Can a Multi-Vitamin Really Build Muscle?
Your goals are to increase lean body mass, reduce body fat, increase energy and endurance and maximize performance. You work out and eat properly because you know that the foods you eat play a critical role in helping you achieve those goals. But are you overlooking a critical piece to the bodybuilding puzzle—a Multi-Vitamin?
If you do take a Multi, it’s more important than ever to arm yourself with the right one to support your weight training goals. Because while the rest of America is taking a basic Multi-Vitamin/mineral for ‘general health’, you need more than that.
New Designer Enzymes — The Future of Bodybuilding Nutrition
You’ve heard the buzzword many times before—Enzymes. But why are they so important for you ‘the bodybuilder’ and what do they have to do with Multi-Vitamins? New research suggests that bio-engineered designer enzymes can allow your body to use more protein to stimulate muscle growth, get more energy from carbs and convert more fat into energy! That’s right, enzymes are no longer just for people with digestion issues!
A newly discovered enzyme blend has found its way into a progressive and bodybuilder-focused Multi-Vitamin formula, and you as a bodybuilder should definitely be aware of it! Called Anabolase™, this enzyme blend is protected by 2 U.S. patents and is backed by scientific studies from major universities.
Here’s how it works: Your goals of building lean muscle, reducing body fat, increasing energy/endurance and maximizing performance are dependent upon the proper intake and ratios of macronutrients (proteins, carbohydrates and fats). Anabolase™ is a patented interactive food optimizer that has been shown to actually improve the absorption and utilization of proteins, carbohydrates and fats you consume, so you can make better and faster use of the meals you eat. In effect, Anabolase™ makes your body more efficient at breaking down nutrients to build muscle. This anabolic enzyme system is comprised of three advanced enzyme components: Aminogen®, Carbogen® and Lipolase®. Taken before meals, each of these three enzymes provides a specific function to help your body make better use of that meal.
New Protein Enzyme, Aminogen®, Increases Free Amino Acid Levels by 184% and Increases Branch Chain Amino Acid Utilization from food by 142%,
You have a greater need for protein than a sedentary person. And while you may be eating enough protein, your body may not be utilizing it. If you aren’t utilizing it, you aren’t going to gain the muscle and strength you are looking for. Luckily for you, scientists have discovered a new protein enzyme that makes better use of your proteins. Aminogen improves the utilization of protein from meals and increases the amount of amino acids delivered to your muscle tissue to stimulate growth and recovery.
New Carbohydrate Enzyme, Carbogen®, Increases Workout Capacity (time-to-exhaustion) by 143%
Carbohydrates are highly anti-catabolic—they prevent use of dietary protein and muscle tissue for energy. That’s why prominent research shows that athletes and physically active people should consume a minimum of 42% of their calories from carbs. In the absence of carbs, your body will begin feeding on protein and muscle tissue through a process called gluconeogenesis. This will have a negative impact on energy, endurance and your ability to build lean muscle. Carbogen increases the conversion of carbs to muscle glycogen so your body doesn’t have to tap into its protein stores for energy. Carbogen also decreases lactic acid by 275%, allowing you to work out harder and longer and allowing athletes to perform at their peak longer during competition.
New Fat Enzyme, Lipolase®, Increases the Breakdown of Fat Into Energy and Minimizes Body Fat Stores
Lipolase allows your body to use dietary fat as an efficient energy source rather than being stored as fat. Lipolase is a proprietary pH resistant biactive enzyme with a unique ability to break down triglycerides into fatty acids to be utilized by the Kreb cycle for energy in both low and high pH environments. Lipolase’s full range pH action allows for the breakdown of fats throughout the entire digestive system, maximizing energy and minimizing body fat storage.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Multi-Vitamins
Outside of not having the designer enzyme, Anabolase™, regular Multi-Vitamins are deficient in many areas. In choosing a multi, you should be aware of these 7 Multi-Vitamin credibility tests.
Maximum Nutrient Amounts
If the vitamins are not there in the first place, don’t even consider buying the multi. Multi-Vitamins should have at least 100% of FDA’s established Daily Value for vitamins A, C, E and B vitamins, most notable of which include Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 and Biotin. Minerals like Magnesium, Zinc and Chromium should also be 100% because they all play a role in muscle metabolism.
Did you know that the typical Multi-Vitamin gives you forms of vitamins and minerals that your body is not ready to use. Instead, your body has to convert them through a series of metabolic processes before they become active or usable. By doing this, usability, absorption and potency are ultimately compromised (discussed in detail in #4, 5 and 6).
