Monday, November 26, 2012

What are Alpha-Ketoglutarates (AKG) and Why are They Attached to My Supplement?

Alpha-ketoglutaric acid (AKG) molecules are often attached to amino acids making them Amino Acid Alpha-Ketoglutarates. AKGs are known as transport molecules. They help the amino acid bypass the gut and enter the muscle cell.

This gives whatever it's attached to (creatine or arginine are common) superior absorption.

L- form amino acids are absorbed and used by the small intestines for nucleotide synthesis. AKG aminos on the other hand are shuttled directly to the muscle cells making AKG products popular in the muscle and strength building communities.

This makes AKG aminos the perfect choice if your goal is building muscle, but maybe not the best choice if you have more generalized health goals. AKG drives the amino acid into muscle cells creating a pro-muscle growth environment.

As a bonus once that AKG has shuttled the attached amino acid into the muscle cell it is then converted by the body into glutamine.