Hit your next benchmark instead of the wall.
The energy you put into your workouts comes directly from your mitochondria, the “power plants” inside your cells. Mitochondria make adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is the fuel your cells run on.
Take our word for it: You wouldn’t be able to train for a race or make it through a group fitness class without the cooperation of your mitochondria. Designs for Health Mitochondrial NRG is formulated to provide you with nutrients, nutraceuticals and botanicals that support mitochondrial metabolism.*
Here are some of the key ingredients and what they can do for you:
- Magnesium and manganese promote the health of your heart‚ bones and joints*
- Creatine increases energy levels and supports muscle contractions*
- L-carnitine‚ D-ribose and CoQ10 help your body produce energy and promote the health of your heart‚ brain and muscles*
- Curcumin helps combat inflammation‚ joint pain and digestive discomfort*
- Alpha lipoic acid‚ trans-resveratrol and malic acid help fight free radical damage and boost energy production*
Be good to your mitochondria and they’ll give you an energy boost back.*
*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.
Every few years, creatine gets vilified in the press for one reason or another — often involving misunderstandings about dehydration, cramping and muscle injury, and often involving athletes training in unsafe conditions. But the fact remains, creatine monohydrate (the most bioavailable form of the compound) is the most studied performance-enhancing supplement in history, and, according to a position paper published by the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (JISSN), “There is no scientific evidence that the short- or long-term use of creatine monohydrate has any detrimental effects on otherwise healthy individuals.” Beyond that, it calls creatine monohydrate the most effective nutritional supplement available for increasing high-intensity exercise capacity and lean body mass through training — put simply, you’re able to recover more quickly and thus put in more quality time under the iron. (You can see the entire statement at www.jissn.com/content/4/1/6.)
But the benefits aren’t limited to getting bigger guns. “Athletes involved in contact sports may even get neurological protection from using creatine,” says Richard B. Kreider, PhD, director of exercise and sport nutrition at Texas A&M University and co-editor-in-chief of the JISSN. Translation: fewer concussions.
So it’s fair to say creatine isn’t the bad guy. Kreider specifies that those supplementing with creatine should be post-puberty, however — not because studies have shown adverse effects, but because fewer of them have been done on children and adolescents. Whether your 16-year-old fits the bill is your call. If he has your blessing, be sure he uses a pure creatine monohydrate supplement without sweeteners and additives and that he doesn’t exceed recommended dosages.