Cardiostrong Cardiac Nutrient and Protein Recovery Drink Mix contains a patent pending blend of 16scientifically selected ingredients shown to support health, aid fitness and shorten recovery after exercise. Each 9.6 gram stick pack contains only 10 calories and less than 1 gram of sugar. Simply tear open and pour contents of stick pack in 16 ounces of water, shake and enjoy!
Each Cardiostrong stick pack contains crucial cardiac nutrients including Co-Enzyme Q10, D-Ribose, L-Carnitine and L-Taurine which have been shown to help improve cellular function, boost energy and immunity, regulate blood flow and improve cardiac output. Cardiostrong also includes multiple proteins to enhance long-term energy generation and combat muscle, ligament and tendon breakdown. Research supports that proteins play an essential role when it comes to reducing the body’s recovery period post exercise. Each stick pack provides essential electrolytes including Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium and Calcium for proper fluid balance and cellular function required to prevent dehydration and fight muscle cramping. Magnesium and Calcium are often ignored but are vital electrolytes for ideal cellular and cardiac function. Lastly, Cardiostrong contains a comprehensive blend of vitamins to promote energy generation, boost immunity and improve cellular function.
Cardiostrong is an ideal fitness beverage for those who may be pre-diabetic or diabetic or may be exercising to lose weight. Cardiostrong contains NO high fructose corn syrup or sugars that raise your glycemic index, caffeine, harmful or herbal stimulants, brominated vegetable oils or wood rosins, or banned substances.
Cardiac Nutrients- Coenzyme-Q10, D-Ribose have been shown to work synergistically to help regulate blood pressure, heart rate, improve cellular function and boost energy production.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a substance similar to a vitamin that is made naturally in the body and found in every cell, however deficiencies often occur with disease and age. Coenzymes help enzymes work to digest food and perform various body processes, including helping the heart and skeletal muscles. Our cells use CoQ10 to produce energy the body needs for cell growth and maintenance. Research studies support that CoQ10 helps reduce blood pressure and improves blood flow to the heart.
D-Ribose is a very beneficial simple sugar which is easily absorbed by the body and has been shown to boost levels of the energy generating compound Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP). ATP is crucial for providing the energy needed for bursts of power and movements during exercise. During endurance activities and under stress, critical body tissues such as the heart and skeletal muscles cannot produce ATP quickly enough to perform optimally. The availability of D-Ribose in cells is therefore essential for energy production and muscle recovery following cellular stress. Research studies support that D-Ribose helps increase the power productivity in athletes and improves the capacity of skeletal muscles to recover more quickly after high intensity workouts. D-Ribose has been shown to help restore energy and function to the heart and prevent cramping, pain and stiffness after exercise.
L-Carnitine is synthesized in the body from the amino acids lysine and methionine. L-carnitine transfers long-chain fatty acids, such as triglycerides into mitochondria (energy-producing structures inside every cell), where they are oxidized to produce energy. Carnitine plays a role in glucose oxidation, glucose storage, as well as glucose uptake. Several research studies support that L-Carnitine is essential for proper heart function and blood flow and may help those who are on conventional heart medication. Carnitine also helps boost immunity and muscle mass.
L-Taurine (or Taurine) is an amino sulfonic acid, which is a required building block of protein. Taurine plays a crucial role in many aspects of the cardiovascular system. It helps to move key nutrients, such as potassium, magnesium and calcium, in and out of your heart’s cells to improve its functioning. Taurine supplementation has also been shown in studies to increase the secretion of nitric oxide, which dilates blood vessels and improves blood flow and delivery of oxygen to your muscles. Taurine is essential for normal skeletal muscle functioning. Research studies support that Taurine helps increase the force and effectiveness of heart-muscle contractions, helps lower blood pressure, may decrease blood sugar and improves mental performance. Taurine has also been shown as potent antioxidant. Antioxidants protect cells of the body from damage resulting from chemical reactions called oxidation.
Electrolytes- By including Sodium, Potassium, Calcium and Magnesium at more appreciable amounts than leading drink mixes, Cardiostrong delivers key electrolytes to restore plasma volume, maintain thirst and delay urine production. Sodium and potassium promote intracellular hydration. Calcium and magnesium are often missing in powdered drink mixes and are very important for proper cardiac function, control of lactic acid build up and prevention of muscle cramping.
Sodium is one of the most important electrolytes for proper cellular function. Sodium helps maintain and regulate water within the cells in our body and restores plasma volume. Often working in conjunction with Potassium, Sodium plays a role in maintaining blood pressure and pH levels and is a vital electrolyte for proper functioning of nerves and neural impulses. Sodium plays a key role in normal muscle function, both as it relates to muscle contraction and the movement of key nutrients in and out of our cells.
Potassium works in conjunction with Sodium to help maintain and regulate water within the cells in our body, regulate blood pressure and maintain proper pH levels. Virtually all cells in our body rely on a Sodium-Potassium pump to actively move nutrients into and out of cells and maintain proper resting potential.
Magnesium, often missing in many gels, plays a vital role in the production of energy, or more accurately the conversion of potential energy into active energy. Our bodies change potential energy into active energy by producing ATP, which requires Magnesium. For our cells to use ATP, it must be bound to Magnesium and therefore it is essential to have sufficient levels of Magnesium within our cells for us to generate active energy. Magnesium powers more than 300 enzyme reactions within the body including glucose fat break down, creation of DNA and RNA and regulating cardiac function and cholesterol.
Calcium is not only required for developing strong healthy bones, but Calcium levels are very important within the bloodstream to maintain proper heart rhythm, conduct nerve transmission and vital for muscle contraction. Calcium and Magnesium have been shown to work in concert to control lactic acid build up and help prevent muscle cramping.
