- Coffee drinkers try replacing your cream and sugar with a scoop of vanilla Pro Complete 40 protein powder. You will get a creamy French vanilla taste without the guilt.
- 8 oz. cold water
(1) scoop chocolate Pro Complete 40
(1) scoop banana Pro Complete 40
This combination will taste like a banana split
- 8 oz. cold water
(1) scoop strawberry Pro Complete 40
(1) scoop chocolate Pro Complete 40
This combination will taste like melted Neapolitan ice cream
- Try mixing (1) scoop of your favorite Pro Complete 40 protein powder with non flavored instant oat meal. It gives an added edge to breakfast classic.
- Sick of protein bars? Try an Ostrim protein snack, it has a perfect blend of ostrich meat and beef. This high protein low carb treat is a good alternative to a protein bar.
- Blend 9 oz. cold water
(2) scoops mango Whole Gains
Blend to desired thickness
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L-Arginine AKG is actually two ingredients, L-arginine and alpha ketogluterate (AKG). About eight years ago, it was discovered that the absorbability of free form amino acids, like L-arginine are increased when bonded with AKG. The preferred ratio is two parts L-arginine and one part AKG (2:1).
Over time, new tests showed a one to one (1:1) ratio was good on absorbability, but total L-arginine was reduced to nearly insignificant amounts. Before long, 1:1 became the standard. That means if you see L-Arginine AKG….2000mg, there is only 1g of L-arginine.
The 2:1 is now considered a “premium” ingredient yielding 33% more L-arginine with the highest absorbability.
The same is true with many other bonded free form amino acids like L-citrulline malate. A 2:1 ration of Citrulline to malate is premium.
Research from McGill University in Canada found that olive oil increased resting metabolic rate as well as the energy cost of digesting a meal and post meal energy consumption. Long term consumption of olive oil may decrease blood vessel inflammation, promote blood vessel health, and prevent blood platelets from clumping together. Olive oil can also lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels.
One of our favorite products is Olio which contains olive oil, fish oil, flax oil and CLA. Olio is great for weight management as well as general health.
With the popularity of detox products we have decided to take a closer look at some of the ingredients in these products to get a better understanding of how they work. Below is a list of some of the more popular ingredients but by no means an exhaustive list.
Milk thistle: contains the active compound silymarin that exhibits potent anti toxin and anti-inflammatory properties and may help promote the growth of healthy liver cells.
Burdock root: provides strong anti toxin properties and stimulates bile flow to assist with healthy liver detoxification, while cleansing the kidneys and blood.
Yellow dock root: detoxifies the liver, kidneys and blood, and purifies the lymph glands.
Peony: a blood purifier.
Echinacea: cleanses the blood and boosts immune function.
Turmeric: contains the active compound curcumin, which stimulates bile flow and protects the liver from damage by toxic compounds.
Triphala: this Ayurvedic blend of three antioxidant-rich fruits restores balance and nerve integrity in the intestines.
Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis): helps to eliminate putrefied wastes from the bowel and has a gentle and emollient action on the lining of the bowel and intestines.
Other herbs of note in detox products include bupleurum, dandelion, mullein leaf, red clover, ashwagandha, larch gum, chlorella, corn silk and artichoke leaf.
Herbs are not the only popular inclusions. Some cleanses uses hemp and charcoal while some include, N-Acetyl Cysteine and L-methionine for the liver. Fiber is also a recurring ingredient. Detox products contains fiber from whole food sources, designed to promote healthy digestion, bowel regularity, normal appetite and weight control. Psyllium is a popular addition, it is best known for its bulk fiber content and assists in assuring proper peristalsis, the movement of waste products out of the intestines. One of the side effects of being constipated is the loss of good viable bacteria in the gut, for this reason probiotics are often added to detox products.
The new and exciting science of pre-workout supplementation just got even more interesting. The new O2 Positive is the first supplement to use real dosing to achieve a total body pump that is sustained and recycled for several hours with each dose.
1. L-Arginine – by now we all know that L-Arginine is the primary pre-cursor to the blood pumping power of Nitric Oxide (NO). O2 Positive uses up to 2,5000mg of L-Arginine AKG (2:1) per serving.
Result: Strength, endurance and full body pump.
2. eNOS – is the enzyme that converts L-Arginine to Nitric Oxide. NO is a blood gas creating muscle pumps. This is a fragile process. Supporting “NO facilitators” are required to maintain maximum Nitric Oxide production. These facilitators are: Vitamin C, Vitamin B-6, B-12 and Folic Acid – - All of which are present in sufficient amounts in O2 Positive.
Result: Maximum conversion of Arginine to NO.
3. L-Citrulline – has a dual role in our body. It is a versatile supplement rarely used in dietary supplements due to its high cost.
Role 1: When L-arginine is converted into NO, a portion of this metabolic reaction yields Citrulline, which is then converted back into Arginine. This cycle is known as the L-Arginine/L-Citrulline Recycling Pathway. Supplemental L-Citrulline fuels the NO recycling & supports NO production for extended time periods.
Result: The result is muscle pumps that last well beyond the end of a workout.
