Neogenix Bodyforge

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Neogenix BodyForge is a nitric oxide stimulating, athletic performance enhancing ergogenic aid that is designed to help individuals prolong and improve their workouts. This is accomplished through a plethora of well-studied ingredients. We’re going to examine the main components of BodyForge and see if this highly touted, stimulant-free pre-workout lives up to its hype.

Citrulline Malate

The inclusion of Citrulline Malate is for two reasons. First, it keeps up your endurance during workouts. This ingredient has been studied multiple times and shows results that are applicable to the real world (i.e., not mice or test tube experiments). A couple of studies have shown how Citrulline Malate also aids strength and recovery post-workout. The study used 8 grams of Citrulline Malate and showed significant increases in strength and recovery.

Eight grams of CM [cittrulline malate] was used in 1 of the 2 training sessions, and a placebo was used in the other. The subjects’ resistance was tested using the repetitions to fatigue test, at 80% of their predetermined 1 repetition maximum (RM), in the 8 sets of flat barbell bench presses during the pectoral training session … A significant decrease of 40% in muscle soreness at 24 hours and 48 hours after the pectoral training session and a higher percentage response than 90% was achieved with CM supplementation … We conclude that the use of CM might be useful to increase athletic performance in high-intensity anaerobic exercises with short rest times and to relieve postexercise muscle soreness. Thus, athletes undergoing intensive preparation involving a high level of training or in competitive events might profit from CM.” [2]

Another study showed Citrulline Malate’s ability to increase endurance, this time by measuring ATP production. 18 healthy men who complained of fatigue were given 6 grams of Citrulline Malate a day. The results were fantastic:

“CM ingestion resulted in a significant reduction in the sensation of fatigue, a 34% increase in the rate of oxidative ATP production during exercise, and a 20% increase in the rate of phosphocreatine recovery after exercise, indicating a larger contribution of oxidative ATP synthesis to energy production. “ [3]

With a reduction in fatigue and increase in ATP production, Citrulline Malate is a scientifically proven ergogenic aid that is a staple in many people’s supplement stacks. We already know how much a role L-Citrulline plays in nitric oxide production, and it appears the inclusion of malate (l-citrulline bonded to malate) supports in the increase of athletic performance.

Neogenix Bodyforge has an amazing list of ingredients.

Leucine

Leucine benefits athletic endeavors through its ability to increase protein synthesis and release insulin – both of which are muscle sparing. During bouts of exercise, protein synthesis is decreased while BCAA (branched chained amino acids – which Leucine is one of) oxidation is increased, thus creating an unfriendly anabolic environment.

During exercise, muscle protein synthesis decreases together with a net increase in protein degradation and stimulation of BCAA oxidation. The decrease in protein synthesis is associated with inhibition of translation initiation factors 4E and 4G and ribosomal protein S6 under regulatory controls of intracellular insulin signaling and leucine concentrations. BCAA oxidation increases through activation of the branched-chain alpha-keto acid dehydrogenase (BCKDH).” [4]

The addition of Leucine helps make BodyForge a product that supports anabolism, which clearly benefits athletic functioning.

Creatinol-O-Phosphate

Creatinol-O-Phosphate is making its way into many supplements for its intracellular buffering ability. This in turn can mean more strength and the ability to push yourself further during exercise. Not many current studies have been conducted on COP, but current anecdotal reviews warrant further investigation. Patrick Arnold, an organic chemist who is known for his research and product development in the supplement and athletic enhancement field speaks very highly about COP and its future:

“The mechanisms behind the actions of COP on muscle have been discussed in the literature but no clear indication of exactly how it works has been found. COP definitely increases levels of ATP in the muscle, and this may be due in part because of its actions as a intracellular buffer, a phosphate donor, or a stabilizer of cell membranes. Whatever the mechanisms are, the end result is that contractility (force of contraction) of muscles is increased – especially in hypoxic / ischemic (low oxygen, low blood flow) conditions.” [5]

N-Acetyl-Cysteine

N-Acetyl-Cysteine, or simply NAC is a potent antioxidant that has been included in BodyForge. As a free radical scavenger, NAC may help in reducing fatigue. This supplement is extremely well studied and is included in many PCT (post cycle therapy) products for its ability to get the body back to optimum health and recovery after steroid cycles.

“N-acetyl-cysteine is an effective scavenger of free radicals as well as a major contributor to maintenance of the cellular glutathione status in muscle cells. Studies have demonstrated some possible roles for NAC to minimize fatigue or extend the time it takes for it to accumulate as well as prevent the onset of apoptosis secondary to exhaustive exercise.” [6]

Creatine

Creatine’s ability to impact athletic performance has already been well studied and cited countless times. BodyForge utilizes Creatine AKG and TriCreatine Citrate. Both of these forms of creatine can significantly aid in your quest for athletic dominance. A nice, easy to follow creatine study that reviewed over 300 creatine-based studies showed the following:

“Of the approximately 300 studies that have evaluated the potential ergogenic value of creatine supplementation, about 70% of these studies report statistically significant results while remaining studies generally report non-significant gains in performance. No study reports a statistically significant ergolytic effect. For example, short-term creatine supplementation has been reported to improve maximal power/strength (5-15%), work performed during sets of maximal effort muscle contractions (5-15%), single-effort sprint performance (1-5%), and work performed during repetitive sprint performance (5-15%). Moreover, creatine supplementation during training has been reported to promote significantly greater gains in strength, fat free mass, and performance primarily of high intensity exercise tasks.” [7]

Creatine is by far one of the most studied supplements. It shows effectiveness and has withstood the test of time.

References:

  1. Citrulline malate enhances athletic anaerobic performance and relieves muscle soreness. Pérez-Guisado J, Jakeman PM.
  2. Citrulline/malate promotes aerobic energy production in human exercising muscle. Bendahan D, Mattei JP, Ghattas B, Confort-Gouny S, Le Guern ME, Cozzone PJ.
  3. Leucine regulates translation initiation of protein synthesis in skeletal muscle after exercise. Norton LE, Layman DK.
  4. The Weak Muscle Panacea? Patrick Arnold.
  5. The Antioxidant Role of Glutathione and N-Acetyl-Cysteine Supplements and Exercise-Induced Oxidative Stress. Chad Kerksick and Darryn Willoughby.
  6. Effects of creatine supplementation on performance and training adaptations. Kreider RB.

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