We examine the critical active ingredients in various sports supplements. We award high marks to those with existing supportive data, real-world results and innovation in formulation. Here we put Raging Beast under the microscope.
BY JIM STOPPANI
ARGININE MATRIX is a combination of the L-arginine, arginine alphaketoglutarate, and arginine ethyl ester. Arginine is an amino acid that is the most critical element to boosting nitric oxide (NO) levels. That’s because in the body, nitric oxide is produced directly from arginine. Taking a nitric oxide booster, such as arginine before workouts has been shown to boost blood flow to the working muscles and increase muscle endurance and strength. It also increases the muscle pump, which can lead to long-term
growth. Another benefit of taking arginine before workouts is its ability to increase growth hormone levels. It does this by inhibiting the hormone somatostatin that normally inhibits growth hormone production. With less somatostatin there is more growth hormone produced, which can help with muscle growth and fat burning during workouts. RAGING BEAST uses a combination of different forms of arginine to help increase the amount of arginine absorbed and utilised by the body.
CITRULLINE MALATE is an effective nitric oxide (NO) booster and a powerful energy promoter. That’s because this supplement consists of the amino acid citrulline and malic acid (malate). Clinical studies suggest that citrulline is a more effective nitric oxide booster than even arginine. This is counterintuitive to many since arginine is the direct precursor to nitric oxide in the body. However, arginine is broken down in the body by the enzyme arginase in the intestines and liver. Citrulline, on the other hand, does not get broken down by arginase and goes directly to the bloodstream where it is converted into arginine and then nitric oxide. Citrulline also helps to remove ammonia from the body. Since ammonia can induce muscle fatigue, keeping its levels low helps to stave off fatigue during intense workouts. The malic acid further aids fatigue reduction and energy production. This energy metabolite helps the body to convert the lactic acid that’s produced during workouts into usable energy. Clinical studies confirm just how effective citrulline malate is. Patients supplementing with it report less fatigue, but actually show higher energy production and faster recovery rates between bouts of exercise.
REASON: Impressive research in humans supports the ability of citrulline malate to increase NO levels, boost energy production and delay fatigue
CREATINE MATRIX is a combination of creatine monohydrate and creatine ethyl ester. Creatine is one of the most popular and effective sports supplements sold today. It has been shown in countless clinical studies to significantly increase muscle growth, strength gains, muscle endurance, muscle power, and even provide numerous health benefits. Creatine monohydrate is the tried and true form of creatine from which the majority of the research on creatine has been done. This form is proven in hundreds of studies to work well to increase muscle size and strength. Creatine ethyl ester is creatine with an ester group attached, which is supposed to enhance creatine’s ability to pass across cell membranes to make it easier to be absorbed by the intestines. Taking a product that has a variety of forms of creatine, such as RAGING BEAST, may help your body better absorb and utilise the creatine for better results.
REASON: Creatine has hundreds of studies and decades of anecdotal proof supporting its effectiveness. Taking it in different forms may optimise its results
ABETA-ALANINE is one of the most critical amino acids to take before workouts because it has been shown in numerous research studies to boost muscle strength and power, as well as muscle endurance; and the research continues to mount in support of its effectiveness. Beta-alanine works in the body by joining with the amino acid histidine to form the dipeptide known as carnosine. It’s carnosine that actually provides all the benefits of supplementing with beta-alanine. During exercise, carnosine prevents the inside of the muscle fibres from becoming too acidic. High acidity in muscle fibres causes weaker muscle contractions and fatigue. By preventing this, high carnosine levels in muscle allow you to train with more strength, intensity, and endurance. Research confirms that this not only improves muscle strength, but also enhances muscle growth and even fat loss.
REASON: Beta-alanine has more than enough research to suggest that it is an essential supplement to take before workouts for anyone interested in improving their muscle strength, muscle endurance, muscle size, and body composition
TRIMETHYLGLYCINE (TMG) is a modified amino acid that is also known as betaine. It is simply the amino acid glycine with three methyl groups attached to it. These methyl groups provide numerous benefits in the body, such as enhancing liver health, promoting joint recovery, aiding cardiovascular health, boosting mood, as well as increasing muscle size and strength. In fact, research shows that subjects supplementing with betaine experience a 25% increase in muscle strength and power. Although it is still unclear how betaine works to aid performance, one theory is that this is due to its ability to increase the body’s own production of creatine. However research also shows that it increases growth hormone and IGF-I levels, while simultaneously lowering cortisol levels during workouts.
REASON: Recent research studies and anecdotal reports confirm betaine’s effectiveness for increasing muscle strength and power, making its popularity as a bodybuilding supplement soar
COENZYME Q10 (CoQ10) is also known as ubiquinone because of its ubiquitous (widespread) distribution throughout the body. CoQ10 works as a coenzyme that assists reactions that produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the major energy currency of all cells in the body. Research shows that supplementing with CoQ10 blunts fatigue during exercise and results in quicker recovery between bouts of exercise. In addition to aiding endurance, CoQ10 may also aid muscle growth and strength. One study reported that subjects taking CoQ10 increased their amount of fast-twitch muscle fibres, which are the ones that grow the biggest, fastest and strongest. Another study showed that taking CoQ10 before workouts protected muscle cells from oxidative damage, which protected their integrity and could enhance muscle recovery following intense workouts. The most recent study reported that high calibre athletes taking CoQ10 were able to increase leg muscle power better than those taking a placebo.
REASON: CoQ10 is an important nutrient to take due to the fact that it is critical for energy production, not to mention its ability to boost heart health and reduce the risk of cancers. Research also suggests that it can boost muscle endurance, muscle strength and even muscle hypertrophy. M&F