Role 2: Most users of sports supplements consume adequate (or more than adequate) amount of protein. L-Citrulline is used as the “trash collector” for metabolic waste from protein digestion. This is important because if given the choice, naturally occurring L-Citrulline will be used for metabolic cleanup, and not used for NO sustainability. Thus, NO muscle pumps will last until about the end of a workout….if that long.
Result: O2 Positive uses a very hefty 3,000mg of L-Citrulline Malate (2:1) per serving to ensure Nitric Oxide sustainability and metabolic clean-up duties.
4. ATP – is the end result of creatine metabolism used to support muscle contraction. What is less known is that ATP is used to recycle L-Citrulline back into more l-Arginine. This is a costly process because the body will exchange energy units (ATP) to create NO. Your body is forced to sacrifice muscular energy for NO.
That is unless you are using O2 Positive. 2,000mg of Mg2+ -Creatine Chelate (U.S. Patent # 6,114,379) is a uniquely absorbed form of creatine designed to not impede the L-Arginine/ L-Citrulline Recycling Pathway.
Result: No sacrifice for strength is made to produce more NO. Have your cake and eat it too (strength. pumps and vascularity)!
O2 Positive’s other accommodating compounds:
Glyco-Positive Instafuse Delivery can shuttle these powerful amino’s into the blood stream as fast and efficiently as possible.
Focal Positive maintains mental focus and intensity to match the unending power and pump the body is craving.
Filter Positive helps eradicate free radicals produced by Nitric Oxide blood gas.
Casein protein is the other milk protein. When people typically think of milk protein or even protein for that matter they typically think of whey. Whey protein is the fast absorbing component of milk protein while casein is digested much slower. Casein protein has become extremely popular in the last several years and is typically marketed in meal replacement products or as a protein which can be taken before bed. The slow digestibility of casein makes it ideal for these purposes. In a meal replacement it will keep an individual satisfied for a longer duration as it will take longer to digest. As a night time protein it will digest slowly maintaining a steady flow of amino acids to the muscle during sleep.
For most purposes we recommend taking a product that includes both whey and casein. Whey protein has stronger anabolic properties (tissue building) while casein tends to be more anti catabolic (prevent muscle breakdown). Unless you plan on having multiple containers of different types of protein it is generally more effective and less costly to purchase a blended protein which contains both whey and casein.
To get bigger muscles, you need bigger muscle cells, and that means increasing muscle-cell “volume.” That’s why cell-volumizing supplements are so popular these days among athletes.
Muscle-cell volume is naturally sustained by creatine, muscle glycogen and water. Studies tell us that by packing more water into muscles, test subjects have been able to gain several pounds of muscle water within days, which sound like only a short-term benefit since it’s not muscle protein. But scientists believe that boosting muscle-cell volume can switch on anabolic pocesses for longer-lasting gains in muscle mass. In other words, these temporary gains can lead to long-term gains, which are the goal of every athlete.
How do you increase the volume of your muscle cells? Below are four cell-volumizing strategies that will help you make some of the fastest possible gains in lean body mass.
1) Creatine has the ability to enlarge and stretch muscle cell membranes; scientists suspect that if creatine is taken consistently, that it also results in improvements in the rate at which you gain muscle-protein mass itself. Apparently, the stretching effect of cell-volumizing ingredients in general leads to faster synthesis and slower destruction of muscle protein–which should produce a net anabolic effect over time.
2) Inside muscles is a fluid syrup called glycogen. Although glycogen is the storage form of carbohydrates, it is mostly water (the alternative to having dry starch or gritty sugar in your body). The fact that glycogen is only one part carbohydrate to a whopping three parts water makes it useful to bodybuilders as a major contributor to muscle size. In fact, next to water and muscle protein itself, muscle glycogen is one of the largest contributors to muscle mass in the body.
Adding to the value of glycogen in increasing cell volume is the fact that the water inside muscle cells doesn’t mix much with glycogen, as if each were stored in separate compartments. This means that the cell-volumizing effect of glycogen is additional to that of creatine, in the same way that carbs and creatine have their own effects on muscle-cell volumization (another reason for taking them together).
The best time to consume carbs is postworkout. After exercise, the sugar you eat is whisked into your muscles at a faster clip and converted to glycogen at a higher than normal rate, reducing the likelihood that those carbs will be stored in less desirable places.
3) Another supplement that can rapidly increase lean body mass is called glycerol. Unlike creatine and glycogen, glycerol does not contribute to muscle, but goes to a third lean body compartment of blood vessels called plasma. Although bodybuilders are most interested in increasing muscle mass (rather than plasma mass), glycerol increases vascularization for super freaky veins. For instance, judicious supplementation with glycerol at least 90 minutes before a contest can increase vascular appearance.
4) Water needs no introduction, of course, but its importance to athletes bears repeating. Most athletes refer to water in the pejorative, fingering it as the cause for water retention or a puffy and bloated appearance. “I’m holding water” is the usual refrain, but the reason is often misunderstood.
Too little water in your diet–not too much–will blur what ripples beneath. That’s because “holding water” is the body’s way of resisting dehydration; it just happens to store the extra reservoir under the skin, where it looks like fat. If you’re tired of camouflaged muscles, it is necessary to lose your fear of water. All other cell-volumizing nutrients need water in order to work.