AAKG (Arginine Alpha Ketoglutarate)

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Arginine Alpha Ketoglutarate is an advanced form of arginine and is approximately 2 times the potency. It has been shown in new and ongoing research to increase anabolic activity and increase levels of growth hormone, IGF-1, and insulin, glutamine and other amino acid metabolites. Read the full product description below.

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We all want to look after ourselves and keep ourselves in the best possible shape, both physically and mentally, yet for some of us, doing so is far easier said than done. As far as exercise is concerned, we all exercise and workout with different goals and targets in mind. Whatever you’re looking to get out of your health and fitness regime however, supplements, more specifically, supplements such as AAKG, can provide a whole host of benefits and advantages. Here’s a more detailed look.

What is AAKG?

AAKG, or, Arginine Alpha Ketoglutarate, is actually an amino acid compound that provides a number of benefits to the body, particularly in regards to cell volume. L-arginine is basically arginine in its natural form that is then used to create a number of dietary supplements, including AAKG. AAKG is rich in a compound known as alpha ketoglutarate, which is actually a natural derivative of glutaric acid, and is a type of salt.

How does it work?

AAKG contains different constituents, which each have different roles and functions within the human body. The alpha ketoglutarate for example, actually helps to break down certain amino acids and sugar molecules within the body. It functions as an intermediary within the citric acid cycle, which is also known as the krebs cycle. The krebs cycle is basically a selection of different internal processes which take stored glucose sugars, and break them down before converting them into Adenosine Tri-Phosphate, or ATP for short. ATP is a primary source of energy used by the muscles, so naturally the more ATP there is, the more energy the muscles will have. Not only that, but it also helps enhance cell volume via the increase in energy, which leads to more impressive muscle pumps. Plus, it has also been found to enhance nitric oxide levels, which increase vascularity, and it plays a vital role in protein synthesis.

What are the benefits of AAKG?

Some of the main benefits associated with AAKG include:

Increased muscle mass

As mentioned, AAKG has been found to play a key role in protein synthesis, which is basically a process in which damaged muscles take proteins and amino acids, and use them to grow and repair themselves, most commonly after a workout.

Improved blood circulation

AAKG helps to naturally increase Nitric Oxide levels within the body, which in turn leads to an improvement in circulation. This is because the compound acts as a vasodilator, which dilates the blood vessels and allows them to carry more blood through them around the body. This not only leads to impressive muscle pumps, it also leads to increased vascularity as well.

Improved athletic performance

AAKG is also thought to play a key role in athletic performance due largely to the fact that it not only helps to carry more oxygen and nutrients around the body in the blood, but also because it helps to convert glucose molecules into ATP, which the muscles then use as a key source of energy. The more energy that the muscles have, the more efficient they will be, and the more efficient your body will be as a result.

Helps to reduce blood pressure

As AAKG plays such a key role in circulation, it has actually been found to help reduce a person’s blood pressure, so individuals suffering with hypertension could benefit greatly if they chose to use this supplement.

Other benefits include:

  • Better muscle pumps
  • Improved circulation
  • More energy
  • Increased strength levels
  • Increased vascularity
  • Improved athletic performance
  • Enhanced immune function
  • And more...

How and when should it be taken?

In terms of how and when it should be taken, most commonly, AAKG is an active ingredient found in pre-workout supplements, although many people are now using this supplement individually and are achieving fantastic results with it. For optimal results, experts recommend 1 serving twice per day, so the first serving would come early in the morning, whereas the second serving should come around 30 – 45 minutes before you workout. Around 1g per serving is adequate enough, and it can be consumed by itself, or added to a protein shake, if taken before you train.

Health Canada Recommended Dose (capsules): 4 Capsule(s) 1 - 2 time(s) per day.
Health Canada Recommended Dose (powder): Adults: 1 Scoop(s) 1 - 3 time(s) per day. Mix product well in 1-2 cups of liquid (water, juice, etc.) immediately before consumption. Store in a cool, dry place.

AAKG VS L-Arginine

L-Arginine is basically a non-essential amino acid that plays a key role in Nitric Oxide production within the human body. By combining L-Arginine with alpha ketoglutarate salt, you then benefit even further, because as mentioned, this salt helps the body to take glucose and convert it into ATP. Because of this, AAKG is considered superior, due to the fact that you not only receive all of the benefits of Nitric Oxide, but you also receive the added bonus of the ATP production.

What can you stack it with?

AAKG works very well as a pre-workout supplements, and many people actually choose to create their own formulas instead of buying ready-made ones. If using AAKG for pre-workout purposes, it is recommended that you stack it with caffeine, taurine, Citrulline Malate, and Beta-Alanine for the ultimate pre-workout formula.

AAKG Ingredients

Per Capsule

Medicinal Ingredients (per capsule): L-Arginine (L-Arginine alpha-ketoglutarate) .......................... 270 Milligrams
Non-Medicinal Ingredients: Gelatin.

Per Scoop

Medicinal Ingredients (per scoop): L-Arginine (L-Arginine alpha-ketoglutarate) ............................. 2.7 Grams
Non-Medicinal Ingredients: none.

Potential side effects

Potential AAKG side effects – As with all supplements, always consult your doctor before you begin taking any new products. AAKG is generally considered to be a very safe supplement, although some minor side effects are possible. These include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Stomach upset
  • Diarrhea
  • Slight dizziness
  • Light headedness
  • Bloating

Known Adverse Reactions: Some people may experience gastrointestinal discomfort (such as diarrhea).
Contraindications: Do not use if you have had a heart attack/myocardial infarction.

