......Everything you need to know about protein synthesis and how manipulating it can change your gains
How many times have you asked the question, “How can I put on more lean muscle mass”? And how many times have you gotten the same answer....” You got to up your protein intake, bro”. For ages it's been claimed, “the more protein, the better”. But at what point is “more protein” too much? When does it just become waste and more belly ache than benefit? What if there was a way to use more of the protein you consume for muscle development? Great news......there is!
How it works...... the quick, crash course in how your body breaks down and utilizes protein.
Although it starts with your saliva, the real work begins when protein reaches your stomach. It is broken down into small chains of amino acids by enzymes called proteases and by hydrochloric acid. These break the bonds that join amino acids and make them into even smaller amino acid chains. As the smaller chains move to the intestine, they are further broken down by pancreatic enzymes and then buffered to help lower the acidity. As the acidity is lowered, additional enzymes work to break up the remaining amino chains in to individual amino acids. Once completely broken down, the microvilli in the intestine absorb the individual acids and release them into the blood stream to be transported and used for tissue repair and muscle development.
What's the recommended amount of protein you should take?
Historically studies have shown that you should only take in a maximum of 25-35 grams of protein at one time (per meal). BUT...That depends on many different variables (source of protein, how its consumed, age, gender, body/muscle mass, and others).
It has been widely recommended to consume between 25-35 grams at one time because of the rate at which our bodies typically break down and absorb the protein consumed in solid meals. The protein found in eggs is absorbed at an average rate of about 3 grams per hour, while whey protein (a quick digesting protein found in most dairy based proteins) is absorbed at about 10 grams per hour......But faster does not necessarily mean better. More to come in our next blog on what protein is right for you.
Is it really possible to build more muscle while using less protein?
Yes and no. Your body needs protein to build muscle, there is no way around that; no magic button. Without protein you simply cannot build and develop muscle fibers.
However, there is a way to direct more of the protein you consume to be used for muscle building. Essentially, getting more results in muscular development without having to increase the amount of protein you already intake. You can do this by signaling the mTOR pathway to direct more of your bodies consumed protein to be used in muscle building.
What Is the mTor gene and how to stimulate it for more muscle development?
The mTOR gene (Mechanistic Target of Rapamycin Kinase) is a protein coding gene that is responsible for triggering the production of muscle protein. mTOR is an intricate pathway that is a key regulator of cell growth, cell proliferation, protein synthesis, and more. The mTOR signaling pathway responds in direct correlation to the intake/concentration of nutrients (or absence of thereof) in our body. Once broken down into single amino acids, the various acids are used for many different functions but typically (if you're eating on a regular basis) the body has enough amino acids for its functions and sends a good portion to be used for waste. Upregulating this pathway by the intake of a revolutionary natural supplement can trigger protein synthesis and muscular growth......
OptiNOs from EC Sports, during its clinical trials, was shown to increase activation of protein synthesis, by way of mTOR signaling. This allowed more of those unused amino acids to be directed to and stored for muscular development. This translates to the increased development of more lean muscle tissue without the increase of protein intake. This patented, ALL NATURAL, supplement was specially designed and tested with this pathway signaling in mind to optimize your protein intake and build more lean muscle.
In summary, you will always need protein intake to build muscle but taking more will not necessarily equivalate to greater lean muscle gains. By taking OptiNOs, you can build more muscle with the amount of protein you already consume. More muscle, using less protein.
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