Hello, everyone! Thanks again for checking out our Southern Muscle blog! Today’s product highlight is one for all you. It has been making waves in the industry as more people are realizing the importance of it. Today’s focus is on intra workout supplementation. Intra workout nutrition covers more than one base. For example, if you get a great intra workout product, it should help fuel your muscles before/during your workout, boost your overall strength and endurance, and help deliver key nutrients to your system in order to kickstart your recovery process. While there are a few different intra products on the market, today we will focus on Nutrabio Intra Blast! Nutrabio Intra Blast delivers all the benefits of a great intra workout product AND provides a full disclosure label (like Nutrabio does with all of their products).
Nutrabio Intra Blast has already been an excellent addition to our shelves! As always, Nutrabio has gone above and beyond expectation with their creation of Intra Blast. Intra Blast was formulated to fuel your muscles with clinically dosed fermented (vegetable sourced) BCAAs, essential amino acids, chelated minerals, Taurine, fermented Glutamine, and Betaine Anhydrous. Intra Blast not only helps stimulate muscle protein synthesis, but it also gives your muscles 20 grams of amino acids with 7.4 grams coming from BCAAs alone. Because it is loaded with ingredients that increase muscle endurance and power, some people have started using it as a non-stim pre-workout powder. But, enough about that, let’s get to the good stuff.
Most intra-workout products are pretty much BCAA/EAA formulas with fancy names. Most formulas do not use full label disclosure products, they use “proprietary blends” which means you don’t really know how much of each ingredient you are getting. In contrast, from day one, Nutrabio has been providing customers with full ingredient listings. Not only does Nutrabio want you to know how much of each ingredient you’re getting, but they also want to make sure you get each ingredient in doses that have been shown to work! Nutrabio also decided to exclude Creatine and carbohydrates from this formula. While those ingredients are not bad, Nutrabio knows that not everyone wants them during a workout. Different things work for different people, and if you are someone that wants Creatine or carbohydrates, either can be stacked with Intra Blast. Intra Blast works for almost anyone’s health goal because it helps with building muscle, losing fat/weight, or increasing endurance. So, let’s take a look at how the incredibly formulated Intra Blast works.
The top section of the supplement facts gives you the breakdown of the elemental minerals that are in the electrolytes portion of Intra Blast. We will dive into those later on. For now, here is the breakdown:
Calcium ( Calci-K®) – 95mg
Phosphorus ( Calci-K®) – 82mg
Magnesium (Albion®) – 28mg
Sodium – 50mg
Potassium (Calci-K®) – 80mg
This next part is my favorite. Intra Blast’s Muscle Growth EAA/BCAA matrix offers the clinically validated ratio BCAAs (Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine) in a 2:1:1 ratio. (Many brands offer a higher ratio of Leucine, charge you more, but the results are no better.) Of the many studies of BCAA supplementation, the most benefits are achieved when supplemented at a 2:1:1 ratio. Nutrabio’s BCAAs also come from vegetable fermentation. They don’t use human hair or duck feathers like 95% of the other BCAAs products use.
Muscle Growth EAA/BCAA (10 grams)
L-Leucine (HPLC) (Fermented) – 3.8g
L-Leucine is considered, by many, as one of the most important amino acids for building muscle. Think of Leucine as the key that turns your body’s performance/muscle growth engine on. Leucine is an essential amino acid, and it’s the most plentiful of the branch chain amino acids. Leucine is needed to stimulate protein synthesis in the body, enhance lean muscle mass, improve exercise performance, increase the body’s ability to burn fat, and aid in muscle recovery. New studies are showing that Leucine may also be helpful for people dealing with blood sugar balance issues. The number of studies that show how beneficial Leucine is are too many to count. Regardless of what kind of training you do, you will need Leucine to help get you to the next level.
L-Isoleucine (HPLC) (Fermented) – 1.8g
L-Isoleucine aids in energy production and helps to stop muscle wasting from occurring. Just like Leucine this amino acid also helps balance blood sugar.
