Whenever you lift weights, the damaged muscle cells signal enzymes to flock towards the damaged tissue to free arachidonic acid from the intercellular membranes. The freed arachidonic acid is used to create localized enzymes called prostaglandins. Prostaglandins regulate in the inflammation processes that stimulates the growth of skeletal muscle cells. These are the same enzymes that cause the inflammation and pain you feel post-training.
- Researchers at the University of Tampa put Arachidonic acid to the test with a double-blind, eight-week clinical trial. The group supplementing with ARA displayed significantly greater lean body mass, strength, and power over the placebo group after eight weeks of training (R). The researchers speculated that the ARA supplement was able to prevent training adaptation from happening, allowing inflammation-induced growth to continue beyond traditional levels.
The study used a daily dosage of 1,500mg/day. The prevailing view of researchers is that a daily dosage of 1,000-3,000mg/day is optimal, depending on body weight. A smaller female would use a daily dosage of 1,000mg/day. An extremely large bodybuilder could usage a dosage up to 3,000mg/day.
- In another study, Thirty strength-trained males (age: 20.4 ± 2.1 yrs) were randomly divided into two groups: ARA or placebo. Lean body mass (2.9%, p<0.0005), upper-body strength (8.7%, p<0.0001), and peak power (12.7%, p<0.0001) increased only in the ARA group. Findings suggest that ARA supplementation can positively augment strength-training induced adaptations in resistance-trained males (2).
How to use
Arachidonic Acid Capsules (Muscle Growth)
Take 2-4 capsules 30 minutes before working out on an empty stomach for best results.
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Best used in 4-6 week cycles.
Muscle growth, muscle hypetrophy.
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Arachidonic acid plays an essential role in the growth and repair of skeletal muscle tissue. It is an essential dietary component in the muscle hypertrophy process. low levels of arachidonic acid levels are one of the primary factors contributing to the ‘plateau’ effect in resistance training. Small amounts of Arachidonic acid are naturally present in food, but the amount is pretty much negligible. For example, A 3-ounce serving of beef roast contains only 0.042 gram of arachidonic acid. Each capsule of Enhanced Labs Arachidonic Acid contains 350mg of pure arachidonic acid.
Arachadonic acid enhances muscle pumps and strength, and I really enjoy the increased DOMS (and muscle growth) that comes with it.