For years companies have been attempting to put together new blends for recovery in order to provide the best all in one formula. It can be very easy to put together a great product, only to realize the sale price would be sky high and no one would be willing to buy it. A relatively new company, Distinct Formulations, has managed to assemble an ingredient lineup that puts Alpha Cell 7 in a category of it's own. With a potent combination of Branched Chain Amino Acids, PH balanced Creatine, Glutamine, Vitamin B6, Citrulline, Norvaline, and electrolytes, it's hard to assign it to one particular category.
Let's break down each ingredient, and how it really helps with recovery.
AminoZorb® BCAA (5,000 mg)
Branched Chain Amino Acids make up 35% of the amino acids that form muscle. If you are an athlete, you need BCAA’s! BCAA’s are metabolized for the most part in muscle tissue and are used as an energy source for muscle during exercise. BCAA’s have been long studied for protein synthesis, but more recently we have discovered that L-Leucine also serves as a regulator that activates protein synthesis through the mTOR (mammalian target of rapamycin). When you exercise, protein degradation occurs causing muscle damage. Ingesting BCAA before an exercise or after exercise has show to significantly inhibit tissue damage. When BCAA are ingested prior to exercise, lactate generation is inhibited because the corresponding coenzyme A compounds are ultimately metabolized and BCAA’s directly enter the tricarboxylic acid cycle without the formation of pyruvic acid. BCAA ingestion prior to exercise has also been reported to provide an increase in energy, since it is an energy source and preventing fatigue. AminoZorb® is the only patent pending, PH buffered, solution stable, and water soluble BCAA complex on the market.
This is the only PH buffered BCAA complex (2:1:1) on the market that allows for a quicker absorption and increase protein synthesis for muscle growth and recovery.
Kre-Alkalyn® (1,500 mg)
Kre-Alkalyn® (also known as buffered creatine monohydrate). Kre-Alkalyn® molecules are made at a pH of 12 which prevents the conversion of creatine into creatinine. What is creatinine? Well it is a chemical waste of creatine and is useless in helping you improve performance. Kre-Alkalyn® know how to work effectively in the body, 1.5g of Kre-Alkalyn® is greater than equal to 5g of Creatine Monohydrate alone. It is water soluble so that it does not need to bind with a water molecule at the cellular level therefore there is no creatine bloat making this ingredient the most superior version of creatine on the market.
This is a PH balanced creatine that allows for faster absorption which in turn increases strength and size immediately. Your body can process this more efficiently making this a must need performance enhancer.
Glutazorb® (20 mg)
During intense exercise and times of metabolic stress (which includes injury, illness, dieting, etc) the demand for plasma glutamine dramatically increases. Also, various cells of the immune system (such as lymphocytes & macrophages) depend on glutamine as a primary fuel source. But the enterocytes of the small intestines are the largest consumers of glutamine, accounting for about 40-50% of all body consumption. So, during times of stress it is difficult for the body to supply enough glutamine for these other cell areas, causing depleted glutamine reserves.
Glutamine deficiencies are very common in today’s busy lifestyles and are among the primary tests conducted by doctors who utilize blood tests to ascertain the amino acid levels present in patients who show symptoms of mood swings, chronic illness, and tiredness. As intense exercise increases or everyday stress, glutamine depletion manifests itself in the form of decreases strength, stamina and recovery. So it is very important to use glutamine in a very stable and assimilated form as Glutazorb® is.
This form of Glutamine is PH buffered and helps prevent Glutamine deficiencies due to intense training. This will speed up the recovery process, preventing muscle breakdown, mood swings, and illness.
Pyridoxine HCL (25 mg)
Pyridoxine Hydrochloride is the hydrochloride salt form of pyridoxine, a water-soluble vitamin B. Pyridoxine hydrochloride is converted into the active form, pyridoxal 5′-phosphate (PLP), an essential cofactor in many enzymatic activities including synthesis of amino acids, neurotransmitters, and sphingolipids. This vitamin is essential to red blood cell, nervous system, and immune systems functions and helps maintain normal blood glucose levels.
This is added to aid the effectiveness of the amino acids in this product while increasing red blood cell count and controlling blood glucose levels.
Citrulline Malate (2,000 mg)
Amino acid L-citrulline bonds to a malic acid molecule to create citrulline malate. L-citrulline is a naturally occurring amino acid produced in one of the reactions during the urea cycle. During this reaction, a carbamoyl group from carbamoyl phosphate is transferred to ornithine to form citrulline. Malate is the ionized form of malic acid, an acid synthesized in the body during the citric acid cycle. Both citrulline and malic acid are found in the body and in food sources like watermelons and apples. Citrulline is converted into arginine and nitric oxide. Nitric oxide relaxes vascular smooth muscle and allows for enhanced blood flow throughout the body. Citrulline malate is believed to improve blood circulation and optimize energy production. For this reason, many companies utilize this compound in performance-enhancing supplements.
This allows for better blood flow to the muscle which in turns creates better “pumps” and enhances the ability to increase muscle size.
L-Norvaline (100 mg)
When your body starts to produce nitric oxide, it also creates an enzyme, arginase, which puts a limit on the amount of nitric oxide you can make. This effectively creates a “ceiling” on how big of a pump you can achieve. L-norvaline works by inhibiting arginase production, allowing you to blow past that ceiling and keep producing nitric oxide throughout your workout. This makes your pumps stronger and longer lasting.
This allows your body to use pump ingredients (citrulline malate) more efficiently and does not allow their to be a cap on nitric oxide production.
Potassium Chloride (65 mg)
Potassium Chloride is a metal halide composed of potassium and chloride. Potassium maintains intracellular tonicity, is required for nerve conduction, cardiac, skeletal and smooth muscle contraction, production of energy, the synthesis of nucleic acids, maintenance of blood pressure and normal renal function. This agent has potential antihypertensive effects and when taken as a nutritional supplement. It can be used to replenish electrolytes and restore water-electrolyte balance.
Helps regulate blood pressure and also helps to restore water-electrolyte balance.
Sodium Citrate (125 mg)
There are three types of sodium citrate: monosodium citrate, disodium citrate, and trisodium. Most sodium citrate used for food is the trisodium form. Sodium is the weak conjugate base of citric acid. Essentially, if you remove the H+ portion of citric acid and replace it with Na+ ions, you get sodium citrate. For practical purposes, this means that sodium citrate has long been an important chemical for use in the chemistry lab. As a conjugate base to citric acid, it serves to buffer changes in acidity. In other words, when sodium citrate is present in a solution, it will require more acid than normal to change to decrease the pH of that solution. This is a useful trait, as it makes it easier to make fine adjustments in acidity. It also used to increase restoration of electrolytes due to loss during physical activity.
Increases restoration of lost electrolytes during physical activity.
You might notice a common theme between the first few ingredients. By utilizing pH balanced Creatine (Kre-alkalyn), BCAAs (AminoZorb), and glutamine (Glutazorb), they're ensuring users get the best absorption possible out of their supplement. Absorption is where it starts, so better absorption leads to better results.
Whether you're an athlete looking to accelerate your recovery from tough training sessions, or just an avid gym goer looking to get the most from their week to week workouts, Alpha Cell 7 is designed to greatly improve recovery allowing you to push harder in the gym and reach for your goals sooner.