L-Valine (HPLC) (Fermented) – 1.8g
L-Valine was first found in the valerian plant, which is also where we get Valerian root (an herb used for calming, sleeplessness). L-Valine has been shown to help with nervousness. Many people report that they feel less stressed when supplementing with BCAAs that contain L-Valine. L-Valine also assists with the repair of muscle tissue, and it helps keep the immune system strong.
L-Lysine (HPLC) – 850mg
You may have heard that you should get L-Lysine to help your body deal with cold sores, but did you know that L-Lysine also helps with protein synthesis? L-Lysine also aids in the production of natural growth hormones in the body. If you are trying to build muscle, you definitely need L-Lysine. Are you trying to keep your skin and joints healthy? L-Lysine also helps with collagen production in the body. Do you want to keep your bones strong? Are taking calcium supplements? If you are, it would be a great idea to make sure you’re getting some L-Lysine every day, because it helps the body absorb calcium and strengthens bones.
L-Threonine (HPLC) – 850mg
L-Threonine is an amino acid that does so much more than its given credit for. Not only is it needed to build muscle tissue, but it is also a powerful immune booster. Your body’s Thymus gland needs L-Threonine to operate properly. L-Threonine (along with Magnesium and Vitamin B6) aid the body in producing the enzymes that are needed to create the amino acids Glycine and Serine; and it aids in collagen production, helps build bone strength, aids the liver in digesting fats, and does even more than we have time to discuss!
L-Histidine (HPLC) – 450mg
L-Histidine helps the body produce red blood cells, protects tissues from damage from radiation and toxic heavy metals, converts to histamines to alert the body of allergic reactions, and (most notably known for) combines with Beta-Alanine to create the antioxidant amino acid Carnosine. Consuming higher doses of L-Histidine (for short periods of time) has been shown to help alleviate symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis. L-Histidine also helps with tissue repair.
DL-Phenylalanine (HPLC) – 300mg
(The “DL” means that this product is a mixture of D-Methionine and L-Methionine -one part from a natural raw material, and one synthetic.)While D-Methionine and L-Methionine both have their pros and cons, mixing the two seems to work the best supplement wise. DL-Phenylalanine is needed to help the body create the amino acid Tyrosine (which helps the body to make dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine). Since this amino acid helps with dopamine production, it is often used by people in need of help from a mood booster and/or a focus aid that does not contain caffeine. Although more research is needed to prove this claim, DL-Phenylalanine may be beneficial in helping deal with joint pain.
DL-Methionine (HPLC) – 100mg
DL-Methionine is another amino acid that does more than most people know. It is needed by the body for the production of SAMe and the amino acids Cysteine and Taurine. DL-Methionine also helps produce one of the bodies most beneficial antioxidants, Glutathione. DL-Methionine has detoxifying properties. It has been shown to be successful in detoxifying the liver in cases of Acetaminophen overdose. DL-Methionine also has collagen and immune boosting benefits.
L-Tryptophan (HPLC) – 55mg
Don’t worry, Intra Blast’s use of Tryptophan won’t put you to sleep. You will need a whole lot more than 55mg’s to make you sleepy, but the dose is enough for your body to start converting it to Serotonin (the brain chemical that induces a sense of well being/happiness). L-Tryptophan also increases IGF-1(Insulin like growth factor 1) in muscle tissue and Follistatin, a protein in the body that holds off myostatin (another protein in the body that blunts muscle growth). When myostatin is high, muscle growth can seriously be halted. So, increasing follistatin keeps myostatin from limiting muscle growth.
Muscle Recovery Accelerator (5g)
L-Glutamine (Kyowa Quality) (HPLC) – 5g
L Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in muscle tissue. Slightly over 60% of total amino acids in your muscle is made of L-Glutamine. Up to half of all Glutamine in your muscle tissue is used up during training, so supplementing it during/after your workouts is a great way to kickstart your recovery process. Glutamine helps repair muscle tissue, offsets muscle catabolism, and boosts the production of the brain neurotransmitter GABA. Glutamine has also been shown to help the body burn more calories, carbs, and fat because it helps stimulate insulin secretion. Lastly, Glutamine is a potent immune booster! Your stomach lining needs L-Glutamine to form a proper digestive tract (where 80% of your immune system resides).
