Strength training promotes muscle growth and strength, but not without first driving the body into a catabolic state that breaks down specific muscle tissue components, such as glycogen and protein, to supply the energy required for muscular function during exercise. Naturally, the diminished protein
replenished to prevent the potential loss of lean body mass and diminished exercise performance.
The post-workout consumption of lean protein and complex carbohydrates is an important part of the replenishing process augmenting muscle growth and performance. In addition, post- workout consumption of leucine, creatine and betaine have also been shown to potently replenish the muscle cell, enhancing muscle growth and function.
This is why leucine, creatine and BetaPower™ Betaine are found in Advanced Molecular Labs’ (AML) Postworkout. The essential replenishment of muscle protein and glycogen levels from the post-workout consumption of leucine, combined with the synergistic muscle-building compounds creatine and betaine, will provide a robust biochemical milieu within the muscle cell- driving exceptional growth and strength.
The consumption of leucine is one of the more effective ways to reverse exercise-induced protein degradation in muscle. Leucine intake has been shown to directly stimulate muscle protein synthesis and inhibit muscle protein breakdown, ultimately promoting muscle growth by activating the nutrient-sensing molecule mTOR. In fact, the muscle-building effect of leucine consumption has been shown in several studies to be most potent after resistance training.*
Creatine monohydrate is one of the most well characterized muscle-building supplements on the market. Numerous studies over the years have shown the positive influence of creatine monohydrate supplementation on high-intensity exercise performance. This body of evidence indicates that creatine supplementation may increase power output during intense exercise, while also stimulating muscle hypertrophy. Creatine also drives muscle growth by triggering many different cellular mechanisms, including the stimulation of muscle cell formation and increased muscle protein synthesis.*
The muscle-depleting molecule myostatin vigorously thwarts muscle growth by blocking several key anabolic processes, resulting in notable gains in muscle growth.*
Betaine, also known as trimethylglycine, is a natural osmolyte found in the cell that protects the cell against dehydration by increasing cellular water retention through osmosis. The ability of betaine to maintain hydration reduces the negative impact that dehydration can have on exercise performance, such as increased heart rate, increased rate of glycogen degradation and increased lactate levels. Betaine also enhances muscle hypertrophy by causing the muscle fiber to swell. In fact, research has shown that muscle cell swelling stimulates protein synthesis and decreases protein breakdown, resulting in muscle growth.*
The ability of betaine to increase creatine production and muscle cell uptake is likely the primary reason why betaine has been shown to significantly increase anaerobic power in key lifts like the bench press and squat.*
Numerous studies have shown higher potassium citrate intake reduces the risk of stroke and many other cardiovascular diseases, likely due to their capacity to increase vasodilation, which reduces blood pressure. Potassium citrate has also been shown to improve exercise performance by buffering lactic acid buildup in the muscle, further upgrading performance.*