Supplement Description

Whey Protein – supplements the body with many essential amino acids needed for good health.  Builds muscle, enhances endurance, and reduces muscle deterioration.  Used by many to repair and build muscle following a strenuous workout.

CLA (Conjugated linoleic acids) – CLAs are found predominantly in dairy products such as milk and cheese, as well as meat. They are formed by bacteria in ruminants that take linoleic acids – fatty acids from plants – and convert them into conjugated linoleic acids, or CLA.  CLA triggers a set of nuclear receptors called PPAR, with the biological purpose to sense fatty acids and fatty acid metabolites within the cell, and increase the tissues’ sensitivity to insulin.  This interaction with PPAR essentially regualtes glucose and fat metabolism.  In some studies, CLA has been shown to decrease overall body fat.

L-Carnitine –  an amino acid metabolite synthesized within the body from the amino acids lysine and methionine. Within the body, L-Carnitine’s chief function is to supply mitochondria with fatty acids for energy production (releasing energy from fat).  Studies have shown supplemental carnitine (L-Carnitine) produces a beneficial effect on training, competition, and recovery from strenuous exercise.   It has also been shown to induce a significant postexercise decrease in plasma lactate and is thought to delay the onset of fatigue and aid in muscle recovery.

L-Glutamine – the most abundant amino acid in the body. Since glutamine is converted to glucose in situations of heightened energy expenditure and provides fuel for certain cells of the immune system, it is often used for ergogenic and immune support by the physically active.  Glutamine has been linked to Protein Synthesis and prevents your muscles from being catabolized (eaten up) in order to provide Glutamine for other cells in the body.  Also known for maintaining cell volume and hydration and speeding up wound, burn healing , and recovery in general.

Omega 3 Fish Oil – Source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids.  There is evidence from multiple large-scale population (epidemiologic) studies and randomized controlled trials that intake of recommended amounts of DHA and EPA in the form of dietary fish or fish oil supplements lowers triglycerides, reduces the risk of death, heart attack, dangerous abnormal heart rhythms, and strokes in people with known cardiovascular disease, slows the buildup of atherosclerotic plaques (“hardening of the arteries”), and lowers blood pressure slightly. However, high doses may have harmful effects, such as an increased risk of bleeding. Although similar benefits are proposed for alpha-linolenic acid, scientific evidence is less compelling, and beneficial effects may be less pronounced.

Flaxseed Oil – Flax Seed Oil is a blue flowering plant that is grown on the Western Canadian Prairies for its oil rich seeds. This natural oil is highly recommended for the general well being and whole body nutrition and is considered to be nature’s richest source of omega-3 fatty acids that are required for the health of almost all body systems.  Nearly every system in the body can benefit from flax seed oil’s natural properties, including the cardiovascular system, immune system, circulatory system, reproductive system, nervous system, as well as joints.  Some studies have also shown that flaxseed oil increases metabolism, lowers Cholesterol, and helps to protect the body against high blood pressure.

Chromium Picolinate – Chromium is an essential trace mineral. Its main function is to work with the hormone, insulin, to metabolize carbohydrates, fats and proteins.  Chromium is needed for proper insulin function. If you are not getting enough chromium, your insulin cannot perform as effectively as possible. Impaired insulin activity is referred to as “insulin resistance”. If your body becomes insulin resistant, more glucose remains in your blood stream and is more likely to be stored as fat, rather than moving into your cells to be burned for energy.

Calcium – Calcium is essential in muscle contraction, oocyte activation, bones and tooth structure, blood clotting, nerve impulse transmission, regulating heartbeat, and fluid balance within cells.

Green Tea Extract – Green tea has long been used by the Chinese as medicine to treat headaches, bodyache, poor digestion, and improve well-being and life expectancy.  Green tea extract is bioflavonoid rich, and one of its main uses is fighting free radicals in your body.  Green tea extract contains high level of polyphenols (a bioflavonoid), and it’s also a rich source of EGCG (an antioxidant), that’s over 200 times more potent than vitamin E in fighting free radicals and pro-oxidants.  The EGCG in green tea extract protects against digestive and respiratory infections, blocks the actions of carcinogens which promotes cancer, is anti-bacterial, and also helps lower cholesterol levels.

GNC Ultra Water – An all-natural herbal formula enhanced with potassium and vitamin B-6.  Helps maintain and support fluid balance.

Referenced Sources:

  • bodybuildingforyou.com
  • wikipedia
  • mayo clinic
  • eSSortment
  • pdrHealth
  • chromiumpicolinate.org
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