Posted on December 21 2018
As the sports supplement market becomes increasingly flooded with brands claiming their product is the “next best thing,” it can be difficult for consumers to differentiate between what really works and what doesn’t.
Although many companies are coming out with stacked formulas that may look good on paper, it doesn’t mean anything if your body doesn't absorb the ingredients optimally.
That’s where AstraGin® comes into play. Patented with a “method for enhancing nutrient absorption,” you’ll soon learn why AstraGin® is a flagship ingredient in Inspired’s supplement line.
AstraGin® is all about improving absorption in the body.
Developed by NuLiv Science, AstraGin® is a 100% natural compound made up of two highly-fractionated medicinal plants, Astragalus membranaceus and Panax notoginseng. These herbs have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) historically and boast a wide-range of health benefits.
Specifically, AstraGin® has been shown to:
- Increase the steady-state absorption rate of arginine, agmatine, β-alanine, citrulline, creatine, leucine, peptides and tryptophan by 67%, 36%, 25%,45%, 33%, 58%, 41% and 53%
- Increase curcumin absorption by 92%
- Increase vitamins absorption such as folate by 50%
- Increase polyunsaturated fatty acid (derived from flax oil and fish oil) absorption by 58% and 100%
- Increase glucosamine absorption by 23%
- Increase omega-7 fatty acid (Palmitoleic acid) by 39%
- Increase ATP production in liver by 18%
- Reduce intestinal wall inflammation by 73%
AstraGin's astounding profile makes it easy to understand why Inspired includes this revolutionary nutraceutical in nearly 80% of its products.
Based on the performance of over a dozen in vitro studies, NuLiv Science discovered that Astragalus membranaceus contains certain polysaccharides, saponins, and astragalosides which play a role in the absorption enhancement mechanism in the human body.
In their research, they were also able to confirm which specific ginsenosides in Panax notoginseng improve absorption.
With the process of fractionation, only the beneficial compounds of the two novel herbs are included in AstraGin®.
Medicinal herbs meet sports nutrition.
Research shows that AstraGin® increases the absorption and bioavailability of amino acids and peptides in the bloodstream. Why is this important for your athletic goals?
Well, amino acids are the building blocks of protein, which play a fundamental role in muscle growth and recovery. There are certain amino acids that stimulate the production of human growth hormone (HGH). An increased absorption of amino acids will ultimately allow you to elevate your HGH levels to help build muscle mass, boost metabolism, and burn fat.
Peptides are similar in structure to proteins, except they have shorter chains of amino acids (basically, they’re smaller proteins). They control many biological functions, including sleep, blood sugar regulation, and hormone regulation—all of which influence how your body responds to diet and exercise.
Just leave it two astounding medicinal herbs to help your body maximize its ability to perform and recover at its best.
Protein synthesis, supercharged.
The mTOR (mechanistic target of rapamycin) pathway is one of the most researched pathways of muscle growth. mTOR can be activated by the availability of nutrients, including leucine and arginine amino acids.
Don’t worry, AstraGin® has got you covered in that department. This premier nutraceutical increases intestinal leucine absorption by 58% and arginine absorption by a whopping 67% (see graph below).
This means that AstraGin® can increase protein synthesis in the body and help build muscle (when combined with weight training). Would it be safe to say that you've found your new favorite workout buddy? You’re welcome!
Clinical dosages at their finest.Don’t be fooled by other companies who have proprietary blends with AstraGin®, simply for the ingredient’s notoriety. This is just a marketing tactic to make their formula look good—they don’t want to disclose that they’re using an ineffective amount of AstraGin® in their product.
Inspired isn't like other brands—we were actually the first company in the industry to offer transparent labels, so you know exactly how much you're getting of each ingredient.
Inspired's supplements provide the recommended clinical dosage of 50mg AstraGin ® per serving. You can find AstraGin® in these products:
- BCAA Fermented Vegan Amino Acids
- CR3 Beyond Creatine
- DVST8 White Diamond Reserve Pre-Workout
- DVST8 OG Pre-Workout
- Endless Carbohydrate Sports Drink
- LGND Elite Muscle Potentiator
When you choose Inspired, you can feel confident that you’re getting the highest quality ingredients at the most powerful doses.
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