L-Citrulline Malate plus Vitamin C
Amino acids are essential to the smooth operation of all bodily functions. Without amino acids, life would be impossible: they are a component of the vital organs, regulate metabolism and are also required to build muscle. There are 20 so-called proteinogenic amino acids and more than 250 non-proteinogenic amino acids, which are particularly frequent in plants and fungi.
Non-proteinogenic amino acids are involved in the synthesis of proteins in the body. Among this group of acids is citrulline, which is found in a high concentration in watermelon (Citrullus vulgaris) skins, hence the name. Large amounts of citrulline are also found in garlic and onions. As a dietary supplement, citrulline is combined with malate (malic acid is obtained from apples).
The advantages of Citrulline Malate in sport
Citrulline Malate works in many different ways. It prevents pulmonary hypertension and is also effective against sickle cell anaemia and arteriosclerosis.
Citrulline Malate has a very interesting effect on sporting activities. Citrulline - as Citrulline Malate - has a very important property: it is involved in the disposal of ammonia (NH3), a bodily waste product. Ammonia, which is formed primarily during intense physical activity, can adversely affect physical performance, resulting in hyperacidity of the muscles involved and sometimes in exhaustion.
Taking Citrulline Malate can delay excessive lactate production, which may greatly improve athletic performance. Both active ingredients, namely citrulline and malate (or malic acid) have already been proved to have many positive effects with regard to delaying fatigue after physical activity, but combining citrulline and malate turns them into real energy boosters.
More power and energy for sport
The main advantage of taking Citrulline Malate is its deterrent effect on exhaustion and fatigue. Among the other beneficial effects of Citrulline Malate are:
- Boosting ATP synthesis by up to 34 percent during sporting activities
- Boosting phosphocreatine resynthesis by up to 20 percent after sporting activities
- Citrulline is a precursor of arginine and is thus metabolised by the body to form arginine
The latter property allows citrulline to create a similar effect as that of taking arginine: Citrulline Malate boosts the synthesis of nitric oxide, which creates a stronger “muscle pump” effect and improves the supply of muscle-building nutrients. The key benefits of Citrulline Malate are a significant increase in athletic performance and effective post-workout recovery. Citrulline malate intake can result in up to 40% reduction in muscle soreness after a workout.
Citrulline Malate promotes the excretion of ammonia
Citrulline Malate promotes improved excretion of ammonia (NH3). The gastrointestinal tract usually contains a high concentration of ammonia, which is mainly due to a high-protein diet. Athletes generally consume more protein than less active people, which leads to more NH3 being formed in the body.
Ammonia plays a decisive role in the destruction of cells. A high concentration of ammonia increases the risk of viral infection and favours the growth and proliferation of cancer cells, so improved elimination of NH3 is not only an important aid to athletic performance but also to health in general.
Citrulline Malate - not just for bodybuilders and weightlifters
Athletes can benefit from the positive effects of Citrulline Malate in all types of different sports. After taking Citrulline Malate, both bodybuilders and endurance athletes can work out for longer. That doesn’t only apply to anaerobic sports, but also to aerobic sports such as cross-country skiing or cycling.
Side effects and proper dosage of Citrulline Malate
To date, no noteworthy side effects have been reported as a result of taking Citrulline Malate; however, abdominal discomfort may occur, but usually only after the consumption of more than eight grammes of Citrulline Malate at a time.
Note: People with cardiovascular ailments and those taking anticoagulants should be careful when taking Citrulline Malate and discuss this in advance with their doctor.