Allergen warnings

Allergy Statement: This product is made in a facility that handles milk products, gluten, shellfish, soy, peanuts and other tree nuts.

This product may contain milk, gluten, shellfish, soy, peanuts and other tree nuts.

AAKG (Arginine Alpha Ketoglutarate) Reviews

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kyle H. on 17/02/2018
Zaphod Beeblebrox\'s pool house!
Works fine as always...

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Great service Canadian made
CORY M. on 26/09/2017
Top notch product.

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Marc-Olivier F. on 22/09/2017
South Shore Montreal

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kishan vasant r. on 10/09/2017
haven't noticed any improvements yet, but it may take time to produce results

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Jeannine B. on 27/08/2017
So far I think the AAKG is very good. My purpose for use is outside of fitness. I am using it as part of a protocol for slowing, stopping then reversing ALS.

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Michel S. on 03/08/2017
Price to quality seems to be OK. Stacked it with creatine so far results are decent.

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great stuff
daria d. on 08/07/2017
...at a super Price... speedy S&H...ManyThanks Canadian Protein !

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Mike h. on 27/05/2017
No after taste

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Vivian A. on 14/04/2017
Girouxville, Alberta
Liked the larger size packaging that we had last time we ordered.

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The pump is real
Mitchell D. on 17/03/2017
Pasadena, NL
5 stars!! Noticeable quality pumps.

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Shane S. on 28/02/2017
Good product

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John R. on 20/02/2017
I am amazed at the speed of shipping. Usually 3 to 4 days. The 1 pound arginine is an excellent buy. Nowhere else could you find such a low price and the speed of shipping.

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Matt B. on 17/02/2017
Ottawa Ontario
awesome stuff

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Garrod H. on 16/01/2017
Love it!!

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Pretty good stuff
Ty m. on 28/12/2016
I like this this stuff, easy on the stomach. Just having a hard time getting the last bit out of the big. My hand doesn't fit into the bag so it's tricky getting the last out.

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Paul S. on 14/12/2016
Hamilton, Ontario
Excellent product!! I find it best prior to workout as it gives me the extra boost when fatigue is setting in. Only complaint is the "ziploc" on the bag is horrible and does not close at all!!

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Tim H. on 06/12/2016
Package was broken open upon arrival.
Answer: Hi Tim, I'm very sorry for the damaged product. Please call us and we will fix this for you :)

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Brenda D. on 05/12/2016
Purchased as a gift

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Best quality! Best price!
Louis-Charles T. on 29/11/2016
Best provider of pre-workout ingredient. You can feal your skin scatch after 10-15 minutes... this is an amazing sensation :)

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Good price. Good product.
adam s. on 17/11/2016
Calgary, Alberta
Great price. Great product. part of my pre-workout stack.

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No scoop
Ashnand D. on 02/09/2016
Did not come with a scoop, instructions are in scoop sizes

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Jeremy B. on 16/08/2016
White Rock BC
One tiny scoop far exceeds 5g of standard arginine which really helps in making your pre-workout mix easier.

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jim dumont
Jacques D. on 28/07/2016
Spoon is too short - have to reach right into the bag and this makes a mess.
Also preferred the larger version - had to buy 4X100 instead of just 1lb.
Answer: Hi Jim, there is a one 1 lb option as well. You to select it from the drop down menu.

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Athlete's Needs
Kamil K. on 20/07/2016
Milton, ON
"What a beauty" Product arrived on time, actually quicker than expected. Product works great if you want that extra push. You don't realize the product is working until other athlete's bring it up. I've had other people come up to me and say, "Dude, where did you pull that from?" The product should be taken if you are tired and need that extra push. I would like to see CanadianProtein sponsor Canadian Athletes.

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Nice product
Etienne on 29/08/2015
I think it's the third time I buy this stuff. I can tell the difference when I use it, I see more veins pop out of me than I would normally. Makes me last a bit longer in the gym when used with others products like glutamine, creatine or beta alanine. Would recommend!

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craig on 13/08/2015
maple ridge bc
I take 3g 30hr before my workout and it give me an incredible pump and a nice boost. i mix with 12oz of water and drink fast. to me, it has a slight chemical like taste, but my friends that take it taste nothing. mixes perfectly with no sediments.

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joshua on 14/07/2012
Exactly what one would expect. Pure, high grade arginine. I've used many supplements and really they're just flavors added to this powder. I prefer this powder as I can add it to any drink I like!

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Byron on 22/09/2013
Calgary, Canada
Make sure to take it at least ten minutes before training.. but it will give you great pumps right away! no complaints :)

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Awesome suppliment
Brad on 29/11/2012
Edmonton, Alberta
Amazing results after about 1-2 weeks. Huge gains in pumps and vascularity. Seems everyday more veins become prominent.

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Great Product
Michael on 22/09/2011
Toronto, ON
I get significantly better pumps from this than regular l-arginine and also its tastless vs the bitter taste of l-arginine


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questions Curtis on 06/10/2017
Question: Can you take this with 'C-PRE Advanced Pre-Workout?' If so, what would be the suggested serving size?
Answer: Hi Curtis, sure you can, however, the our Pre-workout C-Pre does already contain 5g of AAKG.

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