Get Amplified with Bio-Gro™
By David Sandler, MS, CSCS*D, RSCC*D, HFD, HFI, FNSCA, FISSN
Fertilizer for Your Muscles?!
Often we find products that make big, bold claims but underperform/under-deliver. With Bio-Gro, this is not the case. In fact, I think you'll find, if you have not tried it yet, it may over-perform—as long as you have set realistic expectations.
Let's face it, there is no magic potion that will do it all and do it as good or better than the synthetic anabolic compounds (you know, those that are illegal). So truthfully, as we continued to develop Bio-Gro and analyze the science, we determined our best approach was to explain its benefits as it truly performs within your body. This methodology of discovery created our popular catch-phrase, which has resonated with the Bio-Groers: "It is like fertilizer for your muscles."
Let me explain... When you look closely at any well-manicured lawn, you will undoubtedly notice it's thick, green, and full grass. While it would be nice to assume this lovely lawn came about magically just from the sun alone, you know the lawn also required water, attention, weeding, etc. While lawn fertilizer comes in a variety of specifications, generally, the ones that are comprehensive in their design, when used properly, help eliminate weeds, waste, and scavenger grasses, while creating much richer and opulent greenery. But you understand that lawn still needs water, sun, and careful attention.
Bio-Gro operates under the same auspices in that, alone, it may help, but when consumed along with a proper diet with proper protein intake and solid exercise, the results may be profound—thicker, stronger, and fuller muscles.
Okay, so you see me making claims. The same claims, per se, I just said we didn't want to overpromise. But I am confident. Because Bio-Gro is different! As an additive, it has some pretty cool properties that may truly accelerate muscle protein synthesis as it holds a high concentration of Proline-Rich Peptides (PRP's) as well as some other Growth Factors (specifically, EGF and PGDF). On its own, it appears to be a powerful Muscle Protein Synthesis Enhancer, but it also packs some pretty spiffy benefits to help with reduction of inflammation and improve overall immune function through its highly concentrated Immunoglobins (IgG and IgA) and Lactoferrin.
These highly concentrated peptide chains (strings of amino acids) are collectively called Bio-Active Peptides. They are the peptide molecules that actually initiate cellular processes that help with both recovery and muscle building.
So if you start doing a little reading, you'll discover all protein powders contain bio-active peptides. You are probably even saying to yourself, if these special peptides are strings of amino acids, then simply consuming an amino acid-rich product should do the trick. And truthfully, you would not be entirely incorrect on that assumption; however, there are a few things that would need to happen to ensure the protein you consume will do what you need...
You see, protein digestion is still a topic of hot debate. How much sits around, how much is used, and how is it used has researchers and practitioners going to battle constantly. While direct peptide chains do their thing at the site of interaction, absorption without destruction (meaning whether or not a particular molecule stays intact) is a quandary.
We know for sure amino acids are well absorbed, but whether they re-form to make specific peptide chains or not is based on many factors. So protein consumption, while still a great choice, may not alone do the trick. I can say with certainty, if you are only supplementing with protein or amino acids, you need to make sure you take it within your exercise window of 30 minutes prior to working out to no later than about one hour after your workout is over. And while protein synthesis is constantly occurring, there are optimum times for it to work best. It should be noted, there are some specifics that would really help refine the exercise window�but alas, that is for another article at another time.
Hence, Bio-Gro may be your best solution, but more on that in a bit.
Let's get back to the protein utilization issue but delve a little deeper into the actual process of Muscle Protein Synthesis (MPS) since likely that is why you are considering using Bio-Gro to begin with.
MPS is the catalyst to building size; increasing strength, power, and speed; and getting ripped, lean, shredded, diced, cut, or sliced! Hmmmm, sounds like we need MPS to occur all the time! I wish it were that simple as we would hit our goals much faster, but again, the magic potion is still out of our reach.
Hard work is still the requirement, and it is because MPS occurs as a result of pushing muscles past their normal, every day uses. The harder you push, the more muscle damage occurs, and the greater the need for rebuilding and not only rebuilding, but building even stronger�hence, why muscle size increases.
The MPS process starts by signaling mechanisms calling out for help to rebuild. That is followed by the triggering of few key pathways such as MTOR and AKT that force MPS to occur. If you haven't heard of those before, don't worry, and if you would like more detailed information about protein synthesis, we have plenty more on our website. While the scope of this article is well beneath the complicated pathway processes, suffice it to say, if these pathways can be directly triggered, they will surely work more effectively.
Until now, much of the knowledge behind amino acid consumption has revolved around Leucine because of its effect on these pathways. However, before Leucine can do its thing, and even when it does, there are a few other things that have to happen. Those "things" are mediated by PRP's and the other Growth Factors I spoke about earlier. So while a typical protein or amino acid product carries some of the mechanisms necessary for protein synthesis, the digestion process may reduce the chances of it occurring in a timely fashion.
A Superior Choice
Hence the superiority of Bio-Gro and why we have gone through great lengths to find an ingredient that can carry the activators of MPS. Highly concentrated bio-active peptides make up the key components of Bio-Gro that may turn every workout into a true building block on your training. Whether you are going for strength, size, or even endurance, unlock the power of Bio-Gro's superior protein synthesis enhancers while you improve your recovery time and reduce inflammation. Train harder, longer, and stronger than you ever have before due to the unique properties of this truly revolutionary product.
At only 1.5 grams per serving, you keep your calories down, allowing you to reduce your overall protein consumption, and reduce the bloating that typically occurs with heavy duty protein use. It mixes with everything (except, surprisingly, plain water) and can be especially beneficial when combined with other proteins and taken as part of your pre- or post-workout supplementation program.
This stuff packs a powerful punch in a super tiny sized scoop! It's the bomb. If you haven't tried it, what are you waiting for? Instead of watching others around you make the gains you want, beat them to the punch!
About the Author
David Sandler, MS, CSCS*D, RSCC*D, HFD, HFI, FNSCA, FISSN, has been a consultant and strength and conditioning coach for the past 25 years and has worked with the nation's top organizations and some of the world's best athletes. He is the Director of Science and Education for iSatori. He is the former Chief Operating Officer of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Sandler has authored 6 books: Sports Power, Weight Training Fundamentals, The Resistance Band Workout Book, Plyo Power, and Strength Training Everyone, Fundamental Weight Training as well as having developed dozens of exercise videos including three coaching developmental videos. David has published more than 20 scientific articles and abstracts and more than 250 articles in power, strength, and fitness training for various magazines and literature. He is a former powerlifter and three-time US National Bench Press Champion, and his research and passion is with strength and power development.