CRITICAL SYSTEM SUPPORT

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Review KEY INGREDIENT daily dosages for each critical system

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MUSCULAR SYSTEM
L-GLUTAMINE
Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the blood and muscle of the body comprising over 60% of the intramuscular free amino acid pool1. Depletion of intramuscular glutamine stores can cause the breakdown of skeletal muscle protein2 that can have dire effects on muscle performance and recovery. We’ve included L-Glutamine to help combat muscular breakdown caused by endurance activities.
IMMUNE SYSTEM
GINSENG
Ginseng has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years3. Like many traditional herbs, ginseng is believed to have many positive effects on the body including the ability to fight fatigue, increase metabolism and increase sexual function. Ginseng helps increase the body’s resistance to stress such as trauma and fatigue and also to balance endocrine hormones4. Ginseng helps your immune system recover from the daily stress of endurance exercise.
RESPIRATORY SYSTEM
CoQ10
Coenzyme Q10 is a multi-tasking dynamo! Aside from its strong role as an antioxidant, CoQ10 contributes to the effectiveness of cellular respiration. CoQ10 aids in the process that generates ATP energy from oxygen. ATP is the fuel source for muscle contraction5. If your muscles have more access to fuel, you can go faster and last longer!
DIGESTIVE SYSTEM
BROMELAIN
Our body’s energy comes from food. If you can’t break down your food, you won’t be able to use it effectively for getting the energy you need. Since intense endurance exercise reduces blood flow to the stomach, digestion can become suboptimal. Bromelain may help avoid intestinal distress because it belongs to a family of enzymes called proteolytic enzymes, which function primarily to digest complex nutrients .
NERVOUS SYSTEM
PHOSPHATIDYLSERINE
Our formula contains Phosphatidylserine (PS), a type of lipid (fat) found in cell membranes7. PS has been shown to counteract the release of so called “stress hormones” such as cortisol which may cause negative effects in times of heavy physical activity8. There is evidence that PS can also act as a “brain booster”9, which may help with the mental and physical requirements of sport.
SKELETAL SYSTEM
GLUCOSAMINE with MSM
The skeletal system is a combination of bones and connective tissue. As endurance athletes, we put a great deal of stress on our joints. Glucosamine is concentrated in the joint cartilage and is incorporated into longer chains called glycosaminoglycans10. Glucosamine is necessary for the maintenance, repair and overall health of joint cartilage. MSM acts primarily as a sulfur donor in the body11. Sulfur is a component in connective tissues like tendons and cartilage. MSM has been shown to provide anti-inflammatory effects to affected joint areas12. Together, glucosamine and MSM can contribute to a healthier skeletal system.
CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM
B-COMPLEX
The cardiovascular system refers to the heart, lungs and blood vessels13. The heart is a muscle that must be working optimally in all endurance sports. Like any muscle, demands on the heart increase as we work harder. B vitamins play a critical role in the conversion of carbohydrate to glucose, which the heart muscle then uses as energy14. B vitamins are not stored in the body, which means we need a constant supply of them especially when we consider the extra demands of endurance sports. When you’ve been at your threshold for several hours your cardiovascular system will thank you for the extra B vitamins!

 

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