I have a close friend who is an amateur athlete and a self-described “Educated” guy when it comes to all things sports, athletic training, nutrition and supplements. He asked me, “what does Redox Signaling have to do with any of that?” It’s a fair question; however, what he is really asking is why should an athlete supplement with ASEA™ as opposed to any other supplement.
In order to answer that we need to be clear about a few thing and understand what is happening with athletes when taking ASEA™.
First, you don’t have to replace your current supplements with ASEA™. In fact, when you understand how ASEA™ works, then you will see that in most cases ASEA™ will increase the benefits from your other supplements especially antioxidants.
Next, let’s defer to a recent preliminary trial of Athletes taking ASEA™. It is important to remember that this is a preliminary trial and further clinical studies in athletic performance are being conducted. This results of this study showed enough to warrant further trials. When those become available they will be posted.
The original trial was conducted over 14 days and the focus was placed on measuring Ventilatory Threshold (VT).
VT is widely recognized as a better and more accurate way to measure endurance and power output capacity than VO2max itself. The VT can be measured by comparing the volume of oxygen intake (VO2) to the volume of Carbon Dioxide exhaled (VCO2). As the muscles put out more power, their demand for oxygen from the blood grows proportionally to the amount of waste CO2 they expel into the blood. This is reflected in the VO2 and VCO2 measurements.
The body can be thought of as a machine: oxygen (O2) goes into the lungs, passes into the blood where it is pumped into the muscle tissues. There it is combined with sugars and fats to produce the energy needed to sustain the power output. The waste products of aerobic energy production include carbon dioxide (CO2). CO2 is passed back out of the tissues into the lungs where it is then expelled. The amount of O2 going in during aerobic exercise should be directly proportional to the CO2 expelled; this is seen on a graph comparing VCO2 to VO2 as a line.
There comes a point, however, during the VO2max test that the power output of the muscles exceeds the ability of the lungs and heart to supply the needed oxygen. At this point an anaerobic process inside the muscle tissues begins to produce energy (energy without oxygen) in order to supply the energy deficit. The waste products of this process include lactic acid and an additional amount of CO2. This anaerobic CO2 waste, combined with the aerobic CO2 waste can be measured as a much increased VCO2 measurement relative to the VO2. This point (VT) can be seen on the VCO2 vs. VO2 graph as a “kink” as the volume of CO2 being expelled goes quickly up to a higher level.
VT is defined as the point where VCO2 starts its steeper incline. Thus VT marks the end of pure aerobic energy producing process and the beginning of a mixture of aerobic and anaerobic energy producing processes. This can also be measured with a sharp increase of lactic acid in the blood (usually denoted LT, Lactic Threshold). In this experiment LT is not measured. As lactic acid builds up in the tissues, it inhibits the ability of the tissues to absorb oxygen efficiently, making the aerobic process less efficient. At the Anaerobic Threshold (AT), the build-up of lactic acid begins to spiral up out of control. A few minutes after AT, the carbohydrate supply also runs out and the muscle tissue fails to function. This point of complete exhaustion typically comes several tens of seconds after VO2max, (the point where the body is taking in the maximum amount of O2 possible).
VO2max depends on a lot of genetic factors such as lung capacity, heart capacity and the efficiency of the air-blood interface to exchange O2 and CO2 in the lungs as well as the efficiency of the blood-tissue interface in the muscles. Normally VO2max will only significantly increase if lung or heart capacity increases due to long periods of strenuous exercise. VT, on the other hand, is a measure of how much power an athlete is able to sustain at his peak aerobic efficiency. VT can be increased if the blood-air interface in the lungs or blood-tissue interface becomes more efficient in transporting oxygen or getting rid of CO2 and lactic acid. Thus VT is a parameter that it makes sense to target for increase in athletic training.
Observations and Conclusions Based on Results:
There is a clear and unequivocal trend in the VO2max data. Based on the data, about 70% of the athletes that try ASEA should experience the ability to maintain a higher power output without crossing the Ventilatory Threshold (VT) that instigates fatigue, allowing them to go longer at the same power burn or to operate at a higher power burn than possible before ASEA. This is based on the most salient feature of the data–the extension of time at similar power levels before the VT and VO2max fatigue-related thresholds. These results deserve more careful investigation and verification.
Since 14 days do not give the body enough time to increase lung capacity or cardiovascular capacity, it seems reasonable to conclude that these trends may be more indicative of short range increases in the oxygen-transfer efficiency caused by the ingestion of ASEA, either at the lungs or in the tissues. It may also be indicative of an increased efficiency in ridding the body of excess lactic acid. This would indicate that ASEA would be most effective taken directly before and after exercise.
It is interesting to note that ASEA™ was not created as an athletic supplement. ASEA™ decided to conduct the preliminary trial referenced here after athletes started reporting their experiences. The preliminary trial indicated enough positive data to warrant further trials with a more scientific approach. These trials are currently being conducted and will be published when completed.
Also, please remember that ASEA has been certified clean for Athletes and has received the clean certificates of analysis required by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
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ASEA is a non-toxic, perfectly balanced mixture of Redox Signaling molecules, similar to those constantly produced by all living healthy cells. ASEA enhances and activates the native antioxidants needed to protect and detoxify the cells and at the same time supplements the signaling molecules needed to repair or replace damaged cells and restore healthy tissue and immune function.
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