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Athletix Ergonine Review

Athletix Ergonine

Ergonine is Athletix all-in-one pre-workout/recovery supplement. Athletix has elected to use a mostly transparent Supplement Facts panel, making it easy to see that the ingredients are, for the most part, dosed to clinical standards…

 

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Ergonine is Athletix’s all-in-one pre-workout/recovery supplement. Athletix has elected to use a mostly transparent Supplement Facts panel, making it easy to see that the ingredients are, for the most part, dosed to clinical standards…

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CREATINE ANHYDROUS:

Creatine is the most extensively studied ergogenic aid currently available, and by far one of the most effective at increasing both strength and muscle mass. Its primary mechanism of action is its ability to rapidly produce Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) to support cellular energy, thereby directly increasing strength and power output.

Additionally, during high intensity exercise, Creatine is used for energy which tends to spare the glycogen that would normally be used. Since lactic acid is a by-product created when glucose is burned for energy, Creatine may also indirectly reduce lactic acid build-up which poses a secondary mechanism by which Creatine can potentially enhance performance.

Creatine Anhydrous is simply Creatine Monohydrate with the water molecule removed. This removal of the water molecule makes Creatine Anhydrous 100% Creatine by weight, as opposed to Creatine Monohydrate which is 88% Creatine.

This means that the 3g of Creatine Anhydrous present in one serving of Ergonine is equivalent to a slightly higher dose of Creatine Monohydrate.

BETAINE ANHYDROUS:

Betaine (also known as Trimethylglycine) is the amino acid Glycine with the addition of three methyl groups attached. Betaine is alleged to increase power output and strength by increasing cellular swelling, a phenomenon well established with Creatine supplementation, which can drastically reduce the damaging effect of outside stimuli (such as exercise) on the working muscle. So far, Betaine has been investigated in several human studies, and has had some pretty encouraging results in most.

Feel free to read this article on Betaine, as it covers all the studies regarding performance enhancement.

Ergonine features a true clinical (2500mg) dose of Betaine per serving.

ALANINE & GLUTAMINE:

L-Alanyl L-Glutamine, as the name implies, is a dipeptide made up of Alanine and Glutamine. The idea behind L-Alanyl L-Glutamine is based on the notion that dipeptides are able to share the same transport into the cell, and can therefore be absorbed into the cell more effectively than two separate amino acids, which would require two separate transports.

A 2012 study showed better absorption of Glutamine (determined by plasma glutamine levels) when subjects ingested L-Alanyl L-Glutamine, than when they just ingested L-Glutamine alone.

A 2010 study, published in “The Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition”, found that L-Alanyl-L-Glutamine (as Sustamine) preserved hydration status in exercising male subjects which ultimately enhanced endurance.

Interestingly, a 2009 study from “Nutrition” found that the combination of free form Glutamine + Alanine was as effective as L-Alanyl-L-Glutamine at increasing Glutamine levels in mice, and that’s why Athletix has chosen to include Glutamine alongside L-Alanine.

Ergonine contains 2500mg of L-Alanine and L-Glutamine combined.

L-CARNITINE L-TARTRATE:

Carnitine, in various forms, has been studied extensively for a variety of implications. While results have been discouraging in the area of weight-loss, Carnitine is highly effective as a recovery agent.

Carnitine (as L-Tartrate) has been shown to significantly reduce markers of exercise-induced stress following exercise in healthy subjects and this has been replicated using 1-2g daily.

Although uncertain, the most likely mechanism of action is enhanced muscle oxygenation, as demonstrated in a 2008 study from “The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research”.

Ergonine contains a highly effective 2000mg dose of L-Carnitine L-Tartrate per serving, precisely in-line with what has been used clinically.

A-HYDROXYISOCAPROIC ACID (HICA):

A-Hydroxyisocaproic Acid (HICA) is a product of Leucine metabolism and is alleged to be an anti-catabolic agent.

A 2010 study found that athletes who consumed 1500mg of HICA per day for four weeks experienced an increase in lean body mass and a decrease in delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).

Ergonine contains the same 1500mg dose of HICA used in the above mentioned study.

CHOLINE:

Choline usually comes bearing the claim that it enhances cognition but Athletix makes it clear that the Choline Bitartrate in Ergonine is simply there to maintain adequate Choline stores, which can become depleted by rigorous exercise.

Athletix does reference a rather interesting study which found that Choline Bitartrate supplementation was able to reduce bodyweight while preserving strength in female martial arts athletes, but results like this need some replication before we can really draw conclusions there.

Ergonine contains an undisclosed amount of Choline Bitartrate.

GLYCEROL:

Glycerol has become pretty popular over last couple years as a pump-inducing ingredient in pre-workout supplements. It’s mechanism of action is simple: Glycerol draws water into cells which can directly enhance what we all know as “The Pump”. Beyond that, Glycerol has been alleged to have actual performance enhancement implications as well.

A 1996 study, published in the “International Journal of Sports Medicine”, found that Glycerol supplementation prior to exercise increased endurance in cyclists. These findings were replicated in a 1999 study from the “European Journal of Applied Physiology and Occupational Physiology” in which pre-exercise Glycerol supplementation enhanced time performance (also in cyclists).

A 2003 study, published in the “Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise”, found that, while post-exercise Glycerol supplementation prevented exercise-induced dehydration, this had no impact on performance measures (compared to placebo).

The research as a whole indicates that Glycerol can be an effective pump agent (due to water retention), but may only noticeably enhance performance (endurance not strength) during long-duration exercise when dehydration becomes a contributing factor to fatigue.

Ergonine contains HydroMax which is 65% Glycerol by weight.

ASAFOETIDA (ROOT) EXTRACT:

Ferula Asafoetida contains Ferulic Acid which has been shown in to enhance exercise performance quite significantly in mice. We’re still waiting on the human research though.

A 2009 study, published in “Phytotherapy Research”, found that Ferula Asafoetida extract exhibited Acetylcholinesterase inhibiting properties. These results were replicated in mice in a later (2012) study from the “Indian Journal of Pharamcology”.

THE BOTTOM LINE:

Ergonine is a well-formulated combination of some of the most extensively researched (and reliable) performance and recovery enhancing ingredients. Everything is effectively dosed, in-line with the current literature. Those looking for an effective non-stimulant pre-workout/post-workout combination should look no further than Ergonine.

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