Citrulline For BCAA Utilization

Intense exercise can limit arginine availability and contribute to amino acid catabolism (or breakdown). That's why knowledgeable strength training athletes supplement a healthy balanced diet with proteins and BCAAs. Research published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology suggests that supplementing with the amino acid citrulline can enhance your body's use of the BCAAs and arginine.

Scientists had 17 professional male cyclists consume 6 grams of citrulline-malate or a placebo 2 hours before undertaking a 137km (85 mile) race. Citrulline supplementation elevated blood levels of arginine and enhanced N.O. signaling. Production of natural growth hormones was also higher in this group of cyclists, and their body's use of amino acids especially the BCAAs was increased during exercise.

True Strength Moment: Citrulline is an amino acid that was first isolated from watermelon in 1930. You'll also find it in protein powders, some amino acid supplements and ON's new Essential Amino Energy which provides active individuals with an anytime boost of free-form amino acids and natural energizers from green tea and green coffee extracts.
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