Lacking focus in the gym? Having trouble breaking through that plateau? Spending hours in the gym and not seeing the results you’re after? Then 13 Lives Ykay is the product for you. The combination of performance enhancing mushrooms such as Lions Mane and Cordyceps, exogenous BHB Ketones to create energy and focus without the vasoconstrictive stimulation of caffeine will prime you to take on the workout ahead. Included in the formulation, is the addition of Epicatechin, a product that is profoundly known for its ability to increase performance. Lion’s Mane, a mushroom that has been used for many years in traditional Chinese medicine, has only recently been brought into the spotlight as discoveries have been made about its ability to increase human performance. It has high amounts of a compound called β-glucan polysaccharides (a naturally occurring type of glucose polymer). It also contains amounts of hericenone and erinacine, which in conjunction with β-glucan are the prime compounds responsible for the benefits associated with Lions Mane.
These include increased cognitive function, reduction in inflammation and fatigue reduction during physical activity. Pine Pollen is an awesome addition to this formulation as it has a very similar benefit to Lions Mane in that it can reduce fatigue, but it also has a remarkable impact on natural testosterone levels and is rich in minerals such as calcium and magnesium as well as a variety of Bvitamins.
The increase in natural testosterone was reported due to a discovery of 0.8 micrograms of testosterone found per 10 g of Pollen. A rise in testosterone can have massive impacts on muscle recovery, male fertility and protein synthesis.
Cordyceps have been made popular recently due to their potential promising health benefits. For years it has been used in Chinese medicine to treat fatigue, low sex drive, and a variety of illnesses. It has become increasingly popular due to its potential to boost exercise performance and the way that your body uses oxygen during exercise. A study tested the impact on exercise capacity in 30 healthy adults with one group receiving a synthetic strain of Cordyceps call CS-4 and the other a placebo. The study concluded with a reported 7% increase in VO2 max found in participants given the CS-4. Further studies were also conducted with Corcyceps-containing mushroom blend and Vo2 was reported at an increase of 11%.
In athletic performance, an increase in VO2 max (total oxygen uptake) can have a massive effect on aerobic endurance and cardiovascular fitness. l-epicatechin Optimal aerobic capacity is in direct correlation to skeletal muscle function and exercise performance. Aerobic capacity is greatly impacted by physical exercise and is linked directly to increased mitochondrial volume. The ageing process, including muscle atrophy along the human lifespan, shows reduction in mitochondrial volume. To investigate further, a study was conducted to view the impact of l-epicatechin in 12-month-old mice and reducing mitochondrial degeneration and health impacts associated with it i.e. weight gain, decrease in neat metabolism. After a 15-day administration of l-epicatichin the studies concluded: - Delayed onset muscle fatigue - Increased mitochondrial volume
These results were found when the test group was compared to a group given a placebo. It was noted in the study that the low dose of l - epicatechin in mice showed indication that it can have great impacts on reducing mitochondrial degeneration due to muscle atrophy which as a result can sustain lean muscle tissue and increase exercise performance. When trying to increase performance in the gym and increase mental focus, most athletes rely on caffeine. The addition of BHB Ketones to 13 Lives YKAY, allows that mental clarity and energy without the negative side effects such as vasoconstriction and anxiety that can be quite common. BHB Ketones are usually abundant within a ketogenic diet plan consisting of low carb, moderate to low protein and high fat. With the addition of BHB Ketones to this product, you can obtain the cognitive benefits associated with a ketogenic diet and elevated volume of ketones. For athletic performance, being in a fat adaptive state and having ketones readily to use in the body can be a major positive as they have been proven to be a more efficient source of fuel for aerobic performance.
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