X-Gels contain only one key ingredient: 250mg of Arachidonic Acid per soft-gel. What is Arachidonic Acid? It’s an Omega-6 essential fatty acid that’s classified as ‘essential’ because it’s needed by the body to function properly, the body cannot make it, therefore it needs to be supplied by the diet. Arachidonic Acid has demonstrated anabolic properties, mainly the ability to magnify how the body reacts to the stimulus of training. This reaction directly impacts 4 key areas: muscle growth, strength, the pump you get during your workout, and workout endurance – all areas most bodybuilders are concerned about.
Let’s take a look at the functional breakdown of Arachidonic Acid: it’s actually is the foundational material of hormones known as diabolic prostaglandins, in fact, these are the body’s major prostaglandins. Why are prostaglandins important to bodybuilders? Prostaglandins play a crucial role in protein turnover and are centrally involved with muscle growth, and are directly responsible for controlling muscular response to resistance exercise. The availability of Arachidonic Acid directly impacts the body’s ability to output normal levels of prostaglandins.
Arachidonic Acid converts to the primary prostaglandin involved in muscle growth, known as prostaglandin PGF2, at this point an anabolic process called "myonuclear accretion" takes place, leading to muscle growth. Prostaglandins exert their effects on muscle growth after the workout is over - they play a key role in the recovery process.
This is not the only role Arachidonic Acid has in muscle growth; research has proven that Arachidonic Acid can impact peak power output as well as vasodilation. This is why taking Arachidonic Acid pre-workout makes sense since it promotes an insane pump and also affects work capacity.
The best approach as far as taking Arachidonic Acid is to use it pre-workout to enhance pumps, muscle growth, and strength. We advise taking 4 X-Gels 30-45 minutes before your workout and 4 X-Gels during the day on "off-days."
While intended for bodybuilders and athletes trying to build more muscle, two specific categories of athletes may see increased benefits from using Arachidonic Acid - vegetarians and bodybuilders/athletes using a low-fat diet. Both groups have low levels of Arachidonic Acid consumption because Arachidonic Acid is found largely in red meats that have a higher fat content. This is a good reason to supplement this nutrient. Since it’s generally not prevalent in our food, any bodybuilder will see positive benefits from supplementation.
X-Gels users may see increased muscle soreness in the days after a workout. This is because Arachidonic Acid magnifies your normal response to weight training.
Based on how Arachidonic Acid works in the body, it’s a good idea to increase your daily protein and calorie intake ( by 500-1000 calories) to optimize muscle growth.