Protein is an essential nutrient that is a part of the healthy growth and development of muscles, organs and cells. The organic compounds that make up proteins and help build healthy tissues in your body are called amino acids. There are 22 amino acids in the body. Some are considered essential, while others are non-essential. Called “essential” because the body does not produce them, essential amino acids must be taken in through diet. L-Citrulline falls into the category of non-essential amino acids.
During intense exercise, muscles produce compounds called IMP (inosine monophosphate), lactic acid and ammonia that can accumulate in the muscles and cause fatigue. Unconverted ammonia is toxic to the liver, but L-Citrulline helps the body deposit ammonia into the mitochondria of the liver cells where it is channelled through the kidneys and excreted. By helping the body rid itself of ammonia, L-Citrulline frees up ATP (cellular energy) for other uses such as respiration and signal transduction.
L-Citrulline supports the athlete in two main ways: it helps the body recover from fatigue and it helps detoxify the liver to improve performance and overall health.
Benefits of L-Citrulline:
– Enhances athletic performance
– Supports recovery from exercise
– Promotes body detoxification
– Supports healthy liver function