Strength & Performance Matrix (3g)
Betaine Anhydrous (trimethylglycine) (HPLC) – 2g
Betaine Anhydrous has been used for years as a methyl donor, a way to aid the body in reducing homocysteine; but, as of the last decade, Betaine Anhydrous has been added to many pre and intra workout products. Betaine Anhydrous aids in increased power output, increased energy, increased cellular hydration, and it even helps the body produce more Creatine. Betaine Anhydrous has also been shown to increase muscle protein synthesis. Studies have shown that taking 1.25 grams of Betaine twice a day increases muscle strength by up to 25 percent. Remember, Intra Blast gives a full 2 grams of Betaine Anhydrous per scoop.
OKG (L-Ornithine alpha-ketoglutarate 2:1 reacted) (HPLC) – 1g
L-Ornithine alpha-ketoglutarate (Not to be confused with the more known form of L-Ornithine) is the amino acid L-Ornithine combined with alpha-ketoglutarate (a precursor to the amino acid Glutamine). OKG has been shown to improve the amino acid profile in muscles and increase protein synthesis. Using Ornithine as one of the components of OKG allows the stimulation of the bodies production of the amino acid L-Arginine (which is needed for nitric oxide production and a whole host of other benefits to the human body). It also aids in the production of Glutamine.
Electrolyte & Hydration Optimizer (2.8g)
Taurine (HPLC) – 2g
Taurine is the second most abundant amino acid found in muscle tissue. Taurine has been shown to increase brain function, as it is one of the main precursors to the neurotransmitter known as GABA. For intra workout purposes, Taurine works to maintain proper hydration and electrolyte balance. A study published in Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 2014 showed that males ages 21-27 experienced improvements in strength, decreased muscle soreness, and had less muscle creatine loss after 14 days of Taurine supplementation.
Calcium Potassium Phosphate Citrate (as Calci-K) – 525mg
Intra Blast uses a highly absorbable blend of Calcium, Potassium, and Phosphorus. This blend is needed for proper electrolyte balance to prevent muscle cramping and aid in bone strengthening.
Sodium Phosphate – 157 mg
This is a blend of sodium and Phosphorus that is also needed for proper electrolyte balance.
Di-Magnesium Malate(Albion) – 140mg
Magnesium is one of the most important minerals in the human body. It is needed for over 300 different chemical reactions in the human body. One of the reactions it helps is one that keeps muscles from cramping during exercise. Magnesium is needed to regulate other minerals in our bodies, and it is also used by our cells to generate ATP. Less Magnesium in our bodies means less ATP production, and that means less power output by the muscles. Magnesium is also needed for proper muscle recovery. Nutrabio uses a form of Magnesium known as Di-Magnesium Malate for rapid assimilation into the bloodstream (without experiencing any stomach discomfort).
This loaded formula is on the shelves at all three Southern Muscle locations! We carry the naturally flavored Kiwi Strawberry and Sweet Tea flavors. These products are free of artificial colors and sweeteners and come in 30 serving containers. Intra Blast can be used as a stand-alone product or stacked with other products as previously mentioned earlier in this article. If you’re ready to flood your muscles with 16 ingredients that all work in complete synergy to increase power, endurance, and strength to your working muscles, Nutrabio Intra Blast is here waiting for you at your local Southern Muscle location!
Ricky Seda has been in the supplement retail/health food business for almost ten years. He has managed many stores in the Philadelphia/Tampa Bay area. He is passionate about making sure each customer gets the care, knowledge, and best supplement for that person’s needs. He has spent countless hours researching proper supplementation and has worked with numerous brand representatives over the years to learn everything he can about every product he sells. He is currently enrolled at Trinity School of Health and is a full-time Sales Associate at Southern Muscle Tampa. He can be reached on Instagram @rickythesuppsguy if anyone has a supplement question, also via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.