Ask any athlete to define his or her two biggest training and competition needs, and odds are, whether said athlete is a recreational weekend warrior or an aspiring professional, the answer is likely to be energy and muscle support. That’s not surprising because numerous studies have detailed the performance advantages of caffeine and the muscle-building potential of essential amino acids. Optimum Nutrition’s new Essential Amino Energy covers both requirements with one refreshing fruit-flavored drink that’s instantized to mix easily in cold water wherever, whenever the need arises.
Numerous studies have detailed the performance advantages of caffeine, most recently an August 2010 study published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology, which found that caffeine not only helped reduce fatigue between cycling trials but also boosted natural testosterone production while suppressing production of the catabolic hormone cortisol. Essential Amino Energy’s Green Matrix, composed of green coffee and green-tea extracts, provides naturally occurring caffeine, along with epigallocatechin gallate and other antioxidants.
The energy aspect is further enhanced by the amino acid taurine, which an August 2010 study appearing in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism found that it helped increase fat oxidation during exercise.
A regular two-scoop serving of Essential Amino Energy provides 50 milligrams of caffeine, or about as much focus and energy as a cup of coffee. But for those occasions when more intense energy might be in order, Essential Amino Energy gives you the option of setting the strength based on need. Consumers have the choice of adding as many as six scoops to cold water, creating a drink containing 150 milligrams of caffeine, and even greater anti-catabolic and anabolic support from the branched-chain amino acids leucine, isoleucine and valine.
Optimum Nutrition’s well-deserved reputation for delivering beyond expectations is evident in the fact that nitric-oxide-stimulating arginine and citrulline, plus stamina-supporting CarnoSyn beta-alanine, are all included in this versatile powdered drink. Arginine and citrulline promote vasodilation, which helps flush out the metabolic waste that accumulates during intense physical exertion and is also valued for its role in encouraging big, full muscle pumps. According to research published in the February 2009 issue of Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, beta-alanine supplementation can play a role in improving endurance performance and lean body mass. This muscle-fatigue fighter can help hard-training individuals push past barriers by buffering the acids that build up in muscles and cause fatigue.
Goes Down Smooth
It’s hard to believe that Essential Amino Energy mixes up so effortlessly in a shaker cup or with just a glass and spoon. What’s even harder to believe is how refreshing the concord grape and fruit fusion flavors taste. At just 10 calories per two-scoop serving, there’s no fat or sugar to get in the way of anyone’s diet, making Essential Amino Energy a convenient substitute for those times when you aren’t in the mood for coffee, tea or soda.
Shake It Up
Stack either flavor of Essential Amino Energy with creatine, glutamine or waxy maize powders to create an even more powerful sports supplement. You can also put your creativity to work by mixing complementary flavors together. For example, the supercharged strawberry flavor of Platinum Hydrowhey works well with the fruit fusion flavor of Essential Amino Energy when mixed into 12 to 14 ounces of cold water. For more stacking ideas, check out the smoothie recipe database at OptimumSmoothie.com.