The first part of this post is to give you an idea of what exactly you can ask me. And well, that’s pretty simple: you can ask just about anything. However, I have to give this little legal disclaimer to get us started: nothing in this blog is intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or disorder. I am merely giving my opinions based on my training in Natural Health Care (Naturopathy), as well as my extensive experience as a professional athlete.
So…now that this is out of the way, here’s what you can expect from this blog.
This blog will provide ingredient information, frequently asked questions, overviews and usage instructions for all of Max Nutrition’s products-since I use them all myself, and have had a hand in their creation, along with being a Doc, well, you can be pretty sure any concerns or questions you have can be addressed right here. I’ll also answer YOUR questions submitted to the blog as comments or that you send to my Max Nutrition email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please take note: I am NOT Customer Service….so if you have questions about your order, direct them to the Big Cheeses of Max…they will be happy to help you!
SO while you guys can ask me anything, all I ask is for your patience….if I have tons of questions coming in, it may take me a day or so to get you an answer, but I promise, you’ll get one. In addition to the products nearest and dearest to my heart, I might talk about macros, protein intake, low carb diets, high fat diets, and all kinds of relevant information for athletes and regular “joes” and “janes” alike. Don’t be afraid to chime in, but if you do here are the rules…BE NICE, BE COURTEOUS, DON’T BE RUDE TO THE OTHER QUESTION-ASKERS (OR ME) AND PLEASE BE SPECIFIC WITH YOUR COMMENTS.
If you disagree with me, hey, it’s your right, but you’d better back it up with sound science and not some internet crap you searched just to show off…
So let’s get started….this inaugural blog (PS…I love big words, cause, well, I’m a doctor) is gonna cover some of the ingredients of a Max product that I love and use every single day after I workout: Max Regenerate Platinum, our awesome, delicious and super-effective BCAAs (branched chain amino acids).
What are BCAAs you may ask (those who know…hang tight, we’ll get there):
BCAAs comprise the three essential amino acids L-leucine, L-isoleucine and L-valine. These are found in proteins of all life forms: plant and animal. Dietary sources of the branched-chain amino acids are principally derived from animal and vegetable proteins-think beef, chicken, fish, spinach, kale and sweet potatoes, for example. These foods (and many others) are used by bodybuilders and athletes to produce an anabolic (growth of the muscles) response from exercise.
In addition to the “Big Three” Max uses other amino acids to make its product even better and more effective.
So the next question you may have is, what amino acids does Max use and why. Here’s the breakdown:
L Leucine Malate
L-Leucine is a dietary amino acid with the capacity to directly stimulate muscle protein synthesis. As a dietary supplement, leucine has been found to slow the degradation of muscle tissue by increasing the synthesis of muscle proteins. Leucine works with the amino acids isoleucine and valine to repair muscles, regulate blood sugar, and provide the body with energy. It also increases production of growth hormones, and helps burn visceral fat, which is located in the deepest layers of the body and the least responsive to dieting and exercise. Bonding the Leucine to Malate increases the amino acid’s bioavailability (its ability to be used by the body).
L-Isoleucine is an amino acid that is best known for its ability to increase endurance and help heal and repair muscle tissue and encourage clotting at the site of injury. This amino acid is especially important to serious athletes and body builders because its primary function in the body is to boost energy and help the body recover from strenuous physical activity.
L Valine Malate
Valine is a branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) that works with the other two BCAAs, isoleucine and leucine, to promote normal growth, repair tissues, regulate blood sugar, and provide the body with energy. Valine helps stimulate the central nervous system, and is needed for proper mental functioning.
Valine helps prevent the breakdown of muscle by supplying the muscles with extra glucose for energy production during intense physical activity. Valine also helps remove potentially toxic excess nitrogen from the liver, and is able to transport nitrogen to other tissues in the body as needed. Bonding the Valine to Malate increases the amino acid’s bioavailability (its ability to be used by the body).
L Alanine, or L-alanine, is an amino acid that helps the body convert the simple sugar glucose into energy and eliminate excess toxins from the liver. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, and are key to building strong, healthy muscles—alanine has been shown to help protect cells from being damaged during intense aerobic activity, when the body cannibalizes muscle protein to help produce energy.
Alanine is crucial for preserving balanced levels of nitrogen and glucose in the body and plays a key role in maintaining glucose levels and thus energy supplies in the body.
Taurine is a sulfur-containing amino acid that is manufactured in the body from the aminos methionine and cysteine. It helps regulate the nervous system and the muscles, and plays an important part in keeping the brain and heart healthy.
Taurine helps move potassium, magnesium, and sodium, three nutrients that are key to brain and heart function, into the cell membranes. Taurine is known to provide support for neurotransmitters and to have a protective effect on the brain. Some studies have shown that taking L-taurine supplements can help strengthen the heart muscles, and thus regulate blood pressure and prevent heart failure and arrhythmias. Taurine plays an important role in muscle maintenance.
Glutamine is an amino acid that helps build and maintain the muscles of the body. It also helps remove toxic ammonia from the liver and helps maintain a healthy central nervous system.
Glutamine easily passes through the blood-brain barrier, a protective barrier formed by the red blood cells and the glia of the brain that protects the brain from any toxins, bacteria, and viruses, etc., that are circulating through the bloodstream. Inside the brain glutamine may be converted into glutamic acid, another amino acid that helps sustain proper brain function; it also increases levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), an amino acid that acts as a neurotransmitter in the body. Glutamine is the most abundant single amino acid in both blood and muscle tissue; up to 60 percent of the amino acid content in skeletal muscle tissue is glutamine. This amino acid helps to build and maintain muscle.
NEXT BLOG…THE REST OF THE INGREDIENTS AND THE BEST WAYS TO USE MAX REGENERATE PLATINUM…