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What is in you Pre-Workout ?

I constantly get asked “what is in my pre-workout” or “what does this really do” when discussing ingredients in a pre-workout supplement. I thought I would share what some of the ingredients in most pre-workout supplements, what they do, and eliminate the myth that pre-workout is just the worst thing ever!


• Niacin- B3 refers to the molecule commonly called nicotinic acid, or niacin, though it may also refer to the other vitamin B3 vitamins, called nicotinamide. Other benefits of niacin supplementation are theorized to extend to growth, cognition, and longevity. This is because niacin supplementation increases cellular nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) levels. Preliminary evidence suggests increased NAD+ levels may result in the above benefits. Niacin can help blood flow to the brain to create intense focus levels for a great workout.

• Caffeine- is a powerful stimulant, and it can be used to improve physical strength and endurance. It is classified as a nootropic because it sensitizes neurons and provides mental stimulation. Habitual caffeine use is also associated with a reduced risk of Alzheimer's, cirrhosis, and liver cancer.Adenosine causes sedation and relaxation when it acts upon its receptors, located in the brain. Caffeine prevents this action and causes alertness and wakefulness. This inhibition of adenosine can influence the dopamine, serotonin, acetylcholine, and adrenaline systems. Caffeine will give you an energy jolt to help you get extra motivated for your workout and help you optimize your exercise!

• Acytel L-Carnitine- Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALCAR) are compounds that can help alleviate the effects of aging and disease on mitochondria, while increasing the mitochondria’s potential to burn fat. ALCAR is often used as a brain booster, due to its ability to increase alertness and mitochondrial capacity while providing support for the neurons. This is what creates great focus levels during your workout and lets you fully concentrate on the muscle you are exercising! ALCAR has been shown to be very effective at alleviating the side effects of aging, like neurological decline and chronic fatigue. ALCAR supplementation is also a very safe method of improving insulin sensitivity and blood vessel health, particularly for people with delicate or weakened cardiac health.

• Agmatine Sulfate - is derived from L-Arginine through decarboxylation (the removal of a carboxylic acid group). It is stored in neurons and is released during neuronal activation. Agmatine is considered to be a neurotransmitter and neuromodulator. It also protects the brain from toxins and strokes. Benefits for bodybuilders would be Improved muscle pumps via the inhibition of nitric oxide synthase (NOS), Better intra-workout energy, In the role of a nootropic, aiding with mental clarity (focus), stress management and mental health, Helps to promote healthy insulin sensitivity, promoting leanness and muscle building, Increases appetite even when full, making it easier for underweight individuals to gain weight and muscle.

• Beta-alanine- is a modified version of the amino acid alanine. Research has shown that beta-alanine enhances muscular endurance. Athletes will have more endurance to get more repetitions per set during their workout. Beta-alanine supplementation can also improve moderate- to high-intensity cardiovascular exercise performance, like rowing or sprinting.

Beta-alanine turns into the molecule carnosine when ingested, which acts as an acid buffer in the body. Carnosine is stored in cells and released in response to drops in pH. Beta-alanine will help you improve muscle endurance especially after long days at work! Large doses of beta-alanine may cause a tingling feeling called paresthesia. It is a harmless side effect.

• Creatine Monohydrate- is a molecule produced in the body, where it stores high-energy phosphate groups in the form of phosphocreatine. Creatine can be found in some foods — mostly meat, eggs, and fish. Creatine supplementation confers a variety of health benefits, notably neuroprotective and cardioprotective. It is often used by athletes to increase both power output and lean mass.

• L-Tyrosine-Tyrosine has been documented to significantly improve cognition in the presence of an acute stressor, such as high intensity exercise. Acute stressors tend to deplete norepinephrine and lead to stress-induced memory deficits. Tyrosine counters this depletion by acutely increasing the production of noradrenaline and dopamine, which results in improved attention, focus, and cognitive performance.

Additionally, dopamine is typically associated with the “reward center” of the brain, meaning higher dopamine levels equate to feelings of joy, euphoria, and happiness. Furthermore, greater concentrations of dopamine also tend to improve sociability (good for introverts) and reduce the sensation of pain in the body, potentially leading to improved athletic performance.

Pre-workout consist of vitamins and necessary intakes your body consumes daily, but just adds to your daily intake level. As you can see pre-workout supplements help with joint recovery, blood flow, muscle recovery, and obviously an increase in energy.

Here is our company’s website, www.mb-nutrition.com, if you’re interested in trying pre-workout! We are manufactured in a FDA registered facility, which we suggest you make sure all your supplements are! Good luck with your fitness journey.

Best, Michael MB-Nutrition

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