Kodiak Ammo™ is a Branched Chain Amino Acid (BCAA) powerhouse that was developed to address the nutritional opportunity between pre worout and post workout, commonly referred to as the intra workout period, when critical nutrients are needed to fuel performance, blunt fatigue, and accelerate recovery.
Collectively made up of Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine, the BCAAs are known as essential amino acids because the human body cannot produce them, and they must be consumed through diet or supplementation. Independently, each BCAA plays an important physiological role in the body.
However, it is their synergistic combination that produces one of the most important processes involved in muscle building and recovery; the process known as muscle protein synthesis (MPS).
Kodiak took Ammo’s™ formula one step further by adding other ingredients, such as glutamine, citrulline, PepForm peptides and electrolytes that have been scientifically proven to accelerate recovery, replenish energy stores, improve the absorption of amino acids, and keep you hydrated during your workouts.
Kodiak Ammo™ is, without question, the most advanced intra workout amino acid product ever created.
Take a look at the label and you will find each scoop of Ammo™ contains:
- BCAAs in a 3:1:1 ratio – Shown to promote muscle growth, recovery, and reduce training-related soreness. BCAAs have also been shown to increase energy and blunt fatigue during exercise.
- Leucine Whey Peptides – Leucine Peptides are designed to improve delivery of amino acids to muscle tissue. More efficient nutrient delivery helps contribute to muscle synthesis and growth.
- L-Citrulline – A key element in the nitric oxide cycle. It increases exercise capacity, helps rid the body of ammonia and improves blood flow.
- Citrulline Whey Peptides - Combining citrulline with peptides significantly increases the bioavailability of citrulline, with better efficiency and absorption than free form citrulline and create superior vascularity.
- L-Glutamine – Glutamine is used in numerous bodily processes, including muscle anabolism, gluconeogenesis, nutrient absorption, and immunity.
- Electrolytes – Sodium and potassium are necessary electrolytes that are lost in sweat. They help regulate blood volume, blood pressure, osmotic equilibrium, pH and may delay the onset of cramping from intense exercise.
Athletes, bodybuilders, and fitness enthusiasts alike know the vital role BCAAs play in helping them achieve their training goals. The unique 3:1:1 ratio of branched chain amino acids in Kodiak Ammo™ helps reduce training related muscle damage by stimulating muscle protein synthesis; allowing your body to repair, recover, rebuild, and, ultimately, have you prepared to tackle your next training session.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
The essential amino acids Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine collectively form what are referred to as the Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs). These amino acids are essential because they cannot be produced in the body and must be provided through supplementation or diet.
BCAAs comprise approximately 30% of the total muscle protein pool and are the primary amino acids oxidized in the muscle during exercise and catabolic stress. For these reasons, athletes supplement with BCAAs for the purpose of increasing muscle mass, reducing muscle damage, blunting fatigue, and increasing energy during exercise.
Hundreds of studies exist on the ergogenic benefits of BCAAs. The majority of them show that BCAAs, whether consumed pre, during, or post-exercise; decrease protein catabolism (breakdown) and support muscle protein synthesis, a physiological process responsible for muscle growth and repair.
Furthermore, BCAAs are vitally important to glucose (energy) production; contributing over 40% of total glucose production during sustained endurance exercise.
A study conducted in 2009 found that subjects who supplemented with BCAAs while following an 8-week resistance training program had a greater decrease in body fat, an increase in lean mass, and greater strength gains in the bench press and squat exercises compared to the placebo group.
Leucine is one of the essential branched chain amino acids (BCAA). By itself it can stimulate muscle protein synthesis; the process responsible for muscle growth and recovery. This is why it is often referred to as the “main” amino acid.
- Supplementation with at least 2 grams daily has been shown to decrease muscle soreness, lessen recovery time between workouts, and increase lean muscle mass.
- Howatson et al. (2012) discovered that leucine (combined with isoleucine and valine) administered before muscle-damaging resistance exercises reduced indices of muscle damage and accelerated recovery in resistance trained males.
Leucine Whey Peptides
Leucine Peptides contain high levels of leucine-rich peptides isolated from whey proteins to deliver the essential amino acid L-Leucine in a soluble and highly bioavailable form.
- PepForm Leucine Peptides are designed to improve the delivery of amino acids to muscle tissue. More efficient nutrient delivery helps PepForm Leucine Peptides contribute to muscle synthesis and growth.
- PepForm Leucine Peptides’ ability to provide Leucine more efficiently is a significant step in addressing the growing concern over age-related muscle loss or sarcopenia.
