Granite Supplements provides cutting edge, healthful nutritional tools to complement your bodybuilding strategic plan. Whether you’re generally restricting carbohydrate (e.g., keto-dieting) or simply prefer a lighter, carb-free intra-workout recovery drink, we’ve created Intra-Keto, a low-carb, ketone- enriched version of Recovery [but sweetened with “keto-friendly” erythritol1,2].
We’ve included some of the recovery and performance perks of Recovery [electrolytes, essential amino acids (EAAs)] in Intra-Keto, to ensure hydration and anabolism / anti-catabolism, but replaced carbohydrate with ß- hydroxybutyrate, so you now have the flexibility to:
Build upon an entry-level dose of ketone bodies (as goBHBTM ß- hydroxybutyrate salts) by supplementing with additional ketone bodies and/or medium chain triglycerides3.
Focus your nutrient timing towards pre- and/or post-workout carbohydrate intake (e.g., eat more whole foods).
Intra-Keto is a unique nutritional performance and recovery tool. In addition to the major electrolytes lost in sweat4 [to help keep you well hydrated5,6], we’ve included a synergistic combination of three ingredients:
Ketone bodies as ß-hydroxybutyrate salts
Essential Amino Acid blend for anabolism / anti-catabolism
Sensoril® Ashwagandha extract for its adaptogenic effects
Essential Amino Acid Blend
We included the Essential Amino Acid (EAA) blend because it’s the essential [not the non-essential7] amino acids that trigger muscle protein synthesis8-10. Leucine (3g) sits atop this EAA stack because of it’s primacy in triggering protein anabolism11-13. We were sure focus on the other branched chain aminos (BCAAs; Isoleucine and Valine at 1.5g each) as well, because the BCAAs are known to reduce muscle breakdown and post-exercise soreness and damage14,15.
The other EAAs blended in Intra-Keto are based on the anabolic EAA mixture used extensively in research8,16-19, adjusted slightly to take advantage of the anabolic signaling12 and insulin-releasing20 effects of lysine and phenylalanine.
Intra-Keto contains 4,600mg (4.6g) of (goBHBTM) ß-hydroxybutyrate (BHB) salts, a hearty entry-level dose of this ketone body. By building upon this with additional BHB salts, or ideally, a ketone ester supplement, blood ketone levels can be elevated dose-dependently21-24. [Unfortunately, the extremely viscous, oily and bitter25 nature of available ketone monoesters would make a sticky, nasty mess out of the Intra-Keto powder.] Still, low dose of BHB salts (~17g for a 220lb bodybuilder) can rapidly elevate blood BHB21 to levels normally seen only after 1-2 days of fasting26, and the same dose of BHB esters can almost double peak BHB levels21. [NOTE: That amount of BHB salt would mean a large acid/salt load, but adding (caprylic and capric acid- based) medium chain triglyceride can make BHB salts much more ketogenic3,27.]
While the data are very sparse22, elevating blood ketones may serve as an alternate fuel to enhance endurance performance25, suppress appetite28, enhance cognition29,30 and possibly reap other metabolic benefits of ketosis24,31-33. Anecdotal reports of a positive cognitive effect of consuming ketones pre-exercise are supported mechanistically30, so you may feel energized by the BHB in Intra-Keto. On the other hand, a recent study found that a 0.3g/kg dose (~30g for a 220lb bodybuilder – much larger than the dose in Intra-Keto) of BHB salts impaired high intensity cycling exercise performance34, possibly by forcibly shifting metabolism toward fats22,25 and away from the vital carbohydrate needed during high intensity efforts35,36.
Sensoril® Ashwagandha Extract
A successful training and diet cycle takes weeks of committed and continuous effort. Nobody wants to be a flash in the pan, so to speak, so we’ve included ashwagandha (Withania somnifera extract; 125mg of Sensoril® stardardized for withanolide glycoside conjugates, oligosachharides and withaferin A) to ensure Intra-Keto keeps you adapting long after your workout. Also known as Indian ginseng, ashwagandha is an “adaptogenic” herb that’s been used for centuries in Ayurveda and traditional Indian medicine to relieve stress, promote vitality37, enhance adaptation and normalize physiological function38-40.
Whats the recommended dosage for Intra Keto?
Mix one scoop (27g) into 12-16 ounces of water and shake or stir. Consume 30-40 minutes prior to training. As always, for stronger and sweet flavor use less water and for weaker use more water. Adjust to the way you like and enjoy.
KEEP OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN. Store at room temperature, tightly closed. Aviod excessive heat. Some product clumping may occur.
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.
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