What's in Fit Body Fasting Fuel?

Phytonutrients, Adaptogens, Antioxidants

Moringa oleifera

Moringa leaf, also know as the world's strongest superfood is composed of a full spectrum of phytonutrients,vitamins, minerals, potassium, magnesium and powerful antioxidants. Moringa is truly a nutritional powerhouse with health benefits that include: Blood sugar stabilization, improved blood pressure, improved blood flow,  improved immune function, anti-inflammatory properties, anti-cancer and anti-tumor activity, anti-aging properties, improved energy, mental clarity and focus, cholesterol lowering properties, appetite control, and overall health and well-being. Moringa is high in vitamins B1, B2, and B3 which the body can use to convert food to energy instead of storing it as fat. Moringa has been know to condition the body to process food more effectively and can help reduce cravings for sugary or high fat foods. (Read more about Moringa oleifera on PubMed.gov)

 

Matcha Leaf

Matcha leaf is packed with antioxidants. One cup of Matcha tea has 137 times more antioxidants than regular green tea. Matcha contains catechins, a potent class of antioxidants which are not found in other foods, in particular EGCg, which exhibits very powerful cancer-fighting properties. Antioxidants are the body's defense agents, they are the compounds that prevent aging and chronic disease.  Matcha leaf provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium. It has been shown to lower cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar. Matcha offers weight loss attributes with its ability to boost metabolism, burn through fat tissue and improve physical endurance. Studies indicate that consuming Matcha prior to exercise can increase the amount of calories burned by up to 25%. Matcha will not increase heart rate or blood pressure or stress the body. The rare amino acid L-theanine is present in Matcha, which promotes a state of relaxation, focused energy and enhanced overall well-being. (Read more about Matcha on PubMed.gov)

 

Jiaogulan (Gynostemma pentaphyllum)

Jiaogulan is recognised as the world's most powerful and effective adaptogen on the planet, and is often referenced as “the herb of immortality.” Once ingested the adaptogens allow the body to restore balance in whatever way necessary.  Depending on the condition of your body it can either raise or lower a given condition until it meets normal parameters. Jiaogulan can offer increased energy, stamina, improved blood flow, mental alertness, and physical performance. It acts as an antioxidant by stimulating our bodies to synthesize their own endogenous antioxidants, super dismutase (SOD) and glutathione. Additionally it has been shown to directly affect our body's metabolic process by reducing fat storage and regulating glucose uptake in the body, as well lowering LDLs (bad cholesterol) and raising HDLs (good cholesterol) (Read more about Jiaogulan on PubMed.gov)

 

Growth Hormone Releasing Amino Acids

L-Arginine

L-Arginine serves many functions within the body. It is necessary to make nitric oxide within the body, which will relax blood vessels and promote blood flow. It also stimulates protein production which helps with wound healing. In clinical studies L-Arginine has been shown to increase Growth Hormone production significantly.

 

L-Ornithine

L-Ornithine will help muscle cells within the body produce creatine. L-Ornithine helps the body to push through workout fatigue so that your muscle can better utilize your energy stores. L-Ornithine has been shown to increase Growth hormone production and also help metabolize fat tissue.

 

 L-Glutamine

This is the amino acid that the body uses most during times of stress and is crucial in the metabolism and maintenance of muscle tissue. L-Glutamine has been shown to increase energy, strength, endurance and mental alertness, as well as  improve immune function. L-Glutamine has the ability to increase Human Growth Hormone production significantly, especially when combined with L-Arginine and L-Ornithine.

 

Additional Amino Acid/ Acetyl L-carnitine (ALCAR)

L-carnitine is an essential nutrient during periods of fasting. The body can not produce enough to meet its demand during periods of exercise, especially when we are exercising in the "fasted state." L-carnitine can shuttle fatty acids from the blood into the mitochondria ( the energy producing "furnaces" in the cells) so they can be used for energy. If you want to use fat for fuel as efficiently and effectively as possible, then you should be consuming L-carnitine. Studies indicate that L-carnitine consumption during periods of fasting significantly increases the amount fat you can lose. Additionally L-carnitine has been shown to decrease hunger and reduce fatigue during periods of fasting...(Read more about L-carnitine while fasting on PubMed.gov HERE and HERE.

 

Electrolytes

Sodium (Na+)

Important for regulating water and fluid balance in the body. It can be found in the bloodstream and indicates to the kidneys how much water needs to be retained and how much should be excreted. It helps generate electrical impulses along nerve cells which carry messages to and from the brain – this means it is also important in muscle function.

Potassium (K+)

Found inside cells and is important for regulating water and fluid in the body. It is also important for muscle function, including involuntary muscles like those surrounding the heart, that contract rhythmically to keep it pumping. It is also important for generating the electrical impulses that are important in nerve signalling.

Magnesium (Mg++)

Magnesium is involved in over 300 chemical reactions in the body, is vital for cell function, enzyme activity, muscle function, nerve signalling, sleep and regulating mood. A lack of magnesium can contribute to muscle cramp, fatigue and low mood.