Whether you’re a recreational athlete, weekend warrior or a professional competitor, understanding your body and providing it with the support it needs is the first step towards pushing yourself to new limits. Athlete Performance's health and wellbeing expert Barbara Cox tells us how the new range of amino creams can help. Ultra Endurance and Explosive Power are luxury creams providing a precise and local application of targeted amino acids in a transdermal technology application.

What is topical transdermal delivery technology?

Topical transdermal technology uses certain chemicals to allow active ingredients to be carried through the lower layers of the skin and into the blood stream. 

What are amino acids?

Our cells, muscles and tissues are made up of amino acids. Amino acids carry out many important bodily functions such as the transport and storage of nutrients.

Amino acids have an influence on the function of the organs, glands, tendons and arteries. They are also essential for healing wounds and repairing tissue, especially in the muscles, bones, skin and hair.

Your body uses twenty kinds of amino acids to perform all the necessary functions. Eleven of these are manufactured by the body itself. The remaining nine 'essential' amino acids must be derived from food sources.

The benefit of using Amino acids in a cream is that you can feel them working almost instantly as they are being delivered into the bloodstream directly through the muscles rather than having to be ingested like tablet.

Benefits of L-Arginine

L-arginine is a non-essential amino acid so your body manufactures it on its own. However, in certain circumstances like trauma or illness, your body may not be able to keep up with demand.

One of the biggest benefits of L-arginine is the role as a precursor to the production of nitric oxide (1). The function of nitric oxide is to open up the veins and the arteries making it easier for blood, and all the oxygen and nutrients it carries, to flow freely through the body. 

Athlete Performance Amino Explosive Power directly delivers L-Arginine in a topical, easy to apply cream so you can target your muscles directly, helping to give your body a sustained level of explosive power. The vasodilating effect of L-Arginine also reduces the heart’s workload which increases cardiovascular performance. During intense training and competition, waste products like lactic acid and ammoniac can build up and decrease your performance. Muscles are also naturally broken down during exercise and proteins, which are built from groups of amino acids, play the vital role of building and repairing muscles. 

Benefits of Taurine

The amino acid Taurine has been shown to increase the mechanical threshold for the skeletal muscle fibre contractions meaning that your muscle fibres can withstand greater stresses for periods of time. (2) It helps to convert glycogen into glucose which is your muscles main fuel.

Ultimately, taurine can facilitate the re-synthesis of the energy in the muscles and stimulate the body to work harder.

TheAthlete Performance Amino Ultra Endurance from Muc-Off delivers taurine in a topical application that targets areas where it counts.

Benefits of Glutamine

During strenuous training routines, supplies of intramuscular glutamine fall, the muscle cell volume declines and muscle degradation occurs which can lead to muscle pains. You may experience a slower response time and decrease in energy (3). All of these responses together can make the recovery process slower which could potentially have a detrimental impact on your next training session.

The Athlete Performance Amino Recovery Balm delivers glutamine to your muscles which increases glycogen storage and hydrates muscle cells. This increases protein synthesis and energy metabolism which in turn helps improve the body’s regeneration process. The menthol scent and cooling effect will also help you to relax after a hard effort.  

References:

(1) https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0261561402905716
(2) https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/10836146.pdf
(3) http://aminoacidstudies.org/l-glutamine/