The second addition to the MAAD Muscle "Gold Line". CHARGE!!! This 3 in 1 BCAA is NOT your average BCAA - although it packs a healthy 5 grams per scoop of the most effective branched chain amino acids ratio..2:1:1. It also contains a few other EXTREMELY beneficial ingredients, 5a-hydroxy-laxogenin, epicatechin, and black pepper fruit extract. We'll break it down for you...
2:1:1 branched chain amino acids are a must for anyone with serious fitness goals. BCAA's not only help to build muscle but can also help to spare muscle while leaning up. They increase the rate of protein synthesis (which we all want) and also decrease the rate of protein breakdown!!
You might be thinking "My whey has plenty of BCAA's!" While this is true, what you may not know is BCAA's in whey are peptide bound to other amino acids and, in order to be effective, must be liberated through digestion and then absorbed into the bloodstream! Although whey is fairly quick digesting, it still takes up to a few hours for the BCAA's to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Supplementing a free form such as CHARGE is the way to go, requiring no digestion and providing rapid absorption.
5a-hydroxy-laxogenin is a plant compound better known as a member of "brassinosteroids". Laxogenin is NOT a prohormone and does not effect your hormone levels. Instead, the benefits of laxogenin come from its ability to greatly increase protein synthesis, prevent protein breakdown, and inhibit cortisol! Excessive cortisol can make it impossible to gain muscle, not to mention strength! Other benefits include accelerated recovery, reduction in post training soreness, gains in strength, and fatigue resistance.
Epicatechin - a bioactive compound classed as a flavonol, a plant based photochemical which is found in VERY small amounts of certain foods, like dark chocolate. Epicatechin has numerous benefits; muscle growth, increasing N.O. Production and improved vascularity, regulating blood sugar levels, stimulating protein synthesis, lowering cholesterol, and improving brain and heart health. The list goes on. Epicatechin works by inhibiting myostatin. Myostatin is a type of protein which directly limits muscle growth. Epicatechin increases a special type of protein called follistatin, which binds to and thereby inhibits myostatin. Long story short, more follistatin equals less myostatin, which means more muscle mass. If that's not enough, a 2007 Harvard university study showed Epicatechin to lower the risk of diabetes, stroke, cardiovascular disease and cancer!!!
Black pepper fruit extract was added because of its ability to GREATLY improve absorption of nutrients. Therefore helping to improve the effectiveness of all the other ingredients.
Let's recap, CHARGE contains 5 grams of 2:1:1 BCAA, 100mg of 5a-hydroxy-laxogenin, 100mg of Epicatechin and 5 mg of black pepper fruit extract / per scoop!!!
Quickover view of benefits:
-Reduce soreness post training
-Increase N.O. and vascularity
Finally - you may be asking yourself, is this safe for men and women? How long can I use this? Are there side effects? This is the best part....it can be used by both men and women, it can be used for basically as long as you wish, with no side effects (other than Gains) SWEET