Product Spotlight: myendurance

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Our ethos here at MPN is to provide you with sports nutrition supplements that improve your performance, naturally, thereby only benefitting your health.

All of our products are formulated using the latest scientific research in order to provide you with only what you need, and nothing that you don’t. 

myendurance has been uniquely formulated to help boost your endurance during prolonged endurance activity; anything from cycling, obstacle course racing, triathlon to sailing! No matter what your sport, we've got you covered.

 

 

We feel we have created a game changer with this product, as myendurance performs and tastes fantastic, and yet contains less than 0.5% sugar, no artificial flavours, colourings or sweeteners!

Below is around a 5 minute read into what goes into myendurance and how it will benefit your endurance sport and activity.

Karbo-Lyn™

Karbo-Lyn™ is a unique carbohydrate sourced from corn, potato & rice.

What?

Unlike other simple carbohydrates, Karbo-Lyn™ is a complex (starch) carbohydrate that is absorbed very quickly without any side effects, stomach bloating or discomfort. Karbo-Lyn™ is the only carbohydrate source we use in our products here at MPN. To read a little more about the science behind Karbo-Lyn™, please click here.

Why?

One of, if not the biggest factor in athletes ‘hitting the wall’ is the depletion of stored glycogen stores within the muscles and liver; Once they’re gone, they’re gone!

How?

Research suggests that humans can digest 1 gram of carbohydrate per minute. It is therefore vitally important to provide a continual supply of carbohydrate during activity, using a product such as myendurance, in order to spare stored glycogen within the muscles and liver, therefore preventing the ‘hitting the wall’ sensation.

Amount in myendurance (44 g serving): 30 g

Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA’s)  

Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA’s) refer to just three key essential amino acids*: Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine.

What?

BCAA’s play a vital role in the reduction of physical fatigue; vital to maintain prolonged endurance activity.

Why?

During exercise, BCAA count is reduced within the blood stream. A decline of BCAA’s would normally cause an influx of the amino acid tryptophan into the brain. This influx causes an increase in serotonin production, which causes physical fatigue.

How?

Supplementing with up to 20 grams of BCAA’s has been shown to prevent this decline at the blood level, thus helping reduce this fatigue during exercise.

Supplementation of BCAA’s has also been shown to reduce cognitive fatigue, especially during the latter stages of prolonged exercise and endurance sport. BCAA supplementation maintains one’s ability to make accurate decisions when typically other subjects are centrally fatigued.

Amount in myendurance (44 g serving): 5 g 

L Glutamine

L Glutamine is a conditionally essential amino acid** that has been traditionally supplemented by many to help build muscle. However, evidence of L – Glutamine’s muscle building properties is sparce in otherwise healthy individuals.

What?

L – Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the body, and is part of several vital physiological processes. Many will be surprised to know however that its main role is to act as the preferred energy source for the function of our intestinal and immune systems.

Why?

During prolonged endurance activity, our bodies are under huge amounts of metabolic stress, whereby we deplete ourselves of several vital nutrients, including glutamine. Unfortunately, a severe drop in glutamine levels is shown to interfere with normal white blood cell formation, therefore supressing the function of our immune system, leaving us susceptible to conditions such as illness and exercise induced cell damage.

How?

Fortunately, supplementing with L – Glutamine has been found to help reduce this damage to immune cells, therefore reducing the risk of exercise induced illnesses following prolonged endurance activity.

Amount in myendurance (44 g serving): 5 g

Vitamin C, or Ascorbic Acid

Vitamin C, or Ascorbic Acid is an essential vitamin for the athletic population, and is part of several important processes within the human body.

What?

Vitamin C is well known for its antioxidant properties, and is stored in skeletal muscle where it is readily available to provide a ‘sacrificial’ role in helping reduce exercise induced stress.

Why?

As discussed previously, prolonged endurance activity places our bodies under enormous stress, whereby reactive oxygen species, or ‘free radicals’ can cause severe muscular damage and inflammation if their production exceeds the capabilities of our ‘antioxidant’ system.

How?

During normal energy metabolism, free radical production is managed by our antioxidant system. However, during periods of prolonged intense exercise, free radical production begins to exceed the amount being metabolized, thereby increasing the risk of cellular damage and disrupting normal physiological processes.

It is important to note that free radical production is a vital function that we must experience in order for our bodies to adapt to exercise induced stressors. However, ingestion of Vitamin C during exercise can provide the ‘sacrificial’ antioxidants required to assist in maintaining the optimum balance between production and abolishment in terms of free radicals, therefore promoting the adaptive benefits to prolonged endurance activity, rather than maladaptive.

Amount in myendurance (44 g serving): 500 mg

Himalayan Fine Salts

Himalayan Fine Salts originate from Pakistan, where they are mined in the Punjab region of Pakistan, near the Himalayan Mountains.

What?

Himalayan salts contain all the necessary minerals needed by the body to maintain electrolyte balance, and therefore muscular contraction and exercise continuation. They are an unrefined salt, which causes their sometimes pink appearance.

Why?

Himalayan salt is for the majority sodium chloride, however it does also contain the vital minerals potassium, magnesium and calcium. These minerals play a vital role in maintaining the regulation of muscular contraction. Fortunately, the percentages of minerals contained with Himalayan salts are near identical to how they occur within the human body, making them a natural choice as the electrolyte replenishment within myendurance.

How?

Sufficient levels of the key minerals sodium, potassium and calcium must be present within skeletal muscle to allow for contraction to occur. During prolonged endurance activity, levels of these minerals gradually diminish for many reasons, including heavy sweating, which will eventually lead to dehydration. As a result of this imbalance, muscular weakness and severe muscular contractions, otherwise known as cramping, will occur. Lets face it, we’ve all been there at some point!

This is why it is vital to continue to ingest these minerals during prolonged activity; to maintain electrolyte balance within skeletal muscle. The Himalayan salts contained within myendurance do just that, naturally.

Amount in myendurance (44 g serving): 500 mg

Stevia

Stevia is the only sweetener we will use in our products to help make them taste great. To find out why we only use Stevia, please see this separate article here.

Team MPN

* an essential amino acid is one that cannot be synthesized by the human body; it must be provided exogenously (from our diets).
 
** a conditionally essential amino acid is one that cannot be synthesized, or its production is limited under severe cases of physiological stress, meaning it must also be provided exogenously.
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