acid extract from the herb Fenugreek which has been clinically studied to show a direct correlation to regulating blood sugar through insulin regulation. When insulin is increased it boosts the bodies ability to absorb nutrients such as Kre-Alkalyn® to a level that was only thought possible with high amounts of carbohydrates, in turn consuming excess, unnecessary calories.

Ingredient Breakdown: KARBOLYN

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This week, we’re going in-depth on KARBOLYN X-R3, NUTRISHOP’s newest high-performance supplement. What better place to start than its primary ingredient blend, Karbolyn?

Carbohydrate, recovery, preworkout, postworkout, muscle gain, strength, mass, athletic performance, muscle recoveryKarbolyn: A patent pending, bio-engineered, high-performance carbohydrate unlike any other carbohydrate sources because it is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream like a simple sugar but without the typical spike or crash caused when your muscles run out of fuel. In fact, Karbolyn, a “homopolysaccharide” (relatively complex carbohydrate), is suggested to be absorbed 18.21 percent faster than pure Dextrose (a simple carbohydrate). Yet it still promotes the sustained energy of complex carbohydrates. Karbolyn is 100 percent Sugar and Gluten-Free, mixes instantly with NO clumping or gelling and is designed with a “Sustained-Release” Mechanism for over 2 hours of stimulant-free energy support! Unlike most unprocessed starches available in supplements today which are not optimized for rapid glycogen loading and nutrient absorption, Karbolyn uses a proprietary, multi-stage, enzymatic milling process to reach optimal molecular size. This yields a bio-engineered carbohydrate for rapid gastric emptying so it’s easier to digest and rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream.

You might hear others making claims that sound like Karbolyn. But remember this fact: There is only ONE Karbolyn — and we’ve got it! So forget about dextrose, waxy maize starch, spaghetti or any other carbohydrate source you might use to try and promote your performance, endurance and recovery. From bodybuilders and strength athletes to cyclists, runners and CrossFit competitors, rarely has one product been so useful for so many!

Why is KARBOLYN a superior carbohydrate blend? Let’s compare it to others (Source):

Karbolyn
Food (Pasta, Etc)
Other Carb Loaders
Sugar Free
Quick Absorption
All Natural
Mixes Instantly
Pharmaceutical Grade
Neutral Tasting
Sustained Energy Levels
Quickly
Caffeine Free
May Contain Sugar
Slow Absorption
May Contain Additives
Have To Prepare
Food Quality
Distinct Flavor
Sustains Energy Levels
Slowly
Caffeine Free
May Contain Sugar
Slow Absorption
Usually Contains Additives
Does Not Mix Instant
Food Quality Or Lower
Distinct Flavor
Usually Does Not Sustain
Energy Levels
Usually Contains Caffeine

One source suggests studies on homopolysaccharides, like KARBOLYN, have shown amazing results:

Many studies have been conducted to evaluate the properties of different homopolysaccharides. As per these studies, these polysaccharide types can be used as an additive in the food. Their ability to provide quick energy to the body has been in the limelight for many years now.

A few studies have also suggested that homopolysaccharides are a perfect ingredient in supplements taken by bodybuilders and wrestlers. According to certain reports from these studies, homopolysaccharides are substances that are very quickly absorbed in the body and it provides more energy compared to their counterparts.

Some studies made on various homopolysaccharides suggest that these energy supplements can be used in weight-loss programs. In addition to providing sufficient body energy quickly, polysaccharides are also known to provide the feeling of fullness and control appetite. As a result, the craving for food reduces in an individual who consumes homopolysaccharide supplements.

