Who and Why?

Who?

The simple answer is: active and busy people.

If you are active and exercising, then this supplement was designed for you. Equally, if you have a long day getting kids ready for school, commuting to work, working, skipping meals, cleaning the house, getting prepared for the next day, then this amounts to long periods of activity which utilizes your body's amino acid resources.

Our strategy is to replenish the amino acids that you lose in the greatest quantities during the day. If you are exercising or living in a hot climate, these losses are exacerbated.

 

Why?

Certain amino acids are lost in the sweat in much higher concentrations than other amino acids, which means there is a high demand on their replenishment from either the body’s reserves or ingestion. These same amino acids are lost in higher quantities in the urine as well. These losses all add up.

Dehydration can lead to:

  • Reduced concentration and focus,
  • Fatigue and muscle cramps 

Replishment of amino acids as directed can help maintain muscle mass.

Replishment of amino acids + fluid + electrolytes as directed can help maintain hydration as well as muscle mass. 

 

What?

What roles do amino acids play in the body?

Amino acids play many important roles in metabolism as well as protein synthesis. Certain high-demand Amino Acids are lost in copious quantities in sweat and urine and are involved with a large range of important body functions.To give you an idea of some of these key functions, a selection of the processes that the amino acids in OptimAAte® and ElectrAAte® are summarised below:

 

Histidine

An essential amino acid

 

  • Required for synthesis of haemoglobin
    • A deficit in diet can lead to anaemia
  • Required for the formation of carnosine.
    • Carnosine is highly concentrated in the muscles and brain
      • Has many roles including acting as an anti-oxidant
    • Required for the formation of histamine and the immune response
    • Stimulates digestion
    • Histidine is a major component in muscle proteins

Lost in high quantities via sweat and urine.

 

Serine

Utilised in numerous major pathways of metabolism

 

  • Sleep
  • Production of DNA
    • Vital for folate metabolism
  • Has a prominent role in cell growth and repair
  • Needed for making cell membranes
  • Precursor for synthesis of numerous metabolites in the body

Lost in high quantities via sweat and urine.

It can be synthesised by the body, but when demand is high during high-intensity exercise

  • Serine synthesis can be insufficient to meet body demands.

 

Lysine

Is an essential amino acid

 

  • Required for synthesis of proteins
  • Muscle proteins
  • Soft tissues (collagen)
  • Essential for formation and repair of soft tissues in the body
    • Recovery from exercise and injury
  • Precursor for the synthesis of carnitine
    • Facilitates mitochondrial oxidation for energy production
  • Lysine enhances the intestinal uptake and conservation of Ca2+

Lost in high quantities via sweat.

 

Aspartic acid

Utilised in numerous major pathways of metabolism

 

  • The urea cycle for the safe removal of waste nitrogen as urea
  • Energy metabolism
  • Synthesis of DNA
  • Neurotransmitter

 Lost in high quantities via sweat.

 

Glycine

Utilised in numerous major pathways of metabolism

 

  • Required for collagen synthesis
    • One third of collagen consists of glycine
  • Present in the natural moisturising factor generated in the skin
  • Needed for producing the components of DNA
  • Precursor for synthesis of key metabolites in the body
    • glutathione, creatine

Lost in high quantities via sweat and urine.

It can be synthesised by the body, but when demand is high during high-intensity exercise it may become conditionally essential.

 

Ornithine

This amino acid is not used in the synthesis of proteins, but has numerous functions in metabolism

 

  • Centrally involved in urea metabolism
    • Helps remove waste nitrogen and prevents toxic impact of excess nitrogen
  • Is a precursor for the body to generate arginine
    • Provides an important source of nitric oxide
  • Increases the efficiency of energy consumption
  • Can assist with appetite suppression

Lost in high quantities via sweat.