- Research shows that many individuals can decrease the rate of muscle loss by exercising and consuming proteins that are quickly absorbed and have significant levels of leucine.
Isoleucine, like leucine, is another BCAA that can stimulate muscle protein synthesis, but to a lesser degree when not combined with the other BCAAs. However, isoleucine significantly increases glucose uptake and the usage of glucose during exercise; leading to greater energy production and BCAA preservation.
- Isoleucine may also play in role in the fat burning abilities of BCAAs.
- Nishimura et al. (2010) found that mice consuming a high-fat diet in conjunction with isoleucine gained less fat mass than mice not receiving isoleucine. This was due to isoleucine’s ability to stimulate receptors (PPAR) that inhibit fat storage and increase fat burning.
Valine, the third BCAA, promotes muscular endurance and decrease fatigue during exercise.
- When exercising, tryptophan is converted to serotonin and signals the brain that the body is fatigued, ultimately leading to a decrease in muscle strength and endurance
- Since Valine competes with tryptophan for entry into the brain, less serotonin gets to the brain. Ultimately, this leads to stronger muscular contractions, quicker recovery between sets, and prolonged muscular strength and endurance.
Citrulline is a crucial cofactor in the production of arginine and nitric oxide. It’s been shown to relax blood vessels, improve blood flow and raise overall nitric oxide levels. Many bodybuilders take citrulline with their pre and post workout drinks to help improve recovery, increase vascularity and improve muscle pumps throughout the day and following or during a training session.
- Citrulline is also an energy booster backed by research. One study reported that subjects consuming citrulline for 15 days experienced a 35% increase in ATP (energy) production during exercise and a 20% increase in phosphocreatine recovery between bouts of exercise.
- Research also suggests that subjects supplementing with citrulline before a chest workout could complete at least one to two more reps on most sets compared to subjects taking a placebo.
Citrulline Whey Peptides
Citrulline is a key element in the nitric oxide cycle. It increases exercise capacity, helps rid body of ammonia and frees ATP energy.
- Combining citrulline with whey peptides significantly increases the bioavailability of citrulline, with better efficiency and absorption than free form citrulline.
- Citrulline peptides, as PepForm, have been shown to be twice as effective as double the dose of free form citrulline - a 4-fold benefit to PepForm!
L-glutamine is the most prevalent free amino acid in plasma and one of the most prevalent found in muscle tissue.
- L-Glutamine stimulates muscle protein synthesis and is effective at replenishing energy for muscles (glycogen) after exhaustive exercise which may lead to quicker recovery.
- L-Glutamine may also increase cell volumization (hydration) and lead to increases in muscle hypertrophy.
- L-Glutamine may also reduce protein breakdown and support immune function.
- Lehmkuhl et al. (2003) found individual supplementing with glutamine and creatine monohydrate for 8 weeks increased body mass, lean body mass and the initial rate of power production compared to placebo.
Potassium is a mineral found in varying amounts in almost all foods.
- It is needed for building and keeping strong bones.
- It also helps control the amount of calcium in the body and urine.
- If potassium levels get too high or too low, the heart and nervous system completely shut down. Many people in the U.S. often fail to obtain optimal amounts of this nutrient and pay a health cost for it.
Sodium is a necessary electrolyte that is lost in sweat. Sodium regulates blood volume, blood pressure, osmotic equilibrium, and pH.
- Sodium is also involved in signal transmission in neurons and transport of many compounds in the body such as glucose.
- It may also delay the onset of cramping from intense exercise.
- Sims et al. (2007) discovered that pre-exercise ingestion of a high-sodium beverage increased plasma volume before exercise and involved less thermoregulation and perceived strain during exercise and increased exercise capacity in warm conditions.
Q: How should I take Kodiak Ammo?
A: As a dietary supplement, mix on serving (one scoop) with 8-10 oz. of water. Shake well and consume during exercise on training days, or sip throughout the day on non-training days.
Q: What are BCAAs?
A: The branched chain amino acids are collectively made up of leucine, isoleucine, and valine. They are essential amino acids that cannot be produced by the body and can only be obtained through diet or supplementation.
The BCAAs are the primary drivers behind muscle protein synthesis; arguably the most important physiological process for maximal muscle growth and recovery. Research has shown that the BCAA content of protein source is directly related to lean muscle gain.
Q: What other Kodiak products can I stack with Ammo?
Q: When is the best time to take Kodiak Ammo?
A: Pre, intra, and post workout as well as in between meals in order to maximally stimulate muscle protein synthesis throughout the day.
BCAAs (Leucine, Isoleucine, Valine)
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