What is Arginine AKG?
Arginine AKG is not arginine, per say. It’s the salt of the amino acid arginine combined with alpha-ketoglutaric acid (AKG). Arginine has an increased intestinal uptake when paired with a salt such as alpha-ketoglutarate.
In this form, it is purportedly more bioavailable and maintains arginine blood levels for a longer period of time than when taking L-arginine alone.
But before we jump into that, let’s get to know arginine a little better so we can understand why, when paired with arginine AKG, it can be more effective.
What Arginine Does
- Arginine increases the growth hormone (HGH).
- Arginine promotes healthy blood pressure levels.
- An increase in insulin secretion has been noted with arginine supplementation.
- An increase in insulin sensitivity has been noted in persons with impaired glucose tolerance.
- Promotes a healthy cardiovascular system.
But it is most well-known for increasing nitric oxide activity in your body. You know what we’re talkin’ about–the PUMP. HASHTAG PUMP!
L-arginine is a vasodilator. It opens up blood vessels and improves blood flow. The reason for this is that arginine is a precursor for nitric oxide (NO) synthesis—it is biosynthesized in the body from arginine, oxygen, and a phosphate called NADPH—which requires folic acid to work properly.
When consumed, arginine coverts to nitric oxide (NO). NO relaxes the walls of blood vessels, makes arteries more elastic and improves circulation. The boost in circulation is what is often referred to as that “PUMP.”
The increased blood flow equates to expedited nutrient delivery to the body. However, like many amino acids, arginine works even better with a partner. In this case—TWO partners. Read on, curious friend, if you can stuff more info in that big beautiful brain of yours.
Arginine and its Relationship to Citrulline
Arginine is absorbed in the intestines. During the NO production process, citrulline is a byproduct of this cycle, and the body simply recycles L-citrulline back into L-arginine.
Citrulline is another amino acid. It actually converts into arginine in the kidneys after digestion. Citrulline increases the plasma levels of arginine more effectively than arginine alone by extending its blood plasma levels longer.
So, you may ask why add both citrulline and arginine if they essentially convert back into each other in this endless cycle? That’s amino synergy comes into play and what MaxQ Nutrition researched extensively for its formulations.
Studies supported the theory that when our vessel cells are provided with more of the aminos and/or nutrients that produce NO, it has more resources to work with, and thusly will produce more NO.
Here’s why: Arginine supplementation increases plasma levels while citrulline extends the life of those plasma levels.
What this translates to is that citrulline improves the nitric oxide metabolism. Therefore, taking arginine directly spikes arginine in plasma while citrulline increases the plasma levels for a longer period of time. So, it stands to reason that they are codependent. They are better together than apart. It’s like an NO system for NO.
So, we’ve got arginine and citrulline working splendidly together– why arginine AKG?
L-Arginine v. Arginine AKG
Arginine has a bioavailability of around 59-77% in humans. Arginine has an increased intestinal uptake when paired with an anionic salt such as alpha-ketoglutarate. Therefore, adding AKG boosts arginine in the system. So, in order to maximum available arginine, we chose dosing for AAKG at moderate levels and added the recommended maximum per dose of Arginine.
Now, with our pre-workout, we you have L-citrulline, arginine and the increased uptake of arginine working to get the vasodilation in order as well as extend the benefits offered by arginine. But that’s not the only reason.
Alpha-ketoglutarate (AKG) is essential for ehnaced metabolism of certain amino acids. Therefore, adding it to the mix boosts amino acid metabolism of the overall supplement. Whaat? Yep—and we’ve come full circle to our synergistic approach to the pairing of the nutrients in our formulas. Each ingredient is designed to work with other ingredients to maximize the utility and benefits of those aminos, minerals and nutrients.
So, combine your arginine, arginine AKG and citrulline and you’re increasing levels of plasma arginine, blood flow, circulation and pump while maintaining levels longer.
It’s really important to get aminos and nutrients that work together. Some can reduce the benefits of others while others boost the benefits. Knowing which ones work well with each other is key to having an all in one supplement—a one stop shop. Why supplement your supplement if you can put one bottle in your cart and checkout?