Beating the Burn - How to Reduce Lactic Acid
Lactic acid build-up can interrupt training, decrease performance and slow-down recovery. But new research shows that a natural supplement can buffer the acid, allowing athletes to train harder, longer and more effectively.
Our muscles use the oxygen we inhale to generate energy to drive their function. That’s why a work-out makes us breathe faster, to service this increased demand. However intense activities like sprinting, shuttle runs and lifting heavy weights need more energy than the body can produce aerobically, there simply isn’t a big enough oxygen supply. In these circumstances, it relies on anaerobic methods, to generate the energy needed.
Anaerobic simply means without oxygen, it’s the body’s back-up way of fuelling function.
Glucose energy is broken down through a process called glycolysis. When the supply of oxygen is limited, the body produces a chemical called lactic acid, which increases the acidity in the muscle cells, slowing down the further breakdown of glucose and stopping the muscles working well. You’ll notice this as painful cramps that force you to rest and recover.
How to Buffer the Effects of Lactic Acid
Lactic Acid accumulation can interrupt and impair training –but recent studies have shown that there is a way to decrease its effect.
Lactic Acid is made up of two ions, lactate and hydrogen, but it is the build-up of the acidic hydrogen ion that causes the pain and the problems. It decreases the pH in the muscle, causing the painful burn and cramps you experience during intense exercise. Balancing the effects of the positively charged hydrogen ion could allow athletes to train for longer, with greater intensity and a quicker recovery.
Xendurance acts to buffer the hydrogen ions and decrease the damaging acid build-up. Research at Louisiana University in 2016 demonstrated impressive results after just ten days of supplementation. Participants on the independent, double blind, cross-over, placebo controlled trial showed:
- 26% reduction in Lactic Acid build-up
- 39% reduction in oxidative stress after exercise
- Six times reduction in Creatine Kinase levels, which is an indicator of muscle damage
This chemical data confirms that Xendurance may reduce muscle damage associated with exercise, help speed-up recovery and potentially increase athletic performance. The impressive figures are reflected in the personal experiences of athletes:
"I've been using these for a few months now and really noticed the difference they make when I ran out of tablets last week and had to do a sportive and training without them for about a week. I used to always suffer with cramp - to the point that I would be in tears with pain at night, but nothing since I started using these. They really work and I will make sure not to run out again."
With Xendurance you still have to work to succeed, but it can decrease muscle damage and pain so that you can push harder, train longer and get the results you want.