It’s a term used by biochemists and nutritionists to describe the high impact of certain vitamins and minerals when they’re combined in precise amounts. Here’s how it works: certain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals have the unique ability to work together (synergistically) to produce a greater effect than if taken alone. If proper nutrients are combined in the proper ratios, they can re-energize and recycle one another—they’re replenished and utilized over and over, creating ‘exponential synergies’. Examples of this include Vitamin C and E in the correct ratios to give greater antioxidant power. Another example is how taking the different forms of vitamin A work better in your body than just one form alone.
‘Fully Reacted’ Vitamin C Mineral Ascorbates
Most Multi-Vitamins include inferior forms of Vitamin C (such as Ascorbic Acid) that do not circulate in the body that well. To circulate properly, these intermediate forms need to react with minerals present in the liver to form mineral ascorbates of potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc and other trace elements. Unfortunately, this minimizes absorption and also robs your body of precious minerals needed for bodily functions such as electrolyte balance and enzymatic reactions. The best form of C is the kind that is already reacted with all of these minerals so that your body does not have to pull them from other places.
‘Neutrally Charged’ Amino Acid Chelated Minerals
A chelated mineral is a mineral that is bonded to an amino acid. Chelation is a natural means for the body to transport minerals across the intestinal wall to maximize absorption.
Amino acid chelates are superior to other forms because other forms of minerals lose integrity during digestion, become unstable and therefore lose their bioavailability. Also, the body cannot utilize mineral compounds in their natural state. Any mineral sulfate, oxide or carbonate must be broken apart and restructured to allow it to be transported through the intestinal wall. In addition, these mineral compounds have an electrical charge and can deactivate other important nutrient factors, such as: Vitamin E, ascorbic acid, various B-vitamins, as well as important medications. To overcome this, chelation is required. The body is very efficient at absorbing amino acids and by chelating minerals to amino acids; the amino acids cross the intestinal wall and bring the minerals with them. This transport system allows the minerals to be protected and carried across the intestinal lining into circulation for use.
‘Activated’ B-Complex Coenzymes
B vitamins must be processed by the body and turned into their coenzyme form before they can be utilized. Once they’re in coenzyme form, they’re easily absorbed and readily enter cells. The problem is, B Vitamins in most multis require a process to activate them. Make sure your multi has activated forms of all B Vitamins.
Free Radical Scavenging Antioxidant Blend During exercise
Oxygen consumption greatly increases, leading to increased free radical production. If free radical formation is not controlled within the muscle during exercise, a substantial amount of muscle can easily be damaged. This damage to muscle tissue hinders performance, muscle growth and recovery.
The good news is, antioxidants work to protect cells from free radical damage. They ‘scavenge’ or round up these free radicals and kill them off. The power of an antioxidant is determined by its ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) rating, which measures its efficacy of quenching free radicals. Make sure your Multi is armed with a potent free radical scavenging blend with a high ORAC rating.
ACTIVITE—It Is “The Multi with Muscle!”
Despite the fact that a lot of multis on the shelves of vitamin stores are deficient in one or more of these important areas, there is one Multi-Vitamin that’s flexing some big muscle in the circles of some big bodybuilding names. The Multi is called ACTIVITE and it’s made by MHP, one of the biggest pioneers in sports nutrition today. Pro bodybuilder and top 5 Mr. Olympia contender, Victor Martinez, swears by it: “I’ve been taking this multi for about 6 months now and I’ll tell you, it’s the only multi I’ve ever taken that I actually feel. My meals go down smoother (no stomach upset!), my muscles feel fuller and I feel more energy than ever before, so I know I’m getting better utilization of my protein and carbs.”
ACTIVITE is “The MULTI with MUSCLE” It is the world’s first anabolic enzyme activated Multi-Vitamin and mineral complex designed exclusively for bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts who train hard and demand more from their Multi-Vitamin. After all, when you’re in pursuit of the Mr. Olympia title, like Victor Martinez, you can’t rely on a weak or one-dimensional Multi to fuel muscle growth.
“The MUSCLE” in ACTIVITE is Anabolase™, the patented anabolic enzyme system and interactive food optimizer with designer enzymes Aminogen, Carbogen and Lipolase. Remember, these enzymes are critical to the bodybuilder because they maximize protein, carbohydrate and fat utilization. ACTIVITE is the only Multi-Vitamin to date to contain this breakthrough anabolic enzyme blend.
ACTIVITE is also precisely formulated to deliver a properly balanced full spectrum of vitamins and minerals. ACTIVITE has combined a hand-selected blend of the world’s most powerful and precise micronutrients— vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals—in the exact ratios to maximize their synergistic effect and create ‘exponential synergies’.
If you’re looking to maximize your training and highly active lifestyle, choose ACTIVITE as your Multi. It’s the only MULTI with MUSCLE!