FLOW™: From Pump to Performance and Back Again
While it’s well established that our newest formula FLOW™ can deliver one hell of a “pump” while training, make no mistake; its true purpose – performance – is what we’re all about!
Getting a pump during training goes hand-in-hand with performance, so let’s break down the individual ingredients that make FLOW™ the ultimate performance enhancer.
Citrulline Malate (2:1): Citrulline is an amino acid known for its ability to increase Nitric Oxide (NO) levels, which in turn induces vasodilation, the enlargement of blood vessels. When ingested, Citrulline is converted to Arginine in the kidneys and stimulates the release of NO. Taken orally, Arginine is poorly absorbed and has little effect on NO levels. It’s important to note that Citrulline is the active ingredient and is combined with Malate, a natural compound, to prevent it from clumping. The 2:1 ratio on FLOW™ means you’re getting a full six (6) grams of the “active ingredient” or, as we like to say, the correct amount.
AGmass™: AGmass™ is a trademarked version of Agmatine, chosen for its higher absorption rate. Agmatine is a metabolite of the Arginine, meaning it’s synthesized in the body from Arginine. Like Arginine, Agmatine – once present in body tissue – increases NO, dilates blood vessels and increases circulation. Another roll Agmatine plays is that of a neurotransmitter, assisting with central nervous system functions. Agmatine can improve focus and clarity while training and even temporarily blunt pain.
Norvaline: Norvaline – another form of the Branched Chain Amino Acid (BCAA) Valine – works by inhibiting Arginase production. When your body starts to produce NO through Arginine, it also creates the enzyme Arginase, which puts a limit on the amount of NO you can produce. This effectively puts a “ceiling” on how big of a pump you can achieve. Ingesting Norvaline prior to training can help you blow past that ceiling and maintain NO production throughout your workout. This makes your “pumps” stronger and longer-lasting.
Hydromax®: Hydromax® is the highly-concentrated and stable form of powdered glycerol, which in this form is easily absorbed into intracellular space, increasing the amount of fluid in the blood and tissues. This pulling of water into the blood vessels and muscle cells expands the cellular walls and hydrates the surrounding tissue, giving you the potential to improve your endurance and stamina and better withstand stress caused by heat and humidity. While Citrulline and Agmatine dilate the blood vessels, glycerol stuffs them with nutrient and oxygen-rich fluid.
Hawthorn Berry: Traditionally used for high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, Hawthorn has adaptogenic (stress-reducing) effects on the cardiovascular system. Hawthorn does this by increasing the contraction force of the blood vessel walls, improving blood flow without adding stress to the heart. This added blood flow increases cardiac output, delivering more nutrients and removing more waste as you train.
Pine Bark Extract: Pine Bark Extract improves performance by relieving muscle fatigue and soreness due to oxidative stress while training. It does this by improving circulation between the blood vessels themselves and the tissues they’re supplying and acts as a delivery aid. Its ability to aid in oxygen delivery to cells improves performance and overall health.
While the above ingredients round out the list of “pump” and performance inducing nutrients in FLOW™ we’re not ready to end there. Muscle pumps not only increase nutrient delivery to muscle tissue to improve performance but also impact protein synthesis rates, allowing for a potential increase in the rate of muscle tissue growth and repair. In fact, the ingredients found in FLOW™ can improve the effectiveness of your entire diet and supplement regimen! The next time someone says FLOW™ is just another pump formula, you’ll know the whole story from pump to performance and back again.