What is Arginine Alpha Ketoglutarate (AAKG)?
AAKG is made up of two arginine molecules bonded to an alpha-ketoglutarate salt. Arginine has increased bioavailability and uptake when paired with a salt such as alpha-ketoglutarate. As as semi-essential amino acid the body can produce its own arginine, however it requires a dietary source to fully meet demand for those of us who regularly engage in intense exercise.
What are the performance benefits of Arginine Alpha Ketoglutarate (AAKG)
Supplementation with AAKG has previously been shown to increase peak strength and power (Campbell 2006). However, the method by which it boosts performance is not currently fully understood. The most popular theory is that Arginine is a direct precursor to Nitric Oxide, a potent vasodilator which is responsible for controlling blood flow. It stands to reason that if Nitric Oxide production can be increased, oxygen and nutrient delivery should also increase to the working muscles, keeping them fuelled. It is for this reason that AAKG is such a key ingredient in pre workout formulas and so popular with the bodybuilding community. In more recent times, endurance athletes have also begun to understand the performance benefits of a potential increase in Nitric Oxide production, leading to an increase in popularity of AAKG in the endurance community. AAKG also pairs well with other supplements, for example it has been shown that supplementation with AAKG and Creatine Monohydrate in combination can help to increase muscular endurance and power output more than Creatine on its own (Little 2008).
How good is your AAKG?
As with all our ingredients you can have supreme confidence in our product quality and supply chain. Our Arginine Alpha Ketoglutarate (AAKG) is sourced directly from a leading UK supplier and is subject to our stringent quality checks before entering our production-line and ultimately arriving at your door. The official Certificate of Analysis for Arginine Alpha Ketoglutarate (AAKG) can be found at the top of this page.
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