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The Science Behind the Ultimate Protein

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Muscle Serum by Betancourt Nutrition contains several ingredients to promote muscle growth and increase lean body mass while also stimulating the immune system to promote a healthier life style. The superior effects of Muscle Serum are contributed to five key ingredients in addition to four sources of protein; whey protein isolate, whey protein concentrate, milk protein concentrate, and micellar casein.

RPM Factors1,2 are colostrum concentrate and are speculated to increase plasma IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor) and lean body mass while also acting to improve intramuscular buffering capacity while taking part in intense resistance training. This buffering capacity prevents muscle soreness enabling the resistance training session to last longer.

GABA3,4 (gamma-aminobutyric acid) is an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the human cortex of the brain that promotes mental relaxation while naturally improving immunity. When GABA is taken with a specific amino acid, L-arginine, the body’s absorption is increased dramatically. L-arginine is a common amino acid found in many protein blends such as in Muscle Serum. A study also showed that GABA5 taken with whey protein significantly increased plasma growth hormone as compared to just taking whey protein. This increase in plasma growth hormone has a positive effect on muscular hypertrophy after resistance training.

Branched-chain amino acids6 (BCAAs) are widely used among many individuals who take part in resistance training, and for good reason. Consisting of three specific amino acids, leucine, valine, and isoleucine, BCAAs are known to drastically improve myofibrillar muscle protein synthesis by raising the activity of mTORC-1, a protein complex that stimulates the formation of biological proteins to aid in cell growth.

Finally, bromelain7 and papain8 are naturally obtained from pineapple and unripe papaya. Papain is a digestive enzyme to help process nutrients and bromelain is believed to stimulate better absorption for the body, these two enzymes working in tandem with each other maximize the effects and benefits of all Muscle Serum’s key ingredients.

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