Vitamins- Our essential blend of Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, B12 and C is one of the most comprehensive available in an energy gel. Working in concert, these vitamins help promote energy generation for cells, better immunity, stronger bones and improved cellular function.
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) plays an important role in improving cardiovascular function and maintaining a healthy nervous system. Vitamin B1 is part of a complex enzyme system called the pyruvate dehydrogenase system, which converts carbohydrates into glucose, which in turn is used to produce energy. Thiamine is also required for the breakdown of fats and protein and helps maintain muscle tone. Vitamin B1 plays a crucial role in the proper development of myelin sheaths around nerves, which protect nerves from injury and nerve death. Research supports that Thiamine helps in the production of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is used to relay messages between the nerves and muscles and to ensure proper cardiac function. . It also improves the body’s ability to withstand stress and is often called the “anti-stress” vitamin and has been shown to help improve memory and concentration.
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) is an essential vitamin that serves a number of important roles in the body. Riboflavin is critical to the breakdown of dietary carbohydrates, fats and proteins into energy you can use. Without adequate riboflavin in the diet, the enzymes involved in energy production would not function optimally and result in fatigue. Riboflavin also interacts with iron, which is used to synthesize hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a major component of oxygen-carrying red blood cells, which are essential for increased oxygenated blood flow necessary during high intensity exercise. Research supports that Vitamin B2 also plays a role in the growth of connective tissue, boosts immunity and acts as an antioxidant.
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) helps many metabolic processes in the body. Niacin causes the blood vessels to dilate or open up allowing for better blood flow and circulation, especially in the joints both during and after exercise. Niacin has been shown to lower blood lipids and cholesterol levels and prevent cholesterol from settling in the arteries and liver. Research studies support that niacin may help increase muscle strength and reduce pain and fatigue in the muscles and joints post exercise.
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) is an essential vitamin that is incorporated into a molecule called Coenzyme A (CoA). This molecule is critical for all cellular function and occupies a central role in energy metabolism, acting to allow carbohydrates, fats and proteins to be burned as fuel sources. The vitamin also acts as an important antioxidant and is used in the production of several important enzymes. It has been shown to help the central nervous system to communicate with the brain.
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine HCl) is necessary for the production of the neurotransmitters dopamine, serotonin, noradrenaline (norepinephrine) and adrenaline (epinephrine), as well as certain enzymes and prostaglandins. It plays an essential role in energy production and healthy nervous system function. It is especially important for maintaining healthy nerve and muscle cells, red blood cell production and is necessary for the absorption of Vitamin B12.
Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid) is a very important vitamin, particularly for women. Like other B vitamins, it plays a role in the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates and proteins into glucose that the body uses for energy. Folic acid is essential in the proper functioning of the brain and nervous system and is crucial for preventing neural tube defects. Folic acid helps the body to make RNA and DNA, the body’s genetic material that contains all of the code for new cells. Folic acid is also used in creating red blood cells and helps regulate the use of iron by the body. Research supports that folic acid helps prevent anemia and assists the bowel to absorb nutrients more effectively.
Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin) is an essential and potent vitamin. Its main functions are the formation of red blood cells and the maintenance of a healthy nervous system. It helps maintain the myelin sheath that insulates nerve fibers from each other and has been shown to help those with certain types of nerve damage. It plays an important role in numerous cellular reactions to release energy from carbohydrates, fats and protein.
Vitamin C is a critical vitamin when it comes to both fitness and health. Physical exercise increases oxidative damage to cells and muscle tissues in our body. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that reduces the amount of oxidative damage caused by exercise. Research has shown that athletes involved in strength training need to consume more than the RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance) of 65 mg because Vitamin C is essential for building strength and repairing and preserving muscle. Vitamin C is necessary for adrenaline synthesis (the hormone crucial for intense training). It helps adrenal gland function and keeps the body in homeostasis. It enhances cortisol balance in the body, which is of critical importance because cortisol is a catabolic hormone that causes muscle breakdown in all tissues of the body. The body uses and releases Vitamin C, along with amino acids, to build connective tissues. High levels of Vitamin C are absolutely necessary to help rebuild the collagen structure essential for ligament and tendon repair. Studies also support that Vitamin C helps muscles recover much faster after stressful exercise. Vitamin C helps produce lymphocytes. These powerful immune system cells are generated by the thymus gland and are carried in the bloodstream to help identify and destroy diseased cells. It also helps synthesize calcium, thereby keeping your bones in optimal condition, and plays an essential role in reducing inflammation and cell mutation.
Proteins- Protein supplementation is not only necessary and important for muscle repair and growth, but some protein as found in Cardiostrong can also play an important role in helping the body to repair corresponding connective tissue damage and reduce inflammation in the joints.
Hydrolyzed Protein in Cardiostrong is sourced from collagen. Hydrolyzed Collagen helps regulate the body’s metabolic state by providing enzymatically digested collagen of a low molecular weight that is rapidly absorbed in the digestive tract. Hydrolyzed collagen provides important amino acids, particularly glycine, which studies have shown helps speed recovery from injuries and is needed for building connective tissue and strengthen cartilage in joints.
Whey Protein Concentrate contains an incredible range of essential amino acids that are absorbed quickly by the body. Whey protein is particularly high in important Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) including Leucine and Cysteine. Numerous research studies support that whey protein is necessary for muscle growth and strength and may help in burning body fat. Whey protein has also been shown to help regulate blood pressure and blood sugar.
Maltodextrin is a complex carbohydrate that is rapidly absorbed by the digestive system. During long workouts, such as triathlons and marathons, Maltodextrin’s quick absorption and low osmolality (it does not absorb much water) provides rapid energy while not dehydrating you. After a hard workout, Maltodextrin will quickly deliver energy and protein (if accompanied) to your muscles to aid in recovery.
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