LEUCINE COMPLEX Revolution™ is our raw, unflavored leucine blend formula. Studies have shown leucine by itself can stimulate muscle protein synthesis. This is why it is often referred to as the “main” amino acid.
HICA, on the other hand, is short for DL-Alpha-Hydroxy-Isocaproic Acid and is the end result of leucine metabolism in human tissues.
The ingredients found in LEUCINE COMPLEX Revolution™ have been shown to:
- Trigger muscle growth
- Prevent muscle protein breakdown
- Emhance muscle anabolism
- Improve strength, endurance, and recovery
- Work from Dr. Layman's laboratory at The University of Illinois has shown that muscles grow in direct proportion to the leucine content of the protein in the diet.
- HICA supplementation works in tandem with leucine and has been shown to enhance muscle gains from strength training.
Without a doubt, LEUCINE COMPLEX Revolution is the most anabolic amino supplement you can get your hands on. The efficacious dose of L-leucine is a perfect addition to any post-workout shake to optimize muscle gain and recovery.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Leucine is one of the essential branched chain amino acids (BCAA). By itself it can stimulate muscle protein synthesis; the process responsible for muscle growth and recovery. This is why it is often referred to as the “main” amino acid.
- Supplementation with at least 2/grams daily leucine has been shown decrease muscle soreness, lessen recovery time between workouts, and increase lean muscle mass.
- Howatson et al. (2012) discovered that leucine (combined with isoleucine and valine) administered before muscle-damaging resistance exercises reduced indices of muscle damage and accelerated recovery in resistance trained males.
DL-a-hydroxy-isocaproic acid (HICA)
HICA is short for DL-Alpha-Hydroxy-Isocaproic Acidand is the end result of leucine metabolism in human tissues.
- Studies have shown that HICA can enhance anaerobic and aerobic performance as well as help to promote optimal gains in muscle mass and muscle fiber size.
- However, the biggest benefit of HICA can be the reduction of delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).
- Mero et. al (2010) discovered male soccer players who supplemented with HICA over a 4 week period were able to increase whole lean body mass and reduce soreness by 23% compared to placebo.
Q: What is the best way to take Leucine Complex Revolution?
A: As a dietary supplement, mix one scoop with your favorite beverage. For optimal results, use during training, with between-meal snacks or with low-leucine meals.
Q: Why is leucine often referred to as "the main" amino acid?
A: By itself, leucine can stimulate robust increases in muscle protein synthesis; arguably the most important physiological factor when it comes to muscle growth, strength, and recovery.
Q: What other MuscleSport raw products do you recommend stacking with Leucine Complex Revolution?
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2. Shimomura, Y., Inaguma, A., Watanabe, S., Yamamoto, Y., Muramatsu, Y., Bajotto, G., ... & Mawatari, K. (2010). Branched-chain amino acid supplementation before squat exercise and delayed-onset muscle soreness.International journal of sport nutrition, 20(3), 236.
3. Nicastro, H., Artioli, G. G., dos Santos Costa, A., Solis, M. Y., Da Luz, C. R., Blachier, F., & Lancha Jr, A. H. (2011). An overview of the therapeutic effects of leucine supplementation on skeletal muscle under atrophic conditions. Amino Acids, 40(2), 287-300.
4. Howatson, G., Hoad, M., Goodall, S., Tallent, J., Bell, P. G., & French, D. N. (2012). Exercise-induced muscle damage is reduced in resistance-trained males by branched chain amino acids: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. J Int Soc Sports Nutr, 9(1), 20.
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