Americans are losing muscle at an accelerated rate because people aren’t using muscle or feeding themselves properly. The average person loses 2-3 pounds of muscle every year after age 30, regardless of diet. This is a huge problem for us chiropractors because we rely on muscle to support the spine. The solution comes in the form of proper anabolic nutrient levels.
Sarcopenia is the medical term for muscle loss. Once we hit age 25, our bodies quit secreting certain anabolic (muscle growth) hormones that enable us to easily create muscle. And yes, sarcopenia hits at such a young age.
It sounds scary. It is. But the good news is we can turn it around, starting with something as simple as supplementing with the nutrients that’ll make optimal health not such an uphill battle. Extensive research has discovered that specific nutrients can stop sarcopenia in its tracks—not just slow it—stop it.
Years upon years of research and documentation have linked five nutrients with neutralizing sarcopenia: whole food, organic forms of creatine, BCAAs, magnesium, chromium, and glutamine. You can now direct patients towards a nutritional solution that can get adjustments to last.
The research was performed on five very specific ingredients. None of them were synthetic or steroidal in nature. Results showed that the right amount and form of nutrients played a critical role in stopping sarcopenia. The study group actually put more spine-supporting muscle on than those taking anabolic steroids.
Here are the nutrients and form that worked in the study:
Creatine (Patented magnesium creatine chelate and creatine monohydrate) Creatine has over 500 university studies proving its ability to help with lean muscle development. Its purpose is to ensure nutrients are delivered at the cellular level for ATP. The studied version doesn’t lead to excess water retention, which straight creatine can. The blend showed an ability to generate and regenerate ATP. It hugely outperformed creatine monohydrate taken alone at higher doses.
Magnesium (Patented amino acid chelated) Easily 70% of the population has a magnesium deficiency. This leads to catabolism, the wasting away of muscle. Supplementing just magnesium has proved to be highly beneficial; however, it’s tricky. When done wrong, it leads non-absorption and diarrhea. The studied form of magnesium showed an ability to increase muscle efficiently, AND without the unwanted side effects.
BCAAs (Leucine isoleucine, and valine delivered in enzyme protein matrix) Research showed that specific amounts consistently improved anabolism and muscle growth, along with increased lean muscle mass more efficiently than testosterone.
Chromium (amino acide chelated and polynicotinate) Chromium serves the purpose of regulating blood sugar and cortisol levels. Cortisol feeds into catabolism. The studied version stabilized both while helping sustain and build muscle.
Glutamine (Patented stabilized magnesium glycyl glutamine) Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in your body. It’s what your body reaches for during stress and athletic activity. Its job is to promote muscle synthesis and balance intestinal pH. It gets rid of acid buildup in muscles, too. The studied version is the only fully stabilized form of glutamine available. Research showed it entered the bloodstream within minutes of ingestion, and at high levels. This promotes a high presence of growth hormone, which fights aging and strengthens muscle.