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 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”!†