Growth factors in colostrum include insulin-like growth factors and transforming growth factors and are believed to play an important role in the development of skeletal muscle, gastrointestinal differentiation, and cell repair. Bovine colostrum has been found to improve endurance performance and enhance recovery from an acute exercise session. It may benefit athletes during consecutive days of high intensity training (HIT) or competition where recovery between exercise sessions is limited.2
Black pepper extract has a positive effect on absorption of nutrients from the intestine. This effect is known as "bioenhancement”. Piperine may be useful for people who suffer from conditions that cause malabsorption of nutrients and people suffering from malnutrition. Black pepper has been used for centuries to treat gastrointestinal distress, inflammation, pain and other disorders.1
L-Alanine, L-Arginine, L-Aspartic Acid, L-Cysteine, L-Glutamic Acid, L-Glycine, L- Histidine, L-Isoleucine, L-Leucine, L-Lysine, L-Methionine, L-Phenylalanine, L-Proline, L-Serine, L-Threonine, L-Tryptophan, L-Tyrosine, L-Valine BCAAs are must-have supplements because they work well to enhance muscle growth, strength, energy and even fat loss. BCAAs comprise three essential amino acids; leucine, isoleucine and valine. These three BCAAs make up one-third of the total amino acids in the body's muscles. The muscles can use BCAAs, unlike other aminos, directly for fuel. This gives BCAAs two unique properties. First, during workouts, muscles readily use BCAAs for fuel. Second, during rest, such as after workouts, BCAAs are used for building muscle. The Phenix product from Mountain Ops not only includes these essential aminos, but provides additional amino acids that will aid in recovery as well. 3 This table lists the times of day you should consider supplementing with BCAAs and the major benefits that each time provides.
|First thing in the morning||Stops breakdown of muscle from the nightlong fast Energy boost Reduced hunger|
|Before workouts||Energy boost Muscle strength|
|After workouts||Muscle recovery|
|Muscle growth||Reduced DOMS (Delated Onset of Muscle Soreness)|
|Between meals||Energy boost, Reduced hunger|
|Last meal of the day||Reduced hunger, Reduced muscle breakdown during the night|
(1) Park, U. H., Jeong, H. S., Jo, E. Y., Park, T., Yoon, S. K., Kim, E. J., Jeong, J. C., & UM, S. J. (2012). Piperine, a component of black pepper, inhibits adipogenesis by antagonizing PPARγ activity in 3T3-L1 cells. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 60(15), 3853-3860.
(2) Shing, C. M., Jenkins, D. G., Stevenson, L., & Coombes, J. S. (2006). The influence of bovine colostrum supplementation on exercise performance in highly trained cyclists. British Association of Sport and Medicine, 40(9), 797-801.
(3) Stoppani, J. (2008). The ABC’s of BCAA’s. Flex, 26(6), 248-254.