Game Changers

There have been a number of game-changing findings in InnovAAte's three decades of research that now influence product formulations.

The Game Changing Findings

Amino Acids In Sweat

From our studies of amino acids in sweat, our research leads us to understand that the body loses six key amino acids at faster rates than any other amino acids.

In addition to protein synthesis, these key amino acids, which are being lost at faster rates, are also used in multiple and other important aspects of metabolism, including:

  • Hormone production
  • Formation of neurotransmitters
  • Formation of DNA
  • Folate metabolism

Rate Of Loss Increases

The group of key amino acids which are being lost at faster rates during daily routines are being significantly increased under many conditions, such as:

  • Increased physical exertion
  • Long workdays, commutes, hectic life-styles
  • During illness and chronic disease
  • Recovery from illness (cold & flu), chronic illness, physical trauma
  • Living in warmer climates (especially with high humidity)
  • Other intense, physically and mentally challenging events

The Body meets demands during exertion

Some of these key amino acids are “essential” amino acids, which means the body cannot make them and they need to be taken in from the diet.

Other amino acids can be made by the body but, under some conditions, production may not keep up with demand.

When the body is undertaking exercise with a higher demand for amino acids, the body will break down its own proteins via a process known as the "catabolic response". This provides a supply of these amino acids until the body can receive amino acids from ingested resources. 

The Catabolic Response

When the body is in a Catabolic Response, proteins in the muscles are broken down to release the amino acids required to support exertion and recovery processes. 

Extended periods of exercise and exposures to hot conditions can lead to substantial depletion of endogenous resources. This can adversely affect future performance with slower rates of recovery.

The catabolic response has been associated with recovery from injuries and illness, and extended periods of catabolism would result in fatigue and reduced vitality. 

The Impact On Body Functions

The body needs constant access to this group of key amino acids to meet demand when and where it needs it. These amino acids are involved in:

  • Building proteins
  • Driving metabolism
  • Building membranes
  • Immune function
  • Maintenance of skin and moisture
  • Maintaining cholesterol levels
  • Recovery (illness, disease, physical, mental)
  • Healthy blood - forming haemoglobin and red blood cells
  • Maintaining good health
  • Forming neurotransmitters
  • Facilitating sleep

Replenishing Key Amino Acids

The determination of which amino acids are lost most during exertion and the development of computer models for protein turnover assisted in identifying which specific amino acids are utilized at disproportionately faster rates than other amino acids.

Replenishment of these key amino acids in the post-exercise period can help reduce demand on the catabolic response to provide the amino acids from the body.

This would mean less breakdown of muscle proteins with a better chance of maintaining muscle mass and condition as well as enabling a more efficient recovery.

The Rapid Uptake Of InnovAAte Amino Acids

Digestion remains diminished for some time (hours) after exertion depending on the intensity and duration of exercise. The provision of the key amino acids immediately post-exercise would thus be extremely helpful for the body to facilitate recovery and repair processes.

The InnovAAte amino acids can be directly absorbed because they do not require digestion. They can be rapidly absorbed and directed to where they are needed, when they are needed.

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