ForzaOne KARBOLYN X-R3

Carbohydrate, recovery, preworkout, postworkout, muscle gain, strength, mass, athletic performance, muscle recovery
BIO-ENGINEERED PRE, INTERIM & POST WORKOUT GLYCOGEN & ATP AMPLIFIER.†

FORZAONE™ has developed the new gold standard in pre, interim, and post workout carbohydrate and amino acid technology. Utilizing patent-pending, sustained-release, bio-engineered carbohydrate technology (Karbolyn®) coupled with double patented bio-engineered amino acid and 100% stable Creatine technology (AminoZorb® and Kre-Alkalyn®), KARBOLYN X-R3™ is primed to hyper-load muscle fibers and set the supplement world ablaze! A full dose of double patent-pending X-R3 Enhancement™ is designed to take your lean muscle gains to new heights by creating the proper anabolic environment for explosive power, strength, performance and muscle endurance as well as accelerating post-workout muscle recovery when used in conjunction with proper nutrition and a regular exercise program.†

 

Carbohydrate, recovery, preworkout, postworkout, muscle gain, strength, mass, athletic performance, muscle recovery

Revolutionary carbohydrate, energy, recovery and preworkout formula.

Karbolyn®: A worldwide, patent pending, bio-engineered, high-performance carbohydrate unlike any other carbohydrate sources because it is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream like a simple sugar but without the typical spike or crash caused when your muscles run out of fuel. In fact, Karbolyn®, a “homopolysaccharide” (relatively complex carbohydrate), is suggested to be absorbed 18.21% faster than pure Dextrose (a simple carbohydrate). Yet it still promotes the sustained energy of complex carbohydrates. Karbolyn® is 100% Sugar and Gluten-Free, mixes instantly with NO clumping or gelling and is designed with a “Sustained-Release” Mechanism for over 2 hours of stimulant-free energy support! Unlike most unprocessed starches available in supplements today which are not optimized for rapid glycogen loading and nutrient absorption, Karbolyn® uses a proprietary, multi-stage, enzymatic milling process to reach optimal molecular size. This yields a bio-engineered carbohydrate for rapid gastric emptying so it’s easier to digest and rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream.† You might hear others making claims that sound like Karbolyn®. But remember this fact: There is only ONE Karbolyn®… and we’ve got it! So forget about dextrose, waxy maize starch, spaghetti or any other carbohydrate source you might use to try and promote your performance, endurance and recovery. From bodybuilders and strength athletes… to cyclists, runners and CrossFit competitors, rarely has one product been so useful for so many!†

Kre-Alkalyn®: A patented buffered creatine formula that allows it to reach muscle cells in its maximum strength and purity. This patented pH-buffered formula is stable throughout the GI tract, which may prevent its breakdown into the by-product creatinine, in turn allowing the creatine to enter the muscle tissue fully potent. In a double blind clinical study with skilled, experienced weight lifters comparing Kre-Alkalyn® to standard creatine monohydrate, after only 60 days the Kre-Alkalyn® group experienced an overall average strength increase of 28.25% above those in the creatine monohydrate group.†

Amino-Zorb®: A scientifically engineered form of BCAAs that holds up in the harsh acidic environment of the stomach and are delivered to the blood stream intact. The patent pending process utilizes an enzymatic fermentation process which allows for a very clean material that is highly bioavailable.†

L-Glycine: Athletes have found glycine to aid in the slowing of muscle breakdown and lactic acid build-up as well as promote healing after intense exercise. During times of rapid muscle growth, the body’s demand for glycine is heightened and some studies indicate an increase in overall strength, perhaps attributed to its effect on GH levels and/or cell volumization.†

Cissus Quadrangularis: A plant that has been used as an herbal remedy in India for hundreds of years to help support tendon, bone and muscle health while providing tremendous anti-oxidant benefits. More recently, clinical studies on CQ have supported the claims of decreased body fat, total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and fasting blood glucose levels.†

4-Hydroxyisoleucine: An amino acid extract from the herb Fenugreek which has been clinically studied to show a direct correlation to regulating blood sugar through insulin regulation. When insulin is increased it boosts the bodies ability to absorb nutrients such as Kre-Alkalyn® to a level that was only thought possible with high amounts of carbohydrates, in turn consuming excess, unnecessary calories.†

Now that we’ve laid out the “nuts and bolts”, ask yourself, “Am I tired of hitting the wall while training or while engaged in my favorite sport when it matters most… at CRUNCH TIME?” Have your lean muscle gains hit a plateau? When your body runs out of fuel too soon, you are literally forcing it into survival mode, absolutely killing your performance and results when it is vital! KARBOLYN X-R3™ is here to take you from “surviving” to “thriving”!†