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Building Blocks for Muscle Recovery

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BY: STRONGER FASTER HEALTHIER

Each movement our body makes requires the contraction or relaxation of muscle. There are 3 types: smooth muscle found in the digestive and reproductive systems, cardiac muscle found in the heart, and skeletal muscle found surrounding our bones. Skeletal muscle is made mostly of proteins, including myosin and actin, which overlap and slide past each other to create motion. Our voluntary control of skeletal muscle allows us to move freely. Muscles may be strengthened through exercise, a form of metabolic stress, which literally rips and tears muscles apart causing the need for muscles to rebuild their proteins.

BCAAs AND MUSCLE GENERATION

Clinical studies indicate that whey protein supplementation may enhance muscle mass and strength. Already rich in branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), high-quality whey protein concentrates prove an effective muscle generator when complemented with glutamine. BCAAs, leucine, isoleucine, and valine, cannot be manufactured by our bodies’ and therefore must be supplemented in our diets. Leucine is gaining recognition as the most important amino acid for muscle generation and has the potential to stimulate muscle protein synthesis and decrease muscle degradation. Via the mTOR pathway (mammalian target of rapamycin), leucine may regulate cell growth, decrease fatigue, and decrease muscle stress.

BENIFITS OF GLUTAMINE

Supplementation of glutamine may increase the presence of human-growth hormone, allowing increased generation of muscle proteins. Glutamine helps enhance muscle glycogen recovery, stabilizing glucose levels, and eliminating fatigue when on a low-carb diet. Furthermore, the immune system requires glutamine as fuel. Nutritional supplementation helps prevent the immune system from taking glutamine from muscle fibers. SFH Recovery includes added BCAAs and glutamine, the necessary building blocks for muscle repair. – See more at:

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